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Master of Science in Nursing

With our entirely online program, you will develop high-level leadership skills required for advanced practice roles as a Clinical Nurse Leader or Nurse Educator. The program can be completed by most students taking coursework part time in two years, including summers.

Why Grand View?

Choose Your Path

Whether it's custom classes, an emphasis, or an option, this degree offers you an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:

Clinical Nurse Leader
As a Clinical Nurse Leader, you will be positioned to oversee environmental and organizational assessments that lead to change initiatives to enhance care delivery and outcomes.

  • You will bring a high level of clinical expertise and knowledge, serving as a resource and a lateral integrator for the health care team.
  • You will develop a solid foundation in health policy application and finance, clinical outcomes management, nursing leadership and cost effective management of the care environment
  • You will understand the impact of global health issues.

Nurse Educator
One of the primary drivers of the nursing shortage in the U.S. is the lack of nurse educators, so positions for graduates in this field tend to be readily available.

  • You will be prepared to serve as a faculty member in many nursing schools, teaching hospitals and staff development settings.
  • You will apply knowledge of best practices as you design, implement and evaluate curriculum, as well as assess student learning.
  • You will be prepared to effectively manage the learning environment, whether at a health care or educational institution.
Admission and Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Comission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance.)
  • Current license as a registered professional nurse.
  • Professional liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage.
  • An upper-level (300 or above) baccalaureate biostatistics taken within five years of application date.
  • Current CPR (professional level) certification.
  • Health requirement, including TB testing, hepatitis B, varicella.
  • Criminal background screening.
  • Verification of clinical/work experience.
  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Application fee of $40 (nonrefundable).

Submit the following:

  • Include a statement of purpose with application that addresses: 1) the student’s interest in the program, including the identification of short-term and long-term career goals; 2) the skills and experiences the student will contribute to the program; 3) expectations the student has of the program.
  • A professional resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a current employer and one from a person who can attest to the student's ability to successfully engage in graduate study)
Course Requirements

Take the following courses and select one of the following tracks below as either a Clinical Nurse Leader or Nurse Educator to complete this 36-credit-hour degree to prepare you for advanced nursing practice. 

Requirements (20 credits)

NUGR 542 Teaching/Learning  2 credits 
GRST 511 Leadership and Decision-Making
3 credits
GRST 520  Interpersonal Workplace Dynamics
3 credits
NUGR 541 Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
4 credits
NUGR 545  Health Assessment
2 credits
 NUGR 555 Advanced Pharmacology
3 credits
NURG 550  Advanced Pathophysiology
3 credits

Option 1: Clinical Nurse Leader Courses (16 credits)

NUGR 560  Advanced Nursing Situation: Clinical Prevention and Population Focused Practice 4 credits (includes 50 hour practicum)
 NUGR 565 Advanced Nursing Situation: Management of Clinical Outcomes 4 credits (includes 50 hour practicum)
 NUGR 570 Advanced Nursing Situation: Leadership and Management 3 credits
NUGR 590  CNL Immersion (Capstone) 5 credits (includes 300 hour practicum)

Option 2: Nurse Educator Courses (16 credits)

NUGR 561 Curriculum/Instructional Design 4 credits (includes 45 hour practicum)
NUGR 566 Evaluation and Assessment 4 credits (includes 45 hour practicum)
NUGR 570 Advanced Nursing Situation: Leadership and Management 3 credits
NUGR 591 Education Immersion (Capstone) 5 credits (includes 150 hour practicum)

Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center

Aside from being a recreation center, the Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center contains classrooms used by nursing and kinesiology students. Equipped with technology, the instructional space creates many opportunities for interactive experiences. A learning resource center and therapy rooms provide additional opportunities for engagement and real-world applications. An 81,000 square-foot building, the Wellness Center also houses a weight room, inside track, two gymnasiums, as well as offices for faculty and coaches.

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Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Current Iowa license as a registered professional nurse.
  • Professional liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage.
  • An upper-level (300 or above) baccalaureate biostatistics course taken within five years of the application date.
  • Current CPR (professional level) certification.
  • Health requirement, including TB testing, hepatitis B, varicella.
  • Criminal background screening.

Students whose native language is not English must also submit evidence of mastery of the English language: a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper test or 210 for the computerized test.

A Graduate's Perspective

"I earned my MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership at Grand View in 2011, which prepared me for a wide variety of nursing leadership options. I have had the opportunity to experience many facets of nursing including conducting a formal nursing research study, volunteering to provide vaccinations and disaster relief, teaching a nursing course, and facilitating discussions with our state representatives about care legislation."

--Laura Coyle '11, Nursing Director

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