Nursing Master’s Entry



Nursing Master’s Entry

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Students in the nursing master’s entry program at Elmhurst are required to complete 21 courses for a total of 17.5 credits (70 semester hours).

The first year of study focuses on pre-nursing licensure courses, and during the second year, students transition into the clinical nurse leader role. The NME program heavily emphasizes the use of collaboration and teamwork across healthcare settings. 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.

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.

Required Courses

  • NME 500 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • NME 501 Theories and Concepts for Advanced Nursing Role
  • NME 502 Healthcare System: Public Policy and Finance
  • NME 503 Research and Evidence Based Practices
  • NME 504 CNL Role: Patient Centered Care, Quality and Safety
  • NME 505 CNL Role: Teamwork, Communication and Conflict Management
  • NME 508 Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice
  • NME 509 Chronic Health Alterations across the Lifespan
  • NME 510 Acute Health Alterations across the Lifespan
  • NME 511 Complex Health Alterations across the Lifespan
  • NME 512 Community Nursing and Population Health
  • NME 513 Family Health Nursing
  • NME 514 Mental Health Nursing
  • NME 520 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NME 521 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NME 522 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NME 523 Leadership in Systems and Organizations
  • NME 524 CNL Role: Transition to Advanced Professional Practice
  • NME 525 Informatics and Technology
  • NME 538 Management of Clinical Outcomes
  • NME 540 Clinical Nurse Leader Residency

Program Format
The nursing master's entry program is a rigorous full-time, two-year program. The 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.

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

Elmhurst College Simulation Center at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
Through an innovative collaboration between Elmhurst College and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, students in the nursing master's entry program will have access to a state-of-the-art Simulation Center located at the hospital. Through interactive learning, students build their clinical knowledge and skills. 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.

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