MSN in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing Program is a 33-credit program that prepares graduates for advanced practice roles in health care. The courses are scheduled based on the principles of sequence, continuity, and integration. This allows for progressive building on knowledge, clinical practice concepts, and research. 

MSN concentrations include: 

  • MSN in Nursing – 33 credits
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – 47 credits

The Nursing Program includes on-site placements that provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in applying the knowledge they have acquired throughout their course work. Practicum experiences are required in all concentrations for the graduate nursing program. In addition to Nursing faculty, these practicum experiences are supervised by preceptors who have obtained graduate nursing degrees and have demonstrated expertise responsive to the students’ educational program. The practicum courses are the culmination of the nursing curriculum and designed to afford integration of prior courses. 


The MSN in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

General Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution that is nationally accredited by ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Virginia.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credit hours completed.
  • Completed application with $40 nonrefundable fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • Résumé.
  • Personal statement.
  • Two letters of reference 
    • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course, an undergraduate nursing research course and an undergraduate nursing leadership course. Only courses with a grade of “C” or better will be accepted. Students must repeat the course for grades below “C” prior to starting the graduate level courses.
    • A minimum of one year of direct patient care experience as a registered nurse within the past five years must be demonstrated.

Curriculum Plan for MSN in Nursing

A TermA TermA Term
NUR 501 Organizational & Systems Leadership3NUR 503 Managing Health Outcomes through Informatics 3BUAD 660 Strategic Planning & Process Improvement3
NUR 708 Foundations of Scholarly Writing2NUR 505 Population Health & Interprofessional Collaboration3NUR 715 Translational Nursing Theory & Research3
B TermB TermB Term
NUR 502 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice3NUR 505 Population Health & Interprofessional Collaboration4NUR 612 Translational Nursing Scholarship in Practice (Capstone)3
BUAD 560 Managerial Accounting & Finance3NUR 504 Policy, Ethics & Legal Perspectives3
Term A and B Semester Hours11139

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