Graduate Nursing Programs

MSN Program – Leadership and Education for Practice, 4+1 Option

Curriculum Requirements for Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership and Education for Practice

4+1 Option for Current CSB/SJU BSN Students

Program Credit Hours: 42

Nurses must know and do more now than ever. With increasing expectations and responsibilities, nurses are often required to step in to leadership roles early in their career. Whether you have just graduated with your first nursing degree or have been in practice for a number of years, furthering your education opens new doors to practice, leadership, and education roles. The Master of Science in Nursing program is built on our rich tradition of the liberal arts and Catholic Benedictine values and traditions, offers an innovative graduate program that will expand your nursing practice and prepare you for leadership roles as a preceptor, manager, director, care coordinator, staff educator, and clinical faculty. We seek graduate students who are curious, passionate about nursing, want to expand their nursing skills and lead the next generation of nurses towards providing quality compassionate care.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Personal Statement
  • Advisor recommendation
  • Space available
  • Students will be required to have an unencumbered registered nursing license by Aug. 15 following graduation from the CSB/SJU baccalaureate nursing program to continue into the Master of Science program.
Application to take graduate course senior year
  • Available Feb. 15 annually
  • In-house application
Tuition cost
  • No additional cost up to 18 credits in the senior year
  • $800 per credit and program fees assessed beginning summer after BSN graduation


Course Number and Title



Year 1

Fall (UG Senior Yr)

NRSG 316/403 ¹ – Theoretical Basis for Program Evaluation and Quality and Improvement

NRSG 336/420 ³ – Practicum I (120 hours)

Spring (UG Senior Yr)

NRSG 317/413 ¹ – Global Perspectives

NRSG 318/414 ¹ – Ethics, Health Policy and Advocacy
NRSG 319/415 ¹ – Health Care Systems and Organizational Leadership


*NRSG 465 ³ – Facilitating Learning (60 practicum hours)

NRSG 454 ³ – The Influential Nurse Leader
Year 1 Total Credit Hours:

Year 2


NRSG 402 ¹ – Informatics

NRSG 435 ² – Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology
NRSG 436 ² – Advanced Pharmacology I


NRSG 439 ² – Advanced Health Assessment

NRSG 421 ³ – Practicum II (120 hours)
NRSG 467 ³ – Nurse Educator Role Transition (60 practicum) OR–
NRSG 466 ³ – Transition to Advanced Professional Practice (60 practicum)


NRSG 404 ¹ – Evaluation and Translation of the Evidence

NRSG 422 ³ – Practicum III
NRSG 464 ³ –  Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation for Nurse Educators
600 Clinical Practicum hours
meets requirements to sit for NLN Nurse Education Certificate
Year 2 Total Credit Hours:

¹ MS/DNP Core

² MSN/Practice Specific

³ Track Specific

Biostatistics not required for enrollment. UG Statistics course strongly recommended. Global Health Course include biostatistics content from an epidemiologic prospective.

FAQ for MSN Leadership and Education for Practice, 4+1 Option

The 4+1 program is open to current nursing students entering their senior year in fall 2022. Submit our short application form today. Admittance decisions will be made by March 1.

Accelerated MSN Application

Academic Planner for Nursing Major – Direct Entry MSN (Download PDF)

Students starting at CSB/SJU Fall 2022 – Integrations Curriculum

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Jennifer Peterson
Chair, Nursing Department Graduate Programs
CSB Main 457

[email protected]