MSN Comprehensive Program
We offer two tracks to reach your education and professional goals of obtaining your Masters in Nursing Comprehensive. You can chose to either complete the Master of Science Comprehensive or continue to add the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)- Leadership degree as well.
The advantage to Edgewood College’s program structure is that after receiving the MSN Comprehensive, you can seek certification and work in that capacity while continuing on with your doctoral level coursework to complete your DNP.
The Comprehensive concentration is designed for individuals who are, or are planning on becoming, nurse leaders, educators, or advanced practice nurses. Coursework focuses on health care policy, nursing delivery systems, resource management, teaching strategies, advanced practice concepts, informatics, and program evaluation
MSN-Comprehensive AND DNP-Executive Leadership
- 57-60 Total credits
- Completed in 3 ½ years (full time)
- Full or part time options
- Fully online
- MSN Comprehensive with DNP Pathway Sample Course Schedule
- DNP Student Handbook
- DNP Fact Sheet
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- Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a nursing program accredited by a national nursing accreditation body with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
- Complete and submit graduate application to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
- Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
- Provide two letters of recommendation from nursing supervisors, and/or colleagues who can focus on the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school.
- Submit a written statement, no more than 500 words, addressing your ambition to be admitted specifically into Edgewood College’s MSN program. Please also comment on your past educational and professional experiences that will foster your growth and success in this program.
- Currently hold a license as a registered professional nurse.
- Prior to beginning the MSN program’s practicum requirements, students will be required to complete a health form, criminal background check, and proof of a current RN license from the state/country in which they plan to complete their practicum.
- August 1st for fall
- January 1st for spring
- May 1st for summer
**Note application process exception for candidates who already have an Edgewood College BSN: Those who have earned a BSN from Edgewood College within the past 3 years, received at least a 3.0 GPA, and have obtained the registered nurse license are guaranteed admission into the MSN program upon application. No further application materials need be submitted. If a candidate has not met the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement, he/she must apply and meet all of the admission requirements to be considered for admittance.
* All courses are 3 credits each
This two-course sequence (NRS 803A and 803B) is specifically focused on advancing students' executive leadership knowledge and skills through residency hour experiences. In the online seminar portion, students will virtually attend weekly seminars and participate in a multitude of didactic activities. Students will continue to work with the course professor and preceptors to refine their residency experience; which will culminate in the accumulation of 1000 hours of residency towards the DNP degree. Developing expertise in collaboration within interprofessional teams will be a foundation in addressing individual, group, community, or population needs in the context of a systems network in a U.S. healthcare organization.
NRS 805 Healthcare Finance and Regulatory Environments
Study of the financing and fiscal management of the U.S. Health Care system. Policy, regulatory, health care economics and market influences are examined. Budgeting and accounting principles are reviewed. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN or DNP program.
NRS 820 Health Care Service and Clinical Quality
The focus of this course is to understand and apply methods and practices that clinical practitioners, administrative managers and leaders of health systems deploy to measure and assure continuous improvement in patient safety and clinical quality. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN or DNP program.
Examining the optimization of information management and communication to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals. Frameworks include regulatory, legislative, workflow, electronic health record, billing, and telehealth. Application in professional development, translational research, and bioinformatics (genomics) are explored. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN or DNP program.
NRS 845 Leadership Capstone 1
The DNP Project is designed to equip nurse leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply relevant and current evidence to a quality improvement project working with stakeholders and resources within a practice or community system. In Capstone 1 students complete the first 3 sections of their DNP Project including review of literature, project purpose and scope, proposed quality improvement method(s) and IRB application. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program. Prerequisite: Completion of NRS 800, 805, 810, 820, and 830.
The DNP Project is designed to equip nurse leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply relevant and current evidence to a quality improvement project working with stakeholders and resources within a practice or community system. In Capstone 2 students complete the last 2 sections of their DNP Project including review of the quality improvement process, implications for practice and system changes, as well as dissemination plan. Prerequisite: NRS 845.
NRS 855 Leadership Capstone 3 (if needed)
Capstone 3 is available if student projects require an additional semester to complete.
*All courses are 3 credits each with the exception of NRS 801 A, B being 1.5 credits each.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and Financial Aid
Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your graduate degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace. Remember, completing your Master's in Nursing or DNP degree is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.
Financing your Edgewood College Degree
The Master of Science in Nursing Administration degree requires completion of a total of 30 credits. Typically, a part-time student completes their MSN in 2-3 years. The Master of Science in Nursing Administration and DNP requires completion of 60 credits.
Tuition and Financial Aid information for master’s programs.
Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.
Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.