An Affordable, CCNE-Accredited MSN Program Made For Working Nurses
Complete your degree in 2 years
Pick from 4 tracks of study
No campus residency
Flexible MSN pathways
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Learn to Lead
With the Queens University of Charlotte online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you will gain the skills required to advance within the healthcare industry and emerge as a principled nurse leader. The program is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working RNs, allowing you to further your education without disrupting your professional and personal obligations.
Queens also offers an RN to MSN pathway. If you are a registered nurse with an active RN license, you can earn the MSN with Queens in just over two years. Take two additional courses before the MSN core curriculum, and you will be on your way to career advancement. If you have a BSN, you will then focus on coursework that specifically supports your career goals through your choice of four MSN tracks.
Choose from four tracks of study: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics.
As a student, you will acquire the skills needed to improve healthcare while evaluating and applying nursing knowledge. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of nursing theory and health policy’s impact on your organization and practice.
No Campus Residency Required. Choose a Clinical Near You
With no on-campus residency requirement and the ability to complete the program’s clinical requirement in a location near you, Queens’ online MSN offers unsurpassed flexibility.
37 credit hours
6 core courses
The master’s degree program in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). The online MSN curriculum consists of 37 credit hours. The core program includes six courses encompassing nursing knowledge resources, theory, and policy. The remaining six courses are dependent on your leadership track.
Choose from 4 Tracks
Clinical Nurse Leader MSN: Learn how to improve outcomes, synthesize data, and implement evidence-based care to bridge the divide between patients and interdisciplinary teams.
Nurse Educator MSN: Learn how to infuse your personal experience into curriculum development, teaching strategies, and methods for student and program evaluation so you can train the next generation of nurses.
Nurse Administrator: Learn to work as part of an executive team, make critical business decisions, and manage the balance of the access, cost, and quality of healthcare for your organization.
Nursing Informatics MSN: Learn how to enhance healthcare decision-making and patient care by participating in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems..
Those who select the RN-MSN pathway to entry will take an additional two courses (six credit hours) for a total of 43 credit hours.View Course Descriptions
“The flexibility of the program was the most valuable aspect that made me choose this program. I also enjoyed the 8-week tracks of the classes which gave me the opportunity to focus on one topic at a time. The assignments were spread out appropriately and in a manageable way.”– Darby Buttriss, MSN ’20
What You Will Learn
After completing the program, you will be able to:
- Develop a theoretical basis for safe advanced practice that includes nursing theory, health policy and related disciplines.
- Promote professional environments that reflect advanced communication processes.
- Plan therapeutic interventions which interface with accepted standards, quality improvement processes and evidence across varied populations and settings.
- Develop a broadened contextual basis of scholarship and data analysis which informs best practice in varied health care and educational settings.
- Engage in culturally sensitive practice which reflects advocacy and dignity.
- Evaluate resources at a systems level.
- Distinguish relevant global health care trends which support practice initiatives across populations.
- Differentiate health information technologies which maximize evidence-based care and quality in health care and education settings.
- Appraise individual and collective workplace environments that support values-based practice.
High Job Growth. High Demand for MSN.
The nursing field is expanding rapidly in the number of positions and titles available.
1.8 million positions needing to be filled between 2014 and 2024.1
Average annual salaries can span from $74,000 to almost $90,000 per year.2
The top 10% of CNLs earn more than $108,000 per year.3
By 2030, 1 million of the RNs employed in 2017 will be retired.4 Now is a great time to earn to your advanced nursing degree so you can take on greater responsibilities in patient care, leading executive teams, and educating future generations.View Job and Career Outlook
Explore Our Four Tracks
The online MSN program offers you four distinct tracks, so you can customize your course of study to align with your career goals. A specialized MSN degree can position you for higher-paying positions as a clinical nurse leader, nurse educator, administrator, or in the growing field of nursing informatics.
MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Educator
Prepare to teach new nurses in the academic setting or guide experienced nurses in the healthcare setting.
MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Administrator
Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.
MS in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader
Champion patient care, act as a bridge between interdisciplinary teams, and provide advanced therapies.
MS in Nursing (MSN): 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.
To apply for the MSN from Queens University of Charlotte, you need:
- Completed application. You can start your application here.
- An Associate Degree in Nursing or above is required to apply
With an Associate Degree in Nursing, you start with NRN 310 and NUR 500 bridging the gap between your Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing or bachelor’s degree in another field. If you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing you may go straight into the track of your choice: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Nursing Informatics, or Certified Nurse leader.
- Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework
- A current, unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state where you intend to complete your practicum
No GRE is required for admission.View All Requirements
Affordable Tuition and Financial Aid
Queens’ is committed to providing you with an exceptional and affordable nursing education. The online MSN program costs $609 per credit hour.View Tuition Details
Figuring out how to pay for your education shouldn’t be intimidating. Many of our students use federal financial assistance to offset tuition, and you may qualify, too.
Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.Explore Financial Aid
Expert Faculty Mentorship
To become a nurse leader, you have to learn from other nurse leaders. Experts in the field whose passion and leadership have delivered results at the patient level and beyond.
At Queens University of Charlotte, every MSN instructor is a nurse and a specialist in their field, and our track leaders all teach in the program. Thanks to our small class sizes, you will benefit from their direct support and get answers to your questions, as well as individualized attention.Read Faculty Bios
The Online Student Experience and Its Advantages
Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed, including 24/7 tech support. You will benefit from smaller class sizes and experience our rich, interactive learning platform that makes connecting with your studies simple.Learn More About Online Learning
Frequently Asked Questions
As you explore Queens’ Master of Science in Nursing, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.
The estimated total cost of the program is $22,533. This is subject to change.
Yes, you must pick a concentration. The first six classes are core classes and you can change your concentration at any time leading up to your seventh class.
You can choose from four specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics.
The number of clinical hours required is dependent on the track chosen.
- Clinical Nurse Leader: 400 clinical hours
- Nurse Administrator: 225 clinical hours
- Nurse Educator: 225 clinical hours
- Nursing Informatics: 225 clinical hours
Application requirements include:
- 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. RNs with bachelor’s degrees that are not in nursing may be considered for the program.
- 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
- ANA Nurses by the Numbers, June 2016 Edition.
- Payscale (2019 September 10). Average Nursing Director Salary. Retrieved September 17, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Nursing_Director/Salary.
- Payscale (2020 February 6). Average Clinical Nurse Leader Salary. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Nurse_Leader/Salary.
- Buerhaus, Peter I., PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP; Skinner, Lucy E., BA; Auerbach, David I., PhD; and Staiger, Douglas O., PhD (2017 July). Four Challenges Facing the Nursing Workforce in the United States. Retrieved September 17, 2019, from http://healthworkforcestudies.com/images/JNR0717_40-46_Buerhaus.pdf.