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:

Applicants must apply through NursingCAS The Centralized Application for Nursing Programs. Jefferson College does not require a supplemental application. The application through NursingCAS can be found at

Program Mission: 
NURSING PROGRAMS MISSION   The mission of JCHS Nursing Programs is to promote excellence in nursing education, practice, scholarship, and service. Through innovative interprofessional practice and education experiences, graduates will be empowered to provide leadership in the rapidly changing and culturally diverse healthcare environment. Graduates will contribute to the health of all populations as ethical clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders.

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at Jefferson College of Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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:  

  • The completed Application for Admission – digitally signed online and submitted.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities in which you have enrolled.
  • Three completed Graduate Recommendation Forms from individuals who are knowledgeable regarding your suitability for graduate work.
  • 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)