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Can I take courses to see how I like the program format and content?
Yes, students can take up to 6 credits prior to matriculation or official acceptance into the MS program

Do you take transfer credit?
Yes, at the time of matriculation students may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits that have been completed at regionally accredited institutions. The courses must be relevant to the program of study, must show grades of B or higher and must have been completed no more than 5 years prior to acceptance into the MS program in nursing.

I have a Masters degree in another field. Do I still need to take entrance examinations?
The GRE/MAT is waived for students with a Master’s degree.

If a take masters level courses do I still need to take entrance examinations?
Yes, the GRE/MAT is waived only if you have received a Master’s degree.

I don’t do well with standardized tests. Will that affect my ability to be accepted into the program?
We look at the student’s entire admission application and materials. There is not a minimum score required on standardized admission tests.

I took a statistics course more than five years ago. Will I need to retake statistics to apply to the program?
No. There is no time limit on the statistics prerequisite.

I live over an hour away from campus. Will I need to attend classes on campus?
Courses are offered as a hybrid model with part on-line and part face to face meetings.
Generally there are 2-3 class meetings per 3 credit course. Classes meet in the evening and on weekends. Student’s class participation is graded in each course.

How are the courses offered?
Courses are offered using a hybrid model, which is a combination of on-line and face to face meetings. Students utilize Endicott College’s Learning Management System - Gullnet to access the on-line component of the course. Coursework is intensive over a 4-6 week period. For example in the fall semester a student would take NUR502 from the beginning of September to mid October, NUR 508 from October to mid November and NUR 525 from November to mid December. Students are taking one course at a time with a week overlap between courses. This format allows the student to be immersed in course content over a 4-6 week intensive format.

Can I take concentration courses prior to the core courses?
The program is designed to build from general to specific knowledge in the student’s area of concentration. Five core courses (NUR 502, 508, 525, 504 and 574) are required prior to taking concentration courses.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The program is designed to be completed in less than 18 months.

Can I take courses part-time?
The program is designed to be completed in 18 months using the 4-6 week intensive hybrid format. Students may choose to take the program part-time but may have to wait for a course to be offered to complete the program.

I haven’t written a paper in years. Are there resources available to help with paper writing?
Yes, Endicott College’s Writing Center is available to assist student’s with paper writing, grammar, organizing information and APA format. The writing center is available to all undergraduate and graduate students. You can learn more at the Writing center's webpage.

How is the Internship placement selected?
Each student must complete a 144 hour internship in their selected area of concentration. The internship course takes place over an entire semester. Students will need to complete 10-12 hours a week in their internship experience. Students will develop personal objectives to meet during the internship experience. Students will work with the program director to identify an experience to meet their personal and professional goals as well as course objectives.

I work full-time. Can I still complete the program?
The program is designed for the working professional. Classes are held in the evening and on weekends. The 4-6 week intensive format allows students to continue to work full time while in the program. In the first year the program was offered, eleven of the twelve students graduating worked full time.

Do I have to do a graduate thesis?
Students will complete a research project in the course NUR575 Nursing Research: Project. They are not required to do a thesis. Students will develop and present an e-portfolio in their Internship course NUR509 or NUR582 which demonstrates how they met program outcomes and how their thinking related to the outcomes changed over time.

Is there financial aid or funding available?
Financial aid is available. Please contact the Graduate School financial aid officer, Joanne Rakoc at 978-998-7715 or jrakoc@endicott.edu

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326

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