Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing offers flexible, innovative tracks in a program leading to a master of science in nursing degree in an online setting.  Graduates are prepared to practice in an advanced role to meet and/or manage health care needs of families across the life span.

Family Nurse Practitioner  

The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares its graduates to assume a position in a primary care setting as a family nurse practitioner upon successful completion of national certification exams.  The graduates will also provide comprehensive primary health care emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention to individuals, families, and groups across the life span.  Research will also be utilized and conducted to promote quality health care and improve clinical outcomes for selected population groups. 

Learn more about the Family Nurse Practitioner Program 

Nurse Anesthesia  

The Nurse Anesthesia program prepares nurses to work as a nurse anesthetist with a full scope of practice.  The 28-month program awards a Master of Science in Nursing degree and prepares students to sit for the nurse anesthesia national certification examination. 

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Nurse Educator 

The Nurse Educator track prepares nurses to work as educators and faculty to address the expanding educational needs of the nursing profession.  With a severe nursing faculty shortage in the United States, this online option prepares students for a variety of roles in nursing education, either as academic educators or clinical educators.  Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds are available for students in this track.

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Health Systems Management and Leadership

  The MSN in Health Systems Management and Leadership prepares graduates to function as a manager in primary care provider organizations, acute care organizations, organizations providing care and services to the geriatric population, as well as other provider organizations.  Students have the option of concentrating course work in one of these areas.  The framework for the curriculum originate from AACN’s Essentials of Masters Education, the Nurse Manager Leadership Collaborative (AONE, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses) Learning Domain Framework, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Manager Skill Inventory, and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators Across All Settings. 

Learn more about the Health Systems Management and Leadership Program.


RN to MSN 

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing offers the master of science in nursing through a nontraditional pathway that does not award the BSN.  The program provides the experienced registered nurse who holds an associate of science in nursing degree or hospital diploma an opportunity to earn a master’s degree within one program of study.  When taken full time and in sequence, the length of this option is approximately seven semesters, or two years. 

Learn more about the RN to MSN Program.

Post MSN Certificates 

The following Post-MSN certificates are available for registered nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing:  Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Manager, and Nurse Anesthesia.  Students completing the post MSN/FNP track will have fulfilled educational requirements to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification examinations.

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