Nursing

Degree Awarded

RN to BSN, Master’s Entry Program, Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N), MSN/Master of Business Administration Dual Degree, Graduate Certificate


Program Delivery

On-Campus, Online


Locations Available

Manchester, New Hampshire
Online

As a working nurse professional, you can earn an online bachelor’s or master’s degree that will help advance your career. Not already a nurse, but have a bachelor’s degree in another field? Our Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) may be right for you. Our nursing programs are certified by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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Innovative, Evidence-Based, Patient-Centered Care

Graduates of the Franklin Pierce School of Nursing are competent, caring and ethical leaders in healthcare. In a supportive and respectful learning environment, they are trained to:

  • make sound clinical judgments,
  • communicate effectively,
  • assume leadership and advocacy roles, and
  • promote the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families, and communities.

Our nursing programs are certified by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Undergraduate Programs

As a working nurse with your associate’s degree or nursing diploma, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100% online. Our faculty and staff will help you create a flexible, personalized schedule that works for you. You’ll gain professional knowledge, critical thinking and leadership skills that prepare you for jobs with higher pay and more responsibility.

You can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the following programs:

  • R.N. to B.S.N. (Online)

Graduate Programs

Whether you are a nurse with a bachelor’s degree, an R.N. or a nursing diploma, there is path to your Master of Science in Nursing at Franklin Pierce. You can choose a concentration in Nursing Leadership or Nursing Education. Our experienced faculty are strong mentors and educators, and encourage your participation in ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research that can expand your career options.

You can earn your Master of Science in Nursing through the following programs:

  • MEPN/Master's Entry Program in Nursing (In Person)
  • R.N. to M.S.N. (Online)
  • M.S.N. in Nursing Leadership (Online)
  • M.S.N. in Nursing Education (Online)
  • M.S.N./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Dual Degree (Online)

A Graduate Certificate is offered in:

  • Nursing Education (Online)
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Master’s Entry Program in Nursing

Learn more about Franklin Pierce University’s Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN).

100%

Employment rate for 2019-2020
R.N. to B.S.N graduates

100%

Employment rate for 2019-2020
M.S.N. graduates

Who Should Study Nursing?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree expands opportunities for nurses practicing in a variety of healthcare settings. You must hold a current license to practice as a registered nurse and have completed an associate’s degree, or a diploma nursing program.

As a working nurse, you need a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree to take your career to the next level. Concentrate in either Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership, or pursue the dual MSN/Master of Business Administration degree path.

The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (M.E.P.N.) is intended for the student who has already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a discipline other than nursing.

What You’ll Learn

In our R.N. to B.S.N program, combine online learning with part or full-time study, and six academic terms to create a flexible and personalized schedule. Receive credit for certifications, professional licenses, on-the-job training, and other college courses. You may be eligible for grants, loans, and scholarships in the form of financial aid. As a Franklin Pierce University graduate, you will be prepared to assume new roles, exhibit leadership skills, and pursue a graduate-level nursing program.

In our M.S.N. programs, choose a Master’s concentration in either Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership. Faculty members who are experienced professionals will guide you through a curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Choose one of the following program tracks: (I) nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing; (II) associate degree or diploma nurse with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree; or (III) nurse without a bachelor’s degree. Combine online learning with part or fulltime study and four academic terms, to create a flexible and personalized schedule.

By completing the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (M.E.P.N.) degree, students will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing. The MEPN program will provide students with a general foundation in nursing as well as master’s level courses that will impart the necessary skills for their future success in key nursing leadership roles, which will improve patient outcomes in healthcare.

NURSING MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

  • NR200 Introduction to Holistic Health
  • NR300 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice
  • NR320 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: Understanding Nursing Research
  • NR330 Clinical Decision Making
  • NR400 Health Policy and the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NR420 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NR445 Community Health Nursing: Individual & Family Client
  • NR446 Community Health Nursing: Groups & Populations
  • NR490 Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice, Seminar, and Project Cultural Awareness Course (3 credits)

NURSING FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS

  • BI260 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BI261 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BI325 Microbiology
  • MT260 Statistics
  • PS101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PS234 Human Growth and Development
  • Chemistry or other science 

TRACK I: Nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing

  • NR510 Nursing Science in Practice
  • NR520 Health Policy and Population Health Issues
  • NR530 Inferential Statistics
  • NR540 Evidence-Based Practice
  • NR690 Nursing Capstone Seminar and Project
  • 6 Concentration Courses (Leadership or Education)

TRACK II: Nurse with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree

  • NR501 R.N. M.S.N. Bridge Course
  • NR510 Nursing Science in Practice
  • NR520 Health Policy and Population Health Issues
  • NR530 Inferential Statistics
  • NR540 Evidence-Based Practice
  • NR690 Nursing Capstone Seminar and Project
  • 6 Concentration Courses (Leadership or Education)

TRACK III: Nurse without a baccalaureate degree

All baccalaureate course requirements must be completed before registering for graduate courses. If you completed an associate’s degree at another institution and transfer to Franklin Pierce, you will not need to meet the requirements of the General and Liberal Education program. 

