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  • 20-month program
    (5 semesters)
  • Norcross, GA
    (North Atlanta)
  • Three starts per year
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)

Why Choose Brenau University’s ELMSN Program?

The Entry-Level MSN from the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing at Brenau University equips you to enter the nursing profession with advanced skills for patient care on an accelerated 20-month schedule.

Based just north of Atlanta in Norcross, GA, the Brenau ELMSN program offers:

  • Comprehensive NCLEX-RN® Preparation

    Receive support and practice preparing for your national licensure examination.

  • Convenient Hybrid Format

    Brenau’s ELMSN program combines on-campus and online courses with 600 hours of clinical experience to offer you flexibility as you pursue this intensive course of study.

  • Accelerated Time to Completion

    Earn an MSN degree in the same amount of time it takes to complete some accelerated BSN programs.

  • Outstanding Student Support

    In addition to mentorship from clinically experienced faculty, Brenau ELMSN students have access to a clinical experience coordinator to help locate and secure clinical placements.

Program Structure

Brenau University’s ELMSN covers foundational and advanced nursing concepts in just 20 months of study. The program features:

  • Core Curriculum

    Including health science foundations, nursing administration, research and leadership, ethics, policy and more.

  • Clinical Training

    Brenau’s advanced simulation labs offer you the opportunity to learn essential skills in a hands-on environment.

  • Clinical Practicum Experience

    Apply what you’ve learned in clinical settings with Brenau’s regional healthcare partners.


  • Graduate Nurse Comprehensive Health Assessment
  • Advanced Professional Nursing at Brenau
  • Advanced Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Nurse Pharmacology
  • Advanced Adult Health Nursing
  • Advanced Behavioral Health Nursing
  • Advanced Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • Advanced Professional Nursing for Diverse Populations
  • Advanced Maternity and Women’s Health Nursing
  • Advanced Child and Adolescent Health Nursing
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
  • Advanced Nursing Research
  • Population Health for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Advanced High-Acuity Nursing
  • Professional Seminar
  • Principles and Practice of Nursing Leadership and Management I

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

Brenau requires ELMSN applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent) in any academic major other than nursing. Contact Brenau University to learn more about their admission requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Brenau requires ELMSN applicants to have completed the following pre-requisites with a 3.0 GPA or better within seven years of beginning the program:

  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Brenau is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Brenau University Department of Nursing has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Brenau University ELMSN Program FAQ

How long is Brenau University’s ELMSN program?

Brenau’s ELMSN program takes as few as 20 months to complete.

How much does Brenau University’s ELMSN program cost?

As of 2022-2023, tuition for the Brenau ELMSN is $822 per credit hour. The tuition cost for the 75-credit program is $61,650.

Additional fees may apply, and you will also need to purchase books and materials. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Tuition costs are subject to change.

Is an ELMSN at Brenau University worth it?

Yes. When you earn your Entry-Level MSN with Brenau, you’re developing advanced skills with a nursing school known for providing superior clinical preparation—and for its regional employer connections. Learn more about what an ELMSN can offer you here.

How much can you make with an Entry-Level MSN degree from Brenau University?

At the beginning of your nursing career, you can expect to earn a salary in line with that of registered nurses. In Georgia, nursing salaries were as follows in May 2021*:

  • Median annual salary: $75,840
  • Lowest 10%: $58,400 or less
  • Highest 10%: $98,410 or more[1]

Salary varies by employer and by region. As a nurse with an MSN, it is possible you may be able to enter the profession with a higher starting salary than the median indicated here.

*The most recent year for which data is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).