If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, earn your Master of Science in Nursing Education and Leadership completely online at Utah Tech. If you’re finishing up your BSN at Utah Tech or another institution, or already have your BSN and are simply ready to take the next step with the convenience of a fully-flexible, asynchronous and accredited program, enroll in Utah Tech’s MSN beginning in the fall of 2023. Read on to learn more about the forthcoming master’s program.
What Will I Learn?
The MSN consists of 36 credits in 14 graduate-level courses, divided into five categories:
|Master’s in Nursing CORE CLASSES
|Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice: Roles, Ethics, and Leadership
|Evaluation of Evidence
|Information Management and Health Care Technologies
|Clinical Focus Component
|Advanced Issues in Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
|Community and Global Determinants of Health
|Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion
|Health Systems and Organizational Leadership Courses
|Communication and Collaboration in Nursing
|Health Care Systems and Organizational Leadership
|Practicum: Leading Effective Organizations
|Nursing Education Courses
|Teaching Methodologies and Technologies
|Practicum: Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
|Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation
Upon completion, graduates will have advanced core skills, including:
- person-centered care
- clinical judgment
- compassionate care
Why Earn Your MSN?
Earning a master’s degree is an additional step in your career path, and is no little effort on your part! So why earn your MSN? Here are some of our top reasons:
- A master’s degree is a necessary stop in advancing nursing licensure, and to becoming a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners have higher-paying positions, work with more independence, and carry greater responsibility than their nurse peers.
- Those with an MSN are in demand! The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the number of advanced practice nurses may increase by 26% from 2018-2028—over double the job growth outlook for registered nurses. Data published by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) shows a potential shortfall of 47,000-122,000 physicians by 2032, a gap that could be filled by certified nurse practitioners.
- Nurses with a MSN have higher earning potential than their peers. Payscale estimates the average salary for those with a BSN at $84K, while the salary for those with an MSN is $94K.
- Earning an MSN offers a broader range of career options for nurses—whether that be in administrative roles, managerial positions, as a nurse educator, or in a chosen specialization.
- For those interested in earning a doctorate, an MSN is a necessary step on the path to further education.
Why Utah Tech University?
- Utah Tech’s MSN is 100% online and asynchronous | Study anywhere you get the internet, at whatever time of day fits your schedule.
- Reduced material cost | Our program is deliberately structured to utilize Open Educational Resources (OER) as much as possible. That means your cost for textbooks is greatly diminished and your courses use graduate-quality, free resources available online.
- No need to travel anywhere | Your research and practicum capstone can be completed where you live.
- Tuition is affordable | Utah Tech offers some of the lowest tuition in the West, with no difference between “resident” or “non-resident” costs. Our MSN program is only $375 per credit hour.
- Utah Tech is flexible | Attend part-time or full-time, and complete the 36 credit hours at your convenience.
- Minimize impact and finish fast | Continue your career and fulfill all your normal responsibilities while completing your degree. The disruption is minimal and always under your control.
- Possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally-accredited nursing program
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 in previous nursing coursework
- Provide proof of RN licensure before beginning second semester coursework
What's My Cost?
Utah Tech University has some of the lowest tuition in the West. As a master’s program administered completely online, all students—including out-of-state students—are granted low in-state tuition. Our program is only $375 per credit hour. Learn more about cost and potential aid by visiting our Cost & Aid page.
The MSN runs on a semester basis, with deadlines for each of our three semesters–Fall, Spring, and Summer.
The deadlines for the 2023-2024 Academic Year are:
- Fall 2023 – August 7, 2023
- Spring 2024 – December 14, 2023
- Summer 2024 – April 29, 2024
The MSN application deadline will be 10 business days (excluding holiday breaks) from the start of each semester. Visit the Academic Catalog to learn more.
ACEN Accreditation Information
Effective November 7, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on November 7, 2024.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
NOTE: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.