Nursing Degree Program Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I earn this degree?
If you follow a course plan, combining 8-week and occasional 16-week courses, you can earn your MSN in two years. View the CNL course plan, the nurse educator course plan, the nurse administrator course plan, or the nursing informatics course plan.

Can I continue to work while working toward this degree?
Yes, you can complete the entire “classroom” portion of the nursing degree program online at a time that works within your schedule, as long as you meet the expected deadlines for assignments and exams. A qualified preceptor will help you arrange the clinical component of the program.

Is there a clinical component?
Yes. You will be responsible for finding a qualified preceptor to complete this component at a setting near your location.

Is this MSN program accredited?
Yes. The Master of Science in Nursing program at Queens is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

What is the career outlook for nurses with an MSN?
The nursing field is expanding rapidly in the number of positions and titles available — with 1.8 million positions needing to be filled between 2014 and 2024.1 Nurses are taking on greater responsibilities in patient care, leading executive teams, and educating future generations.

Do Clinical Nurse Leaders® still work with patients?
Yes. Many nurses choose to become Clinical Nurse Leaders® because they enjoy working directly with patients but still want to take on leadership and management duties. See this resource article for a more specific description of the CNL role.

What are the admission requirements?
To apply, you must submit:

  • A completed graduate application
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework, indicating evidence of:
    • A BSN degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE. Plus, we consider RNs for the program with bachelor’s degrees that are not in nursing.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program
  • No GRE required

Is the GRE required?
No, we do not require a GRE score for admission to the nursing degree program.

How do I apply?
Go to the Apply Now page to submit your application. You can also call 866-313-2356 to speak to an admissions representative, who can help you throughout the application and admission processes.

How much is tuition for this program?
Tuition is $550 per credit hour (plus a clinical fee of $35 per semester) starting the fall 2019 term.

What are the different outcomes of Queens’ four MSN tracks?

  • Clinical Nurse Leader: Make a greater impact on patient outcomes by synthesizing input from interdisciplinary teams and managing plans of care.
  • Nurse Administrator: Manage the operations of your nursing team in cooperation with executive leadership, balancing access, cost, and quality.
  • Nurse Educator: Advance the mastery of contemporary knowledge and skills among nurses in clinical or education settings.
  • Nursing Informatics: Participate in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems. Study the effectiveness of nursing communications, review informatics research, and learn to deliver the education of nursing informatics and information technology.

What are the admission requirements for the MSN post-master’s certificates?
You must hold an MSN or Master of Nursing degree from Queens or another university to be admitted for an MSN post-master's certificate. You must also hold a current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program.

How long will it take to complete an MSN post-master’s certificate?
The Nursing Administration or Nurse Educator post-master’s certificates can be completed in two semesters. The Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Informatics post-master’s certificates can be completed in three semesters.

What are the outcomes of the Queens MSN post-master’s certificates?
With a Nursing Administration post-master's certificate, you could work as a clinical nurse manager, nursing director, assistant director of nursing, specialty clinic director, vice president of clinical operations or nurse executive. The Clinical Nurse Leader post-master's certificate could lead to a position as a clinical nurse leader, clinical case manager, nurse navigator, clinical nurse coordinator, quality care coordinator or clinical program coordinator. A Nurse Educator post-master's certificate gives you the experience to work as a nurse educator, nursing instructor, clinical nurse educator, clinical education specialist, program coordinator, orientation specialist, professional development specialist and clinical practice and education specialist. The Nursing Informatics post-master's certificate could lead to work as a clinical informatics nurse, clinical information specialist, clinical terminology, nursing informatics analyst or information practice specialist.

Which classes are required to complete a Queens MSN post-master's certificate?
Each post-master's certificate program has course requirements. The Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator post-master's certificates require 11 credit hours. The Clinical Nurse leader post-master's certificate and Nursing Informatics post-master’s certificate requires 17 credit hours. Each certificate includes residency with clinical hours.

1 ANA Nurses by the Numbers, June 2016 Edition.