MS in Nursing (MSN)


Diane Aschenbrenner, MS, RN, CHSE
Jane Balkam, PhD, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC
Simone Christian, MA, Instructional Designer
Rodnita Davis, MSN, RN, CNE
Kathryn Handy, DNP, RN
Amanda Henson, MS, RN, CNE, Director, Center for Caring with Technology
Jenna Hoffman, MS, Academic Success and Advising Coordinator
Zane Hunter, AA, Simulation and Technology Specialist Carol Kurtz-Stack, BA, Adult Student Advisor
Diane Lehmann, MSN, RN, CNE
Deborah Naccarini, DNP, RN, CNE, Associate Dean, Entry-Level and Dual Enrollment Programs
Mary O'Connor, PhD, RN, FACHE
Mary Packard, PhD, RN
Sabita Persaud, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, Associate Dean, Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
Amber Renaud, MSN, RN, Simulation Lab Assistant
Amy Rohrs, BS, Dean's Assistant and Clinical Placement Coordinator
Brittany Lawson, AA, Administrative Assistant
Marleen Thornton, PhD, RN, Director NDMU Online RN to BSN Program
Mark Walker, MS, RN, CNL, CCRN
Kathleen Wisser, PhD, RN, CNE, Dean, School of Nursing

Degrees offered



Main Campus


The MSN in Nursing Leadership has two concentrations, Administration and Education. Grounded in caring science, the Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership in Nursing Education concentration examines the field of curriculum and pedagogy from a variety of research and curriculum perspectives—technical, interpretive/practical, and critical/emancipatory—through directed readings, critical reflective narrative, and a classroom context for scholarly discourse.

The Leadership in Nursing Administration concentration, also grounded in caring science, encompasses analyzing research, policy, legal, and ethical problems, understanding the dynamics of finance, strategic planning, and marketing while implementing innovations to address quality and safe patient care, change management, decision-making, and creating a healthy work environment.

Students are admitted to the program as members of a cohort, progressing together in a supportive environment. The format is designed to meet the needs of busy working nurses who choose part-time study but want to finish in the same amount of time as a full-time student. Classes are taken sequentially, one class at a time, generally on the same day of the week and same four-hour period throughout the program. 

RN-BSN students at NDMU will be considered for provisional early admission to the MSN Program during their final semester. NDMU RN to BSN graduates may be able to waive the MSN Leadership course, NUR-510 and the MSN Informatics course, NUR-520.

To qualify for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, students must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 based on a 4 point scale.
  • An active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. 

The Masters of Science in Nursing degree programs is accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Curriculum (36 Credits)

Concentration in Leadership in Nursing Education

NUR-500 Introduction to Scholarly Caring Inquiry (3)
NUR-501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
NUR-502 Technology in Nursing Education:  A Caring Presence (3)
NUR-503 Assessment of Student Learning in Nursing Education (3)
NUR-504 Holistic Approaches to Direct Care (2) 
NUR-510  Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (3)
NUR-512 Issues and Trends in Nursing Education (3)
NUR-513  Contemporary Leadership in Nursing (2)
NUR-535  Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (3)
NUR-537 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing (4)
NUR-542 Advancing Caring Science through Scholarly Inquiry (3)
NUR-605  Teaching in Nursing Education Seminar and Practicum (4)

Concentration in Leadership in Nursing Administration

NUR-500 Introduction to Scholarly Caring Inquiry (3)
NUR-501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
NUR-510 Contemporary Leadership in Nursing (2)
NUR-515 Issues and Trends in Nursing Administration (3)
NUR-516 Nursing Administrative Theory and Practice (4)
NUR-518 Health Policy (3)
NUR-520 Nursing Informatics (2)
NUR-542 Advancing Caring Science through Scholarly Inquiry (3)
NUR-620 Leadership and Administration in Nursing Seminar and Practicum (4)
BUS-521 Healthcare Economics (3)
BUS-522 Essentials of Healthcare Finance (3)
BUS-523 The Business of Healthcare (3)