The Combined BS/MS program is an accelerated combined-degree (BS/MS) program for non-nurse college graduates. The program is designed to prepare the student for a career as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Academic studies are closely integrated with clinical experience. There are two components: pre-licensure study which provides students with knowledge of nursing science and nursing practice and specialty study which focuses on an advanced practice role in professional nursing.
The Master of Science degree advances nursing competence by extending and deepening knowledge within a specific clinical specialty. The program prepares students to manage and negotiate healthcare delivery systems, provide culturally sensitive care, cultivate the nurse/patient relationship, as well as, assess, plan, implement, and evaluate personalized patient education and coaching interventions.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurse clinicians to conduct complex diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, make use of sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of the biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical sciences. In addition, the DNP program prepares nurses with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for fully accountable comprehensive care with patients across sites and over time. With the increasing scope of clinical scholarship in nursing and the growth of scientific knowledge in the discipline, doctoral level education is required for independent practice.
The PhD program is a research-intensive curriculum that prepares nurse scholars to conduct research independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams. The program provides students with an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of nursing science, and a strong foundation in research methods (design, statistics, measurement) for clinical, translational and health services research.
The Master’s Sub-Specialties and Non-Degree programs is for students who already have completed an accredited masters or doctoral degree as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) - Nurse Practitioner (NP). The non-degree program is based upon existing subspecialties.