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Masters of Science in Nursing, Online MSN

Online MSN, Time to Shine: Your career as a nurse can take you many places, including into management, leadership, and even higher education. Saint Francis University has designed this MSN to make the most of your experience, to prepare you for your next set of professional achievements, and to help you shine, as a nurse, manager, nurse educator, advanced practice nurse, and as a leader in the profession.

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      This fully accredited MSN program tailors educational experiences to advance graduates' career development plans.

    • This fully accredited MSN program tailors educational experiences to advance graduates' career development plans.

  • Program Highlights:

    This program is being offered through the highly respected Department of Nursing at Saint Francis University. The Department prides itself for graduating caring, ethical nurses who consistently excel in their chosen profession.

    The Master of Science in Nursing program at Saint Francis University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

  • Flash Facts:

    • No GRE or GMAT required

    • Small class sizes

    • Assigned faculty advisor throughout program

    • Residency days

    • Planned online and face-to-face meetings where faculty advisors, course faculty, and preceptors work closely with each individual student

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    Graduate and Post-Master's Nursing Offerings:

  • MSN Leadership/Education

    The online MSN in Leadership and Education track is specifically designed to prepare graduates to use their leadership and educational skills in teaching students or managing the administration of health care. 

  • Post-Master’s Certificate
    FNP Program

    The Post-Master’s Certificate FNP program is designed for the student who already has earned a master’s degree in nursing and is seeking to become a family nurse practitioner.

    • Program Goals
    • MSN Student Learning Outcomes
    • Accommodation
    • Department of Nursing Minimal Functional Requirements
    • Grading
    • Licensure Requirements
    Program Goals

    The MSN Program is designed to meet the current and future need for nurses in roles of administration and education.  This includes preparing MSN graduates to plan, initiate, and evaluate change in health care and nursing education.  Students learn to lead by educating others. 

    1. Augment the potential of bachelor’s prepared professional nurses to strengthen and improve health care by providing graduate level educational opportunities in advanced practice, education, and leadership.
    2. Elevate the educational levels of nurses in the health care workforce by offering preparation for advanced practice roles in nursing.
    3. Prepare nurses for doctoral-level study.
    MSN Student Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of the MSN program will be prepared to:

    1. Exercise a selected advanced nursing practice role to ensure the delivery of high quality direct patient care and/or to foster an organizational climate in health care and nursing educational settings that serve to promote high quality patient care.
    2. Exercise leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration to develop and/or refine organizational structures and processes through which high quality, evidence-based and cost-effective care, and the improvement of patient outcomes are assured.
    3. Participate in political processes at a variety of levels to influence health care policy that benefits patients, the profession, and the interdisciplinary community of health care providers.
    4. Make critical, constructive, and effective use of scientific evidence in the implementation, evaluation, and revision of health care services to better serve the health needs of individuals in the context of their families and communities.
    5. Exercise leadership to cultivate a highly ethical, culturally competent, and caring health care culture through the promotion of self-awareness, effective communication, effective group dynamics, values-based realism, courage, and principled action.
    6. Employ administrative and clinical information technology to access and leverage knowledge effectively, ethically, and legally in the interest of safe, effective, patient care in a variety of settings.

    The University is committed to full compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities, as well as other federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities. Under the ADA and its amendments, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The ADA also protects individuals who have a record of a substantially limiting impairment or who are regarded as disabled by the institution whether qualified or not. A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity such as incident review, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, or caring for oneself.

    Read the full University Policy on Accommodation of Disabilities

    Department of Nursing Minimal Functional Requirements

    The Saint Francis University Department of Nursing requires students to meet nonacademic technical standards critical to your success in your MSN Program track. These standards are designed not to be exclusionary, but to establish performance expectations that will enable you to provide safe patient practice with or without accommodations. 

    The standards are program requirements, not individual functional ability requirements.

    1. Observation: You must be able to make careful observations in all learning settings. Observation is necessary to perform competent health assessments and interventions, and necessitates functional use of vision, hearing, tactile and somatic senses.

    2. Communication: You must have the ability to use multiple communication techniques (verbal, written, nonverbal, group processes, and information technology) to make it possible for you to communicate effectively with clients, teachers, and all members of the health care team. You must be able to speak, read, and write in English. You must be able to report to members of the health care team, express appropriate information to others, communicate with sensitivity, and teach, explain, direct, and counsel clients.

    3. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: You must have the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize data in a reasonable amount of time. These intellectual abilities are essential for problem solving, a critical skill demanded of health care practitioners. You must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.

    4. Motor Skills: You must possess the fine and gross motor function essential for performing patient assessment and therapeutic interventions. Implementing many therapeutic interventions requires coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, stamina, equilibrium, and functional use of touch and vision.

    5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: You must possess the emotional health required for full use of your intellectual abilities, demonstration of good judgment, prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities, and development of mature and effective relationships with patients. You must be able to work cooperatively with others, adapt to rapidly changing environments, think clearly, and tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads under stressful situations. In addition, you must demonstrate moral reasoning and ethical behaviors.

    In addition to the technical standards stated above, you must be able to successfully complete all required components of the curriculum.


    Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned according to the SFU plus-minus grading system as outlined below: 

    92-100% = A

    90-91% = A-

    88-89% = B+ 

    82-87% = B 

    80-81% = B- 

    78-79% = C+

    72-77% = C

    70-71% = C-

    60-69% = D

    59% and below = F

    * Students must receive an 82% or better in all courses to pass the course.

    Students must pass the clinical component of the course in order to pass the course regardless of the theory grade. 

    Incomplete grades: Incomplete grades are only granted for extenuating circumstances such as serious illness or the death of a family member. University policy governs the conferral of an “I” grade and timeline for completion of remaining coursework. 

      Licensure Requirements

      Students must maintain an unencumbered professional nursing license throughout enrollment in their respective program. Students must hold a current, active license in any state in which they practice or complete clinical requirements. 

      International students must submit proof of unencumbered professional licensure within the United States of America state in which they reside and/or will be completing clinical coursework for their respective program. 

      Students are responsible for notifying the Department of Nursing of any changes in licensure status. Violations of this policy will be addressed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Standard of Professional Conduct policy. Students are to submit proof of their current unencumbered professional nursing license/recognition with their initial application packet. Thereafter, students must submit their professional nursing licenses upon renewal. Evidence of current, valid nursing license must be submitted to their Graduate Academic Advisor. 

      Please refer to Saint Francis University's State Authorization Page