Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares you to take on even more responsibility and trust as an expert in your field. Our roster of options allows you to find a specialty that fits your professional goals and preferences.

You could become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), and take a holistic approach to providing care. You could become a Clinical Nurse Leader who coordinates care for patients with complex needs. You could become an educator who helps shape future nursing care by influencing future generations of nursing students.

We understand that life and all of its responsibilities can feel like they are preventing you from furthering your education.

Our graduate programs are designed for the working adult to attend classes on a part-time academic schedule.

MSN Specializations

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program may pursue either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The curriculum is based upon the Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner core courses, with added focus on acute care specialty courses and acute care practicum. One aspect of the program at Saint Anthony College of Nursing that sets it apart from other schools is the acute care diagnostics and therapeutics course, with 100 clinical hours in radiology, pharmacotherapeutics, nutritional support and pulmonary critical care.

Length: Program typically takes four years to complete.


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners provide care for patients that age from older adolescents to the elderly, focusing on conditions related to aging.

Length: Program typically takes four years to complete.


Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to provide primary health care to mothers, infants, children, adults and geriatric patients.

The FNP track focuses on health promotion, injury and illness prevention, and the assessment, diagnosis, management, treatment, and monitoring of common and chronic health problems.

Our curriculum follows national Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and ANCC guidelines.

Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examinations and apply for state licensure as an advanced practice nurse.

Length: Program typically takes four years to complete.


Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Our Clinical Nurse Leader track prepares you to coordinate patient care and provide direct patient care in complex situations.

The curriculum builds upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master's Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the AACN Working Paper on the Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader ™ competencies.

Length: Program typically takes four years to complete.


Nurse Educator (NE)

The Nurse Educator track prepares nurses to teach in academic, staff development, and patient teaching settings. Our NE program consists of 32 credits including core courses, Nurse Educator specialty courses, and a 200 hour practicum experience with no required project. 

Upon completion of the Master's Degree in Nursing with the specialty area in Nursing Education, students are prepared to take the NLN national certification examination to become a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). 

Length: Program typically takes two to three years to complete.


Get Started

To start the admissions process for our MSN program, please review our admission policies and process.