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MSN Program

Master of Science in Nursing

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MSN Degree Program Requirements

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 of nursing experience is recommended, and a BSN degree from an accredited program is required.

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MSN Program Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. Core Courses 12
II. Direct Care Core Courses or Electives 9
III. Area of Specialty (choose one) 15
  • Nurse Educator
(15)
  • Nursing Informatics
(15)
  • Nursing Administration
(15)
Total Credits 36

MSN Area of Specialty

The Nurse Educator program prepares graduates for teaching roles in healthcare and academic settings. A Nurse Educator Certificate is awarded in addition to the degree upon MSN program completion.

*Note: Completion of 150 on ground, supervised hours is required in each Practicum course. Application for Practicum placement is submitted six months in advance. The Practicums must be taken consecutively at the same facility.

The Nursing Informatics program prepares graduates to function as nursing informatics specialists. A Nursing Informatics Certificate is awarded in addition to the degree upon MSN program completion.

Nursing Informatics Program Credits
Core Courses 15
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
Elective Courses 6
  • Electives may be selected from the nursing elective course offerings, direct care core courses and/or alternate specialty area courses.
  • For example, students may take two courses in nursing to enhance their skill base and work toward a future certificate in another nursing specialty.
 
Specialty Courses 9
(3)
(3)
(3)
Practicum Courses 6
(3)
(3)
Total Credits 36

*Note: Completion of 150 onground, supervised hours is required in each Practicum course. Application for Practicum placement is submitted six months in advance. The Practicums must be taken consecutively at the same facility.

The Nursing Administration program prepares graduates for the role of nurse administrator in healthcare settings. A Nursing Administration Certificate is awarded in addition to the degree upon MSN program completion.

Nursing Administration Program Credits
Core Courses 15
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
(3)
Elective Courses 6
  • Electives may be selected from the nursing elective course offerings, direct care core courses and /or alternate specialty area courses.
  • For example, students may take two courses in nursing to enhance their skill base and work toward a future certificate in another nursing specialty.
 
Specialty Courses 9
(3)
(3)
(3)
Practicum Courses 6
(3)
(3)
Total Credits 36

*Note: Completion of 150 onground, supervised hours is required in each Practicum course. Application for Practicum placement is submitted six months in advance. The Practicums must be taken consecutively at the same facility.

**Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues, a graduate-level course, replaced Emerging Trends in Healthcare Technology in both BSN and MSN degree requirements as of January 2011.

Please note: Graduate credits that were earned more than seven years prior to a student's enrollment date may not be applied to either the MSN degree or certificate without the permission of the Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.

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About the MSN Program

Credits:

36


Estimated Cost of Degree:

$18,384* – $24,396

Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $668 per credit
  • $298 graduation fee

Excludes books or other fees
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*estimated cost for graduates of the University's RN-BSN program who complete nine graduate credits as part of the RN-BSN program.


Format:

Entirely Online


Transfer Credits:

Up to 9 Credits

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