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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Improve health outcomes for individuals and communities through specialist nursing practice.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is based on nursing guidelines established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Walden’s online MSN program is designed to:

  • Evaluate the health needs of diverse populations.
  • Prepare you for current and future career opportunities.
  • Allow you to focus on a specialization that meets your goals.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: August 28, 2017
Transfer Credits: Up to 25 quarter credits

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Gain the competencies to manage the care of acutely or chronically ill individuals aged 13 or older, from initial assessment to the development of a care plan. Coursework is designed to help you build a strong foundation as a nurse practitioner while preparing you to work in challenging, high-acuity settings such as hospital emergency departments, intensive care units, and trauma centers.
This specialization can prepare you for certification as a nurse practitioner with an emphasis on primary care for a wide range of patients aged 13 or older. As an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, you can assess, diagnose, and provide care for adolescent, young adult, and older adult patients in a wide range of settings, including primary care clinics and community health centers.
Focused on primary care of individuals and families across the lifespan, the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization will prepare you to work in acute and primary health care settings. This specialized program is offered to a limited number of students each quarter.
Gain special training to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse issues. Prepare to treat patients across the life span in a variety of settings, from psychiatric hospitals to mental health clinics to schools.
Prepare for a management role as a nurse administrator by understanding a systems approach to organizational structures that impact quality of care and patient outcomes. Gain strategies in decision making, planning, finance, and human resources.
This specialization addresses the growing need for nurse educators in the private and public sectors. Prepare for educator roles in practice settings and for faculty positions in undergraduate nursing programs. Explore ways to use technology in a variety of teaching methods.
Knowledge of and competence in nursing informatics is increasingly important in the healthcare field. Study how technology systems and workflows can improve and expedite communication and patient data. This specialization can help prepare you for the Informatics Nursing Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Prepare to improve the health outcomes of entire communities as a public health nurse leader. Gain foundational knowledge in public health policy, environmental health, epidemiology, and public health administration and leadership. An MSN from Walden fulfills the graduate degree requirements for those planning to seek Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) certification.*

*Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other certification websites.

Walden’s MSN program features three enrollment options depending on your previous education, experience, and education goals. The courses and pace of the program will depend on the track chosen.

To speak with an enrollment advisor about which path is best for you, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 8552035779.



The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams and to prepare graduates who possess an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams and guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for practice as a nurse practitioner; however, it remains the individual's responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification or to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential.

More about our MSN program

Depending on your specialization, your career options may include various roles, such as:

  • Nurse administrator
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Trauma center nurse specialist
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Women's health educator
  • Long-term care facilities manager
  • Correctional facilities nurse

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Entry requirements for Walden's MSN program are as follows:

  • You must be a registered nurse (RN).
  • You must hold a hospital diploma, an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor's degree.
  • 2 years of work experience are required for Nurse Practitioner specializations.

Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 8552035779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.

Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855-203-5779.

CCNEWalden University’s DNP, MSN, and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791.

CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

Why earn your MSN at Walden?

Gia Smith

"I always look at my job and my education as a heartfelt way of helping the community."

Gia Smith | MSN Graduate and DBA Student