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2023 - 2025 Academic Catalog 
2023 - 2025 Academic Catalog

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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Requirements for Master of Science in Nursing


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is a 12-course, 36-39 credit hour hybrid degree program designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters for full time students and six semesters for part time students. Program options include Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Nurse Entrepreneur.


Dillard University’s College of Nursing (DUCON) has one mission and one set of end of program learning outcomes for both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

DUCON’s mission is to prepare caring, courageous future nurse leaders who are ethical, critical thinkers that communicate effectively and therapeutically respecting the diversity of peoples in all health care settings to improve the human condition.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLOs)

  • EPSLO 1 -The graduate will communicate effectively using various forms of media inclusive of technology to foster therapeutic interpersonal and collaborative relationships in a culturally diverse society.


  • EPSLO 2 - The graduate will synthesize complex information in the process of and intellectual inquiry, using critical thinking skills to arrive at well-reasoned evidenced-based conclusions.


  • EPSLO 3 -The graduate will demonstrate effective leadership skills in the management and nursing care of patients or consumers of health incorporating professional accountability and interprofessional collaboration.


  • EPSLO 4 -The graduate will utilize ethical, legal, moral, spiritual, and societal values in professional nursing practice.


  • EPSLO 5 -The graduate will initiate efforts with other health care providers and consumers to improve the quality of health care for a culturally diverse society.


  • EPSLO 6 -The graduate will demonstrate a commitment to professional nursing by pursuing learning (formal or informal) opportunities to enhance their professional growth and enrichment.


  • EPSLO 7 -The graduate will engage in research and scholarly pursuits at the level of educational preparation.


In addition to the EPSLOs students who earn the MSN are expected to achieve master competencies. The master’s competencies align with DUCON”s mission and end-of-program learning outcomes.


Master Competencies (MC)

MC 1. Communicate effectively in both oral and written formats with various forms of media and technology for culturally diverse healthcare clients.

MC 2. Synthesize prior experiential and didactic learning in the implementation of evidence-based population-focused holistic nursing plans of care.

MC 3. Incorporate effective leadership skills in advanced practice nursing roles to cultivate interpersonal relationships for diverse peoples in a variety of settings.

MC 4. Practice according to current ethical, legal, faith-based, and professional standards of nursing.

MC 5. Institute strategies in collaboration with inter-professional teams to provide and maintain delivery of quality culturally competent precision healthcare.

MC 6. Enlist in professional development leadership roles as a commitment to life-long learning.

MC 7. Create and disseminate scholarly work through thesis, evidence-based practice projects and other products.

Transfer Credit

A student can transfer up to nine (9) credit hours of graduate nursing courses (excluding NUR 511 ). 

Plans of Study

The organization of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is as follows:

Graduate nursing core – 18 credit hours NUR 501 – NUR 511

Role development 6 credit hours – NUR 608 – NUR 616

Role strategies 6 credit hours – NUR 600- NUR 606

Research - 6 credit hours/ 9 credit hours   – NUR 620 -624

Total Credit Hours - 36 credit hours, non-thesis option; 39 credit hours thesis option.


Nursing Core - 18 credit hours
Nursing Cognates - 18 credit hours (Non Thesis Option) or 21 credit hours (Thesis Option)

  • The College of Nursing adheres to the following grading scale for all nursing courses:
  A = 90 - 100
  B = 80 - 89
  C = 70 - 79
  D = 60 - 69
  F = 0 - 59

*Grading scale range can be calculated in terms of percent for any number in total points accumulated, e.g. 90% of 1000 (1000-900 = A), 80% of 1000 (800-899 = B), etc.


Effective May 3, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 3, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.


Research & Specialty Option Role Courses

Research Courses

Research: 6 credit hours/ 9 credit hours – NUR 620 - 624 

Specialty Option Role Courses 

Role Development: 6 credit hours – NUR 608 - NUR 616 

Role Strategies: 6 credit hours – NUR 600 - NUR 606 


Total Credit Hours - 36 credit hours, non-thesis option; 39 credit hours thesis option. 

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