Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


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Program Description

The MSN degree program is offered entirely via distance education, primarily the Internet. Students may choose one of two areas of specialization: nursing administration or nursing education. The program requires the completion of 30 graduate credit hours comprising 10 courses. All students complete the core content consisting of 18 credit hours (6 courses). In addition, students will focus on their chosen specialization in nursing administration or nursing education, each of which requires the successful completion of 12 credit hours (4 courses) with a CGPA of 3.0 and no failing grades. This requirement is consistent with the requirements for other master’s programs at the University.

MSN Student Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing Program is to build upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience and prepare them to advance in their careers.

Graduates of the MSN program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities, informatics, and technologies, and evidence-based research findings as a foundation for advanced nursing roles (Nursing, Excellence).
  2. Analyze and critique outcome data using critical thinking, systematic inquiry, and sound judgment to develop strategies that support advanced practice nursing care across the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments (Nursing, Environment, Excellence).
  3. Promote legal and ethical principles, professional values, and standards of safe advanced nursing practice to improve health outcomes and services to individuals, families, and populations (Health, Person, Environment, Caring, Integrity).
  4. Advocate for health policy and financing that promote, preserve, and restore public health, particularly for diverse, vulnerable and underserved populations (Nursing, Health, Caring, Diversity).
  5. Design strategies that promote professional role development in advanced nursing and lifelong learning for continued professional growth (Nursing, Integrity, Excellence).
  6. Evaluate cultural, ethnic and socially diverse concepts to improve availability, delivery, and outcomes of health care in a multi-cultural environment (Nursing, Person, Caring, Diversity).
  7. Employ advanced knowledge and skills in leadership, collaboration and communication to develop strategies that influence continuous quality improvement and safety in health care organizations and systems (Nursing, Environment, Diversity, Excellence).

MSN Curriculum

The curriculum fosters an increased sense of professionalism while focusing on nursing theory, research and technologies, evidence-based practice, safety, and quality improvement, as well as policy and issues that are presenting in the health care industry today. Courses are designed to prepare professional nurses for leadership in administration or education in a variety of settings and to practice in a complex and dynamic health care environment.

The mission and conceptual framework are integrated throughout the curriculum plan and are reflected in the evaluation methods. Students complete a capstone scholarly project on a significant issue or problem related to nursing administration or nursing education. There is a final evaluation of the student’s cumulative learning portfolio by designated nursing faculty members. At the completion of the program, students are prepared to move forward in their nursing career.

Accreditation and Approvals

The university Catalogs provides information on Salem’s accreditation and approvals. All students receive a copy as part of the enrollment process. The catalogs are available for download from the university’s web site at:

MSN Program Courses

Required of all MSN Students

Course # MSN Core Courses Credits
MSN505 Theoretical Basis & Role Development for Advanced Nursing 3
MSN510 Advanced Research, Inquiry, and Evidence-Based Practice 3
MSN515 Health Care Policy, Law and Ethics 3
MSN520 Leadership in Health Care Environments 3
MSN525 Health Care Informatics and Technology 3
MSN599 Capstone 3
MSN Core Credit Hours 18

Nursing Administration Specialization

Course # MSN Specialization Courses Credits
MSN550 Organizational Behavior and Workforce Management 3
MSN555 Finance and Economics for Nursing Leadership 3
MSN560 Complex Health Systems Planning and Resource Management 3
MSN565 Population Health Management, Quality Improvement and Safety 3
Nursing Administration Credit Hours 12

Nursing Education Specialization

Course # MSN Specialization Courses Credits
MSN570 Curriculum and Program Development 3
MSN575 Instructional Methods and Strategies in Teaching & Learning 3
MSN580 Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation in Nursing Education 3
MSN585 Educational Technology 3
Nursing Education Credit Hours 12

Eligibility Requirements

Nurses who wish to apply to the MSN online program must:

  • Hold a current, unrestricted RN license in the student’s state of residence.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Maintain licensure throughout the program of study.
Last updated May 2019

About the School

Established in 1888 as Salem College, Salem University has a tradition of academic excellence and innovation. The beautiful 100-acre campus is nestled in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Th ... Read More

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