Below, you'll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the MSN online program from Sacred Heart University.
For questions specific to the online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization, please visit our FNP FAQ page.
- What are the admission requirements for the MSN degree program?
- Who are the instructors in the online MSN program?
- What types of students take the online Master's in Nursing degree program?
- Do I have to take classes at a certain time?
- How much time does it take to complete courses in the online MSN program?
- How long is each class session?
- How long will it take to earn my degree?
- When can I start the program? Does it have to be in the fall?
- What are the technical requirements for online learning?
- How do I get started?
- Why do I have to carry malpractice insurance to take classes?
- Are there opportunities to study or conduct clinicals abroad?
- Are there any state restrictions?
- Can I switch to/from the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization once I begin the program?
What are the admission requirements for the MSN degree program?
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- a current, unencumbered RN license
- have a bachelor's degree (in nursing or another area) with at least a 3.0 GPA
- statement of professional goals
- two letters of recommendation from your manager and/or supervisor
- Proof of malpractice insurance
Who are the instructors in the online MSN program?
The faculty members who teach on-campus at Sacred Heart University are of the same caliber as the faculty that teach our online nursing courses. Our distinguished faculty members have years of clinical experience and in many cases have studied Nursing Education and perform scholarly research. Read about their backgrounds on the MSN Faculty page.
What types of students take the online Master's in Nursing degree program?
Our students are mainly adult RNs who are working full time and returning to school to get their master's degree in nursing with a specialty in Clinical Nurse Leadership, Nursing Education, or Nursing Management & Executive Leadership. Our MSN students seek a CCNE-accredited nursing program and the flexibility to take courses online at convenient times and finish the program at their own pace. Located throughout the Northeast region and the entire US, students’ geographic diversity help provide a rich learning experience thanks to the varying perspectives offered during discussions.
Do I have to take classes at a certain time?
No. Online MSN coursework is completely asynchronous, you don’t have to worry about being online at a certain time of day. Our flexible online format allows students to access courses at times convenient to them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How much time does it take to complete courses in the online MSN program?
Online learning requires as much time and effort as a traditional campus course. In general, we suggest that you plan on spending between twelve to fifteen hours each week for on a three-credit course.
How long is each class session?
Each class session is eight weeks long.
How long will it take to earn my degree?
If you take one 8-week course each session, the MSN program takes two years to complete. But you may need to skip a session due to home, family, and job commitments.
When can I start the program? Does it have to be in the fall?
No, we offer six start terms on our Academic Calendar each year. Contact our experienced Admissions team to determine which module, or start term, will integrate best with your schedule.
What are the technical requirements for online learning?
- Have experience with using the Internet to communicate and find information
- Know how to use word processing software (Microsoft Word)
- Know how to download files
- Be able to read and send e-mail, attach document files to e-mail messages, etc.
You will need a computer with an up-to-date operating system and a connection to the Internet.
How do I get started?
Why do I have to carry malpractice insurance to take classes?
All medical professionals must carry malpractice insurance. In the case of a lawsuit, a nurse can be held responsible alongside his or her employer. In addition, an employer’s coverage may not be sufficient to cover damages and settlements. It is in your best interest to carry sufficient insurance for yourself. An admissions representative can help you identify appropriate insurance providers.
Are there opportunities to study or conduct clinicals abroad?
Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. For more information on upcoming trips and opportunities, please visit the Global Programs page.
Are there any state restrictions?
Please consult the State Authorizations page for more information on state approvals and licensure or call us at (877) 791-7181.
Can I switch to/from the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization once I begin the program?
No, the students taking another specialization in the Master of Science in Nursing program cannot transfer to/from the FNP specialization.