Master of Science in Nursing

Returning to our Roots:

Between 1908 and 1929, NCU constructed and operated the Pacific Christian Hospital (known today as PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center).

Take the next step in your career and earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in as little as 18 months by doing one course every 8 weeks, 100% online. Our online MSN program allows you to pursue your education without sacrificing your personal and professional commitments.

In this program, you’ll learn from experienced nurse educators who are experts in their field. Choose from two concentrations:

  • Nurse Leadership in Health Systems
  • Nursing Education

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Concentration Areas

Nurse Leadership in Health Systems

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Nurse Leadership in Health Systems prepares you for leadership roles across a variety of healthcare settings. Coursework will prepare you with advanced knowledge related to leadership, communication, health care systems and finances. You will learn how to lead the next generation of nurses, influence the quality of patient care, innovate healthcare practices, and advance your career. You will apply this knowledge and hone skills during several different clinical practice experiences. Graduates of Northwest Christian University’s online MSN  will be well positioned for many nurse leadership roles such as:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Department Director or Manager
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Nurse or Health Care Administrator

Nursing Education

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Nursing Education prepares you to teach in academic, healthcare organizations, and other clinical settings. Coursework focuses on current trends, philosophical foundations and theoretical perspectives of education, methods for assessing learning outcomes, managing the learning environment, and curriculum development.

The Nursing Education concentration includes a supervised teaching practicum in a nursing online or face-to-face classroom, simulation, staff development, or clinical setting.  In this course, students design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, evidence-based teaching and learning project.

Note: In order to teach in Oregon, registered nurses will need to have completed a minimum of two years of clinical experience.

Program format

This program can be completed entirely online allowing busy professionals to keep a healthy work, life, and school balance. This program is designed to allow you to study anytime from anywhere, providing you the flexibility to arrange your studies around your own schedule.

Nurse Leadership in Health Systems Nursing Education
 Credit Hours  30 Credits  Credit Hours  36 Credits
 Program Length  18 months  Program Length  24 months
 Delivery Method  Online  Delivery Method  Online


The NCU Difference:

  • 30+ years experience educating working adults
  • Flexible, 100% online accredited program
  • A supportive academic environment that puts students first
  • Program prepares students for graduate education
  • Project-based practice experiences completed in your local community

Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition: $525/credit

*Tuition rates are subject to change

Nurse Leadership in Health Systems Concentration:

Total credits in program: 30
Total program cost: $15,750*
No added fees.

Nursing Education Concentration:

Total credits in program: 36
Total program cost: $18,900*
No added fees.

*total program cost does not include textbooks

Financial Aid Information

At NCU, we know financial aid inside and out and can help you apply for and receive the best financial aid package available.

Veteran Benefit Information

NCU is approved by the Oregon Department of Education and the Department of Veteran Affairs for educating students who are eligible for VA educational benefits. You can begin receiving your educational benefits in just a few, simple steps!


Northwest Christian University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Northwest Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (



Mission and Purpose of the Program

Program Objectives

Core Courses

Nurse Leadership Concentration Courses

Nursing Education Concentration Courses

Enrollment Process


State Authorization 

Program Director: Linda Veltri, Ph.D., RN

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
MSN Gonzaga University
BSN Whitworth College
BA Whitworth College

Dr. Veltri arrived at NCU in 2016. She serves as the Associate Dean of Nursing and teaches within the RN to BSN and MSN programs. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing at Whitworth College in 1996. Her area of clinical expertise is maternal-newborn …

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