Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Loewenberg College of Nursing MSN Program offers two options for students. A traditional MSN program offered online and an Executive MSN program, including on-site intensives and national conferences. A Post-MSN certificate program is available for MSN graduates in the specialty of Primary Care (FNP), and Nursing Education.

Program Highlights

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Rate in 2016
75% Graduation Rate

Choose the track that's right for you

Education A 31-credit hour program that prepares the student as a nurse educator to teach in schools of nursing programs and in various health care system settings. Students will learn about nursing and education theories, learning strategies, curricular development, and develop skills in different teaching methodologies. View Curriculum >
Executive Leadership A 37-credit hour program with curriculum aligning to the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® components. EMSN offers online coursework, on-campus intensives and trips to national conferences. The program prepares nurses for management and executive positions in a variety of settings. Fees cover all course resources, books, and expenses for on-campus intensives two times a year and two conferences. View Curriculum >
Family Nurse Practitioner A 46-hour program that prepares advanced practice nurses who deliver primary health care to all ages; individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. Students will be provided with knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. View Curriculum >

For detailed information about the MSN program, including policies, course names and descriptions, visit the Graduate Catalog

Degree Requirements

  • Students enrolled in the MSN program must complete 31-46 semester hours (based on concentration area)
  • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (“B”). Grades of “D” and “F” will not apply toward any graduate degree, but will be computed in the GPA. No more than 7 hours of “C-“, “C,” or “C+” will be applied towards meeting degree requirements.
  • Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in all clinical and lab courses (NURS 7102; NURS 7602; NURS 7604; NURS 7606; NURS 7609; NURS 7207; NURS 7209; NURS 7909) in order to graduate.
  • Academic disqualification from the graduate nursing major will occur when the student:
    • fails to maintain a 3.0 GPA in graduate school.
    • fails to earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better when repeating a course.
    • willfully misrepresents patient data or clinical practice.
    • willfully places any patient in physical or emotional jeopardy.
    • is placed on probation by your state's Board of Nursing.
    • fails to disclose a felony conviction.
    • fails to disclose disciplinary action or diversion by your state's Board of Nursing.
    • fails to complete all degree requirements within five years of entering graduate nursing coursework.
  • All requirements for the MSN degree must be completed in 5 calendar years.

Requirements for Out of State Students

Applicants to online and hybrid nursing programs must be residents of a state in which the Loewenberg College of Nursing is authorized to provide distance education. During the application process it is the student’s responsibility to notify the college of their permanent state of residence. Students that are out of state will require approval from their board of nursing before starting clinical courses. LCON will complete this approval on the behalf of the student. However, students cannot start clinicals until this approval is complete. The Director of Clinical Education, Admissions Coordinator or Program Director will notify the student once this approval is completed. This approval is in addition to any clinical affiliation contractual agreements between the university and the actual clinical location/preceptor. 

If state board approval is not obtained, then out of state students will be required to complete their clinical courses in the state of Tennessee or another authorized state. If this is not possible, the student will be required to withdraw from the program. 

If a student relocates to another state other than their original state of residence or the state of Tennessee, the Program Director and Director for Clinical Education must be notified immediately.  This includes those traveling for nursing employment as travel nurses even if the permanent residence remains in Tennessee or their original home state on admission. The Loewenberg College of Nursing is NOT authorized to offer distance education in California and Louisiana at this time. 


Tuition and Fees

For the most current information regarding tuition, visit the University & Student Business Services.

Contact Us

Dr. Jason Sasser 
Director MSN Education
(901) 678-2425

Dr. Jeremy N. Whittaker
Associate Dean for
Student Success and Inclusion

Dr. Teresa Richardson
Director MSN-Executive Leadership
(901) 678-5340

Leila Schroeder
Graduate Academic Services Coordinator

Riley Gordon
Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator

Dr. Tracy Collins
Director MSN-FNP
(901) 678-5778


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