MSN: Healthcare Simulation

Major: Nursing: Healthcare Simulation
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2213
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The MSN in Healthcare Simulation program prepares nurses to meet future challenges in both academic and professional spaces. Specialized training in simulation-based education, partnered with advanced education in patient safety, prepares students to be leaders in their fields. The skills attained in this interdisciplinary simulation-based graduate program are transferable to the clinical environment, clinical teaching, and the classroom. Graduates of the program will have the skills to lead a simulation program in an academic or hospital environment. Graduates will also be prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification as soon as they meet the practice requirements.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions MSN in Healthcare Simulation webpage and Drexel University Online MSN in Healthcare Simulation webpage.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE)
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60.0 credits completed. Applications from RNs with a GPA less than a 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • Letters of recommendations are waived for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of current United States RN license required
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing licensure and certification documents
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.
  • International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current United States RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. U.S. citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status; otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Degree Requirements

IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety2.0
IPS 617Simulation in Healthcare Education4.5
IPS 618Standardized Patients3.0
IPS 619Advanced Debriefing and Reflective Practice 3.0
IPS 620Simulation Center Leadership3.0
IPS 621Evaluation in Simulation-Based Education3.0
IPS 622Simulation Capstone5.5
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
NURS 591Foundations of Healthcare Education3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Total Credits45.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
NURS 5003.0NURS 5023.0IPS 6174.5IPS 6183.0
NURS 5913.0NURS 5443.0 RSCH 5033.0
 6 6 4.5 6
Second Year (Part-Time)
IPS 6193.0IPS 5853.0IPS 6203.0IPS 6225.5
RSCH 5043.0IPS 5862.0IPS 6213.0 
 6 5 6 5.5
Total Credits 45
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