Master of Science Program in Nursing
The Master of Science is a 39-credit program with concentrations in nurse educator and nurse administrator roles. This program was established to address the nationwide shortage of professional nurse leaders prepared at the graduate level in these two functional roles to meet the public’s demand for quality nursing care.
The program curriculum is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is 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. Students who graduate from the education track can serve as faculty members in schools of nursing, as staff development coordinators, as in-service educators, as patient/family educators or as community educators. Those who choose the administrator track will be prepared for managerial and administrative roles in healthcare agencies and institutions.
The Master of Science curriculum consists of three parts: core, specialty focus, and a functional role track of nurse educator or nurse administrator. 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 two functional role tracks of 18 credits each. A track includes courses to prepare students to assume primary leadership roles as either nurse educators or nurse administrators. Both tracks require a capstone scholarly project. The curriculum is designed as a two-year program of study for full-time students, however, the MS program can be done on a part-time basis.