Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for admission to the Graduate Nursing Program?

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is extremely selective. To be successful, applicants should be graduates of accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs and have achieved a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in their undergraduate program which included an introductory statistics course.

Does the Graduate Nursing Program at Colby-Sawyer College accept transfer students from other institutions?

The ability to accept transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis and will be considered only when space permits. Up to twelve (12) graduate-level credits may be transferred from other programs after evaluation by the registrar.

What are the academic policies of the Graduate Nursing Program?

A minimum grade of B- is required in all nursing courses. Graduate students may only repeat one nursing course one time, if necessary. In addition, the nursing faculty reserves the right to require withdrawal of any student whose health, conduct or academic standing makes it unsafe for the student to remain in a nursing course or in a clinical setting. Failure to comply with clinical agency policy is also cause for dismissal from the nursing major. Academic policies regarding probation, suspension and dismissal are the same as for the undergraduate nursing program.

Where do graduate nursing students complete their clinical hours?

Clinical experiences for students are offered in a variety of inpatient and community settings, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New London Hospital, Concord Hospital, Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, and New Hampshire area schools.

What kind of employment opportunities will a Master’s of Science Nursing degree afford me?

The graduate nursing program is designed for the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse and will prepare those who will practice as advanced nurse generalists in the health care setting.

What courses are required for the graduate nursing program?

Offered in on-line, traditional and hybrid formats, graduate nursing courses are designed to respond to the unique needs of adult learners who have current nursing practice experience. The 37-credit program includes:

  • GNUR 501 Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for the Advanced Practitioner
  • GNUR 501CL Health Assessment Practicum
  • GNUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • GNUR 503 Advanced Pharmacology
  • GNUR 504 Clinical Quality Improvement I
  • GNUR 510 Evidence-Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research
  • GNUR 511 Clinical Quality Improvement II
  • GNUR 512 Health Care Systems, Policy and Leadership
  • GNUR 513 Population Health
  • GNUR 599 Advance Clinical Nursing Roles: Advanced Generalist
  • GNUR 599CL Advanced Generalist Nursing Capstone Practicum
How long will the Graduate Nursing Program at Colby-Sawyer College take to complete?

The MSN degree may be completed in 28 months. The combination of classroom work and clinical practice is structured around the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s (CCNE) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Contact Information

Tom White
Assistant Director, Admissions
603.526.3005
tom.white@colby-sawyer.edu