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Online Master of Science in Nursing Degree

An administrative, leadership, or teaching role represents the next step for many practicing nursing professionals, and paving the way there, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) helps students hone their instructional and content development skills. Geared toward registered nurses who previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, this 100% online program prepares students to teach in academic and clinical settings and have a voice in staff and policy development. In the process, the flexible format ensures that nurses who have already climbed the ranks within the healthcare field won’t have to take time off to advance their career.

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Program Details
EST. PROGRAM LENGTH:19 months
COURSE LENGTH:6 WEEKS
COST PER CREDIT HOUR:$498
CREDIT HOURS:36
TRANSFER CREDITS:Up to 6

Through core courses and a concentration, the online Master’s in Nursing degree instructs students in advanced nursing practices, nursing role development, building curricula, designing programs and courses, methods for clinical instruction, and optimally evaluating learning outcomes. Within this higher-level framework, the program further reflects the mission of MVNU’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences:

  • Apply Biblical principles within a professional healthcare context;
  • Provide comprehensive nursing care based on empirical testing and personal, ethical, and aesthetic knowledge;
  • Analyze and build solutions from subjective and objective data;
  • Acknowledge the influence of environment on individual and community health;
  • Deliver nursing care in response to actual and potential health issues; and
  • Compassionately care for the whole person, viewing each patient as worthy of respect and dignity.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at MVNU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

CCNE Accredited

ONLINE MASTER’S IN NURSING CURRICULUM

The online MSN degree consists of

36

credit hours, at least 30 of which must be completed at MVNU. The program is structured into three portions over a 19-month timeline: an eight-subject nursing core (24 credit hours), a nursing education concentration (nine credit hours), and a graduate capstone (three credit hours).

MSN Curriculum Credit Hours
Theoretical Leadership in Nursing Practice 3
Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
Advanced Nursing Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
Advanced Nursing Concepts in Physical Assessment 3
Prevention and Health Promotion 3
Health Policy and Advocacy 3
Health Technology and Informatics 3
Current Trends and Issues in Nursing 3
Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 3
Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
Nursing Education Practicum 3
Graduate Nursing Capstone 3

Starting with the core, students examine current theories and practices related to nursing methodology and leadership, focusing on where these areas intersect with research and clinical practices. Physiological principles also receive a significant amount of attention, particularly pathologic syndromes, pharmacologic actions, and medications related to common disorders.

Outside of advanced clinical topics, the core courses explore the role of nursing within healthcare management, education, and design. The online MSN curriculum explores subjects involving health promotion, health education, disease prevention, and resource utilization among diverse groups and populations; provides an overview of the US healthcare system’s policies, financing, and professional issues; and covers the technologies used to improve the quality and delivery of patient care. Throughout, students learn more about current issues affecting the nursing profession and healthcare system.

For the concentration, courses focus specifically on teaching nursing-related subjects and developing instructional tools:

  • Curriculum Development in Nursing Education: Students learn to develop nursing curriculum content, factoring in current education trends and regulatory, and accreditation, professional standards.

  • Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education: Evaluations signify education benchmarks and progress, and in learning how to develop them, MSN students explore strategies for determining successful learning outcomes, including test construction and non-testing methods.

  • Nursing Education Practicum: The course instructs MSN students on incorporating clinical practice within a curriculum, factoring in professional standards, cultural diversity, and learning styles.

CAREERS IN NURSING EDUCATION

Hospitals and education settings need more and more advanced nursing professionals to address the growing aging population and greater demand for preventative care. These higher-level administrative and leadership roles, however, often require a master’s degree in nursing. The format of MVNU’s program prepares graduates for careers in healthcare and nursing education; as a nursing instructor or faculty member; or as an occupational health nurse.

Based on figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% more Nursing Instructors and Teachers will be needed between 2018 and 2028, while demand for Nurse Practitioners will go up 26%. On the administrative end, hospitals and clinics will need 18% more Medical and Health Service Managers to direct and coordinate the business side of the healthcare field.

FINANCIAL AID & PROGRAM COSTS

ONLINE MSN TUITION

Cost Per Credit Credit Hours Required Total Tuition
$498 36 $18,088

For the online MSN degree, MVNU bases the tuition for each accelerated six-week class on a course-by-course, per-credit structure. Note: Tuition costs include a $60 Resource Fee and a $100 Graduation Fee but do not factor in textbooks and other classroom supplies.

TUITION GUARANTEE

Because working adults seek out MVNU’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) to advance their career, we have implemented a tuition guarantee. As long as students remain enrolled at MVNU and make satisfactory academic progress, the per-credit tuition rate remains unchanged.

FINANCIAL AID

MVNU presents our online Master’s in Nursing students with several financial aid solutions, including loans, scholarships, grants, and tuition reimbursement. To be eligible, fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form with your application. Additionally, students are encouraged to speak with their employers about tuition reimbursement programs and requirements. Learn more about MVNU's financial aid options for graduate students.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ONLINE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE!

Take the next step in your career by earning an online Master’s in Nursing degree from MVNU. Request more information today, or after you’ve reviewed all requirements, fill out your online application.