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.

This program allows flexibility through hybrid courses, which blend on-campus and online learning, and may be ideal for students with professional or personal obligations during the typical work week.

Admission Requirements

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.


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

Chris Webb, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Director, FNP Track