Career Change? Consider Nursing.

The Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) track is designed for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are interested in entering the nursing field. The track consists of an intensive, fast-paced curriculum delivered in the classroom and clinical and practical settings five days a week for 30 continuous months, providing the opportunity for entry level nursing practice into the graduate level.  UPDATE: Beginning with the cohort entering in July 2017, the program can be completed in 26 months.

Successful students are conferred a MSN degree upon graduation and are prepared to take the professional registered nurse licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) as well as the Nurse Educator Certification exam.

Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Students are required to complete 83 credits of course work over a 30 month period. In addition, students will complete over 800 clinical hours in the traditional areas of medical-surgical, maternal child health, pediatric, psychiatric-mental health and community health nursing. Students also complete core graduate courses in nursing that create the foundation for post-master’s degree academic or advanced practice specialization.

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Download the MENP Program Plan of Study

Application of Theory to Practice


Builds on students’ knowledge of nursing theory and focuses on the application of nursing as well as interdisciplinary theories will provide the student with knowledge to research, and education. A comparative analysis of theories will provide the student with knowledge to apply a variety of theoretical approaches in complex health care systems. Students will focus on improved patient care by examining the relationships among theory, research, and practice. The course will emphasize the application of nursing and interdisciplinary theories to address a complex nursing practice issue and demonstrate leadership in applying appropriate theoretical concepts to facilitate safe, quality care and improve patient outcomes. (MSN:  Tracks 1,2,3,4)  (DNP:  NAP) 

Care of Women & Newborns


Plan and provide evidence-based nursing care to women and newborns within a variety of healthcare micro-systems.  Principles of human genetics, ethical decision-making, and social justice will be explored as they relate to care of women and newborns.  Emphasis is placed on high quality family-centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership, quality improvement, and outcomes management. 

Mental Health Nursing II


Builds on Mental Health I.  The student will integrate theoretical and clinical knowledge to design and provide care for clients with mental health problems.  Ethnical and legal issues related to care of those with mental impairment will be analyzed as students serve as patient advocates.  Students will enhance leadership skills for patient care and resource management in the context of quality improvement within the health care system. 

Advanced Health Assessment Lifespan


Enhance the student’s ability to perform comprehensive health assessments with diverse patient populations.  This advanced health assessment course builds upon the student’s current understanding of health assessment utilizing a clinical reasoning strategy to guide nursing process.  Nursing responsibilities including history taking, targeted assessment physical examination techniques and documentation will be addressed.    (MSN:  Tracks 1,2,3,4) (DNP: NAP) 

Advanced Pharm. Across Lifespan


Provides necessary knowledge to develop a greater understanding of pharmacology across the lifespan. It is designed to reinforce pharmacology concepts, including pharmacokinetics pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics, and to enhance evidence-based treatment. Students will explore the principles of pharmacology as they apply to various disease processes with consideration of medication selection factors, client adherence, and ethical implications. Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.    (MSN:  Tracks 1,2,3,4)  (DNP: NAP) 

Advanced Care of Adults II


Develop nursing skills to care for progressively complex problems of diverse adult patients within the healthcare system.  Students will demonstrate leadership skills in providing care through interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination.  Synthesis of evidence-based practice, quality and safety improvement initiatives, and informatics form the foundation for implementing best practices in patient-centered care. Students ill demonstrate leadership to analyze, design implement, and evaluate ethical care. 

Public Health Nursing II


Encourages the student to further develop as a professional nurse advocate and provider within the public health system.  In collaboration with diverse clients, aggregates and populations, the student will continue to design, manage, coordinate and provide evidence-based care to promote positive health outcomes.  Students will analyze the social, legislative, and political activities that influence public health.  Leadership strategies and social justice advocacy will be implemented to improve health outcomes. 

Evaluating Clinical Education & Patient Care


Explore the links between clinical outcomes and health care improvement with an emphasis on learning and change that enhances clinical outcomes and the care management environment. Evaluation will be utilized to connect clinical outcomes with health care improvement. Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nurse Educator (NE) or Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) tracks or consent of instructor. 

