2020-2021 Catalog (Current)


Degree Type: Master of Science in Nursing
College(s): College of Health Professions

Program Requirements

Nursing, MSN Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and Concentration Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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's 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.

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.

More Information

Sharon Colley, Program Coordinator
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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

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

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Nursing Core (18 Credits)

Intro to Adv Nursing Roles
Organiz and Systems Leadership
Health Care Sys,Policy & Advoc
Critique of Evidence for Pract
Quality Improvement & Safety
Clinical Prev & Pop Health

Specialty Concentrations (9 Credits Each)

Nursing Education Concentration
Curriculum Design in Nurs Educ
Teach Methods in Nursing Educ
Advanced PPP
Nursing Administration Concentration
Leadership Role for Nurs Admin
Choose 2 courses from the Advanced Study Certificate in Management Tools and Concepts
Intro Performance Metrics
Qual Improvement Prin-Appl
Sustainable Developmnt for Org
Project Management
Other MMBA courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.
Nursing Informatics Concentration
Leadership Role for INS
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
Database Mgt and Security
Information Security/Assurance
Pen Test/Vulnerability Assess
Business Intelligence
Project Management
Project Leadership
Other MISM courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.
Integration of Knowledge (10 Credits)
Clinical Practicum I
Clinical Practicum Prep II
Clinical Practicum I
Clinical Practicum II
Total credits required for degree: