Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The purpose of the Master of Nursing degree program is to provide an organized sequential plan of study that leads to preparation in a specialized nursing role. This purpose is fulfilled through:

  • Preparation in nursing practice in a specialized role or
  • Preparation in limited advanced practice roles (nurse anesthesia and neonatal nurse practitioner) and
  • Preparation in research methods and skills
  • Provision of a foundation for further study at the doctoral level

Program Description

This program leads to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and varies in credits depending on the major and area of concentration. The program can be completed through full- or part-time study.

Students may select preparation for the Nurse Specialty Role major, which has three areas of concentration: nursing administration, clinical nurse leader (CNL), and nursing informatics.  The nursing administration and clinical nurse leader areas of concentration are offered both onsite and online, while the nursing informatics option is only offered online.

Students may also choose to follow a program of study leading to advanced practice roles in nurse anesthesia or as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

The curriculum design includes core courses, specialty courses, role development courses, and electives. Students in any of the majors may also elect to add a minor in nursing administration, nursing education, nursing informatics, nursing research, or health care genetics.

Registered nurses who do not yet have a BSN may enter the MSN program via the RN Options, early admission to MSN.

Registered nurses who already have a master's degree in nursing have the option of earning a second master's degree in nursing in a different area of concentration. Earning the second master's requires completing the course requirements for the specific major or Area of Concentration.

The Masters Program Graduate Will Be Able To:

  • Demonstrate mastery of advanced knowledge and skills in a specialized role.
  • Critically evaluate knowledge and theories from nursing and other disciplines for their contributions to nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the steps of evidence-based practice to develop clinical practice guidelines and design projects to improve health care delivery.
  • Initiate collaborative relationships with other health professionals to ensure quality care of the patient/client and to mobilize health and social resources for individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and attributes to advance the profession of nursing.
  • Critically evaluate issues relative to nursing practice and health care in light of scientific knowledge and personal and societal values.
  • Formulate and implement plans for individual professional development.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas both verbally and in written form in an articulate, literate, and organized manner.

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