Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing is to prepare nurses to identify and address gaps in healthcare delivery and design through advanced nursing knowledge and higher level leadership skills for improving health outcomes. The graduate of this program is prepared in nursing education, nursing administration, or advanced practice nursing. Consistent with Bellarmine’s goal to prepare leaders for our society, graduate students in nursing will be able to lead change, promote health, and elevate nursing care in various roles and settings.

The graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing builds on the baccalaureate degree. The curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of students, while maintaining a sound academic program in nursing. Each student identifies educational goals with a faculty advisor and maintains a close liaison with the advisor throughout the program of studies.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program will be able to:

  1. Integrate findings from the sciences and humanities to continually improve nursing practice across diverse settings.
  2. Collaborate within interprofessional teams using effective leadership skills, ethical awareness, and critical decision making to promote quality and safety outcomes within the healthcare system.
  3. Use appropriate quality improvement methods and healthcare technologies to integrate, coordinate, and improve care.
  4. Employ evidence-based practice methods to initiate changes in practice settings and to disseminate results.
  5. Examine strategies to advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
  6. Incorporate organizational, client-centered, and culturally sensitive concepts in the implementation of evidence-based clinical prevention for individuals, families, and identified populations.
  7. Demonstrate advanced level expertise in performing direct or indirect nursing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

Areas of Concentration

Family Nurse Practitioner Track: The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares professional nurses to provide a wide range of preventive and acute healthcare services to individuals of all ages. NPs take health histories and provide complete physical examinations; diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems; interpret laboratory results and X-rays; prescribe and manage medications and other therapies; provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance; and refer patients to other health professionals as needed. Students will complete selected clinical practica as part of this curriculum. Upon successful completion of the FNP track requirements graduates are eligible to apply for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Nursing Administration: The nursing administration track prepares professional nurses to function in management positions in a variety of health care settings. Students focus on financial and economic aspects of health care, human and resource management, and organizational leadership. Selected clinical, administrative, and evidence-based practice experiences provide the student with the opportunity to function as a nurse administrator. Practica must be completed in nursing administration.

Nursing Education: The nursing education track prepares professional nurses to function as beginning nurse educators. This may be in the area of staff development, health education, or preparation of nursing students. Selected teaching, clinical, and evidence-based practice experiences in various settings provide the student with the opportunity to function as a nurse educator. Practica must be completed in nursing education.

MSN/MBA Program: The MSN/MBA program offers professional nurses a unique opportunity to prepare for leadership, management, and health policy roles in health care organizations. Students complete requirements of both the MSN nursing administration track and the MBA program. Nine hours from the MBA are applied to the MSN requirements of NURS 625, NURS 639, and an elective.


The baccalaureate and master’s programs at Bellarmine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202.887.6791.

Contact information

Dr. Sherill Cronin, RN-BC, Professor and Chair,
Graduate Studies in Nursing
502.272.8149, 800.274.4723

Julie Armstrong-Binnix, Graduate Admission Officer
502.272.8364, 800.274.4723 x.8364