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 Now Students entering the program select either the educator or leadership concentration.  All students develop foundation 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 foundation 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.

About the Program

  • 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.

MSN Program Student Achievement Outcome Data

Program Outcome Expected Level of Achievement Actual Level of Achievement
Certified Nurse Educator Exam Pass Rates   80%     2015: 0%    
Program Completion   75%   2015: 78%      
Graduate Program Satisfaction   90%   2015: 100%      
Employer Program Satisfaction   90%   2015: 100%      
Job Placement   90%   2015: 100%      


Prepare Today for Tomorrow’s Demands

In the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing & Health Sciences, you'll find flexible scheduling and lots of one-on-one instruction. We offer a comfortable, supportive environment and quality academic programs, acute, long term care, and community agencies.

Learn from Leaders in Nursing and Health Sciences

As the demands and requirements for workers in healthcare continue to evolve, we remain at the forefront of changes in the industry. The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences has a long history of staying ahead of the curve and providing cutting-edge education. Today, we continue to be a leading provider of creative, flexible programs that integrate theory and practice to meet emerging health education needs of clients and communities.