The graduate program in Nursing is based upon baccalaureate education and experience in professional nursing. The curriculum is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The faculty believe that the Master’s prepared nurse should be able to: incorporate theories and advanced knowledge into nursing practice; demonstrate competence in a selected role; participate in research studies in advanced nursing; demonstrate competencies that influence nursing practice, and assume responsibilities for contributing to the improvement of health care, health policy, and the advancement of the nursing profession.
The master’s program prepares nurses to function either as nurse educator, nurse practitioners, or nurse administrators. The emphasis of the Master of Science, Nursing Program is the refinement of critical thinking and scholarly behavior. Graduates of the Master’s Program are prepared for doctoral study in nursing. The demand for high quality, cost effective health care services for individuals, families, and communities requires nurses with advanced preparation in nursing.