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Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership, Education & Informatics

Make a Difference as a Nurse Leader

The healthcare industry needs nurses with leadership, passion, and expertise. That’s why the Norwich online Master of Science in Nursing program was created and has evolved to meet these critical demands. Our program is designed to help you build the essential skills needed to pursue advanced roles in healthcare systems leadership, nursing education, or the growing field of nursing informatics.

With changing health care legislation and an aging workforce, expert nursing professionals are needed now more than ever. Whether your goal is nursing informatics, nursing leadership, or nursing education, our online Master of Science in Nursing program can help you prepare for critical leadership positions aligned with your career goals and interests.

Download a free brochure for more information about this program.

 

Degree
  • Master of Science
Concentrations
  • Healthcare Systems Leadership
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Informatics

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

8 June

Next Start Date

11 May

Application Deadline

Why Norwich

The M.S. in Nursing program at Norwich is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Learn from doctoral-level faculty.

Apply newly acquired skills in real-time and drive positive change within your organization well before you graduate.

 

Qualify to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification Exam through our Nursing Education track.

Qualify to sit for the ANCC Informatics Nursing Certification Exam through our Nursing Informatics track.

Enroll with no GRE or GMAT requirements.

 

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

 

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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The Master of Science in Nursing program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

 


Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.

Achievement Scholarship

Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient. 

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.
 

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Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Norwich’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program begins with 6 three-credit core courses that focus on the roles of the advanced nurse, health care systems, practice and policy, theoretical foundations of practice, research for evidence based practice and quality improvement practice, informatics and technology. Each core course is 11 weeks in length. The remaining courses are focused on the specialty of your choice: nursing education, nursing informatics, or healthcare systems leadership.

Note: If you enrolled in the MSN program on or prior to September 2020, please refer to this curriculum map.

Our nursing graduates can:

  • Pursue a range of leadership roles in nursing education, nursing informatics, or healthcare systems leadership.

  • Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of health systems and essential skills in communication, data analysis and policy implementation, problem solving, critical thinking, research, evidence-based practice, and management.

 

  • Healthcare Systems, Nursing Leadership and Advanced Nursing Role
    NR523 3 credit hours

    This course examines the healthcare system and guides students to assess and analyze the healthcare system in the context of advanced practice nursing and the role of advanced practice nurses. The student explores organizational and system science, change theories and social change theories in its application to healthcare. Healthcare leadership including theory and styles as well as contemporary approaches, ethical practice and leadership strategies are examined. Inter/intra professional communication, teamwork, consultation, diversity and collaboration are discussed as cornerstones for patient safety, optimal health outcomes and accountability in health care. The student analyzes and evaluates the intersection of current and emerging healthcare system challenges and advanced practice role dimensions. 

  • Health Policy, Advocacy and Economics in Healthcare
    NR524 3 credit hours

    This course examines healthcare delivery in the United States, to include the role of public policy, advocacy, and industry regulation. Health policy perspectives and the analytical tools to understand the national policy-making environment are integrated throughout the course. Key policy issues and core constructs for analysis include national health expenditures and cost containment strategies, patient access and health disparities, health care quality and performance improvement, and workforce policy. Health care reform, future directions and trends, and policy innovations are examined for their impact on advanced nursing practice, service delivery, and health outcomes. Health systems of other developed and developing countries are examined to gain a global perspective and appreciation for a variety of health system attributes.

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    NR533 3 credit hours

    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of quality improvement science, and its application to quality and safety in healthcare. The student examines quality improvement models in the delivery of healthcare and measures for quality improvement initiatives. Foundations of health care quality and the science underlying patient safety and quality improvement, design and select effective health care measures are explored. The course includes analysis and processes related to patient safety problems using tools such as human factors analysis and discusses systematic quality improvement approaches including the Model for Improvement (MFI) and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) models to address quality improvement challenges, and strategies to lead a culture of change.

  • Informatics & Healthcare Technologies
    NR534 3 credit hours

    This seminar reviews concepts important to implementing and sustaining effective use of technology in the clinical environment.  Security and privacy for the protection of privileged information, effective policy development, testing and implementation are examined.  Concepts of change management as well as informatics role in community/population health monitoring and management are explored.  The student studies the use of technology to generate new evidence, the potential influence of emerging technologies on clinical practice and the importance of developing a caring practice in a high technology environment.

  • Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
    NR593 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on the use of the research process in developing new nursing knowledge and applying to an evidence-based practice. The student examines and develops research questions considers theoretical frameworks, methods of data collection and analysis, and the interpretation and use of study findings in providing evidence based care of individuals, families, and communities. The importance of scientific integrity and ethical standards are emphasized and ethical issues in the conduct of research are explored. The student is prepared to critically appraise and utilize research, and identify researchable problems within the context of his/her own practice.

  • Epidemiology and Population Health
    NR514 3 credit hours

    This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to population-focused nursing, the aggregate, community or population as the unit of care. The focus of the course is on health promotion/disease prevention with emphasis on the advanced nursing role in clinical prevention of disease and care of populations. Applying concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary health promotion across the lifespan, the student relates the basic concepts of epidemiology to multiple domains of population health, using epidemiology to better understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level.  Disease prevention and health promotion of populations are examined through the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events, including the study of social determinants of health.

Nursing Education (18 credits)

Nurse educators must have expertise in advanced clinical concepts, such as pharmacology and health assessment, curriculum and instruction, as well as measurement, assessment, and evaluation. Mastery of these topics is the hallmark of the Norwich nursing program. Completion of the education track also enables students to be eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification Exam.

Note: If you entered in the nursing education concentration on or prior to June 2017, please refer to this curriculum map.

  • Advanced Pharmacology
    NR552 3 credit hours

    This course builds on the student’s understanding of fundamental pharmacological principles, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, and dose-response relationships and includes the study of major pharmacological classes related to common disease processes.  The course explores the major pharmacological drug classes and their application to the principles of therapeutic decision-making, including legal and ethical implications.

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
    NR548 3 credit hours

    This course examines pathophysiological processes integral to the understanding of human health conditions and disorders across the lifespan. Objective and subjective manifestations of common health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptation are assessed and analyzed. Assessment findings, diagnostic testing, and interventions for specific health problems are discussed. The etiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of disorders are reviewed within the context of age, gender, lifestyle and sociocultural determinants. Principles of pathophysiology are applied to recognize clinical signs and symptoms consistent with human health conditions. The impact of health promotion and disease prevention on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan are explored. 

  • Advanced Physical Assessment
    NR553 3 credit hours

    This course builds upon basic health assessment and guides the student to obtain a complete and accurate health assessment, including history, physical examination, and commonly used screening tools, as a foundation for advanced nursing practice with clients across the life span. The course emphasizes critical analysis and synthesis of physical exam data, relevant health history data, critical risk appraisal of the physical and mental status, assessment of nutrition, and anticipatory guidance relevant to health promotion and disease prevention. At the conclusion of the course, the student will utilize distance learning technology to demonstrate a comprehensive physical health assessment.

  • Nursing Education I
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Nursing Education II
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Nursing Education Capstone
    NRxxx 3 credit hours

Nursing Informatics (18 credits)

Nurses with advanced training in nursing informatics can play a key role in disseminating data into actionable policy changes and improved patient care. Graduates of the nursing informatics concentration can develop/enhance their abilities in critical analysis, creative problem solving, solution implementation, and communication among peers and superiors. Completion of this concentration affords eligibility qualification to sit for the ANCC Informatics Nursing Certification Exam.

  • Nursing Informatics I
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Nursing Informatics II
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Nursing Informatics III
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Nursing Informatics IV
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Nursing Informatics V
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Nursing Informatics Capstone
    NRxxx 3 credit hours

Healthcare Systems Leadership (18 credits)

Leading healthcare organizations as a nurse administrator takes a deep understanding of the organization from the standpoint of finance, human resources, business management, and strategic planning. Our healthcare systems track is designed to cover those critical topics and more. For the fifth course, students choose from three electives seminar that best fits their professional goals - AD 582, NR 556, or NR 555.

Note: If you entered the nursing administration track on or prior to June 2017, please refer to this curriculum map.

  • Systems Leadership I
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Systems Leadership II
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Systems Leadership III
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Systems Leadership IV
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Innovation and Entrepreunership in Healthcare
    NRxxx 3 credit hours
  • Systems Leadership Capstone
    NRxxx 3 credit hours

Residency

Our online Master of Science in Nursing program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.


Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher

Admissions Requirements »

Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED
  • An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required.  This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.)
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
  • Graduate testing is not required.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Provide practicum location and contact confirmation
  • Resume that includes 3 professional references with contact information
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Next Start Date

Monday, December 7, 2020

Application Deadline

Monday, November 9, 2020

Contact Admissions

Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST
 

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

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    Transfer Credits
    You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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    International Admissions
    Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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    Norwich Alumni Benefits
    Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.


Tuition & Fees

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Norwich provides a top-notch educational experience; we also work hard to help make it affordable. There are many ways to get financial aid and several strategies to help you finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $800

2020-21 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit
Term
Tuition
Additional Expenses Total
$800
$4,800

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time

$31,200

Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for MSN Graduates

Health care is a $1.6 trillion industry, and it’s only growing (U.S. Census Bureau). Professionals who are able to keep up with health care’s rapid changes and increased requirements are not just in demand, but well-compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for health care occupations and technical roles within health care was $63,420 in May 2016.

Our online Master of Science in Nursing can help you pursue roles as a health policy expert, nurse administrator, or clinical nurse leader. You could even take a role in shaping health policy, leading change through information analysis, educating other nurses and health care professionals, and providing advanced care to patients in a health care setting.

Our graduates include work in a variety of roles, including*:

Career Roles

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Quality Officer
  • Clinical Educator
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of Student Health Clinic Wellness Center
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Nurse Director
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Risk Manager/ Corporate Compliance Officer
  • Surgical Nurse Manager

Our alumni have gone on to positions in top organizations, including*:

Places of Work

  • Mount Eagle College and University
  • Catskill Regional Medical Center
  • ECPI University
  • MDT College of Health Sciences
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Koinonia Homes, Inc.

What our graduates have to say:

  • of responding MSN graduates earn a salary of more than $70,000, while nearly 25% earn more than $90,000 per year.*
  • of responding MSN alumni agreed that their degree gave them a competitive edge in the job market.*

  • of responding MSN alumni were offered leadership opportunities at their place of employment since graduation.*

Read more about our MSN student outcomes.

*Source: Norwich University Master of Science in Nursing Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016


Faculty & Staff

Our Master of Science in Nursing is led by dedicated faculty and staff members. Our faculty members are experts in their fields and each hold doctoral degrees. Their interests cover a variety of nursing topics, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the nursing field. Our staff members offer additional support from day one to graduation. Each are eager to help you pursue your academic, professional, and personal goals.

 

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.

 

Program Director

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Janice F. Hansen, RN, MSN, MA

Janice F. Hansen is the program director for the Master of Science in Nursing program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and her MA in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. She continued her studies and earned a MSN with a specialty in medical and surgical nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Hansen has an impressive background as an educator, practitioner, and administrator. For more than 13 years, she has held numerous positions at Norwich University both in the undergraduate nursing program and in the online Master of Science in Nursing program. In the education realm, she has held faculty positions in nursing programs throughout New England. As an administrator she has served as the director of education, as a nurse manager, and director of a clinical service in area medical centers. As a practitioner, she has served as the manager of community and occupational health services for the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice.

Hansen also serves on the Advisory Board for Norwich's Master of Public Administration program.

Meet Janice F. »

Program Staff

Benjamin Hulbert
Associate Program Director
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Amy Immen
Student Support Advisor

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Alumni

Get to know the graduates of Norwich's online Master of Science in Nursing program.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What concentrations are available?

Choose one of three tracks: nursing education, nursing informatics, or healthcare systems leadership.

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 Nurse Faculty Loan Forgiveness Program.

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.

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.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the program?
  • A 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 is not your first language. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL — a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) is required.
    • IELTS — a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.
    • Presentation of a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
  • 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.
  • The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon your undergraduate GPA.

 

How long is the nursing program?

Depending on when you start the program, and which concentration you choose, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.

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).

How much is the online Master of Science in Nursing program?

Nursing Education Track:

  • Credit Hours: 40
  • Price Per Credit: $676
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost: $29,440


Nursing Informatics and Health System Leadership Tracks

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Price Per Credit: $676
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost: $26,736

 

Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.