Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)2018-09-18T15:03:50+00:00




What classes will I take?

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates to assume the role of an entry-level nurse educator within academic or health care settings. Core courses in the program provide the foundation for the educator role in the areas of health systems and policy, organizational leadership, and research applications.

What are typical class hours?

  • Brookline’s program is designed to let you go to school on your time. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education.
  • You can be full-time or part-time, whichever works for your schedule. All MSN courses are offered every 8 weeks.

What is required for Admissions?

  • A current RN license approved by your state and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an institution recognized by the Department of Education.
  • Follow our “Seven Simple Steps” admissions process outlined below in Admissions.

What Classes Will I Take?

Here are just a few of the classes you will take during your MSN program:

Health Care Systems and Policy
Essentials in Nursing Administration
Financial Operations and Management I
Human Resources Management

Program Outline

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates to assume the role of an entry-level nurse educator within academic or health care settings. Core courses in the program provide the foundation for the educator role in the areas of health systems and policy, organizational leadership, and research applications. Specialty courses provide learning related to theoretical foundations for higher education, roles of the nurse educator, teaching/learning theory and strategies, curriculum structure and design, assessment/evaluation of student learning, instructional technologies, and academic leadership roles. The program includes one practicum course at the faculty or instructor level.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing program, graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesize concepts from nursing and other disciplines to build upon and advance professional nursing practice.
  • Integrate evidence-based advanced knowledge and skills into specialist nursing roles.
  • Utilize technologies that support specialist nursing practice through critical thinking, decision making, and interprofessional collaboration.
  • Demonstrate the use of leadership strategies that advance the design, implementation, and evaluation of specialist nursing practice.
  • Function effectively as a change agent, member, and leader of interprofessional teams to influence healthcare and nursing practice for individuals, families, populations, and systems.
  • Analyze the impact of social, political, economic, and technological trends in healthcare and nursing practice and healthcare delivery.
Program Concentration – 30 Credits – 510 Contact Hours Credit Hrs Lecture Hrs Lab Hrs Practicum
MSN 600 Health Care Systems and Policy 3 45 0 0
MSN 610 Organizational Theory and Leadership
3 45 0 0
MSN 620 Research Methods and Evidence – Based Practice
3 45 0 0
MSN 630 Theoretical Foundations of Higher Education
3 45 0 0
MSN 640 The Nurse Educator: Roles and Responsibilities
3 45 0 0
MSN 650 Curriculum Structure and Development
3 45 0 0
MSN 660 Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
3 45 0 0
MSN 665 Advanced Pathopharmacology for the Nurse Educator
3 45 0 0
MSN 670 Measurement and Evaluation of Student Learning
3 45 0 0
MSN 675 Advanced Health Assessment for the Nurse Educator
3 45 0 0
MSN 680 Teaching with Technology
3 45 0 0
MSN 700 Practicum in Nursing Education
3 15 0 90
36 510 0 90

Admissions Requirements

New students are enrolled six times per year.

  • All that’s required is a current RN license approved by your state or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an institution recognized by the Department of Education.
  • Application for admission and an interview with a Brookline Admission Representative.

Admission Process

Seven Simple Steps …

  1. Connect with a Brookline Admissions Representative by either submitting your contact information (Request Info), completing the application – (Apply Now) or calling (844) 769-0004.
  2. Attend a live, or virtual, planning session which includes both career and academic goals with an authorized Admissions Representative.
  3. Submit your state approved RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN.
  4. Submit official transcripts from each college or university you have attended or are currently attending.
  5. Complete a financial aid interview to develop a financial plan.
  6. Complete the Enrollment Agreement with an Admissions Representative to include collecting all necessary documentation.
  7. Meet with the Dean of Nursing regarding enrollment requests.

Upon completion of the admissions requirements, you will be notified by your Brookline Admissions Representative on your status.

Patricia J. Bishop PhD, MSN, RN

Dean and Chief Nurse Administrator | Dean of Nursing, Phoenix Campus and Online

Dr. Bishop’s nursing career began over 35 years ago in High Risk L&D in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her experiences have included Pediatric/Women’s Health Educator and Director of Women’s Services in acute care settings.  She has over 14 years of academic teaching experience of which 6 ½ years were in academic leadership at a local well-respected College of Nursing.  She completed her PhD in Nursing, and MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Akron in Ohio.

Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains the standards required to achieve the credentials for professional practice. It is the status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency.

  • Institutional Accreditation: Brookline College’s Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Albuquerque campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Brookline College has been approved by Arizona to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For more information, visit:
  • Programmatic Accreditation: Programmatic accreditation, also known as specialized or professional accreditation, is designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.

The Baccalaureate in Nursing and the Master’s in Nursing programs at Brookline College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:

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  • Students will complete a 90-hour practicum experience with a RN with a MSN or higher degree in a role based on the MSN track for which the student is enrolled in (i.e., MSN639-Health Systems Administration: student would have the practicum with a nurse leader selected by the student and approved by the Dean.  MSN700- MSN with focus on Education: student would have the practicum with a nurse educator).  Some assistance is provided in acquiring practicum experiences.

Your education is a big investment and Brookline College believes no investment offers more potential. Continuing your career in Nursing grow your skills, and we’re here to help you make that happen.


At Brookline College there are no hidden costs. Our tuition includes books, supplies and all fees.  Tuition is $15,675 which includes books, supplies, and all fees. Program Concentration – 36 credits.

Requirement Credit Hrs
Tuition Nursing Courses $416.67 per credit hour
Technology Fee $675 total program
Application Fee No charge
Books & Supplies None, all ordered online

Paying For School

  • More than 88% of Brookline College students use some form on financial aid (1) to help cover the cost of their education (2). That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.
  • We have also provided The Net Price Calculator that will provide preliminary, non-binding estimates of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility based on federal methodology.

(1) Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

(2) Percentage calculated by Brookline College for the 2015-16 school year.

If you have never taken an online course before and you’re a little nervous, that’s ok. We will help you prepare for online classes.

Brookline has several resources that can help you become acclimated to the online classroom. Your admissions representative can provide a personal tour of the online environment in which you will be taking classes and help you understand what you can expect when you log into your first class.

How Often Will I Go To Class?
There are no mandatory login times. Most classes require that you login two to three times per week. Check the course syllabus for information specific to your class.

What Are The Course Requirements?
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­As noted in syllabi for each course include scholarly papers, analysis of learning through case studies experiences, or PowerPoint presentations uploaded to a learning management system. There are discussion questions that create dialogue among classmates based on articles, topics, or assigned reading; all assignments graded with posted rubrics.



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