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Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Degree

Step forward and advance your potential to improve patient care with an M.S.N.

Are you ready to take the next step in your nursing career? A Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) is an advanced, post-graduate degree that can prepare you with the skills and training advanced nurse practitioners need to succeed. If you’ve completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree, you can pursue an M.S.N. in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas of specialization. The Berkeley College M.S.N. degree program specialization tracks are designed for busy healthcare professionals like you – people who want to advance their careers but also want to manage their time.

The program offers nursing professionals the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge in topics related to leadership, nursing theory, research, informatics, and health policy. Nurses who want to pursue advanced roles in areas such as specialized clinical practice, administration, and education have an opportunity to choose a specialization track in some of today’s most sought-after areas of practice.

Students will be prepared to provide care to diverse populations and cohorts of patients in clinical and community-based systems, and to implement safe and quality practices in a variety of settings and roles. Students enrolled in the M.S.N. program will be eligible to apply for advanced practice positions that will move their careers forward and will also be eligible to pursue future opportunities through doctoral education.

You will be able to tailor your studies toward your desired career path. Review the program learning objectives and choose a specialization that is right for you.

Curriculum Quality and Professional Relevance

The M.S.N. program is designed around career preparedness and the development of specialization-specific competencies. It integrates the educational standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Capstone and Practicum experience

The integrated capstone allows students to apply what they’re learning in the field, and each practicum involves on-site supervised training. The capstone course, paired with the practicum experience, allows the student to work with an organization to solve real-world challenges that they will face in their career as advanced practical nurses by using the best available evidence.

Admission Associates

Our Admissions Associates are dedicated to supporting you. They’ll help you navigate the Admissions process, find the right specialization track and answer all your questions about Berkeley College.

Faculty

Our faculty is passionate and committed to helping you succeed in your field. All faculty members in the M.S.N. program have doctoral degrees. Students benefit from their professors’ extensive academic and professional experience from nursing and different public service settings.

Academic Advisors

Our Academic Advisors will help you tailor a specialization track that aligns with your goals and experiences and help make sure you stay on track to meet program requirements.

Career Services

Our Career Services team works with students, alumni, and partner employers, providing job placement, identifying career opportunities, developing career search strategies, personal branding, and an overall career development plan for lifelong success.

Berkeley College reserves the right to add, discontinue, or modify its programs and policies at any time. Modifications subsequent to the original publication of this document may not be reflected here. For up-to-date and detailed information, please visit BerkeleyCollege.edu and view our catalogs at BerkeleyCollege.edu/Publications

Faculty Testimonial

“An M.S.N. gives nurses so much more autonomy and expands their career options.  It can also provide the opportunity for more flexible hours, the ability to teach, manage, and conduct research; to work in non-traditional settings, and so much more.”

Eleni Pellazgu, M.S.N, APN, FNP-C
Interim Associate Dean and Interim Chair of Graduate Nursing Program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies

Eleni Pellazgu

Frequently Asked Questions: M.S.N.

By earning a master’s degree in nursing, you have more options for upward mobility. Nurses possessing their M.S.N. degree have the ability to:

  • Achieve higher entry-level earnings
  • Continue their education and carry out research
  • Enter a stable career path that has many job opportunities
  • Secure leadership roles
  • Become an expert in the field while gaining the respect of your workplace colleagues
  • Achieve personal fulfillment

The Berkeley College Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree program offers nurse professionals the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of nursing theory, research, informatics, and health policy. You will also be able to choose from several specialized M.S.N. tracks. You will prepare to provide care to diverse populations and cohorts of patients in clinical and community-based systems, and to implement safe and quality practices in a variety of settings and roles.

Yes, the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program will provide opportunities for students to tailor their studies and to choose a desired career path. The specializations offered fall into two categories:

The Family Nurse Practitioner specialization track is suited for nurse professionals whose passion lies in providing direct patient care.

