Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

MSN Frequently Asked Questions

What pre-requisite courses do I need?
Applicants are to have an undergraduate health assessment course, a research course and a graduate level inferential statistics course with a grade of B or better.

How can I fulfill the graduate statistics requirement?
The Washburn Psychology department does offer PY 510 GA Intermediate Statistics. This course will fulfill requirements. Enrollment in this course requires School of Nursing approval.   Contact Mary Allen @ 785-670-1533 or mary.allen@washburn.edu.  Equivalent statistics courses may be completed at other colleges/universities. Students may submit a course description for evaluation by the School of Nursing.

Some acceptable alternatives include:

  • The University of Kansas: PRE 710 and 711 Introduction to Statistical Analysis/Lab
  • Kansas State University: STAT 703 Statistical Methods for Natural Scientists
  • Fort Hays State University:  NURS 808  Statistics for Health Professionals
  • Emporia State University:  PY 520  Statistics I

When is the deadline for application?
Following the deadline of March 15, applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Education Committee. Students are accepted only in the fall.

Can I attend part-time or full-time?
Courses are offered so that students can attend full or part-time.  Onsite classes are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

What is the length of the program?

The adult and family nurse practitioner tracks may be completed in a Full time (2 year) or Part time (3 year) sequence.  

The Clinical Nurse Leader track is completed in 3 years (6 semesters)

What are the expenses to me? Books, supplies, tuition?
There is a $35 non-refundable application fee. Books are estimated at $150-$500 per semester depending on courses. University tuition rates can be found here.

Are Scholarships available?
Yes, applications may be obtained at the School of Nursing office. Faculty advisors have a listing of other resources for graduate students.

What is a "health clearance" and when must it be completed?
Clearance is required to protect the student and client(s) and to be in compliance with clinical agency requirements. Clearance must be completed each year by August 5th prior to beginning the fall semester. Clearance includes a physical examination including a urinalysis and Complete Blood Count, proof of immunizations and TB testing. Students must show evidence of completion of CPR for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider and personal health insurance. A criminal background check is required. The student is responsible for expenses related to these requirements.

Upon graduation, what licensure and/or certification will I be eligible for?
Students interested in applying for Kansas advanced registered nurse practitioner (APRN) are responsible for making application on their own with the Kansas State Board of Nursing. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Washburn University Office of the Registrar sends an official student transcript to the Kansas State Board of Nursing.  Requirements for advanced practice vary from state to state; students who desire to practice in another state are responsible for identifying qualifications by contacting the appropriate State Board of Nursing.

Graduates of the adult nurse practitioner and the family nurse practitioner track are eligible for APRN licensure in Kansas. Graduates of the adult and family nurse practitioner programs are eligible to sit for certification exams administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


The Clinical Nurse Leader does not prepare the graduate for eligibility as an APRN in Kansas.

What are my preceptor options in the program?
The Kansas State Board of Nursing allows students to have preceptors that are experienced APRNs, MDs or DOs. It is strongly recommended to select an experienced APRN for the majority of precepted clinicals. Students may have experiences in hospitals, clinics, community settings and a variety of agencies.

Who selects the clinical site and the preceptor?
The student and faculty collaborate in developing a suitable clinical experience. The student or faculty may recommend appropriate clinical sites and preceptors depending on the objectives of the course and the goals of the student. Washburn University School of Nursing is required have a contract with the clinical agency for students to complete clinical in the agency. Students should ask faculty to verify contracts prior to starting clinical experience. Please allow 6-8 months to obtain a new contract.

What GPA must I maintain to remain in the program?
Students must get a B in courses or maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students failing to meet this standard will be placed on academic probation. Details about progression in the program may be found in the student handbook.