Introduction

As patient care becomes increasingly complex, the demand for nurses with specialized expertise will continue to grow. We’ll teach you to combine your passion for nursing with the advanced clinical and leadership skills necessary to meet the diverse challenges of a modern health care system.

Program Overview

A flexible pathway to advanced nursing practice

Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for working nurses who want to further their education and expand their credentials without sacrificing hands-on experience through clinical practice.

This innovative program is designed to accommodate your schedule, as well as your specific academic and career goals. Depending on your area of interest, you can choose between two specialized tracks: adult-gerontology or family nurse practitioner. Within two years of completing your MSN, you have the option of seamlessly transitioning into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, without losing any credits or duplicating any course work.

Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner

In the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track, you’ll develop the necessary skills to provide high-quality, cost-effective primary care across the lifespan of adults.

This track can be completed either as a full-time or part-time program, requiring a two or three-year commitment, respectively. Completion of this track makes you eligible to take a national certification exam for adult-gerontology nurse practitioners.

Family nurse practitioner

The family nurse practitioner track prepares you to diagnose and manage most common illnesses for patients of all ages and to assume the responsibility inherent in prescribing medications. After graduation, you’ll be eligible to sit for the national family nurse practitioner certification exam.

This track can be completed either part-time or full-time, and enables graduates to significantly expand their current roles as nurse leaders in a multitude of career settings and nursing specialties.   

Curriculum and Requirements: Adult-Gerontology

Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner learning pathway

Courses

  • NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment Lab (2 credits)
  • NUR 522 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NUR 632 Health Promotion and Advocacy (3 credits)
  • NUR 630 Advanced Holistic Assessment (3 credits)
  • NUR 630L Advanced Holistic Assessment Lab (2 credits)
  • NUR 530 DE Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NUR 500 DE Biostatistics (1 credit)
  • NUR 514 Epidemiology and Population Health (3 credits)
  • NUR 631 DE Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar (120 hrs) (1 credit)
  • NUR 602 DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing (1 credit)
  • NUR 634 DE Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NUR 658 DE Geriatric Assessment (1 credit)
  • NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NUR 641 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar I (3 credits)
  • NUR 642 Complex Problems in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NUR 643 Adult Health Care Practicum & Seminar II (3 credits)
  • NUR 645 DE Adult Health Practicum and Seminar III (3 credits)
  • NUR 516 DE Health Policy and Organizational Systems (2 credits)

Total credits

  • 46 Credits / 600 Clinical Hours

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Curriculum and Requirements: Family

Family nurse practitioner learning pathway

Courses

  • NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment Lab (2 credits)
  • NUR 522 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NUR 632 Health Promotion and Advocacy (3 credits)
  • NUR 630 Advanced Holistic Assessment (3 credits)
  • NUR 630L Advanced Holistic Assessment Lab (2 credits)
  • NUR 530 DE Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NUR 500 DE Biostatistics (1 credit)
  • NUR 514 DE Epidemiology and Population Health (3 credits)
  • NUR 631 DE Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar (120 hrs) (1 credit)
  • NUR 602 DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing (1 credit)
  • NUR 656 DE Pediatric Assessement (1 credit)
  • NUR 634 DE Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NUR 651 Family Health Practicum & Seminar I (120 hours) (3 credits)
  • NUR 652 Primary Care of the Child & Family I (3 credits)
  • NUR 642 Complex Problems in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NUR 653 Family Health Practicum & Seminar II (120 hours) (3 credits)
  • NUR 654 Primary Care of the Child & Family II (3 credits)
  • NUR 645 DE Primary Care of the Child and Family III (3 credits)
  • NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems (2 credits)

Total credits

  • 52 Credits / 600 Clinical Hours

Additional course details
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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 accross diverse settings (Essentials I)
  2.     Demonstrate leadership abilities encompassing ethical and critical decision-making that embraces a systems perspective. (Essentials II)
  3.     Apply appropriate measurement and analysis methods related to organizational quality and safety. (Essentials III)
  4.     Apply evidence-based findings to resolve practice problems, and serve as a catalyst for change. (Essentials IV)
  5.     Use informatics, communications and health care technology to integrate and coordinate care. (Essentials V)
  6.     Participate in policy development and advocacy strategies at the system level to influence health and health care. (Essentials VI)
  7.     Collaborate effectively on interprofessional teams to manage and coordinate care in order to improve health outcomes. (Essentials VII)
  8.     Integrate principles of clinical and population health into care planning, delivery and management. (Essentials VIII)
  9.     Deliver direct and/or indirect nursing practice interventions at the master’s level of practice. (Essentials IX)