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M.S. Nursing (MSN)

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MSN Overview

Become a leader in healthcare and take the next step in your career with the online Master of Science in Nursing from King University.

Designed for working nurses, the online master’s in nursing program provides the training you need to enter positions of leadership within your field. The program offers you a direct track towards professional advancement through your choice of two in-demand concentrations:

  • Nurse Education
  • Administration

Your course of study covers a range of topics including research design, health informatics, global health awareness, theory, and social perspective on health. Program outcomes seek to help you:

  • Synthesize theory, research, and values to effectively practice nursing
  • Expand your critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills
  • Practice reflective nursing in a way guided by expanded knowledge
  • Demonstrate professional accountability
  • Understand the role of nursing in local, state, national, and global healthcare policy
  • Improve the quality of your specialty practice
  • Take part in professional and personal growth

Offered fully online, the master’s in nursing is taught in a cohort model. This allows you to retain the flexibility you need to attend school on your schedule, while simultaneously moving through your degree with a community of your peers.

Candidates can enter the master’s in nursing program externally, or directly from King University’s RN to BSN program. Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge and skills to take on higher positions of management, as well as pursue doctoral education.

The M.S. Nursing Program is Designed for…

  • Working RNs who have already earned their BSN degree who are seeking to advance their careers
  • Graduates of King University’s RN to BSN program
  • Nontraditional learners who want an accessible educational format


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at King University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The School of Nursing programs are fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and are members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of King University.


Courses and Requirements

Our online master’s in nursing requires 35-39 semester hours for completion, depending on the concentration selected. Concentration requirements can be found in the table below.

ConcentrationSpecialized CreditsTotal Program CreditsClinical Practicum Hours
Education24 semester hours39 semester hours420
Administration20 semester hours35 semester hours395
Course of Study
Course # Title Description Credits
NURS 5000 Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice This is a core course that prepares students to critique, evaluate, and utilize theory within their practice. In addition to nursing theories, relevant theories from related disciplines are addressed. The goal is to help students conceptualize a theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice that is comprehensive and holistic, and has the potential to impact patient care delivery models and improve patient outcomes. 3
NURS 5001 Research Design in Nursing This is a core course which focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to critically analyze and evaluate research literature in order to answer clinical questions. The student will learn how to initiate a line of inquiry using comprehensive databases. Statistics and research methods will help the student to effectively critique the status of the existing evidence to determine if a change is indicated to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. Students gain knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice by the collection, interpretation, and integration of the best available evidence. 3
NURS 5010 Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives on Healthcare and Delivery Systems This core course provides an overview of social, political, and cultural issues impacting today’s global healthcare system, enabling students to explore and develop strategies to be influential in social and health policy formation and consumer health advocacy. Global awareness including an understanding of ethical and legal accountability, patient vulnerability, and culturally-sensitive care are emphasized. In-depth exploration of strategies for health promotion and disease prevention for communities are highlighted in this course. 3
NURS 5012 Global Health Awareness This course offers an introduction to the practice of global health nursing, the political, economic, and cultural processes of globalization, and their impact on population health and healthcare systems. Students will examine varying meanings of health as well as the range of factors that encourage the health of some and exclude it from others. The course includes the study of a global health ethical framework based on human rights, cultural diversity, and social justice. Students will have an enhanced understanding of the global dimensions of health and disease, various strategic health initiatives, and correlating healthcare interventions. Attention will be paid to a variety of topics including HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, infectious diseases, health in reproduction, social determinants of health, and more. 3
NURS 5014 Healthcare Informatics The focus of this core course is exploring and understanding the concepts relevant to healthcare informatics and the use of computerized information systems in healthcare organizations. A main focus is the use of computerized applications by nurses to support decision-making in clinical, administrative, and educational settings. The development of information management skills and the use of the internet are emphasized as a means to evaluate health, wellness, and illness, thereby, positively influencing patient outcomes. 3
Course # Title Description Credits
NURS 5002 Advanced Pathophysiology This course prepares nurses with advanced knowledge and understanding of the pathologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, clinical decision-making, pharmacotherapeutics, and nursing interventions. Course content examines deviations from homeostasis, genetic and epigenetic influences of disease in body systems across the lifespan. A systematic survey of diseases within body systems including etiology, epidemiology, and clinical manifestations is explored. Current research findings are explored and utilized in this class. 3
NURS 5004 Advanced Physical Assessment & Health Promotion This course focuses on the development and practice of advanced health assessment skills needed for delivery of culturally competent care across the lifespan. Diagnostic reasoning is used to interpret data obtained from the history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures to generate a comprehensive health assessment and problem list. Domains of interest include: family processes, transcultural issues, nutrition, genetic variations, growth and development, spirituality, and health promotion. Students refine the health assessment and clinical judgment skills needed to relate findings to underlying pathophysiologic changes in the client’s health status in order to plan therapeutic and healing interventions. 3
NURS 5006 Advanced Pharmacology This course provides the advanced knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics needed to initiate safe and appropriate pharmacological treatment in the management of disease processes across the life span. Special concerns regarding developmental status, nutritional status, health status, cultural influences or membership in a high-risk group are identified. Strategies for counseling and education to promote adherence are explored. Ethics, cost effectiveness, legalities and regulations related to prescription writing are addressed. Students are introduced to the use of electronic drug databases for point-of-care decision-making based on up-to-date drug information. Prerequisite: NURS 5002, 5004 3
NURS 5030 Principles of Teaching and Learning This course provides an introduction to the principles of teaching and learning in the context of nursing education. A variety of strategies to facilitate learning in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains are introduced. The student will develop learning activities for the traditional, non-traditional, and online learning environments. The use of evidence-based theories to support teaching and learning are explored. The student will analyze individual factors which impact learning and may require adaptation of teaching strategies. 3
NURS 5032 Curriculum Development & Implementation in Nursing Education This course introduces the student to the essentials of curriculum development as it applies to nursing education. The student will explore the relationship of nursing curricula to the mission and philosophy of parent institutions and to national guidelines for nursing education at all levels. Accreditation, standards of professional nursing practice, legal, and ethical issues are analyzed within the context of curriculum development and program evaluation. Learning theories and taxonomy are applied to curricula, programs, courses, and learning units. A seminar approach, requiring collaborative work and interdependent relationships is utilized. Prerequisite: NURS 5030 3
NURS 5035 Focused Clinical Seminar and Practicum This practicum experience focuses on the synthesis of previously gained knowledge and skills in the provision of advanced nursing care to individuals, families and communities. Emphasis is placed on the management of clients within a clinical focus area. The 240-hour seminar format will allow the student to explore in depth the provision of evidence-based nursing practice in the care of patients experiencing actual or potential health problems related to the clinical focus (2 didactic/2 clinical/1 lab). 5
NURS 5036 Nursing Education Practicum In this practicum/classroom experience, the student will demonstrate the application and synthesis of theory and competencies related to the role of the nurse educator. The student will use evidence-based strategies to support teaching and learning goals. Learning experiences are planned and negotiated to meet the individual learning goals of the nurse educator student in the context of preceptor supervised experiences in a nursing education setting. The student will successfully complete 180 hours in this nursing education practicum. Prerequisite: NURS 5030, 5032 4
Course # Title Description Credits
NURS 5050 Visionary Leadership in Nursing This course provides a theoretical foundation and focuses on leadership theory and assessment strategies for use in the healthcare system. This course explores the student’s capacity for leadership, including contemporary contexts, as well as strengths and barriers to effective leadership practice. It includes learning experiences designed to enhance the student’s understanding of self as a leader and provides an opportunity to increase the student’s understanding of culturally competent care. Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will receive 75 clinical hours. 3
NURS 5054 Financial/Accounting Issues for Nurse Managers This course focuses on essential financial management elements for delivery of healthcare services. Topics include economics of the U.S. healthcare system; accounting and budget principles; financial techniques including break-even analysis, variance analysis, cost estimation and forecasting, and capital budgeting; financial issues related to staffing; components of financial statements; and a cost management approach for measuring costs related to quality assurance. Students will enhance their abilities to become fiscally accountable for their practice while providing high-quality patient care. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive 20 clinical hours. 3
NURS 5056 Continuous Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management This course prepares nursing leaders with knowledge to guide complex healthcare delivery and focuses on improvement of systems in order to provide safe, effective and efficient care to clients. The guidance of quality organizations and the requirements of regulatory agencies are utilized as models for quality improvement. Students are prepared to identify system problems and to use processes to find root causes and solutions. Upon the completion of this course the student will receive 60 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NURS 5050, Co-requisite: NURS 5054 3
NURS 5058 Transformational Strategies: Practicum I This first practicum experience in a series of three practicums involves the analysis and integration of theory as it relates to the nurse executive’s role. Organizational assessment designs will be explored. Students will be provided with opportunities to participate in all phases of the executive role in an acute care delivery system and community-based systems settings under the guidance of a preceptor. This course includes 60 hours of clinical practice. 3
NURS 5059 Transformational Strategies: Practicum II This second practicum is a continuation of integration of theory as it relates to the nurse executive’s role. Emphasis is placed on the strategic planning process. Students will continue the practicum in the same setting under the guidance of a preceptor. This clinical practicum consists of 120 hours. Prerequisite: NURS 5058 5
NURS 5060 Transformational Strategies: Practicum III This third and last practicum continues to expand on the first two practicums. Students will build on the information gained from the organizational assessment and strategic planning process in order to direct nursing practice as a nurse executive. Activities for this practicum are interdependently planned with the guidance of a preceptor. This practicum includes 60 hours of clinical practice. Prerequisite: NURS 5058, 5059 3

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the online MSN program must meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program.
  2. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale on all prior academic work.
    1. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered and accepted on a conditional basis.
  3. Undergraduate coursework completed with a C grade or better in the following disciplines:
    1. Statistics
    2. Nursing research/Evidence-based practice
    3. Health assessment
    4. Pathophysiology (highly recommended for Nurse Education students, but not required)
  4. Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Tennessee (compact/multi-state accepted) with privileges to practice in Tennessee). Applicant should not be on probation and must report any past or current disciplinary action taken by a State Board directly to the Dean of the School of Nursing.

How to Apply

Students applying for an online MSN program must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed online application.
  2. An official transcript request form. A scanned copy may be emailed to your Enrollment Counselor.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably one from an employer and one from a previous college professor. When applying online, students may submit the names and email addresses of individuals offering a recommendation to automate the process.
  4. A personal essay. Details will be provided by your enrollment counselor.
  5. Verification of current unencumbered registered nurse license from the Tennessee Board of Nursing or compact Multi-state licensure with privileges to practice in Tennessee.
  6. Copies of all certificates in an area of clinical concentration, if applicable.
  7. A current curriculum vitae including professional organization memberships and activities and community service.

Guaranteed Admission to MSN Program Criteria

Students completing the BSN degree from King University may apply for guaranteed admission to an MSN program during the final semester of the BSN program. Students applying for guaranteed admission must meet the following admission criteria in addition to those listed above:

  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (two academic and one professional)
  • Have received no academic sanctions during BSN program

Guaranteed admission is contingent on time of application and seats available per semester.

Tuition & Fees

King University helps minimize the cost of your education through our transfer credit policy. MSN students may transfer up to six credits of graduate study from another program to be credited toward requirements at King.**

Full Program Tuition$605 per semester hour$21,175 - $23,595
Full Program Fees$100 Technology fee (per course)
$65 Background check (one-time)
$40 Liability Insurance (one-time)
$200 Health Assessment Kits (one-time, MSN Educator only)
$175 Graduation Fee (one-time)
$75 School of Nursing Documentation Fee (This includes access to the Castlebranch documentation management system and the drug screen. The drug screen must be completed and cleared upon admission.)
$1,515 - $1,815
Full Program Total$22,690 - $25,410
Tuition with maximum transfer credits (Up to six)$605 per semester hour$17,545 - $19,965
Fees with maximum transfer credits
$1,303 - $1,603
Total with Transfer Credits$18,848 - $21,568

**Courses are applicable for transfer if they are applicable to the requirements of the program, and are approved by the specialty area faculty and the Dean of the School of Nursing. Courses being transferred must have been assigned a grade of B or higher and must have covered content which is required for a particular core course or specialty program.

Career Outcomes

Professional nurses who graduate from King University’s online MSN program can increase their earnings and build their career in various areas of nursing and other related fields. Outcomes include:

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Director of nursing
  • Nursing faculty
  • Nurse manager
  • Director of staff development
  • Quality improvement manager/director
Online Learning

Studying online prepares you for a successful future. Discover a learning format that offers:

  • Flexibility and Convenience
  • Personalized Academics
  • Equal Excellence
  • Opportunity for Self Insight