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Master of Science in Nursing

Are you ready to take a more active role in delivering quality healthcare, shaping health policy or educating the next generation of nursing professionals? The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Creighton’s College of Nursing will give you the advanced knowledge and skills you need to be a leader in today’s challenging health care environment.

EARNING AN MSN FROM CREIGHTON SETS YOU APART

There is high demand for nurses who possess a comprehensive set of skills and can ensure the best outcomes for patients. Creighton University offers MSN programs in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration and Leadership that are recognized for developing highly skilled, compassionate nurses who are ready to lead the nursing industry.

Creighton’s MSN programs in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration and Leadership are flexible, online programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. You can complete the majority of your master’s degree online, although you are required to make some visits to campus for orientation and health assessment SPECs. In addition to most of your requirements being online, 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.

Become a Nurse Educator—join our newest program

Creighton recently launched an MSN in Nursing Education track to meet the demand of the nursing faculty shortage identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nurses. The program is designed to help you achieve a career as an innovative educator in academic or clinical settings.  You’ll learn about teaching and learning principles, assessment of student learning and curricular design.  Graduates will be eligible candidates for the Certified Nurse Educator CNE ® exam, which is administered through the National League for Nursing.   

Creighton’s College of Nursing is proud to announce that we are a recipient of Nurse Faculty Loan Program [NFLP] funding for the 2020 fiscal year. The grant provides loans to cover tuition, fees and textbooks for students admitted and enrolled in the MSN in Nursing Education track and Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate. New to this year’s grant cycle is an option for loan forgiveness for Nurse Practitioners who serve as full-time preceptors for NP students. For more information on the NFLP program and how to apply for loan forgiveness, see details below in Tuition and Financial section.

Students who successfully complete Creighton’s Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education are eligible to apply 15 credit hours of their graduate coursework upon admission to Creighton’s Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership (EdD) program. This terminal degree program offers a values-based curriculum focused on developing ethical leaders who can make a positive impact on the world around them.
 

Responding to Market and Student Demand – Creighton’s MSN in Clinical Systems Administration is now MSN in Nursing Administration and Leadership

Upon research and deeper understanding of the needs of our] prospective students and common search terms, Creighton has changed the name of our Clinical Systems Administration track to Nursing Administration and Leadership. We are excited to announce this change and believe the new name closely aligns with other relevant program names and more accurately describes the nursing leadership programs we offer.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Nursing

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST ENROLLMENT
May 1

FOR JANUARY ENROLLMENT
October 1

FOR MAY ENROLLMENT
October 1

Requirements

  • Active unencumbered RN license with NE eligibility
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor/employer
  • Personal statement
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course (or equivalent)
  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Additional requirements for international students

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PROGRAM DETAILS

pROGRAM OUTCOMES

The MSN program is designed to prepare nurses who:

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

Specializations

Through the MSN program, you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a leader in today’s challenging health care environment.

To help you achieve your goals, our MSN program offers these specializations:

  • Nursing Administration and Leadership MSN — Work as an innovative and collaborative leader in health care organizations, improving the quality of health care. View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Nursing Education — Work as an innovative educator in academic or clinical settings using foundational knowledge in teaching and learning principles, assessment, and curricular design. View the course requirements of this specialization. 

Students who successfully complete Creighton’s Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education are eligible to apply 15 credit hours of their graduate coursework upon admission to Creighton’s Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership (EdD) program. This terminal degree program offers a values-based curriculum focused on developing ethical leaders who can make a positive impact on the world around them. Learn more about obtaining your EdD from Creighton University.

Creighton University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who work to ensure student success.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a BSN from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have an active, unencumbered RN license
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
    • Must include verification of clinical/practicum hours completed in master’s or certificate program
  • Submit three letters of recommendations; one from a supervisor/employer, who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Submit a personal statement speaking to your long- and short-term goals
  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course and physical assessment course or equivalent 

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Additional requirements for international students

Any coursework taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Creighton’s admissions committee must receive an official evaluation from WES directly. Photo copies will not be accepted.

World Education Services
PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 966-6395
wes.org

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students. Ability to speak and write correct grammatical English is imperative. All applicants who are not native speakers of English or who have obtained a high school diploma or degree outside of the United States must present a TOEFL score of 600 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) or iBT score of at least 100. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the ETS (the testing agency) to send original TOEFL scores to Creighton University (Institutional Code 6121). The College of Nursing reserves the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a TOEFL score is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a United States university.

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International applicants must also meet English language proficiency requirements

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

2020-2021 NURSE FACULTY LOAN PROGRAM (NFLP)

Creighton’s College of Nursing is a recipient of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) for the 2020 fiscal year. Students enrolled in the MSN in Nursing Education program and the Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program are eligible to apply for NFLP funding. Loan recipients may have up to 85% of their loan forgiven by working full-time as a Nurse Educator after graduating from their program. New to this year’s grant cycle is an option for loan forgiveness for Nurse Practitioners who serve as full-time preceptors for NP students.

Students must meet the following eligibility:

  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and its territories.
  • Be in good academic standing (as defined by the College of Nursing)
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled in MSN in Nursing Education program or Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program
  • Student may be enrolled part time or full time

Read though this document for additional details about borrowing limits, loan forgiveness work, employment eligibility, repayment and other details related to the NFLP,

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you believe you meet the above criteria, have reviewed the posted NFLP Guidelines and are interested in applying for the grant, please contact the MSN in Nursing Education Track Lead, Anne Schoening, at 402-280-4777.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

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May 1

January

October 1

May

October 1

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DUAL DEGREE OPTION

Creighton University offers a dual master’s degree program to graduate students who are interested in earning their MSN and Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution simultaneously.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

As a Creighton College of Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. See some of the student organizations and service opportunities available to you.

Tuition & Financial Aid

We’re ready to help you apply for federal aid, find scholarships and more. Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

Funding Your Education