Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate:This program prepares the nurse who already has a master of science in nursing to become academically eligible for certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
Doctor of Nursing Practice:The doctor of nursing practice will emphasize development of nursing practice expertise at the highest level. The curriculum includes translational research, epidemiology, informatics, statistics, advanced clinical practice, health policy and professional issues. Specializations include: systems leadership and healthcare quality and advanced practice in acute care adult-older adult, primary care adult-older adult, nurse-midwifery or pediatrics (primary care or acute care). B.S.N. to D.N.P. and post-M.S.N. to D.N.P. options are available.
Doctor of Philosophy: The doctor of philosophy program in nursing prepares teacher-scholars. The curriculum focuses on vulnerable populations, which include persons at high risk for adverse health outcomes. Persons who are vulnerable may include such groups as the unborn, chronically ill, frail elders, impoverished children and the marginalized. The graduate of this doctoral program will have the ability to advance health care through teaching, research and health care leadership. Doctoral education in nursing is built on the master’s level nursing foundation. It is characterized by the acquisition of research skills necessary for the discovery and use of new nursing knowledge and for preparation for teaching roles.
The master’s program for non-nursing graduates is designed for those individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing and who wish to become nurses. The program builds upon the student’s broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated nursing curriculum to meet the student’s career goals.
Master of Science in Nursing — Second Degree Direct Entry for A.D.N. Nurses:
This program facilitates students who have an associate’s degree in nursing and also have a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing to complete a master of science in nursing degree.
Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.
An interview is required for applicants to the advanced practice nursing specializations in acute care nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatrics.
For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web page. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.