Master of Science in Nursing

Preparing Nurses To Lead and Teach

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for working professionals who are seeking to advance their nursing career in the field of nursing administration or nursing education.  The program is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is delivered entirely online to fit the professional and personal schedules of working nurses.  

The MSN core curriculum is designed to increase the BSN prepared nurse's knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • leadership, quality and finance
  • advanced health assessment, physiology and pharmacology
  • evidence-based nursing practice
  • nursing informatics
  • complex healthcare systems and populations
  • advanced practice nursing roles

The program's two areas of specialization provide courses which prepare nurses to assume roles in leadership of complex healthcare systems and as educators in a variety of settings including academics, community education, and acute and long-term care based patient and staff education.  

MSN Highlights

  • CCNE Accredited
  • Quality Matters Certified Online Courses – providing best practice design for online courses
  • 2016 Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees Up and Coming Schools
  • Rolling admission – join fall, spring or summer
  • Part-time or full-time options
  • Relevant curriculum that is immediately applicable in the workplace

About Our Faculty

  • Our faculty are experienced nurses who have a wide variety of specialty areas including geriatrics, women’s health, mental health, critical care, outpatient care, emergency medicine and more……
  • Our faculty have a significant amount of collective experience at all levels of nursing to include administration and teaching. This experience guarantees that our faculty understand the challenges of nursing in today’s health care environment
  • Our faculty also understand the life of a nurse and the challenges for students who are trying to balance work and returning to school
  • All faculty have the highest level of training for online teaching and understand and implement best practices for online teaching through the Quality Matters course design

Sample MSN Courses:

NURS 507 - Health Finance (3cr.)
Conceptual and practical issues related to healthcare economics, finances, and budgeting including accounting, business planning, cost/benefit analysis, managing financial resources, and other management tools for the nurse administrator.  3 hrs. lecture. Spring, summer.

NURS 603 - Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice (3cr.)
Examination of the scope and status of professional roles and responsibilities of nurses prepared for advanced clinical and managerial placements in diverse healthcare settings.  3 hrs. lecture. Fall, summer.

NURS 614 – Teaching and Learning Strategies (3cr.)
Examination of a variety of teaching strategies and evaluative approaches designed to promote a productive and effective learning environment. Students establish nurse education practicum goals and objectives and are required to obtain a nurse educator preceptor.  Practicum hours involve practical observational and hands-on experiences in both the clinical and classroom environments. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

Career Outlook for Nurse Managers and Educators

FSU’s MSN program prepares students to pursue careers in management/administration or education. According to BLS, a wide range of positions can fall under the category “medical and health services managers.” Nurses in our Administration track would be well prepared to enter the medical and health services manager field which is expected to experience faster than average (17%) job growth through 2024.  Nurse educators can also hold positions in a variety of work settings including hospitals, community health organizations, outpatient clinics, and universities/colleges.  BLS data also predicts that nurse educator jobs are expected to grow by 35% by 2022, much faster than average.