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. All previously earned degrees must show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The MSN program is 39-45 credits. We offer three program tracks: nursing education, nursing leadership, and 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 and Dean of Graduate studies) of previous graduate level work as long as the courses submitted for transfer were not used towards a previously awarded master’s degree, and are not more than seven years old at the time of transfer. A grade of B (3.0) or better must be earned in courses to be considered for transfer.

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

All nursing programs at Salem State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036.

At the completion of the program, 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.

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