Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nursing Mission

Allen College Nursing Programs prepare graduates who meet essential professional practice standards in a variety of settings and within diverse communities.  These nursing programs build on a foundation of liberal education with an emphasis on scholarship, experiential and lifelong learning, and community service.

Nursing Philosophy

The philosophy and purpose of the nursing program arise from the mission, philosophy, and goals of Allen College. The faculty values the goals of higher education and supports the missions of scholarship, practice, and service.

Nursing is an art and science that is continuously evolving through synthesis of theory and knowledge from nursing and related disciplines. As a holistic and humanistic profession, nursing is concerned with the health-related biopsychosocial, spiritual, and intellectual needs of diverse clients. Caring is the essence of nursing practice and is actualized in the context of the nurse-client relationship. Nurses apply the nursing process while using evidence, critical thinking, and clinical judgment to provide client-centered care. As members of the health team, nurses collaborate with other health professionals in the delivery of safe, high quality, culturally sensitive care to diverse individuals, families, and communities.

The faculty believes in a holistic approach to nursing education, recognizing the uniqueness of each individual. The teaching-learning process involves a dynamic interaction among teacher, learner, and environment. Learning is an active, lifelong, self-motivated process necessary for professional and personal development.  Knowledge, skills, and attitudes are best transferred using principles of good teaching and a variety of teaching methods in diverse settings.  The Allen College faculty value service to the community as an extension of learning that fosters the development of a sense of caring for others.

Graduate Outcomes

In concert with the Philosophy of Allen College, the graduate will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and related disciplines in order to develop a foundation to guide practice.
  2. Provide organizational and systems leadership in practice, service and scholarship.
  3. Apply quality principles to promote patient safety and positive individual and systems outcomes.
  4. Use scholarly inquiry and evidence to advance the practice of nursing.
  5. Use informatics and healthcare technologies to enhance patient care and to improve healthcare systems.
  6. Employ advocacy strategies to influence health policy and to improve outcomes of care.
  7. Collaborate within inter-professional teams to manage and improve health care services for individuals, families and populations.
  8. Integrate patient-centered and culturally responsive strategies into the delivery of clinical prevention, health promotion and population-focused services.

The following MSN tracks are available:

Post-master's certificate programs of study are available in all tracks of the MSN program for nurses who already hold a master's degree with a major in nursing.

Early Entry Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Early Entry DNP option provides a means for post-baccalaureate students to enter the graduate nursing program, obtain an MSN degree, and then seamlessly progress into the DNP program. These students must meet DNP program admission criteria #1-10 for initial admission into the DNP program. Final admission to the DNP program and progression into DNP level coursework is contingent upon meeting all DNP admission requirements (See criteria #1-14).

Request a degree audit to find out how your previous graduate college credits may transfer to any of the tracks to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree or Post-master's certificate.

Allen College considers admitting applicants living out of state or country.

Applicants and current students must be aware select states require approval prior to Allen College offering online courses and clinical study in those states. Additionally, a state certification or governing licensing board may also require prior approval for an Allen College student to engage in clinical study within the state. Therefore, Allen College cannot guarantee out-of- state clinical or practicum placement. Allen College also cannot guarantee students maintaining residency in a state other than Iowa will be allowed to enroll in online courses.

Applicants planning to maintain residency in any state other than Iowa, and planning to enroll in an online course or engage in clinical study in any state other than Iowa, should consult an admission counselor prior to applying to Allen College.

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