Are you ready to empower yourself to reach your nursing career goals?

Nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are in demand! The American Academy for Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has identified a national need to fill established and emerging nursing roles with those who are prepared at the master’s level. There is also an urgent need for advanced nursing education and leadership skills across the United States. In 2022, 17.4% of the nation's registered nurses held a master's degree. The current demand for master's-level-prepared nurses for advanced practice, clinical specialties, teaching and research roles far outstrips the supply.

The Experience

To apply for this program, you must be a registered nurse with an unrestricted license in the United States. As a student in the fully online MSN program at Trine University, you'll receive a quality, innovative educational experience to prepare you for leadership and educator roles in a variety of environments. You will learn to positively impact individuals, groups and communities through scholarship, leadership and service.

The MSN program consists of seven core nursing courses, including a capstone portfolio that demonstrates your mastery and synthesis of the learning outcomes. Each course provides exceptional application-based knowledge that incorporates professional nursing standards and competencies relevant to contemporary nursing practice.

The Results

Registered nurses who earn an MSN benefit through career advancement as leaders and educators with higher wages. As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to broaden your scope of influence in academia, hospital/acute care, long-term care, home health and hospice, pharmaceutical industry, medical insurance, government healthcare agencies, the veteran’s administration and the military.


Trine University accepts an online application only. It can be accessed by clicking on the apply button on this webpage. The MSN program follows the university’s graduate admission policy outlined in the Trine University Student Handbook as well as the following criteria:

  1. A 3.0 GPA
  2. A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from an institutionally accredited college or university.
    *Applicants currently in an RN-BSN program may apply for concurrent admission to the MSN program. 
  3. Official transcripts from each previous undergraduate and graduate institution attended (except for Trine University). 
  4. Completed application.
  5. Have a current, unrestricted RN license in the state where the student plans to complete the practicum requirements. If licensed in more than one state, all must be unencumbered. 
  6. Personal narrative that explains the student’s interest in pursuing a graduate level education. 
  7. The applicant’s resume indicating positions held that demonstrate task commitment, knowledge, and skill relevant to the applicable course of study. 
  8. If an applicant's GPA is below 3.0, the student may be admitted conditionally, as established by the guidelines of the University. 

*The 4+1 undergraduate/graduate enrollment status is granted to those who concurrently seek a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. These students, pending acceptance, will be changed to graduate status after earning their required undergrad credit hours, at which time they must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Students who do not meet this standard will not be given graduate status and will be awarded the bachelor’s degree when the bachelor’s degree requirements are met.

MSN Application


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Description 2024/2025
MSN tuition $575 - per credit hour

Castle Branch Fees:

  • Background check ($57)
  • Urinalysis Drug Screen ($40)
  • Medical Document Tracker ($45)
$138 per year

**Textbooks are purchased separately and vary per course.

In support of the university’s mission and vision and the College of Health Profession’s mission and vision, the nursing program further defines the commitment to excellence: 

  Mission Vision
University Trine University promotes intellectual and personal development through professionally focused and formative learning opportunities, preparing students to succeed, lead and serve. Trine University will be recognized as a premier private university, characterized as engaged, dynamic, growing and adding value.
Brooks College of Health Professions The College of Health Professions at Trine University, by providing high quality, professionally focused and formative undergraduate and graduate science learning opportunities, enables its students, graduates and faculty to make a positive impact on the community through service, leadership and scholarship. The College of Health Professions at Trine University will be recognized as a premier provider of undergraduate and graduate science education, adding value to the lives of its graduates and community.
MSN Program The MSN Program at Trine University will provide a quality, innovative educational experience that produces graduate nurses capable of delivering safe, culturally and contextually relevant, evidence-based care in a variety of environments, while also preparing them to positively impact individuals, groups and communities through teaching, scholarship, leadership and service. The MSN Program at Trine University will be recognized as a premier provider of graduate nursing education characterized by dynamic and engaging learning experiences, improving the lives of its graduates and community.

