Accepted MSN Students

Preenrollment Requirements

Upon notice of official acceptance to the graduate program, the student must make arrangements to secure and present evidence of the following:

  • Coverage by professional liability insurance in the minimum coverage amounts of $1 million individual AND $3 million aggregate to be renewed annually (This proof must be resubmitted annually.)
  • Completed background check
  • Health requirements (documentation must be submitted to the associate dean):
    1. Report of a physical examination
    2. Negative skin or blood tuberculin test or if positive, a negative chest X-ray
    3. A positive rubella titer
    4. Documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination series
    5. Current Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) immunization
    6. Documented Varicella two-step vaccination or serologic evidence of immunity
    7. Other as required by practicum sites
  • Proof of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification for health-care professionals (“Professional Rescuer” from the Red Cross or “Health Care Provider” from the American Heart Association)
    • Online courses are not accepted.
    • This proof must be resubmitted before expiration.
  • Proof of health insurance (This proof must be re-submitted annually.)
  • Required computer/software.
  • A drug screen may be required by practicum sites.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to participate actively in and contribute to the learning experience in an online course. Attendance for online courses is taken once a week. Attendance in an online course is defined as a learner who logs into the learning management system and completes at least two significant activities in the course during the class session. A class session is a seven-day timeframe of instructional time (typically Monday 12 a.m. to Sunday 11:59 p.m.).

In the case of an absence, the student must notify the instructor before the absence, make arrangements to complete missed assignments and complete additional makeup work if allowed by the instructor. It is at the instructor’s discretion to assign a lower grade because of a class absence.

Under no circumstances may a student miss more than 30 percent of course class sessions and receive credit for the course. This is a university policy and is not at the discretion of the instructor. A student who misses 30 percent of a course is required to repeat the course with additional tuition expense for that course. Refer to the Withdrawal Policy in the pdfGraduate Handbook regarding withdrawal dates from a course or program.

If a student’s attendance record demonstrates a pattern of missed class sessions, that student is administratively withdrawn from the program. After being withdrawn from the program, the student must contact the associate dean for readmission to the program.

Academic Advising

Each student will be assigned a graduate faculty advisor upon admission to the graduate program. The advisor provides the student with assistance in program planning and matters pertaining to academic work and can also provide assistance with study habits and personal adjustment issues.

Development of a Plan of Study (POS)

A plan of study provides guidance in the progression toward a graduate nursing degree. This document will be kept in the student’s file and will be reviewed with each semester’s enrollment. The POS is not a binding agreement and can be changed by communication between the student and the faculty advisor. The advisor will present the POS for review and approval by the Graduate Nursing Education Committee. A POS will be developed after a student has done the following:

  1. Completed a minimum of 9 hours of Baker graduate credit toward the degree
  2. Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses toward the degree
  3. 3Removed deficiencies related to the graduate nursing program

The student must have a POS on file before enrolling in track courses.

Course Enrollment

Enrollment in nursing graduate courses should occur in collaboration with the academic advisor and review of the POS. Registration is not available in nursing courses after classes are one week into the semester

Students engaged in project work must be continuously enrolled every term, including the summer session, until the project is completed and a grade submitted to the registrar. The graduate project must be completed within three semesters with no option for additional enrollment.

Course Load

For each fall and spring semester, the maximum credit load for graduate students is 9 graduate credits. For the summer session, the maximum credit load is 6 credits. Permission from theGraduate Nursing Education Committee is required for any student to take more than the maximum load.

Progression in Good Standing

After admission to the graduate nursing program, students must take all courses toward the MSN degree at Baker University.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for both good academic standing and degree conferral. The student must complete each course and the requirements for the course in the graduate curriculum. Grades are subject to review by the Graduate Nursing Education Committee. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation.

Grading Scale

The following BUSN grading scale is used for all graded assignments and accompanies each student’s transcript:





93 - 100A4.0I - Incomplete(temporary grade)
85 - 92B3.0W - Withdraw
77 - 84C2.0( ) - Indicates a repeated course
69 - 76D1.0* - Indicates a grade change
68 or belowF0 

Degree Completion Timeframe

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years of the student’s initial semester of course work. Exception may be made by the associate dean if the student’s situation demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time or because of time spent in the military.

Graduation Requirements

For the Master of Science in Nursing degree, a minimum of 37 credit hours in courses labeled 500 or above is required for graduation with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for the program of study. A minimum of 31 credit hours must be completed at Baker University School of Nursing.