Ferris Ranked ‘Best Online Graduate Nursing Program’ by U.S. News and World Report!

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

Welcome from the MSN Program Coordinator!MSN Program Coordinator

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. I would like to tell you some interesting key 
points 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.

We are pleased to have a new curriculum beginning fall of 2013. The new curriculum has incorporated the Institute of Medicine’s and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.  Our new curriculum 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. Most, if not all, of the courses are offered online. Only a couple of the informatics specialty courses require a few 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 problem-solve collectively. With 24 hour/7 day a week access, students can choose when to come to the learning community, complete assignments, and interact with their peers and instructor.

Another key point is that our capstone experiences are manageable in a working person’s schedule. There are two practicums, one based on the core courses and one based on the selected specialty leadership role. Students choose their own preceptor in a place of their choice. The practicum hours can be extended into the following semester as necessary for students who need additional time to complete the practice requirements.

All of these attributes have contributed to the Ferris MSN program being ranked as the number one online graduate program by U.S. News and World Report this year.  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 quality MSN program and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.



Susan Owens, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
MSN Program Coordinator 

Updated 6/10/13