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Master of Science in Nursing

The M.S.N. Curriculum

Our M.S.N. program offers three degree tracks to choose from: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Explore the curricula for each track here.

Nursing Education and Nursing Administration

This curriculum consists of six semesters equaling 39 credit hours. Students will take two courses per semester with the exception of one semester requiring three courses.

Core classes will be scheduled on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., however a few courses may be offered online. All students participate in a hands-on practica during their final semester. Both tracks conclude with a culminating project/nursing study and practicum involving 225 contact hours. Ongoing evaluation of student learning outcomes ensures that students have achieved identified competencies consistent with professional standards.

Printable Nursing Education and Nursing Administration planning sheet (pdf)

Core and Degree Track Courses (39 credit hours)

Core Courses

The following core courses have to be taken along with both the Nursing Education and Nursing Administration track courses.

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • NURS-R 500 Nursing Research (3 cr.)
  • NURS-N 502 Nursing Theory (3 cr.)
  • NURS-R 505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 510 Advanced Practice Concepts 1 (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 520 Advanced Practice Concepts 2 (3 cr.)
  • NURS-I 630 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3 cr.)
Nursing Education

The following courses plus the core courses are taken for the Nursing Education track.

Nursing Education Courses (15 credit hours)

  • NURS-T 670 Teaching in Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NURS-T 615 Curriculum in Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NURS-T 617 Evaluation in Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NURS-T 619 Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Culminating Experience Courses (6 credit hours)

  • NURS-R 590 Scholarly Project (3 cr.)
  • NURS-T 679 Nursing Education Practicum (3 cr.)
Nursing Administration

The following courses plus the core courses are taken for the Nursing Administration track.

Nursing Administration Courses (15 credit hours)

  • NURS-L 574 Administrative Management (3 cr.)
  • NURS-N 504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • NURS-L 530 Legal Environment of Health Care (3 cr.)
  • NURS-L 671 Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Culminating Experience Courses (6 credit hours)

  • NURS-R 590 Scholarly Project (3 cr.)
  • NURS-L 579 Nursing Administration Practicum (3 cr.)

Family Nurse Practitioner

This curriculum consists of seven semesters equaling 42 credit hours.

Students will begin their study with classroom-based didactic courses in a hybrid format, building the theoretical and contextual background necessary for advanced nursing practice. Students will then progress on to didactic courses with clinical components to include 75 practice hours per semester. Note: The final didactic clinical course includes 375 mandatory practice hours as a primary care provider. Classes will be scheduled on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Clinical practice hours will be scheduled based on availability of practice sites.

Core and Degree Track Courses (42 credit hours)

Core Courses

The following core courses have to be taken along with the Family Nurse Practitioner track courses.

Core Courses (12 credit hours)

  • NURS-R 500 Nursing Research (3 cr.)
  • NURS-R 505 Measurement and Data Analysis (preferrably taken prior to track admission) (3 cr.)
  • NURS-N 502 Nursing Theory (3 cr.)
  • NURS-N 504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • NURS-R 590 Scholarly Project (3 cr.)
Family Nurse Practitioner

The following courses plus the core courses are taken for the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

Nurse Practitioner Courses (30 credit hours)

  • NURS-Y 515 Pathophysiology (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 535 Dynamics of Family Health Care (3 cr.)
  • NURS-F 570 Assessment of Individuals, Families, and Communities (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 612 Pharmacology (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 620 Advanced Primary Care and Office Management Procedures (3 cr.)
  • NURS-X XXX Primary Care I: Acute Illness Processes (additional 75 practice hours required) (3 cr.)
  • NURS-X XXX Primary Care II: Acute and Stable Chronic Illness Processes (additional 75 practice hours required) (3 cr.)
  • NURS-X XXX Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Illness Processes (additional 75 practice hours required) (3 cr.)
  • NURS-F 578 Primary Health Care of Families (additional 375 practice hours required) (6 cr.)
Last updated: 07/13/2016