Master of Science in Nursing

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting that through 2024, nursing will add more jobs to the nation’s economy than almost any other profession1. That job growth is projected to increase the number of career opportunities for management-level nursing and teaching positions, which often require a graduate degree.

The online Master of Science in Nursing program at Colorado Technical University is your opportunity to earn a graduate-level nursing degree.

Students seeking an online degree in nursing administration or nursing education can:

  • Pursue an online degree for $17,760*
  • Finish your degree in as little as 18 - 20 months**
  • Complete practicum at your own place of work (if available)
  • Learn with our proprietary Intellipath™ learning system where nurses can quickly move over the content they already know
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Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

MSN Program Goals

CTU’s MSN program is designed to help students prepare to:

  • Employ leadership skills to improve the quality of care in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Integrate advanced nursing and science knowledge into practice

CTU offers two Master of Science in Nursing degree concentrations in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. The Nursing Administration program is designed to be completed in as little as 18 months while the Nursing Education program is designed to be completed in as little as 20 months.**

MSN-NA: Nursing Administration
Students in the MSN-NA program are taught to apply new systems of thinking to effect positive change and to lead with a strong sense of personal, professional, fiscal and ethical accountability.

MSN-NE: Nursing Education
Students in the MSN-NE program are taught nursing education principles such as the use of innovative teaching strategies, curriculum design and development, assessment and evaluation, and the application of these concepts in nursing practice and virtual environments.

Our graduate nursing programs are based on real-world nursing practices, and focus on evidence-based nursing, informatics, policy-making, health promotion, and more.

Military nurses with their BSN are welcome to apply to our online Master’s of Science in Nursing programs. As a military-centric university, CTU wants to help you pursue your personal and professional goals for your nursing career while you serve your country or transition to civilian life.

Our online Master of Science in Nursing degree is unique in being driven by intuitive technology called Intellipath. Our proprietary Intellipath learning system is designed to let nurses quickly move over what they already know so that they don’t have to wade through information they’ve already learned.

Best of all, the MSN degree is mobile friendly. You can work on your phone. On your laptop. Wherever you go, and no matter how busy you are, we’re there for you with opportunities to continue your course progress and work towards your degree on your own timetable.

*The above referenced tuition and program length assumes a student will be continuously enrolled, and satisfactorily completes all program requirements for graduation. The total tuition cost and program length will increase due to academic failure of courses and or withdrawals and drops.
**The program length may change due to academic failure of courses and or withdrawals and drops.





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Program Details

  • Program Outline

    Building Your Nursing Knowledge

    An active unencumbered U.S. RN license, a bachelor's degree in nursing and a 3.0 GPA is required for acceptance into CTU's MSN program. If you do not have a BSN, CTU also offers an RN-BSN so you can pursue your academic goals in one easy to follow path. Students start the MSN-NA program with courses in the core area of nursing and then build upon that knowledge with coursework specific to the field of nursing administration. The program is 48 quarter credits for their program in all, credits that are divided between both core nursing education and the area of concentration.

    Core nursing education. The MSN at CTU teaches leadership skills to students regardless of the specialization chosen. Students complete 24 quarter credits in overall core courses, allowing them to gain more insight into management theory and application, and evidence-based practices. Some of the courses at the core nursing level include:

    • Healthcare Informatics and Technologies
    • Advanced Professional Nursing Practices
    • Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare
    • Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society
    • MSN Capstone

    Concentration. After completing their core nursing courses, students can finish their degree by taking six (6) more courses, or 24 quarter credits. These courses are designed to help students learn about the specialty of nursing administration and to apply their newly learned nursing administration theory into clinical practice. Some of these courses include:

    • Healthcare Finance
    • Innovations for Quality Care
    • Strategic Planning
    • Systems in Healthcare

    The two practicum courses included as part of the concentration require 60 hours each, for 120 hours total. In some cases, these practicum hours can be completed onsite at your place of current employment. The capstone course requires students to complete a final project that integrates the knowledge and skills gained over the course of the program.

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses for this degree are dependent upon the concentration chosen. Please see the Related Degree tab for available concentrations.
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  • Tuition


    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

    View our tuition resources page for links to information on our civilian and military student tuition, books and fees.

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  • Outcomes

    MSN program outcomes:

    • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a variety of sciences in diverse settings for the purpose of improving nursing care
    • Apply organizational and systems leadership concepts to promote quality patient care
    • Evaluate performance improvement processes designed for the purpose of providing quality patient care
    • Apply research outcomes and evidence-based practice to recommendations for improved patient care
    • Synthesize health policy processes established for the advocacy of quality healthcare
    • Integrate interprofessional collaboration to the management of patient and population health outcomes
    • Apply organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts to clinical prevention and population care to identified populations
  • Admission Requirements

    At this time, Colorado Technical University cannot accept inquiries for the Master of Science in Nursing program from residents of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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