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3 New Online MSN Programs at Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University has three new online MSN programs, perfect for working nurses like you--no matter what career path you want to take. The 100 percent online format makes going back to school while continuing in your current role more convenient than ever. Complete your coursework and submit assignments at any time and anywhere.

NSU's online MSN programs each consist of 11 courses worth 32 credit hours. All three programs are fully online, and include six core courses and four courses in your specialty. The final course in the program is NURS 5993: Nursing Practice Capstone where students present and defend their final projects.

The tuition for each degree program is $359.40 per credit hour, including fees, for a total program price of $11,500.80.

With the demand for nursing professionals in administration, education and informatics on the rise, there's never been a better time to boost your credentials by continuing your education in one of these fields.

Master of Science in Nursing in Administrative Leadership in Nursing Online

The MSN in Administrative Leadership program is the perfect way to grow as a leader, while you learn about healthcare finance and economics as well as human resource management. You will expand your knowledge in advanced research and evidence-based practice as it relates to health system administration, particularly nursing. You'll be prepared to care for patients of other cultures as well as mentor other nurses to do the same. All of the courses in this concentration support the competencies set forth by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

This specialization includes the following courses:

  • Leadership Development for the Advanced Nursing Professional
  • Organizational and Systems Management in Nursing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Healthcare Finance and Economics

Here are just a few of the career options for people with this degree:

  • Chief Nurse Executive
  • Charge Nurse
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Patient Services
  • Nurse Manager

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for nurse administrators is almost $100,000 annually, as of May 2017. The projected job growth for this career field is 20 percent through 2026.

Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Education Online

The current nursing shortage is well-known, and a lack of experienced nurse educators is a leading factor. Without enough nurse educators, nursing schools are forced to turn away qualified applicants. Be a part of the solution by earning an MSN in Nursing Education.

This program will prepare you to teach in BSN, diploma, associate and practical nursing programs, as well as continuing nursing education, clinical nursing education, or staff development. Curriculum development and pedagogy are a large part of this concentration. You will learn to be a culturally competent educator with knowledge in advanced research and evidence-based practice. 

All of the courses in this concentration support the competencies set forth by the National League of Nursing (NLN).

The Nursing Education MSN includes the following concentration courses:

  • Nurse Educator Role Development
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Facilitating Learning for Healthcare Professionals

Positions for program graduates include:

  • Professor of Nursing
  • Adjunct Clinical Instructor
  • Staff Development Coordinator (healthcare system)
  • Community Health Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Educator

According to May 2017 BLS data, nurse educators make an average of more than $75,000 a year, depending on region and experience level. Projected job growth rate is 15 percent through 2026.

Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Informatics Online

Nursing informatics is an exciting and relatively new field for nurses with an interest in data management and cutting-edge healthcare technology. In addition to pursuing leadership roles in health systems, you'll be able to work as a consultant in private and public sectors.

Here are a few of the courses offered within this specialization:

  • Foundations of Nursing Informatics Practice
  • System Design Life Cycle
  • Data Management and Healthcare Technology
  • Leadership Development for the Advanced Nursing Professional

Graduates of this specialty thrive in a number of roles, including:

  • Informatics Nurse
  • Research Consultant
  • Health Informatics Manager
  • Public Health Data Analyst

Salary.com places the median pay for health informatics managers at $131,039 per year, as of July 2018. The projected job growth rate through 2026 is 12 percent, faster than average.

The MSN programs at NSU are available to students in all 50 states and tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Learn more about NSU's online MSN programs.


Sources:

U.S. BLS: Medical and Health Services Managers

U.S. BLS: Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

U.S. BLS: Postsecondary Teachers

Salary.com: Health Informatics Manager

U.S. BLS: Computer and Information Systems Managers

All Nursing Schools: Nurse Educator Salary and Job Growth

Nurse Journal: Nurse Administration Careers & Salary Outlook

All Nursing Schools: Learn What You'll Do and What Traits You Need to Succeed as a Nursing Informatics Specialist


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