Online Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN)

MSN | Master of Science in Nursing

Introduction to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Increasingly, nurses looking to advance into leadership or upper-level educational positions in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are being required to have a master’s online degree in nursing. CalSouthern’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online degree is the ideal program for a nurse who wants to advance in their practice, but whose busy schedule requires the flexibility of a online program. At CalSouthern, you can work toward your master’s degree in nursing on your own schedule, without compromising your professional or personal lives.

CalSouthern’s MSN is unique among master’s degrees in nursing in that it is a multi-disciplinary program. You’ll take advanced courses in topics ranging from population health to pathopharmacology, health assessment and evidence-based practice, among others. However, you can also choose to incorporate courses from CalSouthern’s Schools of Business to add specialized expertise in areas such as strategic management, healthcare informatics or management of change.

It’s an innovative master’s degree in nursing that will help you set yourself apart in a competitive job market by tailoring your education to a specialty of particular interest. Elective courses allow you to concentrate your studies in such in-demand fields as nursing executive leadership, healthcare administration, nurse education and nursing education.

Program Goals

Identify and synthesize the roles of nurse educator or nurse executive while meeting personal and professional goals during the course of study and performance in a capstone project.

Analyze and apply various nursing theories, scientific knowledge from various fields, research, critical thinking and the currents trends in medical care and nursing that may be utilized by a Masters prepared nurse to improve and enhance care in a variety of settings.

Support technology and various methods of communication to enhance learning and interaction with patients, families, organizations, other nurses and the community to improve health outcomes.

Promote leadership, critical thinking, decision making and the principles of cultural competence and culturally appropriate family centered care for clients and families.

Practice health promotion across systems to provide effective interaction, teamwork and enhanced quality and safety in various healthcare settings and programs

Engage faculty in learner centered teaching through innovative and evolving curriculum and technology and opportunity for development or research.

Analyze and apply principles of ethics, economics, epidemiology, and health promotion to various settings for various types of clients.

Utilize data and assessment to improve and enhance learning and curriculum throughout the Master’s degree program.

Accredited & Recognized


The Baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing at California Southern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 2001, 2012-887-6791.

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