Master of Science in Nursing

Advance your career with a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Allen College. Choose from 8 specializations including 4 nurse practitioner tracks. 

Ready to take your education and career to the next level? The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Allen College prepares nurses for a wide variety of specializations.    

Which one is for you?

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP)
Leadership in Healthcare Delivery (LEAD)
Leadership in Healthcare Delivery - option to earn MSN from Allen College and a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Northern Iowa
Leadership in Health Information Technology (LHIT)

Non-Nurse Practitioner tracks of the MSN program offer 25% tuition reduction.

Already have your MSN? Certificate programs of study are available in all tracks of the Master of Science in Nursing program for nurses who already hold a master's degree with a major in nursing.

Mission and Philosophy of the School of Nursing

The Allen College School of Nursing values education and service in the field of nursing, which we define as both an art and a science. Our students can expect a rigorous course of study that fully prepares them to be nursing professionals.                                Learn More

Graduate Outcomes

In concert with the Philosophy of Allen College, the graduate will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and related disciplines in order to develop a foundation to guide practice.
  2. Provide organizational and systems leadership in practice, service and scholarship.
  3. Apply quality principles to promote patient safety and positive individual and systems outcomes.
  4. Use scholarly inquiry and evidence to advance the practice of nursing.
  5. Use informatics and healthcare technologies to enhance patient care and to improve healthcare systems.
  6. Employ advocacy strategies to influence health policy and to improve outcomes of care.
  7. Collaborate within inter-professional teams to manage and improve health care services for individuals, families and populations.
  8. Integrate patient-centered and culturally responsive strategies into the delivery of clinical prevention, health promotion and population-focused services.

Clinical Requirements

Registered Nurses (RNs) in the nursing program must provide proof of current licensure as a registered nurse in Iowa. Licensure reciprocity is pursuant to the nurse licensure compact contained in Iowa Code chapter 152E.1.

According to Subrule 2.10(6) nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person a) who has been denied licensure by the board; b) whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction; or c) whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

Students must notify the Office of Enrollment Management if they are in violation of this code.

Post-graduate certificate programs of study are available in all tracks of the MSN program for nurses who already hold a master's degree with a major in nursing.

Allen College considers admitting applicants living out of state or country. 

Applicants and current students must be aware select states require approval prior to Allen College offering online courses and clinical study in those states. Additionally, a state certification or governing licensing board may also require prior approval for an Allen College student to engage in clinical study within the state. Therefore, Allen College cannot guarantee out-of- state clinical or practicum placement. Allen College also cannot guarantee students maintaining residency in a state other than Iowa will be allowed to enroll in online courses.

Applicants planning to maintain residency in any state other than Iowa, and planning to enroll in an online course or engage in clinical study in any state other than Iowa, should consult an admission counselor prior to applying to Allen College.