Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree is a specialized professional degree similar to others offered in the LSU System. The total number of credits for the degree ranges from 37 to 40 semester hours. Students may attend full or part-time. A curriculum plan is designed by a faculty advisor and a student in accordance with the student’s educational goals and interests. Core courses are required of students regardless of selected concentration. The structure and content of the curriculum are based on the rationale that theory provides the conceptual basis for nursing practice. Courses are arranged so that theory and practice are presented concurrently. There are two areas of nursing focus: Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator. Each area builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing drgree curricula and emphasizes the utilization of theoretical formulations as a basis for nursing practice. Graduates are prepared to educate or lead professional nurses.