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Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing is a 36-credit program with a mission designed to develop nurses into leaders with advanced knowledge, Dominican values, and the ability to contribute to the changing, diverse healthcare environment. Advanced practice roles in nursing require further enhancement of critical reasoning and decision making skills as theory is translated into practice. This program provides individuals with the opportunity to pursue professional development within a scholarly environment.

Two concentrations are offered within the MSN degree: Administration and Education.

* The MSN Administration concentration is designed for individuals who are, or are planning on becoming middle to executive level    nurse leaders. Courses focus on health care policy, nursing delivery systems, resource management, and program evaluation.  Complementary business and interdisciplinary courses provide the administrative foundation and opportunities for collaboration with students from other disciplines.

 * The MSN Education concentration is designed for nursing professionals who want to be better prepared to teach clients, staff and students. It provides students with additional preparation in educational principles and theory to support in their teaching roles. Courses focus on areas such as planning education programs or courses, teaching strategies and interpersonal competency in communication with others.


Program Goals

At the end of this program, graduates will:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement and organizational sciences for the continual  improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  • Evidence leadership skills needed that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective.
  • Articulate methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality, as well as apply quality principles within an organization.
  • Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as change agent, and disseminate results.
  • Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care.
  • Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health, health care and health policy.
  • Act as a member and leader of interprofessional teams, communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate  care for individuals and populations.
  • Apply and integrates broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
  • Apply an advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences in direct and indirect care components as appropriate.
  • Develop strategies to achieve quality outcomes in care delivery with respect to fiscal and human resources.
  • Apply management, leadership, system and chaos theory to the design and implementation of services in a health care system.

* Program and concentration outcomes adapted from:

 Core StandardsThe Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011).

Supporting Standards:  Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2009).
American Organization of Nurse Executives Competencies (AONE, 2011).


Masters of Science in Nursing Administration graduates are prepared in areas to support success in becoming certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exams:

  • Nurse Executive (NE-BC)
  • Nurse Executive-Advanced (NEA-BC);


American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) exams:

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)

Masters of Science in Nursing Education graduates are prepared in areas to support success in becoming certified through the National League for Nursing (NLN) exam:

  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)


Anna Schaal

"The profession of nursing is viewed by many as a science.  Nurses are trained to learn what they have to do and how they have to do it so that the task can be done efficiently and cost-effectively while promoting a positive outcome for the patient. 

 I have had the privilege of going through both Edgewood’s Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Nursing.  These programs lay the foundation of the science of nursing, but also give their students the gift of understanding the art of nursing.  The focus of Edgewood’s program is not only on how to do the job well, but also why it matters.  Edgewood’s nursing program is about taking care of people.  The dignity and respect that the school has for the profession in conjunction with the Dominican values of Justice, Compassion, Partnership, Community, and Truth have prepared me to lead change and impact the profession that I and so many others hold very dear to our hearts.  In a time when healthcare is vigorously changing, I cannot speak highly enough of the integrity of this program."

Anna Schaal - RN, MSN 
Professional Development Specialist in the Nursing Education 


Edgewood College is a primary sponsor of The Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation, a state-of-the-art simulation lab that serves nursing students and practicing professionals in south-central Wisconsin. Watch this WMTV news story to learn more about The Center for Nursing Excellence.