The Master of Science (MS) Program in Nursing is designed to provide registered nurses with the knowledge to advance their career as a global health nurse, nurse educator, nurse administrator or family nurse practitioner. Courses are designed to build from existing knowledge to more advanced knowledge in a selected area of concentration. The student achieves competencies in leadership, nursing, nursing theory, professional role, ethical, legal and cultural issues. The program provides a foundation for doctoral studies.
Courses of Study
Traditional Master’s Pathway is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Courses follow a detailed sequence designed to develop expertise in each concentration.
The Pre-Masters Pathway is designed for applicants who are registered nurses with an associate’s or diploma in nursing and who have a bachelor’s degree or higher education in a field other than nursing. Students are required to complete four undergraduate professional nursing courses:
- MTH 126 Applied Statistics (3 credits)
- NU306 Nursing Research (3 credits)
- NU 408 Leadership and Management in Nursing (3 credits)
- NU411 Community Health Nursing (4 credits)
The Pre-Masters pathway does not grant a bachelor’s degree in nursing. It does exempt the student for graduate program admission requirement of a nursing baccalaureate degree.
MS Program in Nursing Highlights
- 33 credits
- Hybrid Model –Combination of on-line and face to face meetings
- Program can typically be completed in 18 to 24 months
- Accelerated 4 -6 week coursework
- Internship in area of concentration
- Courses held in the evening and on Saturday
- Up to 6 transfer credits accepted
- Cumulative GPA 3.0 required
- E-portfolio developed at program end to assess comprehensive understanding of program outcomes
Admission to a graduate program requires a Bachelor degree from an accredited college. To be considered for admissions, a candidate must submit the following credentials:
- Application form and a $50 application fee
- Statement of professional goals
- Complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Two letters of recommendation
- A photocopy of Registered Nurse License, which must be current and unrestricted
- Official copy of scores on either the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination
- A basic Statistics course is required of all students
- An admission interview
- TOEFL required for all students for whom English is not a first language
- Official scores on either Miller Analogies of Graduate Record examination, unless you hold a masters degree
The tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $637 per credit. Additional fees are listed in the Graduate School Catalog.
- Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse about the health needs and problems of patients, families, groups and communities throughout the life cycle.
- Promote the rights of patients, families, groups and the community in relation to professional practice standards, ethical considerations and legal implications of the nursing profession.
- Utilize research findings in nursing practice.
- Synthesize knowledge from the physical, behavioral, social sciences and humanities into the practice of nursing while implementing the nursing process to promote health of patients, families, groups and the community.
- Integrate nursing and related theories and research in nursing practice to perform therapeutic nursing interventions and implement teaching-learning principles to promote, maintain and restore health for diverse patients in a variety of settings, across the health/illness continuum.
- Provide culturally competent nursing care.
- Use technology to provide patient-centered care.
- Communicate within the conventions of the discipline of nursing.
- Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members within the context of the healthcare environment.
- Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, professional development, and active involvement in professional nursing organizations.
- Integrate leadership and management skills in health care systems promoting the professional role of nursing and the delivery of safe and quality health care.