Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program provides innovative and accessible educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish to advance their career as a nurse leader or nurse educator.


Apply NowAre you seeking to expand your nursing practice to education and leadership? Does the notion of returning to a regular weekday work schedule, with more personal and family time sound appealing to you? If so, our Master of Science in Nursing might be an excellent next step in your career. It prepares RNs for educational and leadership roles in academic, community and service settings. In 2014, we added the leadership concentration to meet the demands of employers seeking nurses with experience in management and administration. 

Students entering the program select either the educator or leadership concentration.  All students develop foundational knowledge which characterized graduate preparation in nursing.  This knowledge base includes theoretical and philosophical perspectives in nursing, research, ethics, evidence based practice and contemporary health issues.  Upon completion of the foundational coursework, students move into courses designed for their selected concentration.

Graduates will be able to practice and make contributions in a variety of educational and leadership positions based on theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge gained through this program.


PROGRAM FEATURES AT A GLANCE:

  • The MSN program follows a planned curriculum progression.
  • Classes accommodate busy RN schedules by generally meeting in the evening one night per week for about 2 and 1/2 years. Most classes are 3 credits and 8 weeks in length and are either blended or online. Some courses are 6 or 12 weeks.
  • All students will take MSN Core Curriculum and MSN Direct Care Core courses then matriculate into their chosen concentration.
  • Two practicum courses require time outside classroom meetings as arranged by the student and a preceptor.
  • The education practica allow students to apply principles and practices relevant to nursing education under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. The leadership practica allow students to engage in principles and practices of administration and leadership under the guidance of an experienced nurse leader.
  • A capstone project is completed in lieu of a thesis. The capstone project provides the student with the opportunity to explore and evaluate selected research relevant to the development of evidence based practice in nursing education or leadership.