  • Nurse Practitioner

Specialty Practice

This specialization track is suited for nurse professionals who want to advance their career in leadership or educator roles. The tracks offered include:

  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Nursing Education
  • Public Health and Emergency Management Nursing

The Family Nurse Practitioner track does require professional work experience reflecting a minimum of three years full time work experience as a Registered Nurse within the last three years, related to the area of specialization. At the time of application, individuals must be employed in direct patient care settings.

The Nursing Education, Public Health and Emergency Management, and the Leadership and Management tracks do not require prior work experience. These specialization tracks allow B.S.N. nurses to transition directly into the M.S.N. program as long as they possess a valid RN license.

Yes. All students wishing to apply to the M.S.N. program are required to possess a current RN license, regardless of the specialty area. Make sure your license is current prior to submitting your application.

Students are required to have a B.S.N. degree from an accredited college or university including courses in statistics, research, and physical assessment. Applicants for the M.S.N. program are expected to possess a solid academic foundation in the health sciences and extensive clinical preparation.

The M.S.N. program at Berkeley College is open to licensed professional nurses who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. Applicants must also show proof of having completed courses in statistics, research, and physical assessment. Please see the M.S.N. Admission page for additional information on Admission requirements.

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated. For further questions about the enrollment process, call Admissions to schedule an appointment with an associate.

To accommodate varying schedules and work time commitments, the M.S.N. program is offered in a variety of formats. Students may take classes in a hybrid format on-site at the Woodland Park campus and online.

Students enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization must complete the direct core courses and FNP Clinical Component courses on-site at the Woodland Park campus. The program is composed of 670 clinical hours which are to be completed at off-site facilities. 

No, the Program does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores.

The amount of time to complete the program will depend on your course load per semester and area of specialization. The sample program sequences provide more detailed information on the number of semesters necessary to complete each specialization track of the M.S.N. program.

Your education at Berkeley will help you reach your potential in both personal and career goals. While Berkeley College cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Earning an M.S.N. degree can open up many new career options and increase your earning potential. There are numerous career paths for the various specialties. For instance, the Family Nurse Practitioner may secure positions including:
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Chronic Pain Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Public Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Educator
  • Nurse Advocate
  • Nursing Director/Manager/Coordinator

Graduates of the Nursing Leadership and Management track may secure positions including:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Manager
  • Nurse Supervisor
  • Director of Nursing
  • Health Director
  • Health Manager
  • Chief Nursing Officer

Graduates of the Nursing Education track may secure positions including:

  • Academic Nurse Educator: teaching, advising, research, and scholarship
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Director of Education
  • Nursing Professional Development S
    • Clinical nurse educator
    • Clinical education specialist
    • Program coordinator
    • Orientation specialist
    • Clinical practice and education specialist

Graduates of the Public Health and Emergency Management Nursing track may secure positions including:

  • Public Health Nurse
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Full-time nursing faculty
  • Community Health Nurse Educator
  • Hospital Emergency Preparedness Administrator
  • Emergency Response Team Leader

To learn more about funding your education, read our Guide to Financial Aid.

The structure of the M.S.N. specialization tracks are designed to allow the working nurse to advance in her/his M.S.N. degree while continuing to work within the community. With the various course offering delivery formats, students can incorporate their course and student schedule into their professional life.

Information about the practicum/clinical requirements can be found in the M.S.N. Student Handbook.

The Clinical Coordinator begins working with students the semester prior to the start of practicum/clinical courses. The Clinical Coordinator partners with students to assist with selection of practicum sites, securing clinical preceptors, as well as to answer any practicum-related questions. Student engagement in the placement process is critical to ensure that students select and receive a positive, educational experience.

The Leadership and Management, Nursing Educator, and Public Health and Emergency Management tracks require 90 hours of clinical training.

The Family Nurse Practitioner track requires Nursing Educator track requires 675 hours of clinical training.

Yes, the M.S.N. Capstone courses require students to complete a project related to their specialization. The project will incorporate a variety of weekly deliverables that measure the student’s progress toward meeting the program outcomes. The Capstone courses for the Leadership and Management, Nursing Educator, and Public Health and Emergency Management tracks will be completed parallel to the Practicum.

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