MSN Description

The School of Nursing strives to be a community of nursing scholars and educators who, in keeping with the mission of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, provides a supportive, vibrant learning community that challenges students to embrace change without compromising principle, to respond creatively to the demands of their careers and to advocate for people in need. The master of science in nursing (MSN) curriculum strives to meet the highest standards for nursing education and masters level practice with an emphasis on the individual potential of students.

Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty of nursing, business, education, and technology, the MSN degree program provides experienced professional nurses with the education and skills needed to function in a rapidly changing healthcare environment that demands new and innovative approaches to nursing, healthcare delivery, management, and education. Students choose an area of study from one of two functional role concentrations: nursing and health services management or nursing education.

Nursing and Health Services Management graduates are prepared to fill leadership roles across the healthcare delivery system in a variety of organizational and healthcare settings. Nursing Education graduates are prepared for faculty and nurse educator positions in collegiate and service settings.


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School of Nursing
Cynthia L. Dakin, PhD, RN
Director of Graduate Nursing Studies
Associate Professor