The MSN is 42 credit hours in length. Students begin their study with classroom- based didactic courses, building the theoretical and contextual background necessary for advanced nursing practice. They continue with the introduction of laboratory-based courses in health assessment, followed by courses in primary care, completing a minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical practice. All students will also complete an evidence-based practice project.
Sample Curriculum of the Master of Science in Nursing
FNP option (Subject to change):
A 300 or 400 level statistics course with a grade of B- or better (e.g. SPEA K-300; PSY K-300).
1st Semester (Fall)
NURS-N 504 LEADERSHIP FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (3 cr.) Course addresses core competencies such as leadership, role, health care economics, policy, and the law and ethics that are essential to all advanced nursing practice roles and health care in complex systems.
NURS-Y 515 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (3 cr.) This course teaches students advanced principles of human physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan. It explores the physiological manifestation and clinical presentation of disease processes in preparation for advanced nursing practice. Graduate students learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal human physiology and the clinical data necessary to identify abnormal pathogenesis and disease processes.
2nd Semester (Spring)
NURS-Y 612 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS (3 cr.) This course provides a basis for understanding the use of pharmacotherapeutic agents for clients across the life span. The course builds upon the pharmacologic knowledge base acquired at the bachelor’s level in nursing.
NURS-N 502 THEORY I (3 cr.) Focus is on evaluating the factors and issues influencing the development of theory in nursing. Theoretical terminology and criteria for the evaluation of theories are examined. Linkages applied between theory, practice, and research is explored.
3rd Semester (Summer)
NURS-F 570 ASSESSMENT OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES (3 cr.) This course enables students to develop advanced practice nursing skills in individual health assessment of infants, children, adults, and aging people. In addition, students develop skills in family and community assessment.
NURS-Y 535 DYNAMICS OF FAMILY HEALTH CARE (3 cr.) Provides students with opportunities to study families within the community context. Consideration is given to theories of family functioning and roles in family health care, nursing family assessment tools and other nursing intervention strategies.
4th Semester (Fall)
NURS-R 500 NURSING RESEARCH METHODS (3 cr.) This course provides a survey of research in nursing, including critique of research literature, research designs, sampling, data collection and measurement strategies, relation of research and theory, development of researchable problems, and theory utilization.
NURS-F 580 Primary Care (PC) I: Acute Illness Processes
Theory-guided, evidence-based advanced nursing practice approaches to health promotion and common acute illness processes of individuals across the lifespan within primary care are examined. Individual health-illness processes are applied within the context of family and community. Minimum of 75 clinical practice hours required.
Theory-guided, evidence-based advanced nursing practice approaches to acute and stable chronic illness processes of individuals across the lifespan within primary care are examined with a focus on increasingly complex health problems. Individual health-illness processes are applied within the context of health promotion for the family and community. Minimum of 75 clinical practice hours required.
NURS-R 590 SCHOLARLY PROJECT (3 cr.) P: NURS-R 500. This guided experience will build your skills in identifying a researchable nursing problem, and developing and implementing a research proposal or Evidence Based Practice Project.
6th Semester (Summer)
NURS-F 582 Primary Care (PC) III: Chronic & Complex Illness Process
Theory-guided, evidence-based advanced nursing practice approaches to chronic and complex illnesses processes of individuals across the lifespan within primary care are examined. Individual health-illness processes are applied within the context of health promotion for the family and community. Minimum of 75 clinical practice hours required.
NURSING ELECTIVE (3 cr.)
7th Semester (Fall)
NURS-F 578 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF FAMILIES-CLINICAL (6 cr.) Enables the F.N.P. student to develop a practice base for clinical decision-making in the assessment and management of health care of families. The course includes identification of health needs, nursing interventions for the prevention of illness, and health promotion. Minimum of 375 clinical practice hours required.
A master's level statistics course (500 level) is required to graduate. The course may be taken prior (within the last five years) to applying or within the plan of study. This requirement is not included in the 42 credit hour total.