Take the next step in your nursing career 

Master of Science - Nursing (37 or 45 credits)

Build on the knowledge base and skill set you already have as you prepare for one of the nation's fastest-growing occupations. Completed entirely online, so you can work while you study, this program will equip you with the high-level problem solving and critical thinking skills desired in today's advanced nursing roles.

With dedicated nursing faculty and staff, and a network of healthcare partners, we are committed to helping you find open clinical spots in the healthcare system best suited for your career goals.

Choose from one of three concentrations to deepen your education:

Generalist Concentration (37 credits)

Learn more about analysis (critical thinking and reasoning), pathophysiological concepts, advanced health assessment skills, pharmacological principles and applications, evaluation of evidence, critique of research and synthesis of literature to support best practices.

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (45 credits)

Learn best practices for caring for adults and children of all ages with a focus on family and community. This concentration focuses on continuing and comprehensive wellness and illness care for individuals, plus illness management, health promotion and health education.

Nurse Educator Concentration (37 credits)

Choose to learn more about analysis (critical thinking and reasoning), pathophysiological concepts, advanced health assessment skills, pharmacological principles and applications, evaluation of evidence, critique of research and synthesis of literature to support best practices.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Mable Engle Nursing Program Philosophy

The multifaceted roles of the practical and professional nurse are taught at Davenport University and include care provision, communication, management, and scope of practice. Theoretical foundations shape the curricula and guide the nursing education. The Davenport University Nursing Program is a dynamic system that provides for the educational growth and development of the nursing student.  An adaptation of Fawcett’s metaparadigm is utilized and includes person, environment, health, and nursing.

  • Person - The concept of person refers to the individual or individuals as part of culture, family, community or aggregate groups who interact with the nurse in a therapeutic manner.
  • Environment -The environment is made up of the physical surroundings and the settings in which the person interacts with society as a whole.  This integrates the totality of social, cultural, and religious foundations and influences. Individuals are affected by environment and, in turn, have the ability to effect the environment.
  • Health - The health continuum from birth to death includes physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual elements.  Wellness describes the function of a person at his or her maximum potential.
  • Nursing - Nursing is a caring profession that is guided by the ANA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Nursing is not limited to physical care but incorporates the promotion, protection, and optimization of health.  Nursing practice is guided by research which contributes to the delivery of evidence-based practice.

Student Learning Outcomes / Graduate Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize concepts and theories from nursing and related disciplines and sciences to deliver advanced nursing care.
  • Integrate evidence-based knowledge, research, and clinical judgment to design, coordinate, and evaluate the delivery of care.
  • Integrate current and emerging health and information technologies effectively into one’s practice to enhance health outcomes.
  • Collaborate effectively within an interprofessional context to improve the delivery of care across the health care continuum.
  • Apply organizational and systems leadership strategies to promote high quality and safe patient care environments.
  • Advocate for policies at the local, state, and national levels to improve health and advance the profession of nursing.
  • Demonstrate beginning competency in advanced nursing role.

Admission Requirements

  • A current, valid, and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a U.S jurisdiction or province of Canada
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Official transcripts from previous nursing program(s)
  • Resume/CV
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0
  • Professional essay

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy

All students in the Davenport University College of Health Professions (the "COHP") are required to submit to criminal background check and drug screening (collectively, the "Testing") at the time of declaring a major in the COHP. The results of the Testing (the "Results"), which shall remain confidential, shall be used by the COHP to approve or disapprove of a Student for enrollment or continued enrollment in the COHP, and/or eligibility for training programs, clinical or practicum. The Testing shall be completed by registering for the appropriate course and completing the entire testing process in the course. Each student is responsible for acknowledging and explaining positive Result(s) after completing the process. A student will be dismissed from the COHP if he or she refuses to consent to the Testing. The cost of the Testing is the part of the course fee and is the responsibility of the student.

Faculty and Staff

Associate Dean: Amy Stahley PhD, MSN, RN

Department Chair for Nursing: Kelli Leask, APRN, MSN, FNP-C

Nursing Administrative Assistant: Molly Berzley

MSN/FNP Online Faculty

Associate Chair Online MSN/FNP: Jean Gordon DBA, MSN, MAAC, RN

Online Graduate Faculty: Jessica Abernathy DNP, WHNP-BC, CNM, FNP-BC