Graduates of this program will find themselves in high demand for positions of leadership and increasing responsibility in healthcare and society.
The Tabor College Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for practicing nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree. The program provides a superior graduate-level education that will prepare nursing graduates for professional positions in executive leadership, education or informatics.
MSN Specialty Tracks
In order to help nurses address the specific needs of their organization or align with personal career goals, the MSN offers three specialty tracks. Each track is grounded by foundational courses that are common to both specialties.
- Nurse Executive Leadership – The Executive Leadership emphasis track develops into the graduate nursing student an executive perspective on organizational behavior, clinical operations, quality measurement and risk management, fiscal operations, systematic change, and human resource development. Students will also learn the latest theories in human communication to ensure they have the skills necessary to manage departments or nursing units within the health care setting. MSN Executive Leadership students take 18 hours of core nursing courses and complete 18 hours of specialty courses in Nurse Executive Leadership. Thus, a total of 36 credit hours are required to earn the MSN in Nurse Executive Leadership.
- Nurse Education – The Nurse Education emphasis track prepares nurses for career paths in staff development, vocational-technical or community college education. MSN Nurse Education students take 18 hours of core nursing courses and complete 18 hours of specialty courses in Nurse Education. Thus, a total of 36 credit hours are required to earn the MSN in Nurse Education.
- Nurse Informatics – The Nurse Informatics emphasis track prepares nurses for career paths in the specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate data/information in nursing practice. Nurses will study how technology systems and workflows can improve and expedite communication and patient data. MSN Nurse Informatics students take 18 hours of core nursing courses and complete 18 hours of specialty courses in Nurse Informatics. Thus, a total of 36 credit hours are required to earn the MSN in Nurse Informatics.
- The MSN degree includes themes of leadership and ethics woven through the program.
- This degree requires 36 credit hours and is offered completely online.
- Each course is intensive and is completed in 8 weeks.
- Most students complete one course at a time. This means rapid degree completion with more focus and less stress for you.
- An evidence-based project gives you opportunity to document your learning experiences.
- Personalized attention is provided with small class sizes. Faculty and preceptor-guided practicum experiences provide knowledge and mentoring.
- All instruction is Christ-centered and taught by well-qualified Christian faculty who are experienced in their fields and who want to help you reach your professional goals.
- Access to federal student loans available for those who qualify.
- Tabor College is accredited and has been named in the top 5 online colleges in Kansas.
- Theoretical Foundations
- Foundations of Health Care Systems & Policy
- Diverse Populations & Health Care
- Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Research &Process Improvement
- Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care Management
- Nursing Leadership & Advanced Role Development
- Building Effective Communication & Relationships
- Professionalism & Executive Career Development
- Nursing Leadership & Systems Thinking
- Financial Management & Resource Allocation in Health Care Systems
- Advanced Practice Nursing Field Experience
- Evidence-Based Advanced Practice Nursing Capstone
Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be admitted to the master of Science in Nursing Program:
- An official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
- An overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework.
- International students are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being considered for admission. The minimum TOEFL score is 560.
- All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family, friends, other students or co-workers are NOT appropriate.
- All applicants must submit an online application for admission, reference letters, goal statement and admission fee. The Goal Statement is your opportunity to tell faculty what you are planning to do with your career after you finish you master’s degree. Before writing your goal statement, please carefully review information about the specialty on our website so that your clearly indicate to the faculty that you are a fit with the specialty.
- A course in statistics with a grade of C or higher, and undergraduate research course, and computer literacy (including word processing, email and Internet searches) are pre-requisites for all concentrations in nursing.
- RN applicants must be eligible to practice in the state where they will be completing their program practicum.
- All applicants must submit proof of professional liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $1/3 million individual/aggregate to be renewed annually.
- Criminal background check is required to enter into the program.
- Each applicant to the Master of Science in Nursing program will be evaluated on the basis of the admissions materials submitted. A student may be fully admitted, provisionally admitted, probationary admitted, or denied. Applicants admitted into the program are expected to enroll in the program within 12 months of admission.
Why MSN at Tabor College?
- Financial aid available
- Transfer in up to six credit hours
- Current information and techniques taught by professionals who have advanced degrees in nursing
- One course at a time, complete in 24 months
- Online learning for greater flexibility
- Christian view integrated through program
CCNE will conduct an on-site evaluation visit January 23-25, 2017. You are invited to provide input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. Comments will be accepted by the Commission until January 2, 2017.
Comments may be submitted by email to:
or by mail to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
ATTN: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120.
Note that only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team prior to the visit but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program.