Nursing Programs

The School of Nursing offers the following degree programs at the doctorate and graduate level. Admissions and program regulations can be viewed on the main School of Nursing Bulletin Page. Detailed curriculum requirements are listed for each program below. 

Academic Programs

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is comprised of two tracks: Post BSN-DNP and Post-Master’s to DNP.  The Post BSN-DNP track prepares BSN nurses to be family nurse practitioners with an emphasis on incorporating comprehensive behavioral health into primary care. Graduates of the Post BSN-DNP program are eligible to apply for certification as a family nurse practitioner. The Post MSN- DNP has two concentrations: Nurse Practitioner and Executive Leadership.  Students can choose one of these two plans of study depending on their career goals: Post MSN-DNP for Nurse Practitioners with an emphasis in Integrated Behavioral Health or, Executive Leadership to prepare executive nurse leaders. (Students who enter the Post MSN-DNP program as a Nurse Practitioner must select the concentration area for which they are already certified.) Successful progression in the DNP Program requires achievement of 3.0 GPA, and all courses must be completed within five years from entry into the program.

 

DNP - Post-Baccalaureate Curriculum 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate program is a 78 credit hour, graduate level program that provides students a curriculum from the Bachelor’s degree to the DNP. Students complete the following courses for 78 crs: 

  • NURS G800 Theoretical Foundations & Role
  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS G812 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics
  • NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research
  • NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults
  • NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women
  • NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women Practicum
  • NURS G860 Gerontology
  • NURS G900 Philosophy of Science
  • NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice
  • NURS G910 Epidemiology
  • NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice/Translation of Science
  • NURS G920 Biostatistics
  • NURS G925 Program Planning & Evaluation
  • NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I
  • NURS G935 Leadership
  • NURS G940 Health Policy
  • NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II
  • NURS G950 Integrated Behavioral Health
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance
  • NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project

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DNP - Post-Master’s Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Masters DNP program is a 39+ credit hour, graduate level program that provides students a curriculum from a Master’s degree to the DNP. The difference in the Nurse Practitioner and Executive Leadership concentration is the focus of the DNP Scholarly Project and potential need for additional practicum hours for Executive Leadership students. Students complete the following courses for 39 crs:

  • NURS G900 Philosophy of Science
  • NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice
  • NURS G910 Epidemiology
  • NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice/Translation of Science
  • NURS G920 Biostatistics
  • NURS G925 Program Planning & Evaluation
  • NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I
  • NURS G935 Leadership
  • NURS G940 Health Policy
  • NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II
  • NURS G954 Organizational Behavior
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance
  • NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project
  • NURS G965 EL Advanced Practicum (1-4 credit hours)*

* EL student transcripts are evaluated individually for practicum hours from Master’s program, and must take supplemental practicum hours in NURS G965 to reach the 1,000 hours required for the DNP degree.

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program has four track options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. All options are fully online, and application procedures are similar. Course requirements for each track differ.

 

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP) 

The School of Nursing offers an online, clinical track in the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP). The MSN-FNP track is a 48 credit hour program focused on preparing BSN-prepared, experienced nurses to become family nurse practitioners, with emphasis in primary care, strong critical thinking, and a comprehensive approach to patient care. Practicum experiences are completed with preceptors in practice settings located in the areas in which the student resides. 

Students complete the following requirements for 48 crs: 

  • NURS G732 Population Health Management
  • NURS G800 Theoretical Foundations & Role
  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS G812 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics
  • NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults
  • NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health
  • NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
  • NURS G860 Gerontology in Primary Care
  • NURS G950 Integrating Behavioral Health 
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance

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MSN - Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership (HSAL) 

The School of Nursing offers an online non-clinical track in the Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership program to prepare nurse leaders or executives.

The HCSAL track is focused on leadership strategies and covers major aspects of nursing and healthcare administration, including health promotion, to workforce management, quality, safety, policy, and healthcare financial management. The program consists of 36 credit hours, culminating in a 3 credit hour practicum experience. The MSN-HCSAL curriculum is delivered online.

Health Care Systems Administration & Leadership Practicum
The Health Care Systems Administration & Leadership practicum course consists of 180 clock hours of practicum experience. Students engage in practicum activities pertinent to a nursing or health care leadership role. A preceptor-mentorship model is used, in which leaders in health care organizations play a substantial role in facilitating the practicum. The practicum occurs over one semester.

