Program Goals

For the Master of Science in Nursing Degree

The graduate, upon program completion, will be able to:


  • Apply knowledge of the concepts and theories from nursing, education, and related disciplines to guide practice in an advanced role. (AACN Essentials 1- Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities)
  • Apply knowledge of information systems and effective communication skills to promote optimal patient outcomes. (AACN Essentials 5 - Informatics and Healthcare Technologies; 7 - Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes; 9 Master's Level Nursing Practice)


  • Provide leadership in clinical practice, education, research utilization, and service.(AACN Essentials 2 - Organizational and Systems Leadership; 9 - Master's -Level Nursing Practice)
  • Use the process of scientific inquiry to foster best practices, validate and translate evidence into practice, and promote life-long learning. (AACN Essentials 4 - Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice)
  • Evaluate quality and safety initiatives to assure optimum individual and population health outcomes (AACN Essentials 3 - Quality improvement & safety; 9 - Master's - Level Nursing Practice)

Culture Care Values

  • Demonstrate caring that recognizes the uniqueness and cultural diversity among individuals, families, communities and the population. (AACN Essentials 8 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health)
  • Practice evidence-based nursing within the framework of professional standards, values and codes, with ethical and legal considerations. (AACN Essentials 6 - Health Policy and Advocacy; 9 - Master's Level Nursing Practice)

Nursing Education

The Master of Science in Nursing Education specialty track prepares licensed, registered nurses who have completed baccalaureate nursing studies, and at least one year of clinical experience for a successful career as a nurse educator in a clinic, hospital, or college/university setting. Selected courses will use a combination of teaching methodologies such as online learning and face-to-face classroom discussion.