Program Requirements

Hours: 36-39

Education Track

(39 Hours)

NUR 700Advanced Pathopharmacology (3)

NUR 701Advanced Health Assessment (3)

NUR 702Clinical Specialty Practicum (3)

NUR 710Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)

NUR 720Teaching & Learning Theories and Strategies (3)

NUR 721Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)

NUR 722Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)

NUR 723Nursing Education Practicum (3)

NUR 740Integrative Project in Nursing Education (3)

NUR 801Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 802Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 804Global Health Care Policy (3)

NUR 805Transforming Health Care Through Technology (3)

Administration Track

(36 Hours)

NUR 710Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)

NUR 730Human Resource Management for Nursing Administrators (3)

NUR 731Strategic Management in Nursing Administration (3)

NUR 732Organizational Management of Health Care Systems (3)

NUR 733Finance for Nurse Administrators (3)

NUR 734Nurse Administration Practicum I (3)

NUR 735Nursing Administration Practicum II (3)

NUR 741Integrative Project in Nursing Administration (3)

NUR 801Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 802Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 804Global Health Care Policy (3)

NUR 805Transforming Health Care Through Technology (3)

Clinical Nurse Leader Track

(36 Hours)

**Students will also take the CNL certification exam as part of the CNL track.

NUR 701Advanced Health Assessment (3)

NUR 704Clinical Nurse Leader Roles and Ethical Considerations (3)

NUR 705Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

NUR 706Advanced Pharmacology (3)

NUR 707Managing and Advocating for Vulnerable Patients (3)

NUR 708Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion (6)

NUR 710Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)

NUR 802Evidence Based Practice (3)

NUR 804Global Health Care Policy (3)

NUR 805Transforming Health Care Through Technology (3)

NUR 812Epidemiology and Population Health (3)

RN to MSN Bridge Courses - 19 hours*

*These are undergraduate level courses and will appear on the student's undergraduate record 

Communication - 3 hours

JCG 255Christian Social Justice (3) JCG

MTH 174Statistics I (3) MA/CMA

NUR 207Population-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing (4)

NUR 431Foundations of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)

REL 314Spirituality of Leadership (3) R/CR

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Administration, Education, and Clinical Nurse Leader tracks in the Master of Science in Nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria and complete the application process:

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited college or university that holds regional accreditation

The RN applicant with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing must meet the following content requirements in addition to general admission requirements for the MSN program:

  • Research-3 credit hour undergraduate course
  • Nursing in the Community-3 credit hour undergraduate course
  • Leadership-3 credit hour undergraduate course

The RN applicant with an Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing must complete the RN to MSN bridge courses (19 credit hours) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and the following:

  • A Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an ACEN accredited college or university that holds regional accreditation
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale in previous nursing program and college coursework
  • One year of clinical nursing experience (recommended)

General admission requirements for all MSN programs:

  • A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale or a 3.0/4.0 scale from the final 45 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.00 in the generalist masters degree or acceptable GRE score
  • “C” or higher in undergraduate OR graduate statistics, microbiology and anatomy & physiology courses
  • One year of clinical nursing experience to matriculate
  • Active RN license with no restrictions
  • Acceptable criminal background check (prior to matriculation).
  • TOEFL score per the University (as needed)

The following must be submitted as part of the application process:

  • A completed graduate application and application fee submitted to Graduate Admissions at www.msj.edu.
  • A one-to-two page typewritten essay with reasons for seeking the Master of Science in Nursing Degree along with a statement of your professional goals.
  • Professional resume.
  • Names and contact information for two professional references.
  • Successful interview with the MSN/DNP Program Director or designee.*

*When all materials are submitted and reviewed, the program director or designee will contact you to arrange a time for an interview.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program will be able to:

  1. Provide caring, values-based, ethical leadership as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  2. Promote therapeutic interventions within systems and organizations leading to quality improvement and safety.
  3. Utilize information systems and patient care technology to enhance patient care.
  4. Demonstrate the role of the master’s-prepared nurse as a change agent within professional, social, and political arenas.
  5. Analyze current best practices in the specialty area of study through intellectual debate and inquiry and the synthesis of theory and research.