Students complete the following courses for 36 crs: 

  • NURS G703 Theories in Health Care Systems
  • NURS G709 Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care
  • NURS G711 Informatics
  • NURS G712 Nursing Financial Resources I
  • NURS G716 Health Care Quality and Safety    
  • NURS G724 Outcomes Measurement & Data Management
  • NURS G732 Population Health Management
  • NURS G740 Health Care Systems
  • NURS G744 Nursing Financial Resources II
  • NURS G748 Human Resource Management
  • NURS G752 Nursing Leadership Practicum
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods

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MSN - Nurse Educator (NE)

The School of Nursing offers an online track in the Master of Science in Nursing – the Nurse Educator (MSN-NE) to prepare nurses to teach in a variety of settings, and to provide the required educational preparation to qualify to sit for the National League for Nursing certification for nurse educators (CNE).

The MSN-NE track is focused on preparing bachelors-prepared experienced nurses to become educators, with emphasis on understanding teaching and learning processes based on sound pedagogical principles. The MSN-NE track requires satisfactory completion of 39 credit hours. A three-credit (180 clock hours) nurse educator practicum course (NURS 980) is completed in the student’s final fall or spring semester of the program using a preceptor-mentorship model. The practicum course allows the student to gain hands on experience in the nursing faculty role under the mentorship of a masters prepared nursing faculty who meets eligibility requirements of preceptors. The practicum is conducted in an educational setting in the student’s geographic area. Clinical teaching is a requirement during the practicum experience. In addition, Ninety of the 180 practicum hours will include direct-care clinical practice experiences to enhance in-depth, graduate-level, clinical knowledge.

Students complete the following courses for 39 crs: 

  • NURS G711 Informatics
  • NURS G716 Health Care Quality and Safety    
  • NURS G732 Population Health Management
  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS G817 Scientific Writing
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS G970 Philosophy, Theory & Role
  • NURS G975 Teaching Methods
  • NURS G977 Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  • NURS G979 Curriculum Design & Evaluation
  • NURS G980 Nurse Educator & Direct Care Practicum

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MSN - Nursing Informatics (NI)

The School of Nursing offers an online non-clinical track in the Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Informatics program to prepare nurse informaticists.

The NI track is focused on  nursing informatics principles, clinical information systems, and data management. The program consists of 36 credit hours, culminating in a 3 credit hour practicum experience. The MSN-NI curriculum is delivered online.

Nursing Informatics Practicum
The Nursing Informatics practicum course consists of 180 clock hours of practicum experience. Students engage in practicum activities pertinent to a nursing informatics role. A preceptor-mentorship model is used, in which nurse informaticists with advanced degrees play a substantial role in facilitating the practicum. The practicum occurs over one semester.

Students complete the following courses for 36 crs: 

  • NURS G703 Theories in Health Care Systems
  • NURS G711 Informatics
  • NURS G712 Nursing Financial Resources I
  • NURS G716 Health Care Quality and Safety    
  • NURS G724 Outcomes Measurement & Data Management
  • NURS G732 Population Health Management
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS G740 Health Care Systems
  • NURS G748 Human Resource Management
  • NURS G750 Management of Data Systems
  • NURS G754 Clinical Information Systems
  • NURS G760 Nursing Informatics Practicum

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MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program

The MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program is in collaboration between the School of Nursing and the College of Business, The program is designed for nurse professionals who have an interest in gaining additional knowledge in advanced practice nursing and business. This dual degree program is available to student enrolled in the MSN-HSAL track. Detailed information can be found in the Dual Degrees entry of the Graduate Bulletin

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Post-Masters Nurse Educator Certificate Program 

The School of Nursing also offers an online Nurse Educator Post Master’s Certificate (NEPMC) to MSN and DNP students, as well as masters prepared students who are interested exclusively in the certificate program. The NEPMC will prepare the masters or doctorally prepared nurse or student to teach in a variety of settings and to fulfill the faculty role. 

The post-master's nurse educator certificate program consists of 12 credit hours or four (4) masters level nurse educator courses. Students conduct on-site observations and interviews within schools of nursing. Emphasis is on understanding teaching and learning processes based on sound pedagogical principles. Nurse Educator Certificate students will also have the option of taking the three-credit (180 clock hours) nurse educator practicum course (NURS 980) to gain hands on experience in the nursing faculty role under the mentorship of a master's prepared nursing faculty who meets eligibility requirements of preceptors. Ninety of the 180 practicum hours will include direct-care clinical practice experiences to enhance in-depth, graduate-level, clinical knowledge.

Students complete the following 12 - 15 crs to complete this certificate program: 

  • NURS G970 Education, Theory, & Role
  • NURS G975 Teaching Methods
  • NURS G977 Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  • NURS G979 Curriculum Design & Evaluation
  • NURS G980 Nurse Educator & Direct Care Practicum (Optional)

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