Master of Science Program in Nursing
The Department of Nursing offers a 39-credit Master of Science (M.S.) and five 12-credit post-master's certificates in the five specialty practice/functional role tracks: nurse educator, nurse administrator, gerontology, palliative care, and informatics.
This MS program was established to address the nationwide shortage of professional nurse leaders prepared at the graduate level in these five areas to meet the public’s demand for quality nursing care.
The MS programs are state approved and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are designed to concur with the standards for master's education as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in its Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
Graduates are prepared to function in professional leadership positions either as faculty in schools of nursing, as staff development or patient educators, as managers in the challenging marketplace of healthcare, or as specialty practicioners. The post-master's certificates are available to nurses who already hold a master's degree in nursing or a related field.
The Master of Science curriculum consists of three parts: core, adult health and illness concentration, and specialty practice/functional role tracks of nurse educator, nurse administrator, gerontology, palliative care, or informatics. Core courses of 12 credits satisfy the content areas of ethics, human diversity and social issues, health care delivery, and research. The specialty focus includes a 9-credit concentration in adult health and illness. The centerpiece of the curriculum consists of five specialty practice/functional role tracks of 18 credits each. A track includes courses to prepare students to assume primary leadership roles as professionals for 21st century healthcare delivery. All five tracks require a capstone scholarly project.
The MS program curriculum is designed as a two-year program of study for full-time students and a 3-4 year program of study for part-time students. Some courses are offered in a hybrid, online or condensed format.