The Department of Nursing offers a 39-credit Master of Science (M.S.) in the three specialty practice/functional role tracks: nurse educator, nurse administrator, and informatics.
This MS program was established to address the nationwide shortage of professional nurse leaders prepared at the graduate level in these three areas to meet demand for quality nursing care. Programs are 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 practitioners. The post-master's certificates are available to nurses who 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, 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 three 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 to 4 year program of study for part-time students. Some courses are offered in a hybrid, online or condensed format.
See Master of Science information in the College catalog.