The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you to be an effective leader in the nursing profession and to be an agent of change in the delivery of health care. The transformational changes occurring in healthcare today make advanced nursing practice essential to the provision of safe, patient-centered care. As an advanced practice nurse educator or nurse leader, you can help lead the change to move nursing into the future.

The Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 463-6930.

Note: This Master of Science in Nursing program is currently not open for admission to Tennessee residents or Washington State residents and RN license holders.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Objectives

Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will be able to:

  • Apply ethical principles to advanced professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills supportive of safe nursing practices and patient-centered care.
  • Advocate for healthcare policies that improve healthcare outcomes across the lifespan.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to influence the delivery of high-quality, safe care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Apply data management principles in the delivery of cost-effective care to improve health outcomes.
  • Analyze how healthcare policy and health care economics affect change within the healthcare system.
  • Advocate for effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to support safe and efficient coordination of care.
  • Reflect on personal commitment to lifelong learning to gain the competencies needed to lead the provision of care in a complex and changing healthcare environment.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements18
Select one of the following concentrations:22
Elective Requirements0
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours43

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (18 semester hours)

All Nursing (NURS) courses must be completed within 5 years of taking NURS503 in order to be eligible for graduation.

NURS503Theory and Application to Nursing Practice 13
NURS500Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS502Population-Based Healthcare3
NURS504Informatics and Technology3
NURS505Healthcare Systems and Health Policy3
NURS506Leadership for Advanced Practice Roles3
Total Semester Hours18

Required as the first course in this program.

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the Nurse Educator Track or Nurse Leader Track concentrations.

Concentration in Nurse Educator Track (22 semester hours)

Looks at curriculum, instruction, and assessment in nursing education with a focus on teaching and evaluations for nurse educators.


Upon completion of this concentration, you will be able to:

  • Apply programmatic objectives to the nurse educator role in clinical or academic settings.
  • Create effective educational and curricular materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of teaching strategies and modalities.

Concentration Requirements (22 semester hours) 

NURS601Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS603Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS605Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS606Nursing Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation3
NURS610Learner-Centered Teaching Methodologies3
NURS620Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Nurse Educators3
NURS697Nurse Educator Practicum4
Total Semester Hours22

Concentration in Nurse Leader Track (22 semester hours)

Offers a focus in leadership, human resource management, and operational quality. Healthcare business and finance are also covered.


Upon completion of this concentration, you will be able to:

  • Apply programmatic objectives to the role of the nurse leader.
  • Advocate for business practices that promote healthcare quality and patient safety.
  • Synthesize knowledge of key business and human resources practices to effectively lead healthcare teams.

Concentration Requirements (22 semester hours)

BUSN650The Business of Healthcare3
BUSN651Healthcare Finance (Prerequisite: BUSN650 - The Business of Healthcare)3
BUSN652Operational Quality in Healthcare (Prerequisite: BUSN650 - The Business of Healthcare)3
HRMT605Strategic Human Resource Management Practices3
NURS653Leading Nursing into the Future3
NURS698Nurse Leader Practicum4
Total Semester Hours22

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

There are no elective requirements for this degree.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

NURS699Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project 13
Total Semester Hours3

Taken once all other requirements have been met.