CCNE logoThe demand for qualified nurses has never been greater. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts 1 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2016 to fill the projected nursing shortage.* Gain the knowledge and skills you need to make an even bigger difference for your patients, your organization, and the future of healthcare with a master’s in nursing.

Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can help you learn how to educate the next generation of nurses, influence the quality of patient care, innovate healthcare practices through technology, and gain autonomy in your career.

Walden’s online MSN program offers a range of specializations in the most critical areas of nursing today:

  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    Choose this specialization if you want to gain special training to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues. You can prepare to treat patients across the life span in a variety of settings, from psychiatric hospitals to mental health clinics to schools.
  • Leadership and Management
    The dynamic nature of healthcare practice and delivery requires nurse leaders who can help shape the future by making innovative and significant contributions to the field. With the Leadership and Management specialization, you can gain the essential skills that will make you an effective leader in decision making, planning, finance, and human resources.
  • Nursing Education
    Choose the Nursing Education specialization and learn the skills needed to provide quality educational experiences that equip nurses to meet the demands of a diverse, ever-changing healthcare environment. Coursework helps prepare you to address current healthcare issues in a clinical environment while allowing you to develop teaching expertise in both classroom and patient and staff development settings. Stay on the leading edge of clinical practice and channel your passion for teaching into a rich and rewarding career.
  • Nursing Informatics
    You can dramatically enhance patient care through information technology. With Walden’s Nursing Informatics specialization, you can learn how to design and implement effective and user-friendly systems that improve accuracy, eliminate redundancy, and reduce cost.
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    This specialization focuses on the advanced care of acutely or chronically ill of adolescents (those age 13 and older) through older adults. In addition to learning how to conduct initial assessments, make diagnoses, and develop treatment and care plans, you will participate in clinical research. Apply your skills as a practitioner in the emergency room and in surgical and medical intensive care units and explore procedures such as transplants, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, and neurology.
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    Choose this specialization if you want to focus on primary care of adolescents (those ages 13 and older) through older adults. Gain the skills that will allow you to conduct initial assessments and deliver diagnoses as well as develop treatment and care plans. Prepare yourself to work in a variety of settings from doctor offices, internal medicine, family practice, health departments, free clinics, community clinics, nursing homes, rehab centers, assisted living centers and more.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
    If you want to work in primary care of individuals and families across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and women, this specialization may be right for you. Discover how to assess, diagnose, and treat routine medical conditions and explore strategies for practicing preventative healthcare. This specialization will position you to work in a broad spectrum of settings, including primary care clinics, urgent care clinics, worksite-based health clinics, private medical practices, and public health departments.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Outlook, 2006-16, Occupational employment projections to 2016, on the Internet at (viewed online August 26, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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