Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can apply?

Applicants must have a current unrestricted Massachusetts RN license and must have earned a baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited college or university which is nationally accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and/or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Please see the Admission Requirements.

Is the GRE required?

No.  However, applicants are required to possess an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a minimum of a 3.25 GPA in undergraduate nursing courses.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria for undergraduate GPA may be asked to take the Miller Analogies Test.  Applicants will be considered who score in the 50th percentile or greater on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

What else is required for admission?

Applicants must have completed a statistics course with a minimum grade of C prior to admission to the program.  All applicants will have a personal interview with the Coordinator of the MSN program or the Nursing Department Chair.

How long is the program?

Option 1 Students complete the MSN core and concentration courses in 21 months, taking two courses per semester, including two courses in the summer semester.  Students are part of a cohort, taking all courses with the same group of students throughout the program.

Option 2 Students complete the MSN core and concentration courses in 45 months, taking one course per semester, including one course in the first and second summer semesters. 

How many courses and credits are in the FSU MSN?

The MSN curriculum consists of 10 four-credit courses for 40 credits.  All students take the six core courses and four specialty courses in either leadership or education. You can find out more about the courses on the MSN website.

How often will I have classes?

Option 1 Although students take two courses every semester, students are only on campus one night per week from 5-9pm.  Students will also have online assignments each week.

Option 2 Students take one course per semester and are one campus one night every other week, with the exception of the summer courses when students will be on campus every week.  Students will have online assignments when not on campus.

Classes are held 5-9 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights.  Students usually come to school the same night for at least two semesters, if not for the entire program. 

Classes begin after Labor Day.  Students have holiday time from the end of December until MLK birthday.  In addition, students have the middle two weeks of May and the last three weeks in August.  Students are encouraged to schedule any time away during these times so that no class time is missed. 

Can I work full time and be successful in the program?

The majority of the MSN students are working full time, but many have made changes in their lives to accommodate course requirements.  While the part-time program is rigorous, the hybrid/blended model allows students more flexibility in time schedules to be successful.

Will I feel out of place in the program?

Students in the program range in age from 23-65 years.  Students work in all areas of nursing with 1-40 years of nursing experience. The number of men in the program has been increasing each year.   Many students have been out of school for a significant number of years.

What is Blended learning/Hybrid Classes?

All courses are offered in hybrid/blended learning format, combining online with traditional on campus classroom experiences. 

Can I take courses before starting the program?

All 10 courses are taken after matriculating into the program.  All students are highly encouraged to take the one-credit NURS 701 Writing and Information Literacy course prior to entering the program.  In NURS 701, emphasis is put on best writing practices, APA format guidelines, and accessing references to support evidence-based nursing practices. 

 Do students have access to simulation labs?

Yes. We have a simulation lab with six manikins including medium and high fidelity human patient simulators. We incorporate simulation throughout the program and have an open lab which is accessible to all nursing students. Our students learn how to coordinate and run simulation scenarios as educators and leaders.

 What is the cost of the program?

Cost of entire program for 10 four-credit courses including tuition and fees is $14,550

Price per 4-credit course $1,455

Price per credit $363.75

For breakdown of cost please see Tuition and Fees on the web.  Additional expenses can be expected for textbooks and attending conferences. 

 Do you accept transfer credits from other schools of nursing?

The MSN program does not usually accept any courses for transfer credit.

 Is financial aid available?

To be eligible for financial aid, students must be matriculated in a degree program and enrolled in at least two courses per semester. For more information visit the Framingham State University Financial Aid Office website or call 508-626-4534.

 When do you accept applications?

Applications are accepted for admission yearly in September in both education track and leadership track. The application deadline is July 1. Applications are reviewed when completed and students are accepted on a rolling admission. Cohorts may be filled prior to July 1 so applicants are encouraged to submit all documentations early.

How many students are accepted into the program?

Currently, two cohorts are accepted in September each year.  Twenty-five students are accepted for nursing education and 25 students are accepted for nursing leadership each year. 

 How do I apply?

Visit Graduate Admissions Information or fill out the online application and submit all required documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

 What transcripts should I submit?

Please submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and/or graduate courses and programs.  Failure to submit all transcripts will delay consideration of your application. 

   Is there an orientation before starting the program?

Every August, usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month an orientation is held.  Students have the opportunity to meet classmates, professors, and graduates of the program who will discuss hints for being successful in the program.  Students obtain their parking stickers, library cards, and student IDs.  All students are expected to attend. 

Are there information sessions planned?

The Program Coordinator and the Nursing Department Chair hold monthly information sessions giving an overview of the program and answering questions about the program.  Interested parties can find dates and register for the sessions by clicking on the Graduate Information Session website.

If you have any further questions regarding the MSN program please contact the Coordinator and Advisor:
Dr. Cynthia Bechtel, Coordinator MSN Program
Email: cbechtel@framingham.edu
Phone: 508-443-4997


Notes:

  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.