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Master of Science in Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner

The School of Nursing’s Master of Science in nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities requisite to the safe, effective and efficient advanced practice of nursing.

The online program uses a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage students. Two to three day-long orientation sessions are held on campus during the beginning of each fall semester to enhance the connections among students and with the nursing faculty.

The family nurse practitioner track prepares graduates to:

  • Work as a nurse practitioner in a variety of settings.
  • Perform health histories and physical examinations.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Diagnose and manage acute and chronic diseases.
  • Prescribe medication and treatments.
  • Provide patient and family counseling, and education regarding lifestyle behaviors.

Students have part-time or full-time enrollment options. Some clinical courses require on-campus sessions during the semester, which can vary from one to three days. On-campus sessions are at the discretion of the individual instructor.

The MSN curriculum meets the 2011 Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the principles, personal values, and beliefs that influence ethical decision making, which provides a framework for nursing practice.
  • Communicate effectively as a health care professional creating collaborative interdependent relationships and acting as advocates for the nursing profession and client population.
  • Incorporate nursing theory and evidence-based practice in advanced nursing roles.
  • Understand the influences of human diversity and social issues to provide culturally sensitive health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
  • Assume a leadership role in the management of human, fiscal, and physical health care resources to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
  • Competently assess, diagnose, prescribe, evaluate, and create holistic plans of treatment.
  • Articulate the professional role, which includes the ethical code of conduct and scope of advanced practice.
  • Develop and monitor comprehensive, holistic plans of care that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of diverse client populations.
  • Assess and monitor teaching/learning needs in a diverse client population.

Career Possibilities

The MSN program builds on the education of a clinical practice generalist and prepares an advanced practice nurse. The educational experience prepares students to validate and expand research findings through application of theory and scientific inquiry.

Workplace

Graduates are expected to function collaboratively and independently in an advanced practice role with various populations and primary care settings.

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