The School of Nursing offers several masters-level degree programs to help you further your specialized professional knowledge
RN to MSN
The RN-to-MSN degree option in the School of Nursing enables students who are registered nurses without a BSN to obtain an MSN degree within one of three specialty programs: Nurse-Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students in the RN to MSN program take 14-18 credits of undergraduate nursing bridge courses and between 36-51 credits of graduate courses, depending on their specialty area. Graduates have the competencies taught in their chosen specialty and, for the Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner specialties, are eligible to take the appropriate national certification exams.
Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse Practitioner track is designed to provide the nurse with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a primary health care provider in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and clinical course content focuses on assessment and management of health promotion and health maintenance strategies, risk reduction, common acute and chronic alterations in health status for individuals and families across the lifespan, and role development.
The Nurse-Midwifery Track is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a certified nurse-midwife in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and clinical course content focuses on role development, assessment and management of women’s health —antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal and neonatal periods, as well as primary women’s health —throughout the lifespan. Clinical experiences are in a wide variety of ambulatory and community rural and medically underserved health care settings appropriate to the Nurse-Midwifery track.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pracitioner
The School of Nursing offers a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP) track for both RNs who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and RNs without a BSN who may enter the RN-MSN degree option.