Master of Science in Nursing
The School of Nursing offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree for those nurses who want to advance their careers beyond the baccalaureate level. All MSN tracks require applicants to be a BSN-prepared registered nurse (RN), with the exception of the Master's Entry into Nursing Practice track.
- Nurse Educator (NE) – The Nurse Educator program is 38 credit hours and includes 400 hours of clinical practice. Classes are generally held on Fridays with flexible clinical practice hours. Student may be full or part-time.
- Master's Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) – The MENP program is designed for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree and are interested in entering the nursing field. The track consists of an intensive, fast-paced curriculum delivered in the classroom and clinical and practical settings five days a week for 30 continuous months. Graduates earn a MSN and are eligible to take the RN licensure exam.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The School of Nursing offers graduate courses leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, a practice-focused doctorate similar in scope to practice doctorates offered in other professional disciplines. The DNP Program is available to professional registered nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing degree with advanced practice licensure and certification.
- Track 1: Nurse Anesthesia Program – The Nurse Anesthesia Track is highly specialized and prepares individuals who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to become nurse anesthetists.Full-time program with more than 2400 hours of clinical practice.Offered in conjunction with Decatur Memorial Hospital.
- Track 2: DNP Completion Program – The DNP Completion Program is designed for advanced practice nurses (APNs) who want to complete the practice doctorate as their highest earned academic degree.