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Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Our online MSN program is designed to meet the current and future needs of nurses who are prepared to plan, initiate, affect and evaluate change in the health care delivery system, ensure quality patient care, and enhance the profession of nursing.

We offer the following areas of specialization:

Adult - Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Learn how to deliver acute, chronic and preventative health care services to individuals across the adult continuum.

Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner
Gain the skills to interpret diagnostic information and deliver holistic treatment plans that emphasize both care and cure.

Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Advance your knowledge and skill in patient assessment, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment plan development, and medication prescription and management.

Executive Nurse Leadership and Health Care Management
Expand your understanding of how health care systems function and how you can make an impact as a nurse leader and executive.

Forensic Nursing
Gain an in-depth study in all areas of forensic practice from one of only a few programs in the country to offer such a curriculum.

Nursing Education and Faculty Role
Learn how to impact the future of nursing in your community and around the world.

MSN Concentrations

MSN students can also earn concentrations in Nurse Education, Forensic Nursing and Transcultural Nursing. You can learn more about each concentration in the tabs below.

Nursing Education

By pursuing the Nursing Education Concentration, you can complement your Forensic Nursing or Family Nurse Practitioner degree with the core competencies of an academic Nurse Educator role. Graduates confidently expand their practice to include teaching in their advanced practice role. The Nursing Education Concentration also meets the eligibility criteria to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator designation sponsored by the National League for Nursing.

The Concentration in Nursing Education requires 9 credits of theory courses:

  • GNED 507 Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice (3 credits)
  • GNED 522 Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • GNED 532 Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing (3 credits)
Forensic Nursing

Complete the Forensic Nursing Concentration to strengthen your Nursing Education or Family Nurse Practitioner degree with the core competencies of the Forensic Nurse role. Graduates meet the objectives to provide trauma-based care in their practice or design educational curricula to support this emerging specialty area.

The Forensic Nursing Concentration requires 9 credits of theory courses:

  • GNFO 518 Criminal Law and the Courts (3 credits)
  • GNFO 519 Advanced Forensic Nursing I - Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • GNFO 520 Advanced Forensic Nursing II - Program Development, Leadership & Policy (3 credits)
Transcultural Nursing

MSN students in any of our master's programs bring distinction to their degree with a Transcultural Nursing Concentration. Through the coursework, you will enhance your practice to care for vulnerable populations, provide culturally congruent care, and minimize the effects of health disparities.

If you are planning to further your education, this concentration could be advantageous as required courses for this concentration overlap with some of our graduate program requirements. If you plan to enroll in our DNP Program after obtaining your MSN degree, you will have completed two courses in the DNP curriculum. If you plan to enroll in our PhD in Nursing Program after obtaining your MSN degree, you will have completed two cognates in the PhD curriculum.

The Transcultural Nursing Concentration requires 9 credits of theory courses:

  • GPNG 917 Transcultural & Global Health Perspectives (3 credits)
  • GPNG 921 Foundations of Social & Distributive Justice in Health Policy (3 credits)
  • GPNG 928 Social Justice & Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)