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Master of Science in Nursing (Direct-Entry)

Make a difference and start your career as a leader in nursing with our 75-credit Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN).
Degree Options:
  • Master of Science (MS)

As a master’s prepared nurse, you’ll gain the expertise to promote health and make positive changes to elevate patient care. In addition, you’ll stand out in the job market having advanced knowledge and skills. Through our emphasis on excellent clinical preparation and expert faculty mentorships, you’ll graduate with the experience you need to excel and the opportunity for promotion into advance specialties.

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Upcoming CCNE Visit

The Texas Lutheran University Department of Nursing will host an accreditation visit for the new Direct Entry MSN program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on March 6-8, 2023. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE contributes to the improvement of the public’s health by ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

The 2023 accreditation of the Department of Nursing’s new DEMSN program is officially underway, a process that includes a structured self-study evaluation designed to address CCNE’s Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018) and an on-campus site visit designed to further engage faculty, staff, students and communities of interest in offering the best nursing education possible. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment and improvement of collegiate professional education and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs.

Program Overview

Our DEMSN program features small class sizes in face-to-face and hybrid modalities. We provide 990 hours of hands-on training that includes clinical experience in a range of care settings including medical-surgical acute care, geriatrics, surgery, behavioral health, pediatrics, OB-GYN, emergency room nursing, intensive care units (ICU), intermediate care (IMC) and community health settings. Upon graduation, you’ll earn both your BSN and MSN and be prepared no matter what direction your career takes you.

After graduating from our program, you will be prepared sit for the NCLEX to earn your RN license. Your credentials as a master’s prepared nurse will help you stand out in the marketplace and position you for faster entry into post-master’s certification programs to become an advanced practice nurse. It will also help you build the foundation to purse your DNP or Ph.D. in the future.

TLU’s DEMSN Will Equip You To:

  • Provide exceptional patient care with knowledge from a general graduate education.
  • Offer an advanced knowledge of nursing and science to provide patient-centered care within culturally diverse populations with various healthcare needs.
  • Use leadership skills to advance standards of care with an emphasis on organization and fiscal accountability.
  • Foster greater quality improvement and safety within healthcare organizations.
  • Create research and conceptual ideas while using critical thinking to translate evidence into nursing practice.
  • Manage information systems and patient care technology within a rapidly changing environment.
  • Evaluate and respond to the effects of health policies and their relationship to disparities in patient care and health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate effective inter-professional collaboration to promote team-based care, therapeutic communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
  • Develop a professional identity supported by positive self-care, resilience, life-long learning, and servant leadership in the professional nursing community.

Program Format: How You Will Study

The DEMSN is a 75-credit hybrid program that can completed in as few as 20 months. While most of the instruction is held on campus in New Braunfels, Texas, 12 of the 21 courses are hybrid, including a mix of in-person and online instruction. Four classes are given fully online. The DEMSN track is designed for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in any academic major looking to make a career change to nursing. It can be completed in as few as 20 months of full-time study and will prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse.

Your Courses Will Combine:

  • In-person learning – Master fundamental and advanced academic concepts in engaging classes led by our expert faculty.
  • Training in state-of-the-art simulation labs – Learn patient assessment and clinical treatment skills through hands-on practice with advanced patient simulators and in-person healthcare environments.
  • Clinical rotations – Partnering with a number of healthcare organizations with a variety of care settings across the lifespan, our clinical placements for our students are critical to support opportunities for hands-on, skill-based training to meet course requirements and provide challenging learning opportunities.
  • Research opportunities – Working under the guidance of a faculty member, you will gain an understanding of how scholarly research is conducted and apply independent thought and judgement in arriving at solutions to problems while contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the nursing profession.

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