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.   

Alumni Spotlight: Nancy Cabelus, MSN ’02

Alumna combines education and skill into unique package

A Quinnipiac alumna collaborated with the Kenyan government and local officials to help sexual assault victims find justice — and establish a consistent set of standards for investigation.

Nancy Cabelus, MSN ’02, lived in Kenya from 2008–10 as a diplomat of the U.S. government, providing sexual violence training to medical and legal personnel.

Her interest in forensic nursing began during her career as a Connecticut state trooper from 1986–2006, when she often dealt with victims of accidents, gang violence, sexual assault and domestic violence. She had earned an RN degree before joining the State Police and worked in nursing on her days off. Earning her master’s in forensic nursing at Quinnipiac was the next logical step, but not the last. She also received her doctor of nursing practice in forensic nursing in 2007 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

Nancy Cabelus on stage at Quinnipiac being honored with the Transformational Nurse Leader Alumni Award

Celebrating success

Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing recently honored Nancy Cabelus with the Transformational Nurse Leader Alumni Award.

“Quinnipiac’s program helped me combine my two professions, education and skill sets into a unique package that has made me a better teacher and clinician, and also a stronger leader,” she said.

Curriculum and Requirements: Adult-Gerontology

Course Listing

MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program

NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 520Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR 520LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab2
NUR 522Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 530Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 630Advanced Holistic Diagnosis3
NUR 630LAdvanced Holistic Diagnosis Lab2
NUR 631Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar1
NUR 632Health Promotion and Advocacy3
NUR 634Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 636Common Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 641Adult Health Practicum and Seminar I3
NUR 642Complex Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 643Adult Health Practicum and Seminar II3
NUR 645Adult Health Practicum and Seminar III3
NUR 658Geriatric Assessment1
Total Credits46

Curriculum Note:

The semester-by-semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.

The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.

Curriculum and Requirements: Family

Course Listing 

MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner Program

NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 520Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR 520LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab2
NUR 522Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 530Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 630Advanced Holistic Diagnosis3
NUR 630LAdvanced Holistic Diagnosis Lab2
NUR 631Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar1
NUR 632Health Promotion and Advocacy3
NUR 634Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 636Common Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 642Complex Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 651Family Health Practicum and Seminar I3
NUR 652Primary Care of the Child and Family I3
NUR 653Family Health Practicum and Seminar II3
NUR 654Primary Care of the Child and Family II3
NUR 655Family Health Practicum and Seminar III3
NUR 656Pediatric Assessment1
Total Credits52

Curriculum Note:

The semester by semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.

The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.

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)