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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN Degree)

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Advance to Higher-Level Nursing Positions in TROY’s Online MSN Program

Live out your passion for healthcare and prepare for a transformative career in Troy University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. At TROY, you’ll gain the expertise to excel in the ever-evolving nursing field and positively impact healthcare organizations and patients’ lives. You’ll benefit from rigorous online academic instruction and hands-on preceptorships. Choose from two MSN degree options or, if you already hold a master’s degree, three post-master’s nursing certificates.

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A Flexible MSN Program

You have the flexibility to earn your MSN degree at your own pace, whether that’s full time or part time. The Master of Science in Nursing is an online program with multiple emphasis areas, helping you advance your career while working around your schedule. Our faculty will help you determine your degree path and the track that works best for you.

Hands-On Learning and Built-In Preceptorships

Get the practice hours you need for licensure and MSN nursing jobs through internships and preceptorships that provide the hands-on experience to build your expertise in your chosen area. Whether you have a healthcare organization in mind or aren’t sure where to start, TROY’s faculty can connect and guide you on your career path.
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Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

While specific courses may vary based on your chosen track, coursework for the Master of Science in Nursing can include:
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Master of Science in Nursing Program Locations

Get the flexibility you need by earning your MSN degree online. MSN program faculty offer office hours online and on the Troy, Montgomery, Dothan and Phenix City campuses. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Multiple Advanced Practice Tracks and Post-Master’s Nursing Certificates

At TROY, you can specialize in the nursing area that’s most interesting and advantageous to you. Choose from TROY’s family nurse practitioner track or healthcare informatics and nurse leadership emphasis. 

If you already hold a master’s degree in nursing, you can pursue post-master’s nursing certificates in three areas: healthcare informatics and nursing leadership, nursing education or family nurse practitioner. 
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Master of Science in Nursing Jobs

MSN nursing careers can include positions in informatics, family practice and nursing education. Graduates can also go on to earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at TROY.

Faculty Profiles

Kelli Whitted, DNP, FNP-BC

Kelli Whitted, DNP, FNP-BC

Dr. Whitted serves as TROY's MSN Coordinator and is a professor within the MSN program.
Wade Forehand, PhD, DNP, MEDSURG-BC, RN-BC, CNE

Wade Forehand, PhD, DNP, MEDSURG-BC, RN-BC, CNE

Dr. Wade Forehand (DNP, Ph.D.) is the Director of TROY’s School of Nursing. He has published widely on a broad range of topics, including nurse education, healthcare for historically marginalized groups and obesity. His clinical focus is nursing informatics, and his research interests include healthcare technology, quality improvement, evidence-based practice and mobile learning.

MSN Degree Options

Tailor your degree to become more competitive for MSN nursing careers within areas such as health informatics and nurse leadership.
Master of Science in Nursing: Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership
Discover how to use technology to improve healthcare outcomes and general nursing practice. The M.S. in Nursing: Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership track equips you with data analytics, research, leadership and administration skills. 

This MSN degree option can lead to careers such as nurse informaticist, health services manager, health informatics specialist, informatics educator, nurse leader and nurse director.
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Enhance your ability to provide primary care to individuals and families. The MSN degree: Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares you to evaluate, diagnose and manage health issues. It also trains you to prescribe medications, interpret tests, promote health and prevent disease. 

This MSN degree option includes coursework in health assessment, pharmacology, family and cultural theories and more. You’ll learn to work with various populations, gaining expertise in pediatrics, women’s health, adult health and geriatrics. This track prepares you for MSN nursing careers such as family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology practitioner and public health nurse practitioner. 
Post-Masters Certificate: Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership
Specialize in emerging, in-demand fields of healthcare. If you already hold a master’s degree in nursing, you can open up opportunities to become a nurse informaticist, healthcare informatics specialist or a nurse leadership role. 

The post-master’s certificate in nursing informatics and nurse leadership teaches you how to improve patient outcomes and healthcare delivery using data analytics and informatics tools. You’ll also learn to lead and manage a team of nurses, healthcare projects and systems.
Post-Masters Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Advance your career as a practitioner with TROY’s post-master’s nursing certificate in family practice. If you are an RN with a master’s degree in nursing, this program will provide the expertise and clinical experience you need to advance in your role. You’ll learn how to diagnose and treat health problems and how to promote health and wellness for people of all ages. 

Careers for graduates of this program include family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology practitioner, public health nurse practitioner and hospital-based nurse practitioner.
Post-Master’s Certificate: Nursing Education
Help train the next generation of nurses and fill a critical need with TROY’s post-master’s nursing certificate in nursing education. Schools across the nation are experiencing a shortage in faculty, limiting nursing programs from enrolling future students. In this program, you’ll learn how to educate future nurses by gaining knowledge and skills in pedagogy, curriculum development, teaching strategies, assessment, collaboration and more. 

This post-master’s nursing certificate prepares you for careers in academia or for a variety of positions such as nurse educator, clinical instructor, staff development specialist and patient education specialist. The Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education consists of five courses, totaling 15 credit hours and 180 clinical hours. You can enroll at either the master’s or doctoral level. Those who complete the program earn a certificate of completion, not another master’s degree, and are eligible to apply for the appropriate specialty certification exam.

MSN Degree Scholarships

Master of Science in Nursing students are eligible to apply for a $500 graduate nursing scholarship. 

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FAQ About the MSN Program

Learn more about the opportunities for MSN degree graduates and our program.
What is a master’s in nursing?
A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN degree) equips nurses with the skills and expertise to become healthcare leaders working as advanced practitioners, nurse educators, nurse administrators or health informatics specialists. A Master of Science in Nursing prepares you to improve health outcomes, create positive change in healthcare organizations and elevate nursing profession standards.
Is a master’s in nursing the same as nurse practitioner?
A master's in nursing is not the same as a nurse practitioner. A master’s in nursing is a degree, whereas a nurse practitioner is a role. However, a master’s degree in nursing can prepare you to become a nurse practitioner. To become a nurse practitioner, you need a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing, which allows you to diagnose and treat patients.
How long is the MSN program?
The MSN program at TROY takes 2-3 years to complete, depending on if you enroll full or part time and your prior education and experience.
Is the online MSN program available to out-of-state students?
Since each state has its own approval process for out-of-state online programs, TROY’s online MSN degree program may not be available in your state. For more information, please email Dr. Teresa Johnson, our MSN Coordinator.
What are the clinical requirements for admission into the program?
To enroll in a clinical nursing course, you must have current documentation of the following:

  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state where you wish to have your clinical experiences
  • Annual physical exam with TB skin test
  • Results of serum titers for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B indicating immune status
  • Basic cardiac life support (BCLS) or advanced cardiovascular life (ACLS) certification
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccination within the past 10 years
  • Personal health insurance coverage
  • Negative urine drug test conducted by LabCorp and verified by Certified Background
  • Annual influenza vaccination
  • Clear criminal background check verified by Certified Background
  • Signed OSHA and HIPAA training acknowledgment forms
  • Signed Permission to Release Records and Disclosure Statement forms
  • Signed acknowledgment of Core Performance Standards

You must have valid evidence documents from the time you register until the semester’s end.

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TROY's nursing program takes a comprehensive approach to equipping future nursing professionals with the skills to lead change in the medical field.

Nursing Jobs: Hands-on, Front-Line — and Critical

Ask Dr. Wade Forehand, Ph.D., Director and Professor of the Troy University School of Nursing if nursing is a critical job, and he’ll give you a very direct answer. “Nursing is virtually the backbone of the medical profession,” he says. And when it comes to providing care, he believes nurses are front and center day in and day out.

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