Master of Science in
Nursing Degree Program

Earn your MSN in as few as two years, taking one class at a time

Program Overview

Chamberlain College of Nursing’s online Master of Science in Nursing degree program offers you the flexibility needed to pursue a degree while continuing to work.

Chamberlain’s online MSN program combines convenient online courses, supportive faculty and rich practicum experiences that prepare you to change your nursing practice in one of five nursing specialties: Nurse Educator, Nurse Executive, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Informatics or Healthcare Policy.

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Classes start January 2, 2017

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Curriculum & Tracks

What will I learn?

Core MSN courses are taken in the first year and specialty track courses and practicum(s) are completed during the second year of study.

Specialty Tracks

Five specialty tracks to help get you on your best path.

One Class at a Time

The MSN program can be completed in as few as two years by taking one class each eight-week session.

Continue to Work

Take classes while you work and even do your practicum with your current employer.

MSN Curriculum FAQs

What does a specialty track mean?
Can I take a break or do I have to continue straight through?
Do I have to find my own preceptor or mentor?
Can I complete my practicum hours where I work?
How many students are in each class?
Is there a graduation ceremony?

Specialty Tracks

Choose from one of five nursing specialities

Nurse Educator

Coursework includes educational foundations, instructional methods, program assessment and evaluation and curriculum development. Students complete a 100-hour practicum in their own geographic location, allowing them to further develop their skills with the support of an experienced nurse educator.

The MSN Educator specialty track prepares you for roles* including:

  • Community Health Leader
  • Coordinator of Education (Clinical Facility)
  • Educational Consultant
  • Educational Entrepreneur
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Specialist (Drug, Research or Medical Equipment Company)
  • Nurse Educator/College Professor
  • Patient Educator (Various Venues)
  • Staff Development Leader

*Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.

Call an admission representative today at 877-751-5783 or request more information to learn more about Chamberlain’s MSN program.

MSN Educator Track Courses

Assessment & Evaluation Techniques in Education
Curriculum Development
Education Practicum
Theoretical Foundations and Instructional Strategies in Teaching and Learning
Advanced Pathophysiology, Health Assessment, and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators

Nurse Executive

Chamberlain College of Nursing’s MSN Executive Specialty Track promotes skills and knowledge that nurse leaders can implement immediately, as well as use to plan for and achieve change. Coursework emphasizes the application of theory, using real-word scenarios and tools. Key executive skills such as effectively communicating across disciplines, budgeting, staffing, and performance measurement are taught. Students complete a 100-hour practicum in their own geographic area, allowing them to further develop their skills with the support of an experienced nurse leader.

The Executive Specialty Track prepares you for roles* including:

  • College Nursing Program Dean
  • Director of Nursing
  • Educational Leadership
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Nurse Coordinator
  • Nurse Manager

*Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.

Call an admission representative today at 877-751-5783 or request more information to learn more about Chamberlain’s MSN program.

MSN Executive Track Courses

Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
Healthcare Operational Planning & Management
Financial Management in Healthcare Organizations
Healthcare Systems Management
Executive Practicum

Family Nurse Practitioner

The FNP curriculum begins with MSN degree core courses in nursing theory, research, leadership, professional role development, healthcare policy and informatics in healthcare. You’ll then move to FNP specialty courses, building on your professional nursing practice and knowledge as you prepare to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner.

The practicum courses of the FNP specialty track allow for both hands-on and classroom learning designed to help you become a confident practitioner. We strongly recommend you review the practicum requirements before applying to the FNP Specialty Track.

The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track prepares you for roles* including:

  • College Health
  • Family Practice
  • Health Department
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Retail Clinics
  • Women’s Health

Call an admission representative today at 877-751-5783 or request more information to learn more about Chamberlain’s MSN program.

MSN FNP Track Courses

Population Health, Epidemiology, & Statistical Principals
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Pharmacology
Advanced Physical Assessment
Leadership and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

Healthcare Policy

The Healthcare Policy curriculum trains nurses in the research, design and implementation of policies, as well as evaluation of policy outcomes. Coursework includes the foundations of healthcare policy, principles of healthcare systems, politics, economics and policy, global health, and nursing leadership in the public policy arena.

The Healthcare Policy Specialty Track prepares you for roles* including:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Public Health Policy and Practice Advocacy
  • Global Health Positions (e.g. World Health Organization)
  • Health Communications Coordinator
  • Health Services Consultant
  • Infection Control Nurse (Entry-Level to Executive)
  • Legislative Staff Member/Consultant (Full-Time Positions)
  • Policy Writer/Presenter (Organizations, Companies, Government)
  • Public Health (Entry-Level to Executive)
  • Research Project Coordinator
  • Senior Healthcare Quality Researcher

*Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.

