Master of Science in Nursing

Major: NURS
Degree Awarded: MSN
Unit: GN
Program Webpage:

Program Information

The University of Louisville School of Nursing is an essential partner of a research intensive academic health science center in a nationally recognized university serving a metropolitan community.

The School of Nursing is a community in which faculty, staff and students collaborate to promote excellence in the profession of nursing. This is accomplished through research and scholarship that inform undergraduate and graduate education, support evidence-based practice and foster advances in nursing science.

Students are prepared to demonstrate excellence in nursing science, practice and leadership, in a variety of settings for the benefit of clients across the lifespan and to meet the evolving health care needs of society.

As a citizen of the larger community, the emphasis of the School of Nursing is to address the complex health needs of diverse and dynamic populations through nursing education, research, scholarship and service.

The School of Nursing offers the following degrees:

Nursing - Ph.D.

Nursing- D.N.P.

Nursing - M.S.N.

M.S.N. Admissions Policies - School of Nursing

Students may be admitted into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for the Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) for a summer term only.  The Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) is a graduate program for entry into practice, not advanced practice.

Advanced practice specialties, effective fall 2016, are now offered through our Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program. Students admitted to the MSN program in the health professions education concentration are admitted fall term only.

Application deadline Degree Seeking Students:

Summer Semester for M.S.N./M.E.P.N.: October 15th

Fall Semester for M.S.N., with Certificate in Health Professions Education:  February 1st

Criteria for Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing 

To be considered for admission to Degree Status, the following items must be submitted:

To the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

  • Completed University of Louisville Graduate Admissions Application, including an application fee (application available online at:
  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  A bachelor's degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution. Students in the health professions education concentration must have a bachelor of science in nursing from a regionally and CCNE, ACEN, or NLN accredited institution.
  • Two references from individuals who can speak to your academic and/or professional nursing capabilities and potential. Each person providing a reference for you must complete the University of  Louisville, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admission recommendation form (available online at:
  • Submit a goal statement, 500 words or less, explaining your reasons for seeking the program, including short and long term professional goals. Describe how past educational, work, and/or life experiences have prepared you for this next step in the career.  Upload on admission application.
  • Resume, upload on admission application. For MSN, Certificate program include your RN license number on your resume.
  • Proof of English Proficiency: International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by 1) TOEFL examination scores of: Computer-based test minimum score of 220; Written Essay score of 4.0; Paper-based test minimum score of 560; Written Essay score of 4.0; Internet based test minimum score of 79; Written Essay score of 4.0 or 2) by successfully completing the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville or 3) by demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution or 4) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of at least a 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam.  

To the School of Nursing, Office of Student Services:

  • Completed Legal Questionnaire (available online at:
  • Criminal background check submitted through Certified
  • An interview with faculty may be required.

Students who do not meet admission requirements may contact the University of Louisville School of Nursing Office of Student Services for an advising appointment.

Conditional Admission to M.S.N. Degree Program:

Students who do not meet these admission requirements may be considered for admission in conditional status.

Applications will not be considered for Full or Conditional Degree status unless all application materials are available to the review committee by the application deadline.

Criteria for Admission in Visiting Student Status to the Graduate Nursing Program:

Students admitted as visiting students are non-degree. Students admitted in non-degree status may not be eligible for some financial aid sources.Visiting students from other schools may apply each semester for non-degree status by submitting the following:

To the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

  • Graduate Admissions Application including an application fee.
  • A letter of good standing from student's home school or transcripts from graduate school in which the student is currently enrolled verifying a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Important Note:

All applicants, regardless of their application status, are required to submit official transcripts for all college work completed. An application fee of $60.00 is required of all applicants regardless of where previous degrees were earned.

Academic Policies

Academic Progress in the Graduate Program

Satisfactory academic progress in a program involves maintaining the academic and professional standards expected in a particular discipline or program and may include a demonstration of the ability to function as a professional practitioner. Failure to maintain these standards or demonstrate such abilities may result in the termination of the student's admission to the program.

Removal From Clinical

A student who is unsafe in a clinical area or research setting is subject to academic action including dismissal from the program.

Clinical Laboratory Fee

Effective Summer 2006, all graduate students enrolled in clinical programs in the School of Nursing will be charged instructional and clinical fees. This fee covers costs associated with clinical laboratory instruction, including clinical laboratory supplies, clinical equipment, support of simulation equipment, preceptor placement coordination and clinical visitations.

Course Offerings

Course offerings are subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Preceptorship/clinical experiences are scheduled on any day of the week based on availability of clinical sites and preceptors. Limited evening and weekend preceptorship experiences may be available. Preceptorship experiences throughout the state are also possible but not guaranteed. The office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs oversees student placement with preceptors, in collaboration with the Clinical Placement Coordinator and course faculty.

Late Complete Withdrawal after the Deadline

Upon proper documentation of extreme circumstances, decision for approval of late complete withdrawals may be made by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Late complete withdrawals are those requested after the deadline has passed and before the instructor has assigned a grade.

Students may not withdraw from any course after the published deadline in the online Schedule of Courses without the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. This is granted only because of illness or conditions beyond the student's control. The grade report would reflect a grade of W.

Student Health Services Requirements

Each student must comply with the current student health policy of the Health Sciences Center. All costs associated with compliance are the responsibility of the student. Because of contractual agreements with agencies and the changing needs of society, this policy is updated periodically. The current health policies are listed below. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain his/her health in order to ensure safety for other students and clients. If faculty or the agency deems that any student creates a health risk, the student may be excluded from the clinical experience and/or the program.

