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The master of science in nursing (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. Salem State University offers three program tracks: Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership in Health Systems, and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The MSN program is designed for working professionals with classes that are offered in the evening and in a hybrid format.

Students who successfully complete the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program track are eligible to take the national Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing.  Students who successfully complete the Nursing Education program track are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam offered through the National League of Nursing (NLN).

Concentrations include: nursing education, nursing leadership in health systems and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.


Information about Master of Science in Nursing Programs

Our flexible, part-time program complements work schedules, allowing students to complete their master's degree in three to three-and-a-half years.

Program Tracks

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Many of the required courses are offered in a Hybrid format, and in the final semester of the program, students complete a 180-hour practicum in a health care setting. Students who complete the program are prepared to assume a nursing leadership role in a variety of health care settings. Learn more about program courses. 

Nursing Education

The MSN in nursing education is 39 credits and prepares practicing nurses to assume the role of nurse educator. There are many different types of nurse educator roles and students can customize their plan of study to meet specific career goals. Upon completion, students are eligible to become certified nurse educators (CNE) by taking the Nurse Educator Exam through the National League of Nursing. Learn more about program courses

Nursing Leadership in Health Systems

This innovative MSN program track, which is 42 credits, prepares nurse leaders to lead in a dynamic health care environment. Upon completion, students are awarded a MSN from the School of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Business from the Bertolon School of Business. Learn more about program courses

Nursing Careers

Massachusetts employers posted more than 1,700 nursing administration jobs in 2016. Average salaries for nursing administration jobs commonly requiring master’s degrees range from $53,000 to $119,000. Nursing administration jobs are expected to grow by as much as 17 percent over the next 10 years.

Admissions Information

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Whether you want to learn more about courses, faculty members or general program information, get in touch with the graduate program coordinator to see what this program has to offer you.

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