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Nursing MSN

Degree Type: Master of Science in Nursing

College(s): College of Health Professions

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Nursing Core (18 credits)
NURS 501 Intro to Adv Nursing Roles 3
NURS 511 Organiz and Systems Leadership 3
NURS 521 Health Care Sys,Policy & Advoc 3
NURS 531 Critique of Evidence for Pract 3
NURS 541 Quality Improvement & Safety 3
NURS 551 Clinical Prev & Pop Health 3
Specialty Concentrations (9 credits each)
Nursing Education Concentration
NURS 601 Curriculum Design in Nurs Educ 3
NURS 611 Teach Methods in Nursing Educ 3
NURS 621 Advanced PPP 3
Nursing Administration Concentration
NURS 631 Leadership Role for Nurs Admin 3
Choose 2 courses from the Advanced Study Certificate in Management Tools and Concepts. 3
MMBA 612 Intro Performance Metrics 3
MMBA 615 Qual Improvement Prin-Appl 3
MMBA 745 Sustainable Developmnt for Org 3
PROJ 640 Project Management 3
* Other MMBA courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.
Nursing Informatics Concentration
NURS 641 Leadership Role for INS 3
Choose 2 courses or a pair of courses from the MS in Information Security and Intelligence.
Paired courses: MISI 610 and MISI 740; PROJ 640 and PROJ 642; MISI 660 and MISI 662
MISI 610 Database Mgt and Security 3
MISI 660 Information Security/Assurance 3
MISI 662 Pen Test/Vulnerability Assess 3
MISI 740 Business Intelligence 3
PROJ 640 Project Management 3
PROJ 642 Project Leadership 3
* Other MISM courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.
Integration of Knowledge (10 credits)
NURS 711 Clinical Practicum I 2
NURS 712 Clinical Practicum Prep II 2
NURS 791 Clinical Practicum I 3
NURS 792 Clinical Practicum II 3
Total credits required for degree: 37

Why Choose the MSN Degree?

The graduate program in nursing is designed to provide a learner-centered curriculum that prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of advanced specialty roles. The 37 credit degree is comprised of three components: a basic set of Nursing Core courses for 18 credits, a specialized advanced specialty role concentration for an additional 9 credits and the final 10 credits which include the practicum and experiences.

In the discipline of nursing, specialization occurs academically at the graduate level. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, with specialty concentration options for advanced leadership roles, provides educational opportunities for bachelor prepared nurses who seek career mobility options in new and exciting areas of leadership within the profession. The graduate degree in nursing is intended to build upon the bachelor degree and provides the student with three specialty concentration options. The specialty advanced leadership concentrations all support professional roles that are in very high demand within the discipline of nursing at the present time. These focused advanced leadership role options include: nursing education, nursing administration, and nursing informatics.

The MSN program is designed to meet the needs of bachelor prepared nurses who want to further their educational growth and development in an accessible fully online program that accommodates the busy lives of working adults.
(Note: in the informatics major, a few courses may require a couple of Saturday meetings.)

Career Opportunities

The MSN degree offers three specialty concentration options, depending on the professional career goal of the graduate student:

Nursing Education: The current and anticipated shortage of nursing faculty reflects the general shortage in the nursing profession. The average age of current nursing faculty is 55, heralding a need to replace current faculty as they retire in large numbers over the next several years. If you have ever considered entering the academic setting as a nurse educator, this degree can be your first step to attaining that goal.

Nursing Administration: The demand for nurses with a grounded theory base in business administration continues to increase in the health care delivery system. The basic BSN program prepares nurses for entry-level positions in nursing or health care management settings. Those nurses who desire to hold executive positions in those same settings must possess the knowledge and skills that are critical to the administrative role in these tumultuous times in the health care industry.

Nursing Informatics: The area of nursing informatics is a growing specialty that many nurses are recognizing as an area of marked career growth in the past few years. This new practice area addresses the burgeoning need for experts who have a health care background, such as nursing, to manage the continuous expansion of information technology in the health care setting. The use of technology in the storage, dissemination and utilization of patient data has become a constantly evolving challenge for the health care industry.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the program you must be a graduate of a bachelor program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, hold a current RN license, have two years of clinical nursing experience, and submit a writing sample, three letters of reference, a curriculum vitae or resume, official transcripts and a completed application form.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requires a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each program course (No more than two courses with a "C" or lower.) Completion of all coursework and successfully passing a comprehensive exam is required within a 5 year time limit.

More Information

Debby Buck, Off-Campus Student Support
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
buckd@ferris.edu OR

The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN.)

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) publishes a variety of nursing and nursing education materials, including a list of nursing programs and information on student financial aid. For a complete list of ACEN publications, write for a career information brochure. Send your request to:

Communications Department
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
FAX:   404-975-5020

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