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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Course Description

[[Master’s in Nursing]]
Being a nurse is your passion, but it takes more than just passion and commitment to be a truly great nurse. Nurses today also need advanced expertise to successfully face the challenges of health care, including new technology, complex organizational structures, and more intricate medical procedures. Sacred Heart University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) provides you with the superior clinical, administrative and educational skills you need to thrive in this environment and move into management roles.

[[Specialize in Nursing Leadership Roles]]
Among all the types of nursing degrees available to you, choose one that allows you to customize your learning experience to reflect your career goals. Sacred Heart’s online MSN offers three specializations that speak to your passion in the nursing field, elevate you to leadership positions and match nursing’s growing needs.

1. Clinical Nurse Leader (348 hours of role immersion): Learn to lead an integrated team of health care professionals. As an integral part of patient care at the bedside, gain the skills and knowledge designed to address complex challenges involving patient safety, quality of care, and costs. This program prepares students to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam.

2. Patient Care Services Administration (120 hours of clinical practicum): As a nurse, you know the ins and outs of patient care and have an advantage over administrators who are not nurses. With this specialization, you will move into a role of administrative authority and higher responsibility ensuring effective and efficient care across all levels of a healthcare organization, among patients and providers. Learn how to practice positive management and leadership by incorporating administrative tools and skills.

3. Nursing Education (120 hours of clinical practicum): Pass on your hard-won expertise and teach others to become nurses! This fulfilling specialization is designed to complement your clinical expertise with skills in teaching and learning strategies. The curriculum provides an understanding of issues in nursing education, application of curriculum design and evaluation theory, and experience in the role of the instructor.

You have all the way up to the middle of the program to declare your specialization, so you have plenty of time to consult with faculty and staff to consider the direction of your studies.

[[Benefits of our Online Master of Science in Nursing]]
Sacred Heart’s MSN is distinguished from other graduate nursing programs with advantages that make combining your life and your studies easier:
- Set your own pace—we know you’re busy as a working nurse! At Sacred Heart, we’ll help you schedule a curriculum map that best suits you and your personal obligations. You can take up to six years to complete the program.
- No residency is required! Practicum hours can be completed locally.
- Ability to transfer up to 12 credits from prior master’s-level courses (40 percent of required program credits).
- GRE is not required.
- An undergraduate degree in nursing is not required—just a diploma or ADN plus a bachelor’s degree in any subject.
- Experience 24/7 convenience and the flexibility of an online curriculum. You will also have access to a Student Services Coordinator from enrollment thru graduation, and 24/7 technical support.

[[Advanced Nursing Specializations]]
If you want to move ahead in nursing, you must develop advanced competencies, acquire specific knowledge, and gain clinical expertise. Sacred Heart's online MSN offers three specializations to assist nurses looking to move into more specific leadership roles in the field:

1. Clinical Nurse Leader: As advanced generalists, CNLs take a strategic and active role in working with other nurses and health care professionals to manage the coordination and integration of safe, high-quality health care for patients. CNLs keep track of patient outcomes and can alter plans for care as necessary.

2. Patient Care Services Administration: Prepare to oversee the assessment, planning, and implementation of improved patient care in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, ambulatory settings, home care and nursing homes. Patient care administrators are responsible for patient care and services, staff, regulatory compliance, quality of care, and cost containment and may also supervise medical care, manage personnel and institute procedures.

3. Nursing Education: Learn the skills required to effectively educate and train future nurses. With a master’s in nursing education, graduates are prepared to assume teaching roles in academic or clinical settings. Nurse educators design curricula and lesson plans, assess individual learning performance, evaluate program effectiveness, oversee students’ clinical practice, and act as role models.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in nursing is not required—just a diploma or ADN plus a bachelor’s degree in any subject.

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