Master of Science in Nursing
Immaculata University’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program is designed to prepare professional nurses as leaders in administration and education in a variety of organizations. The competencies acquired through an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary model of education prepares the M.S.N. student to practice in a complex and dynamic professional milieu.
The program of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing is a 39-credit program. Students may choose one of two areas of specialization: nursing administration or nursing education.
The administration track trains practicing nurses who are interested in becoming entry- or middle-level managers in nursing administration or advanced management roles. The curriculum prepares the graduate for the ever-changing arena of health care by providing a sound understanding of how organizations run. Specific strategies will be identified and discussed so that there will be a smooth transition from staff nurse to nurse manager. Completion of this track plus two years of full-time employment in a nursing administrative position enables students to submit their credentials for eligibility to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certified Nurse Executive Exam (formally known as the Nursing Administration).
The nursing education track examines the current and future roles of nursing education in a variety of settings. The curriculum prepares graduates to teach nursing in a college setting, to provide health care counseling and teaching to a patient population, and to function in a staff development role, educating nurses on new procedures or assisting recent nursing graduates in making the transition from nursing student to registered nurse. Completion of this track plus two years of full-time employment in an academic faculty role enables students to submit their credentials for eligibility to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Exam.
- Prepare students for successful passage of certification examinations
- Provide a foundation for doctoral studies
- Promote a commitment to lifelong learning
- Promote critical analysis of theory, research, policy and organizational systems
- Develop leaders and change agents
- Enhance collaboration skills
- Critically seek, evaluate, and develop an expanding knowledge of nursing
- Use leadership abilities, moral and ethical principles, and professional standards to guide one's own nursing practice and that of others
- Impact nursing practice through scientific inquiry and the dissemination of research findings
- Integrate concepts, models, and theories from nursing science and related disciplines into advanced nursing practice
This 39-credit program consists of courses in the following categories:
For more information, see the M.S.N. Student Handbook.
In fall 2011, the master’s degree in nursing was granted 10-year re-accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a master’s program at Immaculata University, the minimum admission standards for the Division of Nursing include:
- Current R.N. license
- B.S.N. degree from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited school *
- An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale
- Acceptable scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are not required to submit test scores.
- Goals Statement: a one-page essay discussing your professional goals and how graduate study at Immaculata University will enable you to achieve those goals
- A current professional resume
- Two letters of recommendation appraising your personal and professional qualities as well as capability for graduate study. References must be completed by academic professors or employers and forwarded directly to the College of Graduate Studies.
- A formal interview with the director of the M.S.N. Program
* Registered nurses from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited nursing program with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be admitted, but must meet B.S.N. equivalent competencies as outlined in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) in nursing leadership, research, and community health.
These B.S.N. equivalent competencies may be met through the following two options after admission:
- Demonstrate exemplary knowledge in nursing leadership, research, and community health by successfully completing a professional portfolio (NURS 500 Professional Portfolio). The portfolio will include: 1) Documents that provide evidence of R.N. learning, progress, & achievements over time (such as CEUs, publications, honors/awards, letters from patients, families or supervisors); and 2) Responses to essay questions related to the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).
- Demonstrate content mastery in nursing leadership, research, or community health by successful completion of an undergraduate collegiate course from an accredited institution in the relevant subject.