Colorado Christian University
Online Master's Degree in Nursing
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Online Master's Degree in Nursing

Nursing Master's Degree, MSN

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a nursing graduate degree with two options for the required emphasis: Nursing Education and Clinical Care Management in Adult and Geriatrics. The MSN program is designed utilizing national accreditation standards in preparation for national certification in each emphasis.

Designed for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who are ready to take on greater leadership roles in health care and education, the MSN at CCU is an online nursing degree program. Our vision is to empower nurses to practice nursing as ministry and prepare them to be competent, compassionate, moral leaders who excel as servants, shepherds, stewards, and scholars who impact the profession and the world.

    • 39 credit hours (24 in MSN Core, 15 in Emphasis)
    • Required Emphasis (choose one): Nursing Education or Clinical Care Management in Adult and Geriatrics
    • Didactic courses are completed in five-week blocks
    • Clinical courses are completed in five or ten week blocks depending upon clinical hours
    • Coursework can be completed in 21 months with full-time study
    • Students can transfer up to 9 graduate-level credit hours
    • Clinical practicum experiences provide integration of nursing theory, practice and research
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Master of Science in Nursing specialty emphasis tracks

To help address the growing demand for expert nurses with a master’s degree, CCU’s online MSN program offers nursing students two opportunities for specialization. Both emphasize the core foundations of advanced nursing practice and Christian principles.

Clinical Care Management emphasis

The Clinical Care Management in Adult and Geriatrics specialty emphasis prepares nurses to work in diverse settings as a clinician, consultant, and coordinator of health care for adult and geriatric populations, emphasizing clinical prevention and improved health outcomes for patients with acute and chronic diseases. The program emphasizes the core foundations of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult and Geriatrics, which is an advanced practice nurse (APRN) specialty role. Students build expertise in CNS competencies, regulatory requirements, and Christian principles as a moral leader and change agent for various adult populations. Clinical practicum experiences are distributed over five courses for a total of 500 clinical hours.

Nursing Education emphasis

The Nursing Education specialty emphasis prepares nurses to work as nurse educators in diverse settings such as colleges and universities, hospitals, long-term care, or home health and public health. The program emphasizes faith and learning while integrating holistic teaching methods, instructional design, Christian principles, teaching/learning principles, staff development strategies, student/nurse assessment, and program evaluation. The nursing graduate will be an innovative change agent while teaching within academic or health care settings with experience in using best practices in teaching. Clinical practicum experiences are distributed over four courses for a total of 245 clinical hours.

Benefits of the MSN Nursing program at CCU

  • Students have opportunities throughout the coursework to develop specialized nursing competency with a biblical worldview perspective.
  • The MSN program utilizes a variety of accreditation standards to help prepare graduates for national certification.
  • CCU coursework integrates faith, learning, and living with emphasis on biblical principles, moral leadership, and advanced nursing roles.
  • The online format enables nurses to earn their Master of Science in Nursing online, right in their home community, while collaborating with other nurses throughout the country.

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