Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing)
You’re ready to take a more active role in delivering quality healthcare and shaping health policy. Through the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Creighton’s College of Nursing, you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a leader in today’s challenging health care environment.
We regularly admit new graduates, who may take core graduate courses prior to completing the 2,000 hours of clinical practice necessary for the upper-level clinical courses.
The MSN program consists of mostly online classes, but you are required to have some visits to campus. You can be a full-time or part-time student—whatever best fits your life. And, you’re not required to take the GRE or submit a thesis. U.S. News & World Report recently named it one of the best online graduate nursing programs.
By earning your MSN from Creighton, you’ll gain the advanced scientific knowledge and practical hands-on experience you need to succeed in the ever-changing healthcare environment. Through your nursing courses and negotiation and conflict courses, you’ll become an even more effective critical and creative thinker, communicator and team leader. You’ll graduate ready to make a significant contribution to the world.
Completion of the MSN program prepares students to:
1. Analyze theoretical concepts and knowledge from nursing and other disciplines relevant to advanced nursing practice in the provision and improvement of health care.
2. Assume leadership in designing, managing and implementing quality, cost-effective, and innovative services to clients in a variety of health care settings.
3. Incorporate knowledge of population-based care and cultural influences in ensuring appropriate and sensitive health care.
4. Influence health policy formulation and implementation to address socioeconomic and health care issues.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and utilizing research from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve practice.
6. Engage in a systematic process of moral reasoning and values-based dialogue to resolve/address ethical dilemmas/situations.
7. Demonstrate competency in an advanced nursing role.
To apply to the MSN degree program, you must hold a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree. You can pursue any of the following tracks; each designed to help you achieve your career—and life—goals.
You may pursue:
- Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)—Work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient nursing environments.
- Clinical Systems Administration—Work as an innovative and collaborative leader in corporations and consulting firms, improving the quality of healthcare.
- Nursing Education—Work as an innovative educator in academic or clinical settings using foundational knowledge in teaching and learning principles, assessment, and curricular design.
Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, the Creighton University College of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing a MSN or DNP nursing program, or Post Graduate Certificate: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.**
** In Oregon, neonatal NP students are still eligible to apply
This information will be updated as state regulatory requirements change.
For all other states not listed above, regulations vary depending on the program and/or individual situation. Please contact Creighton University College of Nursing at 402.280.3492 for questions regarding a specific state.
- Learn advanced scientific principles
- Get practical hands-on experience in clinical settings
- Develop effective communication skills
- Hone your leadership skills
- Gain creative and critical thinking skills
Creighton College of Nursing offers the following tracks. Click on yours to review a PDF with your plan of study:
- Clinical Nurse Leader—37 credit hours; 600 supervised clinical hours.
- Clinical Systems Administrator—46 credit hours; 525 supervised clinical hours.
- Nurse Educator – 39 credit hours; 60 laboratory hours and 300 supervised clinical hours.
Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928. For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit http://www.creighton.edu/accreditation/.
Creighton University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program also holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.
- Creighton University Student Nurse Association (CUSNA)
As a member of the Creighton University Student Nurse Association, you’ll serve as a leader in the College of Nursing community and beyond. The CUSNA is a chapter of a national student nurse organization, enabling members to have a voice for nursing students across the state as well as nationwide.
- Nursing Senate
The Nursing Senate serves as one voice for the nursing student body. As a member, you’ll positively contribute to the nursing profession, Creighton University, and the College of Nursing by:
- Extending service and social opportunities to all nursing students
- Collaborating with students, faculty, staff and other Creighton professionals
- Working together to strengthen the College of Nursing community
- Hastings Association of Nursing Students (HANdS)
HANdS represents and speaks as one voice for the nursing student body. The organization coordinates activities and embraces issues to serve as a channel of communication between College of Nursing faculty and students on the Hastings campus.
- Completed application & $50 application fee
- Bachelor’s degree in related field with 3.0 GPA or higher
- Must be from a college/university accredited by National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Must include coursework in statistics and physical assessment
- Current RN license with Nebraska eligibility
- Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
- Personal statement. See application for specific requirements.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting.
- 2,000 hours of professional nursing experience in direct patient care prior to enrollment in clinical courses
- 4,000 hours of direct care in level III NICU prior to enrollment in clinical neonatal courses
- 2,000 hours of direct care in pediatrics prior to enrollment in clinical courses (for students following a pediatric track)
A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.
Learn more about admission requirements for the MSN program on the School of Nursing website.
International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.
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