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MSN Alternate Entry Option

The College of Nursing will no longer offer the Alternate Entry MSN cohort option to students after fall 2013. Information will be posted on the website as decisions are made about future programming options.


The Alternate Entry (AE) MSN option is an accelerated option of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another field. This option consists of two phases designed to satisfy RN licensure requirements and to educate students in advanced practice and selected clinical concentration nursing roles.

The AE MSN Option consists of two phases.  The AE MSN Option Phase 1 requires 39 credits.  Phase 2 of the Option requires from 39 to 50 credits.  Thus, from 78 to 89 total credits are required to complete the MSN.

Curriculum Plan

Please Note: If you hold an Associates Degree in Nursing, please see our RN-BSN and RN-MSN options.