ADRN to MN Distance Graduate Education

A track to a Masters in Nursing (MN) degree has been designed for Associate Degree Registered Nurses (ADRNs). MN degree-seeking graduate students are educated as leaders and are prepared for practice across the continuum of care within any healthcare setting. MN degree graduates take certification examinations as Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL). 

Synopsis: All nursing courses will be taught by College of Nursing faculty. The didactic section of all the courses in the program will be offered using distance delivery methods.  Students will be able to complete their clinical learning education in or near their home locale when possible. Successful ADRN applicants will be recommended for provisional admission to The Graduate School. Full admission as an MN degree-seeking graduate student will be granted upon completion of the undergraduate portion of the ADRN to MN curriculum (see below) with a 3.0 GPA or better.

Scholarship: Each student completes a MN Professional Project developed in collaboration with a faculty chairperson and committee. Examples of exciting and innovative student projects include: development of mental health outreach programs to the rural elderly; examination of alternative health practices for healing; establishment of pediatric cancer support groups for the rural client; and development of a school based clinic. An oral defense of the Professional Project is required for MN students. 

Distance Graduate Program: All graduate courses plus two ADRN to MN courses are offered primarily online with teleconference and video conference used to supplement content. See teaching methods for more information. Travel to Bozeman is required at the beginning of each Fall semester. 

Technical Requirements: Proficiency in the use of a computer and access to a computer with Internet capabilities is required for graduate students who are admitted to the program: refer to Technical Requirements (pdf). 

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To Apply

  • Complete and submit application online to the MSU Graduate School at:  Note: after creating an account, at the bottom of page 1 of the application, click “Masters Degree” for Educational Goal, then, on page 2, click “Masters of Nursing – ADRN to MN”.

  • Application Deadline is February 15.

  • CORE 2.0 requirements will be provided in the admissions letter from the Graduate School after the application is complete and transcripts are reviewed by the university

Admission Requirements

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

  1. ADRN earned from a nationally accredited program, which included supervised clinical practice in a variety of nursing settings.
  2. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse. If clinical education is to be completed in Montana, licensure in Montana is required.
  3. Minimum of two years of clinical experience as a registered nurse that demonstrates increasing leadership in nursing.
  4. Favorable recommendation from the College of Nursing admissions committee.
  5. TOEFL score of 580 or computer equivalent, if applicable.

ADRN to MN Curriculum

  • Undergraduate Portion (1 year, 2 semesters): 
    1. Complete Montana State University CORE 2.0 general education (12 credits) and 
    2. Complete two ADRN to MN courses in nursing (NRSG 489 – Research and Statistics to Support Evidence-based Practice, 6 credits, and NRSG 479 – Population Health and Leadership, 6 credits) with a 3.0 GPA or better.

  • Graduate Portion (2 ½ years, 5 semesters): 
    1. MN Degree (CNL) 5 semester Program of Study

An overall 3.0 GPA is required for graduation with a Masters of Nursing degree.

Course Descriptions

Program Costs

  • Estimated Expenses
    • Current MSU Graduate Tuition – scroll down to Graduate Cost of Attendance.
  • MSU Fee Schedule
    • Graduate Nursing Program Fee: $55.10  per credit hour for Academic Years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

      This fee is used to offset additional costs inherent in clinically-based graduate education such as teaching models, simulation equipment, specialized computer programs, and travel to arrange and supervise clinical education across the state. Fees also are used to replace and upgrade the interactive video equipment used for distance delivery of graduate courses.
  • International Students

Financial Assistance

Teaching or research assistantships may be available to selected graduate students. Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds may be available to students willing to commit to four years of teaching fulltime upon graduation. Additional information can be found in the Graduate Scholarship Information (PDF).  

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