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MSN Completion for Certified Nurse Midwives & Certified Nurse Practitioners, MSN


Want to complete your Master of Science in Nursing using your existing clinical expertise? Consider the DeSales' MSN completion program.

The curriculum of the MSN Completion Program recognizes the expertise of the practicing certificate-prepared clinician, which is built upon a strong foundation of clinical theory. You may transfer the equivalent of up to 26 credit and complete your post-certificate MSN in either one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

DeSales' staff will work with you to determine equivalency from didactic and clinical requirements of your original certificate program. Equivalency is determined on a case-by-case basis, culled from educational experiences in the certificate program only.

Unfortunately, continuing education in other forms will not be considered for equivalency credit (e.g. continuing education units or CEUs). Completion of the program results in the conferral of a generic MSN.

Admissions Requirements

MSN Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  • An active registered nurse license or eligibility for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New Jersey licensure as a registered nurse is also required prior to beginning the clinical sequence for all MSN programs.

  • Evidence of the equivalent of 12 months full-time nursing practice within the last three (3) years

  • For the Post-Master's Certification Programs, evidence of a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a practicing licensed registered nurse within the past two (2) years

How to Apply

*For applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, completion of the GRE or MAT will be required to be considered for admission to the program

*For applicants born outside of the United States, where the official language is other than English, completion of the TOEFL will be required to be considered for admission to the program

Additional Requirements

  • Submit official documentation of a national midwife, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthesia certificate.


All post-certificate MSN students must take the following seven courses / 27 credits*

Core Courses

  • NU 522: Health Policy, Organization, and Financing
  • NU 530: Applied Research
  • NU 534: Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • NU 536: Clinical Prevention in Population Health
  • NU 538: Health Informatics, Quality and Safety
  • NU 622: Advanced Physical Assessment
  • NU 626: Pathophysiology
  • NU 628: Advanced Pharmacology
  • NU 799: Capstone Portfolio

*If your equivalency from the original certificate program combined with the coursework described above does not equal 50 credits, additional courses will be required to meet the minimum number of credits for graduation with the MSN. These courses would be considered electives, but would be assigned by the MSN Program Director.

Course Requirements


DeSales University is home to some of the most advanced simulation technology in a university setting.

Simulation captures the key characteristics and behaviors of real life clinical events and gives students the opportunity to practice clinical skills, repeat procedures, fine-tune processes, and observe the impact of their choices — all without harm to patients. 

The DeSales family of Human Patient Simulators (HPS)

HPS, also known as high-fidelity manikins, are life-like models of the human body with software/computer equipment components to mimic human bodily functions. The HSC maintains several HPSs, including a pregnant mother and new-born infant.

Clinical Skills Lab 

Our clinical skills suite provides both a 12 bed in-patient and a 12 bed out-patient practice environment. Students can practice a wide variety of clinical skills with low fidelity mannequins. Task Trainers help students gain expertise in technical procedures and clinical skills such as foley catheter placement or pelvic examination for undergraduate students and more advanced skills such as central line placement or peripheral IV insertion, for our graduate students.

Standardized Patient Program

This on-campus suite replicates a functioning healthcare office, complete with a waiting room, and 8 fully equipped examination rooms. Standardized Patients are real people who are specially-trained to portray different patient scenarios, where they are treated as real patients by DeSales students. They actively participate in the instruction, practice, and assessment of the physical examination skills of our students, nurses, and physician assistants. Become a standardized patient 

Education Management

Our Education Management Solutions, Inc. system (EMS) provides a comprehensive solution for the labs;. Digital AV software and hardware allow faculty to capture both the simulations and standardized patient environments for further review. The results provide a digital video record of individual and team performance, which assist in evaluating a student’s performance when faced with realistic clinical challenges.

Simulation Lab in Gambet Center at DeSales The labs in the Gambet Center are outfitted with audio-video technology as well as integrated simulation management and skills evaluation software to allow the instructors to manage clinical skills training and patient exam protocols.

Video: See the Sim Center in Action  


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are as follows.

  • Tuition/credit hour: $840
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Re-admission Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Laboratory Fee*: $250
  • Returned Check Service: $30
*Laboratory fees are due on registration for: NU 551, NU 552, NU 553, NU 622, NU 625, NU 711, NU 712, NU 713, NU 715, NU 717, NU 719, NU 729, NU 731, NU 735, NU 737, NU 739, NU 742, NU 743, NU 744

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CCNE - Accredited

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