Academics

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Take your nursing degree to the next level

The graduate program builds on a baccalaureate nursing degree to prepare nurses for leadership roles in advanced practice. The master’s curriculum provides the depth of knowledge and breadth of skills that are applied in a variety of educational and practicum settings.

A great way to continue your nursing education is with Bellin College’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The MSN program is fully accredited and prepares graduates with enhanced knowledge and practice expertise that builds and expands on baccalaureate nursing education. This preparation provides graduates with a broader understanding of nursing in order to engage in advanced practice and leadership in a variety of settings. Our program emphasizes the importance of life-long learning and provides a foundation for doctoral study.

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PROGRAM TRACKS:

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is a 47-credit program designed to prepare graduates to function as licensed independent practitioners in primary care. Students complete core coursework followed by specialty courses that focus on the provision of the full spectrum of health care services across a lifespan. Students learn to use advanced health assessment skills, screening and diagnostic strategies, and prescriptive practices to manage the health/illness status of patients and families. Practicum experiences that total 680 hours are completed in primary care health care and community settings. Graduates are eligible to take American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANCP) family nurse practitioner certification exams.

Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator track is a 39-credit program designed to provide knowledge and skills for nursing and health education within a variety of contexts. Students complete core coursework followed by specialty courses that focus on curriculum instruction and design, teaching and learning principles, and assessment of educational outcomes. Practicum experiences that total 360 hours are designed to meet the individual student career goals in relation to the setting education role setting, such as academic teaching, staff development, continuing education, or patient and community education. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator™ Exam upon completion of specified professional education practice.

Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

CERTIFICATE OPTION:

Post-Graduate Certificate Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate (FNP PGC) program is available to registered nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree who desire to continue their education and expand their skillset as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Students who complete the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program will be prepared for a new professional path and the many roles and responsibilities of a primary care provider.

The FNP Post-Graduate Certificate is a variable credit-hour program, ranging from 20 to 32 credits, dependent on prior education and certification. A GAP analysis that considers prior education and experience will be conducted for each applicant in order to determine an individual course of study.

The program can be completed in approximately 24 to 36 months.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, a certificate is awarded and students are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) Family Nurse Practitioner certification.

Gap Analysis

In accordance with the 2016 Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs report, applicants who hold a graduate degree in nursing can apply to the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program where previous education and practice (as applicable) will be used to determine an individual course of study. The completion of required didactic courses and clinical hours can be flexible depending upon waived credits hours.

Each student who is admitted as a candidate for the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program will complete a Gap Analysis. Plans of study will be individualized according to academic didactic and clinical needs. See Gap Analysis Form.

Post graduate FNP certificate GAP Analysis

Certified, Practicing APRNs:
Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Non-APRN or Non-practicing APRN:
Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Both the FNP and NE tracks are available in full-time and part-time options, and offer a combination of online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes that are delivered in a 15-week semester.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, the graduate is able to:

  • Demonstrate accountability for professional practice and behaviors that uses critical and reflective thinking in education and health care settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership knowledge, skills and attitudes in education and healthcare settings.
  • Synthesize, critique, evaluate, and use theory from nursing and related disciplines to guide advanced nursing roles.
  • Use information technology and evidence-based practice for implementation and evaluation of strategies for quality and safety.
  • Analyze ethical, legal, and societal factors that influence populations and health outcomes.
  • Collaborate and consult with intra- and inter-professional teams to improve outcomes.
  • Exhibit competency in advanced nursing practice role across diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Accreditation

Bellin College’s nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2018 and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools through 2024.

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