Master's Degree In Nursing Online

Master of Science in Nursing

Online Master’s in Nursing program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program, offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and SAU Online, prepares students to further their professional career as an educator, administrator or advanced nurse practitioner in adult/gerontology. The online MSN program incorporates nursing-specific knowledge with skills and knowledge from other disciplines in a manner that promotes excellence in service, a passion for nursing as a profession and compassionate care. If you’re looking for Christian nursing programs from an online school, consider choosing Spring Arbor.


The Master of Science in Nursing program at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791.

MSN mission statement

To provide quality nursing education within a Christian liberal arts university that prepares the professional nurse to contribute service and leadership to diverse communities.

Nursing program goals

  • Foster an environment that supports adult learners from diverse academic and practice backgrounds
  • Expand the nursing program through planned growth
  • Promote academic and professional excellence
  • Assure innovative teaching/learning practices
  • Promote competent, compassionate nursing care based on a Christian worldview
  • Facilitate value-based behaviors
  • Prepare students for critical participation in the health care arena Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of your Christian Master’s degree online, you can have the ability to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Christian perspective – Epitomize transformative Christian leadership, teaching and care with a variety of constituents in diverse settings
  • Metacognitive reasoning – Demonstrate metacognitive and reflective thought that promotes critical participation in the contemporary world
  • Theory-based practice – Integrate relevant theories into outcome-based practical applications
  • Research – Engage in research activities that build and strengthen the health and well-being of individuals and communities

Program description

The MSN programs provide comprehensive academic instruction in an interactive online community. In addition to the online community of learners approach, students come together with faculty and fellow nurses in a three-day, 3-credit hour residency each academic year on the main campus in Spring Arbor, Michigan. The residency is designed to provide personalized learning opportunities that prepare students for successful online interaction and clinical or practicum experiences.

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The preceptored practicum associated with application level learning takes place in the student’s respective communities. The MSN program offers graduate nursing education in one of three areas of concentration: Academic, Business, or Clinical.

Academic – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN/Edu) – A 38-credit-hour, two-year degree program that includes a 3-credit-hour educational practicum in both traditional and distance teaching methodologies, as well as a 2-credit-hour project thesis. The concentration prepares students in the nurse practitioner program to apply principles of the educator in various settings related to health care whether it is in a school of nursing, in-service education, or community health.

Focus: core nursing concepts, teaching/learning theories and principles, and practical application of curriculum design, assessment, and instruction using a variety of delivery approaches

Business – Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) – A 63-credit, three-year program that leads to two separate degrees and includes a 6-credit-hour living case study: final thesis. The MSN/MBA dual degree online program prepares students to apply both nursing and management theories in complex health care decision-making and to possess knowledge of health care, finance, and business administrative skills in a variety of health-related environments. The MBA degree incorporates entrepreneurial, leadership, and international elements as well as a Christian worldview in forming decisions and ethical considerations. Students in the MBA program must demonstrate preparatory learning in the areas of accounting and math skills. (Refer to MBA section of the catalog for program specifics). Students in the combined MSN/MBA are expected to complete all program requirements within the three-year program format. Any exceptions must be approved by both the School of Business and Nursing Department.

Clinical – Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner in Adult/Gerontology (MSN/NP ) – A 54-credit, three-year program designed for working nurses that includes 8 credit hours of clinical practice (2 credits = 125 clinical hours for a total of 500 clinical hours) in a preceptored format with a capstone thesis or applied learning project. The concentration prepares students to function in an autonomous manner as advanced practice nurses and is designed for graduates to be qualified to take the Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner National Certification Examination. (Note: Graduation does not guarantee certification.)