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ELMSN Program Overview

Start a new career and become a registered nurse with an Entry-level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN). The Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing at Brenau University can help transition your career into health care with an Entry-level MSN.

The 75-credit program based at our North Atlanta/Norcross campus is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and want to jump into a new career with a master’s degree. This program prepares you to become an RN and complete your MSN in as little as 20 months.

Why earn an ELMSN at Brenau University

Our purpose is to prepare you to become a professional nurse who is highly skilled and trained to be a leader and educator in the nursing field while making a positive impact in the lives of your patients. Brenau University offers small class sizes, innovative nursing simulation facilities, and faculty committed to mentoring you toward your goals and supporting your academic needs as you become a leader in nursing.

Career options for ELMSN graduates

With a master’s degree, you can start a career in various high-paying roles at top health care facilities in your community. Employers understand the hard work that you committed to gain your MSN, including earning your second degree. This admirable work ethic positions you for success in your nursing career as a Brenau alumnus. Career paths to consider with the ELMSN degree include working as a nursing administrator, nursing educator, and – with additional specialization – a family nurse practitioner, nurse executive or acute care nurse practitioner.

The U.S. national average salary for Nurse Administrator is $86,645 annually1.

Invest in your future with an MSN degree from Brenau.

An MSN degree helps you stand out from the crowd. A graduate-level degree shows your employer that you have an advanced knowledge base, strong work ethic and professional commitment needed for a successful career.

Curriculum sequence

The ELMSN program is designed to give you an advanced level of training for success in your future role in nursing.


BY 209 Anatomy and Physiology I
BY 210 Anatomy and Physiology II
CY 103 Principles of Chemistry
BY 206 Microbiology

PY 202 Human Growth and Development
MS 205 Introduction to Statistics
PY 309 Abnormal Psychology
HS 415 Pathophysiology for the Health Professions

Semester 1 – 13 credits

NG 504/L Graduate Nurse Comprehensive Health Assessment (3)
NG 515 Advanced Professional Nursing at Brenau (2)
NG 545/L Advanced Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (5)
NG 560 Graduate Nurse Pharmacology (3)

Semester 2 – 18 credits

NG 506/C Advanced Adult Health Nursing (7)
NG 508/C Advanced Behavioral Health Nursing (5)
NG 512 Advanced Nursing Care of the Older Adult (3)
NG 525 Advanced Professional Nursing for Diverse Populations (3)

Semester 3 – 15 credits

NG 604/C Advanced Maternity and Women’s Health Nursing (5)
NG 606/C Advanced Child and Adolescent Health Nursing (5)
NG 701 Theoretical Foundations (2)
HS 771 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Semester 4 – 14 credits

NG 707 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3)
NG 711 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3)
NG 731 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
NG 742 Population Health for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
NG 762 Evidence Based Practice I (3)

Semester 5 – 12 credits

NG 732/L Advanced High Acuity Nursing (4)
NG 739 Professional Seminar (2)
NG 760 Principles and Practice of Nursing Leadership and Management I (3)
NG 763 Evidence Based Practice II (3)