MSN General Information

Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing program offers an advanced practice specialty in nursing education to prepare nurses for the nurse educator role in academics or staff development settings. The program offers core master’s-level concepts, advanced clinical foundations, and education-focused courses. The program is offered in an online format with individualized on-ground practicums to allow the student to apply learning in a real-world practice setting.

Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Nursing program advances the skills and expertise of the baccalaureate prepared nurse to lead and create change within the nursing profession through evidence-based practice, innovation, and person-centered care, with diverse populations, across a wide range of settings. Graduates of program influence policy development and advocacy through effective communication and collaborations that improve healthcare quality, value, access, and outcomes.

Nursing Education Specialty

The Nursing Education specialty prepares nurses to work as nurse educators in diverse settings such as colleges and universities, hospitals, long-term care, or home health and public health. The program emphasizes holistic teaching methods, instructional design, and teaching/learning principles. The MSN-Ed graduate will be an innovative change agent while teaching within academic or health care settings with experience in using best practices in teaching. A practicum experience is required for a total of 140 hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competence with current trends, including health policy and advocacy to influence practice improvements that will transform knowledge gained into ethical and evidence-based clinical practice to optimize health promotion, disease management, and health outcomes for diverse patient populations.
  2. Utilize statistical analysis, research methodologies, and information technology to identify and address process and practice disparities by recommending and implementing evidence-based changes to meet the diverse needs of clients in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Employ educational theory and evidence-based research to the design and development of nursing and healthcare curriculum that facilitates learning, understanding and improved outcomes.
  4. Synthesize instructional, evaluation, and educational interventions to meet the individual needs of learners in diverse environments to improve educational outcomes
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through personal and professional growth.