At Franciscan University, we view the field of nursing as a helping ministry, putting faith to work with our hands. That's why for over two decades, we've committed ourselves to excellence in nursing education through our undergraduate BSN Degree programs. In 1999 we took that commitment one step further, launching our Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN).
The MSN Program, accredited by the NLNAC, is designed to facilitate your educational preparation for advanced nursing roles. The program will provide you with a strong foundation in theory, research, and experiential learning, enabling you to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Education Specialist.
Master's Degree in Nursing Program Focus
The Master's Degree in Nursing has two specialties. Both programs, Nurse Practitioner and Education Specialist, share the same basic set of objectives. Foremost among these are helping you learn to:
MSN Program Requirements
Each master's candidate must submit the graduate application to be considered for the nursing program. Additionally, college transcripts and no less than two recommendation letters must accompany the application.
Each student accepted into the MSN program must successfully complete either 48 credit hours for Nurse Practitioner or 46 credit hours for the Education Specialist concentration to attain the master's degree. Among these credits will include 22 credits worth of courses in bioethics, practice nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology and therapeutics. Each specialty involves 15 to 17 credits in the respective areas. The Nurse Practitioner core will prepare students for national nursing certification as well as permission to sit the State Board of Nursing exam. On the other hand, the Education Specialist core will prepare students to work as advanced nurses and as educators for patients and communities. Such students will also have the knowledge necessary to develop and assess teaching methods used in hospital and school settings.
For more information about the Master of Science in Nursing from Franciscan University, read through the pages linked to the right and feel free to contact the professors listed in "Meet the Faculty" below.
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