MSN Commonly Asked Questions

Master of Science (MSN): Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) FAQs

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree who want to further their career as a nurse practitioner. Upon completion of this track, students are educationally prepared to take the national FNP certification examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Accreditations include:
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region.

The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Family Nurse Practitioner track may be completed in as little as 24 months with a full-time schedule.

All courses are online; however, a student is required to complete 720-hour clinical course with an approved, self-selected preceptor.

Yes.

While much of the learning takes place online, MSN-FNP students will need to complete their practicum hours in an approved state. Please click here to see if this program meets the educational requirements of professional licensure in your state.

Transfer credit may be given for up to 6 credit hours for the Education and Transformational Leadership tracks and up to 9 credit hours for the FNP and Post-Graduate FNP tracks of graduate credit with a grade of B- or higher for any of the MSN core courses listed below. Courses may be accepted as a substitute for comparable core courses in programs that permit transfer credit if work was completed within five years of a student’s Olivet matriculation. Note: For a transfer credit request similar to the NRSG 679/680 (four total credit hours) course, the maximum credit hours that can be transferred is three credit hours. Course transfers convert the credit hours achieved from a course at another college/university to credit hours at Olivet. Transfer credit may be given for the following Olivet courses after review for syllabi similarity.

  • NRSG 626: Moral/Ethical Decision Making
  • NRSG 628: Nursing Informatics
  • NRSG 653: Theoretical & Professional Foundations of Nursing
  • NRSG 679: Evidence-Based Practice I
  • NRSG 680: Evidence-Based Practice II All students must submit a “Request to Transfer Credit” form, the course description(s), and a copy of the catalog cover, and the course syllabus to the program director/coordinator prior to beginning a graduate program. To determine transferability of credit, please contact the appropriate program director to receive a recommendation for transfer.

Course waivers eliminate a student’s requirement to register for a particular course in the Post-Master’s Nursing Education or Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate tracks. Waivers are for courses that have been used toward a degree previously earned, whether at Olivet or another college/university. These courses must have been taken within the past five years and have been successfully completed with a B- or higher. The waiver only applies to the 21 following Olivet courses:

  • NRSG 673/NRSG 674: Advanced Pathophysiology I and II
  • NRSG 675/NRSG 676: Advanced Pharmacology I and II
  • NRSG 677/NRSG 678: Advanced Health Assessment I and II after review of course descriptions/syllabi for similarity.

In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, the applicant must:

  • Complete an application.
  • Submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university showing an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  • Submit transcripts from any accredited institutions attended, where pre-requisites for a nursing program and BSN nursing courses were completed, and any completed nursing graduate coursework.
  • Have attained a BSN undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).*
  • Submit a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in a geographical jurisdiction of the United States.*
  • Have successfully completed (defined as a grade of C or above) an approved undergraduate statistics course. An official transcript for same should be submitted.
  • Submit a signed consent regarding criminal background and drug screening requirements.
  • Submit evidence of having worked as an RN for at least 2,000 hours prior to starting the respective clinical/practicum tracks (ED: NRSG 634, FNP: NRSG 665, & TL: NRSG 648).**
  • Students may not be admitted to the Olivet MSN program who have been dismissed from another MSN program.

*Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional admission.

** Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional enrollment.

While a family nurse practitioner is a specialization in Primary Care in a family practice setting, there are plenty of opportunities available in the following settings:

  • Family practice
  • Internal medicine
  • Military bases
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care
  •  Prisons/jail
  • Retail health clinics
  • School clinics
  • Short and Long Term Care
  • Specialty Primary Care
  • Women’s health
  • Urgent/Immediate Care

Discounts are available for our practice partners, alumni and faculty.

Upon completion of this track, students are educationally prepared to take the national FNP certification examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Master of Science (MSN): Nursing Education FAQs

The Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Education track is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree who want to further their career in nursing education. Candidates for the Master’s in Nursing Education are seeking to inspire and mold the next generation of nurses by teaching knowledge and skills required for same and competent care. Candidates enjoy serving as preceptors and helping others understand new or difficult concepts.

Accreditations include:
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region.

The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Education track can be completed in as little as 15 months with a full-time schedule.

All courses are online; however, a student is required to complete two practicum courses. One 30-hour Advanced Clinical Practicum and another 120-hour Academic Nurse Educator practicum. Both practicums are completed with an approved, self-selected preceptor.

