MSN Mission & Program Outcomes

A Master of Science in Nursing Education prepares graduates to enter the workforce ready for leadership positions. The coursework provides an innovative graduate education that prepares professionals to work within complex and diverse systems, teaching to improve health outcomes, and knowledge and skills to elevate care in various roles and inter-professional settings.


In support of the SoNHS mission to prepare leaders in the nursing workforce, the Masters of Science in Nursing program provides an innovative graduate education that prepares the nurse for leadership within complex and diverse systems, teaching to improve health outcomes, and knowledge and skills to enhance healthcare in various roles and inter-professional settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students of the MSN program will be prepared to:

  •  Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across populations and settings. Competencies:  global perspectives, ethics, and cultural sensitivity
  • Integrate theory and research in evidence-based nursing and teaching practice.  Competencies:  research, service delivery, technology utilization, crucial thinking, role development, theory, and teaching/learning
  • Serve as a leader in organizational change.  Competencies:  collaboration, communication, and healthcare systems

MSN competency definitions


Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the rational and reflective process of making judgments. This process includes analysis and differentiation of complex data sets as a basis for independent and collaborative health care decision-making.



The ability to use complex, ongoing, interactive written and verbal processes so information can be exchanged between individuals, groups, and/or systems.


Service Delivery

The ability to apply theory and research in advanced clinical practice, or to the education of professional nurses, or in managing organizations and environments.


Technology Utilization
The ability to deliver health care services using a broad range of technological devices.


Professional Role Development
The ability to enact the subroles of the nurse in advanced practice.


Global Perspectives

The ability to integrate individual, micro- and macro-system attributes into the delivery of health care.


Health Care Systems

The ability to evaluate and function in the complex array of relationships and settings in which health care may be delivered.


Participate in the development of relationships in which each party contributes equitably to the decision-making.



Participate in interdisciplinary endeavors to identify the structures related to rights, duties and responsibilities.


Cultural Sensitivity
The incorporation of values to provide services to individuals and groups with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of the client unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. (ANA Code of Ethics)



The ability to critically evaluate and synthesize research results providing the scientific basis for advanced practice nursing.



The ability to analyze a variety of theories and determine applicability to personal advanced practice nursing.



The ability to assume the teaching role in both formal and informal teaching. Teaching/learning is a dynamic, lifelong interactive process that has formal and informal elements. Formal teaching occurs between two or more people including a teacher and learner. The teacher 1) assumes the role of content resource, and 2) designs and manages the process that will facilitate the learner(s) in the acquisition of new knowledge, attitudes, and or skills. Informal teaching/learning process may involve one or more persons who may or may not be identified as a teacher or a learner. It consists of unplanned, spontaneous activities that enable a person to acquire new knowledge, attitudes or skills.