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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Master of Science Program in Nursing offers two graduate level courses of study that build upon baccalaureate nursing practice. The MSN program assists students to develop the competencies necessary to function as either an educator or an administrator.

The program is designed with the working adult in mind. It is fully online, and students may begin any semester (summer, fall, or spring term). As a non-cohort program, students can complete the curriculum at their own pace—full-time or part-time. Although delivered online, full-time faculty are located on both LR’s Hickory and Asheville campuses, providing students greater face-to-face access when needed. Any clinical experiences can be completed close to home at the students’ greater convenience.

The School of Nursing fosters in its graduates a sense of global responsibility and accountability for developing leadership skills in order to engage in higher level practice. Among its program goals for its graduate programs are these principles:

  • Provide MSN programs that are grounded in the Christian faith, liberal arts, and the related sciences.
  • Promote the integration of knowledge from nursing and related sciences into frameworks necessary to develop leaders in nursing education and nursing administration.
  • Facilitate advanced development of communication skills, verbal and written, necessary to function as a nurse educator or nurse administrator.
  • Develop an understanding of information technology in order to design and use information systems to improve the quality of nursing care.
  • Develop competencies necessary for nurse educators and nurse administrators.
  • Promote the advanced understanding of global health, health policy, and health care ethics necessary for nurse educators and administrators.

    The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

Nursing Accreditation


MSN students have two options at LR in graduate Nursing: the Nursing Education concentration or the Nursing Administration concentration. Both the 39-hour Nursing Education emphasis and the 33-hour Nursing Administration track include courses that prepare Nursing professional to advance in their specific areas of interest. The curriculum is organized into core courses, functional area courses, and capstone classes. Both concentrations include a significant capstone project or thesis component.

Nursing Program Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Kathryn Tinkelenberg

Professor of Nursing
Hickory Campus