- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- Majors + Minors
- Academic Services
- Graduate Programs
- Academic Facilities
- Explore Opportunities
The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018, and the footbridge will be closed from late May to late August in both 2017 and 2018.More information
Note: The information on this page is relevant for catalog year 2016-2017. This page will be updated with current term information soon.
The master of science in nursing (MSN) program is designed to prepare students in adult-gerontologic or family health nursing to assume leadership roles in advanced professional nursing. Students are prepared for roles in nursing education or nursing administration. The graduate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Students pursuing the nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or nurse executive role preparations need to apply to the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) degree option in keeping with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) decision to transition advanced practice nursing preparation to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree level.Contact Info:
The MSN program will help students achieve expertise in the following areas:
The graduate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Education and health science graduate students gain hands-on experiences and research opportunities while working with clients in on-campus clinical facilities with state-of-the-art technology.
After admission to the program, the student must compete approximately 40-41 graduate credits to prepare for the educator or nurse administration roles. Completion of the program usually requires four semesters and a summer session. For full time students, the first year of courses generally are on Mondays and the second year of courses are on Tuesdays on campus, with role courses being hybrid (face-to-face and online). The summer course tends to be online with an immersion (on-campus) day. Students choose an adult-gerontologic or family health nursing population focus in addition to the role preparation.
Preparation requires specific nursing courses that build on a core of nursing knowledge. The course work includes a scholarly project and/or thesis with a public presentation.
Together, students and their advisers select cognate courses to augment the student’s core knowledge, population focus, and functional role preparation. Post master’s degree options also are available.
Graduate students must earn a grade of C or better in course work ad practicum to successfully complete a course.
The second-year educator or administration role preparation courses are offered on an alternate year basis.
UW-Eau Claire offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree option for individuals pursuing education in advanced practice nursing. The DNP is a clinical doctorate designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in the areas of advanced practice nursing (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or nursing administration. Both MSN-to-DNP and BSN-to-DNP options are offered.
Seven credits of clinical (approximately 525 hours) are in the population focus area (adult-gerontologic or family health) and part of the educator role preparation courses. These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a preceptor.
To apply to the MSN program, an applicant must contact Dr. Catherine “Kittly” Kenney and submit the following documents by the priority date of January 4 for consideration for the following summer term:
Send materials to:
Schofield Hall 111
Eau Claire WI 54702-4004
Practice experience, choice of population and role preparation, and residency in an underserved area also may be considered in admission decisions. To apply for a graduate assistantship, fellowship, or the Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP), please also complete the online Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship/ AOP Application, which can be found on the UWEC website under Academics-Graduate Programs. Applications completed by March 1 will receive priority consideration for assistantships, fellowships, and AOP grants; however, applications completed thereafter will continue to be considered on a rolling basis.
Thanks for your interest in UW-Eau Claire. Let's get started!
Select a student category below for admission guidelines, important deadlines and instructions.
NOTE: To complete your application to UW-Eau Claire you will be taken off of this website to access the UW System online admission application.
If you want to apply for employment, please click here.