The Catholic University of America

 M.S.N. Curriculum Structure

The M.S.N. program is based upon a tiered curriculum. The tiered approach provides quality educational experiences, while ensuring adherence to certification requirements for the various areas of specialization. First tier (core) coursework is mandatory for all M.S.N. students. Second tier (population-specific) coursework consists of clinically focused courses required for population and specialty practice. NB: Given the changing nature of certification requirements and required content, the curriculum and associated plans are subject to modification by the School of Nursing as determined within the academic year.

Classes are held on campus 1 to 2 days per week.

Graduate students wishing to academically qualify for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator certification may do so within any M.S.N. specialty program providing they obtain 9 or more credit hours in selected graduate education courses. Students interested in teaching nursing may wish to consider this academic preparation which, together with teaching experience, will meet the qualifications for the certification examination. (9 credit option added to any MSN degree)