Master of Science in Nursing Programs

If this is the right time for you to pursue your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, Jefferson College of Health Science is the right place for you. Jefferson College offers a MSN degree in two specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (starting Fall 2014) and Nursing Administration (NA).

With a small cohort of students, you get a personalized touch at Jefferson College; faculty care about you and your success. Both programs of study were planned for the working professional nurse. Courses are available online, with opportunities for in person interaction.

Click below to get more information about the two specialty tracks.

Master of Science in Nursing Programs:

Program Mission: 

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare within a scholarly environment ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring nurses who value professional development. The Department provides opportunities for those seeking nursing careers, lifelong learning and career enhancement. The Department assists in meeting the region's need for nurses by providing a variety of educational pathways.

We believe that excellence in education encompasses and promotes:

  • Broad-based interdisciplinary learning;
  • Diversity of person and thought;
  • Personal and professional integrity;
  • Commitment to life-long learning;
  • Advancement of knowledge through scholarship;
  • Holistic development of the individual;
  • Participation in the local and global community. 

Jefferson College of Health Sciences will be nationally recognized as an institution of choice for education in the healthcare professions.


The Master of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone 202-887-6791. In 2007, the MSN program was reaccredited for a 10-year period of time.

How to Apply: 

The Admission Counselor for the Department of Nursing is Sarah Boswell. You can reach Sarah at (540) 985-8309 or by e-mail at Alternatively, you can call 1-888-985-8483 and ask for the Admission’s Office.

To apply for the MSN program, applicants should provide the following to the Office of Admission. For specific requirements for the individual FNP and NA programs, see the links provided above:  

  • A professional resume. 

Official scores on the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The school code for the MAT is 2522 and for the GRE is 5099. The MAT is offered at the Roanoke Higher Education Center ( To schedule a test, please contact Carla James, Director of Academic and Student Services, at
(540) 767-6010. Information on the GRE can be found at

Other Information: 
Certification and Licensure

Once students graduate from the MSN program in the Nursing Administration specialty, they are eligible to take the American Nurse Credentialing Center certification examination as either a Board Certified Nurse Executive (NE–BC) or a Board Certified Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC). The level depends on their experience as nurse managers or executives. Students who graduate from the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Tuition Assistance

Never let perceived lack of dollars deter you from seeking your MSN. Federal and Virginia state tuition assistance is available for eligible students. Most local healthcare organizations support attendance with tuition support. Jefferson College's Financial Aid Office will assist students with information on methods of procuring student loans.


Department of Nursing
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
101 Elm Ave., SE
P.O. Box 13186
Roanoke, VA 24031-3186
1- 888-985-4785 (toll-free)
(540) 985-8208 (secretary)