Masters Programs Offered:
Degree programs prepare students for specialization in any of the following functional role areas:
The traditional MS program is 48 credits and can be completed in two academic years of full-time study. Part-time study is an option with program plans for three or more years of study.
*The CNS role is no longer available for the Family Nursing or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing MS program options.
**All post BS students entering to earn a MS degree with NP or CNS certification will follow the Post BS-to-DNP curriculum. This is with the expectation that if a student is able to complete the first two years of the full-time or first three years of the part-time BS-to-DNP program plan prior to the ultimate transition requiring a DNP for practice as NP or CNS--projected by accrediting and national testing bodies to be sometime in 2015--the student will be eligible for award of MS degree by DSON. The program plan for post BS-to-DNP is available by clicking here. Non-NP and/ Non-CNS role MS students may still follow traditional MS curricula.
Demonstration of Mastery and Competence of Subject for Award of MS Degree
All students are required to complete a final project, paper, thesis or comprehensive exam to demonstrate competence and mastery of subject at the end of the program. This is to demonstrate integrated synthesis of all areas of the program: Research, Clinical Focus, and Role Development. See complete details and printable documents here.
Although not required, students may opt to write a thesis as a nursing elective.
A maximum of 12 graduate credits completed with a grade of “B” or better, taken within the previous five years may be transferred from an accredited university. Courses used to satisfy requirements for another degree may not be transferred.
Last Updated: 8/21/13