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Master of Science in Nursing Degree 100% Online

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Master of Science in Nursing Online Degree Program Overview

If you enjoy your career, but are ready to take it to the next level, consider earning an online Master of Science in Nursing at ECPI University. Because this program is 100 percent online, you can prepare to advance in your career without having to sacrifice time on the job.

ECPI University’s online Master of Nursing program offers concentrations aligned with two  career pathways: Nursing Education and Family Nurse Practitioner. ECPI University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program encompasses two distinct  concentrations: Nursing Education and Family Nurse Practitioner. The concentrations are guided by the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) competencies and the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) core and population-specific competencies.

The Master of Science in Nursing program at the ECPI University's Virginia Beach, Virginia campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. For more information, visit

Program Description

The Online Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree program builds on the skills and knowledge of a diverse population of registered nurses with a bachelor degree in nursing and preparing them to succeed in progressive roles in inter-professional health care and education settings.  The program assists future nurse leaders, educators, and practitioners in the advancement of their professional practice through scientific inquiry and other scholarly activities.

  • Graduates of the Nursing Education concentration will be prepared to educate nursing students and practicing nurses in academic and clinical settings.
Possible Career Track

MSN, Concentration in Nursing Education

Graduates with a concentration in nursing education will be eligible for positions in a variety of health care and academic settings such as:

  • Patient Education
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Director of Professional Practice
  • Director of Staff Development
  • Nursing Faculty at the practical, associate or bachelor degree levels

MSN, Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduates holding a master degree in Family Nurse Practitioner will be eligible for positions in a variety of community settings such as:

  • Provider Offices
  • Public Health Departments
  • Emergency Room/Urgent Care
  • Industrial Settings/Occupational Health
  • Hospitals

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a personal interview with admissions.

  2. Complete a graduate application for admission and enrollment agreement.

  3. Bachelor's degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  4. Undergraduate coursework. Applicants who do not have previous undergraduate coursework in statistics, health assessment, or research may be required to complete one or more prerequisite courses prior to acceptance in the graduate program.

  5. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

  6. Current resume and unencumbered RN license. Each applicant submits a current resume that indicates current nursing work experience in the field in the last 3 years.

MSN – Concentration in Nursing Education*

36 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
NUR511Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 3
NUR520Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR541Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 3
NUR561Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR581Healthcare Technologies 3
NUR601Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NUR602Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR650Curriculum Planning and Development 2
NUR652LNursing Education Practicum I 1
NUR660Teaching & Learning Strategies 3
NUR660LNursing Education Practicum II 1
NUR670Assessing & Evaluating Nursing Education 2
NUR670LNursing Education Practicum III 1
NUR695Nursing Synthesis 2
MTH551Healthcare Statistics 3

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

49 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
NUR503Advanced Health Assessment for Providers 3
NUR511Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 3
NUR520Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR531Topics in Population Health 3
NUR541Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 3
NUR561Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR581Healthcare Technologies 3
NUR606Advanced Pharmacology For Prescribers 3
NUR610Advanced Procedures and Diagnostic Reasoning (Residency I) 1
NUR615Primary Care: Adults/Older Adults 3
NUR615LPrimary Care: Adult/Older Adult Practicum I 1
NUR616LPrimary Care: Adult/Older Adult Practicum II 1
NUR620LPrimary Care: Care of the Family Practicum 1
NUR625Primary Care: Children/Adolescents 3
NUR625LPrimary Care: Children/Adolescents Practicum I 1
NUR626LPrimary Care: Children/Adolescents Practicum II 1
NUR635Primary Care: Women & Families 3
NUR635LPrimary Care: Women & Families Practicum I 1
NUR636LPrimary Care: Women & Families Practicum II 1
NUR655Role Development and Clinical Leadership 2
NUR675LPrimary Care Synthesis Practicum 1
NUR696LNursing Synthesis - FNP (Residency II) 2
MTH551Healthcare Statistics 3

Program Requirements (Orlando/Lake Mary FL)

MSN – Concentration in Nursing Education (Orlando/Lake Mary FL)

54 quarter credit hours | 4 quarters / 12 months

Course IDCourse NameCredits
NUR512Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 4.5
NUR542Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 4.5
NUR562Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 4.5
NUR582Healthcare Technologies 4.5
NUR604Advanced Physical Assessment 4.5
NUR605Advanced Pharmacology 4.5
NUR603Advanced Pathophysiology 4.5
NUR651Curriculum Planning and Development 3
NUR651LNursing Education Practicum I 1.5
NUR661Teaching & Learning Strategies 4.5
NUR661LNursing Education Practicum II 1.5
NUR671Assessing & Evaluating Nursing Education 3
NUR671LNursing Education Practicum III 1.5
NUR696Nursing Synthesis 3
MTH552Healthcare Statistics 4.5
Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Integrate evidence-based nursing practice and related sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care to individuals, families, and communities. (AACN Essential #1)
  • Perform as a member, educator, and leader of nursing by developing and implementing patient safety measures and quality improvement initiatives as part of an interprofessional team using appropriate theories, communication skills, and effective group dynamics. (AACN Essential #2)
  • Apply systematic quality management models that meet patient safety goals and initiatives and improve nursing care and patient outcomes. (AACN Essential #3)
  • Act as a change agent by substantiating and applying research outcomes in practice and education settings to resolve nursing practice problems; and translate and disseminate resulting nursing knowledge. (AACN Essential #4)
  • Ethically utilize current technologies to communicate with the interdisciplinary team, improve and coordinate care across the continuum, strengthen the delivery and outcomes of nursing education, leadership, and advanced practice, and analyze healthcare data. (AACN Essential #5)
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing by using the broad determinants of health (psychosocial, economic, and cultural factors), and the legal and ethical foundations of nursing. (AACN Essential #6)
  • Implement current standards of practice and healthcare policies to design, deliver, manage and evaluate culturally appropriate, evidence-based education and nursing care for select populations. (AACN Essential #8)
  • Analyze various roles of graduate-level nursing and synthesize personal philosophies of nursing within the changing education or healthcare environments. (AACN Essential #9)
  • Demonstrate role development by performing in the role of nurse educator, leader or advanced practitioner by integrating the concepts related to the area of practice demonstrating expertise, evidence-based practice, and the appropriate competencies. (All MSN Concentrations)

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