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Nursing

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you to be an effective leader in the nursing profession and to be an agent of change in the delivery of health care. The mission of the program is to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to professional registered nurses by fostering lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry in order to prepare students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.

The transformational changes occurring in healthcare today make advanced nursing practice essential to the provision of safe, patient-centered care. As an advanced practice nurse educator or nurse leader, you can help lead the change to move nursing into the future.

We are currently pursuing initial accreditation for this master degree in nursing from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Note: This program is currently not open for admission to state residents of Washington.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students to assume service and leadership roles and effectively employ leadership skills to affect practice changes across systems.
  • Foster a culture of personal lifelong learning and professional development to align the nursing profession with the future of health and healthcare systems.
  • Prepare students to cultivate and lead collaborative inter-professional healthcare teams.
  • Provide a seamless transition for the BSN prepared Registered Nurse to earn an MSN and provide a foundation for doctoral studies in nursing.
  • Encourage licensed nurses to attain and apply specialized knowledge at the graduate level in the Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader concentration.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply ethical principles to advanced professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills supportive of safe nursing practices and patient-centered care.
  • Advocate for healthcare policies that improve healthcare outcomes across the lifespan.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to influence the delivery of high-quality, safe care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Apply data management principles in the delivery of cost-effective care to improve health outcomes.
  • Analyze how healthcare policy and health care economics affect change within the healthcare system.
  • Advocate for effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to support safe and efficient coordination of care.
  • Reflect on personal commitment to lifelong learning to gain the competencies needed to lead the provision of care in a complex and changing healthcare environment.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Nurse Educator Track

Looks at curriculum, instruction, and assessment in nursing education with a focus on teaching and evaluations for nurse educators.

Upon completion of this concentration, you will be able to:

  • Apply programmatic objectives to the nurse educator role in clinical or academic settings.
  • Create effective educational and curricular materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of teaching strategies and modalities.

Sample Courses

  • NURS601 - Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS603 - Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS605 - Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS610 - Learner-Centered Teaching Methodologies
  • NURS620 - Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Nurse Educators
  • NURS697 - Nurse Educator Practicum
  • NURS606 - Nursing Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation
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Nurse Leader Track

Offers a focus in leadership, human resource management, and operational quality. Healthcare business and finance are also covered.

Upon completion of this concentration, you will be able to:

  • Apply programmatic objectives to the role of the nurse leader.
  • Advocate for business practices that promote healthcare quality and patient safety.
  • Synthesize knowledge of key business and human resources practices to effectively lead healthcare teams.

Sample Courses

  • BUSN651 - Healthcare Finance
  • BUSN650 - The Business of Healthcare
  • BUSN652 - Operational Quality in Healthcare
  • NURS653 - Leading Nursing into the Future
  • NURS698 - Nurse Leader Practicum
  • HRMT605 - Strategic Human Resource Management Practices
  • MGMT605 - Leadership

Admission Requirements

This program is currently not open for admission to residents of Washington.

All APU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For this program, the following documentation is required and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a program accredited by: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
  • Current and active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) in state where practicums will be conducted
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the baccalaureate nursing degree
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate level statistics course with a “C” or higher
  • Current resume/CV
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)
  • 500-600 word statement of purpose and goals for graduate education*

*Writing style should be scholarly and coherent with no grammatical errors. Provide in 500-600 words a description of relevant work experience, and clearly articulated reasons for applying to the master’s program. Long-term goals or professional career aspirations should be included.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Note: You must complete this program within 5 years of starting your first nursing (NURS) course.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Health Sciences


School of Health Sciences

This program resides in the School of Health Sciences, where our practioners in the field are working hard to bring you relevant courses in healthcare and sports management. From our CCNE-accredited Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN to BSN) to our sports management degrees, the programs in the School of Health Sciences blend theory with hands-on practical application to give you a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing health sciences workplace. For example, the APU School of Health Sciences offers the only generalist Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the nation with courses in disaster health management, quarantine, emergency management, and health and medical issues.

The APU School of Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing our students for industries relative to careers in healthcare, nursing, exercise and fitness, and overall public health. Our engaging, interactive learning environment is fostered by our faculty who can tap into the real-world resources you need to stay current and relevant in your field.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Health Sciences webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you