Trine University MSN program aspires to meet the following outcomes:

  • Program Completion Rate: 70% of full time MSN students will graduate within 6 semesters, beginning with enrollment in the first nursing (NRS) course, not including periods of non-continuous enrollment.
  • Program Completion Rate: 70% of part time MSN students will graduate within 12 semesters, beginning with enrollment in the first nursing (NRS) course, not including periods of non-continuous enrollment.
  • Employment rate: 70% of MSN graduate respondents will be employed in nursing within six to twelve months following graduation.
  • Graduate satisfaction: At least 70% of MSN graduate respondents will rate their overall level of preparedness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the role of the graduate-level registered nurse as 3.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale.
  • Employer satisfaction: At least 70% of employer respondents will rate MSN graduates’ overall level of preparedness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the role of the graduate-level registered nurse as 3.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale.

Trine University MSN faculty aspire to meet the following goals:

  1. Provide an educational experience that affords students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice successfully as a registered nurse as evidenced by data results from the End-of-Program surveys reflected in the Systematic Plan of Evaluation (SPE).
  2. Prepare an advanced degree nurse who demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice professionally as evidenced by data results from the End-of-Program, Graduate, and Employer surveys reflected in the SPE.
  3. Promote academic excellence through creative, high-quality learning experiences as evidenced by data results from the Annual Faculty evaluation reflected in the SPE.
  4. Contribute to the improvement of nursing education through the scholarship of teaching, application, integration, and discovery as evidenced by data results from the Faculty Scholarship Report reflected in the SPE.

By the end of the program the student will be able to meet the outcomes expected of the Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education Achievement and the competencies for the specialty track enrolled in. Accomplishment of such will enable graduates to practice within complex healthcare systems and assume the roles: provider of care; designer, manager, and coordinator of care; and member of a profession (AACN, 2021):

Domain 1: Knowledge for Nursing Practice

Descriptor: Integration, translation, and application of established and evolving disciplinary nursing knowledge and ways of knowing, as well as knowledge from other disciplines, including a foundation in liberal arts and natural and social sciences. This distinguishes the practice of professional nursing and forms the basis for clinical judgment and innovation in nursing practice.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the discipline of nursing’s distinct perspective and where shared perspectives exist with other disciplines.
  • Apply theory and research-based knowledge from nursing, the arts, humanities, and other sciences.
  • Demonstrate clinical judgement founded on a broad knowledge base.

Domain 2: Person‐Centered Care

Descriptor: Person‐centered care focuses on the individual within multiple complicated contexts, including family and/or important others. Person‐centered care is holistic, individualized, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidence‐based, and developmentally appropriate. Person‐centered care builds on a scientific body of knowledge that guides nursing practice regardless of specialty or functional area.          


  • Engage with the individual in establishing a caring relationship.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals.
  • Integrate assessment skills in practice.
  • Diagnose actual or potential health problems and needs.
  • Develop plans of care.
  • Demonstrate accountability for care delivery.
  • Evaluate outcomes of care.
  • Promote self-care management.
  • Provide care coordination.

Domain 3: Population Health

Descriptor: Population health spans the healthcare delivery continuum from public health prevention to disease management of populations and describes collaborative activities with both traditional and non‐traditional partnerships from affected communities, public health, industry, academia, health care, local government entities, and others for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes.


  • Manage population health.
  • Engage in effective partnerships.
  • Consider the socioeconomical impact of the delivery of health care.
  • Advance equitable population health policy.
  • Demonstrate advocacy strategies.
  • Advance preparedness to protect population health during disasters and public health emergencies.

Domain 4: Scholarship for Nursing Practice

Descriptor: The generation, synthesis, translation, application, and dissemination of nursing knowledge to improve health and transform health care.


  • Advance the scholarship of nursing.
  • Integrate best evidence into nursing practice.
  • Promote the ethical conduct of scholarly activities.

Domain 5: Quality and Safety

Descriptor: Employment of established and emerging principles of safety and improvement science. Quality and safety, as core values of nursing practice, enhance quality and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.


