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Master of Nursing


The Master of Nursing program is a full-time, graduate-level program for students with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field. This intensive 16-month program includes all the elements of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, plus additional graduate courses.

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to take the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse. You will also have up to 18 credits to apply toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Graduates are eligible for certification in public health nursing in Minnesota.


What makes our program distinct? 

The school partners with more than 250 health and community organizations to provide students with exceptional supervised clinical experiences. As a student, you will have a range of learning experiences to further develop your skills, perspectives and understanding of the continuum of care provided by nurses.

Students in the Master of Nursing program represent a rich diversity of educational and professional backgrounds. Some bring prior experience as teachers, artists, attorneys, business people, technicians and more. This makes the MN experience one of great energy, openness and collaboration. 

Graduates are well-prepared to enter the nursing field and pursue further education leading to careers in teaching, research or advanced practice nursing.

Length of time to degree completion

Length of time to degree completion

The Master of Nursing (MN) degree takes 16 months (4 consecutive semesters) to complete. It requires enrollment during a summer semester and is offered as a full-time program. Admission is only offered for students to start in the fall semester.

Timing and committment

Timing and committment

The program is offered through on-campus, day courses that meet weekly. The practicum (clinical) schedule varies. Practicum experiences can take place early morning, late evening, overnight and on weekends. It is strongly recommended that students do not work while in the program and also have access to transportation (i.e. car or public transportation).

Curriculum and practicum experiences

Curriculum and practicum experiences

The MN degree provides students an exceptional preparation for a nursing career through the curriculum requirements. The curriculum is complmented with 500 required practicum hours.

For your last semester, you may indicate the type of clinical settings you prefer. The school will make an effort to place you in a setting that matches your preference. This gives you a chance to explore an area of particular interest to you such as public health nursing, care of critically ill children or adults in hospital and home care settings, maternal child nursing or a variety of other specialty areas that might include cardiac, surgical or neurological.

MN to DNP direct admission

MN to DNP direct admission

Students applying to the MN program have the unique opportunity to also be reviewed for admission into our Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-Baccalaureate program. This option provides students a strong career trajectory as they begin their MN degree.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Master of Nursing program at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
202-887-6791

Dates & deadlines

Application available: September 1

Application deadline: TBD

Contact us

Shannon Dahl
Assistant Director and Pre-Licensure Programs Coordinator
612-625-7980
ProspectiveMN@umn.edu

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