USM Launches New Online Master of Science in Nursing

7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM

Building on its growing specialty in health care education, the University of Saint Mary has launched a new online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

The USM MSN program is built on the latest Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which will eventually become the foundation of most major nursing master’s degree programs nationwide.

The online Master of Science in Nursing program curriculum includes courses and features that prepare nurses for future educational opportunities. The online courses also offer the opportunity to pursue additional practicum hours if desired.

“The online Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Saint Mary gives nurses the most powerful, career-building education right now and the chance to get one step ahead if you decide to pursue a doctorate-level degree which could unlock even more opportunities in the future,” says Dr. Glenna Mahoney, nursing department chair at Saint Mary.

“The desperate need for a more highly educated nursing workforce is well known, and there is not a more convenient, more efficient way for nurses to position themselves for high-demand leadership positions than with the online Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Saint Mary.”

The new MSN adds to USM’s growing health care education specialty. Besides the Master’s in Nursing, Saint Mary offers one of the area’s few Doctor of Physical Therapy* programs, several Bachelor of Science in Nursing paths—traditional face-to-face, online, and 12-month accelerated—a health information management program, and pre-health professional programs like pre-med and pre-dentistry. For Saint Mary, health care education builds on the traditions of the university’s founders—the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth—and seeks to meet the needs of society while presenting great opportunities for USM students.

The University of Saint Mary’s online MSN includes a choice of two in-demand specializations built for some of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare industry. Online MSN students can choose either a Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator specialization, both developed according to the current Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) from the AACN.

“The AACN reports nearly 1,000 faculty vacancies in nursing schools with bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and a workforce study conducted by the Bernard Hodes Group finds that 75% of current nurse administrators plan to retire by 2020—this represents unprecedented career opportunities for MSN grads,” says Dr. Mahoney.

Applications for admission into the new online Master of Science in Nursing program are being accepted now. For more information, call 877-307-4915 or visit online.stmary.edu.


* Effective May 2, 2012, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Saint Mary has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.