How does the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree awarded in the MAGELIN program compare to a BSN?

MAGELIN: Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing (formerly known as MN) is for individuals who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and would like to become a nurse. It prepares the student in a short period of time to take NCLEX-RN exam and enter the nursing profession. It does not prepare the nurse for advanced practice positions, such as a clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner. Because MAGELIN, as part of the Mount's MSN degree program, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), some of these courses will count towards an advanced MSN degree. The BSN is a four-year degree program that also prepares you for the NCLEX and to practice nursing at the bedside.

What are the admission requirements for MAGELIN?

Please refer to admission requirements for information about MAGELIN: Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing (formerly known as MN).

Do I need to take the GRE?

If you do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, then you will need to take the GRE.

What is the tuition and what kinds of financial aid are available?

For tuition rates, please refer to graduate tuition. The cost of the uniforms and lab fees are included in the tuition. The cost of books is not included in tuition. Financial aid is available in the form of Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Grad Plus Loan and in a Low Interest Loan Plan. The Catherine Relihan Scholarship is also available. For more information about these options, visit financial aid or contact the Mount’s Student Administrative Services at (513) 244-4418.

When are courses offered?

Courses are offered primarily during the day; clinical experiences my be days, evenings, or Saturdays. Students will be in class or clinical four days per week most semesters. Clinical experiences may take place during the day, at night, or on Saturdays.

How long does it take to complete MAGELIN?

MAGELIN: Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing (formerly known as MN), takes 15 months (four, full-time semesters) to complete. Cohorts begin in May and August each year.

What is the application date?

MAGELIN: Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing (formerly known as MN), has rolling admission. Applications are taken until the class is at capacity. 

What prerequisite courses are required before beginning MAGELIN?

Nine prerequisite courses are required to be complete with a C or higher before beginning MAGELIN. The courses include: Anatomy and Physiology with lab (one year, must be taken within five years of starting program,) Chemistry with Lab, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Statistics, Lifespan Developments, Microbiology with Lab, Nutrition and Pathophysiology.

Where can I take my prerequisite courses?

Prerequisite courses can be obtained from any regionally accredited institution. Although not recommended for all prerequisites, you may choose to test out of some of the prerequisite courses (Nutrition, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Life Span Development).

Can I finish my prerequisites after I apply, as long they are completed before classes start?

Yes, just indicate on the prerequisite table submitted with your application, the expected date of completion. Any acceptance to MAGELIN: Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing (formerly known as MN), will be contingent on your successful completion of these prerequisite courses. Therefore, if you were unable to complete or fall below a “C” in a prerequisite course, the acceptance would be revoked.

Are prerequisites accepted if they are more than 10 years old?

Yes, with the exception of Anatomy and Physiology which needs to have been completed within five years of starting MAGELIN: Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing (formerly known as MN).