Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through April of 2023.

The St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The next review is in 2016.

Attention prospective MSN students:

Click here for the online application. Deadline for Fall admission for the Acute Care NP option is February 15th. Deadline for Summer Session II admission for the Nurse Anesthesia is December 15th. Application to the Acute Care CNS, Population/Public Health option, and Nurse Care Management Certificate option is ongoing.


Simulation orientation video

Students must view this brief video prior to participating in simulation in the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing is committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education at an affordable cost to a student population diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity, gender, and age. The baccalaureate program combines liberal arts and nursing education to assist students to develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives required for professional practice; it fosters intellectual development, personal growth, and professional collaboration. The master’s program educates nurses for diverse and expanded roles. The faculty is strongly committed to excellence in teaching and preparing graduates for the complex, rapidly-changing health care environment. The School provides a nurturing, inclusive, performance-based, technologically-equipped, innovative learning environment that promotes caring, competence, and professionalism. Faculty, students, and alumni contribute to the improvement of health and health care through practice, service, and scholarship activities that extend to populations, agencies, and institutions throughout the City of Providence, the State of Rhode Island, and the surrounding communities.

Approved May 6, 2015

For MSN information, contact program director:

Cynthia Padula
Professor and Director of the MSN Program/Graduate Department
Yellow Cottage 208
(401) 456-9720

Master's Program Goals

Master's Program Expected Outcomes

Apply scientific knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to plan, direct, and evaluate health care Competency in Background for Practice: Sciences & Humanities
Assume leadership responsibilities to shape nursing practice in adult/older adult care, nurse anesthesia or population/public health nursing Competency in Organizational/Systems Leadership
Implement quality and safety initiatives to assure positive individual and population health outcomes Competency in Quality & Safety
Promote translation and integration of scholarship, research, and evidence based practice Competency in Translation and Integration of Scholarship, Research, Evidence Based Practice
Incorporate innovative healthcare technologies and informatics to improve care management and enhance outcomes Competency in Innovative Health Care Technologies and Informatics
Promote policies that assure quality, cost effective and equitable care within a dynamic health care system Competency in Health Policy and Advocacy
Engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative practice to improve individual and population health outcomes Competency in Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Practice
Analyze population health needs of a diverse society for preventive health strategies Competency in Clinical Prevention and Population Health.
Competency in Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity
Demonstrate ethical practice, professional responsibility, and continued professional growth Competency in Ethics
Demonstrate master's level nursing practice Competency in Master's Level Nursing Practice
Assume advanced practice roles in adult/gerontology acute care, nurse anesthesia or population/public health nursing Competency in Advanced Practice Role

MSN Program Options

The following areas of study are available:

A. Adult/Gerontology with an Acute Care Emphasis

Students may choose the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) role. Students who successfully complete the Adult/Acute Care option will be eligible to apply to take the following certification examinations: the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult Acute (NPs) exam; the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP exam (NPs); the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult / Gerontology CNS exam (CNSs); the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Adult / Gerontology Acute CNS exam (CNSs)

B. Nurse Anesthesia

Students who successfully complete the Nurse Anesthesia option will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Nurse Anesthesia certification exam. This program is in collaboration with the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia. Visit their website at

C. Population/Public Health

Students who successfully complete the Population/Public Health option will be eligible to sit for the ANCC Advanced Public Health Certification exam.

D. Certificate in Nursing Care Management

The Nursing Care Management Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) has been designed to meet a rapidly emerging need in health care, that of preparing nurses for nurse care/case manager positions across health care settings.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in an upper division nursing major from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  3. Applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  5. Completion of a course in statistics (MATH 240 or its equivalent), with a minimum grade of C.
  6. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate course work. Provisional acceptance occasionally granted.
  7. An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies test (MA).
  8. An official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from international applicants who are from countries where English is not the first language.
  9. Current unrestricted licensure for the practice of nursing in Rhode Island.
  10. A professional résumé.
  11. Three Adobe PDFprofessional references (at least one from the clinical area).
  12. A brief letter of intent, which includes a statement of goals.
  13. Proof of residency is required for in-state tuition.
  14. An interview may be required.

Admission Deadlines

The deadline for Fall admission for the Acute Care NP option is February 15th. The deadline for Summer Session II admission for the Nurse Anesthesia is December 15th. These application deadlines may be extended at the discretion of the program director. Contact the MSN program director for further information. Applications for the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care CNS option, the Populations/Public Health Nursing option, and the Nursing Care Management Certificate in Graduate Studies are on-going and may be submitted at any time.

Additional Admission Requirements for Adult/Gerontology acute care

One year of relevant acute care experience

Additional Admission Requirements for Nurse Anesthesia

  1. Due to clinical rotations at hospitals in Massachusetts, a license is required for Massachusetts.
  2. Personal interview is required.
  3. Completion of two courses (total of 8 credits) in chemistry (Chem 105, 106) within the last 10 years with minimum grades of C.
  4. A preferred undergraduate science GPA of 3.0
  5. Of the three required references, one must be from a clinical supervisor.
  6. Current ACLS certification.
  7. Minimum of 1 year critical care experience. Complete definition of accepted critical care experience is found on the sjhsna website:
  8. Skills and abilities applicants and students must demonstrate are also on the sjhsna website:

Additional Admission Requirements for RN to M.S.N. Students

Applicants will be required to meet all admission requirements for the MSN with the exception of having earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students who have senior standing in the B.S.N. program may complete NURS 501, 502, 503, or 512 (up to 9 credits) as electives. M.S.N. courses that are completed will be waived upon entry into the M.S.N. program of study.

Retention Requirement for All M.S.N. Students

Students must fulfill all of the above requirements and successfully complete the RN to B.S.N. program, including Math 240 or equivalent. Students who earn less than a B in a required nursing course will be placed on the probationary status and must earn a minimum grade of B in all required nursing courses over the next 9 credits.


The School of Nursing Handbook for Graduate Students in Nursing provides detailed and essential information about the graduate nursing program. It is available by clicking here.

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Page last updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016