Our Transition from BS to MS

The Masters Direct Entry (MDE) is a 15-month accelerated master's level program that prepares students to be registered nurses.
Starting in the summer of 2016, the MDE program replaced our accelerated bachelor's level program, the Entry to Practice (ETP) program.
Why did we change the program from an accelerated bachelor's to an accelerated master's? 
• The MDE program prepares a well-educated nurse to meet the challenges of caring for more complicated patients along the continuum of health care environments. 
• These master’s prepared professional nurses will assume leadership roles across and between the environments in the healthcare system.
• The re-envisioned entry to professional practice is complementary to and enriches a pathway to advance practice at the doctoral level and makes the progression to the DNP or PhD a seamless one.
• This transition lies in accordance with the national movement in nursing education to require nurses to be educated at increasingly higher levels.
What are the differences between the curriculum of the MDE and the retired ETP program?
• The MDE curriculum is built on the strong foundation of our successful ETP curriculum and is completed in four consecutive semesters with focus on care coordination, evidence-based practice, and religio-cultural care.
• The MDE curriculum is enhanced and expanded by one semester to accommodate additional master’s level competencies.
• Additional coursework strengthens the skills and knowledge for the professional nurse under the overall rubric of comprehensive care and care coordination. 
• Several new courses with content vital for a master’s level professional nurse were developed to enhance the curriculum: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Leadership in Nursing, and Care Coordination.
• Incorporates the AACN Essentials of  Baccalaureate (2008) and Master’s Education in Nursing (2011)