The M.S.N. programs prepare students for advanced practice nursing roles as nurse practitioners. All specialty program options are designed to enable students to meet the current graduate level educational requirements for the appropriate national certification examinations. Students may follow a full-time or part-time plan of study.

Curriculum Structure

The M.S.N. program is based upon a tiered curriculum. The tiered approach provides quality educational experiences, while ensuring adherence to certification requirements for the various areas of specialization. First tier (core) coursework is mandatory for all M.S.N. students. Second tier (population-specific) coursework consists of clinically focused courses required for population and specialty practice. Given the changing nature of certification requirements and required content, the curriculum and associated plans are subject to modification by the School of Nursing as determined within the academic year.

Classes are held on campus 1 to 2 days per week.

Graduate students wishing to academically qualify for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator certification may do so within any M.S.N. specialty program provided they obtain 9 or more credit hours in selected graduate education courses. Students interested in teaching nursing may wish to consider this academic preparation which, together with teaching experience, will meet the qualifications for the certification examination (9 credit option added to any M.S.N. degree). 


The aim of the Master of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare students as advanced practice registered nurses in the role of nurse practitioner. The purposes of the program are: to prepare individuals capable of moral and intellectual leadership to provide advanced practice nursing to individuals and populations across the lifespan, and to develop and extend advanced practice nursing knowledge and skill through the utilization of evidenced-based practice models. The curriculum at the master's level is also directed toward developing interest and skill in research, commitment to continual personal and professional growth, and to providing leadership in the development of advanced practice nursing.


The Master of Science in Nursing builds upon baccalaureate education in nursing and prepares students for leadership roles in fields of advanced practice nursing as nurse practitioners.

Terminal Objectives

Upon completion of the M.S.N. program, the graduate will have:

  1. Acquired advanced knowledge from the sciences and the humanities to support evidence-based advanced practice nursing;
  2. Integrated nursing theory as the foundation for advanced practice nursing;
  3. Demonstrated expertise in a selected role within a specialized area of advanced practice nursing;
  4. Acquired advanced knowledge and skills to use and disseminate the findings of nursing research,
  5. Acquired advanced knowledge and skills to effect optimum delivery of health care services;
  6. Demonstrated ethical behavior and respect for Judeo-Christian values and;
  7. Acquired a foundation for doctoral study.