Master of Science in Nursing Overview

Master of Science in Nursing Overview

Real-World Preparation
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Weber State University prepares innovative nurse experts who are capable of shaping and advancing the practice and profession of nursing. The dynamic curriculum is designed to promote national guidelines and competencies that enable graduates to make a significant contribution to education and healthcare environments. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared for doctoral level education.

Careers in Nursing
Graduates of the MSN program work in a variety of educational, clinical and administrative settings. An advanced degree in nursing promotes a career trajectory that includes the following employment opportunities:

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Executive Office
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Entrepreneur
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Nurse Manager
  • Quality Director
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Director of Education
  • Clinical Faculty/Instructor
  • Professor in Nursing

Master’s in Nursing Education
The Master’s in Nursing Education prepares graduates to function in a variety of academic and clinical settings. MSN graduates are prepared to design curriculum, develop evaluation strategies, implement innovative teaching strategies and educate students in both academic and clinical settings.

Master’s in Nursing Administration
The Master’s in Nursing Administration prepares graduates to operate at the highest levels of healthcare organizations. MSN graduates are prepared to design and establish professional practice environments, lead interdisciplinary care teams, establish best practice standards and establish systems and processes that focus on best care for the patient and the best environment for professional nurses to practice.

Post- Master’s Certification
Students with a current master’s in nursing degree who are looking to augment existing nursing knowledge and advance employment opportunities can apply for the Post-Master’s Degree Certification in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration.

MSN Program Competencies

MSN Program Outcomes
Outcomes are developed as performance indicators which give evidence that the WSU School of Nursing is meeting the mission and goals set by administration and faculty. Documentation of outcomes shows the effectiveness of the educational program and serves to guide maintenance and revision of components of the School of Nursing. SON outcomes have been developed using the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) criteria as guidelines. SON outcomes are consistent with the mission and philosophy of WSU, DCHP, and the SON.

At the completion of their program of learning, the following outcomes will be achieved: 

Outcome #1: 80% of the MSN students will graduate from their programs within 150% of the stated length of the program.
Outcome #2:  80% of School of Nursing MSN graduates seeking employment will be involved in role related professional practice within 6-12 months of graduation as reported on the SON Alumni Survey.
Outcome #3: 80% of School of Nursing MSN graduate respondents will rate their overall satisfaction with their program of learning at or above 3.0 out of 5.0 on the SON End of Program Evaluation Survey.
Outcome #4: 80% of School of Nursing MSN graduate respondents will rate their overall program of learning satisfaction at or above 3.0 out of 5.0 on the SON Alumni Survey 6-12 months following graduation.
Outcome #5: 80% of nursing employers will rate their overall satisfaction with WSU School of Nursing MSN graduates at or above 3.0 out of 5.0 on the SON Employer Survey.

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