Personalized, career-focused education on campus or online.
Joseph’s flexible, online Master of Science in Nursing can be
combined for MSN/MHA or MSN/MBA dual degrees. There are also graduate or post
graduate certificates offered in education, administration, post
MSN–Family Nurse Practitioner, and for an interdisciplinary
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.
baccalaureate and master's programs at Saint Joseph's College are
accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One
Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The
nursing programs are also approved by the Maine State Board of
At a Glance
Authorization for Distance Education Nursing Programs
The United States Department of
Education (USDOE) published regulations in the Federal Register (Chapter
34, § 600.9(c)-October 29, 2010; page 116-117 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-26531.pdf)
that require all institutions of higher education to seek authorization in
every state (and territory) in which they operate, physically or virtually, in
order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid.
Saint Joseph's College and the Department of
Nursing have been and continue to make a good faith effort in pursuing state
Board of Nursing authorizations. Additional information will be posted to this
web site as more information becomes available. Due to the complexity of rules
and regulations of some state boards of nursing, Saint Joseph's College is
unable to accept new applications for admission to our distance education
programs from students residing in: Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota,
Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. We are actively
seeking approval in New York. Some state boards of nursing require
individual application and approval for clinical placements within their state,
and those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. We regret
the lack of opportunity to provide individuals with nursing education in those
states and it is therefore our primary goal to meet the rules and regulation
necessary to obtain approval in the future.
Saint Joseph's College's online MSN curriculum includes core courses in informatics,
leadership, ethics, theory, public policy, and research which each
support the specialty tracks in which you will acquire in-depth
knowledge and advanced skills. The specializations currently offered
include nursing administration, nursing education, and family
of critical thinking skills will prepare you for leadership roles
within a patient-centered health care delivery setting or educational
setting. Upon completing this online graduate nursing program, you
will have the knowledge and skills in leadership and management to
influence nursing practice and health care policy.
track is designed for the chief nursing officer role and anyone
performing supervision. This can be combined with the MHA or the
leadership MBA as a dual degree. Graduates qualify to sit for the
national Nurse Administration certification exam. Course content in
the administration specialization includes advanced administration,
contemporary issues in nursing administration, strategic planning,
financial management, and quality performance.
track is designed for RNs to perform a staff development role or to
begin a role in nursing education (clinical, simulation, didactic, or
online with students of all ages). Graduates can sit for the NLN
nurse educator exam. Course content in the education specialization
includes curriculum development, didactic and clinical teaching
methods, evaluation in nursing education, and population-focused
Nurse Practitioner Track—46 creditsMSN–Family
Nurse Practitioner track is designed to prepare those RNs with an
undergraduate degree in nursing, or those who have successfully
completed the equivalent undergraduate foundation in nursing, for a
career as a family nurse practitioner. This program prepares the
graduate to sit for the National FNP certification exam to allow for
employment in all states. Course content in the Family Nurse
Practitioner specialization includes advanced nursing practice role,
clinical decision making, population-focused health promotion
framework for primary care setting, plus the management of conditions
from minor acute to complex/chronic based on a foundation of advanced
physical health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced
program has a very competitive admissions process and successful
applicants must meet all prescribed requirements.
Associate Dean, Department of Nursing
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
MSN, Saint Joseph's College
BSN, Loyola College
DNSc, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
FNP-BC, Mississippi University
BSN, Union University
Associate Dean, Department of Nursing
education at Saint Joseph's College has been everything I hoped and
more. Thank you!”
Joseph's College is changing my life!"
has not been easy going back to school, being a single Mom and
helping my child with school. Everyone has been very understanding
and they always work with me.
Clinical Leader Orthopedics
Wakefield, Rhode Island
nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6
million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.
of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because
the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the
largest number of new jobs for any occupation. Additionally, hundreds
of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace
experienced nurses who leave the occupation. Employment of registered
nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much
faster than the average for all occupations.
MSN (regardless of track) is now the required degree for teaching in
RN preparation programs. In some states, the MSN is required for
staff development roles as well.
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.
Offering distance education for learners of all ages since 1976, Saint Joseph’s online programs include certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees—academic levels that suit your level.
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Situated on 476 acres, Saint Joseph's College's on-campus programs benefit from picturesque views of Sebago Lake, a connected campus, and more than 40 rigorous academic programs. Look for the green book icon wherever our campus programs are discussed.
Since offering its first distance education program in 1976, Saint Joseph's College's online programs give new students and working professionals alike access to next-move certificate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in a 100-percent online learning environment. Look for the orange laptop icon wherever our online programs are discussed.