MSN

The MSN program is for the registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree in another field and an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. Any previous degrees earned must be from an accredited program. If you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing you must complete the National League for Nursing Baccalaureate Achievement Exam (NLNBAE) prior to acceptance into the MSN program. Information on the exam can be obtained by contacting Joanne Carlson; jcarlson@salemstate.edu

The MSN program is 39-45 credits. We offer three program tracks: nursing education, nursing administration or adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. The program is designed for working professionals with classes that are offered in the evening. Completion of the program can be done either on a full or part-time basis. Applicants can transfer in up to nine credits (pending approval of the graduate MSN coordinator) of previous graduate level work as long as the courses submitted for transfer were not used towards a previously awarded master’s degree. 

MSN graduates are equipped with the skills and expertise to excel in the advanced practice roles of nurse educator, nurse administrator, or nurse practitioner. Graduates are prepared to make significant contributions to the nursing profession and help meet the many challenges of tomorrow’s demanding health care environment.

The master's program at Salem State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791.

You will:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of current and developing theory, which provides a foundation for advanced nursing practice.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with professionals in other disciplines to assess and meet health needs of society.
  • Prepare for leadership roles in advanced nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • Expand knowledge and expertise in selected area of clinical nursing practice.
  • Develop initial competence to conduct individual investigative studies, participate in research programs and utilize research findings.