Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
In an evolving profession like nursing, and in a nation making its way through complex healthcare reform, it's more important than ever for nurses to pursue advanced education.
The Department of Nursing offers an outstanding post-baccalaureate program that will prepare you for your future as a highly educated, advanced practice nurse.
We're keeping pace with your needs and the rapidly changing healthcare system by establishing new advanced practice nursing tracks. These tracks are designed to open new doors and present the flexibility you need to take your career where you want to go.
We help you every step of the way.
We know most of our students are working nurses. They have lives and careers that demand nearly all of their time. So we make our MSN programs flexible. We integrate online coursework into our curriculum. We offer full and part-time options. And we offer convenient scheduling.
We also match our students up with faculty mentors – experienced educators and nurses who help our students assess their career goals and take the right steps to meet those goals.
To view fact sheets for each concentration, click on the bolded text below.
Choose from Four Nursing Concentrations:
- Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health : The Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health track will give you a thorough understanding of Evidence-Based Practice. Students learn how to integrate research into real-world, real-time applications to improve the level of care their patients receive.
Our curriculum is comprehensive, preparing you for the full range of challenges that come with patient care — and more. Our curriculum will empower you to put your knowledge, experience, and education to use preparing the future of nursing. You'll be ready to teach the next generation of nurses -- in the community college classroom or as a leader in the world of healthcare.
- Nurse Administrator: The MSN concentration in Nursing Administration draws upon the expertise of the College's Nursing and Health Administration departments to provide superior preparation for nurses who want to manage the profession for the best and most efficient care of patients — and institutional resources.
The Nursing Administration Concentration combines a proven core curriculum in Nursing with a powerful specialty curriculum that covers all aspects of management, from marketing and negotiation strategies to informatics and outcomes management.
- Family Nurse Practitioner: Currently more than 65 million Americans live in areas experiencing a severe shortage of primary health care providers. This physician shortage has led to the need for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). This sequence will prepare the advanced practice nurse to serve the health needs of clients across the life span in a variety of primary care settings.
- Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Option (Post-Master Certificate): For nurses who have already attained a master's or a doctoral degree in a clinical specialty, we now offer a Certificate option for those nurses who aspire to work as a nurse practitioner in an advanced practice setting.