Master of Nursing

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The Nursing program focuses on the discovery and dissemination of knowledge that promotes health. The curriculum emphasizes and fosters the integration of teaching, inquiry and service within a community of learners. Partnerships with   community members assist the program in providing learning environments in which learners build upon their skills and knowledge to strengthen their understanding of local, national and global health issues.

About the Degree Program

The master of nursing program prepares registered nurses for practice in wide variety of settings including acute, long-term care, ambulatory, community, and education settings. The program offers the following curriculum options:

  • Leader in Healthcare Delivery
  • Nurse Educator

The curriculum has a strong emphasis on mentoring, both in terms of fieldwork placements and with the faculty. The core coursework for both curriculum options includes research, health systems, health policy, leadership, and social issues related to health.

Students take 3 courses in their curriculum option and 8 core courses. Two quarters of fieldwork provide students with an opportunity to participate in a setting that assists them in meeting their goals.

The standard program plans have students complete the 47 required credits in seven quarters. While it is possible to  enroll during any quarter, beginning in the autumn is best for course sequencing and learning.

Leader in Healthcare Delivery

The Leader in Healthcare Delivery curriculum option provides nurses with the skills and knowledge to become leaders and change agents in the evolving healthcare environment. The curriculum focuses on leadership, program development and evaluation and human and fiscal oversight to foster effectiveness, innovation and change.

The curriculum prepares graduates to collaborate with healthcare professionals and members of the community to address the health care needs of a complex and diverse society.

Graduates function as nurses in leadership roles to design, implement and evaluate interventions and programs based on assessed   population, community, or group needs, as well as clinical nurses, managers or administrators in health care systems, governmental agencies or community organizations

Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator curriculum option prepares nurses to teach in schools of nursing and continuing education programs, as well as staff development, clinical education or patient education roles. The curriculum focuses on learning theory, teaching methods, curriculum development, and evaluation. Fieldwork experiences are individualized and focus on the nurse educator role in community colleges or universities, hospitals, ambulatory care and community settings.

Graduates function as educators and leaders in clinical education, academic institutions, health care settings and community agencies. 

Program Goals

All students in the Master of Nursing program are prepared by the program to meet each of the following goals:

  • Evaluate the adequacy of underlying knowledge from nursing science, related fields and professional foundations as it informs nursing practice.
  • Competently assess, manage health-related issues with a defined population or care system and evaluate the effectiveness of these nursing practices.
  • Utilize knowledge and skills in professional practice among diverse and multi-cultural populations.
  • Demonstrate competence in development of inquiry relevant to practice, education or administration.
  • Develop and utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of health care.
  • Articulate ethical issues and responsibilities involved in nursing practice.