Call an admission representative today at 877-751-5783 or request more information to learn more about Chamberlain’s MSN program.

MSN Healthcare Policy Track Courses

Healthcare Systems, Politics & Policy
Economics of Healthcare Policy
Global Health
The Nurse Leader & Healthcare Policy
Healthcare Policy Practicum

Nursing Informatics

The Informatics curriculum teaches you to interpret, analyze and use electronic health record technology, as well as empowers you to be more efficient and effective in healthcare practices. Coursework includes the practice of nursing informatics, management of data and information, healthcare information workflow and project management.

The Informatics Specialty track prepares you for roles* including:

  • Application/Systems Analyst
  • Clinical Informatics Analyst
  • Clinical Informatics Project Coordinator/Manager
  • Clinical/Systems Team Manager
  • Director of Nursing Informatics/Information Systems
  • Global Health Positions (e.g. World Health Organization)
  • Health Outcomes Analytics Manager
  • Informatics Technology Clinical Nurse
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist

*Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.

Call an admission representative today at 877-751-5783 or request more information to learn more about Chamberlain’s MSN program.

MSN Informatics Track Course

Practice of Nursing Informatics
Managing Data & Information
Information Workflow in Healthcare
Informatics Nurse Specialist Practicum I
Informatics Nurse Specialist Practicum II

MSN Core Curriculum

Foundational Concepts & Applications
Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice
Leadership & Nursing Practice: Role Development
Advanced Research Methods: Evidence-Based Practice
Healthcare Policy
Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics

One-on-One Support

Can I do this?

MSN Program FAQs

What technologies will I need to go to class?
Can I switch specialty tracks if I decide I want another concentration during my program? What if I am undecided on my track half way through the program?
How many classes do you recommend I take at a time?
How will I communicate with my professors?

Classes begin every 8 weeks.

Admissions representatives can answer your questions, tell you more about financial aid and scholarships, and discuss with you how this option might fit into your life. Request more information or call 877-751-5783.

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How do I get in?


Admission Requirements

A degree in nursing at the bachelor’s level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)*

  • A minimum undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours of graduate coursework
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN. Before entering any clinical/practicum courses, students must provide proof of current, active, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state where the student will conduct the clinical(s). Students who fail to maintain an active, unrestricted license throughout their clinical/practicum courses do not meet the clinical/practicum requirements and cannot progress. Students are expected to maintain RN licensure throughout the entire program of study as a professional best-practice.

Provisional Admission (not applicable for FNP specialty track)

Applicants who meet all general admission requirements to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99, may be granted provisional admission and placed on academic warning. See the Academic Warning sections for additional information. Provisional admission is not granted for the graduate certificate program.

Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call 877.751.578 to speak to a representative or request more information.

Transfer Students

  1. Double-check full requirements

    Take a look at the full Transfer Student Guide to make sure your courses meet transfer requirements.

  2. Request Evaluation

    Request a credit evaluation prior to your first semester and provide
    an official transcript.

  3. Learn about Proficiency Credits

    Upon acceptance you’ll be awarded 77 proficiency credits through the Chamberlain College Articulation Programs (CCAP).

Tuition & Expenses

What types of financial assistance are available?

MSN Program Costs

Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that's one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid. 

 MSN Expenses – Effective November 2016
 Application Fee$60
 (for core and non-FNP Specialty Track courses)
$650 per credit hour
 Tuition for FNP Specialty Track courses$665 per credit hour
 Background Check/Drug Screening$150
 Student Services$150 per session
 Course Resource Fee$50 per course
 Military Rate*$550 - $565 per credit hour
 Alumni Rate$550 - $565 per credit hour
 Books & Supplies$50 per session
 APRN Fee (FNP Specialty Track)$4,500

Costs subject to change each session and vary by individual circumstances.

*Military rate is defined as active duty, veterans, retired military, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs employees and spouses of active duty/veteran/retired military.

Financial Aid Options

Chamberlain partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges and associations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses. Check to see if you qualify for a group-specific tuition rate rate because of your association with one of our healthcare partners.

