Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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, and groups within a variety of healthcare settings. The Master of Science in Nursing in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) is designed to prepare nurses who will promote the health and well-being of populations and communities. Individuals who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and who are licensed registered nurses may apply for admission. State of Michigan RN license is required by the end of the second semester in the program. A minimum 3.0 grade point average from the BSN degree is required for admission consideration.
Candidates for the MSN degree with a clinical specialty must complete 48 to 53 credits of study, in which at least 24 credits must be completed at Wayne State University. Candidates for the MSN in Advanced Public Health Nursing must complete 38 credits. 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 students in MSN specialties complete two courses in evidence-based research for advanced practice.


The mission of the Master of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to critically evaluate and apply scientific evidence to clinical practice to provide high-quality health care to individuals and communities and to improve health outcomes.


Director of Advanced Practice and Graduate Certificate Programs 
Leanne Nantais-Smith PhD, NNP-BC
Academic Services Officer, MSN Program
Alicia Scheerhorn, MBA