Master of Science in Nursing: Entry Level

If you have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and are seeking to make a transition into the nursing profession, consider the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry-Level (MSNEL).

In this accelerated program, you'll become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination, and prepare to begin a career as a registered nurse (RN). As a rigorous, graduate-level program from St. Catherine University, you'll get something more: graduates are expected to advance rapidly, assume leadership positions, and acquire professional expertise in the practice of nursing.

This option is for women and men who are committed to innovation, ethical leadership and social justice. Graduates will be scholar-practitioners prepared to lead and influence.


Next steps


St. Catherine University's MSN: Entry-Level option:

  • Requires 57 graduate credits in an accelerated, 26-month course schedule,
  • Includes classroom, online, lab, and clinical components, and
  • Accepts applications January 1 - June 1, 2014 to enroll in February 2015.

This new program of study is designed to meet the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the AACN Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing. St. Catherine University's bachelor's and master's nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN will conduct a focus visit in Spring 2014 to verify that the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry-Level (MSNEL) option is in compliance with ACEN 2013 Standards and Criteria Master's and Post-Master's Certificate.

Essential Abilities

St. Catherine University is committed to admitting qualified nursing students without regard to race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, marital status, or religion. For successful admission and continuance in St. Catherine University’s prelicensure nursing programs, a specific set of essential abilities, or technical standards, are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Read more about essential abilities for nursing students »