Degrees and Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program builds on the knowledge and competencies of baccalaureate education. Graduate courses focus on the development of scholarly, critical thinkers and leaders who develop the skills necessary to transform knowledge into advanced practice. Three tracks are offered: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Clinical Nurse Leader*.

The Master of Science in Nursing program (MSN) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC. (ACEN), formerly the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta GA 30326, 404-975-5000. *Approval for the Clinical Nurse Leader track is pending

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MSN

  1. Qualified candidates are invited to apply for admission to the graduate program in nursing through the Graduate Studies and Adult Education Department. Applicants must show evidence of meeting the following minimum criteria:
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN/NLNAC- or AACN-accredited program, or proof of equivalent from an international institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the previous educational program.
  • Current licensure to practice nursing in a state or territory of the U.S.
  • Proof of 1 year (1,000 hours within the last year) of nursing practice experience is required.
  • Two letters of reference from a person who can address the applicant's nursing ability and ability to achieve in an academic program. IFor example, from an employer, instructor, or clergy.)
  • An essay describing professional and academic goals.

2. International students applying for admission to the La Roche College MSN Program through the Graduate Studies and Adult Education Department must meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN/NLNAC or AACN accredited program or proof of equivalent from an international institution.
  • Copy of a US nursing license to meet practicum experience hour requirements in the program
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the previous educational program.
  • Completion of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) process to evaluate the international nursing license to practice nursing and any educational program transcripts.
  • Proof of one to two years of clinical work experience (1000 hours within the last year) in a US healthcare agency prior to admission
  • TOEFL score of 600 on written exam and 100 on internet based exam. Students from English speaking countries will be assessed individually by the Nursing Department
  • Two letters of reference from a person who can address the applicant's nursing ability and ability to achieve in an academic program. (For example, from an employer, instructor, or clergy).
  • An essay describing professional and academic goals.

International students must meet the on-campus component for this program.