The Board of Registered Nursing requires that any pre-licensure program offer a 30-unit option for licensed vocational nurses. This option is for LVN’s that do hold a baccalaureate degree and are interested in taking courses to prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam. Anyone interested in this option should contact the school of nursing for more detail.
The 81-credit Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELM) degree completion program is completed through full-time student in preceptored clinical settings. The following course sequence is required for this curriculum of study. Students are admitted to this program in either Spring or Fall semester of each academic year as a cohort.
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 a 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. Students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam after completion of the MSN program. After passing the NCLEX-RN students continue into the upper level clinical nurse leader graduate courses.
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