Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and offered 100% online, McNeese's master's degree in nursing offers three concentrations for nursing professionals to specialize their skillsets.

Program Highlights

MSN Degree Highlights

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

With curriculum consistent with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master in Science of Nursing (ICMSN), the MSN program at McNeese features instruction by experienced faculty and hands-on clinical experiences. 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 Graduate 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%.

At a Glance

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

Program Length: 35-46 credit hours

Availability: online

Nursing is offered 100% Online.
Program overview

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Here are just a few of the benefits MSN 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. This real-world experience is crucial in helping our students develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed after graduation.

Advanced Facilities:

McNeese’s clinical simulation labs on campus include high fidelity mannequins across the lifespan, skill trainers, and faculty supervised procedure labs to help students develop the skills they need to be expert nurse practitioners and educators. In addition, students can utilize online software programs that provide 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 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 Louisiana’s Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science Nursing, 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 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) specialize in preventive health services, health education and disease management. FNPs often work with the same patients for many years, 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 effective educators and mentors to the next generation of nursing students.

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
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

Dr. Deanna Fredericks Harless, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC