Nursing: Direct Entry (M.S.)

The Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing Program is a full-time, five-semester, 63-credit course of study designed for non­-RN students who hold a B.S. or B.A. or higher degree in a field other than nursing. The curriculum begins in January and includes two summer sessions. This program offers the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track.  The CNL is a role in the field of nursing designed to provide master's-­prepared, point-of-care nurse leaders with the ability to manage and solve complex patient problems within a systems framework.

Students graduate as an advanced generalist with a master of science (MS) degree in nursing and upon passing certification examination, as a clinical nurse leader (CNL). Students take the CNL certification examination in their final semester.  Students complete a clinical immersion experience in NURS 952C Clinical Nursing Leadership Clinical, which includes 300 clinical hours.  Students are admitted with the stipulation that they must pass NCLEX-RN prior to completion of the program. The stipulation is met once the RN license is received. Students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN after completing a total of 57 credits of accelerated study. Students conclude their CNL master's preparation in a clinical nurse leader capstone course, NURS 958 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone , which includes a project and 200 clinical hours. Students take the CNL certification examination in their final semester.

Direct Entry Master's in Nursing

Degree Requirements

NURS 801Health Policy and Nursing Practice3
NURS 807Pathophysiology and Pharmacology4
NURS 811Clinical Reasoning Through Simulation2
NURS 813Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing Theory4
NURS 813CHealth Assessment and Clinical Nursing (90 clinical hours)2
NURS 822Chronic Disease Management3
NURS 826Caring for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness2
NURS 826CCaring for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Clinical (90 clinical hours)2
NURS 827Managing Acute and Complex Care of Individuals4
NURS 827CManaging Acute and Complex Care of Individuals Clinical (90 clinical hours)2
NURS 831Childbearing and Childrearing Families2
NURS 831CChildbearing and Childrearing Families Clinical (90 clinical hours)2
NURS 835Leadership in Healthcare3
NURS 844Population Health3
NURS 902Advanced Physical Assessment2
NURS 908Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3
NURS 952Clinical Nursing Leadership2
NURS 952CClinical Nursing Leadership Clinical (300 clinical hours)6
NURS 953Promoting Quality Management3
NURS 958Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone (project plus 200 clinical hours)6
NURS 968Foundations of Evidence Based Practice3
Total Credits63

Direct Entry Master's in Nursing

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NURS 801 Health Policy and Nursing Practice 3
NURS 807 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 4
NURS 813 Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing Theory ((plus lab)) 4
NURS 813C Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing 2
NURS 968 Foundations of Evidence Based Practice 3
NURS 822 Chronic Disease Management 3
NURS 826 Caring for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness 2
NURS 826C Caring for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Clinical 2
NURS 831 Childbearing and Childrearing Families 2
NURS 831C Childbearing and Childrearing Families Clinical 2
NURS 902 Advanced Physical Assessment 2
NURS 908 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3
NURS 811 Clinical Reasoning Through Simulation 2
NURS 827 Managing Acute and Complex Care of Individuals 4
NURS 827C Managing Acute and Complex Care of Individuals Clinical 2
NURS 835 Leadership in Healthcare 3
NURS 844 Population Health 3
Second Year
NURS 952 Clinical Nursing Leadership 2
NURS 952C Clinical Nursing Leadership Clinical 6
NURS 953 Promoting Quality Management 3
Eligible for NCLEX-RN  
NURS 958 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone 6
 Total Credits63

UNH Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

The goal of the BSN program is to prepare baccalaureate generalist nurses. At the completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Synthesize core knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing as the foundation of professional practice.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills to assess, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care in a safe, compassionate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based manner.
  • Engage clients, families, and communities in collaborative decision-making incorporating evidence-based knowledge and anticipatory guidance.
  • Employ team leadership and collaborative skills with other health professionals to optimize client and system outcomes.
  • Recognize the influence of complex health systems on health care practice and advocate for policies that promote a socially just, patient centered healthcare system.
  • Engage in scholarly inquiry to identify, evaluate and integrate the best current practice.
  • Integrates health promotion, clinical prevention strategies when providing care at the individual or population level.
  • Incorporates principles of patient safety and risk mitigation when using healthcare technology and therapeutics in the provision of care.
  • Uses effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication strategies when engaged in professional practice.
  • Embrace professional values embodied in the ANA code of ethics.

In addition to the BSN outcomes above, at the completion of the Master's nursing program, the graduate student is prepared to:

  • Serve in a healthcare leadership and change agent role as part of a diverse, complex,and patient-centered health care system.
  • Act as a practice scholar to design, direct and evaluate system changes to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
  • Use data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate,integrate and apply knowledge that will improve programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.
  • Use translational science and analytic methods to develop, identify, implement, and evaluate best practices to improve health care and health care systems.
  • Design and implement health promotion and clinical prevention strategies across the health/illness continuum to optimize health and disease management.
  • Systematically use improvement methods to monitor and evaluate care processes and outcomes and applies data for continuous improvement and safety
  • Advocate for social justice through policy, professional and political engagement.
  • Applies leadership principles that support inter-professional practice.

In addition to the Master's Outcomes:
The CNL Graduate Will:

  • Act as lateral integrator to design, direct, and evaluate system changes to promote safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable, patient centered care.