Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Programs

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization
  • Family Nurse Practitioner specialization

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs prepares nurses for flexible leadership and critical action within complex, changing healthcare systems. Master’s education equips nurses with valuable knowledge and skills to lead change, promote health, and elevate care in various roles and settings. The faculty supports this degree as a critical component of the nursing education trajectory to prepare nurses who can address the gaps resulting from growing healthcare needs. The curriculum supports the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty guidelines to obtain the nurse practitioner competencies in their selected specialty to improve health outcomes. For some nurses, master’s education equips them with a fulfilling lifetime expression of their mastery area. For others, this core is a graduate foundation for doctoral education. The M.S.N. nurse practitioner program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C. 20001, (202) 887‑6791.

The program is built on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Essentials (2011) that education at this level must prepare the nurse practitioner student to meet six primary expectations including: Lead change to improve quality outcomes; advance a culture of excellence through lifelong learning; build and lead collaborative interprofessional care teams, navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system; design innovative nursing practices, and translate evidence into practice. Graduates of the master’s degree programs in nursing are prepared with broad knowledge and practice expertise that builds and expands on baccalaureate or entry-level nursing practice. This provides graduates with a fuller understanding of the discipline of nursing in order to engage in higher-level practice and leadership in a variety of settings and commit to lifelong learning. For those nurses seeking a terminal degree, the new conceptualization for master’s education will allow for seamless movement into a research or practice-focused doctoral program (AACN, 2010).


The purpose of the program is to prepare clinically competent advanced practice nurses able to serve as nursing leaders for advanced clinical nursing practice. These specialties can be practiced in a variety of healthcare delivery systems and educational settings.


In accordance with the NONPF Core Competencies Content Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2016), criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2016), graduates from the nurse practitioner specialty tracks shall be able to:

  • Meet educational eligibility to sit for a national NP certification examination that corresponds to the role and population focus of the NP program.
  • Demonstrate on entry-level the NP core competencies and the population-focused competencies in the area of specialization.
  • Meet the complex challenges of translating rapidly expanding knowledge into practice and function in a changing health care environment. (LEADERSHIP)
  • Utilize scientific foundations to critically analyze data for improving advanced practice (SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS)
  • Translate research and knowledge to develop new practice approaches and improve practice processes and outcomes (SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS)
  • Use best available evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice (QUALITY)
  • Apply clinical investigative skills to improve health care (PRACTICE INQUIRY)
  • Integrate appropriate technologies to improve health care. (Technology and Information Literacy)
  • Analyze ethical, legal, and social factors influencing policy. (POLICY)
  • Collaborate in the development of health care systems that address the needs of culturally diverse populations, providers and other stakeholders. (Health Care Delivery System)
  • Integrate ethical principles in clinical practice and decision making. (ETHICS)
  • Function as a licensed independent practitioner demonstrating the highest level of accountability for professional practice (Independent Practice)