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The Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) is designed as an alternate pathway into Advanced Practice Nursing for applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, who are not registered nurses, and who seek a graduate degree in nursing as a professional registered nurse, nurse practitioner or nurse researcher. 

The Master’s Program is designed to prepare graduates who will lead evidence-based initiatives across multiple settings and populations. The program is currently (2020-2021) on hold pending revamping of the master’s program.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is designed to prepare graduates in advanced practice nursing specialties for careers in clinical practice with diverse populations, organizational and systems leadership in health care systems, and clinical nursing education in professional nursing programs.  Three pathways to the DNP program include GEP to DNP (admit students with a bachelor’s degree in another field to first become registered nurses then complete the DNP program), BS to PhD (admit students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree to complete the DNP program), and Post-Master’s to DNP (admit students who hold a Master’s degree in nursing and are certified as NPs, CNSs, CRNAs, or CNMs or hold a Master’s degree in nursing or a health related field for nurse administrators to complete the DNP program).  Tracks within the DNP program include Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental-Health NP.

The PhD in Nursing Program focuses on the development and transformation of scholars who will lead the discipline of nursing. Four pathways to the PhD in Nursing include GEP to PhD (admit students with a bachelor’s degree in another field to first become registered nurses then complete the PhD program), BS to PhD (admit students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree to complete the PhD program), MS to PhD (admit students who are registered nurses with a master’s degree and non-nurses with a master’s degree in a health-related field to complete the PhD program), and DNP to PhD (admit students with a DNP degree to complete the PhD program).