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. The Nurse Educator option requires applicants to be a BSN-prepared registered nurse (RN), while the Master's Entry into Nursing Practice option requires a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing major.

MSN options:

  1. Nurse Educator (NE) –  The Nurse Educator program is 34 credit hours and includes hours of clinical practice. Classes are generally held on Fridays with flexible clinical practice hours. Student may be full or part-time.
  2. 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 option consists of an intensive, fast-paced curriculum delivered in the classroom and clinical and practical settings five days a week for 26 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.

DNP options:

  1. BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia– This program is for nurses who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing, have at least one year of adult critical care nursing, and wish to become a nurse anesthetist
  2. BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner--This program is for nurses who hold a bachelors degree in nursing with preference given for those with at least one year of clinical experience.
  3. MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner--This program is for nurses with a master's degree in nursing and preference given to those with one year of clinical experience.
  4. DNP Completion– This program is for advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical specialists, or nurse anesthetists.  This is a terminal practice focused doctorate.

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