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The MSN program is designed to meet the needs of BSN nurses who want to further their educational growth and development in an accessible fully online program that accommodates the busy lives of working adults. Building upon your BSN degree this degree provides you with three specialty concentrations, all of which support career mobility options that are in high demand within the discipline of nursing. These advanced role options include nursing education, nursing administration, and nursing informatics. The program is comprised of three components: a basic set of nursing core courses, a specialized advanced leadership role concentration and a practicum and scholarly project. All this will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of advanced specialty roles.

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The MSN degree offers three specialty concentration options, depending on the professional career goal of the graduate student:
Nursing Education: The current and anticipated shortage of nursing faculty reflects the general shortage in the nursing profession. The average age of current nursing faculty is 55, heralding a need to replace current faculty as they retire in large numbers over the next several years. If you have ever considered entering the academic setting as a nurse educator, this degree can be your first step to attaining that goal.
Nursing Administration: The demand for nurses with a grounded theory base in business administration continues to increase in the health care delivery system. The basic BSN program prepares nurses for entry-level positions in nursing or health care management settings. Those nurses who desire to hold executive positions in those same settings must possess the knowledge and skills that are critical to the administrative role in these tumultuous times in the health care industry.
Nursing Informatics: The area of nursing informatics is a growing specialty that many nurses are recognizing as an area of marked career growth in the past few years. This new practice area addresses the burgeoning need for experts who have a health care background, such as nursing, to manage the continuous expansion of information technology in the health care setting. The use of technology in the storage, dissemination and utilization of patient data has become a constantly evolving challenge for the health care industry.

Required Courses/Credit Hours

Nursing Core (18 credits)

* NURS 501 Intro to Adv Nursing Roles
* NURS 511 Organiz and Systems Leadership
* NURS 521 Health Care Sys,Policy & Advoc
* NURS 531 Critique of Evidence for Pract
* NURS 541 Quality Improvement & Safety
* NURS 551 Clinical Prev & Pop Health

Specialty Concentrations (9 credits each)

Nursing Education Concentration

* NURS 601 Curriculum Design in Nurs Educ
* NURS 611 Teach Methods in Nursing Educ
* NURS 621 Advanced PPP

Nursing Administration Concentration

* NURS 631 Leadership Role for Nurs Admin
* Choose 2 courses from the Advanced Study Certificate in Management Tools and Concepts.
* MMBA 612 Intro Performance Metrics
* MMBA 615 Qual Improvement Prin-Appl
* MMBA 745 Sustainable Developmnt for Org
* PROJ 640 Project Management
* * Other MMBA courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.

Nursing Informatics Concentration

* NURS 641 Leadership Role for INS
* Choose 2 courses or a pair of courses from the MS in Information Security and Intelligence.
* Paired courses: MISI 610 and MISI 740; PROJ 640 and PROJ 642; MISI 660 and MISI 662
* MISI 610 Database Mgt and Security
* MISI 660 Information Security/Assurance
* MISI 662 Pen Test/Vulnerability Assess
* MISI 740 Business Intelligence
* PROJ 640 Project Management
* PROJ 642 Project Leadership
* * Other MISM courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.
* Integration of Knowledge
* NURS 711 Clinical Practicum I
* NURS 712 Clinical Practicum Prep II
* NURS 791 Clinical Practicum I
* NURS 792 Clinical Practicum II

Total credits required for degree: 37

To be eligible for the program you must be a graduate of a bachelor program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, hold a current RN license, have two years of clinical nursing experience, and submit a writing sample, three letters of reference, a curriculum vitae or resume, official transcripts and a completed application form. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 70

Ferris Statewide Endowed Scholarship: All students enrolled in an off-campus, sitebased, undergraduate program for at least six credit hours are eligible to apply.

Ferris Statewide Freshman Achievement Scholarship: This scholarship will be automatically awarded to the first 25 students who meet the scholarship criteria.

Ferris Statewide Adult Learner Life Changing Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to the first 25 newly admitted students who meet the scholarship criteria and submit all application materials.

Ferris Statewide Transfer Achievement Scholarship: This scholarship will be automatically awarded to the first 75 students who meet the scholarship criteria.

The Roberta Teahen Scholarship: Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must be admitted to and enrolled at a Ferris State University Statewide (off-campus) location for at least 5 credit hours.

Ferris/GRCC Assist Scholarship: A scholarship will be awarded to a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled with both Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Digital Animation and Game Design Student Scholarship: A scholarship will be awarded to a Ferris student majoring in Digital Animation and Game Design, to be used exclusively for educational expenses.

Digital Media Software Engineering Student Scholarship: A scholarship will be awarded to a Ferris student majoring in Digital Media Software Engineering, to to be used exclusively for educational expenses.

Grand Rapids Endowed Scholarship Student Scholarship: A scholarship will be awarded to a Ferris student admitted to any Grand Rapids program, full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student, to be used exclusively for educational expenses.

Industrial Technology & Management Student Scholarship: A scholarship will be awarded to a Ferris student majoring in Industrial Technology and Management, to be used exclusively for educational expenses.

Molecular Diagnostics Annual Scholarship: A scholarship will be awarded to a Ferris student majoring in Molecular Diagnostics and attending classes at the Grand Rapids campus, to be used exclusively for educational expenses.

Alumni Board Scholarship: The College of Education and Human Services Alumni Board annually offers four scholarshipsfor which students apply. Members of the Alumni Board evaluate student applications on the basis of their academic records, leadership potential, service to Ferris State University, and written essays.

Millard J. and Ida Quinlan Scholarship: Mr. Millard Quinlan and his sister, Ida, were Michigan teachers for over thirty years. In recognition of their excellence in teaching, the Quinlan Scholarship funds up to 25% of tuition and other educational related expenses to academically successful students from Luce, Mackinaw, and Chippewa Counties.

Scott D. Whitener Memorial, Deans Excellence in Education Scholarship: Dr. Whitener, the former Dean of the College of Education, was known throughout Michigan for his commitment to students, innovation, and excellence. He was very active and engaged throughout his career to ensure that Ferris State University students succeed. This scholarship honors the late Dr. Whitener and supports students who demonstrate achievement and leadership.

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Ferris offers select programs in an online format so you can move ahead without moving all over town. We offer many certificates as well as bachelor degree-completion programs and master's degree programs.

In addition to our many programs which can be completed fully online, we also have some programs which have the added feature of some face to face instruction. Our Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration degree, Technical Education (Pro-Mo-Ted), and Master's degree in Business Administration all provide the opportunity to have the best of both worlds...a majority of the coursework online, blended with some face-to-face traditional classroom time, to give you an opportunity to meet others in your program and get to know your faculty instructors!

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