Master of Science in Nursing program provides innovative and
accessible educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish
to advance their career as a nurse leader or nurse educator.
The Masters of Science
in Nursing program prepares nurses for roles in education and leadership in
academic, community and service settings. In 2014, we added the leadership concentration
to meet the demands of employers seeking nurses with experience in management
All students develop
foundational knowledge which characterizes graduate preparation in nursing.
This knowledge base includes theoretical and philosophical perspectives in
nursing, research, ethics, evidence based practice and contemporary health
issues. Upon completion of the foundational coursework, students move into
courses designed for their selected concentration.
Graduates will be able
to practice and make contributions in a variety of educational and leadership
positions based on theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge gained
through this program.
- Prepares nursing professionals to work successfully in a variety of settings and communities.
- Follows a planned curriculum progression with cohort classes that meet in the evening one night per week for about two and 1/2 years.
- Most classes are three credits and eight weeks in length. Several courses are being developed in a blended format. Several online courses are offered on-line.
- All students will take CORE Courses then matriculate into the leadership or education concentration.
- Two practicum courses require time outside classroom meetings as arranged by the student and a preceptor. The education practica allows students to apply principles and practices relevant to nursing education under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. The leadership practica allows students to engage in principles and practices of administration and leadership under the guidance of an experienced nurse leader.
- We offer a capstone project in lieu of a thesis as an evidence-based review. The capstone experience provides the student with the opportunity to explore and evaluate selected research relevant to the development of evidence based practice in nursing education or leadership.
In addition to our University accreditation, the Master of Science program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.