Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Objectives

The graduate of the master’s degree program is able to:

  1. Integrate theory, research and practice using critical thinking, for the improvement of client care in a variety of settings and the advancement of the nursing profession.
  2. Practice autonomously in a variety of professional roles to respond to the social, economic, ethical, political and legal issues impacting the needs of clients and the nursing profession.
  3. Express caring in professional interactions which supports the values and promotes the growth and self-actualization of individuals, groups and communities.
  4. Provide collaborative leadership within the complex health care system in a culturally diverse society.
  5. Synthesize the principles of education to develop interventions that promote, maintain and restore health.

Program Options

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing offers a wide range of MSN programs.

All programs are designed for online delivery to meet the needs of the busy professional nurse desiring to advance knowledge and skills.

Plan of Study

Upon admission, each student will be assigned an academic advisor.

The student is required to meet with the advisor to develop a plan of study to assure that professional and educational goals and needs are met.

The plan of study will be reviewed each semester and revised as needed.

Online Classes

The master's of nursing programs are offered via distance education using a learning management system. This allows students to view course materials, check course calendars, and participate in discussions.

Distance education courses may use synchronous or asyncronous modalities to deliver course content.

The learninng managment system allows you to interact and collaborate with course faculty and classmates and do coursework from the convenience of your own setting.

Select courses may require meeting on campus. FNP and AGACNP programs meet on campus one time for each practicum course.

Admission Criteria

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a ACEN, CNEA or CCNE accredited program.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8/4.0
  • Evidence of completion of undergraduate health assessment and nursing research with a minimum grade of “C” in both courses.
  • Proof of current, unencumbered licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse.
  • NNP: Must have the equivalent of at least two years of full-time clinical experience as an RN in a Level II or IV NICU within the past five years before starting clinical courses. May start theory courses without the required clinical experience and must hold and maintain a current Neonatal Resuscitation Program certificate.
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students must have one (1) year of experience (or the equivalent) in psych-mental health within the last 5 years prior to starting the psych-mental health specific theory or practicum courses.
  • A 500-750 word typed essay detailing professional and educational goals
  • Evidence of one (1) year professional nursing experience preferred.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who are able to speak of the applicant’s to undertake graduate study; one (1) letter from a nursing faculty from the baccalaureate education is preferred.
  • College may request to interview applicant.