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Master of Science in Nursing

The master of science in nursing program broadens the scope of practice and provides for the acquisition of expertise in an area of specialization.

This education is directed toward preparing students to manage clients of diverse cultural backgrounds in various multidisciplinary settings and promotes traditional as well as complementary approaches appropriate to client care.

Please be aware that new national guidelines for nurse practitioner education have recently been issued, and the MSN curriculum will be revised to meet these. Credits may increase slightly to accomplish this.

The MSN program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

MSN Curriculum

Students who are registered nurses and have a bachelor’s degree may pursue master’s degree training as an advanced practice nurse in one of two specialty areas:

  1. Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner
  2. Family nurse practitioner

The FNP track requires completion of 47 credits and the ANP track requires 43 credits; both tracks require 570 hours of practice. Students may complete either track in two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study. See more details about the curriculum for each track below.

The MSN program incorporates the Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty Areas: adult, family, gerontological and women’s health (NONPF, 2002) and the Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (AACN, 2011). The graduate nursing core consists of nursing theory, issues and roles in health care and nursing research. The advanced practice core is 10 credits and consists of advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology. The required course work for both the FNP and ANP integrates health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment. FNP students care for the following patients: pediatric (newborn through adolescent), adult, women (pregnant, postpartum, well woman care) and older adults. The ANP students care for all of these populations except prepubescent pediatric patients. Students receive theoretical as well as precepted course content (clinical) about and with all of these populations, as appropriate to the track (FNP or ANP).

View a listing of graduate nursing courses. For curriculum details, please contact the School of Nursing.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program are prepared for higher level professional practice and leadership roles in a variety of health care settings, as well as advanced study at the doctoral level.

Specifically, graduates will be able to: 

  1. Incorporate knowledge from the sciences and humanities for improvement of health care across diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate leadership abilities encompassing ethical and critical decision-making that embraces a systems perspective.
  3. Apply appropriate measurement and analysis methods related to organizational quality and safety.
  4. Apply evidence-based findings to resolve practice problems, and serve as a catalyst for change.
  5. Use informatics and health care technology to integrate and coordinate care.
  6. Participate in policy development and advocacy strategies at the system level to influence health and health care.
  7. Collaborate effectively on interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes.
  8. Integrate principles of clinical and population health into care delivery and management.
  9. Deliver direct and/or indirect nursing practice interventions at the master's level of practice. 


An applicant to the master of science in nursing program must be a registered nurse or NCLEX eligible nurse and have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another field. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required.

Applicants should submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • A completed admissions application including a resume and a personal statement addressing the following: 1) professional goals and motivations, 2) a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice, 3) a health care problem that interests you
  • Official transcripts from all schools previously attended
  • Official recent results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or (IELTS) International English Language Testing System for international applicants
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons with authority to evaluate your professional ability
  • Proof of current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Connecticut

The preferred application deadline is May 1. When all application materials are received, an interview with the graduate nursing program director and/or member of the faculty will be arranged for eligible candidates. Please note that a full cohort of students is required for the MSN program to run.

For additional information please contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944

Other Information for the MSN

Select learning experiences in hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics and community health agencies begin with the first nursing practicum course and continue throughout the program. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from clinical agencies.

CPR Certification
CPR Certification for the Health Care Provider must be obtained before enrolling in any nursing course and kept current through graduation from the program.

Health Requirements
The school has several additional health requirements in addition to those specified by the admissions office. Submission of documentation of a physical examination and PPD on the form supplied by the nursing department is required of all students upon admission and annually thereafter. If the student has a positive PPD or has previously received BCG vaccine, a chest X-ray is required. Documentation of hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver declining immunization), proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, and current tetanus booster is required upon admission to the professional component. Some clinical sites may have additional health or clinical requirements.

Background Check
A completed criminal background check is now required of each student in the School of Nursing. This has become necessary as many agencies now require that students have a background check before beginning clinical experiences. Quinnipiac University currently uses a third-party vendor to conduct background checks for students in all of our health professional programs. Since background checks vary, all undergraduate and graduate nursing students must obtain the background check from the Quinnipiac University vendor regardless of whether they have had additional checks at their place of employment. Further details about cost and procedures will be provided by the nursing school's clinical coordinators and the criminal background check policy is posted on the Nursing Student Community Blackboard website. Students who do not pass the background check may not be able to fully matriculate into the clinical portion of the program.

Technical Standards
Given that nursing is a practice discipline, there are certain performance expectations that must be met. To that end, the faculty have developed a set of guidelines known as technical standards. They are intended to ensure the safety of the student and those who are entrusted to his/her care. The technical standards include: sensory, communication, motor, intellectual/conceptual abilities, and behavioral, social, and professional attributes.


Quinnipiac endorsed as one of few holistic nursing programs in the nation

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) has again endorsed the School of Nursing's undergraduate and graduate programs. The school is one of 12 nursing schools with holistically-endorsed programs, and only the second school with endorsed DNP programs.


School of Nursing receives $10,000 grant to support students

The School of Nursing has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation. The gift will be used to support nursing students with scholarships and emergency financial assistance in times of a serious need.