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 Master 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
Students entering the program select either the educator or leadership concentration. All students develop foundational knowledge which characterized 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.
PROGRAM FEATURES AT
- The MSN program follows a planned curriculum progression.
- Classes generally meet in the evening one night per week for about
2 and 1/2 years. Most classes are 3 credits and 8 weeks in length and are
either blended or online. Some courses are 6 or 12 weeks.
- All students will take MSN Core Curriculum and MSN Direct Care
Core courses then matriculate into their chosen concentration.
- Two practicum courses
require time outside
classroom meetings as arranged by the student
and a preceptor.
- The education practica allow students to apply principles and
practices relevant to nursing education under the guidance of an experienced
nurse educator. The leadership practica allow students to engage in principles
and practices of administration and leadership under
the guidance of an experienced nurse leader.
- A capstone project is completed in lieu of a thesis. The capstone
project 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.