  • Apply quality improvement principles in care delivery.
  • Contribute to a culture of patient safety.
  • Contribute to a culture of provider and work environment safety.

Domain 6: Interprofessional Partnerships

Descriptor: Intentional collaboration across professions and with care team members, patients, families, communities, and other stakeholders to optimize care, enhance the healthcare experience, and strengthen outcomes.


  • Communicate in a manner that facilitates a partnership approach to quality care delivery.
  • Perform effectively inn different team roles, using principles and values of team dynamics.
  • Use knowledge of nursing and other professions to address healthcare needs.
  • Work with other professions to maintain a climate of mutual learning, respect, and shared values.

Domain 7: Systems‐Based Practice

Descriptor: Responding to and leading within complex systems of healthcare. Nurses effectively and proactively coordinate resources to provide safe, quality, equitable care to diverse populations.


  • Apply knowledge of systems to work effectively across the continuum of care.
  • Incorporate consideration of cost-effectiveness of care.
  • Optimize system effectiveness through application of innovation and evidence-based practice.

Domain 8: Information and Healthcare Technologies

Descriptor: Information and communication technologies and informatics processes are used to provide care, gather data, form information to drive decision making, and support professionals as they expand knowledge and wisdom for practice. Informatics processes and technologies are used to manage and improve the delivery of safe, high quality, and efficient healthcare services in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards.


  • Describe the various information and communication technology tools used in the care of patients, communities, and populations.
  • Use information and communication technology to gather data, create information, and generate knowledge.
  • Use information and communication technologies and informatics processes to deliver safe nursing care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Use information and communication technology to support documentation of care and communication among providers, patients, an all system levels.
  • Use information and communication technologies in accordance with ethical, legal, professional, and regulatory standards, and workplace policies in the delivery of care.

Domain 9: Professionalism

Descriptor: Formation and cultivation of a sustainable professional nursing identity, accountability, perspective, collaborative disposition, and comportment that reflects nursing’s characteristics and values.


  • Demonstrate an ethical comportment in one’s practice reflective of nursing’s mission to society.
  • Employ participatory approach to nursing care.
  • Demonstrate accountability to the individual, society, and the profession.
  • Comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Demonstrate the professional identity of nursing.
  • Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion as core to one’s professional identity.

Domain 10: Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

Descriptor: Participation in activities and self‐reflection that foster personal health, resilience, and well‐being, lifelong learning, and support the acquisition of nursing expertise and assertion of leadership.


  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal health and well-being.
  • Demonstrate a spirit of inquiry that fosters flexibility and professional maturity.
  • Develop capacity for leadership.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], (2021). The essentials: Core competencies for professional nursing education. Washington, DC: Author.

Core competencies established by the National League for Nursing (NLN) for Academic Nurse Educators (2019):

Competency 1: Facilitate Learning

Nurse educators are responsible for creating an environment that facilitates learning and the achievement of desired cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes.

Competency 2: Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization

Nurse educators recognize their responsibility for helping students develop as nurses and integrate the values and behaviors expected of those who fulfill that role.

Competency 3: Use Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

Nurse educators use a variety of strategies to assess and evaluate student learning in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings, as well as in all domains of learning.

Competency 4: Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes

Nurse educators are responsible for formulating program outcomes and designing curricula that reflect contemporary health care trends and prepare graduates to function effectively in the health care environment.

Competency 5: Function as a Change Agent and Leader

Nurse educators’ function as change agents and leaders to create a preferred future for nursing education and nursing practice.

Competency 6: Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role

Nurse educators recognize that their goal is multidimensional and that ab ongoing commitment to develop and maintain competence in the role is essential.

Competency 7: Engage in Scholarship

Nurse educators acknowledge that scholarship is an integral component of the faculty role, and that teaching itself is a scholarly activity.

Competency 8: Function within the Educational Environment

Nurse educators are knowledgeable about the educational environment within which they practice and recognize how political, institutional, social, and economic forces impact their role. 

Program Information


Master of Science in Nursing


35 credit hours



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