Master of Science in Nursing

Master in Nursing

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Degree Overview

Ready to take the next step in your nursing career? Calvin’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will prepare you with advanced nursing skills and equip you to lead others.

Created with working nurses in mind, Calvin’s MSN provides flexible, online courses designed to finish in two years while taking courses part-time. You’ll sharpen your skills and expand your expertise while exploring high-level nursing practices from a faith-based perspective.

Choose from two tracks:

  • Nurse Educator
    You’ll prepare for leadership roles in nursing education with expertise in curriculum design and assessment of educational outcomes. Graduates are eligible to take the national CNE certification exam.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
    You’ll prepare for leadership roles in patient care practices and delivery, assessing and improving care outcomes, team leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration, use of systems and technology, and analyzing cost effectiveness. Graduates are eligible to take the national CNL certification exam.

Regardless of which track you choose, you’ll complete your program ready for career advancement and the ability to move seamlessly into a doctor of nursing practice program if desired.

The Clinical Nurse Leader track includes a one-week, on-campus health assessment immersive experience in the first year of the program. Both tracks include 500 hours of clinical fieldwork.

The first cohort for this program will start in the fall 2024.

Applications are accepted through NursingCAS, a nation-wide system used for applying to nursing programs. Choose fall 2024 for your application date and search "Calvin University" to find our two MSN concentrations.

Note: While Calvin's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited, this new MSN program will pursue accreditation as soon as possible.

Degree Information

Master in Nursing
  • Other Details

    Requirements: Applicants must hold a bachelor of science in nursing degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

    • International students are not eligible to apply for the Clinical Nurse Leader track unless they are already working in the United States. 
    • International students are eligible to apply for the Nurse Educator track since it is fully online. 

    Cost: $775 per credit hour with no additional fees 

    Number of credits: 37-40 credits 

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  • Admission

    Apply through NursingCAS. Choose "fall 2024" for your application term and search "Calvin University" to find our two available concentrations. Then apply to the concentration that interests you. 

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  • Careers

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected about 203,200 openings for the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce each year from 2021 to 2031. The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) workforce, specifically, is projected to have about 30,200 openings and a 40% increase in employment during this time frame. This projected employment growth rate is very fast when compared to the 5% average employment growth rate for all occupations and the 6% growth rate for the entire Registered Nurse workforce.

  • Concentrations

    Program Requirements
    1. NURS 501 Evidenced-Based Nursing Scholarship – 3 credits
    2. NURS 502 Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology across the Lifespan – 3 credits
    3. NURS 503 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology across the Lifespan – 3 credits
    4. NURS 504 Clinical Health Promotion and Population Health – 3 credits
    5. NURS 505 Advanced Health Assessment and Holistic Health Care – 3 credits
    6. NURS 506 Organizational Leadership in Complex Health Systems – 3 credits
    7. NURS 507 Quality Improvement and Informatics – 3 credits
    8. NURS 508 Interprofessional Collaboration, Health Policy, and Advocacy – 3 credits
    9. NURS 521 Foundations of Global Health – 3 credits

    Total Semester Hours: 27 (includes 200 hours of clinical immersion)

    Plus choose a concentration:

    Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration
    1. NURS 607 Clinical Nurse Leader Role – 3 credits
    2. NURS 608 Managing Mental Health Issues – 3 credits
    3. NURS 628 Managing Community Health Issues and Systems – 3 credits
    4. NURS 609 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I (75 hours) – 1 credits
    5. NURS 610 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II (225 hours) – 3 credits

    Total Semester Hours (including required core courses): 37 (includes 500 hours total of clinical immersion)

    Nurse Educator Concentration
    1. NURS 510 Teaching and Learning Theory and Methods – 3 credits
    2. NURS 511 Curriculum Design – 3 credits
    3. NURS 512 Reshaping Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning – 3 credits 
    4. NURS 513 Practicum in Nursing Education I (150 hours) – 2 credits
    5. NURS 514 Practicum in Nursing Education II (150 hours) – 2 credits

    Total Semester Hours (including required core courses): 40 (includes 500 hours total of clinical immersion)

  • States for clinicals

    Students must be able to complete clinical immersion experiences in one of the following states and/or territories: Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Vermont, or Washington, DC.


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