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Nursing (MSN) Program Overview

Ready to take your career to the next level? An online nursing master’s degree can open up new avenues to serving others in meaningful ways. Our program prepares confident and caring servant leaders in the healthcare field. Our hybrid online program equips nurse practitioners to care for rural and needy populations. After receiving your MSN degree, you may serve in the mission field or as a healthcare leader working in family medicine or specialties ranging from cardiology to radiology.

A Patient-Focused MSN Program

Our hybrid program combines online instruction with onsite clinical practicums in locations near you that reflect your choice of concentration: family nurse practitioner (FNP), leadership/education (L/E), or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). Many students undertake a nursing-specific mission trip before completing the program. The ultimate goal of our MSN degree program is to provide a diverse education that prepares you for a lifetime of service to others. Our graduates are prepared to practice, teach, and influence the healthcare needs of their communities. As a nursing leader, you would be a capable and transformative leader who understands the power of collaborating with all healthcare practitioners and political leaders from the grassroots level upward in order to deliver care to those in need.

If you are ready to advance your nursing career in order to better serve others, our CCNE-accredited master’s degree in nursing program and post-graduate APRN certificate program may be the right choice for you. Take the first step today and apply to the School of Nursing.

Available Concentrations

Family Nurse Practitioner

After completing this program, MSN students who select the FNP concentration are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners national exam.


The leadership/education concentration prepares students for a future in nursing case management. Successful graduates are ready to take the certification exam for nurse educators (CNE) administered by the NLN, the certified nurse manager and leader exam (CNML) from AONE, or the ANCC nurse executive advanced certification exam.

The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

The Nursing Student Handbook is the student guide to assist you in achieving the successful completion of your program of study.

The master’s degree in nursing program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Bluefield University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Tuition: $495 – $665 Per Credit Hour
Next Start: May 2024 (Online)
Time to Complete: 2 years

Available Grants & Scholarships

Gain real world experience.
Your faculty are working nurses.
The program offers opportunities for medical missions.

Courses & Requirements

Master's Degree (MSN)
Core Requirements (28 Credits)

  • Foundations for Advanced Practice*
  • Advanced Nursing Research Strategies I
  • Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Didactic
  • Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Practicum
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Advanced Nursing Research Strategies II
  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
  • Advanced Nursing Research Analysis
  • Research Sustaining
  • Financial, Ethics, Org Behavior & Health Policy Mgt
  • Capstone

* Not required for PMHNP Program

Concentrations (16-21 Credits)

Choose a Concentration (3 Available)

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (18 Credits)
    • Primary Care of Infants, Children & Adolescents Didactic
    • Primary Care of Infants, Children & Adolescents Practicum
    • Primary Care of Adults in Families Didactic
    • Primary Care of Adults in Families Practicum
    • Primary Care Across the Lifespan Practicum
    • Transition into Leadership for the Nurse Practitioner
  • Leadership/Education (16 Credits)
    • Management Theory & Leadership
    • Strategies for Curriculum & Instruction
    • Seminar in Leadership
    • Strategies for Effective Instruction
    • Practicum in Teaching
    • Practicum in Leadership
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (21 Credits)
    • Foundations of Adv Practice Psychiatric Mental Health
    • Diagnostic & Psychopharmacological Strategies
    • Advanced Practice PMHN Seminar I
    • Advanced Practice PMHN Practicum I
    • Theory & Practice in Addictions Care
    • Advanced Practice PMHN Seminar II
    • Advanced Practice PMHN Practicum II
    • Transition into Leadership for the Nurse Practitioner
    • PMHN Across the Lifespan Practicum
Total Credits: 44-49

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Nursing Administrator
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Research Nurse
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Consultant
Family Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
Forensic Nurse Consultant
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