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A Curry College Master of Science in Nursing Degree in Nurse Administration student poses for a photo on campusAs a practicing professional, you are well aware of the dynamic changes in our highly complex healthcare system that require you to think differently about how you care for patients. You need to do more than understand a diagnosis and implement a treatment plan. You're expected to be a straightforward communicator, a thoughtful leader, an effective educator, a strong advocate for your patients and community, a contributing member of a healthcare team and much more.

Who Should Apply?

The MSN Nursing Administration Concentration was designed for you if you:

  • Are a registered nurse with a valid Massachusetts RN license
  • Have a bachelor's degree in any field
  • Seek to advance in your nursing career as an Administrator


Do you have a non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree?

Curry College offers a Pathway to MSN for Registered Nurses with a non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree.

MSN Program Information

MSN faculty and advisors will be available to provide a comprehensive overview of the program and answer any questions you may have:

Plymouth Campus
A Closer Look at the MSN
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Michelle McMahon, MSN Program Director and faculty. Take an in-depth look at Curry's  curriculum, learn about the practical expertise of faculty, and hear how our alumni have utilized their degrees to become leaders in their respective fields. Attend this presentation to learn how Curry's MSN program will help you achieve your goals.

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A Rigorous Curriculum

Your first two semesters will include "core" graduate nursing courses. The 35-credit program is comprised of the following 12 courses:

Course

Credits

Semester 1:

MSN 6200 Advanced Pathophysiology

3

MSN 6000 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

3

MSN 6600 Informatics and Health Management Systems

3

Semester 2:

MSN 6300 Nursing Science and Evidence-based Practice

3

MSN 6500 Advanced Pharmacology

3

MSN 6040 Advanced Evidence-Based Research and Statistical Analysis

3

Semester 3:

MSN 6460 Curriculum Theory, Design, Frameworks, and Development and Evaluation (Nursing Education concentration)*

3

MSN 6470 Organizational Leadership in Healthcare (Nursing Administration concentration)*

3

MSN 6760 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation Methods (Nursing Education concentration)*

3

MSN 6770 Quality Improvement Science and Risk Management in Healthcare (Nursing Administration concentration)*

3

MSN 6450 Health Policy, Systems and Financing

3

Semester 4:

MSN 7982 Capstone Seminar

2

MSN 7863 Practicum in Nursing Education - 130 hours (Nursing Education concentration)*

3

MSN 7873 Practicum in Nursing Administration - 130 hours (Nursing Administration concentration)*

3

MSN 6100 Leadership

3

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is a 35 credit, four semester program.
Select courses will be offered in a hybrid format combining in-class and online learning activities.

* Course taken during this semester based on student's concentration.

What is Cohort Study?

As a student in the Curry College MSN Program, you will be part of a cohort group. That means that the same students will be in all of your classes for the entire program, start to finish. Cohort group learning has proven to be very effective for adult learners because it creates a community of professionals who can study together, provide support, discuss common on-the-job problems, and offer networking opportunities.

Fall 2018 Schedule

A new cohort will begin at our Milton campus in Fall 2018.


Spring 2019 Schedule

A new cohort will begin at our Plymouth campuses in Spring 2019.


Course Descriptions

A PDF file of the course descriptions can be opened or downloaded from the link below:

Michelle McMahon, MSN Program Director, Associate Professor
Cathleen Colleran, Associate Professor
Katherine-Marie Conover, Assistant Professor
Donna Dello-Iacono, Senior Lecturer
Susan R. James
, Professor
Elizabeth C. Kudzma, Professor
Bertha Lee, Assistant Professor
Maureen L. Murphy, Professor
Susan Natale, Assistant Professor
Linda M. Tenofsky, Professor
Coleen Toronto, Associate Professor

Curry College's Nursing Administration curriculum emphasizes what it takes to lead healthcare organizations focused on quality, efficiency and excellence in the practice of patient care.  Next-generation Nurse Administrators keep current with technological advances and emerging medical knowledge while minimizing errors. Administrators must also know how to use leadership skills, evidence-based practice and decision analysis to anticipate risks, understand technology and maintain patient safety.  Integral to the curriculum, the practicum experience allows students to apply skills learned in the classroom.  Through the capstone experience, students collaborate with faculty on a focused scholarly project and broaden their understanding of a contemporary leadership issue.  When you pursue your MSN at Curry College, you'll enhance your strategic leadership skills and acquire the necessary tools for career success as a leader in your field.

MSN Program Outcomes:

  1. Implement strategies based on advanced reasoning and theory designed to improve quality and reduce risk within health care environments.
  2. Evaluate, translate and disseminate current nursing research designed to improve outcomes and increase nursing's body of knowledge.
  3. Analyze effectiveness of collaborative communication, teamwork strategies and information technologies designed to influence health-related outcomes.
  4. Advocate for ethical practice based on knowledge of professional standards, scope of practice, and distributive justice.
  5. Demonstrate leadership in effecting change in educational and healthcare systems through collaboration and advocacy at the local, state, national and global levels.
  6. Integrate academic and experiential knowledge, skills and attitudes into the advanced professional practice role.
Curry College Master of Education (M.Ed.) student checks vitals of a SIM patient

Accredited Programs. A Tradition of Excellence.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program and master's degree in nursing program at Curry College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Take the next step

We're excited you're considering our flexible, convenient, and real-world focused Curry College Master of Science in Nursing program along with our other top notch Nursing Degree paths, and we look forward to helping you reach your career goals.