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  • Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate Studies

  • Master of Science in Nursing

    Program Coordinator: Tracy Wright, PhD
    213 Lommen Hall, (218) 766-2336 or

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    School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership

    This includes Nursing, Community Health, and Health Services Administration programs.  The incorporation of the three programs into a single school represents an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of health fields with the integration of nursing services, management practice, and community health programming.

    Master of Science with Major in Nursing

    The program builds upon the general baccalaureate nursing competencies and provides the specialty education necessary to meet the education needs of nursing students and practicing nurses.  Graduates will be better able to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and to collaborate for clinical practice and research partnerships in education and service settings.  The MS with a major in nursing provides two emphasis options:

    -Nursing Education

    -Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership

    All courses are offered online with monthly synchronous meetings using a virtual platform.  Practica/experiential learning may take place in the student's home area, if appropriate.  Students collaborate with their advisors to select practica that fit their practice areas or populations of interest and the course objectives.


    The graduate nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Guidelines from national and specialty organizations were used to develop a curriculum that prepares graduates for certification examinations. MSU Moorhead is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools at the Master’s degree level.

    Degree Requirements

    1. The NED emphasis must be completed under Plan A (thesis) and the NAOSL may be completed under a Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (project).
    2. Program must be completed within seven (7) years.
    3. Students progress at a part-time rate; since most students are also employed in nursing practice.
    4. A maximum of 9 graduate semester credits from nursing, all of which must be related to the program, may be transferred from other appropriately accredited colleges or universities with the consent of the Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator. The transfer credits must be no older than seven years by the time of curriculum completion and carry a grade of B or better.
    5. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to continue and graduate from the program. If the GPA falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation for the next semester in which courses are taken. If the GPA remains below 3.0 at the end of the next semester, the student is withdrawn from the program. No more than two courses with a grade of C (including C+ and C-) may be applied to the program of study.
    6. Successful oral examination of the student by the candidate's committee based upon and following completion of the thesis.

    Course Requirements
    Core Courses for all Emphasis (20 Credits)

    NURS 600 Theoretical Perspectives of the Discipline (3)
    NURS 603 Introduction to Research, Data Analysis and Informatics (2)
    NURS 604 Advanced Nursing Research and EBP* (4)
    NURS 606 Health Care Delivery Systems, Policy and Financing and Leadership (3)
    NURS 608 Transcultural and Social Perspectives (3)
    NURS 610 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)
    NURS 689 Thesis/Project Seminar I (1)
    NURS 691 Thesis/Project Seminar II (1)

    Specialty Courses for Nurse Educator Emphasis (25 Credits)

    NURS 614 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I (4)

    NURS 616 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (3)

    NURS 612 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment (3)

    NURS 622 Teaching: Technology and Information Management (3)
    NURS 623 Nurse as Educator (3)
    NURS 627 Program/Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
    NURS 642P Advanced Nurse Educator Practicum I (2)
    NURS 643P Advanced Nurse Educator Practicum II (2)

    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1)

    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1)


    Specialty Courses for Nurse Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership
    Emphasis (25 Credits) 

    MHA 618 Healthcare Law and Ethical Decision-Making (3)

    MHA 638 Healthcare Information Systems (3)
    ECON 610 Healthcare Economics (3)

    NURS 605 Healthcare Quality and Safety (3)

    MBA 641 Human Resources Management (3)
    NURS 706 Organization and System Leadership (4)
    NURS 644P (Nursing Adm & Org Systems Leadership Practicum I (2) (100 clinical hours)
    NURS 645P (Nursing Adm & Org Systems Leadership Practicum II (2) (100 clinical hours) (Foci: Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care, Ambulatory, or Public Setting)

    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1) OR NURS 696 Project for Nursing (1)

    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1) OR NURS 696 Project for Nursing (1)


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