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MSN Requirements

 

MSN Degree Requirements

The MSN admission process usually incorporates a certain number of undergraduate course requirements in order to bring the RN to MSN students into compliance with the requirements for completion of a master's degree. In most cases the courses taken during an associate's degree in nursing program transfer over to meet those requirements. In some cases there are courses in mathematics and increasingly, in informatics that may have to be made up along the way by students who are entering an MSN program without a baccalaureate.

Core Courses/Prerequisites

A sample of the prerequisite/core courses for nurses:

  • Introductory Statistics (including inferential and descriptive)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with labs)
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Microbiology (with lab)
Requirements for non-nurse entrants to an MSN program might include these courses:

  • Anatomy Lecture and Lab
  • Physiology Lecture and Lab
  • Microbiology Lecture and Lab
  • General or Introduction to Psychology
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Oral Communication or Public Speaking
  • Developmental or Lifespan Psychology
Requirements for the MSN Specializations

There are numerous medical specializations that an MSN graduate can land in, but completing the MSN program prior to further specialization requires selecting one of three or four principal choices.


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