No

While much of the learning takes place online, MSN-ED students will need to complete their practicum hours in an approved state. Please check to see if this program meets the educational requirements with your state board of nursing.

Transfer credit may be given for up to 6 credit hours for the Education and Transformational Leadership tracks and up to 9 credit hours for the FNP and Post-Graduate FNP tracks of graduate credit with a grade of B- or higher for any of the MSN core courses listed below. Courses may be accepted as a substitute for comparable core courses in programs that permit transfer credit if work was completed within five years of a student’s Olivet matriculation. Note: For a transfer credit request similar to the NRSG 679/680 (four total credit hours) course, the maximum credit hours that can be transferred is three credit hours. Course transfers convert the credit hours achieved from a course at another college/university to credit hours at Olivet. Transfer credit may be given for the following Olivet courses after review for syllabi similarity.

  • NRSG 626: Moral/Ethical Decision Making
  • NRSG 628: Nursing Informatics
  • NRSG 653: Theoretical & Professional Foundations of Nursing
  • NRSG 679: Evidence-Based Practice I
  • NRSG 680: Evidence-Based Practice II

All students must submit a “Request to Transfer Credit” form, the course description(s), and a copy of the catalog cover, and the course syllabus to the program director/coordinator prior to beginning a graduate program. To determine transferability of credit, please contact the appropriate program director to receive a recommendation for transfer.

In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, the applicant must:

  • Complete an application.
  • Submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university showing an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  • Submit transcripts from any accredited institutions attended, where pre-requisites for a nursing program and BSN nursing courses were completed, and any completed nursing graduate coursework.
  • Have attained a BSN undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).*
  • Submit a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in a geographical jurisdiction of the United States.*
  • Have successfully completed (defined as a grade of C or above) an approved undergraduate statistics course. An official transcript for same should be submitted.
  • Submit a signed consent regarding criminal background and drug screening requirements.
  • Submit evidence of having worked as an RN for at least 2,000 hours prior to starting the respective clinical/practicum tracks (ED: NRSG 634, FNP: NRSG 665, & TL: NRSG 648).**
  • Students may not be admitted to the Olivet MSN program who have been dismissed from another MSN program.

*Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional admission.

** Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional enrollment.

When choosing your career path, an MSN degree with a concentration in Education offers students ample opportunities to teach in a nursing school/program/university at various levels, such as LPN, ADN, and BSN programs. There is a growing demand for nurse educators in academia. Faculty typically make less than other graduate prepared roles there is an overwhelming need for educators.

  • “According to a Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions released by AACN in October 2018, a total of 1,715 faculty vacancies were identified in a survey of 872 nursing schools with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs across the country (85.8% response rate). Besides the vacancies, schools cited the need to create an additional 138 faculty positions to accommodate student demand. The data show a national nurse faculty vacancy rate of 7.9%. Most of the vacancies (90.7%) were faculty positions requiring or preferring a doctoral degree.”

In the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN’s) Vision for Academic Nursing it is mentioned that “projections indicated that retirements between 2016-2025 would equal one third of the 2015 employed faculty workforce.” and “In 2017, 55% of all nursing programs (baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral) reported insufficient number of faculty as one of the primary reasons for not admitting all qualified applicants.”

Discounts are available for our practice partners, alumni, and faculty. Upon completion students should check out government loan repayment programs such as the Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program.

Upon completion of this track, students are educationally prepared to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator examination from the National League for Nursing. For more information, please refer to the CNE Handbook.

Upon completion of this track, students are educationally prepared to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator examination from the National League for Nursing.

Master of Science (MSN): Transformational Leadership FAQs

A typical candidate for this track includes a nurse who has completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is interested in advancing their nursing leadership skills and business acumen. Candidates for the Master’s in Transformational Leadership are seeking to improve their communication, conflict resolution, and teamwork skills, while also advancing their understanding of decision making, healthcare finance, and budgeting. Candidates are also interested in improving both patient and organizational outcomes and desire to create change within the healthcare environment.

Accreditations include:
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region.

The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Transformational Leadership track may be completed in as little as 11 months with a full-time schedule.

All courses are online; however, a student is required to complete a 120-hour practicum course with an approved, self-selected preceptor towards the end of the track.

No.

While much of the learning takes place online, MSN-TL students will need to complete their practicum hours in an approved state. Please check to see if this program meets the educational requirements of professional licensure with your state board of nursing.

