The Master's Program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses as either nurse practitioners or nurse educators. The graduates synthesize and integrate knowledge from the biological, psychological, social and nursing sciences. They also analyze the effect of developmental, economic, cultural, epidemiological, social, political, ethical, legal and spiritual factors influencing the care of patients with emphasis on vulnerable diverse populations. The graduates assess, intervene, and evaluate the responses of patients to health/illness states by applying the specialty competencies of advanced practice. They apply the standards of practice and evidence-based literature to make cost-effective clinical judgments in the context of quality patient outcomes. The graduates also manage health/illness care as a member of an interdisciplinary team implanting preventive and population-based health care in institutions and communities. As advanced practice nurses, they provide clinical leadership within the context of social, economic, political, legal, cultural and ethical forces that affect health care delivery, health policy, and professional nursing practice. They contribute to the scholarly advancement of the nursing profession through education, research and clinical practice. The graduates embrace life-long learning through participation and leaders hip in professional development.
The courses in the Master’s Program meet the standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The guidelines developed by the American Nurses Association including the Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses, Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, and Nursing’s Social Policy Statement are integrated into the curricula. The specialties of the Master’s Program adhere to the competencies established by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Specialties or National League for Nursing.
Graduate Entry Pathway for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, leading first to registered nurse licensure and then to advanced nursing specialties;
Pre-master’s Pathway for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing;
Traditional Master’s Pathway for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
Post-master’s Certificate program for registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.