MSN Pathways

If you would like to take your nursing career to the next level, SPU’s Master of Science in Nursing programs offer an unrivaled combination of clinical expertise, training, and hands-on experience to equip and prepare you. Whether you hold an associate degree in nursing, are a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in another field, or hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing, SPU offers a pathway for you to earn your MSN.


Clinical Leadership in Practice

As a Clinical Leadership in Practice (CLIP) student, you’ll work closely with faculty and community leaders to gain an array of experiences that will open career opportunities. This program will help you develop both excellent clinical capabilities and the leadership skills needed to successfully manage change and innovation in health care. With emphasis on quality, safety, and care coordination, the CLIP curriculum prepares you to lead in organizations, from the bedside to the boardroom.

Through specific coursework and internship experiences, you’ll be ready to provide innovative nursing care in current health care delivery systems. Classes focus on advancing nursing practice in a contemporary health care setting. CLIP is a generalist pathway that builds on your experience to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to keep pace with today’s practice environment.

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Courses and requirements

If you’re a practicing associate degree-prepared nurse, our ADN to MSN entry option allows you to seamlessly complete an MSN degree on a full- or part-time plan. If you have already earned an associate degree in nursing, you can enroll in this program. You must have a current nursing license and at least 18 months’ experience as a registered nurse. You’ll be required to take up to 57 credits to earn this degree. Completion takes nine quarters as a full-time student (PDF) and 13 quarters as a part-time student (PDF).

A CLIP entry option is also available if you’re a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. You must have a current nursing license and at least 18 months’ experience as a registered nurse. You'll be required to take up to 51 credits to earn this degree. Completion takes nine quarters as a full-time student and 13 quarters as a part-time student.

SPU offers a third CLIP entry option if you’re an RN with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. You must have a current nursing license and at least 18 months’ experience as a registered nurse. You’ll be required to take up to 45 credits to earn this degree. Completion takes seven quarters as a full-time student and 11 quarters as a part-time student.

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Nurse Educator

When you enroll in the Nurse Educator pathway, you’ll develop skills and knowledge specific to nursing education. This pathway will teach you key strategies for leadership roles in clinical staff development, clinical education, and/or academic instruction. Coursework and clinical experiences provide individualized learning to enhance nursing education and consultation.

Courses and requirements

If you’re a practicing associate degree- or BSN-prepared nurse, or a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, and you desire to advance the nursing profession, develop nursing staff, and educate the next generation of nurses, the MSN Nurse Educator specialty pathway is for you. You must have a current nursing license and at least 18 months’ experience as a registered nurse. You’ll be required to take up to 60 credits to earn this degree. Completion takes seven to nine quarters as a full-time student (PDF) and 11 to 13 quarters as a part-time student (PDF).

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See Your APRN Path

From what pathways  can you choose?

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Thinking of a DNP?

SPU will admit students into our new DNP program in Autumn 2017.

Lorie Wild

Why I Teach at SPU

Lorie Wild, Dean and Professor of Nursing

“I love teaching because it affords me the opportunity to keep learning with and from my students. At SPU, I have the freedom to work with students not only to help them gain knowledge but also to cultivate strength of character and professional identity. Our students give me great hope for the future.”

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