This program offers baccalaureate prepared nurses the opportunity to earn a master's degree via our Master of Science in Nursing degree. The program offers a curriculum that allows students to enroll on a part or full-time basis. Current specialty tracks prepare students to certify as pediatric or family nurse practitioners.
The School of Nursing and the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a dual master's degree to give students the skills and knowledge to serve as nurse leaders. This low-residency degree program is offered predominately online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, and includes four 3-4 day residencies to enhance experiential learning and understanding of the curriculum content. Graduates of the MSN/MBA program work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, nonprofit organizations and the public sector. The degree requires 57 credit hours for completion.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) prepares nurse scientists for roles in research, teaching, clinical and policy leadership positions. Graduates can be employed as faculty members in university settings, nurse researchers in academic institutions or private companies, senior nursing administrators in hospitals or other health care systems, in high level legislative or policy positions, or as independent consultants. The program prepares graduates who will contribute to the body of nursing knowledge, educate the next generation, and assume collaborative leadership roles in shaping health policy, improving health, and reducing disparity. The Ph.D. in Nursing offers both part-time and full-time options, composed of in-person and online learning components. Three years of coursework delivered online during fall and spring semesters, and summer courses offered in a seminar-style face-to-face format. Once students defend a dissertation proposal, they advance to become doctoral candidates. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, which culminates in a written and oral dissertation defense.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice, offered by the School of Nursing, prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and an adequate cohort of students. This post-graduate program can be completed in as few as 33 credit hours.