Division of Nursing - Graduate Studies

Masters nursing education has as its goal the education of advanced practice registered nurses. MSN program graduates are master's prepared nurses with advanced knowledge and skills. The MSN program is a Master of Science Nursing program with two tracks: Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. The curriculum is comprehensive and designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for advanced nursing practice. Learning experiences in the MSN courses prepare family nurse practitioner students for a family nurse practitioner role and support the students' eligibility to sit for the Nurse Practitioner-Certified (NP-C) the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)'s Family Nurse Practitioner board certification (FNP-BC) examinations. They also prepare nurse educator students for a nurse educator role and support the students' eligibility to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (NLN-CNE) examination. Practicum experiences for the Family Nurse Practitioner student are designed to synthesize the theoretical concepts and research findings that support advanced nursing practice while collaborating effectively as a member or leader of an interdisciplinary team in the design, coordination, and evaluation of health care delivery. Practicum experiences for the Nurse Educator are designed to integrate the role of faculty with respect to teaching, scholarship, service and practice through learning experiences in nursing education through professional development relevant to one's goals and stage of career development. Masters degree courses are provided online with residencies at the Aberdeen campus and arranged clinical in the students' area.