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MSN Program Info for Current Students

Effective Fall semester 2016, we are no longer accepting applications to our MSN program. Prospective students should check out the exciting opportunities in our DNP program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) recommend that entry level preparation for advanced practice nursing be at the practice doctorate as a result of the changing demands in the complex healthcare environment and the critical need for improved quality, safety, and healthcare outcomes. As a result, the UMSL College of Nursing is no longer accepting applications for the MSN nurse practitioner options. All of the nurse practitioner options are available in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

All MSN courses will be offered until all Current Students have completed their program:

The UMSL College of Nursing recognizes that graduate education provides nurses with both the skill and knowledge to confidently and successfully take on advanced practice roles in nursing. Upon completion of a program, graduates are eligible to become certified in an area of advanced practice, often as primary care providers. The MSN programs are based on a set of core courses and additional advanced preparation in an area of clinical practice. The College of Nursing MSN program offers two curricula, preparing graduates as Nurse Educators and Nurse Practitioners.

Both programs include 12 credit hours of core coursework that focus on issues and concepts critical to understanding the rapidly changing health care system. These courses address values in health care decision making, policy and finance in health care organizations, societal issues impacting health, population-based foundations of health, theoretical foundations, and research for evidence-based practice. In addition, both programs have clinical-hour requirements with a chosen population. Once admitted to an MSN program, students work with advisors to develop specific plans of study.

The Nurse Practitioner

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) option is designed for students who want to be advanced practice nurses and provide primary care, with an emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention. In addition to the core courses, students learn to manage the health care of target populations through course and clinical activities with concentrated studies to become:

  • Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

The Nurse Practitioner plan of study requires a minimum of 44 credit hours. In addition to the 12 credit hours of core coursework, a greater understanding of the advanced practice role is accomplished through completion of the remaining 32 credit hours. Students learn to manage the health care of target populations through course and clinical activities focusing on adult-geriatric, family, pediatric, women’s health or psychiatric-mental health. Students have residency with their chosen population for at least 600 clinical hours. The program requires summer study.

The Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator option is designed for nurses who want to teach in nursing programs, staff development, or community education. Graduates with educator preparation will be eligible to sit for the certification exam by the National League for Nursing.  The program requires summer study.

The MSN Nurse Educator plan of study requires a minimum of 41 credit hours. In addition to the 12 credit hours of core coursework, students complete clinical activities with a concentration in the chosen population.

The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Sample Plan of Study- Nurse Practitioner
Sample Plan of Study- Nurse Educator
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