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Online Master of Science in Nursing: 

We offer two specialization tracks:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Executive Leadership and Administration

If you are a nurse who has a desire to advance your career and teach other nurses, or if you are a nurse who aspires to management roles or high-level administrative roles you will find that Cumberland University’s M.S.N. program is an excellent choice because of convenience, cost, and quality. There is an increased demand for graduate level nurses in the healthcare industry, making this an excellent time for you to invest in yourself and your career.

The master's degree in nursing program at Cumberland University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 

With the online program., you can:

  • Earn your M.S.N. in 18 months (5 semesters)
  • Start your courses soon — there are 2 start dates per year: Fall and Spring semesters
  • Learn at your own pace — there are no required login times, however, we have found that logging on at least 3 times a week is most helpful
  • Network with nurses from other hospitals and medical facilities - they are your classmates

The only difference with an online degree program is how you learn, not what you learn. You will earn the same, accredited M.S.N. hospitals want, but study when and where you want. In a nutshell, the program teaches:

  • Higher level synthesis of theoretical foundations related to nursing science
  • Increased specialization as a Nurse Educator
  • Communication, critical-thinking, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills with emphasis on improved patient outcomes

Courses & Course Path

Cumberland University’s M.S.N. program is comprised of 36 credit hours — 20 credit hours of core classes with an additional 16 credit hours for the nurse educator specialization or the nurse executive specialization. There will be 240 practicum hours required to graduate from the M.S.N. program and they are completed in two semesters.

Core Curriculum:
MSN5100 Nursing Theoretical Foundations (2 credit hours)
MSN5110 Nursing Research & Scholarly Synthesis (2 credit hours)
MSN5200 Advanced Physical Health Assessment (4 credit hours)
MSN5120 Health Information Systems and Nursing Technology (2 credit hours)
MSN5130 Professional Leadership Role and Interprofessional Collaboration (2 credit hours)
MSN5210 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
MSN5140 Legislation, Policy, Regulations, and Ethics in Health Care (2 credit hours)
MSN5220 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours)


Curriculum for Nurse Educator Track:
MSN6100 Nurse Educator Foundations (2 credit hours)
MSN6110 Nurse Educator Role and Dynamic of Higher Education (2 credit hours)
MSN6120 Teaching Strategies, Learning, and Evaluation Methods (2 credit hours)
MSN6130 Curriculum Frameworks and Design (2 credit hours)
MSN6510 Nursing Education Practicum (1 credit hours)
MSN6520 Nursing Education Practicum (3 credit hours)


Core Curriculum for Nurse Executive Leadership and Administration Track:
MSN6300 Healthcare Business and Finance Management (2 credit hours)
MSN6310 Healthcare Operations – Law, Policy, Quality, Ethics, & Human Resources (2 credit hours)
MSN6320 Professional Nursing Role in Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (2 credit hours)
MSN6330 Excellence in Advanced Leadership Roles (2 credit hours)
MSN6550 Executive Leadership Capstone (4 credit hours)
MSN-TBD Executive Leadership Practicum (1 credit hour)
MSN-TBD Executive Leadership Practicum (3 credit hours)

Course Plan:
Semester 1 (16 weeks for 8 credit hours)
1st 8 Weeks   2nd 8 Weeks
- MSN5100    - MSN5200
- MSN5110    
Semester 2 (16 weeks for 7 credit hours)
1st 8 Weeks  2nd 8 Weeks
- MSN5120    - MSN5210
- MSN5130    
Semester 3 (16 weeks for 7 credit hours)
1st 8 Weeks   2nd 8 Weeks
- MSN 5140    - MSN5220
- MSN6100 or MSN6300    
Semester 4 (16 weeks for 7 credit hours)
1st 8 Weeks                        2nd 8 Weeks
- MSN6110 or MSN6310    - MSN6130 or MSN6330
- MSN6120 or MSN6320    - MSN6510 or MSN Executive Leadership Practicum 1 (Course number TBA)
Semester 5 (16 weeks for 7 credit hours)
Term A            Term B  
- MSN6520 or - MSN6550 (for term A & B)
- MSN6590 or - MSN Executive Leadership Practicum 2 (Course number TBA for term A & B)


Nurse Candidate Admission Criteria:
In addition to admission to Cumberland University, and general Cumberland University Graduate Admission requirements, the Master of Science in Nursing also requires the following:

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Students with less than 2.5 GPA may complete two courses of graduate coursework. If the student earns a grade of a B or higher for both courses, he or she will earn final acceptance.
Must be a Registered Nurse holding an unencumbered license.
Must have completed an undergraduate Statistics course successfully.
Two letters of professional recommendation
MSN Requirements upon Admission
Copy of Driver's License or Picture ID
Criminal background check
Current BLS certification
Immunization verification

Total tuition cost as low as $18,900 ($525 per credit hour)
Financial aid is available to those who qualify
Employer tuition assistance accepted

M.S.N. Program Director
Dr. Ronda Landers
(615) 576-1337

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