Nursing, M.S.N.

Graduate Degree
The Nursing, M.S.N. degree program has an online option. Learn more about Online Learning at Marshall University.

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) graduate program at Marshall University is the largest regional provider of advanced nursing education in West Virginia. Our purpose is to prepare registered nurses to become advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in a variety of healthcare settings, particularly in rural and / or underserved communities. Our nursing master’s program also prepares future APRNs for leadership roles in administration and education. If you choose our program to pursue your M.S.N. degree or your online M.S.N. degree, you will graduate with the healthcare leadership skills to qualify for roles like a family nurse practitioner, a nurse midwife, nurse educator, nurse administrator or a psychiatric mental health nurse. Located in Huntington, West Virginia, our graduate nursing program has been accredited since its beginning in 1953, and is currently accredited through Fall 2026 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The M.S.N. program offers five (5) areas of emphasis:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – The Family Nurse Practitioner program (B.S.N. to M.S.N.) can prepare you to enjoy more career autonomy, equip you with the expertise to treat patients across the lifespan and help increase your earning power. This is a competitive nursing graduate program preparing graduates to be independent mid-level primary health care providers. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the AANPCB or ANCC certification exams. The success rate of our Family Nurse Practitioner graduates on the certification exams are above the national average, and in 2018 100% of FNPs passed the certification exam.
Nursing Administration (NA) – The Nursing Administration online program (B.S.N. to M.S.N.) will prepare you to gain the necessary expertise and leadership skills to direct and administer healthcare policy in hospitals and agencies, as well as increase your earning power. This is a competitive program preparing graduates to be independent leaders in healthcare. This online M.S.N. program will prepare you to sit for certification exams if you choose to seek certification. The success rate of our nursing master’s degree graduates can be seen in the many graduates who are currently working in the field of nursing administration.
Nursing Education (NE) – The Nursing Education online program (B.S.N. to M.S.N.) is a competitive program preparing graduates to be independent educators and leaders in nursing education. If you choose this online MSN program, you will increase your earning potential and become prepared to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) certification exam. The success rate of our nursing education graduates can be seen in the many nursing professors, nursing simulation lab coordinators and nursing educators that have graduated from our program and are currently working in hospitals, businesses and colleges in our region.
Nurse Midwifery (MW) – In cooperation with Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, the Marshall University School of Nursing offers a Nurse Midwifery program. The Nurse Midwifery curriculum is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a certified nurse-midwife in a variety of clinical settings pertinent to nurse midwifery care. Didactic and clinical course content focuses on role development, assessment and management of women’s health, antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal and neonatal periods as well as primary women’s health throughout the lifespan. Clinical experiences are in a wide variety of ambulatory, community rural areas and medically underserved healthcare settings.

The Nurse Midwifery graduates of the Shenandoah University cooperative program are qualified to take the National Certification Examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board, which meets the licensure requirements for all states in the United States.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) – In cooperation with Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, the Marshall University School of Nursing offers a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner area of emphasis for the Master of Science in Nursing program. As a student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, you will take courses in substance and relationship abuse, pharmacology and therapeutics, geriatric and chuld nursing as well as courses related to research and leadership styles in nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner graduates are eligible to take the ANCC Certification Examination for Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioners.

Why study Nursing at Marshall?

The Master of Science in Nursing program provides the students with an opportunity to:

Apply knowledge from the sciences and the humanities to support advanced nursing practice, nursing administration, nursing leadership and role development
Expand knowledge of theories used by nurses as a basis for advanced practice nursing or in the administration of clinical services
Develop expertise in a specialized area of clinical nursing practice or in the administration of clinical services
Acquire the knowledge and skills related to a specific functional role in nursing
Acquire initial competence in conducting research
Actively engage in collaborative relationships with others for the purpose of improving health care
Find employment in area of specialization and/or related field
Acquire a foundation for doctoral study

By choosing Marshall University’s master’s program in nursing, you will have more choices in your career than you would have as an RN. In our nursing graduate program, you will learn to work independently with other healthcare professionals in a cutting-edge, scientific and technical field while putting your knowledge to good use helping patients.

Career Outlook for Nursing Majors

The employment outlook for nurses continues to be very positive. As a nurse with an advanced degree, you will have the chance to work alongside highly trained practitioners s in a variety of settings ranging from hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, educational institutions, government agencies and many more.

Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the median pay for a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife to be an average of $113,930 per year with an employment outlook for nursing majors set to grow at 26% over the next decade. Growth will occur primarily because of an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from an aging population, according to BLS. Most APRNs work full-time.

Opportunities for Nursing Majors

Qualified Faculty

We offer the highly qualified nursing instructors in West Virginia with over 30 plus years of experience diagnosing and treating patients. Our trained faculty will help you find skilled preceptors and good clinical experiences for your education, which will prepare you to sit for the certification exam with success.

Hands-on, Interactive Preceptorships

We are proud of our preceptorship program, which gives you the opportunity to truly experience what will encounter throughout your career. Positions are available at local and regional hospitals such as Kings Daughters Medical Center, Mountain Health Network and Charleston Area Medical Center as well as local physicians’ offices, regional rehabilitation clinics and many more.

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