Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program provides innovative and accessible educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish to advance their career as a nurse leader or nurse educator.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

 
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides innovative educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish to advance their career as a nurse educator or leader.  Students apply for admission to either the MSN Educator or MSN Leader concentration.  Students complete MSN courses to develop foundation knowledge in theoretical and philosophical perspectives in nursing, research, ethics, evidence based practice and contemporary health issues which characterizes graduate preparation in nursing positioning students to achieve the MSN End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes.  Upon completion of the foundation coursework, students move into courses for their selected concentration.  Graduates will be able to practice in a variety of educational and leadership positions.  The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326  Phone:  (404) 975-5000  www.acennursing.org
 

Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Hybrid
Evening
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits (Educator): 38
●  Credits (Leadership): 39
​●  Cost per Credit: $782 (2017-18)

Why Enroll in the Stritch MSN Program?
 

  • Classes accommodate busy RN schedules by generally meeting either face-to-face in the evening one night per week, blended, and online for about 2 and 1/2 years. Most classes are 3 credits and 8 weeks in length with some 6 and 12 week courses.
  • Two practicum courses require time outside classroom meetings as arranged by the student and a preceptor.
  • The education practica allow students to apply principles and practices relevant to nursing education under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. The leadership practica allow students to engage in principles and practices of administration and leadership under the guidance of an experienced nurse leader.
  • A capstone project is completed in lieu of a thesis. The capstone project provides the student with the opportunity to explore and evaluate selected research relevant to the development of evidence based practice in nursing education or leadership.

MSN Program Admission

Academic and Professional Admission Requirements 

Academic and Professional Requirements

  • Prior Education
    • A bachelor's degree from an accredited nursing program (NLNAC, ACEN or CCNE);
    • cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing and other course work
  • Professional Credential and Competency
    Copy of current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Wisconsin.
Admissions Application and Transcripts
  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Prepare a Portfolio 

  • Provide a Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    Be sure to include:
    • Formal education, degree(s) obtained and major, schools attended and dates.
    • Any relevant CEU programs/courses taken.
    • All nursing and other positions held.
    • Any published professional articles (in journals, hospital/agency publications, school newspaper, etc.), title, date, journal, page number, etc. Attach copy.
    • Presentations before staff, patient/family and other groups (including educational seminars presented to peers as part of job responsibilities), date, length of presentation, title, location.
    • Honors/awards received.
    • Membership in professional and other organizations — offices held, dates of membership.
    • Community service: Names of organizations, description of activities.
  • Write a Reflective Essay
    In 3-5 pages, double-spaced, in a scholarly writing style, reflect on:
    • Your goals for graduate nursing education (provide at least two-three goals with discussion);
    • How a MSN degree from Stritch will advance or change your career path in nursing and as a nurse educator and leader'
    • How a graduate nursing degree with an educator or leader focus will affect your individual nursing practice and the discipline of nursing; and
    • Your reasons for choosing Stritch and the MSN degree program.

Prior to Enrollment

  • Applicants admitted to the program must have:
    • A personal interview with graduate nursing faculty member;
    • Current CPR certification;
    • A criminal background check; and
    • Computer access and literacy with email, word processing, and presentation software.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985
 

Students may transfer up to nine (9) credit hours into the MSN program based on the following criteria:
  • Courses transferred must compare in scope and content to courses offered in the MSN program. The student will need to provide course description, course syllabus, official transcript, and other information that contributes to evaluation of course requested for transfer.
  • Grades in transferred courses must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Coursework for transfer must be completed within five (5) years of admission to the Stritch MSN program.
  • All transfer courses must be approved by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, MSN Program Chair with final approval by the Office of the Registrar.
  • Transfer credit grades will not be applied to the cumulative GPA a student earns in the Stritch MSN program. Transferred courses do have an impact on the 7 year limit.

Curriculum and Expected Learning Outcomes

Core Curriculum/Program Requirements
  • NRS 502 Theoretical and Philosophical Perspectives in Nursing  (face to face)
  • NRS 504 Seminar in Contemporary Health Care (blended)
  • NRS 526 Nursing Research (face to face)
  • NRS 532 Data Analysis Applied to Research Design (face to face)
  • NRS 511 Nurse as Leader (blended)
  • NRS 552 Capstone - Evidence-Based Nursing Education Project
Core Credits: 18
Direct Care Core (Only Offered Online)
  • NRS 503 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NRS 505 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NRS 509 Advanced Pathophysiology
Direct Care Core Credits:  6
Educator Concentration
  • NRS 512 Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation (face to face)
  • NRS 513 Evaluation in Nursing Education (face to face)
  • NRS 519 Teaching and Learning Strategies (blended)
  • NRS 520 Technology and Nursing Education Practicum (precepted)
  • NRS 540 Nurse as Educator Practicum (precepted)
 
Educator Credits: 14
Total MSN Educator Program Credits: 38 credit hours
Core Curriculum/Program Requirements
  • NRS 502 Theoretical and Philosophical Perspectives in Nursing  (face to face)
  • NRS 504 Seminar in Contemporary Health Care (blended)
  • NRS 526 Nursing Research (face to face)
  • NRS 532 Data Analysis Applied to Research Design (face to face)
  • NRS 511 Nurse as Leader (blended)
  • NRS 552 Capstone - Evidence-Based Nursing Education Project
Core Credits: 18
Direct Care Core (Only Offered Online)
  • NRS 503 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NRS 505 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NRS 509 Advanced Pathophysiology
Direct Care Core Credits 6
Leader Concentration
  • NRS 521 Principles of Project Management (blended)
  • NRS 522 Project Management in Nursing Leadership Practicum I (precepted)
  • NRS 541 Leadership in Nursing Practicum II (precepted)
  • NRS 523 Introduction to Organizational Systems Leadership (blended)
  • NRS 524 Healthcare Systems Leadership (blended)
  • NRS 525 Financial and Human Resources in Healthcare (blended)
Leader Credits 15
Total MSN Leader Program Credits: 39 credit hours
MSN End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes
 
  • Synthesize advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge to influence nursing and health care.
  • Utilize an evidence based approach in advanced practice roles in nursing education and leadership.
  • Analyze contemporary social, economic, legal, ethical and political issues to lead and manage change in nursing and health care.
  • Design and implement strategies to successfully lead and educate nurses in a variety of settings.
  • Apply effective principles and practices in communication and collaboration with nurses and other health professionals.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge on an evidence-based project in a selected field.
Program Outcome Expected Level of Achievement Actual Level of Achievement
(January 1 - December 31, 2016)
Graduates’ Success on the Certification Examination for Educator and Leader The pass rate for the educator and leader certification exams will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers. No test-takers
Students’ Completion of the MSN Program The program completion rate will be at or above 75% (% of students completing within 150% of program length).
81%
 
MSN Graduate Job Placement 90% of graduates will be employed within one year of graduation.
100%
 

Contact Your Counselor


Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4042 or (800) 347-8822
Email: admissions@stritch.edu  

Funding Your Education

Stritch is competitively priced to make graduate education affordable. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know that each student is unique and they are dedicated to helping identify ways to help students fund their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

 

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