Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership and Education | Associate Degree to MSN


36 Graduate level credits

NNU’s Associate to MSN Master of Science in Nursing degree is designed to be a 3-year program accommodating those entering directly with an Associate's Degree (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate Degree in Nursing). The program is designed for the working registered nurse desiring to attain an advanced nursing degree and develop professional and leadership skills to advance career opportunities. 

Associate nurses with an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or Associate of Degree (ADN) from a regionally or nationally accredited school are eligible to enroll in the MSN Leadership and Education program by completing required bridge courses.  This pathway does not confer a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree.  Nurses with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree will require an official transcript evaluation by NNU's Nursing Department to determine additional course needs.


The course of study includes advanced courses in health assessment, leadership skills in a variety of areas including nursing research and evidence-based practice, as well as teaching-learning strategies, curriculum development, and evaluation processes.  The program is 100% online with clinical practicum hours organized in your specialty and practice area. 

Prerequisites required before starting the MSN Degree

Applicants with an Associate (AA, AS, ADN) Degree will be required to take the following preparatory bridge courses as part of their MSN Leadership and Education pathway.

Additional requirements may apply based on transcript evaluation.

  • Introduction to Academic Writing (or equivalent)
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology
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All credits for the Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership and Education degree must be completed within five years of starting the program. Any exception to this must be cleared with the director of the MSN program.

​​​​​​​Graduation Requirements: for the Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership and Education Program

1.   Completion of the requirements for the approved area of study.
2.   Completion of the required number of credits for the specific area of study.
3.   Maintained GPA of 3.0 or higher for all MSN courses.
4.   Only credits receiving a "C" (2.0) or higher grade may be applied toward the degree.
5.   The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion.  The deadlines are:

June 1 for Fall
October 15 for Spring
January 15 for Summer

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