Master of Science in Nursing, MSN

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The College of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with three subprogram focus areas: entry into practice, clinical nurse leader (CNL), and nursing systems administration (NSA).

Learning Outcomes

Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Systems Administration

Graduates will be able to:

  • lead unit-level teams to achieve nursing and organizational goals;
  • collect, decipher, and analyze data to produce action plans to improve quality;
  • promote the adoption, integration, and sustainability of evidence-based practices;
  • pursue lifelong learning to support one's professional identity; and
  • design innovative nursing practice environments for patient care and the workforce.

Entry into Practice

Graduates will be able to:

  • ensure delivery of safe quality nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations throughout the lifespan and across systems of care;
  • integrate theoretical and scientific knowledge gained from natural and social sciences and culture, society, and the liberal arts into nursing;
  • use leadership skills across systems of care to promote equitable, safe, and quality health care outcomes;
  • use the best evidence from multiple ways of knowing to inform practice to make clinical judgments, solve problems, and address systems improvements;
  • analyze how health care policy, regulation, technology, and economics impact nursing practice and the delivery of care;
  • use effective interprofessional communication and collaboration strategies to promote quality health outcomes;
  • apply health promotion and disease prevention strategies to diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations to promote quality health outcomes;
  • demonstrate professional values fundamental to the discipline of nursing; and
  • apply evidence-based, person-centered care services across the health care continuum.