Nursing Master’s Entry



Nursing Master’s Entry

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About the Program

The nursing master's entry (NME) program at Elmhurst College is an entry option to the master of science in nursing with a clinical nurse leader concentration. Designed specifically for students with baccalaureate degrees outside of nursing who want to transition into the field, the program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and the clinical nurse leader certification exam.

The master’s entry is one of three entry options to be a clinical nurse leader as described by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

In this program, you will:

  • Synthesize liberal education and nursing knowledge within a systems framework for advanced nursing roles.
  • Utilize critical thinking and decision-making skills for optimal individual and population outcomes in advanced nursing roles.
  • Demonstrate professional values and standards in ethical practice with individuals and populations and to advance the profession of nursing.
  • Implement evidence-based practice in advanced nursing roles with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate accountability and professional development for informed, reflective practice in advanced nursing roles.
  • Analyze the organization, policy and financing of systems and their effect on individuals and populations for optimal outcomes.
  • Utilize effective communication, inter- and intra-disciplinary collaborative skills and information technologies in advanced nursing roles; and
  • Demonstrate leadership within systems to plan change and promote quality outcomes for individuals and populations.

How It Works
The nursing master’s entry program is a rigorous full-time program that is completed in two years. This program is conducted in a hybrid format consisting of on-campus and online learning, with simulation laboratory time and clinical time. Classes meet Monday through Friday during the day, and evening and weekend clinical hours may be required. 

The first year of study focuses on pre-nursing licensure courses, and during the second year, student’s transition into the clinical nurse leader role. The NME program heavily emphasizes the use of collaboration and teamwork in a healthcare setting.

All students will receive iPads at the beginning of the program which will be used to access course materials and watch real-time video streaming of Simulation Center activity.

NOTE: It is expected that students in the program are not currently employed during their time of study.

Students who wish to complete the nursing master’s entry program should hold a baccalaureate degree in any field with a minimum GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 or a 3.5 cumulative prerequisite GPA. Although you don’t need a major in nursing, you do need to complete some courses before beginning the program.

Candidates for the nursing master’s entry program must have completed the following prerequisites with a grade of "B" or better:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, 2 semesters (within last 5 years)
  • General Chemistry (within last 5 years)
  • Microbiology (within last 5 years)
  • At least one course in Psychology or Sociology

Applicants must also have college-level oral and written communication skills and computer literacy (Microsoft Word, email, Internet skills).

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