Nursing Leadership


Advancing the nurse's leadership role in a variety of environments.  Students will synthesize key concepts and principles of effective, ethical leadership in complex, evolving health care systems.  Business and management principles will be applied to developing leadership skills.  Students will demonstrate intra-professional and inter-professional communication skills to manage resources and facilitate safe, quality care and improve patient outcomes. 

Professional Nurse Residency


Culminating application of the role of the graduate-prepared generalist.
Under faculty supervision, students will design a collaborative residency with clinical preceptors focusing on refinement of nursing leadership skills and management of clinical and educational outcomes in the clinical environment. White the residency will have components of clinical practice and the role of the nurse as educator, the student will identify the main area of focus (clinical practice/nurse educator) for the residency. Students will apply evidence-based practice for promotion of patient and educational outcomes and integration of informatics to advance decision-making. Completion of or co-enrollment in NU 535 Theories/Principles of Teaching and Learning. The graduate nursing residency will require a minimum of 200 hours. 

Advanced Nursing Project I


The project will be synthesis of master’s learning experiences directed at the integration of concepts to advance nursing.  Students will implement the approved advanced nursing project involving a validated problem within a complex system in collaboration with faculty, educators, and clinical leaders.  An extensive review of the literature that guides and clarifies multiple approaches to problem resolution will be used to support project design, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes.  The final project will enable the student to act as a change agent and result in a final paper or business plan that is peer-reviewed, of sufficient rigor to be replicated, and/or published in the professional literature.  The project will be submitted to the project chair and committee to meet the course and graduation requirements.  Prerequisite: consent of faculty. 

Advanced Trans to Pro Nursing


Structured framework for individual preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of nursing content but rather designed to assist the student to develop critical thinking and test-taking skill through the deconstruction and analysis of NCLEX-RN type questions. 

Getting Into the Program

Qualified candidates for the MSN degree for the Master's Entry into Nursing Practice are highly motivated individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited program.

Graduate applicants should:

  • Complete the MSN Application. Click here to start your application.
  • Send official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended.
  • Demonstrate a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Provide evidence of successful completion (grade of C or better) of courses in undergraduate anatomy and physiology I & II, microbiology, organic chemistry with lab, lifespan development, and statistics.
  • Provide scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.25.
  • Provide three (3) written recommendations (form)​.
  • Submit a written statement.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

International Students

International students must submit official transcripts (in English) with an official evaluation of those transcripts by a foreign credentials evaluation agency and proof of English proficiency as evidenced by a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). International students must also possess an unencumbered license as an R.N. in Illinois or be eligible to obtain one prior to admission. If you have any questions, contact Millilkin’s School of Nursing Department prior to submitting an application.

Master's Entry into Nursing Practice

How is this program different from Millikin’s traditional degree programs?

  • This is an intensive 30 months full time program where the student receives a Master of Nursing Degree and is prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam.  UPDATE:  Beginning with the cohort entering in July 2017, the program can be completed in 26 months.

Are there any prerequisites to enter the program?

  • A college graduate with a baccalaureate degree in field other than nursing must complete following courses:
    • Organic Chemistry (may need General Chemistry as a pre-requisite)
    • Anatomy & Physiology 1
    • Anatomy & Physiology 2
    • Microbiology
    • Statistical Methods or Math 120: Elementary Probability and Statistics
    • Lifespan Development (Human Development)

What is the minimum GPA to be accepted into the program?

  • 3.00

What else is required to apply to the program?

  • GRE (waived if GPA is over 3.25/4.0)
  • An interview will be conducted with students who meet the GPA and GRE requirements and are eligible for the program

What degree will I earn?

  • Master Degree in Nursing with a Nurse Educator concentration

When are the courses offered?

  • Courses will be offered daytime Monday-Friday. Clinical hours will also be scheduled.

What is the length of the program?

  • Currently 30 months, including summer
  • Beginning with cohort entering in July 2017, the program can be completed in 26 months

What are costs of the program?

When can I apply for the program?

  • Applications will be available on the Millikin University School of Nursing website or  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The program start date for the MENP program is in July.