School of Nursing
The 80-credit ELM Track is completed through full-time study in preceptored clinical settings. The Entry Level
Master of Science track curriculum is designed for pre-licensure nursing students to study basic nursing knowledge and science at the graduate level concurrently with graduate core content to prepare for RN licensure.
The first year of the CDU ELM track consists of courses that provide the foundation for safe nursing practice while immersing students in a variety of classroom, hospital, and community based experiences. Through a series of designed learning activities, students are able to learn how to care for patients and their families within a supportive environment that promotes the spirit of inquiry and application of research to nursing practice. The second year of the program provides coursework in nursing research, issues/theory, community health and final clinical immersion experience in a preceptored course where students can further develop the professional RN role through patient care experiences at the point of care, delegation, prioritization of care, interdisciplinary communication, and team management prior to being eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.