Nursing (M.S.N.) - Health Policy

Nursing (M.S.N.) - Health Policy

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses 1
NURS 500Research 23
NURS 501Health Policy and Ethics3
NURS 502Nursing Theory and Advanced Practice3
NURS 503Managing Population Health3
NURS 521Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology3
Total Hours15

Students with an RN license and bachelor's degree in a discipline other than Nursing must take NURS 226 Post-Licensure Research in Nursing (3 c.h.), NURS 440 Post-licensure Strategies for Community Health Care (4 c.h.), NURS 446 Post-Licensure Population Health (3 c.h.), NURS 489 Leadership in Nursing (3 c.h.), and NURS 491 Nursing Management (3 c.h.) within the first year of the program


Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in 3.0 GPA health assessment (e.g. NURS 210 Pre-licensure Health Assessment (3 c.h.)) are required. For those who did not complete these courses in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill these requirements during the first two semesters of the M.S.N. program. Students must complete the statistics course prior to enrollment in NURS 500 Research (3 c.h.)

Health Policy Concentration
NURS 627Practicum I Health Policy Leadership 1,23
NURS 628Practicum II Health Policy Leadership 1,23
NURS 629Practicum III Health Policy Leadership 1,23
NURS 721Leadership, Policy and Ethics3
PADM 550Public Policy Analysis3
PPOG 530Domestic Policy3
PPOL 501Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy3
Total Hours21

NURS 627 Practicum I Health Policy Leadership (3 c.h.), NURS 628 Practicum II Health Policy Leadership (3 c.h.), and NURS 629 Practicum III Health Policy Leadership (3 c.h.) involve practicum hours (200 practicum hours). Students must obtain a preceptor site contract along with an MSN or doctorally prepared preceptor. Degree must be completed within 5 years


Students must also complete all pre-practicum requirements prior to enrollment in any practicum course

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Liberty University course work that is more than 5 years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
NURS 500 Research 3
NURS 501 Health Policy and Ethics 3
Second Semester
NURS 502 Nursing Theory and Advanced Practice 3
NURS 503 Managing Population Health 3
Second Year
Third Semester
NURS 521 Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
Fourth Semester
PPOG 530 Domestic Policy 3
NURS 627 Practicum I Health Policy Leadership 3
Third Year
Fifth Semester
PADM 550 Public Policy Analysis 3
NURS 628 Practicum II Health Policy Leadership 3
Sixth Semester
NURS 721 Leadership, Policy and Ethics 3
NURS 629 Practicum III Health Policy Leadership 3
 Total Hours36
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