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As our complex health care system and the policies that govern it continue to evolve, the need for highly competent and forward-thinking leaders in nursing has never been greater. Norwich University's Master of Science in Nursing program was created and has evolved to meet that critical need to improve outcomes in health promotion, health care policy and systems.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), our online master's in nursing program helps equip working nurses with the relevant knowledge, skills, and experience needed to assume leadership positions in nursing administration and leadership, education, and informatics. Through a series of core courses, students develop a broad-based knowledge of health systems as well as essential skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research, evidence-based practice, communications, and management.

Pursue your Masters in Nursing

In addition to Norwich University's general admission requirements, nursing applicants must:

  • Meet or exceed the SAT requirement of 1050 for Math and Reading combined
  • Complete four years of high school (HS) math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry
  • Complete three years of high school science, including biology and chemistry
  • Transfer college level science courses current within five years
  • Online science courses are not transferable
  • College-level GPA must be at a minimum of 3.0
  • Transfer students must submit a letter of reference from the Chairperson/Dean of the transferring school prior to acceptance
  • Background screening is a requirement for admission and condition of both acceptance and progression in nursing
  • Students must also submit to intermittent background screening as required by clinical agencies. A criminal record deemed to be of consequence or the habitual intemperate use or addiction to habit forming substances precludes enrollment in the program.


The mission of Norwich University’s School of Nursing is to prepare our students to be globally minded nurse leaders and scholars through innovative and diverse experiential education and research.

Our Vision

Nurses are leaders who connect all people to health.

Supported by outstanding faculty and new simulation laboratories, classrooms, and learning laboratories, the School of Nursing offers you an environment that encourages achievement and growth. Clinical affiliations with academic medical centers, such as Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center, as well as community hospitals and clinical sites provide our majors with excellent clinical resources and experiential learning environments. Our students use a variety of technological applications in the classroom and in clinical settings, including electronic health records, handheld PDAs, and innovative applications for accessing timely clinical information.

Demand for qualified graduates of undergraduate nursing schools far outstrips the ability of universities to supply them. Our graduates are well-prepared for a strong job market upon graduation. Norwich nursing majors have opportunities to develop skills in a wide array of institutional settings, including two academic medical centers, several critical-access rural hospitals, a VA hospital, and a variety of community settings. In addition, ROTC nursing students work at top U.S. Army and Navy hospitals and at facilities around the world during their summer internships.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/cce-accrediation). The program is also approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing.

To view nursing program course offerings and a curriculum map for majors, see the Norwich University academic course catalog:

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Nursing at Norwich University is grounded in core essentials of baccalaureate education and predicated on the profession’s ideals to meet the needs of a complex, dynamic healthcare environment. Inherent in professional practice are the emerging trends in population health, patient care technology, and cultural diversity. The faculty believes that through direct patient care and simulated clinical experience, students will acquire the knowledge base to ensure optimum health outcomes for our patients, families and communities.

The faculty further believes that teaching and learning evolves, through a seamless progression, in competency based nursing practice. Graduates become proficient in patient-centered care with emphasis on quality improvement methods and patient safety. The responsibility of the professional nurse is complex, requiring expertise in leadership, communication and teamwork.

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