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The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) online program prepares registered nurses to become effective and ethical leaders in an evolving health care industry, all in as little as two years.
Benedictine's M.S.N. online curriculum aligns with the education standards specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which emphasize organizational and system-based leadership, healthcare technologies, advocacy, inter-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and cultural awareness.
The M.S.N. online program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Accreditation means that both you and prospective employers can be assured that the rigorous, up-to-date quality of your education has prepared you to meet and surpass industry standards.
Hospitals Demand Nurses With Advanced Credentials
In response to the nursing shortage crisis, initiatives like New York's "BSN in 10" law are requiring nurses to complete more education than ever before. As such, bachelor's degrees are becoming more the norm in nursing. To really stand out, you'll need your master's degree.
Many Magnet hospitals now require a percentage of nurses on staff to have earned master's degrees. In turn, even non-Magnet hospitals are adopting this requirement in the hopes of achieving Magnet status and improving patient care.
With your advanced nursing degree, you'll have a clear advantage in competing for a job and positioning yourself for advanced nursing careers.
Dual M.S.N./M.B.A. Option Available
The Dual M.S.N./M.B.A. online program is designed for nurse professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing practice and the business skills needed to identify opportunities and make dependable decisions in healthcare settings based on an understanding of finance, operations, marketing and management.
Choose From Two M.S.N. Concentrations: Nurse Educator or Nurse Executive Leader
The M.S.N. online offers two concentrations that reflect the needs and trends of the nursing profession, allowing you to tailor your studies toward your own career goals:
- Nurse Educator: Learn to serve in teaching roles for patients and nurses in both clinical and academic settings. In conjunction with advanced nursing topics, you'll study instructional strategies, curriculum development and evaluation methods. Nurse educators are vital in training the next generation.
- Nurse Executive Leader: Designed for nurses with an aptitude for leadership, coursework in this concentration focuses on the planning and management of high-quality care initiatives and processes. Courses cover collaboration, communication, leadership, financial management, and critical thinking.
Whichever concentration you choose, your final two courses will focus solely on the practicum, putting all you've learned into action and demonstrating your master's-level nursing skills. Practicum is conducted in an actual clinical setting with M.S.N.-prepared nurse preceptors.
You'll identify a nursing problem or need to be addressed through a capstone project, to be developed and implemented during your practicum.