Master of Science, Nursing (MSN)

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Salem University, Master of Science in Nursing Program (delivered via distance education), is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. 202-909-2487.

"The RN-BSN program at Salem helped to open me up to higher-level positions. At Salem University, they made the enrollment process easy. They work with you and help you complete all the necessary steps for enrollment. I liked Salem University so much that I went back to earn my Master of Science of Nursing Administration. This has allowed me to advance in my career in the nursing field. The accessible online format and small class sizes accommodated my challenging nursing schedules, while providing individual attention taught by highly qualified, and caring faculty. I loved the MSN program at Salem University."
~ Savana Ross

If you’re ready to take the next step in your nursing career, then it’s time to take a closer look at the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Salem University. Our 100% fully online MSN program builds upon what you’ve learned in your BSN coursework and during any on-the-job experience to prepare you to step into roles as leaders in the field of nursing. Whether you’ve been looking for a nurse practitioner program or the opportunity to become a nurse educator or another managerial or education role, a master’s in nursing is a vital step to gaining the practical and theoretical knowledge to push your career forward.

Salem’s online MSN covers topics like:

  • Evidence-based research findings as a foundation for advanced nursing roles
  • Using critical thinking and systematic inquiry to develop strategies to support advanced patient care across a variety of age categories and healthcare environments
  • Professional values and legal and ethical principles to improve health outcomes and services
  • Evaluating cultural and socially diverse concepts to boost patient care and health outcomes
  • Advocating for policies and financial approaches that promote and preserve public health
  • Designing strategies that prioritize professional development and lifelong learning

Students will choose a specialization in either Nursing Administration or Nursing Education, but all MSN students will complete a capstone project that analyzes a significant issue related to their field. Salem’s Master of Science in Nursing combines evidence-based practice with theory and research so that our graduates feel ready to step forward and take the lead in the complex, dynamic environment of healthcare.


Higher education has evolved rapidly from where it was when Salem University was founded in 1888, and we take pride in the fact that we have evolved with it, pioneering new and innovative ways to bring our undergraduate and graduate degree programs to today’s students. The fact that our master’s in nursing program is fully online means that you can complete it wherever you are, without having to quit your current job. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom to your nursing work, and your experience in the field will help you get more out of what you learn in your studies. We also utilize a unique monthly format that allows you to take one course at a time, switching every four weeks, making it easier for you to fit classwork into your busy life and responsibilities.

MSN – Nurse Administrator Specialty Track

  • Earn your MSN as a healthcare administrator in 10 months.
  • 100% online with a streamlined curriculum to support student’s work-life balance.
  • Take one class per month while you continue to work.
  • Take on a new role with more accountability, responsibility, and rewards.
  • Graduate from Salem’s MSN program with cutting-edge knowledge and experiential skills, and become extremely marketable as an executive in a nurse administrator position.
  • Collaborate with interprofessional teams to promote quality and safety in healthcare.
  • Explore the role of the nurse leader in the development of economic and financial policies to improve availability and delivery of safe, quality health care.
  • Debate legal & ethical principles related to organizational decision-making.
  • Examine a wide range of technologies used in today’s healthcare settings and their impact on delivery of care and ergonomics.
  • Analyze organizational behavior, attitudes, relationships, job satisfaction, personalities, values, perceptions, and their impact on today’s managers.
  • Investigate effective processes to manage conflict and change while maintaining employee satisfaction, shareholder value, & quality outcomes.
  • Evaluate motivational factors and strategies to improve work environments, patient care, and to create an inspired workforce that improves both performance and profit.
  • Assess key functions of human resources in healthcare organizations regarding workforce recruitment, retention, role development, staff morale, efficiency, competency, and job satisfaction.
  • Explore how evidence-based innovations in technology, information systems, and specialized health care advances are building and supporting healthcare organizations.
  • Discuss challenges in assessing the health of vulnerable populations and propose solutions to improve their health outcomes.

Advance your career and take on a new role with more accountability, responsibility, and rewards as an executive administrator in healthcare.

Competencies include:

  • Advanced Leadership & Management Skills
  • Evidence-Based Research
  • Systematic Inquiry
  • Information Technology
  • Financial Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Continuous Quality Improvement & Safety
  • Policy Analysis
  • Legal & Ethical Principles and Professional Values
  • Empowerment for Professional Nursing

Roles of a nurse administrator include:

  • Nurse executive
  • Health policy specialist
  • Project Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Many more



Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.



Nurses who wish to apply to the MSN online program must:

  • Hold a current, unrestricted RN license in the student’s state of residence.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Maintain licensure throughout the program of study.




Students applying to one of Salem’s nursing programs must have their official transcripts sent to Salem from each post-secondary academic institution they have previously attended, regardless of whether or not they are wanting to transfer any courses. All official transcripts must be received by the end of the student’s first course or the student will be administratively dropped from the nursing program.


Due to the situation regarding COVID-19, the deadline for receipt of “official” transcripts may be extended. Should a nursing student fail to receive notice from any academic institution (prior to their start date), confirming that their “official” transcript has been sent, they must contact Noel Shaver at for an appropriate extension. If students have any further concerns regarding this requirement, please contact Noel Shaver for clarification.

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While there are many important factors when choosing a nursing education program, national accreditation should be a crucial decision-making factor when pursuing any nursing degree. Below are the main reasons it is important to enroll in a nationally accredited nursing program.

National Accreditation of Nursing Programs:

Is a process that evaluates the quality of nursing programs to determine if they are meeting specific state and national standards. Nursing programs that are nationally accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education, such as CNEA, ensure the public that their program is held to a common set of standards of quality across the United States. This process improves the quality of nursing education, creates a culture of continuous improvement of academic quality, keeps the curriculum up to date on current trends and advances in nursing and healthcare, and greatly enhances the overall quality of care administered by nurses that graduate from a nationally accredited program.

Attending a National Accredited Nursing School:

  • Enables students to be eligible for funding support from federal and state agencies, and foundations.
  • Is required by many nursing programs for admission to graduate programs.
  • Is required by some state regulatory agencies for their nursing employees.
  • Assists employers seeking graduates who are competent practitioners.
  • Facilitates the transfer of credit using the following considerations:
    • The educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers;
    • The comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned from the programs offered by the receiving college or program;
    • The appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned from the programs offered by the receiving college or program.