Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Courses + Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is open to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates or those who will complete their BSN degree prior to enrollment.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree program requires the completion of 11 courses/ 36 credits. Students take a minimum of ten three-credit courses and one six-credit course. The curriculum includes seven core courses (21 credits), and four concentration courses (15 credits) in either Nursing Education or Nursing Management.

MSN Courses are offered in a face-to-face format meeting seven times over a 14-week semester. Our Master of Science in Nursing courses include a major element of independent study. Typically, part-time students take two courses each semester and full-time students take three courses each semester.

Core MSN Courses (7 courses/ 21 credits)

  • NURS5101 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS5103 Nursing Research in the Evidence-Based Practice Paradigm
  • NURS5105 Ethical and Spiritual Aspects of Nursing
  • NURS5107 Human Diversity, Culture and Nursing
  • NURS5109 Information Technology and Nursing
  • NURS5111 Professional Role Development and Leadership in Nursing
  • NURS5113 Health Care Policy, Economics and Care of Urban Underserved Populations

Master of Science in Nursing Concentrations:

Nursing Education Track

The education track is designed to prepare nurse educators who can be employed as faculty members, staff development coordinators, clinical unit-based teachers and patient educators. Graduates who select an education concentration are eligible to seek national certification as nurse educators once they meet the requirements outlined by the National League for Nursing (NLN.

  • Nursing Education Concentration Courses (3 courses, 9 credits plus a one-course practicum of 6 credits)
  • NURS5301 Educational Theories and Curriculum Design in Nursing
  • NURS5303 Advanced Teaching Methods in Nursing Education and
  • Assessment/Evaluation of Student Learning
  • NURS5305 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators
  • NURS5310 Nursing Education Advanced Role Development Practicum

Nursing Management Track

This track is designed to prepare nurses for positions as nurse administrators, nursing directors, nurse managers, case managers, coordinators of clinical research projects and project directors. Graduates who select a management concentration are eligible to seek national certification as nurse executives once they meet the work or consultation requirements outlined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

  • Nursing Management Concentration Courses (3 courses, 9 credits plus a one-course practicum of 6 credits)
  • NURS5501 Nursing Management in Health Care Delivery
  • NURS5503 Healthcare Organizational Development
  • NURS5505 Financial Management in Healthcare
  • NURS5510 Nursing Management Advanced Role Development Practicum