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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Master's Entry Route to Entry

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The master's entry route to entry prepares those with a baccalaureate degree or higher in non-nursing fields for advanced practice nursing. During the first full-time 11 months of study, students complete all requirements to become registered nurses; students will not receive another bachelor's degree, but will progress to the master's degree. Specialization at the master's level prepares students to sit for certification examinations in any of our advanced practice specialties except CRNA (nurse anesthesia).

The plan of study can be completed in 22 months of full-time study. After the completion of Year I, students are eligible to take the examination for RN licensure (NCLEX-RN). Students may take part-time options that are available after year I.

Important announcement about upcoming changes to the Master's Entry Program

MSE Program credits will increase from the current 72 over the next two years to more accurately reflect the program content. Summer programming will also be added to relieve heavy course loads in the first fall semester and to facilitate a smoother transition.

For Fall 2015 Incoming Students: MSE program total credits will increase to 75. Students must attend a three-day pre-clinical training and orientation August 5 - 7, 2015. There will be online assignments to complete in August. Dorm rooms will be available to rent for students who do not yet have housing in Boston. For all of Boston College, fall semester classes will begin in the last week of August.

For Fall 2016 Incoming Students: MSE program total credits will increase to 77. The MSE program begins with a 3-week in-person summer session (mid-July through the first week of August) and additional online course work in August. Dorm rooms will be available to rent during the three-week in-person summer session for students who do not yet have housing in Boston. For all of Boston College, fall semester classes will begin in the last week of August.

CSON awards record number of scholarships and other funding to Direct Master's Entry students for academic year 2013-2014! Learn more »

 

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