BACCALAUREATE NURSING COURSES

  • NR200 Introduction to Holistic Health
  • NR300 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice
  • NR320 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: Understanding Nursing Research
  • NR330 Clinical Decision Making
  • NR400 Health Policy and the Role of the Professional Nurse
  • NR420 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NR445 Community Health Nursing: Individual & Family Clients
  • NR446 Community Health Nursing: Groups & Populations
  • NR490 Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice, Seminar, and Project Cultural Awareness Course (3 credits)

MSN COURSES

  • NR510 Nursing Science in Practice*
  • NR520 Health Policy and Population Health Issues*
  • NR530 Inferential Statistics
  • NR540 Evidence-Based Practice
  • NR690 Nursing Capstone Seminar and Project
  • 6 Concentration Courses (Leadership or Education)
  • *Six credits of Nursing Elective courses (NR510 and NR520) can be applied to the baccalaureate degree.

NURSING EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

  • NR545 Clinical & Classroom Teaching Strategies in Nursing
  • NR547 Evidence-Based Curriculum Design in Nursing
  • NR549 Evaluating Learning and Assessing Competencies in Nursing
  • NR575 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NR580 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NR585 Advanced Health Assessment

NURSING LEADERSHIP CONCENTRATION

  • GM510 Seminar in Leadership
  • GM538 Organizational Development
  • GM594 Healthcare Payment Systems
  • GM596 Quality Improvement Models in Healthcare
  • NR565 Strategic Planning and Project Management for Nurses I
  • NR570 Strategic Planning and Project Management for Nurses II

You must successfully complete the following 60 credits to earn the MSN/MBA Dual Degree.

MSN Core Courses (18 credits)

  • NR510 Nursing Science
  • NR520 Health Policy & Population Health Issues
  • NR530 Inferential Statistics
  • NR540 Evidence Based Practice
  • NR690 Capstone and Seminar

MBA Core Courses (24 credits)

  • GM510 Seminar in Leadership
  • GM520 Legal and Ethical Issues
  • GM540 Organizational Behavior
  • GM542 Quantitative Techniques
  • GM543 Economics for Managers
  • GM561 Financial Management
  • GM562 Marketing Management
  • GM564 Operations Management

Dual Degree Courses (18 credits)

  • GM594 Healthcare Payment Systems
  • GM596 Quality Improvement Models in Healthcare
  • NR565 Strategic Planning I
  • NR570 Strategic Planning II
  • 6 credits MBA Electives

MSN Graduate Path

If you have already completed an MSN degree at Franklin Pierce, you must be accepted into the MBA program before taking courses toward completion of the second degree. Once admitted, you must complete a minimum of 21 credits in the MBA curriculum to earn an MBA degree. 

1st Year

TERM 1

  • NR501 RN/MSN Bridge
  • NR580 Patho Advanced Gen
  • NR700 Foundational Concepts
  • NR701 Foundation Practicum

TERM 2

  • NR575 Advanced Pharmacology
  • GM592 Health Policy
  • NR710 NSG MGT Across the Lifespan
  • NR711 NSG MGT Common HLTH Practicum

TERM 3

  • GM510 Seminar in Leadership (GM 510)
  • NR720 NSG MGT Complex HLTH Management of Common HLTH Alterations
  • NR721 NSG MGT Complex HLTH Alt Practicum

TERM 4

  • GM596 Quality Improvement Models in Healthcare
  • NR730 Psych and Mental HLTH NSG
  • NR731 Psych Mental HLTH Practicum
  • NR740 Comm HLTH Practicum

2nd Year

TERM 1

  • GM520 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business Organizations
  • GM594 Healthcare Payment Systems
  • NR750 Maternal/Child NSG
  • NR751 Women’s HLTH Practicum
  • NR752 Peds Practicum

TERM 2

  • NR790 Capstone
  • NR760 Immersion Practicum

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