Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Push Your Nursing Career to the Next Level
The Master of Science in Nursing program studies teaching theories, current research
findings, education in healthcare, principles of leadership, legal and ethical issues,
clinical research, organizational management, and knowledge of educational trends
and professional standards.
Designed with working professionals in mind, the coursework presents concepts in practical
and quantitative terms so they can be applied to the workplace immediately. This program
offers two concentrations—Education and Leadership—with tracks to suit your individual
needs, as well as a Certificate in Nursing Education.
The Education Concentration applies nursing experiences with higher education through an academic and healthcare
delivery setting for the nurse who is looking to:
- Practice as a nurse educator in an academic or health care delivery setting, applying
principles consistent with evidence-based practice.
- Apply teaching and learning theories, current research findings, and knowledge of
educational trends and professional standards to curriculum and instructional design;
- Utilize knowledge of continuous quality improvement methodology to evaluate all components
of instructional design and delivery.
- Design and implement change projects in nursing education and evaluate their impact;
- Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarly work.
The Leadership Concentration develops a high level of critical and strategic thinking for the nurse who is looking
- Assume leadership roles in health care organizations.
- Integrate leadership skills that facilitate collaborative relationships while functioning
as a member of the interdisciplinary team;
- Incorporate knowledge of evidence in clinical and organizational management to improve
- Apply knowledge of health care payment systems to improve the utilization of clinical
and fiscal resources.
- Design and implement change projects in health care delivery systems and evaluate
Within the Leadership Concentration, there are three tracks.
- For the nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing;
- For the nurse with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree;
- For the nurse without a baccalaureate degree.
The Certificate in Nursing Education is intended for Master’s Degree-prepared nurses who desire more education in the
process of nursing education. Normal time to completion is one year.
Alumni Success Stories
Bondurant took on the challenge of starting the R.N to B.S program at Franklin Pierce
in 2014, which is a program designed for working registered nurses who need a flexible
and convenient program. Like most of her fellow classmates, Bondurant was a working
nurse and volunteer throughout the duration of her Master program. Bondurant began
working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Manchester in 2011 on the Advanced Response Team
(DHART), and since receiving her degree at Franklin Pierce, she has gone on to become
the Chief Flight Nurse on the Dartmouth- Hitchcock Advance Response Team.
Molly Bondurant, 14
Chief Flight Nurse, Dartmouth Hitchcock Advance Response Team
Admission to the Program
- All applicants: completion of an associate degree, baccalaureate degree, or diploma
from an accredited program in nursing and must hold a current, unencumbered license
to practice as a registered nurse;
- Track I and II applicants: achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average
(CGPA) of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale and successful completion of an undergraduate
statistics course with a “C” or higher;
- Nursing Education Certificate: achievement of a minimum CGPA of 2.8 or higher on a
4.0 scale from an accredited master’s degree program.
- Completed graduate admission application;
- Professional résumé;
- A statement of professional goals including reasons for pursing graduate study;
- All official transcripts from colleges or universities previously attended.
Want to Know More?
Download a Nursing program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.
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