Program:
Nursing

Degree Awarded:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Length of Program:
Full-time: 6-9 semesters
Part-time: 12+ semesters

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: June 15
Spring Semester: Oct. 15
Summer Semester: March 15
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Become a Leader in Your Field

Prepare to work effectively and collaboratively in designing and evaluating complex health care strategies with an advanced degree in nursing.

Degree Overview

Known for its high caliber and proficiency in online education, the Clarkson College online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program attracts registered nurses from across the U.S. who are interested in experiencing greater challenges, opportunities and advantages in their nursing careers.

Our rigorous and patient-focused MSN program prepares graduates to function independently and collaboratively in designing, implementing and evaluating complex health care strategies in a variety of advanced-practice nursing roles.

Students in the MSN program choose from five specialties:

Nursing Health Care Administration

Educating nurses who wish to become nursing healthcare administrators (i.e., executives or managers).
Degree plan 

Nursing Education

Educating nurses who wish to become academic or clinical nurse educators.
Degree plan 

Family Nurse Practitioner

Educating nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care of the individual and family in primary care settings. 
Degree plan

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Educating nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care to the adult and gerontological patients in acute care settings.
Degree Plan

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Educating nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care for patients in mental and/or behavioral health settings.
Degree Plan

Although the MSN program is offered entirely online, students enrolled in any of the Nurse Practitioner options are required to complete one on-campus visits. Refer to the Graduate Nursing Handbook for current details. At the completion of the MSN program, students who elected a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty will be prepared to sit for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program National Certification Examination.

State Authorization & Licensure Information

Admissions Requirements 

Applicants must first meet all basic admissions criteria for Clarkson College to have your file reviewed by the committee:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a professional institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Valid state unencumbered RN license effective in the state of practice or where clinical experience will occur.
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Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides financial assistance to nurses enrolled in the Clarkson College Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership (Ed.D.) program or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Education program option. The NFLP aims to assist registered nurses as they complete their education to become qualified nursing faculty. Recipients are required to teach for at least four consecutive years following graduation to be eligible for loan forgiveness through NFLP.

Due to the success of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program at Clarkson College funds are very limited for new students.  The college will be applying for new funds beginning with the 2021-22 year.  New students should consult with their financial aid counselor to discuss funding options that are available. 

Learn more about the Nurse Faculty Loan Program

How we prepare
the best

  • Theory coursework 100 percent online
  • Flexible course scheduling
  • Clinical/Practicum sites in or near your hometown
  • Compassionate, highly experienced faculty
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson College as one of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs in the nation for the ninth year in a row

Required Courses for Master of Science in Nursing

Required Core Courses for All Options
Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
◊ NS 803 - Health Care Delivery Systems and Managed Care 2
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
◊ NS 808 - Nursing Law and Ethics 3
NS 812 - Research Design and Methods 3
NS 813 - Research Design and Methods II 2
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 19
Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Health Care Administration

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become nursing healthcare administrators (i.e., executives or managers). The curriculum encompasses systems, leadership, and organization information, including theoretical models and concepts that are relevant to the role of nursing healthcare administrator. Learners will review and evaluate several health care settings and identify strategies to manage those areas. This program option prepares the learner to engage in evidence-based, data-driven decision-making while pursuing high-quality healthcare that is safe, affordable and results in positive outcomes.

Courses Semester Hours
MB 800 - Ethics in Leadership 2
MB 808 - Health Care Leadership 3
MB 826 - Healthcare Strategic Management 3
MB 828 - Financial Management in Healthcare 3
MB 833 - Healthcare Quality and risk Management 3
MB 836 - Health Care Project Management 3
NS 898 - Nursing Health Care Leadership Practicum 3
MB 837 - Leading Change OR
MB 846 - Fundamentals of Informatics
3
3
Total Semester Hours 23
Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Education

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become academic or clinical nurse educators. The evidence-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to acquire information about teaching and learning theories and strategies, curriculum or program development, and evaluation or assessment strategies while fostering an ethical perspective. These learners will also encounter technologies being used to deliver nursing education content and experiences, from classroom technologies to skills lab and simulation technologies. The nurse educator assumes the role of mentor, coach, guide, and expert, nurturing student nurses and/or providing continuing professional development to registered or licensed practical nurses.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 806 - Theories of Learning for the Nurse Educator 3
◊ NS 822 - Curriculum Development for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 823 - Evaluation Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 826 - Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and Health Assessment Overview for Nurse Educators 3
NS 827 - Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 890 - Nurse Educator Transition to Practice 2
NS 894 - Nursing Education Practicum 3
Total Semester Hours 20
Specialty Option Courses in Family Nurse Practitioner*

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care of the individual and family in primary care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and healthcare, as well as recognized and evidence-based care standards to deliver family-centered care. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) assumes the role of educator, referral agent, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 - Primary Health Care I 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 840 - Primary Care of Children and Adolescent 3
NS 842 - Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 - Primary Health Care II 3
NS 852 - Family Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
Total Semester Hours 30

*The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time. 

Specialty Option Courses in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner*

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care to adult and gerontological patients in acute care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and healthcare, and will assume the role of educator, referral agent, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 861 - Introduction to Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 862 - Applying Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 863 - Complex Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 864 - Advanced Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 854 - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
Total Semester Hours 30

*The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progession through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Specialty Option Courses for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner*

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care for patients in mental and/or behavioral health settings. The learner will engage in identifying key concepts and theories related to psychiatric-mental health nursing, strategies for communicating clearly with patients, and evidence-based treatment options or plans that meet the unique needs of each patient. The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner takes on the roles of educator, communicator, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 855 - Pharmacology for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 2
NS 856 - Introduction to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3
NS 857 - Application of Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 858 - Complex Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 859 - Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 860 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
Total Semester Hours 32

*The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course maybe te taken at a time.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2020-21 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.

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Graduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour
$621


Cost per Semester
$4,036 - Full-time (6 hrs)
$2,018 - Part-time (3 hrs)

Tuition
Graduate Tuition $621 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: Online $35 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
NS 807 Cultural Assessment Fee $75/ class
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ student
MSN: Graduate Weekend and Typhon (NS 830) $235/ student
MSN: Lab Fee – Graduate Weekend (Supplies kit) ( NS 832, NS 844) (NP only) $90/ class
HESI Pre-Cert for Nurse Practitioners (NS 844) $76/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

$93,000
Payscale.com, 2017

Job Outlook

Overall employment of nurse midwives and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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