About this course
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing program prepares nurses for leadership positions in the nursing practice. The program requires completion of 41 credits of specialized professional course work, with courses organized into three components:
- a foundational core (theory, issues, research, foundations of practice)
- a role component specific to the selected role
- a role support component that provides a concentrated practicum experience in the selected role
Students may prepare for either the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist role. All students complete a sequence of clinical and role component courses, including a minimum of 500 hours of clinical practicum experiences under the guidance of a preceptor, and an evidenced-based research project. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the certification examination for their chosen role.
The program is designed for part-time study, with courses offered in the evening. Part-time study requires approximately four years for completion of the degree, although students are granted up to six years to complete all degree requirements.