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Master of Science in Nursing Degree

Master of Science in Nursing
Degree [M.S.N.]

Dr. Denise McCollim, Chair

The purpose of this degree is to prepare the registered nurse to use scriptural and traditional methods of nursing education in both the clinical and classroom settings.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the nursing program will be able to

  • evaluate personal and professional decisions based on a moral, legal, ethical, and biblical worldview;
  • demonstrate effective delegation, prioritization, and decisionmaking as a leader in both educational and clinical settings;
  • apply current trends in healthcare policy, informatics, and quality improvement to personal practice in both educational and professional settings;
  • incorporate theory and findings from the natural and behavioral sciences and from nursing into the delivery of evidence-based, culturally-appropriate, outcome-oriented nursing care to individuals, families, and populations;
  • utilize principles of professional communication and collaboration to build effective relationships with other healthcare personnel;
  • perform advanced nursing skills safely and competently for individuals at all stages of the life span in both direct and indirect care roles; and
  • integrate the roles of a nurse educator as a teacher, leader, and evaluator in healthcare, academic, and clinical settings.

Courses such as advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology enhance the nurse’s knowledge base while subjects on research, curriculum development, and testing and evaluation prepare the nurse to critically examine and implement various teaching methods and outcomes. Upon completion of this program, the registered nurse is fully equipped to teach undergraduate nursing curricula using scriptural and traditional methodology.

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The master’s degree in nursing at Pensacola Christian College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Graduate Perspective

The Master of Science in Nursing program allowed me to increase my knowledge of medicine by building on what I learned on the undergraduate level. I was able to see a different side of nursing and improve my skills around seasoned faculty. One of my favorite parts of the program was getting to use what I’ve learned in the clinical setting. I plan to hold to the philosophy of considering work not just a profession, but a ministry, as I pursue my lifelong dream of going to medical school. After becoming a doctor, I hope to serve as a medical missionary.

  —Mike (’12 M.S.N. Graduate)

Residence Requirements

A minimum of 21 months of residence work (fall, spring, summer, fall, and spring) is required.

Admission Requirements

See General Admission Requirements. Graduate applicants in the M.S.N. program must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), hold an active Florida nursing license, and be employed by Pensacola Christian College.

Graduation Requirements

See Graduation Requirements.