Nursing Program FAQs

1. Why should I earn a Master of Science in Nursing?

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Nursing program strives to increase the number of master’s-prepared nurses in order to reduce the shortage of nurses prepared to assume leadership roles in health care; in the areas of administration and leadership, education, and informatics. The program facilitates an expansion of students’ understanding of core nursing values, and helps to build a strong foundation in health systems analysis, evidence-based practice, and leadership in nursing. Master's-prepared nurses typically have more career options and job flexibility available to them. Further, earning this degree could be a stepping stone to earning a PhD.

2. How do I qualify for the Master of Science in Nursing program?

The Master of Science in Nursing program welcomes goal-oriented individuals who share our passion for public service and are committed to furthering their field and contributing positively to their community. You must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited program and an active license as a registered nurse in state of practice that is unencumbered. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit the nursing program admissions page.

3. What courses can I take in the nursing program?

Students gain fundamental knowledge of health systems analysis, leadership theory, and evidence-based practices in their first three course of the nursing program. Depending upon the concentration chosen, topics covered in the remaining courses include resource management, strategic planning, and health care organization; or health assessment and pharmacology, theory and methods of curriculum and instruction, and measurement, assessment, and evaluation. For a complete course listing, visit the nursing program page.

4. What areas may I specialize in?

Students can choose one of three tracks: nursing education, nursing informatics, and healthcare systems leadership.

5. How much will the program cost?

For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

6. Are there any grants available for students in the nursing program to help pay tuition?

Grants to help pay program tuition may be available to qualified students in the nursing education track through the National Faculty Loan Repayment Program.

7. How have graduates of the nursing program applied their degrees?

Our nursing alumni have found employment with a variety of organizations including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, DC Department of Health, Madigan Army Medical Center, GlaxoSmithKline, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mary Immaculate Hospital, and Sun Healthcare Group. For more information, visit the nursing career outcomes page.

8. How are the nursing program faculty members selected?

Nursing program instructors hold terminal degrees from established universities. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and solid, practical experience in nursing leadership and education. To meet some of the featured program faculty, visit the nursing faculty and staff page.

9. What are the requirements for applying to the program?
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited (National League for Nursing Accreditation Center (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program
  • An active license as a registered nurse in state of practice that is unencumbered
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if English was not the language of degree study)
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both English and Nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on 4.00 scale. Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 should demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research
  • Graduate testing is not required
10. Is it possible to work full-time while studying in the nursing program?

Yes, the nursing program is designed to complement your day-to-day work schedule.

11. How long is the nursing program?

Coursework will take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.

12. How much do I need to know about computers to succeed in this program?

The technology used in the online learning environment is designed to be user-friendly whether you have basic knowledge of computers or are a technology whiz. Students only need a working knowledge of computers and the basic skills outlined below:

  • Ability to send and receive emails.
  • Ability to prepare a document using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
  • Ability to use the Internet for research.
  • Working knowledge of database and spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to evaluate information presented on a website.
  • Ability to perform a search using an online database.
13. Is the Master of Science in Nursing program accredited?

Yes. In addition to the university’s regional accreditation, the nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Please visit the accreditation page for more information on Norwich University and the nursing program accreditation.

14. What required documents are needed to be accepted into the program and enroll in courses?

Before enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, students need to provide their Student Services Advisor their practicum location and the contact person’s information to initiate an agency agreement. Each seminar in the MSN program has experiential learning assignments which are to be completed as part of each seminar's 100 practicum hours. In order for you to complete these assignments the University must have a contract with the agency or facility you have chosen to use as your practicum site.This contract must be fully executed before you will be allowed to start your first seminar and every time you change your practicum site.

Once admitted to the Nursing program, students are required to locate a qualified mentor from their practice site to guide and support them in their practicum. Norwich University defines the mentorship experience as the mentor (an experienced and qualified individual) affording the graduate nursing student with real world experiences that facilitates the learning goals of the student as agreed upon by the student, faculty advisor, and mentor. The mentor is required to submit a copy of their resume, complete the Mentor Agreement form and provide feedback to program faculty by means of the designated seminar evaluation tool.

Mentor Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in nursing; a doctorate preferred
  • Mentor must hold a master’s degree in nursing for a minimum of one year prior to your practicum course
  • Holds a position in the student’s area of study
  • Has a minimum of five years of nursing experience
  • Mentor cannot be a relative or family member
  • Mentor cannot be a direct supervisor or any staff member who can influence the employee evaluation.