Master of Science in Nursing Program
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 BSN to DNP program is also offered for RNs who desire preparation in primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Graduates of a master's entry program in nursing are also eligible to apply. The BSN to DNP program requires 3 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The curriculum ranges from 78-81 units depending on the focus of study and prior preparation. Graduates are eligible to write national certification examinations appropriate to their educational preparation.