The Master of Nursing (MN) degree at Washington State University College of Nursing prepares advanced practice nurses to assess and improve community, clinical, and public health care programs, processes, and systems. Students may choose an individualized study option or can specialize in one of the following tracks:
Students interested in the individualized study option must take the Master’s program core course work, plus 3-4 courses specific to their area of interest. Advisors can assist with identifying appropriate courses.
MN courses are completed using a hybrid model where students participate both in class and online. Most classes meet over videoconference on campus five to ten times per semester, and the remaining course work is offered online. Students are expected to attend at one of the many WSU campuses for in-class sessions, however, in many classes, students living at a distance can engage in coursework via live videostream.
Part-time and full-time study options are available. Students attending full-time complete in about two years, and those attending part-time usually complete degree requirements in three to four years. The MN is offered at the college in Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Yakima, and Walla Walla.
Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available. Contact an advisor at your site.
The MN program qualifies nurses for leadership roles in community, public health, and clinical settings including:
- Advanced clinical practice
- Nurse faculty for ADN and BSN programs
- Nurse unit manager
- Public health nurse
- Public health nurse administrator
- Informatics specialty within health systems
- Nurse outreach specialist
- Health educator
- Nurse trainer
- Acute care or chronic care administrator
NOTE: Though we offer a Nursing Leadership track, this is not a clinical nurse leader (CNL) program.
Scholarships and financial assistance
There are many resources available for nursing students. Visit our Scholarships and Funding Opportunities page for more information. For information on tuition waivers or Research and Teaching Assistant positions, please contact an advisor at your planned site of enrollment.
MN Nursing Education — “I’ve been teaching at our ADN program and know I need more skills and a masters. If I want to move up there and become a tenured faculty I need my masters so why not get a masters that has an education focus. I know that the WSU APH masters specialty is populations. Well in some ways, my population is my nursing students. I teach in the first quarter and the third quarter and I work a lot with ESL students. My practice has been med-surg kinds of things but I teach all over the place. I want practical skills and strategies and the WSU APH MN gives me that.”
MN – Individual Study option — “I’m in a partially administrative and partially teaching position at my hospital. I’m in charge of assessing for clinical problems and changing practice. I know that my MN gave me the skills I need to be a leader in this institution. I took some courses in nursing education and concentrated on staff development and the education theory that would help with that. I took other courses in the leadership/admin track and focused on mainly the leadership piece. I know how to assess and evaluate populations of patients. For example we were having problems with our post-surgical patients. I was able to identify the problem, evaluate the literature, and implement a practice change that has improved patient outcomes in a big way. And I was able to lead the change in an interdisciplinary context (everyone had to change!). ”
MN Leadership — “I’m a unit manager in acute care and I need to refresh my skill base. I know that I need to be able to inspire and motivate, to create a healthy environment for my staff, to evaluate and have the skills to lead so that we all are practicing with the best evidence and the most cost effective ways.”
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