Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Options

50 best online master of science in nursing degrees 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. The College of Nursing is recognized as one of the 50 best Master of Science in Nursing online degree programs in the nation.

The College also ranks among the nation’s Most Affordable Online Colleges for its nurse practitioner program.

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Program Outcomes

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

1. Integrate theory, research and practice using critical thinking to promote safe and high quality patient care for individuals and populations in a variety of settings.  

2. Practice autonomously in a variety of professional roles to respond to the social, economic, ethical, political and legal issues impacting the needs of patients 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 interprofessional collaborative leadership within the dynamic health care system in a culturally diverse society.

5. Synthesize the principles of education and practice to advocate for  interventions that promote, maintain, and restore health for individuals and populations.

6. Analyze factors for delivering high quality patient care through utilization of informatics and technology.

Plan of Study

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

The student is required to communicate 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

African-American woman with laptop studying online The master's of nursing programs are offered via online education using a learning management system. This allows students to view course materials, check course calendars and participate in discussions.

Online education courses may use synchronous or asynchronous modalities to deliver course content.

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

Some clinical courses for FNP, AGACNP, and PMHNP require short campus visits. 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 program accredited regionally and accredited by ACEN, CNEA or CCNE.
  • 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 III 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 year of experience (or the equivalent) in psych-mental health within the last five 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 year professional nursing experience preferred.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are able to speak of the applicant’s ability to undertake graduate study; it is preferred one of those letters be from a nursing faculty from the baccalaureate education.
  • College may request to interview applicant.