M.S. Nursing Program Overview
Take your health care expertise to the next level and expand on the knowledge and skills you’ve already gained in the field with a graduate degree from Marymount University’s Master of Science in Nursing program.
Our master’s in Nursing provides the training you’ll need to become a skilled family nurse practitioner, focusing on state-of-the-art treatment and preventative health care, health education and promotion, disease management, and treatment of acute and chronic illness. With our academic and clinical focus, you’ll be prepared for national certification and a career in ambulatory or primary health care settings.
Earn your master’s degree on a flexible schedule
Marymount’s Master of Science in Nursing classes can accommodate your busy schedule. Most Nursing degree courses are offered 1 day a week during afternoons and evenings, allowing you to continue working full time until you begin clinical rounds. Our master’s in Nursing is also offered online, so you can meet your academic goals wherever you are.
Specialize as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP)
Marymount University’s online MSN-PMHNP degree program equips you with the knowledge and skills to become an advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through a strongly focused curriculum based on ethics and evidence-based care.
Coursework in the online MSN program is 100% remote, yet with the residency experience in the metro D.C. area, you’ll gain the kind of valuable, compassionate hands-on training to make a difference as a nurse practitioner in local, national and international healthcare.
- 45 credit hours + 700 patient care clinical hours
- 5 full-time semesters or 7 part-time semesters
- Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- $1,140 per credit hour
Study with a small cohort
With a typical enrollment of around 25 students, our graduate degree in Nursing classes are small — fostering individualized attention, collegiality, collaboration, mentorship with faculty, and professional success.
Learn through hands-on clinical training
In addition to clinical experience, on-campus simulation experiences include interactions with sample patients, suturing skills, and basic competencies interpreting radiographs.
Benefit from pertinent clinical placements
For 3 semesters, MU graduate Nursing students participate in 700 clinical hours outside the classroom — well above minimum requirements for national certification. Unlike other graduate Nursing programs, we assist students with clinical placements through partnerships with several major health care centers and hospitals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Our students gain valuable experience in a variety of settings, including private family practices, women’s health centers, pediatric offices, mobile health care vans, centers for the medically underserved or homeless, and the prison system.
Prepare for nationally recognized certification exams
- Graduate application
- Professional résumé
- Official transcripts of all postsecondary education, including a Nursing degree from an accredited college or university (certificate applicants must hold a BSN with a minimum GPA of 3.0)
- 2 narrative letters of recommendation, at least 1 from a direct supervisor within the past 2 years and the other from an employer or professor who can attest to the applicant’s potential for graduate work
- Professional essay describing the applicant’s motivation for seeking the degree and postgraduate plans
- Evidence of RN licensure in Virginia; FNP students are also required to have licensure in Maryland and the District of Columbia prior to placement in clinical courses
- Copy of APRN certification, if applicable
- MSN program applicants must have 2 years of experience as a registered nurse or the equivalent before beginning practicum courses
Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score of 96 from TOEFL, 6.5 from IELTS, or 58 from the PTE academic exam, or documentation of program completion at 1 of Marymount University’s language partners. For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, visit our International Graduate Students page.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
NU 501: Theoretical and Ethical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
This course explores the historical origins of advanced nursing practice, its contribution to the contemporary health care environment, and the role of advanced nursing practice.
NU 510: Population Health
Provides an overview of global and national population health with a focus on the determinants of health, health disparities, and population-oriented prevention.
NU 512: Nursing and Health Care Systems and Organizations
This course provides an overview of the contemporary U.S. health care system, including political, economic, organizational, and cultural factors impacting nursing and health care.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Whether you choose our on-campus or online graduate degree in Nursing, you’ll be ready to treat patients in multiple ambulatory and outpatient settings.
Careers for nurses, family nurse practitioners, and midwives have some of the best job outlooks in the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job placements in these sectors are projected to increase 45% over the next decade. The median salary for a FNP in 2021 was $123,780.
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the Malek School of Nursing Professions and thank you for your interest in a career in nursing. We offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in Nursing, and our students benefit from clinical experiences and internship placements in some of the national capital area’s leading health care organizations as well as throughout the country and the world.
Our faculty members are outstanding teachers and clinicians who are focused on student success. They have impressive records of research, as well as service to the community and to their professions. Our support staff members are dedicated to helping students navigate the academic experience. Don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you would like additional information.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Maureen Moriarty DNP, ANP-BC, FAHS, FAANP
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of the Malek School of Nursing Professions
“Marymount’s master’s in Nursing program provided many valuable opportunities to develop my career in health care and helped me establish professional connections, learn from clinical experiences, and receive a comprehensive education. Marymount assisted me in completing clinical rotations in unique specialties that expanded my outlook to fields I am now knowledgeable and passionate about. I’m grateful for the education I received from Marymount and am excited to implement my practice as a family nurse practitioner.” – Anna Mason, M.S.N.