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College of Nursing announces plans to offer a Master of Science in Nursing

A student works in the College of Nursing’s Maternal Newborn Women’s Health Skills Laboratory. Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard University.

June 23, 2022
Contact: Eddie Francis, efrancis@dillard.edu

NEW ORLEANS—Dillard University has announced plans to offer a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) in its College of Nursing. The degree will be offered in the fall 2023 semester pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Louisiana State Board of Nursing accepted the program’s notification at its June 16 meeting. Once approved, the M.S.N. will be the first master’s degree in Dillard’s 153 year history.

Dr. Yolanda W. Page, vice president for academic affairs, says it is apropos that the nursing program is home to the University’s first master’s degree. “Our nursing program is our historical program; it is the program that is most synonymous with Dillard.” Page also commented that this announcement is an affirmation of the University’s commitment to nursing education. “When I returned to Dillard in 2013, the nursing program was struggling. Now, nine years later, we are poised to offer a master’s degree in nursing.  I appreciate President Kimbrough and Dr. Hutchinson for joining me in seeing this vision through.”

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports the need for registered nurses will increase to 1.1 million in 2025 with a growth rate of 7% until 2029, however, Dillard also recognizes the need for nurse educators and administrators. 

“Directly aligned with the demand for more nurses is also the demand for nurse educators to prepare future nurses and nursing administrators to manage and lead staff nurses in their various roles and settings,” said Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, dean of Dillard’s College of Nursing. “This is an exciting time to enter the arena of graduate nursing education and produce graduates who will prepare future nurses, impact healthcare outcomes for consumers of health, and address health disparities for diverse peoples and communities.”

The M.S.N. will be a 12-course, 36-39 credit hour hybrid degree program designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters for full time students; and six semesters for part time students. As part of the approval process, Dillard will request a level change according to the SACSCOC and ACEN process for establishing graduate programs. The M.S.N. program will be supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Programs, Part B, an initiative designed to support and strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

For more information about Dillard’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, contact the College of Nursing at 504-816-4717 or nursing@dillard.edu.


Dillard University is a historically Black institution that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Located in New Orleans, Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Founded in 1869, Dillard is Louisiana’s oldest HBCU, born from the union of Straight College and New Orleans University. Find out more by visiting www.dillard.edu.