Master of Science in Nursing
Concentrations in Administration, Education and Informatics

Welcome from the MSN Program Coordinator!

Welcome to the MSN program website! There are several key points you should know about our MSN program. We have three concentrations: nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing administration. Our program is focused on these concentrations to meet the complex needs of the health care delivery system where we are currently experiencing a nurse educator shortage, as well as a growing need for more nurses who are leaders in informatics and administration.

Our new curriculum was initiated in fall of 2013, and incorporates the Institute of Medicine’s and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies, and also aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education.  

One of the key aspects of the program is that it is flexible. Students can choose to take one to four courses at a time. There is also the flexibility of increasing or decreasing one’s course load, depending on personal and professional circumstances. Students do not have to worry that they will be penalized if they decide not to take a course when it is offered. 

Secondly, our program is adult student-oriented and user-friendly. All courses are offered online, with the exception of the informatics specialty courses that may require several Saturday face-to-face meetings for the purpose of database training. In an online format, students have the opportunity to interact with peers from inside and outside the state. This provides a diverse learning community where peers exchange ideas and learn to collaboratively problem solve. With 24 hour/7 day a week access, students are able to participate in classes at times that are compatible with their work and family schedules.

Our capstone experiences are also manageable in a working person’s schedule. Two practicum experiences culminate the program, and allow students to complete a project and role immersion in their specialty role area.  Students choose their own preceptors in an organization or agency of their choice.

All of these attributes have contributed to the Ferris MSN program consistently being highly ranked as an online graduate program by U.S. News and World Report, earning a ranking of number one in 2012.  We are proud of this distinction as it recognizes the value of this graduate degree program.

Please view additional information about our MSN program on this website. If you would like to discuss our program more directly, please feel free to contact me via email at with your questions. Thank you for your interest in our MSN program and I look forward to hearing from you in the future!

Sharon L. Colley, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, RN, CNE
MSN Program Coordinator

Updated 6/24/14