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MSN Degree Highlights

McNeese’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree offers the knowledge and training necessary for nurses to grow professionally, expand their expertise in the nursing field and successfully sit for post-graduation certification and license exams.

With curriculum consistent with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master’s in Science of Nursing (ICMSN), the MSN program at McNeese features instruction by experienced faculty and hands-on training in the clinical setting. Our program equips students with the skills and experience to practice evidence-based care and effectively serve distinct patient populations or pass their knowledge on to the next generation of nurses.

Learn at your own pace and from your own home

As a graduate nursing student at McNeese, you will enjoy the flexibility of a fully online degree while still receiving the full support of the Department of Nursing‘s faculty and staff and McNeese’s advanced facilities. For the past several years, our student certification rates for family nurse practitioners and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners has been 100%, and most of our graduates have secured post certification and licensure employment prior to graduation.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Program Length: 35-46 credit hours

Availability: online

Nursing is also offered 100% Online.
Program overview

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Affordable tuition rates, scholarships and other financial aid are just a few of the benefits nursing graduate students at McNeese enjoy:

Experiential learning

Graduate students in McNeese’s MSN program spend, depending on their concentration, between two and three semesters in preceptored clinical experiences working with experienced nursing faculty, advance practice nurses, and physicians in real world settings. This experience is crucial in helping our students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed after graduation.

Advanced facilities

McNeese’s clinical simulation lab on campus includes medical mannequins, models, charts, assessment equipment and supplies, and gives students the opportunity to practice procedures such as psychical assessment in a clinical setting. In addition, students can utilize online software program that provides standardized patient scenarios to develop diagnostic and assessment skills.

Expert instruction

With a broad range of experience and expertise in a variety of areas related to nursing, McNeese’s faculty in the College of Nursing and Health professions strive to be available and approachable to support students academically and professionally. In addition to teaching, faculty also practice in their areas of expertise and many are involved in leadership positions with professional organizations at local, state and national levels.

Networking opportunities

McNeese’s graduate nursing program is part of Lousiana’s Intercollegient Consortium for a MSN, which enables MSN students access to networking opportunities with partner schools Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Nicholls State University. Students have the opportunity to attend the South Louisiana Intercollegiate Nursing Research Day that rotates among partner schools, and participate in the McNeese Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Master's Degree in Nursing Concentrations

Family Nurse Practitioner

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) offer preventive health services, health education, and disease management. FNPs often work with the same patients for many years of their lives, monitoring health and wellness, treating minor acute illnesses and managing chronic diseases.

Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum
Nursing Education

Students in the nursing education concentration learn the leadership and communication skills needed to become an effective educator and mentor to the next generation of nursing students and instill in them a passion for lifelong learning.

Nursing Education Curriculum
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurse specialists who assess and diagnose mental health issues and offer treatment by means of pharmacotherapeutic and psychotherapeutic interventions.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum
Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do with a Master's Degree in Nursing?

Nursing is a high-demand field in Louisiana and across the U.S., and an MSN degree can open doors to new positions and higher salaries. Here are just a few of the career and educational opportunities for graduates:

Graduate Schools or Programs

Potential Job Titles or Employers

Archer Institute of LCMH
Avail Hospital
Beauregard Memorial Hospital
CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
Jennings American Legion Hospital
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital


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Program Contact

Stephanie Lavoi