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Endicott College to Offer New Tracks in Master's Nursing Programs

New Center for Nursing and Health Programs Building to Host Comprehensive Undergraduate and Graduate Education Options in Health Car

Beverly, MA
 — Endicott College's Van Loan School for Graduate and Professional Studies announced today that it will offer two new tracks in its Master of Science in Nursing program: Family Nurse Practitioner and Global Health Nursing. The programs have received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education are slated to begin in January 2014.

Family Nurse Practitioner and Global Health Nursing join existing concentrations in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education.

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to deliver comprehensive primary care to clients from infancy to adulthood. The curriculum emphasis is on interdisciplinary collaboration and strategies for meeting patients' primary care needs through a family-centered approach to health promotion and illness intervention. Students complete specialty coursework in advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology, health promotion, disease prevention, differential diagnosis and disease management. Students are required to complete a minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours.

Upon completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner track, students are eligible for Family Nurse Practitioner Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Global Health Nursing is an area of advanced practice that appeals to nurses as they experience the changing diversity of the patient population. Global Health Nursing bridges the disciplines of nursing, public health, international health and global health. This concentration will cover content from these areas with a particular emphasis on the role of the professional global health nurse as an advocate, leader, mentor, role model, collaborator, scholar, expert clinician, educator, interdisciplinary consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur. Students complete a 144 hour internship experience in global health nursing.

Two pathways are available to complete the Master of Science in Nursing. The traditional pathway is designed for students who graduated with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The pre-Master's pathway is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in another field. Nurses with a Master's degree can also obtain a post-Master's certificate as a nurse educator or administrator. 

In making the announcement, Dr. Richard Wylie said, "The approval of these new programs is timely. As of July 2013, Endicott will take ownership of the Stoneridge Montessori building located on campus. This building will be renamed the Center for Nursing and Health Professions and it will become the new home for all nursing and health programs at the Bachelor and Master's degree levels. New programs such as these will contribute to the comprehensive health care education center here at Endicott."

In October, 2012 the Master's degree programs in nursing received full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The ACEN is the only nursing accrediting agency that accredits all six (6) program types (clinical doctorate, Master's, baccalaureate, Associate, diploma, and practical), and is recognized by both the USDOE and CHEA to accredit all types of nursing programs. 

For more information on Nursing at Endicott, please contact:  Emily Smith or Dr. Kelly Fisher.

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