Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Designed for graduates of accredited BSN programs and experienced nurses seeking additional education, the MSN program at Holy Family University allows students to complete a 30-credit (10 courses) MSN in advanced nursing courses with a focus on quality, safety, and leadership. The 30-credit MSN is designed in accord with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) MSN Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011) to prepare nurse leaders to impact the health of individuals, groups, and communities. The depth and quality of a Holy Family University MSN is renowned among nursing schools in Philadelphia.

Academic Program

Graduates of the MSN program are prepared to progress to advanced practice programs at the doctoral level (e.g., DNP/Nurse Practitioner programs), PhD programs, EdD programs, or to post-master's certificate programs. The program includes 108 clinical hours that culminates with the completion of a solution-based project suitable for implementation in the healthcare environment.

Cohort Information

Courses are held once a week in an eight-week blended format.

  • Non-cohort classes are held at our Northeast Philadelphia campus, conveniently located at 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
  • Cohort opportunities are available at your work location with discounted tuition. A cohort is a tight-knit learning community of students, usually, 15-20, enrolled throughout their entire academic program. Contact Grad Admissions at 267-341-3327 to learn more about MSN cohorts.


The Baccalaureate Degree program in Nursing / Master's Degree program in Nursing / Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Holy Family University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.


Students are required to take 10 three-credit courses for a total of 30 credits to complete the degree.

  • NURS 601 – Theoretical Basis for Nursing
  • NURS 606 – Professional Ethics: Theory & Practice for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 607 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • NURS 608 – Advanced Statistics for Health Care Professionals
  • NURS 609 – Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
  • NURS 610 – Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS 611 – Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS 612 – Advanced Physical and Health Assessment
  • NURS 614 – Health Policy, Organization, and Financing
  • NURS 615 – Quality and Safety in Health Care


Certificate Programs

  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education

Program Goals

  • Provide a graduate nursing curriculum that is tailored to address current and future global health care needs and issues in a variety of health care settings.
  • Prepare graduates for nursing practice in advanced capacities.
  • Provide a foundation for certification in selected specialty areas of nursing and doctoral study.


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