Wayne State University

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The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice either as Nurse Practitioners (NP), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), or as Certified Nurse Specialists (CNS) in the care of culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities within a variety of healthcare settings.  Individuals who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree and who are licensed registered nurses may apply for admission.  State of Michigan licensure is required before individuals can start clinical course work.  A minimum 3.0 grade point average from the B.S.N. degree is required for regular admission consideration and a minimum 2.8 grade point average is required for qualified admission consideration.  If the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required, minimum 101 total score (minimum 25 Listening, 25 Reading, 25 Writing and 26 Speaking).  Or, students can submit IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores instead, with a required minimum overall score greater than 7, with minimum of 8 in speaking, minimum of 7 in writing, and greater than 7 in reading and listening.  The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is no longer required for admission to the M.S.N. program.

Candidates for the M.S.N. degree must complete thirty-seven to forty-seven credits of study in which at least twenty-four credits must be completed at Wayne State University.  All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Nursing and the Wayne State University Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.  Students have six years to complete degree requirements.  The six-year time limit begins the semester in which the student is admitted to the program.

All M.S.N. students must elect a series of courses that will prepare him/her to be competent in the utilization of research findings.  To develop these skills, the student completes courses in inferential statistics and research methods in nursing before conducting a study that includes the scientific analysis of data.

Concentrations currently available to satisfy all degree requirements include Adult Acute & Critical Care Nursing, Adult Primary Care Nursing, Gerontological Nursing, Women’s Health Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, Pediatric Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.