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Master of Science in Nursing

Spring Hill College offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program designed to prepare nurses for leadership in the health care delivery system as Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL). CNLs are advanced generalist clinicians who assume accountability for patient-care outcomes at the point-of-care in any setting where healthcare is delivered.

The MSN program combines online courses and clinical integration with local preceptors to allow nurses to complete degree requirements in their local communities and work settings.

Four tracks to the MSN degree are available, including:

  • RN with Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN
  • RN with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate to MSN
  • RN with Master’s Degree in Nursing Post-Master’s Certificate
  • RN with Associate Degree in Nursing/Nursing Diploma to MSN

MSN Partners

We are very proud to have formal partnerships with several hospitals in the region and we work with many additional organizations to accommodate student needs.

  • Grove Hill Memorial Hospital
  • Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
  • Thomas Hospital
  • Monroe County Hospital
  • Providence Hospital
  • Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta
  • Springhill Medical Center
  • Southeast Alabama Medical Center

Class profile:

  • Average class size: 10
  • Approximate Male/Female Ratio: 20%/80%
  • Average undergraduate GPA: 3.75
  • Average years of work experience: 5
  • How many students are working professionals? 100%

Requirements for Application

  • Hold a RN license in the state where he or she practices nursing
  • Have a minimum of one year of clinical experience
  • Currently works in a clinical setting access to a health care facility
  • Meet admissions criteria appropriate for the academic degree

Fast Facts

  • Average graduate salary: $60-90,000+
  • Job placement rate (2014): 100%
  • Number of Faculty: 3
  • Program duration (full-time): 2 years
  • Credits needed to complete degree? 37
  • Will this degree fit my schedule? We recognize that students have other responsibilities and busy lifestyles. Coursework is offered in convenient 8-week online terms.

Testimonials

Eleanor Odom

The Masters of Science in Nursing degree I earned from Spring Hill College has enriched my life and professional nursing career. The education I obtained through this program has allowed me to see an opportunity for improvement in every aspect of healthcare. The understanding of evidence-driven practice echoes in my mind whenever a new process, guideline, product, etc. is being considered. I am no longer a task driven clinician but instead I weigh the evidence as to why we do the things we do in the delivery of patient care.

— Eleanor Odom

Shelia Ross, RN

It was a challenge to balance work and my courses. During graduate school, I worked weekends only in order to have consecutive weekdays off to complete class assignments and participate in clinical activities. I would often steal away to Burke Memorial Library or computer lab for a quiet space to complete my classwork. I quickly learned how to make the most of my time and adhere to a strict schedule.

— Shelia Ross, RN

Benefits of SHC Graduate Degree

  • Eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam
  • Small, interactive classes
  • Modern academic facilities
  • Exemplary, experienced faculty
  • Personalized, supportive environment

Sample MSN Courses

  • Theoretical Foundations for Leadership
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Outcomes Management
  • Philosophy & Ethics Elective

Sample Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Courses

  • Theoretical Foundations for Leadership
  • Clinical Outcomes Management
  • Care Environment Management
  • Academic Clinical Residency
  • The Clinical Nurse Leader Project

See the full course list

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