Continue your nursing education and connect further with an MSN degree.

MSN Program Online

An MSN degree will help you gain advanced skills and leadership abilities which opens many opportunities leading to enhanced career satisfaction and financial rewards. Specific preparation as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist offers new clinical role opportunities as well as careers in education. Take your education to the next step by applying your knowledge and experience at a higher level.

The new Master of Science of Nursing (MSN) program at Emory & Henry College prepares nursing students and professionals for additional healthcare and teaching career opportunities.

The application fee is $80 with a need-based fee waiver available through NursingCAS or email Natalie Blankenship at for additional information regarding an application fee waiver.

Emory & Henry’s MSN program is achieved through online learning with on-campus intensive experiences at the Health Sciences campus in Marion. There are two MSN tracks to choose from:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) / Nurse Educator (NE)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Both tracks lead to eligibility for Advanced Practice Licensure; Licensed Nurse Practitioner (L-NP) in Virginia and additional licensure everywhere else in the United States.

The MSN curriculum offers an accelerated pathway option from an associate’s degree in Nursing (ADN) to MSN. Six credits required for the BSN can be substituted for courses taken at the master’s level.

Obtaining an MSN opens additional career opportunities. In addition to gaining advanced knowledge of serving in healthcare, the Emory & Henry MSN program prepares students to teach nursing as a profession after graduation.

MSN Program Admission Requirements

  • Application fee of $80 through NursingCAS. Need-based fee waivers are available through NursingCAS of contact Natalie Blankenship at
  • One official transcript from each college and university attended.
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Personal statement that demonstrates written communication skills, is not more than two pages double-spaced, and addresses the following:
    • Specific personal, academic, and/or professional strengths and/or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the MSN program, and
    • Why the applicant is interested in a specific degree tract in the MSN program
  • Three professional references: may be from a supervisor, previous faculty, or another professional reference.
  • Evidence of (Nursys┬«) current unencumbered licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia OR the state in which practicum coursework will occur
  • Current BLS HCP certification and immunizations
  • A score of at least 600 on the institutional version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) within the past two years (applicants for whom English is a second language)
  • Satisfactory completion of a virtual or in-person interview with designated Emory & Henry College faculty
  • Work history that includes one year of full-time experience (1,800 hours) or its equivalent as a registered nurse.
  • Once accepted, students will receive instructions to pay the $500 deposit to secure their seat in the class. 

Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

There are two different MSN tracks to choose from at Emory & Henry College:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)/Nurse Educator (NE) Tracks
  • Core Courses
    Course # Course Name # Credit Hrs.

    Clinical Hours
    (if applicable)

    NURS 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 3  
    NURS 501 Advanced Physical Assessment 3  
    NURS 507 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1 60
    NURS 504 Advanced Pharmacology 3  
    NURS 503

    Evidence-based Practice Research

    NURS 511 Population & Rural Health 3  
    NURS Health Policy and Financial Concepts in Healthcare 3  
    NURS 502 Informatics 3  
    NURS 506 Advanced Practice Roles (for both CNS and FNP students) at the beginning 1  
      Total Core Course Credit Hours 23 60

    *These courses could apply to both FNP and CNS Students.

  • Specialty Courses - Family Nurse Practitioner Courses
    Course # Course Name # Credit Hours Clinical Hours
    (if applicable)
    NURS 614

    Primary Care of the Adult I

    NURS 615

    Adult I Practicum

    3 180
    NURS 616

    Primary Care of the Adult II

    NURS 617

    Adult II Practicum

    3 180
    NURS 618

    Primary Care Women’s Health

    NURS 619

    Women’s Health Practicum

    3 180
    NURS 620

    Primary Care of Children & Adolescents

    NURS 621

    Children & Adolescent Practicum

    3 180
    NURS 622 Transitions to Practice Capstone Practicum 1 60
      Total FNP Hours 25 840
      Program Total 48  
  • Specialty Courses - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator Track
    Nurse Educator Courses
    Course # Course Name # Credit Hrs. Clinical Hours
    (if applicable)
    NURS 609 Curriculum and Program Development in Nursing 2  
    NURS 612 Evaluation in Nursing Education 2  
    NURS 610 Interprofessional Teaching Strategies 1  
    NURS 611 Principles of Simulation in Nursing Education 1  
    NURS 613 Teaching Practicum 2 120
      Total Credit Hours and Clinical Hours 8 120
    Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Courses
    Course # Course Name # Credit Hours Clinical Hours
    (if applicable)
    NURS 601 Advanced Management of Adult-Gerontology Populations 2  
    NURS 602 Advanced Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations Practicum 2 120
    NURS 603

    The CNS and Professional Practice

    NURS 604

    The CNS and Professional Practice Practicum

    2 120
    NURS 605

    The CNS and Systems Leadership

    NURS 606 The CNS and Systems Leadership Practicum 2 120
    NURS 607

    Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Adult-Gerontology Patient

    NURS 608

    Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Adult-Gerontology Patient Practicum

    2 120
      Total CNS Hours 17 540*
      Program Total 48 660

    *60 Health Assessment Practicum.

    Clinical Hours:
    • A-G Advanced Care of A-G Patients
    120 hours
    • CNS and Professional Practice
    120 hours
    • CNS and Systems Leadership
    120 hours
    • Diagnostic Reasoning
    120 hours
    • Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
    60 hours
    Total 540 for CNS
    120 for Educator
    Grand Total for Both 660 hours

Enrollment Deposit

After acceptance, confirm enrollment by paying your deposit.

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*The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program has received SACSCOC approval.