Master of Science in Nursing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission to the MSN program requires a conferred bachelor’s degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. Additionally, students must have a current, active, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the student’s state of residence. All students must maintain this licensure throughout their program of study.

Yes! The NCU MSN program offers opportunities to participate in the School of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education (IPE) Speaker Series where esteemed healthcare leaders share their insights into the industry. Other opportunities exist for students to learn the value of teamwork and collaboration in the healthcare industry.

Northcentral University, a regionally accredited educational institution, uses distance-based (online) education as the predominant method of instruction and interaction for its degree programs. The master’s degree program in nursing at NCU has been awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The program has been developed to address the most current trends in health care, while aligning core courses and course learning outcomes with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) MSN Essentials.

For completion, the program requires 36 credit hours (12 courses) and a minimum of 140 mentored practice experience hours.

The estimated time to completion is 26 months.

Yes, the MSN Capstone Project incorporates interprofessional practices with the knowledge and skills gained in each course to demonstrate effective and innovative organizational management skills. Students demonstrate evidence-based practices and strategies. You will also demonstrate mastery of program outcomes and provide reflection on alignment with the AACN MSN Essentials.