Aurora University

Nursing (MSN)

Why study in the MSN program at Aurora University?

Learn from one of the best programs in the region to advance your nursing career. This program prepares you for high-level career paths in nursing, such as care coordination and clinical leadership. You can earn the MSN as a “4+1” degree if you're an undergraduate nursing student at Aurora University, or in approximately four semesters if you already hold a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Program quick facts
  • Program prerequisite: Two research and leadership graduate-level courses (taken during the senior year if pursuing the "4+1" option, or taken at AU prior to acceptance into the MSN program)
  • Program length: Three semesters
  • Average class size: 20
  • Tuition: $9,800 per semester. There are no textbook costs. A laptop computer is provided to all students.
Program structure
  • Senior year/pre-requisite year: Scientific Inquiry and Research (3; offered only in the fall semester), Leadership and Professional Role Development (3; offered only in the spring semester)
  • Master's Program Semester 1: Pass the NLCEX Exam. Health Care Policy and Finance (3), Advanced Nursing Concepts in Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment (4), Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education (3).
  • Master's Program Semester 2: The Business of Healthcare and Human Resource Management (3), Clinical Prevention and Population Based Practice (3), Managing Continuous Quality Improvement Outcomes (3), Interprofessional Care Coordination (3)
  • Master's Program Semester 3: Ethical Principles and Global Social Considerations (3), Practicum: Role Concentration (5)
Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities

Students will take a 16-week practicum that will provide invaluable experience. This program is tailored to each student’s interests and aspirations.

Career opportunities

  • Nurse case coordinator
  • Nurse case manager
  • Nurse clinical leader
  • Nurse consultant
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse professor
  • Nurse insurance reviewer
  • Nurse leader
  • Nurse manager

Where our graduates work

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Clinics