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MS in Nursing

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for those already working in the nursing field who seek to advance their administrative or clinical knowledge within this field. Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing at Purdue University Global here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Nursing

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Science in Nursing program requires students to have a bachelor's degree with an upper-level major in nursing from an accredited university. Additionally students must have completed a statistics course and a nursing research course with a grade of 'C' or better before enrollment in MN504 Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to prepare students to work in advanced practice, laying a foundation to pursue a doctoral degree. The MSN program focuses on learning a theoretical base and then applying that theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Students of this program have the opportunity to apply that theory in a hands-on setting via the practicum and clinical requirements. Additionally there are several different focus areas available within the program: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Executive Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care, Informatics, and finally the Nurse Educator concentration.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 to 90 credits

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.'

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Required Courses for Master of Science in Nursing program:

Students of the Master of Science in Nursing program are required to complete six courses (30 credits) for their core requirements with an additional 30-60 credits required as part of the open elective requirement.

Core Courses (30 credits)

  • MN 501: Advanced Nursing Roles (5 credits)
  • MN 502: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (5 credits)
  • MN 504: Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (5 credits)
  • MN 505: Epidemiology and Health Promotion (5 credits)
  • MN 506: Health Policy, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System (5 credits)
  • MN 507: Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Health Care Delivery (5 credits)

Open Elective Courses (30-60 credits)

  • Open elective courses (30-60 credits)
  • Population focus area or concentration courses (30-60 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing program may be interested in pursuing their Doctor of Nursing Practice at Purdue University Global. Additionally graduate certificates are available in the following areas:

  • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate
  • Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Career Paths:

Students who complete their Master of Science in Nursing degree program are trained in critical skills in advanced practice in a wide variety of diverse settings and communities. Graduates of this program can pursue the following positions:

  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Midwife

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