Mount St. Joseph University

A Closer Look at the MSN-MAGELIN Program: Q&A with Donna Glankler

Academics, Graduate Academics, MAGELIN

By: Amanda Gratsch

Are you interested in pursuing a nursing career with a non-nursing degree? We asked Donna Glankler, DNP, RN MSN-MAGELIN Program Director and assistant professor a few questions on the MSN-MAGELIN program, including eligibility, flexibility, career potential and employment rates for students interested in pursuing a nursing profession.

What is the MSN-MAGELIN program, and who is eligible to apply?

MSN-MAGELIN in an accelerated pre-licensure entry-level master’s degree nursing program, offering the shortest path for college graduates who want to enter the field of nursing. The program is designed for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree and desire to further their education to become a registered nurse.
Any individual who has completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and has completed at least 50% of the pre-requisite courses are eligible. To be accepted into the program, an individual must have a minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA on the pre-requisite courses.

Describe the flexibility that the MSN-MAGELIN program provides to students from other disciplines.

Students from any non-nursing discipline/field of study can apply.  To name a few, students in the MSN-MAGELIN program include individuals whose first degree was in education (elementary and high school), athletic training, business (administration, accounting, etc.), social services, law, biomedical studies, neuroscience, and mortuary science. Students can complete the Program full-time over four consecutive semesters.

What is the employment rate for graduates after completing the program?

Upon successful passage of the NCLEX-RN examination, within 2 months, over 99% of graduates have found successful employment in nursing. Many students in the MSN-MAGELIN program are offered jobs as a registered nurse pending successful passage of the NCLEX-RN while still in school.

What career options do MSN-MAGELIN graduates pursue after graduation?

The majority of MSN-MAGELIN graduates begin their nursing careers as direct patient care nurses in acute care facilities, mostly hospitals.  Some graduates begin in long-term care facilities or quality management positions, and with experience, graduates have gone on to charge nurse and staff education positions.  In addition, some graduates have furthered their education by obtaining an advanced practice MSN degree.  The majority of these graduates with an advanced practice MSN degrees are nurse practitioners.

As a healthcare professional, can you describe your own volunteer work within the community?

• Santa Maria Community Services – Spring Health Fair – planning committee and health care provider.
• Good Samaritan Free Health Center – teaching one-on-one diabetes education and participating in group diabetes education classes.
• Substitute volunteer school nurse.
• Providing one-on-one help to individuals from various schools of nursing in the Greater Cincinnati area who were unsuccessful on the NCLEX-RN.

Dr. Glankler DNP, RN is the MSN-MAGELIN Program Director and assistant professor of nursing at Mount St. Joseph University. Professor Glankler is currently taking courses at Samford University in pursuit of her D.N.P. in Advanced Practice with an additional educator role concentration. Visit her bio page and contact information here, and for more information on the MSN-MAGELIN program, click here.