Master of Science in Nursing

College of Nursing
Transforming health, transforming lives.

The Master of Science in Nursing is a graduate degree at the master’s level of the College of Nursing. The online program prepares graduates for nursing in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals and businesses to managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Graduates will acquire knowledge, values and skills through coursework, clinical experience and evidence based practice. There are four specializations in the online format. Each track will prepare you to sit for specialty certification.

Program Tracks

Family Nurse Practitioner

The FNP role includes preventative healthcare as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness. Graduates of this track are prepared to care for individuals and families across the lifespan.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners provide healthcare to neonates, infants, and children up to 2 years of age. In this track, you’ll attain the specialized knowledge and skills to provide safe and high-quality care to neonates.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners focus on individuals, families and populations across the lifespan at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. The PHMNP provides primary mental healthcare to patients seeking mental health services in a variety of settings.

Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader is a master’s educated nurse that is prepared for practice across the continuum of care within any healthcare setting. CNLs focus on things like care coordination, risk assessment, quality improvement, transitions of care, and outcomes measurement.

Sample Courses

NURSING 7403

Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Analysis of organizational leadership and ethical essentials necessary to deliver high quality patient care in diverse settings.
NURSING 7483

Quality Improvement and Informatics (Asynchronous)

Explores advanced concepts of collaboration, design, leadership, implementation and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives in health care utilizing information technology strategies.
NURSING 7491

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Life Span (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Analyze strategies to encourage change in both individual’s and population’s health behaviors that influence risk reduction in multiple settings. Develop educational strategies utilizing advanced critical thinking.
Nursing 7410

Advanced Health Assessment (Synchronous and In-Person offerings available)

Development of advanced health assessment skills. Emphasis on acquisition of pertinent assessment data across the life span for advanced nursing care for multiple specialties.

Featured Faculty

Associate Professor and Vice Dean
Elizabeth Sharpe
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Director; Associate Professor Clinical Nursing
Alice Teall
Instructor of Clinical Practice
Janice Wilcox
Clinical Nurse Leader Specialty Track Director; Instructor of Clinical Practice

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