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Master of Science in Nursing

Why Choose the MSN Degree?

There are three concentrations: nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing administration. The program focuses on these concentrations to meet the complex needs of the health care delivery system that is currently experiencing a nurse educator shortage, as well as a growing need for nurses who are leaders in informatics and administration.

All courses are delivered fully online. The online format provides students the opportunity to interact with peers from inside and outside the state, creating a diverse learning community. With 24 hour/7 day a week access, students can participate in classes at times that are compatible with their work and family schedules.

The Ferris MSN program consistently being highly ranked as an online graduate program by U.S. News and World Report. More recently, BestHealthDegrees.com ranked the FSU MSN program in the top 10 in the nation for affordability. We are proud of these distinctions as it recognizes the value of the Ferris State Nursing MSN graduate degree program.

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Career Opportunities

Nursing Education: The current and anticipated shortage of nursing faculty reflects the general shortage in the nursing profession. The average age of current nursing faculty is 55, heralding a need to replace current faculty as they retire in large numbers over the next several years. If you have ever considered entering the academic setting as a nurse educator, this degree can be your first step to attaining that goal. 

Nursing Administration: The demand for nurses with a grounded theory base in business administration continues to increase in the health care delivery system. The basic BSN program prepares nurses for entry-level positions in nursing or health care management settings. Those nurses who desire to hold executive positions in those same settings must possess the knowledge and skills that are critical to the administrative role in these tumultuous times in the health care industry. 

Nursing Informatics: The area of nursing informatics is a growing specialty that many nurses are recognizing as an area of marked career growth in the past few years. This new practice area addresses the burgeoning need for experts who have a health care background, such as nursing, to manage the continuous expansion of information technology in the health care setting. The use of technology in the storage, dissemination and utilization of patient data has become a constantly evolving challenge for the health care industry. 

More Information

Sharon Colley, Program Coordinator
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231-591-2288
[email protected]

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Ferris State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

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Updated April 2021