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    Why Stanbridge

    We’ve designed the MSN program to help students build specialization and career power through in-depth research.

    • Flexible, 100% online program
    • Financial aid available to those who qualify
    • Education or administration specialization pathways
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    Find your calling with a Master’s Degree in Nursing

    Take the next step in your nursing career. You can prepare for top-tier healthcare positions as you train to become a confident leader in your field. In the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, you can choose between Executive and Educator tracks in order to optimize your career potential. With our exclusive online learning platform, Edverum™, you can earn a competitive Bachelor’s Degree without putting your career or life on hold.


    Take the first step for your future

    Before you get started, read below about prerequisites, credit transfers and the application process itself. Applications are accepted on an open enrollment basis.

    1. Prior to applying to Stanbridge University, please contact our Admissions office at 888-789-6208 or contact us here. Our Admissions Representatives will guide you through confirming your prerequisites and application.
    2. Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Stanbridge University begins with having both a current, unencumbered RN licensure from the state in which you practice and a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration or related field or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution. Your Admissions Representative will ask you to send official transcripts from all universities or colleges and post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended to Stanbridge University (attention: Registrar). Please read the current Stanbridge University Catalog for more information.
    3. We also recommend you take the Online Learning Readiness Quiz to ensure that online learning is a good fit for you.
    4. Start filling out your online application form.

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    Schedule & Courses

    Schedule options that fit your life


    48 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 24 – 25 months including national holidays, breaks between terms and Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Schedules will be provided upon orientation.) This program is delivered completely online. Students will choose from Nurse Educator or Nurse Executive elective concentrations.


    Stanbridge University Online offers two specializations tracks: the Master of Science in Nursing with an education specialization and the Master of Science in Nursing with an executive specialization.

    The Master of Science in Nursing with an education specialization gives you the skills and knowledge to give back to your community in both academic and clinical settings. Nurse educators work in bachelor's and associate's degree programs, healthcare staff development, continuing education programs, or public education programs. You will learn how to create a teaching strategy, design curriculum, evaluate nursing students, and integrate evidence-based practice and technology.

    The Master of Science in Nursing with an executive specialization will prepare you for administrative and leadership roles in the healthcare field. These positions require skills in management, organizational theory, human resources, ethics, legal issues, and healthcare technology. Our program allows you to gain these skills to improve patient care and overall management of your healthcare organization.

    Nursing Core (Required of All Students)

    • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
    • Pathopharmacology
    • Advanced Health Assessment
    • Trends in Contemporary Nursing
    • Transcultural Nursing
    • Epidemiology
    • Leadership, Economics and Management
    • Leadership and Management in Nursing
    • Analysis of Data in Nursing
    • Research Methodologies

    Nurse Educator Electives (4 of 6 courses required)

    • Nurse Educator – Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
    • Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator
    • Curriculum Design and Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
    • Student Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
    • Integrating Technology into Nursing Education
    • Educational Theory: Principles, Methods and Design

    Nurse Executive Electives (4 of 6 courses required)

    • Healthcare Finance and Strategic Planning
    • Advanced Leadership and Management in Healthcare
    • Human Resources Management
    • Information and Healthcare Technologies
    • Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health System
    • Healthcare Policy

    Capstone Courses (Required of All Students)

    • Capstone I (Directed Research)
    • Capstone II (Directed Research)

    Master in Science in Nursing degree courses can be taken in a non-sequential order.

    All courses in this program are delivered online. Please take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.

    Financial Aid

    Finding the Right Fit for You

    A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to help you find the best financial aid package for your needs.

    Federal Financial Aid Programs

    Stanbridge University has the following federal financial aid programs available to those who qualify.

    • Federal Pell Grants
    • Federal Direct Loan
    • Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
    • Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

    Read more about these options in the Stanbridge University Catalog.

    Cal Grants

    Stanbridge University also participates in Cal Grants. Cal Grants are awarded to those who qualify by the California Student Aid Commission. Read more about these options in the Stanbridge University Catalog.

    Private Education Loans

    Stanbridge offers private loans through various lending institutions including Sallie Mae, College Avenue Student Loans and the Ascent Loan Program to those who qualify. FASTChoice makes learning more about private loans easy to understand, so you can determine what works best for you. Learn more at

    How to Start Your Financial Aid Process

    Get the most out of your meeting with our Financial Aid team by first creating your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you or your parents would like one-on-one support, please contact our FA Help Desk at 833-924-1628.

    The FAFSA application will ask you to submit our school code:

    Orange County Campus School Code: 038893
    Los Angeles Branch Campus School Code: E40465

    Learn more and get step by step instructions on the FSA and FASFA at

    Missions & Goals

    The Master of Science in Nursing program further develops the skills and expertise of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse to lead and create change within the nursing profession through evidence-based practice and leadership skills. Using informatics and other technologic advances to innovate and meet the needs of healthcare organizations, graduates will engage in higher-level practice within many healthcare settings. These graduates will foster practice innovation, use of theoretical and evidence-based practice and develop excellence through life-long learning and leadership within healthcare organizations.

