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
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
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.
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.
NRSG610 Advanced Nursing Practice 4 NRSG612 Integrating Theory and Research for Evidence-Based Practice 4 NRSG615 Healthcare Informatics and Technologies 4 NRSG617 Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare 4 NRSG625 Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society 4 NRSG640 MSN Capstone 4 Total Credit Hours: 24
NRSG631A Advanced Pathopharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Nurse Educator A 2 NRSG631B Advanced Pathopharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Nurse Educator B 2 NRSG633 Innovative Teaching Strategies 4 NRSG634 Curriculum Development and Design 4 NRSG635 Assessment and Evaluation Strategies 4 NRSG636 Applying Nursing Education Principles in Practice & Virtual Environments 4 NRSG637 Application of QSEN in the Advanced Nursing Role 4 Total Credit Hours: 24
Total Credit Hours: 48
Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.
Students must have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study undertaken for full acceptance into the program.
Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of college transcript from their BSN degree for review. Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study, may be granted provisional admission. Students must successfully complete their first two MSN courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be granted full admission to the nursing program or be administratively withdrawn.
Students must successfully complete NRSG610 first before advancing to other courses in the MSN program. No other program courses may be taken prior to NRSG610.
Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.
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Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
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
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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Classes start January 2, 2018!
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Online Programs - Graduation Rate
The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period:20%
All Colorado Technical University campuses and both ground and online enrollments are included in this Graduation Rate.