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Master of Science - Nursing; Pediatric 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 pediatric 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

  • Integrate scientific findings from health and educational fields to include but not limited to nursing, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Assimilate leadership at the organizational and systems level to advance safe high quality outcomes in clinical or educational settings.
  • Apply continuous quality improvement measures to achieve positive outcomes in clinical or educational settings.
  • Utilize a systematic, scholarly approach to translate, apply, and disseminate evidence-based research in clinical or educational settings.
  • Incorporate health related technologies to deliver, coordinate care, and analyze data to improve outcomes.
  • Practice advocacy to improve education, the health of the public, and the profession of nursing.
  • Employ culturally appropriate skills in communicating and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to achieve positive outcomes in clinical or educational settings.
  • Synthesize social, cultural, financial, legal, ethical, and political influences to advance nursing practice, healthcare, and education.
  • Model the professional role of an advanced practice nurse in daily practice.

Career Possibilities

Graduates are expected to function collaboratively and independently in an advanced practice role with pediatric populations in a variety of settings. Students are able to sit for national certification exams following graduation.