Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

MSN Program Mission

The mission of the Graduate Nursing Program is to prepare nurses within a collaborative learning environment to effectively serve as nurse leaders in academic and practice settings who are committed to life-long learning, contribute to the discipline of nursing through rigorous intellectual inquiry and translation of evidence into practice, collaborate with interprofessional teams, and lead change, promote health, and elevate care for diverse and global populations.

MSN Program Goals

The Graduate Nursing Program will prepare graduates equipped with enhanced nursing knowledge and skills to:

  • Lead change to improve quality outcomes,
  • Advance a culture of evidence through lifelong learning,
  • Build and lead collaborative interprofessional teams,
  • Address evolving healthcare needs,
  • Navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system,
  • Design innovative nursing practices,
  • Translate evidence into practice, and
  • Promote health and elevate care,

as flexible leaders employed in critical action within complex and changing health, educational, and organizational systems.

MSN Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares registered nurses with broad knowledge and practice expertise that builds and expands on baccalaureate nursing generalist practice. Mayville State University offers two MSN tracks focused on the role of the nurse educator and on nursing leadership and management in addition to graduate certificate programs in both track areas. Development of a fuller understanding of the discipline of nursing through mastery of the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing fosters engagement in higher-level practice and leadership in a variety of practice and academic settings. Promoting a commitment to lifelong learning, graduates seamlessly transition into a research or practice-focused doctoral program.

MSN Program Core Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Integrate current and emerging theory, knowledge, and research from nursing, humanities, and related sciences to guide evidencebased advanced nursing practice for continuous improvement of patient and population health outcomes.
  2. Incorporate knowledge of organizational and systems leadership, continuous quality improvement and safety, health policy, informatics and health care technologies to ensure culturally responsive, high quality nursing and patient care.
  3. Promote nursing practice within the context of the interprofessional team utilizing ethical decision-making, advocacy, clinical reasoning, values-orientation, effective communication, and life-long learning to foster improved health outcomes across care continuum.
  4. Collaborate as a member and leader of interprofessional healthcare teams and partnerships in the design, coordination, and evaluation of patient centered care.
  5. Integrate evidence-based clinical prevention, heath promotion and population-based care strategies to improve health care delivery and decrease health disparities for diverse individuals, families, and populations.