Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader and Education 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 (20 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 “C” or higher in undergraduate OR graduate statistics
  • A "C" or higher in undergraduate microbiology, and anatomy and physiology courses (Clinical Nurse Leader track only)
  • One year of clinical nursing experience to matriculate
  • Active RN license with no restrictions
  • 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 professional goals
  • Professional resume
  • Names and contact information for two professional references
  • Interview with the MSN Program Director or designee

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

Program Requirements

Hours: 36-39

Administration Track - 36 hours

NUR 710 Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)
NUR 730 Human Resource Management for Nursing Administrators (3)
NUR 731 Strategic Management in Nursing Administration (3)
NUR 732 Organizational Management of Health Care Systems (3)
NUR 733 Finance for Nurse Administrators (3)
NUR 734 Nurse Administration Practicum I (3)
NUR 735 Nursing Administration Practicum II (3)
NUR 741 Integrative Project in Nursing Administration (3)
NUR 801 Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)
NUR 802 Evidence Based Practice (3)
NUR 804 Global Health Care Policy (3)
NUR 805 Transforming 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 701 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NUR 704 Clinical Nurse Leader Roles and Ethical Considerations (3)
NUR 705 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NUR 706 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NUR 707 Managing and Advocating for Vulnerable Patients (3)
NUR 708 Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion (6)
NUR 710 Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)
NUR 802 Evidence Based Practice (3)
NUR 804 Global Health Care Policy (3)
NUR 805 Transforming Health Care Through Technology (3)
NUR 812 Epidemiology and Population Health (3)

Education Track - 39 hours

NUR 700 Advanced Pathopharmacology (3)
NUR 701 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NUR 702 Clinical Specialty Practicum (3)
NUR 710 Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)
NUR 720 Teaching & Learning Theories and Strategies (3)
NUR 721 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)
NUR 722 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
NUR 723 Nursing Education Practicum (3)
NUR 740 Integrative Project in Nursing Education (3)
NUR 801 Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)
NUR 802 Evidence Based Practice (3)
NUR 804 Global Health Care Policy (3)
NUR 805 Transforming Health Care Through Technology (3)

RN to MSN Bridge Courses - 20 hours*

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

COM 100 Spoken Word (3) C
JCG 255 Christian Social Justice (3) JCG
MTH 174 Statistics I (3) CMA
NUR 416 Health Promotion with Vulnerable Populations (4)
NUR 419 Leading and Managing within a Clinical Microsystem (4)
NUR 431 Foundations of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)

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.