2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
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2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, MS

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MSN Mission

Building on a professional nursing education at the undergraduate level, the mission of the MSN program in College of Graduate and Professional Studies is to prepare advanced nurses for delivery of health care with diverse populations and leadership roles in rapidly changing health care systems. This is accomplished through the integration of advanced professional knowledge and Judeo-Christian beliefs.

MSN Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Current license to practice professional nursing in the United States.
  2. Successful completion of a statistics course.
  3. A baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by an approved nursing accrediting body.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework toward the undergraduate nursing degree.
  5. One year work experience as a registered nurse is preferred but not required for students enrolling in the Nurse Educator Track
  6. Application and deposit fee due at the time of application.
  7. Complete all clinical requirements and upload to the document manager upon admission to the program.


  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Measles,
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)

Vaccine TB testing (PPD, IGRA)
CPR Certification
Background Check
Drug Screening
Confidentiality Statement
Student Handbook Signature Page
Health Insurance
RN Licensure

For more detailed information, see the Clinical Practicum Requirement Policy in the OBU College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook.

Part-Time Graduate and Professional Studies Students

Students can be admitted to the CGPS Nursing programs with either a part or full-time status. The students can take as little as one course in any semester.

Courses in the RN-MSN program will be distributed to accommodate the part-time status while still meeting pre-requisite or concurrent course requirements. There can be a lapse in enrollment of a part-time student for up to one year without required re-application.

RN-MSN and MSN nursing degrees must be completed in no more than 5 years. If the student chooses to exit at the BSN, the degree must be completed in no more than 3 years.

Admission of a Student from an Unaccredited Nursing Program

Any student applying to the OBU College of Nursing with a nursing degree from an unaccredited nursing program may be considered as a conditional admit. The conditional status will be dropped, if after the completion of 9 credit hours, the student has maintained a GPS of 3.0 or higher. Failure to maintain this GPA will result in the student’s withdrawal from the program.

Program Completion

Students must complete all required program prerequisite courses prior to graduation.

For progression to MSN program, student must meet MSN admission criteria.

The total hours to be credited for associate degree or diploma licensure are listed below. The student will receive 48 credit hours upon successful completion of program.

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