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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

  • Must live in the United States and 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: 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.


Tyrone Barnes

My experiences as a nurse and as a graduate student at Spring Hill College have taught me to be the change I would like to see in the world. There is no future like the present and the time to make a difference in one’s life is now. I believe that these are the sort of leaders that Spring Hill College fashions and puts forth into the world.

— Tyrone Barnes

Dr. Ola Fox

What distinguishes our MSN students is that they are practitioner-scholars and appreciate a program of study designed to build on their ability to synthesize and apply theory in clinical settings.

— Dr. Ola Fox

Features of the SHC Graduate Program

  • Eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam
  • Small, interactive classes
  • Modern academic facilities
  • Exemplary, experienced faculty
  • Personalized, supportive environment
  • Ranked among the most affordable online MSN programs (2017)

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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