General Admission Criteria – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Oak Point University offers several options in graduate nursing education for the bachelor-prepared nurse who is seeking advanced levels of nursing. Our programs allow graduates to excel in areas such as Advanced Nursing Practice, Education, Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration.
Our MSN program allows for cutting-edge classroom and clinical experiences. The hybrid and weekend learning formats allow students the flexibility to maintain their work hours while they are in school. Our programs range from 37 to 48 semester hours, and may be completed in roughly three academic years or 6 or 8 semesters.
Oak Point assists all MSN students with clinical placements.
Nurse Practitioner Program
The Nurse Practitioner program (MSN-NP) offers two program tracks: Adult Gerontology NP and Family Health NP. Both tracks are 48 semester hours in length, and may be completed in eight semesters, or two years. All core courses of the NP program are offered online, with the remainder of the program offered in a hybrid format consisting of meeting online with a synchronous component, or online with an in-class component. The NP program begins in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Learn more about the Nurse Practitioner program.
Nurse Educator Program
The Nurse Educator program (MSN-NE) puts you in a position to teach, mentor, and inspire future nurses. The program is 40 semester hours in length, and may be completed in eight semesters or about three academic years. All core courses of the NE program are offered online– with the remainder of the program offered in a hybrid format– featuring both in-class and online components. The MSN-NE program starts in the Fall semester. Learn more about the Nurse Educator program.
MSN Admission Criteria
- Must have a BSN from regionally-accredited institution and an AACN accredited nursing program
- Illinois RN license must be current and unencumbered
- A cumulative undergraduate college grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for all undergraduate nursing classes
We want you to succeed, and will honor your past achievements. Everyone’s journey is different, but we’re here to help you reach your destination in a way that works best for you. Using a holistic approach, Oak Point works with you by offering personalized, individualized plans that take into account your educational background, as well as your work experience and life experience.
MSN Application Requirements
- Submit an online application and fee ($50 nonrefundable)
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Submit a copy of your current Illinois Nursing License
- Submit a copy of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
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Start Terms and Application Deadlines
The MSN programs start in the Fall and in the Spring depending on the specific MSN concentration. (Please view the individual programs to see specific start times.)
- Fall application deadline is July 15th or until all seats are filled
- Spring Priority application deadline is November 15th and the application deadline is December 17th , or until all seats are filled