Master of Science - Nursing
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. Please consult the State Authorization Reciprocity information for online degree programs.
The online MSN program uses a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage students. Two-day orientation sessions are held on campus before 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.
- Collect health histories and perform physical examinations.
- Order and interpret diagnostic tests.
- Diagnose and manage acute and chronic diseases.
- Prescribe medication and treatments.
- Refer to specialists as necessary.
- Provide patient and family counseling, and education regarding lifestyle behaviors.
- Participate in research projects and integrate research findings.
Students have part-time or full-time enrollment options. There are mandatory on-campus sessions per each track. For the MSN-FNP, students are required to come to campus each semester for a total of 7 visits: (1) Orientation, (2) NURS 703 skills lab, (3) NURS 703 final skills pass off, (4) NURS 740R Inter-Professional Education workshop, (5) NURS 740R final OSCE pass off and NURS 750R prep and skills day, (6) NURS 750R final OSCE pass off and NURS 760R skills day, (7) NURS 760R final OSCE pass off and NURS 761 student presentation of their scholarship/culminating experience.
The MSN curriculum meets the Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the School of Nursing.
For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.
- 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.
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.
Graduates are expected to function collaboratively and independently in an advanced practice role with various populations and primary care settings.
The UNLV MSN program is available online. UNLV is unable to provide fully online education to students from certain states. Visit the State Compliance page for more information including the program disclaimer.