Master of Science in Nursing

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 in a variety of nursing specialties. The depth and quality of a Holy Family University MSN is unparalleled 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. Upon completion of the required 30 MSN credits, students submit a Comprehensive Portfolio.


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

Post Master's

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.

MSN Handbook