Master of Science in Nursing

Program Philosophy

The Nursing Graduate Programs at Walsh University prepare nurses to assume leadership positions in a variety of advanced roles.  We believe that it is the responsibility of the faculty to provide an environment that stimulates the learner to think critically, communicate effectively and act compassionately. We hold to the ideal of providing quality care to clients and fulfilling our responsibility as a contributing member of the profession and society.

Program Goals

To provide excellence in nursing education grounded in the human experience. The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing prepares the graduate to practice nursing within the framework of Judeo-Christian values promoting health in diverse communities.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program will:

  1. Demonstrate competent, safe care of clients based on a synthesis of knowledge and principles from nursing and related disciplines.
  2. Utilize nursing research as the foundation for evidence based practice and to support nursing education.
  3. Exhibit leadership skills as a central figure in the interdisciplinary health care team for the improvement of patient care and education.
  4. Analyze legal and ethical issues impacting health care delivery systems and education and act as change agents for the improvement of patient care and nursing education.
  5. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills in the professional role of an advanced practice nurse or educator.

Areas of Concentration

Walsh University’s Master's Program in Nursing prepares post- baccalaureate Registered Nurses for an advanced career in the advanced generalist role of Academic Nurse Educator and one advanced practice role, the Family Nurse Practitioner.

The Master of Science in Nursing Academic Guidelines

Admission Requirements

  1. Submission of a completed Walsh application for admission (online) with the $25 application fee.
  2. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s).  One year of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  3. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent). Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate.
  4. Completion of an Undergraduate or graduate Statistics course.
  5. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Master’s program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability for functioning in the CNL or Education role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  6. Resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  7. A 1000 word essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty and be reviewed for writing style and content. It should address the following areas:
    • Reasons for seeking advanced education in the MSN program at this time in your career.
    • Academic and career goals and how the MSN education will help you to realize those goals.
    • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program.
    • The essay should be typed in APA format.The essay will be evaluated on both the quality of writing and the congruence between stated goals and those of the program.
  8. Upon completion of the application, those who meet the admission criteria will be invited to interview with the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee.

Nurse Educator

Foundation Courses (11 Credit Hours)
NURS 600Theoretical Devel of Nurs Sci3
NURS 601Research Meth/Evid Based Pract3
NURS 603Prof Role Dev/Ethical Issues3
NURS 606Hlth Care Policy,Organ/ Financ2
Practice Application Courses (18 Credit Hours)
NURS 605Epi Methods for Hlth Promotion2
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment (lab hours)3
NURS 615Sem in Adv Clinical Specialty2
NURS 616Prac in Adv Clinical Specialty (150 clinical hours)3
SEM:Professional Development (2 sem. hrs.) 1
NURS 618Health Informatics (project hours)2
Practicum in Nurs Prof Develop (3 sem. hrs.) (150 clinical hours) 1
Expert Knowledge (11 Credit Hours)
NURS 630Assess,Meas&Eval in Nurs Educ2
NURS 631Curr Design in Nurs Education3
NURS 632Teach Strateg in Nursing Educ2
NURS 635Practicum in Nurs Education (160 clinical hours)4
Total Clinical Hours: 310
Total Hours40
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NURS 617 and NURS 619 are required for Professional Development Students and take the place of NURS 615 and NURS 616

Family Nurse Practitioner

Foundation Courses (11 Credit Hours)
NURS 600Theoretical Devel of Nurs Sci3
NURS 601Research Meth/Evid Based Pract3
NURS 603Prof Role Dev/Ethical Issues3
NURS 606Hlth Care Policy,Organ/ Financ2
Practice Application Courses (23 Credit Hours)
NURS 605Epi Methods for Hlth Promotion2
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment (lab hours)3
NURS 618Health Informatics2
NURS 640Clini Assessment & Management3
NURS 642Clinical Pharmacology3
NURS 644Dynamics of Fam Nursing Practi2
NURS 646Leg Iss in Adv Practice Nursin1
NURS 648Interprofessional Collaborat1
Expert Knowledge (29 Credit Hours)
NURS 641FNP:Care of Adult/Gero Client (100 clinical)6
NURS 643FNP: Care of Child/Adolescents (125 clinical)6
NURS 645FNP: Care of Women (125 clinical )6
NURS 647FNP:Clients Mult Chronic Condi (150 clinical)6
NURS 649FNP: Care of Fam in Pri Care (200 clinical)5
Total Clinical Hours: 700
Total Hours63