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Our Faculty

Get to know our MSN faculty

  • View Bio Davis_Rob
    Associate Professor
    Robert H. Davis DNP, RN
    Associate Professor
    Robert H. Davis, DNP, RN

    Dr. Robert H. Davis is an associate professor of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specialty tracks at Chamberlain College of Nursing, bringing to the position a rich background of experience in healthcare, teaching and higher education administration.

    At Chamberlain, Davis has also served as the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and the senior director of online operations. He also served as assistant dean for online programs in the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University, where he oversaw the academic operations of online nursing, health sciences and public health degree programs. Prior to South University, he was dean of the Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Additionally, he consulted and served as sub-program coordinator for the Ohio Board of Regents. He is also a certified master reviewer and certified peer reviewer for Quality Matters, an organization that specializes in quality assurance for online education.

    A member of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, Sigma Theta Tau International, Ohio Nurses Association and Greater Cleveland Nurses Association (GCNA), Dr. Davis’ contributions to education and healthcare include professional presentations and industry recognitions, including the Elizabeth K. Porter Involved Nurse Award from the GCNA and the Cushing-Robb Prize from Case Western Reserve University. He is also co-editor of Distance Education in Nursing, Second Edition.

    Dr. Davis earned a DNP degree in educational leadership, Master of Science in Nursing degree in nursing informatics and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University.

  • View Bio Sipes_Carolyn
    Associate Professor
    Carolyn Sipes PhD, CNS, APN, PMP, RN-BC
    Associate Professor
    Carolyn Sipes, PhD, CNS, APN, PMP, RN-BC

    Dr. Carolyn Sipes is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Informatics specialty track at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 30 years of clinical, research, academic and informatics experience to the position.

    Concurrently, Dr. Sipes is president and CEO of the Center for EHR Program Management, LLC, a healthcare informatics consultation company that she founded in 2011. Dr. Sipes’ informatics experience includes positions at maxIT, Accenture and IBM/HealthLink. She has overseen numerous national and global electronic health record implementations. Dr. Sipes is a certified informatics nursing specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and holds eight Epic clinical application certifications. She has taught healthcare informatics for more than five years while authoring and co-authoring multiple articles and presentations on informatics-related topics.

    Dr. Sipes previously worked as a research scientist, conducting extensive grant-funded research on the execution of care for AIDS patients, which has been published widely and presented at conferences including the American Nurses Association Biennial Convention and International AIDS Conference. She is an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and Project Management Institute and is a founding member of the National Association for Health Services Research Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

    Dr. Sipes earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and MSN with public/community health and nursing administration specializations from Northern Illinois University and Doctor of Nursing Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Rush University.

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    Rebecca J. Sisk PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
    Rebecca J. Sisk, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

    Dr. Rebecca J. Sisk is a professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program and the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Sisk was a professor and director of assessment, outcomes, grants and research at Methodist College of Nursing. She concurrently served as an adjunct online instructor for MSN courses at South University and the University of Phoenix.

    A member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association and National League for Nursing, Dr. Sisk’s industry contributions include published articles in professional nursing journals such as The Journal of Nursing Education and Nurse Educator and more than thirty professional presentations. She has also led valuable nursing research initiatives including “Factors Related to Medical Readiness in U.S. Military Reservists,” which was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Dr. Sisk is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

  • View Bio Fildes_Elizabeth
    Elizabeth Fildes EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, DACACD
    Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, DACACD

    Dr. Elizabeth Fildes is a professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has more than 30 years of experience in nursing practice and education. Concurrently, she is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

    Dr. Fildes has been recognized for her work as a smoking cessation advocate by the Nevada Cancer Coalition, Southern Nevada Health District and Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition, among other organizations. She has authored four books and contributed to publications focused on tobacco and nicotine addictions, including “Your Journey to a Nicotine Free Life, A Transformation.” In addition, she has presented numerous times on the topic of tobacco quit lines and telephonic counseling for those with tobacco and nicotine addiction. In 1997, Dr. Fildes founded the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline, and served as its principal investigator and senior director for 17 years.

    Dr. Fildes is a member of the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, International Society for Nurses in Addictions, Sigma Theta Tau International, Philippine Nurses Association of America and Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders.

    She is a certified advanced practice addictions registered nurse, nurse educator and a board certified advanced public health nurse. Dr. Fildes earned a Doctor of Education degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Master of Nursing degree from Columbia University Teachers College in New York and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Santo Tomas School of Nursing in Manila, Philippines.


Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

* The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791).

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At this time, Chamberlain College of Nursing cannot accept inquiries from the territory of Puerto Rico or the state of Washington for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program.


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