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Master of Science in Nursing Degrees

Lead nurses in education and administration

Make your mark on aspiring nurses as an educator and leader. Gardner-Webb’s MSN program helps you improve Christ-inspired patient care and promote and manage a positive nurse environment.

We understand that as an experienced nurse, you are a working adult with family and personal priorities, and that’s why we allow you to complete the program at a pace you can manage. The MSN program is fully online, and you may finish the program in as little as two years. Depending on your unique need, you may complete the program full-time with two courses per semester or part-time with one course per semester. 

Our supportive and expert faculty will teach you from their professional healthcare experiences and keep a close-knit classroom, even in a virtual setting. Besides completing your online coursework, you’ll be able to fulfill  your practicum experience in local healthcare and education settings. 

If you are a Gardner-Webb BSN graduate, you may enter the MSN program directly if you graduated within the last year.

Curriculum

What You’ll Learn

The courses in the MSN tracks of study are offered in a logical sequence from the core requirements of theory, issues, research, statistics, and professional role development to courses in the major area of concentration. The MSN Nursing Education and Nursing Administration concentrations culminate in the application of knowledge in a thesis or project. Nursing Education and Nursing Administration Certificate Programs are also offered.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog.

Your classes, labs, and hands-on learning experiences will help you:

  • Integrate scientific evidence from nursing, education, and business disciplines for improvement of health outcomes across diverse settings
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical decision making and effective collaborative partnerships 
  • Apply the methods, performance measures, and standards that promote high quality and safe patient care 
  • Plan, deliver, evaluate, and manage evidence-based, client-centered, and culturally appropriate health care to individuals, families, and populations

Required Common Core

CatalogCourse NameCredit Hours
opens in a new windowN opens in a new windowURS 5 opens in a new window00Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice3
opens in a new windowNURS 501Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Issues3
opens in a new windowNURS 502Methods of Advanced Research3
opens in a new windowNURS 504Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research3
opens in a new windowNURS 506Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice3

Available Programs

Concentration in Nursing Administration

Take on professional nursing leadership roles in healthcare organizations. The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration can be completed in 30 to 36 credit hours. We offer this program in collaboration with our Graduate School of Business. If you already have an MSN or BSN degree or are currently enrolled in the Gardner-Webb University MSN Program with a concentration in Nursing Education, you may also earn a certificate in Nursing Administration.

Concentration in Education

Become a professional educator in an academic or healthcare setting. The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Education can be completed in 30 to 36 credit hours. You’ll apply nursing education and learning principles in practice settings. If you already have an MSN or BSN degree or are currently enrolled in the Gardner-Webb University MSN Program with a concentration in Nursing Administration, you may also earn a certificate in Nursing Education.

Outcomes

What You’ll Do

With an MSN degree, you can pursue your career in nursing education and administration at hospitals, medical centers, higher education institutions, and more. 

You’ll also be able to advance your education right here at Gardner-Webb in our Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This allows for an easy transition and keeps you focused on your bright future in nursing leadership. 

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