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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice either as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Nurse-Midwife (NMW) 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 (BSN) degree and who are licensed registered nurses may apply for admission. State of Michigan licensure is required within two months of admission. A minimum 3.0 grade point average from the BSN 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, the minimum total score required is 101 (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 a 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 MSN program.

Candidates for the MSN degree must complete 47 to 53 credits of study in which at least 24 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 at the end of the semester in which the student is admitted to the program.

All MSN students must be competent in the utilization of research findings. To develop these skills, the student completes two courses in evidence-based research for advanced practice.

Clinical Specialties currently available to satisfy all degree requirements include Nurse-Midwife, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty is currently on moratorium.

The College also offers an MSN in Advanced Public Health Nursing. For more information, contact Dr. Joan Bickes at