Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) General Admission Criteria
Resurrection University offers several options in graduate nursing education for the bachelor-prepared nurse who is seeking advanced levels of nursing. Our programs allow graduates to excel in areas such as Advanced Nursing Practice, Education, Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration.
Our MSN program allows for cutting-edge classroom and clinical experiences within the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, Presence Health. The hybrid and weekend (for Health Systems Leadership only) learning formats allow students the flexibility to maintain their work hours while they are in school. Our programs range from 37 to 48 semester hours, and may be completed in roughly three academic years or 6 or 8 semesters.
Nurse Practitioner Program
The Nurse Practitioner program (MSN-NP) comes in two variants: The Adult Gerontology NP and The Family Health NP. Both programs are 48 semester hours in length, and may be completed in eight semesters or about three academic years. The program is offered in the hybrid format, which features both in-class and online components. The NP program starts in both the Fall and Spring semesters. (You may view further details on this program on the Academics Tab, as well as through an electronic view book.)
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Nurse Educator Program
The Nurse Educator (MSN-NE) puts you in position to teach, mentor, and inspire future nurses. The program is 40 semester hours in length and is also offered in the hybrid format. Typically, students may complete the program in eight semesters or about three academic years. The MSN-NE starts once a year in the Fall semester. (You may view further details on this program on the Academics Tab, as well as through an electronic view book.)
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Health Systems Leadership Program
Nurses who enter the Health Systems Leadership program (MSN-HSL) take on challenging and varied executive-level and administrative roles within healthcare. The program is 37 semester hours in length and is offered in the weekend format, where classes meet every third weekend. Students may complete the program in as little as 24 months. The MSN-HSL starts once a year in the Fall semester. (You may view further details on this program on the Academics Tab, as well as through an electronic view book.)
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MSN Admission Criteria
- Must have a BSN from regionally-accredited institution and an AACN accredited nursing program
- Illinois RN license must be current and unencumbered
- A cumulative undergraduate college grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for all undergraduate nursing classes
MSN Application Requirements
- Submit an online application and fee ($50 nonrefundable)
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Submit a two-page personal statement detailing the reasons you wish to pursue the degree and how you feel the degree will enhance your career
- Submit a copy of your current Illinois Nursing License
- Submit a copy of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
This section was designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about the MSN program.
Start Terms and Application Deadlines
The MSN programs start in the Fall and in the Spring depending on the specific MSN concentration. (Please view the individual programs to see specific start times.)
- Fall application deadline is July 15th or until all seats are filled
- Spring application deadline is November 15th or until all seats are filled