Note: Health policies are constantly under review by faculty based on CDC changing requirements and community expectations. Students will be notified of any policy changes, and compliance will be required.

Clinical Requirements

Detailed information is provided at student orientations and is provided in the School of Nursing Student Handbook.

Repeating Nursing Courses

Students who receive a grade of C+ or below in a required course must repeat the course. Students are allowed to repeat one required nursing curriculum course only one time. A student who receives a grade of C+ or below in a second course required in the nursing curriculum will be dismissed from the program. A Permit to Repeat Course form should be submitted to the Office of Student Services (OSS), School of Nursing, to ensure that only the last grade attempted will be included in the student's grade point average. Repeating a course is not an automatic privilege, and in most cases, the student must petition to the School of Nursing for permission to repeat a nursing course. Once permission is granted, the student will be allowed to repeat the course on a space available basis.

Probation and Dismissal

If the cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation for the next regular semester. If the cumulative grade point average is not raised to a minimum of 3.0 by the end of the probation semester, the student will be dismissed from the program. The dismissal will be reflected on the student's transcript. If a student wishes to continue at the University, he/she must apply and be accepted to another unit in order to continue to enroll in classes.

Permission for Visiting Student Status at Another Institution

Students may apply for visiting student status should they wish to enroll in a nursing course at another institution while a student at the University of Louisville. If the course is being taken to apply toward the University of Louisville degree requirements, it is the student's responsibility to check with OSS to confirm the equivalency of the course before they enroll. Students must provide OSS with the most recent copy of the course syllabus so that University of Louisville faculty can evaluate the course for equivalency. Once the equivalency status of the course has been determined, the applying student will be sent a letter of permission for visiting student status. Students are responsible for requesting that an official transcript be sent to the University's Registrar's Office upon completion of any transfer work.


The Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

Master's Entry into Professional Nursing

The Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in another area who want to pursue a career in nursing. The program provides the student with a general foundation in nursing with additional skills in the application of evidence based practice and leadership. Upon completion of the program, the student receives both Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. Students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nursing licensure. This is not an advanced practice registered nursing program. Prerequisites must be completed, or in progress, before being considered for admittance into the graduate program. To ensure appropriate preparation for the program, the following prerequisites are required: Chemistry, Nutrition, Developmental Psychology, Microbiology with lab, two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with lab. A minimum grade of B- is recommended in all prerequisite courses. Students must consult with the program advisor for appropriate equivalencies.

Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN)
Credit Hours
NURS 401Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice1
NURS 402Therapeutic Nursing Intervention5
NURS 403Adult Health6
NURS 404Childbearing3.5
NURS 405Child Health4
NURS 406Psychiatric/Mental Health4
NURS 407Community Health5
NURS 408Care of the Adult with Complex Health Needs7
NURS 409Capstone2
*NURS 501Pathophysiology4
*NURS 502Pharmacology3
NURS 503Health Assessment3
NURS 504Leadership3
NURS 506Leadership, Evidence Based Practice, Policy2
NURS 507Transition to Practice2
NURS 605Theoretical Applications for Practice3
NURS 607Foundational Concepts of Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 608Healthcare Systems and Economics3
NURS 613Introduction to Health Care Policy3
NURS 652Statistics3
NURS 657Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3

*Course taken prior to admission into MEPN program.

Master of Science in Nursing, Certificate in Health Professions Education

This is an interdisciplinary degree program. The MSN is conferred from the School of Nursing and the Certificate is conferred from the College of Education and Human Development.

ELFH 665Foundations of Health Professions Educ.3
ELFH 675Teaching & Learning in Health Professions Educ.3
ELFH 676Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Educ.3
NURS 605Theoretical Applications for Practice3
NURS 607Foundational Concepts of EBP3
NURS 608Healthcare Systems and Economics3
NURS 610Nurse Practicum2
NURS 613Introduction to Health Care Policy3
NURS 652Statistics3
NURS 657Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
NURS 740Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 741Advanced Pathophysiology4
NURS 742Advanced Clinical Assessment3


Said Abusalem

Associate Professor

Fawwaz Alaloul

Assistant Professor

Maryam Alaradi

Assistant Professor

Catherine Batscha

Associate Professor

Angela Calloway


Diane Chlebowy
Associate Professor

Director of MSN Program

Becky Christian


Paul Clark

Assistant Professor

Mary Beth Coty

Associate Professor

Tim Crawford

Assistant Professor

Lynne Hall

Associate Dean for Research

Muna Hammash

Assistant Professor

Carla Hermann


Marcia Hern


Vicki Hines-Martin

Director of Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement

Marianne Hutti


Luz Huntington-Moskos

Assistant Professor

Beth Johnson

Assistant Professor

M. Cynthia Logsdon


Kimberly Meyer


Heather Mitchell
Assistant Professor

Director of Traditional BSN Program, Louisville

Whitney Nash
Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Practice and International Affairs

Heather Owens

Assistant Professor

Barbara Polivka


S. Lee Ridner


Sara Robertson
Assistant Professor

Director of DNP Program

Celeste Shawler

Associate Professor

Melanie Schrader

Assistant Professor

Sandra Smith

Associate Professor

Ruth Staten
Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Karen Turner

Assistant Professor