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MS in Nursing

OVERVIEW

View your nursing career from a new perspective while developing skills for nurse leadership in patient-centered health care delivery or educational settings. At Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, our CCNE-accredited nursing programs help practicing RNs and motivated nursing students earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree that prepares them for meaningful work in leadership roles — all while studying online.*

Here, your education can pave the way for work that gives you a sense of purpose. Request more information or apply now to take the next step.

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The pre-licensure baccalaureate program is also approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

Purpose-driven graduate Nursing programs that fit your busy schedule

Enjoy the flexibility of an online Master of Science in Nursing program studying alongside other motivated students who strive to impact patient outcomes and advance in their careers along the way. This program will allow you to:

  • Complete your degree wherever, whenever — in as few as two years: Enroll full time, or spread out courses to fit your schedule, as long as you complete the program within five years. No on-campus residency required.
  • Immediately apply what you learn in the workplace: Courses blend content with professional experience, so you can see its impact in your daily professional life.
  • Learn from distinguished faculty who have firsthand experience: Our professors have worked in hospital settings and in leadership roles across the country and challenge students to apply coursework as real-world problem solvers.
  • Set yourself apart with an area of specialty: Follow a track that suits your goals, like one in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner.
  • Get more value for your degree: With a competitive cost per credit, tuition discounts (10%) through educational partnerships and tuition reimbursement programs through their employers, students can save at SJC.

Ready to take your career to a new level? Apply now.

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CAREER MOVES

The personal and professional benefits of nursing careers

Nursing is a well-respected position in the health care community — one that is vital to providing quality health care. And the demand is growing.

Employment of nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average, creating a need for individuals who are positioned to step into leadership roles as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), nursing educator or hospital administrator. On top of it, nurses often report a sense of job satisfaction as they make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. If you are looking for a way to amplify your impact as a nurse, then leadership in nursing could be the right move for you.


STATE INFORMATION

Where SJC’s online nursing master’s program is offered, by state

Saint Joseph’s College has approval to offer the Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Administration, Education and Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP), as well as dual degree options of MSN/MBA and MSN/MHA, in the following states:

AlabamaAlaskaArkansas
CaliforniaColoradoConnecticut
District of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgia
HawaiiIdahoIllinois
IndianaIowaKansas
KentuckyMaineMaryland
MassachusettsMichiganMississippi
MissouriMontanaNebraska
New HampshireNew JerseyNew Mexico
New York
(FNP Not approved)
North CarolinaOhio
OklahomaPennsylvaniaRhode Island
South CarolinaSouth DakotaTennessee
TexasUtahVermont
VirginiaWashingtonWisconsin
Wyoming

Students are encouraged to verify license eligibility in the state(s) they plan to practice as an FNP.​


FAQS

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Master of Science in Nursing online program

Are there prerequisites for MSN programs?

The online Master of Science in Nursing degree requires a BSN. However, an RN to MSN Fast-Track option is available to nurses who have completed 300-level nursing courses, including coursework in Statistics with a grade of “B” or better.

How do I apply to an MSN program?

The application process is simple. First, complete your free online application — there is no fee to apply. Next, provide additional application materials, such as official transcripts, career statements, references and other necessary documents to the admissions office. Admissions requirements are outlined in the online MSN program course catalog.

If you have questions, we welcome you to contact our online education admissions staff for one-on-one guidance through the process.

Do I need to take the GRE exam?

No. Saint Joseph’s College does not require students take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for any online graduate program.

Do I need to be an RN to apply?

Yes. Master of Science in Nursing applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (or 300-level courses for an RN-MSN fast-track applicant) from a CCNE- or ACEN-accredited institution at the time of graduation. Also required is a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must also hold an active, unrestricted and unencumbered RN license in the U.S.

When can I start?

At Saint Joseph’s College, you choose when you start. Courses are offered in cohort for 12 weeks, aligning with four terms each year (in February, May, August and November).

Let your sense of purpose advance your nursing career

At SJC, we’ll help you realize your potential as a role model and innovative leader in the field of nursing. Request more information today to learn more about our programs or apply now to take your seat in class.


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STUDENT STORIES

Brenda Klahn
Brenda KlahnOregon, WI
“I was surprised how much I could learn online. You would think that you have to be in a classroom to learn. But the way you could read the thoughts of others on the discussion board was challenging and interesting.”
Lourdes James
Lourdes JamesCharlotte, NC
“It has been a dream to go to the master’s level. I wanted to become more independent and autonomous. I’m just amazed that I made it through with full-time work and kids to manage. It was SO much.”
Rosemarie Romito
Rosemarie RomitoEast Longmeadow, MA
“I’ve always wanted to earn this degree. Saint Joseph’s College made it possible so that I could continue working full time and study in the middle of the night. I was surprised how supportive the teachers were. [Saint Joseph’s] has the best advisors.”

CURRICULUM

Master of Science in Nursing online program specializations

Core curriculum in the MSN online program includes courses in informatics, leadership, population health, organizational leadership, public policy and research — giving students the tools they need to be thought leaders in the nursing profession. As students enter a specialization track, course selections are tailored to that specific topic.

Administration Track— 45 credits

Apply your strategic mindset and your business acumen in a track is designed for chief nursing officers, operational leaders and anyone performing supervision.

Education Track— 42 credits

Use your experience to influence the next generation of health care practitioners. This track is designed for RNs who want to build their skills for staff development roles or those in nursing education (clinical, simulation, didactic or online with students of all ages).

Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Track— 48 credits

See the full picture for your patients and their families. Follow this track if you are interested in providing primary care for patients working in collaboration with other health care professionals in a practice setting. To enroll, you must have earned a BSN from an accredited institution and currently hold an active, unrestricted RN license.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track— 48 credits

Diagnose and treat acutely ill patients, and make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. In this track, you will gain skills for diagnosing and treating acute conditions and will apply those skills in a variety of inpatient/hospital settings, clinics and emergency departments. You will experience one-on-one clinicals and be eligible to sit for the American Nursing Credentialing Center and/or the American Association for Critical Care national board certification exams.

Classes for this new program begin this summer. Contact admissions.

Dual degrees and certificate programs

Looking to expand the breadth of your nursing leadership education? Combine your MSN with the MHA or MBA to earn dual credentials. If you already hold your bachelor’s degree, you can follow the MSN administration track and complete both degrees in a total of 60 credits (rather than 42 credits per degree).

Still need to complete your bachelor’s degree? If you have completed 300-level nursing courses, the RN to MSN fast-track option can help you earn your bachelor’s degree en route to your Master of Science in Nursing degree.­­­

Looking for a post-graduate education? Focus your studies toward specific career skills by earning a graduate or post-graduate certificate. We offer a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate as well as certificates in Education and Administration.

Have more questions about which track is right for you? Contact admissions.

SOME OF OUR FACULTY AND LEADERSHIP TEAM

Anthony McGuire, Ph.D, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC, FAHA
Anthony McGuire, Ph.D, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC, FAHAProfessor and Chair, Department of Nursing and NP Program Director
PhD in Nursing, University of California
MSN, University of California
BS Nursing, California State University
BS Business Administration, University of New England
Susan Belanger, Ph.D, MA, RN, NEA-BC
Susan Belanger, Ph.D, MA, RN, NEA-BCNursing Faculty
PhD, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
MA, Loyola University Chicago
MSN, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
BSN, University of Southern Maine
Kelly Hudock, CRNP, DNP
Kelly Hudock, CRNP, DNPFNP Coordinator
DNP, Rush University
MSN-FNP, Desales University
BSN, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales