Online Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at Concordia University develops professional nurses into leaders and educators. Our program seeks to train competent, compassionate, and caring nursing professionals who uphold Christian values in their service to individuals, families, and communities.

Preparing nursing leaders and educators.

Our MSN will prepare you for the next phase of your career – whether as a nursing leader in healthcare management or as an educator. The Nursing Leadership track focuses on the advancement of healthcare delivery in the clinical setting, while the Nursing Education track will equip you to teach undergraduate nursing students in a variety of specialty content and clinical practice areas and to become an advanced nurse educator in the hospital setting. The goal of the program is to equip you with a set of knowledge and skills that differentiates you in the field of healthcare and in your workplace.

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Delivery options.

Fully online. Our program allows you to complete 100% of your coursework and earn your MSN fully online. We demonstrate our care for students in how we build and develop our online courses that are user-friendly and highly interactive.


Blended delivery. If you prefer face-to-face learning in the classroom, we also offer a blended delivery option. In this hybrid format, you can take classes at our campus in Irvine, CA, during the first and last weeks of the 8-week terms, while still participating in online coursework for the remaining weeks.

Start dates.

Join us for our upcoming start date of August 27, 2016. Depending on your pace of study, you can complete the program in 15-20 months.

Term Start Date
Fall August 27

Areas of concentration.

The curriculum design includes core courses and area of concentration courses, allowing you to choose to emphasize in either Nursing Leadership or Education.

  • Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum
  • 44 Units
  • MSN 501: Health Care Context and Organizational Systems Leadership
  • 3
A survey of the current health milieu will be explored in the context of governmental/legal, fiscal and societal values, spiritual, moral/ethical and transition of care issues. The Advanced Practice Nurse will intervene in the healthcare environment that is ever changing and influenced by technological, economic, political, and sociocultural factors locally and globally through patient education interprofessional communication and evidence-based practice.
  • MSN 511: Nursing Theory: Translating Scholarship into Practice
  • 3
Nursing theorists’ contribution to advancing the quality of nursing care delivery will be considered. In addition, will examining the emphasis of utilizing the Watson Theory of Caring and its potential impact on future nursing health care outcomes. Thesis or project content will be imbedded in course.
  • MSN 513: Nursing Research: Integrating Scholarship into Practice
  • 3
Scholarly inquiry into nursing care delivery issues of advanced practice nurse will be undertaken in an area of concern to articulate methods, tools, performance outcome measures, and standards related to quality improvement to enhance evidence-based practice as a change agent and disseminating research results to interprofessional teams. Thesis or Project content will be imbedded in this course.
  • MSN 515: Applied Statistics for Nurses
  • 3
This course will provide students with a resource to determine the interrelationship between research design, evidence-based practice and statistics. The course will include step-by-step instructions on how to proceed with statistical analyses utilizing the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for managing and understanding data associated with nursing research, evidence-based practice, and program outcomes.
  • MSN 531: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment
  • 3
Advanced physical assessment and related health history relevant to primary care and community care are presented in a body systems approach. Hands-on experience is provided. Prior knowledge and experience of basic health assessment techniques are required. *Prerequisites—Health and Physical Assessment at the Baccalaureate level.
Simulation Check-off 2.5 hours
  • MSN 533: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • 3
This course provides students with an understanding of physiologic and pathophysiologic concepts related to health maintenance and illness management to enhance clinical reasoning skills. Students will learn to integrate pathophysiologic processes to support nursing care decisions relative to preventative care and alterations produced through acute and chronic illness. Current research, health care issues, case studies and application to specialty areas are highlighted to enhance the understanding and integration of pathophysiology in nursing care.
  • MSN 535: Advanced Pharmacology
  • 3
Course content is organized around categories of drugs for physiological systems, with information on therapeutic and adverse effects, indications for use, drug interactions, and guidelines for the nursing educator and the nurse practitioner. The critical thinking process will be applied in case studies regarding the prescribing and monitoring of medications. Legal and ethical considerations of prescriptive practice and prescriptive authority will be included in this course
  • MSN 537: Advanced Nursing Practice Nursing Educator or Leader
  • 3
This course is designed to facilitate the advanced practice nurse’s knowledge and skills in a nursing specialty practice area such as medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatrics, psychiatric mental health, or community health. A minimum of 12 hours per week will be spent in clinical with a master’s prepared preceptor with a total of 90 hours. Nursing Informatics and Health Technologies will be explored.
  • MSN 551: Religions in the Modern World
  • 3
This course will introduce students to tenets and practice of major religious traditions likely to be encountered in healthcare contexts. Special attention will be given to issues relevant to management and delivery of healthcare, such and blood transfusions, treatment of children whose parents object to medical care, spiritual care of patients and medical professional, religious head coverings worn by staff, etc.
  • MSN 552: Ethics in Nursing
  • 3
Examines ethical issues related to professional practice and leadership through the lens of relevant Christian doctrines (such as vocation and two kingdoms), classical moral philosophy, and contemporary ethical theory. Prepares students to analyze and respond to ethical questions faced by nurses at the individual, organizational, and policy levels. Relevant professional codes of ethics will be consulted and analyzed.
  • MSN 561: Instructional Design in Nursing Education (Theory) 1
    or MSN 571 Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management (Theory) 1
  • 4
Instructional Design in Nursing Education (Theory) 1: This course will facilitate student centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education. Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The student will critically examine the nature of contrasting psychologies of human learning and motivation in relation to current educational theories.

Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management (Theory) 1: This course will promote the significance of organizational and systems leadership in promoting quality improvement and safe patient care. The student will develop leadership skills which emphasize the importance of ethical and critical decision making with interprofessional collaboration teams that improve population based healthcare outcomes, disease management, and health economics.
  • MSN 562: Instructional Design in Nursing Education (Practice) 2
    or Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management (Practice) 2
  • 4
Instructional Design in Nursing Education (Practice) 2: This course will facilitate student centered curriculum design development or related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education. Concepts of measurement, evaluation, and testing in nursing education will be explored. Issues in test planning, writing and assembling of items and analysis of results are discussed. The course will also include topics in the evaluation of critical thinking and performance in the assessment of clinical competencies. Ethical and legal issues involved in the evaluation process are discussed. The advanced practice nurse will participate in 180 practicum hours for this course.
Clinical Hours=180

Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management (Practice) 2: This course will provide the advancement of health care delivery in the clinical setting. The advanced practice nurse will have an experiential clinical practice in health care informatics, health economics, interprofessional collaborative practice, and health care policy and intervention outcomes.
Clinical Hours=180
  • MSN 595: Thesis/Project 1
  • 3
This course will provide the student with the opportunity to develop a thesis or a scholarly project for the degree of Master of Science in Nursing. The paper is a culminating experience option for Concordia University Irvine program. (The thesis paper and scholarly project paper topic with reader approval form must be filed with the Graduate Office, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Concordia University Irvine and the chosen clinical research site). The student will work with the thesis/project committee and under the direction of the thesis chairperson will complete a final version of the paper.
  • MSN 596: Thesis/Project 2
  • 3
This course is the culmination scholarly activity for the Master of Science in Nursing of Concordia University Irvine program. The planning, preparation, and completion of the thesis or scholarly project is in partial fulfillment of the graduate degree. Credit is obtained only when the student completes the thesis or scholarly project paper with the approval of the Department of Nursing graduate thesis/project committee members and the dean of the School of Professional Studies.

Learning How to Care.

Students in Concordia University's nursing program explain how the program taught them to blend science with care for patients, and created a rewarding experience.

Prof. Linda Murphy
Nursing Faculty

Committed to Caring

Making a difference in caring for others is at the heart of our Christian mission and our nursing philosophy. You will learn from faculty who understand and are passionate about the emotional connection with the heart, mind, spirit, and practice of teaching nursing for future generations. Our faculty are experienced experts in their fields and dedicated to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to share the Gospel and care for all of God’s people by promoting advanced nursing studies for leadership and education.

Tuition and fees.

You've worked hard as a nurse. Let us help you attain the next level of education. Concordia University will give you a scholarship totaling $4,000 towards your MSN degree when you maintain consistent enrollment. This amount will be prorated over the 14 courses in the program. For more information about this scholarship, please call us at (949) 214-3280.

Tuition and fees are listed here for your convenience, but are subject to change without notice.

Tuition/Fee Amount
Application Fee (nonrefundable) $50
International Application Processing Fee $150
Graduation Fee $145
Tuition $600/unit

Apply now.

The admission process for acceptance to the MSN program involves three steps.

  1. The prospective candidate submits a Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Each MSN application file is evaluated as a whole by a faculty committee to determine if the prospective candidate should be contacted for an in-person interview.
  3. During the in-person interview the prospective candidate meets with the Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program.

Pending the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nursing department will seek CCNE accreditation for the MSN program after the first nursing cohort has been admitted into the program.

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