The Master’s in Nursing Program at Mount Marty College
Frequently Asked Questions
What programs of study are offered?
On the Yankton campus, we offer two specialties. These are studies to become a nurse practitioner
(primary care provider) in Pediatrics or in Adult-Geriatrics. At the Sioux Falls campus, the nurse
anesthetist specialty is offered.
What is the length of the program?
With the knowledge that most students want and/or need to work while in school, our program is
designed as a part-time program of study. Each semester offers 6 credits of study for a total of 45 credits
over 3 years.
How is the program offered?
We offer a hybrid, blended format of study, including both online and in classroom learning. Students
attend two Intensive Seminar weekends per semester where they meet with their peers and faculty in
concentrated hours of study on campus. Throughout the semester the students continue their studies
through the Moodle course management system (online). Various methods of online studies are utilized to
bring rich learning experiences to each student.
When do clinical experiences occur?
Most courses require a clinical experience. (See the attached program outline). Preceptors are arranged by
the student in their home community. Agency and preceptor agreements are required before each student
begins their clinical experience. Student evaluations are completed by the preceptor and by nursing
faculty. Case studies and specific patient care assignments are required to support student learning in the
What does the program cost to attend?
The costs for our program are posted on the schedule of courses found on the MMC website under
Academics. See costs at this site: http://www.mtmc.edu/academics/registrar/schedules.aspx
Is the program accredited?
The BSN program is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The MSN program
will be accredited as our first class of students graduate in 2013. The application for accreditation is in
process at this time.
How do I become certified as a nurse practitioner?
As the student approaches the last 6 months of study in our program, faculty assist students in the
application process for certification. We support ANCC certification as sponsored by the American
Nurse’s Association. (see http://www.nursecredentialing.org/)
What are the criteria for admission into the MSN program?
The following are the expected criteria for admission:
1) 3.0 GPA in BSN undergraduate studies. Some students with less than a 3.0 may be admitted on
a probational status. A 3.0 GPA is expected during each semester of study in order to continue in
2) Two letters of reference.
3) One year of practice as a registered nurse.
4) Physical exam and immunization records up to date.
5) Willing to travel to and attend all intensive weekend seminars.
6) Willing to locate and arrange appropriate clinical experiences for specialty studies and provide
complete documentation for these precepted clinical experiences.
The application checklist and necessary forms for application can be found online at
What is the process for application to the MSN program?
The third cohort of NP students will be accepted in August 2012. The process is two fold:
1) Students should first submit Master of Science in Nursing Application at
http://www.mtmc.edu/secure/applications/msn.aspx. The applicant will then receive information
and a checklist of required information for acceptance into the program. That checklist and all
related required documents must be sent to Admissions prior to August 1, 2012.
2) After this date, the MMC Nursing program reviews all complete applications and meets with
the Admissions and Progression Committee (Nursing Faculty) to determine those students to be
accepted into the program. The acceptance criteria to be considered are listed in the above
Is financial aid available to MSN students?
Yes. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 annually through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized
Loan Program. The interest rate on this program is currently fixed at 6.8% for the 2012-2013 academic
year. Graduate students may also be eligible for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graudate Students.
PLUS borrowers will need to pass a credit check to determine eligibility. The interest rate for the PLUS
Loan is currently fixed at 7.9% for the 2012-2013 academic year. In order to determine your eligibility for
the above mentioned loans, you will need to complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.
What is the status of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programming?
The Association of American Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends that all entry-level nurse
practitioner educational programs be transitioned from the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to
the DNP degree by the year 2015. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has followed suit,
requiring the DNP (or DNAP-Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice) degree for entry-level nurse
anesthetist programs by the year 2025. Mount Marty College is planning a DNP program for nurse
practitioners following the approval of our accrediting bodies.