Today, you have the opportunity to make an important decision that could significantly improve your career, impact the lives of others, and influence your future participation in the field of nursing. By choosing to earn your Master of Science in Nursing, you can set that opportunity in motion.
The Liberty University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares nurses for advanced practice as Nurse Educators and as of fall 2012, Nurse Administrators. The program is approved by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Liberty’s MSN program, based on the curriculum guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, offers a Nurse Educator concentration and a Nurse Administration concentration. The MSN practicum experiences are tailored to meet the individual interests and learning needs of each student and support the learning outcomes specific for each concentration. With the guidance of faculty mentors and approved preceptors, students develop practicum experiences based on their concentration within either a healthcare or educational setting.
Graduates possess the critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to promote the profession of nursing through advanced clinical practice, teaching, research, and scholarship. Current students in the Adult/Acute CNS track may be eligible to take the *Adult Health CNS certification exam offered by American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC] upon graduation. (this track is closed to new students and will close summer 2013). Nurse Educator and Nurse Administration students may meet the educational criteria for concentration specific certifications as American Nurse Credentialing Center Nurses Executives or National League of Nursing Nurse Education certification. Other criteria apply to certification requirements, and students are advised to contact the certifying body as requirements are subject to change. .
Prospective students should also contact their state’s Department of Education or Board of Nursing to verify access to practicum sites while enrolled in an out-of-state online program [some states may reserve clinical sites for in-state residential students]. Most MSN courses are offered in an 8-week format year-round. The Nurse Educator and Nurse Administration practicum courses will be offered in 8 week format as of fall 2012. There is no residency requirement for the online MSN program.
* Note that periodic changes made in eligibility requirements by the American Nurses Credentialing Center body are beyond the control of any academic institution. The American Nurses Credentialing Center makes the final determination regarding CNS exam eligibility or any other certification.
Purpose & Mission
The MSN Program is consistent with the University’s mission statement, “To produce Christ-centered men and women with values, knowledge, and skills required to impact tomorrow’s world,” and the aim of Liberty University to provide students with “encouragement in choosing and following their vocation as a calling to do the will of God throughout all of life” (see University Mission Statement, Graduate Catalog).
Oregon, Louisiana and the state of Washington: The Liberty University MSN program is not currently approved for students to participate in their precepted practicum course requirements in the states of Louisiana, Oregon and Washington. Consequently, students should seek programs of study approved by their state.
The MSN program has a practicum that is required to be completed in the United States. Students must hold an unencumbered Registered Nurse license without sanctions actual or pending within the United States.
$465 per credit hour (based on full-time enrollment)