Online Classes: Master of Science Degree in Nursing

Master of Science Degree in Nursing

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Online curriculum designed to build a competitive edge and leadership experience for the working nurse

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is a 36 credit hour program of study that aligns with the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The curriculum is designed to accommodate working nurses by providing learning activities in an online, distance education format with the exception of the practicum experiences that will be completed at locations geographically close to students. The program can be completed in six semesters. The semesters are divided into eight-week sessions, so students take one course at a time, with the exception of the Capstone II course that runs the entire semester. The program of study must be completed in five years measured from the first semester of enrollment through degree completion.

The Master of Science in Nursing Program at Mercy College of Ohio is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476


Program Overview

Sample program of study for Master of Science Degree in Nursing.

Curriculum effective Fall 2018. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2018, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

The program aims to:

  1. Promote excellence in the education of nurses for the advanced role as leaders in healthcare.
  2. Cultivate Christian values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life and service in the profession of the nurse leader.
  3. Prepare graduates for the advanced role in nursing leadership through the application of nursing theory and evidence-based practice.
  4. Foster self-direction in pursuit of lifelong learning and personal and professional development.
  5. Prepares graduates to address top priorities in global health based on needs and emerging health issues.

Upon completion of the MSN program at Mercy College of Ohio, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate the values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life, and service within the advanced nursing practice role.
  2. Employ holistic critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning to guide nursing actions in advanced nursing practice situations.
  3. Develop articulate communication skills for use in client care, teambuilding, advanced practice, education, research, and leadership.
  4. Function as a leader in advanced nursing practice.
  5. Integrate scholarship into advanced professional practice through intellectual inquiry, generating scholarly activities, and unique nursing knowledge through research, and applying new knowledge to advanced nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate professional expertise in knowledge development, clinical practice, research, systems leadership, and communication technologies.
  7. Synthesize and integrate knowledge from nursing and relevant sciences to influence quality care in advanced nursing practice that affects healthcare outcomes across varied populations.

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Master of Science Degree in Nursing

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September 25, 2019
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Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the MSN program must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a completed graduate program application with required documents.
  • Possess a degree in nursing at the bachelor’s level or higher from a regionally accredited institution and a professionally accredited (ACEN or CCNE) program.
  • Submit official transcripts from higher education institution(s) where the original nursing degree was earned (Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and/or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree), and any subsequent coursework thereafter.
  • Possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale on undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Proof of an active unencumbered RN license.
  • Submit a current professional resume or CV and statement of purpose. The statement of purpose (750-1000 words) should state the student's education and career goals and reason for seeking the MSN. This will be submitted when completing the online application.
  • Provide three professional references. References can be emailed the MSN Reference Form to complete.
  • Once accepted into the program, complete a criminal background check and drug screen.