The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is built upon the baccalaureate degree with an upper-division focus in nursing and emphasizes research, theory, and practice. The graduate program in nursing offers eight areas of emphasis:
Executive Nurse Leader, Health Care Informatics, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. All specialties share a common core of knowledge and each is designed to prepare a graduate nurse in the respective area. The purpose of the program is to provide leadership preparation that will enable the graduate to assume a significant role in nursing and health care delivery.
The Post-BSN DNP program is also offered for RNs who desire preparation in primary care as a Family, Dual Pediatric/Family, or Dual Adult-Gerontology/ Family Nurse Practitioner, in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and preparation in Adult-Gerontology as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. The program requires 3 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The curriculum ranges from 78 - 81 semester credits depending upon the focus of study and prior preparation. Graduates of the program will be eligible for national board certification.