Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing)

Program Availability

You’re ready to take a more active role in delivering quality healthcare and shaping health policy. Through the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Creighton’s College of Nursing, you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a leader in today’s challenging health care environment.

We regularly admit new graduates, who may take core graduate courses prior to completing the 2,000 hours of clinical practice necessary for the upper-level clinical courses.

Hybrid Program

The MSN program consists of mostly online classes, but you are required to have some visits to campus. You can be a full-time or part-time student—whatever best fits your life. And, you’re not required to take the GRE or submit a thesis. U.S. News & World Report recently named it one of the best online graduate nursing programs.


By earning your MSN from Creighton, you’ll gain the advanced scientific knowledge and practical hands-on experience you need to succeed in the ever-changing healthcare environment. Through your nursing courses and negotiation and conflict courses, you’ll become an even more effective critical and creative thinker, communicator and team leader. You’ll graduate ready to make a significant contribution to the world.

Completion of the MSN program prepares students to:

1. Analyze theoretical concepts and knowledge from nursing and other disciplines relevant to advanced nursing practice in the provision and improvement of health care.
2. Assume leadership in designing, managing and implementing quality, cost-effective, and innovative services to clients in a variety of health care settings.
3. Incorporate knowledge of population-based care and cultural influences in ensuring appropriate and sensitive health care.
4. Influence health policy formulation and implementation to address socioeconomic and health care issues.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and utilizing research from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve practice.
6. Engage in a systematic process of moral reasoning and values-based dialogue to resolve/address ethical dilemmas/situations.
7. Demonstrate competency in an advanced nursing role.


To apply to the MSN degree program, you must hold a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree. You can pursue any of the following tracks; each designed to help you achieve your career—and life—goals.

You may pursue:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)—Work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient nursing environments.
  • Clinical Systems Administration—Work as an innovative and collaborative leader in corporations and consulting firms, improving the quality of healthcare.


  • Cardiology: Courses are offered on a two-year basis

  • Education: Educator courses in curriculum, instruction, and educational evaluation are available to you, regardless of your chosen track.

  • Oncology: Courses are offered on a two-year basis

What You'll Learn

  • Learn advanced scientific principles
  • Get practical hands-on experience in clinical settings
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Hone your leadership skills
  • Gain creative and critical thinking skills


Creighton College of Nursing offers the following tracks. Click on yours to review a PDF with your plan of study:

Student Organizations

  • Creighton University Student Nurse Association (CUSNA)

    As a member of the Creighton University Student Nurse Association, you’ll serve as a leader in the College of Nursing community and beyond. The CUSNA is a chapter of a national student nurse organization, enabling members to have a voice for nursing students across the state as well as nationwide.

  • Sigma Theta Tau: Iota Chapter

    The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing word health and celebrating nursing excellence. To receive a membership invitation, you must demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

  • Nursing Senate

    The Nursing Senate serves as one voice for the nursing student body. As a member, you’ll positively contribute to the nursing profession, Creighton University, and the College of Nursing by:

    • Extending service and social opportunities to all nursing students
    • Collaborating with students, faculty, staff and other Creighton professionals
    • Working together to strengthen the College of Nursing community
  • Leadership Scholars

    This program is specifically designed as a 4-year extracurricular immersion in leadership. If you receive an invitation to join this member’s only organization, you’ll join a group of student leaders who understand how vitally important leadership development is to the nursing profession.

  • Hastings Association of Nursing Students (HANdS)

    HANdS represents and speaks as one voice for the nursing student body. The organization coordinates activities and embraces issues to serve as a channel of communication between College of Nursing faculty and students on the Hastings campus.

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