Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Walden is the #1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.* and can help you take your nursing career to the next level.
 

CCNEWhy you should choose Walden’s CCNE-accredited online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

  • You will learn from the leader—no school graduates more MSN students than Walden.*

  • You can choose from flexible options that help you fit your education into your schedule.

  • You can enroll with or without a bachelor’s degree. Start with a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing.

  • You can tailor your studies. Choose from direct or indirect patient care specializations.

  • You will enroll in a quality program. Walden’s MSN program has been accredited by CCNE since 2006 and CCNE recently reaffirmed MSN’s accreditation term for the 10-year maximum.

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Transfer Credits: Varies

Accreditation: CCNE Accredited for 10-Year Maximum

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Master of Science in Nursing Specializations

Learn how to conduct initial assessments, make diagnoses, and develop treatment and care plans for acutely or chronically ill adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults.
Improve health outcomes for adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults by conducting initial assessments and delivering diagnoses as well as developing treatment and care plans.
Discover how to assess, diagnose, and treat routine medical conditions and explore strategies for practicing preventive healthcare for individuals and families.

Go from giving the shots to calling them. Help shape the future by making significant contributions to your organization in planning, finance, and human resources.

Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

Prepare to address current healthcare issues in a clinical environment while developing teaching expertise in both classroom and staff development settings.

Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

Learn how to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce costs in health IT.

Location restrictions apply for competency-based program
Positively impact the well-being of patients in primary care settings with our pediatric nurse practitioner specialization.
Gain the skills to diagnose, provide therapy, treat, and prescribe medications for patients with mental illness, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse issues.
Gain the knowledge and leadership skills to address health and access issues for populations in underserved communities, and focus on key health issues that may otherwise be overlooked.

Two Ways to Learn

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

Two ways to learn
Course-Based LearningThe standard, guided pace to earn your degree. Tempo Competency-Based LearningThe flexible pace, ideal for some students.
Structured schedule Time Flexible schedule
Deadlines to make steady progress Pace Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Pay by the course Tuition All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree Support Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty
Tuition Savings and Financial Aid*
Accreditation
Two ways to learn
Course-Based LearningThe standard, guided pace to earn your degree Tempo Competency-Based LearningThe flexible pace, ideal for some students.
Time
Structured schedule Flexible Schedule
Pace
Deadlines to make steady progress Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition
Pay by the course All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support
Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty
Tuition Savings and Financial Aid*
Accreditation

*May not be available for all degree programs.

 

Tempo Learning

Nurse Executive

Go from giving the shots to calling them. Help shape the future by making significant contributions to your organization in planning, finance, and human resources. Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

 

Tempo Learning

Nursing Education

Prepare to address current healthcare issues in a clinical environment while developing teaching expertise in both classroom and staff development settings. Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

 

Tempo Learning

Nurse Informatics

Learn how to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce costs in health IT. Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

 

Course-based

General

Gain critical business skills and expertise to become an effective decision-maker and business leader in today's global environment.

 

Course-based

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Learn how to conduct initial assessments, make diagnoses, and develop treatment and care plans for acutely or chronically ill adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults.

 

Course-based

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Improve health outcomes for adolescents (age 13 and older) through older adults by conducting initial assessments and delivering diagnoses as well as developing treatment and care plans.

 

Course-based

Family Nurse Practitioner

Discover how to assess, diagnose, and treat routine medical conditions and explore strategies for practicing preventive healthcare for individuals and families.

 

Course-based

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Gain the skills to diagnose, provide therapy, treat, and prescribe medications for patients with mental illness, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse issues.

 

Course-based

Nurse Executive

Go from giving the shots to calling them. Help shape the future by making significant contributions to your organization in planning, finance, and human resources. Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

 

Course-based

Nursing Education

Prepare to address current healthcare issues in a clinical environment while developing teaching expertise in both classroom and staff development settings. Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

 

Course-based

Nursing Informatics

Learn how to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce costs in health IT. Location restrictions apply for competency-based program

 

Course-based

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care

Positively impact the well-being of patients in primary care settings with our pediatric nurse practitioner specialization.

 

Course-based

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Gain the skills to diagnose, provide therapy, treat, and prescribe medications for patients with mental illness, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse issues.

 

Course-based

Public Health Nursing

Gain the knowledge and leadership skills to address health and access issues for populations in underserved communities, and focus on key health issues that may otherwise be overlooked.

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More about our MSN program

To be considered for this master’s program, you must have a valid RN license and meet the admission requirements for your chosen MSN track and specialization. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.

Our Enrollment Specialists 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.

A nursing practicum gives you valuable practical experience by allowing you to apply your new knowledge and skills in real-life situations and settings. For the nurse practitioner (NP) specializations in our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, we are excited to announce the new Walden University Practicum Pledge™. You will benefit from our large network of field sites and preceptors, an additional dedicated Field Placement Team that partners with you to identify a site and preceptor. If you’re unable to identify your own nursing practicum site and preceptor after several attempts, we’ll assist in finding you a suitable match (along with additional requirements**).

CCNEThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org.)

Why earn your MSN at Walden?

