MSN Entry to Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Maybe you decided to pursue nursing only after completing your undergraduate studies. Saint Mary’s College can help you achieve that goal. The well-established nursing department at Saint Mary’s College shares a strong connection with the core values: learning, community, faith/spirituality, and justice. In the Master of Science in Nursing program, you will learn to serve individuals and communities from a position of patient-centered care while earning the credentials needed to become a Registered Nurse. This full-time program will take two years to complete at Saint Mary’s campus in South Bend, Indiana. The program is open to applicants with a baccalaureate in any field. When you graduate from Saint Mary’s College’s MSN program, you will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse and have a Master’s degree from one of the most recognized nursing programs in the Midwest.


Finishing Will Take:

  • 2 years
  • 66 credit hours
  • 6 semesters


You Can Begin Your Degree In:

Fall 2023


You Will Take Classes:

  • Full time
  • In person
  • Over 6 semesters, including 2 summer sessions


The Career Trajectory:

The pandemic has underscored the need for well-educated and highly qualified nurses.  While The Future of Nursing (2011) recommended increasing the nursing workforce to 80% of  nurses who are trained at the baccalaureate level, in 2019, approximately 45% of Registered  Nurses in Indiana were trained at the Baccalaureate level (Bowen Center for Health, 2020). With the declining birthrate, the logical target population to help expand the nursing workforce is  adults who already have a baccalaureate degree and wish to change their career trajectory by  becoming a Registered Nurse. (U.S. Department of Labor, Projections Managing Partnership, 2021) 

What You Will Learn:

  • Disciplinary knowledge of nursing care including the assessment and evaluation of nursing practice to individuals, families, and populations across diverse settings. 
  • To promote relationship-centered safe care to individuals, families, groups, and communities that are informed by professional practice standards. 
  • To provide evidence-based clinical care management within a collaborative, cultural and  spiritual context for individuals, families and/or populations. 
  • Demonstration of leadership skills in collaboration with the interprofessional healthcare team  to ensure high quality and safety in nursing care for individuals, families, and  populations. 
  • Critical analysis of healthcare policy. 
  • Communication skills and collaboration strategies that promote an  interdisciplinary team approach in the delivery of quality patient care. 
  • Engagement in the process of self-reflection and life-long learning to influence professional  practice, social justice, and community service.