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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, or advanced clinical practice. 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.

    • Online Master of Science in Nursing student Rachel Dieterich
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      This fully accredited MSN program tailors educational experiences to advance graduates' career development plans.

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      The MSN program will prepare you for an advanced role in administration, clinical practice, or nursing education. 

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

    • The MSN program will prepare you for an advanced role in administration, clinical practice, or nursing education. 

  • 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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

  • 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. 


  • Family (Individual Across the Lifespan)
    Nurse Practitioner

    The Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is designed for the working registered nurse who is seeking education and clinical skills as a FNP in a program that delivers courses asynchronously online and on-site clinical experiences.


  • 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
    • 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.
    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