M.S. in Nursing

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an advanced degree for nurses looking to take their career to the next level. The MSN prepares you to assume advanced leadership roles and responsibilities. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice your true calling – serving the needs of patients. You’ll hone your craft to become a better nurse – and a better leader. 

The program blends nursing theory and advanced practice concepts necessary to work within the structure, culture, and mission of a variety of health care organizations or educational settings. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program includes two tracks: Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. With the MSN-Nursing Administration Track program you’ll be empowered with skills in leadership, policy, planning and other issues relevant to healthcare settings and with the Nursing Education Track, you’ll be equipped to prepare our next generation of qualified nurses.

Designed for working RNs, who are balancing work and home life, the MSN program at Urbana can be completed 100 percent online as you learn from experienced educators, who are passionate about nursing. Accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE), you can earn the MSN in as little as 2 years.


Program Outcomes
  1. Synthesize theories and knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to develop a theoretical basis to guide practice in an advanced nursing role.

  2. Analyze the effects of historical, cultural, economic, ethical, legal, and political influences on health care delivery.

  3. Appraise, use, and participate in the extension of nursing knowledge through scientific inquiry.

  4. Integrate creative and critical thinking in the application of holistic, comprehensive nursing care for individual, families, and communities in diverse settings.

  5. Initiate responsive leadership, collaboration, and management to influence the advancement of nursing practice and the profession of nursing and to influence health policy.

  6. Provide leadership in clinical practice, service, education, and research utilization in a variety of nursing and health care services.

  7. Teach in a variety of capacities including undergraduate nursing programs.

  8. Exemplify ethical and legal responsibility, accountability and role competency when engaged in advanced nursing roles.

  9. Contribute to the continuing professional development of self, others, and the discipline of nursing.


36-38 Semester Hours

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