Transfer credit may be given for up to 6 credit hours for the Education and Transformational Leadership tracks and up to 9 credit hours for the FNP and Post-Graduate FNP tracks of graduate credit with a grade of B- or higher for any of the MSN core courses listed below. Courses may be accepted as a substitute for comparable core courses in programs that permit transfer credit if work was completed within five years of a student’s Olivet matriculation. Note: For a transfer credit request similar to the NRSG 679/680 (four total credit hours) course, the maximum credit hours that can be transferred is three credit hours. Course transfers convert the credit hours achieved from a course at another college/university to credit hours at Olivet. Transfer credit may be given for the following Olivet courses after review for syllabi similarity.

  • NRSG 626: Moral/Ethical Decision Making
  • NRSG 628: Nursing Informatics
  • NRSG 653: Theoretical & Professional Foundations of Nursing
  • NRSG 679: Evidence-Based Practice I
  • NRSG 680: Evidence-Based Practice II All students must submit a “Request to Transfer Credit” form, the course description(s), and a copy of the catalog cover, and the course syllabus to the program director/coordinator prior to beginning a graduate program. To determine transferability of credit, please contact the appropriate program director to receive a recommendation for transfer.

In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, the applicant must:

  • Complete an application.
  • Submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university showing an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  • Submit transcripts from any accredited institutions attended, where pre-requisites for a nursing program and BSN nursing courses were completed, and any completed nursing graduate coursework.
  • Have attained a BSN undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).*
  • Submit a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in a geographical jurisdiction of the United States.*
  • Have successfully completed (defined as a grade of C or above) an approved undergraduate statistics course. An official transcript for same should be submitted.
  • Submit a signed consent regarding criminal background and drug screening requirements.
  • Submit evidence of having worked as an RN for at least 2,000 hours prior to starting the respective clinical/practicum tracks (ED: NRSG 634, FNP: NRSG 665, & TL: NRSG 648).**

*Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional admission.

** Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional enrollment.

When choosing your career path, an MSN in Transformational Leadership may offer a multitude of opportunities. To begin, business skill development can translate across several industries, as opposed to degree programs that focus solely on field-specific knowledge. Additionally, several in-demand career opportunities require employees to understand the ways different aspects of healthcare and business and how they align for an organization to succeed, such as effective administration techniques, interprofessional collaboration, and improved outcomes. There is a positive career outlook for this degree. A typical work week for nurse leaders includes 40+ hours a week. According to salary.com as of February 26, 2020, the average salary for a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in Illinois ranges between $200,000 to $277,000.  The salary ranges widely depending on several factors such as education, certifications, additional skills, and years of experience. It is important to note that almost half of the jobs in nursing leadership are currently held by those late in their career.

Potential career options:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Patient Care Services or Director over several units within a hospital
  • Manager of a health care provider clinic
  • A Coordinator/Director of Outpatient Care Centers
  • Manage/Lead Home Health Care Services, or Long-term care facilities
  • Work at Colleges, Universities and/or Professional Schools in leadership
  • Work in the Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing Industry
  • Work in Biomedical Companies
  • Work in a technology company directing healthcare service needs
  • Manager
  • Nurse Entrepreneur
  • Consultant

Discounts are available for our practice partners, alumni and faculty.

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
    • Depending on a student’s work experience a student may be able to obtain the CNML certification. Students must have work experience in the role and successfully pass a certification exam by American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) in order to obtain a certification. Candidates are eligible if they have a valid and unrestricted RN license and a baccalaureate in nursing degree or higher plus 2080 hours of experience in a nurse manager role. For more information on the eligibility requirements and examination please review the CNML Examination and Program Handbook.
  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
    • The eligibility criteria for the CENP certification is as follows:
      • “a candidate must meet the target practitioner definition,”
        • Target Practitioner Definition: “The nurse executive sets the vision for nursing practice in the delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient care. With an interdisciplinary approach, the nurse executive demonstrates leadership in business skills and principles, knowledge of the healthcare environment, communication and relationship management and professionalism. This includes elements of evidence-based practice, ethics, influencing behavior, accountability, clinical leadership quality improvement, strategic management, teamwork, and mentoring. The nurse executive advocates as the voice of the patient, family and the nursing profession.” Taken from the CENP Handbook
      • must have a valid and unrestricted RN license,
      • hold a Master’s degree or higher (one in nursing) plus, two years of experience in an executive nursing role.