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Master of Nursing Program

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  1. Master of Nursing Program

  2. Session Objectives • Become familiar with the MN application process • Understand admission requirements (prerequisites) • Know what to expect if admitted • Learn about costs and funding your education

  3. Program Overview • Master of Nursing Program:What is it? • Designed for people who have a non-nursing undergraduate degree • Particularly well-suited for those who wish to pursue a PhD or DNP in nursing (advanced practice specialty) • Eligibility for licensure as an RN after 16 months – no specialty • Comparable to what some schools call an accelerated BSN

  4. Program Overview • 54 total credits • Graduate-level work • Full-time+ schedule • Traditional day program – class/clinic from about 8am-5pm M-F • Recommend not working • 16 months – 4 consecutive semesters • Begins in fall semester only • Includes summer session • Graduate at the end of the following fall semester • Will articulate with the DNP curriculum • Approximately 3-4 courses from the MN program will directly transfer into the DNP program

  5. Applying to the Program • Requirements for Application • Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution in non-nursing area of study (completed no later than June 1, 2011 for fall 2011) • Successful completion of prerequisite courses • Interview (by invitation only) • English proficiency test scores (if applicable) • Competitive Entry • 64 spots in the program (increased from 48 in 2009) • Successful applicants typically have a ~3.5 GPA from degree granting school • Admission based on holistic review, not just grades; however, grades are still important!

  6. Applying to the Program • Fall 2011 Deadline: January 15, 2011 4:30pm CST • School of Nursing Application (online) • Minimum five prerequisite courses complete • Application fee ($60) • Two essays • Résumé (no cover letter necessary) • Two letters of reference (with forms) • Official transcripts from all institutions attended • English proficiency scores (if applicable)

  7. Prerequisite Courses • 5 courses must be complete by application deadline • Remaining courses must be complete prior to entry (August) • Non-science background? We recommend having at least 3 sciences courses as part of the 5 needed to apply • Use www.uselectmn.org

  8. Prerequisite Courses • Course content must match the requirement • minimum of three credits (nutrition is the exception – 2 cr) • taken for a letter grade • Adhere to time limitations for physiology, microbiology, and pathology • Take at an appropriately accredited college/university • If taking at the U of MN, go through the College of Continuing Education as a non-degree student (www.cce.umn.edu) • Web-based/distance courses are acceptable • Community colleges are acceptable; however, it is recommended that you take some of the prereqs at a 4-year school • Use petitions & coursework evaluation requests sparingly! • 4-6 weeks to process and return decision • Forms are on School of Nursing web site

  9. What We Look For in an Application In no particular order – we implement a holistic review process:

  10. Admitted Students • Intent to Enroll form and $500 tuition deposit • Completion of all remaining prerequisite courses by the end of summer session 2011 • CPR Certification at the Health Care Provider level • Criminal background check (state law) • Physical examination certification • Documentation of immunizations • U of MN HIPAA training

  11. Profile • 2010 total applications: 283 • Up 12% from 2009 • Up 20% from 2008 • Up 53% from 2007 • Number interviewed: 103 • Accepted applicants: • Average cumulative GPA: 3.55 • Average prerequisite GPA: 3.72 • 87.5% women, 12.5% men • 9.5% persons of color (12.5% unreported)

  12. Costs & Financing • Tuition is based on a per-credit rate • 2010-11 rate is $518/credit, new rates set in July for next academic year (www.onestop.umn.edu) • University fees are approximately $2000/semester • Books are approximately $1500 for all 4 semesters • $90 stethoscope, required scrubs @ $30/set, $22 lab coat • Health insurance is required • U of MN insurance is approximately $1200 per semester • Must provide Certificate of Credible Coverage from your provider to waive University insurance

  13. Costs & Financing • School of Nursing scholarships • One application; more than $450,000 available • For admitted and current students only • Fairview Health Services opportunity • Portion of tuition covered in exchange for work after degree completion and RN licensure • Other scholarship resources • Fastweb.com • Annual Registry of Grant Support • Federal financial aid for non-degree students • Financial aid (loans) available for designated prerequisite coursework

  14. Contacts • Office of Student Finance • (612) 624-1665 or toll free (800) 400-8636 • http://onestop.umn.edu/Finances • helpingu@umn.edu • School of Nursing • (612) 625-7980 • sonstudentinfo@umn.edu • College of Continuing Education • (612) 624-4000 • www.cce.umn.edu