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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 68-credit program can be completed at our Norcross campus, North Atlanta. This program 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.

Brenau University’s ELMSN graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the 2023 NCLEX-RN exam.

This outstanding accomplishment is a reflection of our student’s diligence and commitment as well as the learning environment and support of Brenau’s nursing faculty. We are proud to have been a part of their education and wish them success in their nursing careers as they work to make a difference in patients’ lives.

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 $93,688 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. Please speak to an admissions specialist to confirm that you have met all prerequisites.

Semester 1 – 16 credits

NG 504/L Graduate Nurse Comprehensive Health Assessment with Lab (3)
NG 515 Advanced Professional Nursing at Brenau (3)
NG 545/L Advanced Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice with Lab (6)
NG 565 Graduate Nurse Pathopharmacology I (4)

Semester 2 – 15 credits

NG 506/C Advanced Adult Health Nursing with Clinical (7)
NG 508/C Advanced Behavioral Health Nursing with Clinical (5)
NG 575 Graduate Nurse Pathopharmacology II (3)

Semester 3 – 12 (15) credits

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

Semester 4 – 10 (16) 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 (3)
NG 760 Leadership and Management for Graduate Nurses (3)
NG 609 Basic Nursing Concepts for Graduates (1)

Semester 5 – 15 credits

NG 732/L Advanced High Acuity Nursing (4)
NG 739 Professional Seminar (NCLEX Prep) (2)
NG 762 Evidence Based Practice I (3)
NG 763 Evidence Based Practice II (2)
NG 780 Capstone/Practicum (4)

ELMSN Track Total Credits: 68

Credits with Pre-FNP Track: 77

*Pre-FNP Track courses only