Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing
Shape the next generation of health care professionals
Shape the next generation of health care professionals
Baker’s robust online MSN curriculum integrates advanced nursing theory with evidence-based nursing practices. Graduates will apply these skills to careers in nursing education and nursing administration. Two tracks are available for prospective students, both of which fill a critical workforce need in 2016: Nursing Education and Nursing Administration.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

“I am excited to be one of the first to experience Baker’s MSN program. The knowledge I have gained so far has empowered me to embrace leadership and to perform at a higher level of understanding at my current nursing position. Being a full-time student requires a lot of dedication especially when I am also working full time five days a week. However, what I have accomplished and learned in these classes has been extremely rewarding and valuable. The instructors are encouraging and willing to work with the students to ensure our success. They value our feedback and are continually working toward improving this program. Having graduated from Baker’s BSN program, I know my instructors’ expectations. This is one of the reasons I chose Baker as I continue my quest for knowledge.”
ELIZABETH | MSN, Class of 2017

“Baker University School of Nursing’s faculty and staff are exceptional and I cannot imagine furthering my education elsewhere. Thus far, the Master of Science in Nursing program has exceeded my expectations. I’ve learned more about nursing theory, nursing policy, and the various advanced roles in nursing than I ever anticipated in the two short semesters I’ve spent working toward my higher degree. The faculty have done a wonderful job prompting us to think outside the box and apply what we’re learning to our futures in either nursing education or nursing administration, and I know when I enter into a position following completion of my degree, I will be more than prepared.”
SARAH | MSN, Class of 2017

Are You Ready for Future Opportunities? Choose from Two Tracks

Nursing Education

Many of the nation’s most skilled nursing educators will retire in the next five years. The nursing education track prepares nurses for the role of educator in academic or staff-development settings. The curriculum integrates core master’s-level concepts, advanced clinical foundations (assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology) and education-focused courses. The advanced theory and practicum-focused courses provide students a strong foundation in the content areas they will teach, and the education-focused courses provide an exceptional understanding of how to teach.

Nursing Administration

Just as our nation’s best and most-experienced nursing educators are approaching retirement, so, too, are our hospital’s administrators. The nursing administration track prepares students to serve in a variety of leadership and managerial roles within the health-care system. Students will develop skills in communication, conflict resolution, personnel development, team building, employee management, critical-situation analysis, and financial management. Graduates will be able to analyze health-care needs of groups of patients, use resources, and organize and implement the delivery of nursing services to meet the needs they have identified.

Why Online?

Time constraints, work schedules and geographical limitations can make it difficult to earn an advanced degree. Baker University is committed to finding innovative ways to extend quality educational opportunities to working professional adults. Online learning at Baker’s School of Nursing closely aligns with the MSN mission to meet the lifelong learning needs of nontraditional students.

MSN Admission Requirements

The graduate program seeks students who exhibit appropriate communication skills, caring attributes, personal integrity, accountability and the ability to make ethical decisions and think critically. Eligibility for admission is determined without regard to race, nationality, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

  • A baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from a professionally accredited nursing program
  • A current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the United States
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework toward the undergraduate nursing degree
  • Undergraduate coursework in health assessment, pathophysiology, and research
  • Completion of a graduate-level (500 or above) statistics course is encuraged.
  • The equivalent of one year of full-time clinical experience (or 1,872 hours) as a registered nurse before enrolling in NU 590 Transitional Care Practicum

To complete the application process, please follow these steps:

  • Submit completed online application for graduate admission.
  • Submit a current resume documenting work history, including levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional education experiences. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Submit a goal statement: a one- to two-page essay describing personal and professional goals, including how graduate nursing study at Baker University will enable achievement of these goals. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Provide reference forms to thee people, including one from academia and two from profession or work. pdf Reference form
  • Request that the registrar from all colleges or universities you attended send official transcripts to Associate Dean, Baker School of Nursing, 1500 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604

An individual interview may be requested or required.

Conditional admission to the graduate program may be considered in the case of an undergraduate nursing GPA of 2.90. The student must achieve a grade of B or higher in the first two graduate courses in order to progress in the program.

Graduate courses taken at other institutions before admission to Baker University may, if pertinent to the plan of study and determined to be equivalent to required coursework, be accepted in transfer. Transfer credit is limited to 6 credits taken within the last five years in which the student received a grade of B or above. Any course being requested for transfer credit must be submitted to the associate dean within six weeks of the admission date. Courses not submitted within the six-week timeframe will not be accepted.

 

After admission to the graduate nursing program, all credits toward the MSN degree must be completed at Baker University.

Transferred grade points are not included in the calculation of the Baker University GPA.

Applicants to the MSN program will be reviewed on an individual basis. The applicant should contact the associate dean with all inquiries.

 

Dr. Carol Moore, Associate Dean
785.354.5837 | carol.moore@bakerU.edu

CONTACT US

Master of Science in Nursing
Dr. Carol Moore, Associate Dean
785.354.5837
carol.moore@bakerU.edu