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.


New Leadership Concentration to be added to the masters' curriculum in nursing

The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing is announcing a new concentration in Nursing Leadership to begin in 2014.  The Leadership concentration is designed to fill a critical need for leaders in nursing management and administration.  Dean Kelly Dries says, "We believe that a new concentration in leadership for the MSN program is timely and very much needed as evidenced by current professional trends and market demands."

The Masters of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses for roles in education and leadership in academic, community and service settings.  Students entering the program select either the educator or leadership concentration. All students develop foundational knowledge which characterizes 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.

The program’s goal is to value and acknowledge each student’s prior experiences and link these experiences with the student’s learning goals in developing the nurse educator role.

Our MSN program prepares the nursing professional to work successfully with a range of clients in diverse communities.

Program Features at a Glance:

  • Degree program follows a planned curriculum progression.
  • Classes meet in the evening one night per week for about two and 1/2 years. Most classes are three credits and nine weeks in length.
  • Cohort model format.
  • Students in the Leadership Concentration will take three online courses in the College of Education and Leadership (COEL).
  • 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.
  • Capstone project in lieu of a thesis is an evidence-based review.  The capstone experience 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.

Our MSN program is accredited by:

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Accreditation for the Leadership concentration is in process.