Master of Science in Nursing

Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services

Nursing Students 2013

Mastering the Dynamic World of Healthcare, Practice and Leadership

The Master of Science in Nursing prepares registered professional nurses for practice in education, nursing administration, or as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The graduate program builds upon the foundation of concepts and skills acquired in undergraduate programs in nursing. Role options include the Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, administrator, educator or dual educator/administrator. Most of these roles are enacted in health systems to promote and support quality care, with educators working in both clinical and academic settings. This concentration prepares nurse leaders to work with teams and transform systems in clinical and academic settings, as well as in the communities served by those organizations.

Nursing students will experience state of the art/high-tech laboratories, simulation areas, educational rooms and computer facilities to enhance learning in the new Health and Human Services building constructed in 2010.

The MSN program is a part-time (two courses per semester) program that is offered in a hybrid learning environment, a combination of in-class and online course instruction. This blended delivery mode is preferred by students allowing them face-to-face instruction without the demands of attending each week. 

The Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) program provides the opportunity to be admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing program without a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This is accomplished in a two-step process:

Step 1: The RN to MSN program requires undergraduate admittance and approval into the RN to BSN program, along with the completion of undergraduate requirements based upon credit evaluation. Upon successful completion

Step 2: Following the completion of Step 1, students may apply to the MSN program. Upon admittance to the MSN program, students continue with Step 2 in conjunction with the remainder of the MSN program core, concentration, cognate and capstone courses.

Click here for more information on the RN to BSN step.



The Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education which is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.



American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification

Year of Graduation # of Examinees Overall ANCC Pass Rate School Pass Rate
2011 & 2012 Combined 29 86.04 93.10


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program*

Year of Graduation # of Examinees
1st Time
Program Average National Average School Pass Rate
1st Time Takers
2013 5 586 583 100%
    73.25% 72.88%  

 Exam consists of total score of 800, must have 500 to pass.

*Only reports if school has 3 or more students who take AANP exam.