Personalized Practicum Support

Practicums are vital to your learning experience. That’s why we offer Practicum Advantage™—an ensemble of resources, self-help tools, and staff who understand the unique challenges of completing the nursing practicum. This includes the Walden University Practicum Pledge™, available for MSN-NP and DNP-NP specializations. Once you’ve registered with the Walden University Practicum Pledge™, a dedicated Field Placement Team partners with you to secure a site and preceptor. If you're unable to identify your site and preceptor (along with additional requirements**), we’ll assist in finding you a match.

Christi Siedlecki

"My education from Walden helped me achieve my goal of becoming CEO of the clinic where I was previously nurse manager."

Christi Siedlecki | Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate

**Practicum Pledge Registration Requirements

Students must:

  • Register for the Practicum Pledge for each practicum course with which they want assistance.
  • Complete 2 coaching calls with a Field Placement Coordinator prior to Practicum Pledge registration deadline for each course and term.
  • Completion of all required professional preparation tasks as assigned by a Field Placement Coordinator.
  • Have documentation that meets required parameters showing at least 5 practicum sites that have formally denied your practicum via written communication after contacting qualified potential preceptors at the site who meets the preceptor and course requirements as outlined in the Practicum Manual.
  • Register for Practicum Pledge through Meditrek by first day of third term prior to starting each PRAC or PRCM course for which they are requesting support.

 

**Student Obligations Post-Match/Pre-Practicum Experience

Students must:

  • Possess an unencumbered RN license allowing for practice in the state where practicum will occur, a clear background check, clear drug test, and appropriate liability insurance upon securing a match via Practicum Pledge.
  • Complete onboarding process through CastleBranch by the practicum application deadline (the first day of the term prior to starting PRAC or PRMC course).
  • Complete on time of all onboarding requirements of the practicum site (no later than 8 weeks prior to first day of practicum or date determined by site, whichever comes first)
  • Submit their practicum application by the practicum application deadline.

 

**Practicum Pledge Terms & Conditions

Practicum Pledge is associated with a specific term and course. Any changes in student status including, but not limited to, failure of a practicum pre-requisite course, taking a leave of absence, etc., may require re-registration for the Practicum Pledge.

Although we will make every effort to find a preceptor and site that meets your needs, your unique request or location, may require additional travel or other restrictions. Walden may match a student to a site for the student that requires travel by the student of up to 100 miles. Local conditions may necessitate a student to travel farther than 100 miles, these include but are not limited to: low population areas, low supply of healthcare providers, or other reasons that may require finding more distant sites. Walden may find a match that satisfies the practicum requirements for the course but requires multiple sites and preceptors. The student may not be matched for the term that the student requests. If student declines the match from Walden, Walden has met their commitment of matching the student. If Walden matches the student through the Practicum Pledge and the student does not complete all of the practicum site’s requirements, Walden has met their commitment of matching the student. This includes, but is not limited to, not meeting the site’s onboarding criteria; having a current, pending, or past action on the student’s license requiring acknowledgement from the site; etc. If Walden matches a student through the Practicum Pledge and the preceptor decides to cancel their preceptorship due to the student’s violation of Walden’s Professional Competence and/or the Code of Conduct policies in the Student Handbook, Walden has met their commitment of matching the student. Additionally, the student will no longer be eligible for any future or existing Practicum Pledge applications. If Walden matches a student through the Practicum Pledge and the preceptor decides to cancel their preceptorship due to reasons related to the preceptor changing jobs or a change of schedule with the practicum site, then Walden will find an alternative match for the student for a future term (may not be in the term the student originally planned to enroll in that practicum). If Walden matches a student with a site through the Practicum Pledge, and Walden is unable to contract with the practicum site, Walden will be responsible to find an alternative match for the student. However, the site may not be available in the term the student originally planned to enroll in that practicum. If Walden matches the student through the Practicum Pledge and the student does not successfully complete that practicum course, then Walden has met their commitment of matching the student.

Walden reserves the right to modify the Practicum Pledge, including the right to cancel such pledge, to the extent such is necessary due to reasons beyond its control, including, but not limited to, national emergencies and pandemics. The terms and conditions of the Practicum Pledge are subject to change at Walden’s discretion. Walden will endeavor to provide students with reasonable advance notice of such change. The Practicum Pledge only applies to the following programs: MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care, MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care, and DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

We are committed to assisting students with a successful match. Students will not be required to select the site or preceptor selected by Walden. Even after Walden has provided a match, students may choose to continue the search process to find a site or preceptor that better matches their personal and professional preferences and utilize our Practicum Advantage services.

Additionally, if a student misses the Practicum Pledge registration deadline, we will still support them in the process of identifying possible sites and/or preceptors for that practicum via Practicum Advantage. Students who miss the Practicum Pledge registration deadline may still register for the Practicum Pledge for future practicum courses by the appropriate deadline(s).

 

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year of completions survey data available, using CIP code family 51.38 “Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing” for Master’s degrees (Award level 7). Available at https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data (Retrieved January 2021; may consist of or include provisional release data).

Walden is currently unable to accept applications for the competency-based MSN specializations in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics, from residents of the following states: Alaska, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.

Some entry options may require that you fulfill general education requirements prior to taking masters-level coursework. Once you meet these requirements, you will continue to your MSN program. Please speak to an enrollment specialist for more details.

 

ONGOING MILITARY OFFER:

A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, https://www.hlcommission.org/.