Nursing (ELMSN) Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing Full-Time Program

Health Sciences
> Nursing
North Atlanta
Graduate, Master's Degree

20 Months – Full-Time – North Atlanta

Enter the nursing field prepared to provide exceptional patient care and professional leadership with the Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) from Brenau University. Offered through the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, the ELMSN is a full-time, hybrid-format degree for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.

This program aims to produce master’s-prepared, entry-level nurses who are ready to begin serving in a variety of health care settings. It features a blend of online and on-site classes plus 600 hours of clinical experience. You’ll also have access to our graduate clinical coordinator for help with securing clinical placements during your program.

After graduating and successfully passing the NCLEX-RN, you will be equipped to pursue careers with a focus on patient care at an advanced level, public policy, health administration and more.

Benefits and features

Our ELMSN program offers you an advanced foundation of knowledge and skills so you can provide compassionate, evidence-based care to patients across the lifespan. You’ll also be prepared to collaborate in health care teams with other clinicians.

When you earn your ELMSN with Brenau, you will:

  • Benefit from Brenau’s proven experience developing programs that combine online, onsite and clinical training.
  • Study with clinically experienced faculty who are prepared to the doctoral level.
  • Practice care skills in our advanced simulation labs.
  • Have access to advice and assistance from our graduate clinical coordinator.
  • Gain clinical experience within our regional network of health care partners.
  • Receive comprehensive preparation for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
  • Graduate with a qualification that goes above and beyond a BSN, giving you an advantage in the job market—particularly with Magnet®-recognized hospitals.

With your MSN, you can also establish a path toward your long-term goals,
whether you want to enter administration, pursue advanced practice
certification or move on to doctoral study in a PhD or Doctor of Nursing
Practice (DNP) program.


The curriculum consists of 75 credits of coursework covering nursing theory, health care populations, health science and clinical experience.

After graduation, you will be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Semester 1 (13 credits)

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

Semester 2 (18 credits)

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

Semester 3 (15 credits)

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

Semester 4 (14 credits)

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

Semester 5 (12 Credits)

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

Prerequisite courses

To succeed in a graduate-level nursing program, you will need a foundation of science, mathematics and general education. We will evaluate your previous bachelor’s degree for transfer credit.

If you did not complete a course or equivalent from the list below, you may need to make up the course prior to beginning your nursing degree.

  • CY 103/103L Principles of Chemistry
  • BY 206/206L Microbiology
  • BY 209/BY 209L Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BY 210/BY 210L Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PY 202 Human Growth and Development
  • MS 205 Introduction to Statistics
  • PY 309 Abnormal Psychology
  • HS 415 Pathophysiology for the Health Professions*

You must have completed all prerequisites to be considered for admission to the ELMSN. Additional prerequisites may be needed. Please speak with an admissions counselor to confirm that you have met all prerequisites.

Admission requirements

The ELMSN is for highly motivated students who are prepared to succeed in a graduate-level nursing program.

To apply, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field from a regionally accredited university (or foreign equivalent). You must also have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (See “Admissions GPA requirements” below for more details.)

Required documents

You must provide:

  • Official college transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Transcripts must show a minimum 3.0 GPA. See “Admissions GPA requirements” below for more details.
  • Test results from the HESI Nursing Admissions Test showing a minimum score of 75% overall.

Additional requirements

You must complete and provide official results from a criminal background check and drug screening test.

Admissions GPA requirements

You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours of college coursework, including graduate coursework, attempted and accepted.

A minimum science GPA of 3.0 is also required. The science GPA is based on the highest grade earned in the last 15 years in the courses listed below.

Grades earned in these courses more than fifteen years ago will require the courses to be retaken or reviewed for acceptance.

The science GPA is calculated using the most recent grade earned during the last 15 years in the following courses:

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

Learn more

Ready to take on the challenge of a nursing career? Learn more about the
Entry-Level MSN program
at Brenau today!

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