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Enter the Upper Echelons of Your Profession

An online Master of Science in Nursing from Benedictine University prepares you to take an advanced role in your field. Whether leading a team of clinical providers, teaching the next generation of nursing professionals or taking on an administrative role in health care, you’ll find yourself in a position to have a positive impact on those you serve.

Designed for current RNs, this online program provides flexibility so you can learn when and where it’s best for you. Complete the on-ground practicum with a preceptor who is an experienced professional in your local area.

Our CCNE-accredited program offers your choice of two concentrations as well as post-graduate certification in each–Nurse Educator and Nurse Executive Leader.

When you make the choice to earn your online degree from Benedictine University, you choose to not compromise. Your career stays on track as you balance online classes with work and you graduate with enhanced skills and a degree from a prestigious and historic university. Compromise is not in our vocabulary…nor should it be in yours.

Choose a Future-Focused Concentration

Just as there is a shortage of nurses nationwide, there is also a growing need for nurse educators. Changing laws, evolving technologies and business models in health care have created an in-demand role for nurse executive leaders. Both of these paths are available to you with an online MSN from BenU as you tailor your degree to meet your goals by choosing one of these concentrations.

If you’re looking to expand your career options even more, consider our dual MSN/MBA program.

Designed for nurses interested in serving as educators in clinical settings. Coursework in this concentration focuses on advanced level sciences and specialty knowledge in instructional strategies, curriculum development, and evaluation methods.

Learn to serve in clinical teaching roles for patients and nurses. In conjunction with advanced nursing topics, you’ll study instructional strategies, curriculum development, and evaluation methods.

The BenU online dual MSN/MBA degree pairs a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing practice, with the managerial and critical thinking skills of business. The program is completed in just 23 courses, as opposed to the 26 courses that would be required if you take each degree separately.

Engage with Your Education

With a focus on usability and design, our online learning framework–Engage Learning Management System (LMS)—is built according to industry best practices and is always improving. It’s easy to use, facilitates communication through live chat with faculty and classmates, and gives you an increased social presence.

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Connect to Your Future

Learning online may not feel like a traditional college experience because it’s not. The curriculum mirrors that of an on-campus program and the professors are the same. But online learning gives you more say in how earning your degree fits into your already busy life. You determine how to balance your online program with work, family and other commitments. BenU gives you all the student support and career-related services you’d find on campus. Connecting to your future online may be the best choice for you.

A Curriculum That Builds Leaders

Earning an online MSN from Benedictine University takes commitment, foresight, ambition and a willingness to learn. It’s no coincidence that these are also the qualities of leadership. As a BenU student, you are just not taught to lead–you’re expected to. Our curriculum is designed and taught by expert nurse educators. We provide a transformative and integrative educational experience that thoroughly prepares you for your career while helping you shape a life of meaning and purpose as an engaged citizen and effective health care professional.

NRHL 6622 Professionalism and Executive Career Development

Focus on the knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively coach and further the professional development of others within the healthcare organization. Coursework emphasizes the concepts of professionalism, personal and professional accountability, transparency, advocacy, and ethical standards.

NRHL 6646 Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking

This course explores principles of nursing leadership and the skills required for nurse managers and executives to function effectively in complex healthcare environments. You’ll develop leadership self-awareness in order to effectively lead change, build strong cultures and effective teams, and resolve conflicts.

NRHL 6641 Instructional Strategies

This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies in nursing education. Students examine frameworks for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, adult learning theories, ethical issues and professional values related to nursing education, as well as the integration of new technology in instructional design and delivery.

NRHL 5506 Quality Improvement & Safety in Health Care Systems

Explore problems caused by the varying levels of healthcare quality and strategies for improving them using models of evaluation and process improvement. Learn to apply principles of quality and regulatory management with an emphasis on defining, measuring, and evaluating outcomes within organizations and systems.

Advanced Nursing Credentials are in Demand

At a time when approximately 70,000 experienced RNs are retiring annually, the loss of nursing leaders presents a crisis within the U.S. healthcare system that your Benedictine nursing education can address with an advanced degree.3 Add a population that is both growing in size and increasing in age, and the need for nursing professionals with specialized leadership abilities is apparent. In fact, growing many U.S. hospitals and healthcare facilities now require that their staff include a certain percentage of MSN-qualified nurses. These professionals are paid well with MSN nurses earning, on average, $32,000 more a year than BSN nurses.4

Top positions for MSN grads

  1. Chief Nursing Officer
  2. Clinical Educator
  3. Clinical Nurse Manager
  4. Clinical Services Director
  5. Nursing Director
  6. Nurse Educator

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