The purpose of the Master of Nursing degree program is to provide an organized sequential plan of study that leads to preparation in a specialized nursing role. This purpose is fulfilled through:
- Preparation in nursing practice in a specialized role or
- Preparation in limited advanced practice roles (nurse anesthesia and neonatal nurse practitioner) and
- Preparation in research methods and skills
- Provision of a foundation for further study at the doctoral level
This program leads to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and varies in credits depending on the major and area of concentration. The program can be completed through full- or part-time study.
Students may select preparation for the Nurse Specialty Role major, which has two areas of concentration: Clinical Curse Leader (CNL), and Nursing Informatics. The Clinical Nurse Leader area of concentration are offered both onsite and online, while the Nursing Informatics option is only offered online.
Students may also choose to follow a program of study leading to advanced practice roles in nurse anesthesia (admissions are no longer being accepted) or as a neonatal nurse practitioner.
The curriculum design includes core courses, specialty courses, role development courses, and electives. Students in any of the majors may also elect to add a minor in nursing administration, nursing education, nursing informatics, nursing research, or health care genetics.
Registered nurses who do not yet have a BSN may enter the MSN program via the RN Options, early admission to the MSN program.
Registered nurses who already have a master's degree in nursing have the option of earning a second master's degree in nursing in a different area of concentration. Earning the second master's requires completing the course requirements for the specific major or area of concentration.
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