MSN Program Descriptions

The MSN degree requires a minimum of 36 credits consisting of different combinations of courses: core, direct care core, electives, specialty, and Practicum. Two years in nursing is recommended and a BSN degree from an accredited program is required.

Nurse Educator Specialty
The Nurse Educator specialty builds on the education and clinical competence of experienced professional nurses. This program prepares experienced baccalaureate prepared registered nurses to assume the roles of faculty in institutions of higher education and/or nurse educators in various health care settings. The program is designed for independent learners who desire an online experience coupled with clinical learning experiences that relate to today’s healthcare education challenges and opportunities. Graduates meet the educational requirements for national certification programs.

Nursing Informatics Specialty
The Nursing Informatics specialty provides baccalaureate prepared registered nurses with the knowledge and skills required to function as nursing informatics specialists. Nursing informatics specialists use information structures, processes, and technology to design and implement information systems that support all areas of nursing as well as members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. This includes support for the direct provision of healthcare, development and delivery of health related education, design of effective administrative systems, and implementation of nursing research. The program is designed for independent learners who desire an online experience coupled with clinical learning experiences that relate to today’s healthcare challenges and opportunities. Graduates meet the educational requirements for national certification programs.

Nursing Administration Specialty
The Nursing Administration specialty is designed for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who seek preparation for leadership and management positions in healthcare organizations at the unit level or higher. Graduates of the MSN Administrative program are prepared to assume roles in direct and indirect care management and leadership in selected and emerging healthcare settings. The program is designed for independent learners who desire an online experience coupled with clinical learning experiences that relate to today’s administrative challenges and opportunities. Graduates meet the educational requirements for national certification programs.