Personalized, career-focused education on campus or online.
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.*
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 Education, 655 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.
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:
to take your career to a new level? Apply now.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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?
Nursing is a well-respected position in the health care
community — one that is vital to providing quality health care. And the demand
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
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:
(FNP not approved)
encouraged to verify license eligibility in the state(s) they plan to practice as an FNP.
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
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
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).
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.
Professor, Chair & Director, Department of Nursing
PhD in Nursing, University of CaliforniaMSN, University of CaliforniaBS Nursing, California State University
BS Business Administration, University of New England
Learn more about Anthony
PhD, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DCMA, Loyola University ChicagoMSN, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
BSN, University of Southern Maine
Learn more about Susan
DNP, Rush UniversityMSN-FNP, Desales UniversityBSN, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales
Learn more about Kelly
Professor, Chair & Director, Department of Nursing
Find your place at our 474-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake. With more than 40 academic programs to choose from, and a robust extracurricular club and athletics environment, Saint Joseph’s home on the lake is the perfect place to prepare for your future.
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