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

Program Overview

Our master of science in nursing program will prepare you for leadership roles in a wide range of health care settings.

We offer three distinct tracks to best meet your interests and career goals. On campus,  you can pursue either the family nurse practitioner or adult-gerontology nurse practitioner specializations. Online, the operational leadership track is designed to enrich your skills as an effective team leader.

Both on campus options will give you a comprehensive perspective not just on patient care, but also on the policies, strategies and innovations that influence how health care is delivered and how it can be refined moving forward.  

The program’s multidisciplinary approach provides plenty of opportunities to collaborate in teams of students from other health programs and enhance your leadership and problem-solving skills. And both the FNP and ANP tracks involve 570 hours of practice time, providing professional experience throughout the program by working with diverse populations in a variety of clinical sites. You’ll also have the flexibility of completing the program on a full-time or part-time basis to accommodate your professional schedule. 

Our labs and facilities reflect the technological sophistication that fuels the health care system today. The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is home to the most advanced training equipment available, including a SimMan suite of lifelike patient simulators, modern imaging equipment, an operating suite and 16 standardized patient rooms.

Curriculum and Requirements

Learning Pathways

MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track

Full-time Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
 Credits9
Spring Semester
NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 530 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 532 Primary Care I 3
NUR 533 Primary Care Practicum I 3
 Credits11
Summer Semester
NUR 524 Principles of ECG Interpretation (online) 1
 Credits1
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 534 Primary Care II 4
NUR 541 Capstone Practicum 4
 Credits11
Spring Semester
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 3
NUR 536 Primary Care III 4
NUR 543 Capstone 4
 Credits11
 Total Credits43

MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Full-time Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
 Credits9
Spring Semester
NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 530 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 532 Primary Care I 3
NUR 533 Primary Care Practicum I 3
 Credits11
Summer Semester
NUR 524 Principles of ECG Interpretation (online) 1
 Credits1
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 534 Primary Care II 4
NUR 550 Family Primary Care I Maternal/Child Focus 2
NUR 551 FNP Practicum II Practicum II 4
 Credits13
Spring Semester
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 3
NUR 536 Primary Care III 4
NUR 552 Family Primary Care II 2
NUR 553 FNP Primary Care Practicum III 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits47

MSN: Operational Leadership Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 3
NUR 540 Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
 Credits7
Spring Semester
OL 601 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 3
 Credits6
Summer Semester
NUR 541 Capstone Practicum 1
NUR 542 Introduction to Health Care Finance 1
NUR 544 Introduction to Informatics 3
 Credits5
Second Year
Fall Semester
HM 600 Foundations of Health Care Management 3
NUR 688 Human Factors and Patient Safety 3
 Credits6
Spring Semester
NUR 613 Leadership Seminar & Practicum II 2
CIS 690 Project Management 3
 Credits5
Summer Semester
NUR 543 Capstone 4
 Credits4
 Total Credits33

Admissions Requirements

Application Timeline


The preferred application deadline is May 1.

Applications will be considered after May 1 on a space-available basis. Candidates may be placed on a wait list for fall admission should space become available. However, acceptances are not deferred to the following fall and wait-listed candidates need to reapply for the following fall. Exceptions may be made in rare circumstances by the chair of the graduate nursing program.

Admission Requirements


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.

Required Documents


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.

When all application materials are received, an interview with the graduate nursing program chair and/or member of the faculty will be arranged for eligible candidates.

Online Program Admissions


Please apply directly through Quinnipiac University Online for the online operational leadership program.

Questions


If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.

Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.

Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Email: graduate@quinnipiac.edu
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940