Nursing, M.S.N.
Nursing and Health Professions

Immaculata’s Master of Science in Nursing will prepare you to keep pace with the changing demands of health care.

Immaculata University’s Division of Nursing contributes to advanced nursing practice by preparing its graduates to lead and teach.

Designed for graduates of accredited B.S.N. programs and other bachelor’s degrees, Immaculata’s 33-credit Master of Science in Nursing allows you to work with inspiring mentors to solve real-world challenges in health care.

With its foundation in theory, health care policy, and research, this 11-course program will expand your knowledge and develop your leadership abilities to guide your own nursing practice and that of others. You can complete Immaculata’s M.S.N. in about three years while working full-time. You will boost your job mobility, expand your professional network, increase your satisfaction, and gain opportunities for higher earnings.


Nursing Administration Track

Lead and Engage

The evolving health care industry requires strong leaders to respond to clinical, organizational and fiscal challenges. This track prepares nurse administrators with strong communication skills, financial knowledge, personnel management organization theory and negotiations skills, which add up to a strong business acumen. You will be prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certified Nurse Executive Exam.

Nursing Education Track

Touch the Future–Teach!

Combining adult learning theory with hands-on teaching experiences, this track prepares you with instructional skills and mastery of content to teach future nurses or current practitioners in academic settingsor professional settings in health care systems. You will be prepared to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Exam.

Program Highlights

  • Take courses online or in a hybrid format that seamlessly blends face-to-face and online delivery.
  • You will attend classes as part of a cohort, which creates a professional learning community to enhance student interaction and support.
  • Practicums help you hone your knowledge and skills through mentorship from preceptors. You will complete a clinical practicum that focuses on trends in a nursing specialty area, and an administrative or educational practicum, depending on your track within the program.
  • You will analyze and reflect on a nursing practice issue in your capstone course, and you will present your research to a professional audience.


CCNE Accredited
The master’s degree program in nursing at Immaculata University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Availability

  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Hybrid
  • Off Site Cohorts

Admission Requirements

To apply for the M.S.N. program, you must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school or its equivalent. You may be eligible to apply if you are a registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.

R.N. to M.S.N. Bridge Program (For R.N.s who hold a non-B.S.N. degree)

If you are an R.N. who graduated from an accredited nursing school with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree, you must meet B.S.N.-equivalent competencies in nursing leadership, research, and community health. These competencies may be validated through a professional portfolio (a three-credit course) or collegiate coursework after admission. Immaculata’s R.N. to M.S.N. bridge program allows you to complete the B.S.N.-equivalent competencies that demonstrate knowledge foundational for M.S.N. study.


You will complete two practicums in the M.S.N. program. Each practicum experience is paired with theory and a seminar class. The clinical practicum will increase your understanding of health care and current trends in a specialty area (medical-surgical, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health, maternal and child health, or community/public health).

Your second practicum will be specific to your track within the program. In the administration practicum, you will focus on professional development, quality outcome management, and legal, regulatory and ethical issues in relation to selected administrative functions of nurse administrators. Each student will develop competencies of a nurse administrator under the guidance of a preceptor, who holds a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing. In the education practicum, you will examine the theory and methods of effective classroom and clinical teaching in nursing, and you will gain experience as a nurse educator.

In your capstone course, action research is presented as a methodology to critically analyze and reflect on practice. You will select a question related to nursing practice and present your capstone project to a professional audience at course end. Recent projects have covered topics such as educating nurses on the hazards of surgical smoke, increasing retention of new pediatric acute care nurses, and improving oral care compliance in ventilated patients.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Program Goals

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Required Curriculum

General Core

  • GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations (3)

Nursing Concentration

  • NURS 621 Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 625 Healthcare Policy and Politics (3)
  • NURS 640 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NURS 655 Nursing Research (3)
  • NURS 690 MSN Capstone (3)

Nursing Administration Track

  • MML 603 Managing Organizational Effectiveness (3)
  • NURS 670 Nursing Administration (3)
  • NURS 672 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
  • NURS 681 Clinical Practicum (3)
  • NURS 684 Administration Practicum (3)

Nursing Education Track

  • NURS 645 Advanced Pathopharmacology (3)
  • NURS 660 Seminar for Nurse Educators I (3)
  • NURS 661 Seminar for Nurse Educators II (3)
  • NURS 681 Clinical Practicum (3)
  • NURS 683 Education Practicum (3)

Once in the M.S.N. program, I applied for and was given a nurse manager position at my hospital. From there, I had an amazing opportunity to open a brand-new unit, and to grow and mentor one of my staff nurses to assume the nurse manager role when I moved to manage the critical care units. I have had tremendous growth as a nurse leader in my organization, but none of these opportunities would have been available to me without this M.S.N. program.

Maureen Pisano '17 M.S.N.

Nurse Director, Virtua Memorial emergency department

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