Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Loewenberg College of Nursing MSN programs offers online coursework with in-person clinical practicum opportunities in the student's local area. There are three concentration options are available: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership. Each concentration also offers a graduate certificate option for individuals who hold a graduate nursing degree.

Program Highlights

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75% Graduation Rate

Choose the concentration 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 >
Family Nurse Practitioner A 40-credit 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 >
Nursing Leadership A 33-credit hour program prepares nurses for advanced leadership roles in various healthcare systems. The Nursing Leadership MSN aligns with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Nurse Leader Core Competencies. View Curriculum > 
RN to MSN This a direct pathway for licensed RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to pursue an MSN in concentrations of FNP, Nursing Education, or Nursing Leadership.

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

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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 the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
    • fails to disclose a felony conviction.
    • fails to disclose disciplinary action or diversion by the Tennessee 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.

Residency Requirements

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. The Loewenberg College of Nursing is NOT authorized to offer distance education in California. Students who reside outside of Tennessee and plan to enroll in an online program of study that leads to advanced nursing licensure are individually responsible for verifying that the program meets the requirements for advanced licensure in their state. Online nursing students should contact the state licensing body from which they will be seeking licensure to ensure eligibility requirements.

Students who relocate to California, in which LCON is not authorized to offer distance education, will be required to fulfill their remaining course requirements in Tennessee or another authorized state, or to withdraw from the program.

Tuition and Fees

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

Contact Us

Jason Sasser
Dr. Jason Sasser 
MSN Program Director
Nursing Education Concentration Director

Jeremy Whittaker
Dr. Jeremy N. Whittaker

Associate Dean for
Student Success and Inclusion

Tracy Collins
Dr. Tracy Collins
Director MSN-FNP

 Leila Schroeder
Leila Schroeder
Graduate Academic Services Coordinator

Riley Gordon
Riley Gordon

Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator