MSN Online Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other leading nursing organizations recognize the MSN degree as the advanced educational requirement for professional nursing practice. The Master’s degree in nursing provides a graduate nursing core and specialty curriculum content as well as a practicum and capstone project. Our MSN program offers a variety of options to prepare registered nurses to assume leadership roles as administrators, educators and public and community health specialists.
The curriculum is planned with input from practicing nurses and students and is geared to addressing the healthcare issues facing the advanced educated nurse. Student and community input is vital to our program. During the program students and nursing professionals are frequently asked to evaluate the program and make recommendations for changes that will better serve the students and meet community needs.  Students serve on advisory and various councils within the program.  The program director is available for individualized program advisement.

The totally online MSN program offers three tracks of study: Nursing Education, Public /Community Health, and Health Systems Leadership. The online format provides a diversity of students as well as the convenience. The core MSN courses remain constant, but courses for each track are specific to the areas of interest. Practicum and Capstone nursing courses allow the student to apply synthesized knowledge gained from all prior courses to an individualized project in the chosen track. All the courses are taught by doctoral prepared nurses with expertise in the area.  All courses focus on the use of evidence based research as a cornerstone for practice.

As with other students seeking a professional degree, the investment in your future should not be measured in dollars and cents. The reputation of the program, individualized attention and small classes along with a relevant, state-of-the art curriculum should all be weighed in your decision. A caring faculty with a wide range of expertise is eager to assist you in your journey.

There is no clinical component to the program. There is a 150 hour practicum that can be completed in your students own geographic area.

No. This program is a lockstep program, with course content building on each previous course.

No.  All semesters have specific start and end dates.

How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professors’ methods, and your study area. It is generally felt by polling current students that approximately 6-10 hours per week per class will be the average. This will include study time, assignments, reading, discussion board activities and interactive internet activities.

The courses are offered through a course management tool, Web CT which is an asynchronous format. An asynchronous format allows for the student to interact with the course based on their individual schedule. Each professor will have his/her own instructional strategies that could include discussion boards, chat, synchronous sessions, online group and individual activities, and written requirements. Synchronous sessions are real-time sessions on your home computer with a microphone. However, the program is cognizant that our online students are working professionals with a variety of work and personal responsibilities.

Yes. As with most online programs of study, papers compose a large portion of the course requirements. All scholarly writing is in the APA writing format. One of the foundational components of the MSN program is the focus on scholarly writing.

Yes. Each professor determines the need for a text book and internet readings. You will be responsible for purchasing the required text for each course.

Yes. We have developed an online student center for the MSN Program. In this virtual student lounge, you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources and much more.

Students can check on their application status through the following link:
The RN to BSN program is completed in 6 semesters or 2.0-2.5 years (24-30 months). There are 3 semesters in one year with each semester 16 weeks in length. As a fulltime student you will take one course every 8 weeks or two courses a semester (16 weeks). This provides you the student the opportunity to focus on one course at a time. You may elect to take fewer credits per term and complete in a longer time frame.
You will earn 6 credits per semester as a fulltime student.

Tuition for academic years 2008-2009 (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $500 per credit hour. The University's student fee of $750 per year applies and is pro-rated for part-time students. Health Profession Division student fees may also apply.

Courses in the M.S.N. tracks that are taken at the College of Osteopathic Medicine's Master of Public Health Program are taken at the prevailing tuition rate for that school.

Acceptance Fee - $200: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance and submission of the intent to enroll form.

A nonrefundable $50 fee is required with each application.

Courses are paid per semester hour. All courses are paid for upon registration for any particular semester. If you take one course, you pay for 1 course and so on. You have several options available for payment of your tuition. Check, cash and credit cards are always acceptable.

The financial aid department is an integral part of our admission process. Student loans for nursing are at an all time low interest rate.  Loans are not due for repayment until 6 months after completing all of your higher education.  Many healthcare facilities in the area participate in the national loan forgiveness programs. We will explore all available options with you as you develop a workable financial aid package. On the web financial aid information is found at:  It is important that you check the financial aid website early in order to complete the necessary forms to be eligible for financial aid.

The MSN is an established program within the College of Allied Health and Nursing at NSU. The Nova Southeastern University Mast’s in Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006, 800-669-1656.    NSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.