Nursing: Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

About the Degree

The Master of Science in Nursing program has several advanced practice specializations and other advanced role specialties. The purposes of the program are to provide preparation for advanced nursing practice as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthetist; preparation for the role of nurse educator, or administrator of nursing service and to provide a foundation for doctoral study. Post Master's certificate programs are available to prepare currently certified clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners who want to acquire specialization in any of the above areas of specialization. Areas of advanced role specialization include nursing services administration and a certificate program in nursing education.

Specialization is available in Adult/Gerorontological, Psychiatric Mental Health, Pediatrics, and Administrative.

The MSN student courses and outcomes are designed to meet The MSN Essential of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011). And are as follows: 

  • Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities
  • Organizational Systems Leadership
  • Quality Improvement and Safety
  • Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice
  • Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health
  • Master’s Level Nursing Practice

Salary and Career Outlook

Many students secure positions in either outpatient practices including Internal Medicine, Primary Care or Specialties.

Depending on the area and practice setting, most new graduates salary ranges from $77,000-100,000.

Recent employers include:

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • University Hospitals
  • Optium Healthcare

Why Akron?

Our program is more affordable than most in the area. The program is offered in the evenings, with a few courses online, or hybrid format. Most of the speciality track courses are offered face-to-face.

Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Marlene Huff

Mary Gladwin Hall, Room 201L

(330) 972-5930

Graduate School:

Heather Blake

Polsky Building, Room 467          

(330) 972-7664