Master of Science in Nursing: overview
Our online graduate programs prepare nurses to work at advanced levels of practice in rural areas. We offer an MS in Nursing in two specialty tracks, and one post-graduate FNP certificate.
The graduate nursing program is open to qualified applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another field. Preference will be given to applicants with:
- clinical experience in relevant areas of professional nursing
- a minimum of three to five years of nursing experience (FNP program only)
- life experience may also be considered
The GRE is not required for admission to the School of Nursing graduate program.
Read the overview of each track below and view their corresponding plans of study.
Family Nurse Practitioner Accordion Closed
The Family Nurse Practitioner Track is designed for nurses with a BSN degree and a broad base of experience who want to expand their skills to provide family primary care in rural settings.
The advanced practice nursing role as a primary care family nurse practitioner includes the components of knowledge and management of client and family care, professional relationships, and health care delivery systems. Upon completion of the MS-FNP track or the Post-Master’s FNP certificate, the graduate qualifies for seeking both national and state certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Family Nurse Practitioner -MS has met ANCC’s certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification.
*Note graduates are also eligible for the AANP certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
December 1st for summer or fall enrollment
Nurse Generalist track Accordion Closed
The Nurse Generalist track was designed for the RN who desires to build a professional clinical foundation of practice exploring a selected emphasis relevant to his or her advancement goals. While not a specialty focus, this plan allows the RN with a prior baccalaureate degree to continue to develop expertise within a desired emphasis.
Currently, there is no certification available for the MS-Generalist graduate.
March 15 for summer or fall enrollment
October 15 for spring enrollment
View the admission requirements for this graduate program.
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Baccalaureate degree in another field
For those who hold a baccalaureate degree in another field, please contact the School of Nursing for alternative options.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Learn more about our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, which builds on master’s education to provide expanded unique knowledge and expertise.