Graduate Students

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Bellin College’s MSN program prepares graduates with enhanced knowledge and practice expertise that build and expand 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 and commit to life-long learning (AACN, 2010).

The graduate program prepares nurses for leadership roles in advanced practice. The curriculum provides the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills that are applied in a variety of educational and clinical settings. Role development and scholarship that attend to leadership and professional standards provide the foundation for advanced practice. The MSN program provides a foundation for doctoral study.

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.

MSN Program Options

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

The Family Nurse Practitioner track is a 48-credit program designed to prepare graduates to function as licensed independent practitioners in primary care.  Students complete core coursework followed by courses that focus on the provision of the full spectrum of health care services across the 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 varied primary care and community settings.  Graduates are eligible to take ANCC and/or AANP family nurse practitioner certifying exams.

Nurse Educator Track

The Nurse Educator track is a 38-credit program designed to provide knowledge and skills for nursing and health education within a variety of contexts.  Students complete core coursework followed by 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 for the education role 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.  

Master of Science Admission Criteria Information