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The Jacksonville University CCNE-accredited online MSN degree program will help you become a more confident nursing professional as you are guided through your studies by doctoral prepared professors.  A master's in nursing degree may do more than increase your income; it may open doors to exciting nursing administration and nursing education career opportunities.  Choose from one of these specializations:
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Leadership in Healthcare Systems

JU's Master of Science in Nursing degree programs are offered in a 24/7, 100% online classroom - a convenient way to garner a valuable credential and title that will enable you to enjoy greater influence and job satisfaction. You can apply to the JU online MSN degree program at any time and begin your studies at six convenient times during the year. Upon successful completion of all nursing courses, you will receive the same MSN degree as the one earned by on-campus students.

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An Online MSN Program with the Flexibility You Need

  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Convenient 8-week sessions with six starts per year
  • Finish your MSN degree in 24 months studying full time
  • Ability to take a session or two off
  • Take one course each session
  • Interact with professors and classmates using discussion boards and email
  • Practicum and projects are completed in your hometown
  • Competitive tuition
  • Worldwide access for U.S. military RNs

 Core MSN Courses (18 Credits)

NUR 510           Nursing Theory & Research I (3 credits)
NUR 520           Nursing Theory & Research II (3 credits)
NUR 512           Organization, Delivery, and Policy in Healthcare (3 credits)
NUR 514           Nursing Leadership and Advanced Roles (3 credits)
NUR 516           Information Systems and Technology for Improved Healthcare (3 credits)                       
NUR 551           Advanced Role Practicum (3 credits)


Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Clinical Nurse Educator

If you aspire to teach college-level students or seasoned nursing professionals, an MSN with a specialization inClinical Nurse Educator degree is a positive career move. Our MSN is for BSN-trained registered nurses who want to combine clinical expertise and a passion for teaching into a rich and rewarding career.  The teaching role option offers you the choice of focusing on adult education (staff development and/or continuing education in a healthcare agency) or higher education (teaching nursing students in a degree-granting institution).  Here are some benefits of an MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator degree:

  • Broaden your career options to include either academia or healthcare organizations
  • Become eligible to be board certified in Nursing Professional Development
  • Garner skills you can use right away
  • Prepare for doctoral-level studies


MSN: Clinical Nurse Educator Specialization Courses (15 Credits)
NUR 502           Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NUR 521           Pharmacology and Physical Assessment for the Clinical Nurse Educator (3 credits)
NUR 525           Measuring Educational Outcomes in Nursing (3 credits)
NUR 526           Engaged Learning (3 credits)
NUR 548           Curriculum Development in Nursing (3 credits)


Total Credits for an MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator 33 Credits


 Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Leadership in Healthcare Systems
If you are ready to take on the responsibility of managing and organizing other nurses, aspiring to a nursing administrator position, and wanting to influence facility policies then apply to our MSN with a specialization in Leadership in Healthcare Systems program.   Here are some benefits of an MSN in Leadership degree:

  • Become eligible to be board certified as a Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive, Advanced
  • Earn highly respected credentials
  • Aspire to nursing management positions
  • Prepare for continued studies at the doctoral level
  • Gain skills you can implement immediately on the job


MSN: Leadership in Healthcare Systems Specialization Courses (18 Credits)
NUR 530 Financial Management of Nursing Systems (3 credits)
NUR 531 Human Resource Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
NUR 532 Nursing Leadership and the Healthcare System (3 credits)
NUR 533 Quality and Safety in Healthcare (3 credits)

Total credits for an MSN in Leadership in Healthcare Systems = 30 Credits


 Admission Requirements
Admission is open to qualified men and women of any race, color, religion and national or ethnic origin.  Your first step in applying for graduate admission is to contact a University Alliance program representative. To be considered for admission, please submit the following items.

  • MSN Application   
  • $35 nonrefundable application fee (waived for JU alumni)
  • Active U.S. RN license
  • Current driver's license or government-issued ID
  • Graduate from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited BSN nursing program with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official BSN transcript (waived for JU alumni)
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate course in statistics and physical assessment
  • Students whose overall undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must submit an official copy of GRE scores reflecting a total score of 900 or more on the combined verbal and quantitative sections.  Starting November 2011, scores will be reviewed on a case by case basis as GRE scoring is changing.
  • Three recommendations; two of which should be professional references. References should be from a supervisor familiar with the student's clinical abilities and, if possible, an educator who taught the student.
  • An essay describing personal reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and professional goals.
  • Professional resume
  • TOEFL (540 on the paper-based exam or 207 on the computer-based exam) if the applicant's primary language is not English

Discover the convenience of nursing school online classes. Powered by the technology and support services of the University Alliance, the nation's largest facilitator of e-learning, Jacksonville University will provide you with a valuable education you can earn anytime, anywhere, 24/7 — with the flexibility to attend your MSN online classes whenever it is convenient for you. Actual campus attendance is never required, but we invite you to walk in the graduation ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida. 
Visit our online nursing degree website to view our nurse educator curriculum or leadership in healthcare systems curriculum in more detail. We encourage you to submit a request to speak to a University Alliance program representative for more information.

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