Master of Science, Nursing (MSN)

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The Salem University, Master of Science in Nursing program delivered via distance education has pre-accreditation candidacy from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Lusetha Rolle, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services.


The MSN degree program is offered entirely via distance education, primarily the Internet. Students may choose one of two areas of specialization: nursing administration or nursing education. The program requires the completion of 30 graduate credit hours comprising 10 courses. All students complete the core content consisting of 18 credit hours (6 courses). In addition, students will focus on their chosen specialization in nursing administration or nursing education, each of which require the successful completion of 12 credit hours (4 courses) with a CGPA of 3.0 and no failing grades. This requirement is consistent with the requirements for other master’s programs at the University.

MSN Student Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing Program is to build upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience, and prepare them to advance in their careers.
Graduates of the MSN program will be able to:
1. Synthesize advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities, informatics and technologies, and evidence based research findings as a foundation for advanced nursing roles (Nursing, Excellence).
2. Analyze and critique outcome data using critical thinking, systematic inquiry, and sound judgment to develop strategies that support advanced practice nursing care across the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments (Nursing, Environment, Excellence).
3. Promote legal and ethical principles, professional values, and standards of safe advanced nursing practice to improve health outcomes and services to individuals, families, and populations (Health, Person, Environment, Caring, Integrity).
4. Advocate for health policy and financing that promote, preserve, and restore public health, particularly for diverse, vulnerable and underserved populations (Nursing, Health, Caring, Diversity).
5. Design strategies that promote professional role development in advanced nursing and lifelong learning for continued professional growth (Nursing, Integrity, Excellence).
6. Evaluate cultural, ethnic and socially diverse concepts to improve availability, delivery and outcomes of health care in a multi-cultural environment (Nursing, Person, Caring, Diversity).
7. Employ advanced knowledge and skills in leadership, collaboration and communication to develop strategies that influence continuous quality improvement and safety in health care organizations and systems (Nursing, Environment, Diversity, Excellence).

MSN Curriculum

The curriculum fosters an increased sense of professionalism while focusing on nursing theory, research and technologies, evidence-based practice, safety and quality improvement, as well as policy and issues that are presenting in the health care industry today. Courses are designed to prepare professional nurses for leadership in administration or education in a variety of settings, and to practice in a complex and dynamic health care environment.

The mission and conceptual framework are integrated throughout the curriculum plan and are reflected in the evaluation methods. Students complete a capstone scholarly project on a significant issue or problem related to nursing administration or nursing education. There is a final evaluation of the student’s cumulative learning portfolio by designated nursing faculty members. At the completion of the program, students are prepared to move forward in their nursing career.

Accreditation and Approvals

The university Catalogs provides information on Salem’s accreditation and approvals. All students receive a copy as part of the enrollment process. The catalogs are available for download from the university’s web site at:
The MSN degree courses are listed below. Course descriptions are provided in the University Catalog.

MSN Program Courses

Course # MSN Core Courses Credits
(Required of all MSN Students) 3
MSN505 Theoretical Basis & Role Development for Advanced Nursing 3
MSN510 Advanced Research, Inquiry, and Evidence-Based Practice 3
MSN515  Health Care Policy, Law and Ethics 3
MSN520 Leadership in Health Care Environments 3
MSN525 Health Care Informatics and Technology 3
MSN599 Capstone
MSN Core Credit Hours 18
Course # MSN Core Courses Credits
MSN550 Organizational Behavior and Workforce Management 3
MSN555 Finance and Economics for Nursing Leadership 3
MSN560 Complex Health Systems Planning and Resource Management 3
MSN565 Population Health Management, Quality Improvement and Safety 3
Nursing Administration Credit Hours 12
Nursing Education Specialization
Course # MSN Core Courses Credits
MSN 570 Curriculum and Program Development 3
MSN575 Instructional Methods and Strategies in Teaching & Learning 3
MSN580 Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation in Nursing Education 3
MSN585 Educational Technology 3
Nursing Education Credit Hours 12

Eligibility 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.

Requirements Prior to Enrollment

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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