    Program Goals

    During the Master of Science program the student will:

    1. Analyze various nursing theories and evidence-based models that may be utilized by a masters-prepared nurse in a variety of settings.
    2. Appraise current trends in medical care and nursing that will impact the masters- prepared nurse in various milieus.
    3. Synthesize the principles of cultural competence, cultural diversity and culturally appropriate family-centered care for clients and families of a different culture or ethnicity.
    4. Analyze health care policy, financial systems, and the requirements of the regulatory environment in a variety of healthcare settings to influence care for patient populations.
    5. Summarize principles of economics, informatics and epidemiology in various settings for various types of clients.
    6. Appraise care for quality and safety and integrate the principles of quality and safety appropriately in all care settings.
    7. Compare and contrast various leadership theories and styles utilized by the masters- prepared nurse in a variety of practice settings including interdisciplinary collaboration between disciplines.
    8. Differentiate statistical methods and various research methodologies to influence care in a variety of areas of nursing practice.
    9. Analyze the roles of nurse educator or nurse executive as a masters prepared nurse while promoting lifelong learning personally and professionally.

    Student Support Services

    At every step of the journey

    Stanbridge University is committed to helping you achieve educational excellence through innovative, rigorous, and accessible programs with a student-centric, holistic support framework. From day one of orientation until well after graduation, our goal is to support each student, who will then go on to transform thousands of lives.

    From the Very Start

    Student support is woven into the very fabric of academic life from day one of your comprehensive, three-day orientation. At orientation, you will meet your support teams and fellow classmates who will join you as you journey towards your fullest potential.

    Laying the Foundation for Success

    Within your first year at Stanbridge®, you will have exclusive access to signature seminars designed to assist with goal setting, time management, academic discipline and integrity, positive communication, managing stress, and much more.

    Support When You Need It Most

    No matter how you learn, we offer tutoring solutions at no additional cost to help you succeed. Tutoring options include one-on-one and group tutoring with current students, alumni, and caring, dedicated faculty for your program. Additionally, you can access virtual tutoring from anywhere, conveniently integrating learning into every day life.

    A Team You Can Count On

    Student Services Officers

    Your individual, dedicated Student Services Officer (SSO) is assigned to you from the first day of orientation. Your SSO is ready to provide highly individualized support with academic and personal development, offering assistance and guiding you through your program.

    Student Success Coordinators and Retention Specialists

    You’ll be able to work alongside student success coordinators and retention specialists who are committed to helping you succeed through individual mentorship and coaching. These specialists dedicate time and energy to meeting your needs as you progress toward achieving your educational and career goals.

    Academic Assistance

    In the Learning Resource Center, you can hone your writing, research, and critical thinking skills with the expert assistance of our on-campus librarian and writing specialist. Meet and collaborate with fellow students, tutors, and academic success specialists in your go-to location for all things academia.

    Stanbridge Student Assistance Program

    We are committed to not only your success as a student, but also your personal well-being. Through the Stanbridge Student Assistance Program, you will have access to free counseling services in order to help with a wide variety of difficult situations, including stress, depression and anxiety, family conflict, alcohol and drug abuse, identity theft, daycare issues, and more.

    Help at the Click of a Button

    We strive to create an environment where you can pursue your passion to the fullest. To this end, we provide convenient online workshops to enhance and enrich your student experience. You can delve into both academic and personal development workshops on a schedule that works for you.

    Always Growing

    Monthly Academic Success and Excellence (ASE) workshops offer you assistance with important real-life topics such as handling holiday stress, relationship health, academic burnout, increasing self-confidence, and clinical skillsets such as motivational interviewing. Further your understanding of yourself as you grow into a well-rounded future leader.

    Become the Best You Can Be


    We believe that every student has the power to change the world. You will have the opportunity to enrich your academic and personal development through rewarding community service projects. Learn, develop, and train for your future while you transform the local and global community for the greater good.

    Student Organizations

    Campus life at Stanbridge creates a lifelong community. By joining a student organization, you can practice, develop, and hone effective leadership skills and gain exclusive access to professional networking and leadership events that provide valuable career preparation.

    Student Leadership Development

    Become a new kind of leader, ready and able to meet the needs of a fast-paced, demanding industry. At the biannual two-day Stanbridge Student Leadership Summit, you will explore the values, skills and professional behaviors required as you learn alongside accomplished leaders.

    Career Services

    Your future starts now

    From your first day of orientation until long after your educational journey, our dedicated Career Services team is here to help. You will be paired with an individual Career Services Officer (CSO) who will offer one-on-one guidance with resume preparation, portfolio development, and practice interviews. The highest quality employers are looking for someone just like you – you can find your dream career through the help of your CSO.

    Career Advising

    From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

    Digital Portfolio Builder

    As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression.

    Mock Interview Sessions

    Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

    LinkedIn Profile and Networking

    LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

    Job Leads

    Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

    Alumni Services

    From a highly networked, vibrant Alumni Association to proven career services and exclusive alumni workshops, we are committed to your success as a graduate. You can network professionally, attend development workshops, and take part in fun community-building events. From the moment you cross the stage to every moment after, we’re there to help prep and propel you toward that next big thing.

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