MSN Program

The MSN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Center (NLNAC).

NLN Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Admission Requirements:

Prerequisites for admission include:

*Must be a Registered Nurse with a current RN license and a baccalaureate degree in nursing

*A minimum, upper division grade point average (GPA) o f 3.0. (Lower GPA's or variations of grades in prerequisite courses will be considered on case by case bases).

*Two letters of reference attesting to the applicant's academic and professional competence.
A departmental interview may be required.

*RNs with baccalaureate degrees in other fields are eligible for admission with some undergraduate course requirements after a portfolio assessment. RNs who are graduates of foreign schools must have their transcripts evaluated through World Education Services (WES) ( or by phone, 212-966-6311 or fax 212-739-6100) Information about transcript evaluations and application to the graduate program may be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office, 908-737-GRAD or online at

Submit the following information directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

-The University application
- 2 letters of reference
- Academic transcripts (sealed originals directly from the school(s) attended or WES.

Degree Program Information:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Management with a Transcultural Focus (36 credits)

Graduates of this program are prepared to be clinically centered with a passion for excellence in patient care. Students graduating from this program will have the expert competency and leadership skills needed to design and implement innovative clinical strategies/programs and develop, modify and manage quality, fiscally-responsible health care delivery systems which support Transcultural nursing care and the providers of care within the systems. At the completion of the program students are prepared to sit for certification in nursing administration and in transcultural nursing. The program includes 30 credits of nursing content and 6 credits of interdisciplinary education electives supporting the clinical nurse manager role.

Clinical Management - The "clinical" emphasis represents the fact that nursing is a clinical discipline whose reason for existence is to maximize the health and well being of the populations that we serve. Clinical nurse managers must be "knowledgeable, skilled, and competent in planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating clinical practice and health care delivery systems (ANA Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators). The stakeholders (targets of clinical nursing practice) are varied and include: the community for which health care programs are targeted to improve access to care and programming options; health care organizations in which patient care is provided; the staff nurses and other allied health providers who administer direct patient care; the client and family unit; organizations which provide direct health care services and organizations which influence health care delivery; and other stakeholders in the health care system.
Whoever the stakeholder is, the key consideration within clinical nursing management is analyzing the leadership, the system, the strategy, or the care provided for its contribution to compassionate, innovative, quality, culturally competent, efficient, fiscally-responsible nursing care and designing resourceful and ingenious strategies to be more responsive to the assessed need.

Transcultural Focus- Traditional health care may have espoused a patient-focused philosophy, but the reality of practice was the paradigm that the "professional knows best." Outcomes evaluation shows us that this paradigm is ineffective and changing demographics has reinforced the necessity of adopting a different paradigm of care. It is is the philosophy of the MSN program that culture or the shared set of norms and values of a particular group is the underlying thread which weaves through perceptions of cognitions and influences choices of behavior. As such, each course within the MSN program is designed to analyze what cultural groupings may exert influence (i.e., ethnic groups, role groups, socioeconomic groups, age groups, professional groups, organizational groups, etc.) and how each group may see the situation quite differently based upon the different experiences, norms and values. Our focus is to prepare leaders who are culturally sensitive and who can design and perform culturally congruent nursing strategies as well as design culturally relevant care delivery systems. Students are prepared to effectively manage diversity, recognizing the need for both universal and culture-specific responses to diverse client and staff needs.

Emphasis on Role Skills Needed for Practice- The successful achievement of the core competencies of clinical management and Transcultural nursing requires that students acquire role skills to support their professional practice at the graduate level. These skills include professional speaking, computer skills, writing for publication and business communications (oral and written). Course work and course assignments are designed to develop these skills while focusing on the different core competencies of the MSN curriculum.

The Transcultural focus of clinical management is strengthened by knowledge of public and business aspects of management. It offers an ideal approach to collaborative education in which the outcome is greater understanding and appreciation of the roles and contributions each discipline brings to the health care delivery experience. It is designed for nurses aiming for top executive positions in healthcare requiring knowledge and skills in management within the context of public bureaucracy, governmental regulations and the law.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Community Health Nursing Option (39 Credits)

This program is designed for registered nurses who seek careers in Community Health Nursing Clinical Management. It is intended to provide in-depth knowledge and skills related to Community Health Advanced Practice as a supplement to the core of clinical management with Transcultural focus. The option is a practice-oriented program and graduates have a unique combination o f preparation in clinical management, Transcultural nursing and community health. in addition to certifications in nursing administration and transcultural nursing, graduates are eligible for certification in advanced community health nursing. The program adds two cognate courses to the core of Clinical Management with Transcultural focus curriculum. All clinical courses must be community based and community focused. Three credits of interdisciplinary electives are required.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): School Nursing (39 credits)

The Kean University MSN in School Nursing program is the only school nurse graduate program in central New Jersey. The School Nursing option builds upon the foundation courses for community health nursing and its focus on the Transcultural dimension of the service. The MSN school nurse option educates participants to be well-qualified and prepared to respond to the health care needs of the state's school districts as either instructional school nurses, eligible to teach health in the classroom, and/or supervisors of school health services, eligible to manage health programs for school districts. Students who complete the program will qualify for certification as instructional school nurse and/or supervisor of school health services. The program contains 27 credits of nursing content (includes MSN core courses, school nursing diadactic, and school nursing practicum), 12 credits in education and school health-related content (includes health teaching).

Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Administration (51 credits)

This dual degree program is sponsored by the School of Nursing and the Department of Public Administration. The program targets nurse executives and is designed to blend clinical management and business theory within an interdisciplinary framework. The Transcultural focus of clinical management is strengthened by knowledge of public and business aspects of management. It offers an ideal approach of collaborative education in which the outcome is a greater understanding and appreciation of roles and contributions each discipline brings to the health care delivery experience. The program consists of 24 credits of nursing content and 21 credits of public administration content. Six credits of interdisciplinary electives are required.

Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Administration: Community Health Nursing Option (54 credits)

Sponsored by the School of Nursing and the Department of Public Administration, this dual program blends clinical management and business theory within an interdisciplinary framework. The Community Health Option provides a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to nurses managers who are seeking executive positions in public health, homecare, ambulatory, and community-based care. Graduates will be eligible for national certification in nursing administration, advanced community health nursing, and transcultural nursing. The program consists of 30 credits of nursing and 21 credits of public administration and content. Fifteen of the nursing credits include the Community Health Nursing theory core and three clinical courses. Three credits of interdisciplinary electives are required.

Program Length:

All programs may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. They have been designed to accommodate the working professional. Students may progress at their own speed. The majority (80-85%) of students in the MSN and MSN Community Health Nursing Option complete the program in a 2-year sequence. Students in the MSN/MPA program and MSN/MPA with Community Health Option can complete the curriculum in 3 years.

Consortium Relationships:

Kean University, School of Nursing is part of the Northern New Jersey Nursing Education Consortium composed of seven nursing programs (Kean, Bloomfield College, Jersey City State College, Farleigh Dickinson University, William Paterson University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry. This collaborative arrangement allows students the opportunity to cross register for select courses offered by these other schools as an elective requirement.