MS in Nursing (MSN)


Sharon Aka, PhD, RN
Jeanie Anastasi, MSN, RN Assistant Director, Center for Caring with Technology Jane Balkam, PhD, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC
Simone Christian, MA, Instructional Designer
Rodnita Davis, MSN, RN, CNE
Barbara Gough, MSN, RN Director, Center for Caring with Technology Kathryn Handy, DNP, RN
Jenna Hoffman, MS, Academic Success and Advising Coordinator
Bernice Horton-Gee, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC Zane Hunter, AA, Simulation and Technology Specialist Carol Kurtz-Stack, BA, Adult Student Advisor
Brittany Lawson, AA, Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth Miller, DNP, RN, CCM, CMSRN
Mary O'Connor, PhD, RN, CENP, FACHE, FAONL
Mary Packard, PhD, RN
Sabita Persaud, PhD, RN, APHN-BC Amy Rohrs, BS, Dean's Assistant and Clinical Placement Coordinator
Marleen Thornton, PhD, RN
Mark Walker, PhD, RN, CNL, CCRN
Kathleen Wisser, PhD, RN, CNE, Dean, School of Nursing

Degrees offered



Main Campus


The Master of Science in Nursing has two concentrations, Leadership in Nursing Education and Leadership in Nursing Administration. 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. The School of Nursing offers courses sequentially and one at a time.  Class sessions are generally on the same day of the week and same four-hour period, throughout the program, with some virtual/remote and/or online class sessions.

RN to 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 substitute the MSN Leadership course, NUR-510 and the MSN Informatics course, NUR-520 with similar courses completed in the RN to BSN program.

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, unencumbered State of Maryland or compact state RN license. 

The Masters of Science in Nursing degree program 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)