Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Graduate nursing education broadens the scope of practice and provides for the acquisition of expertise in an area of specialization. Students prepare for leadership roles in advanced specialty practice, nursing leadership and organizational management.
A doctoral-level graduate program with three tracks is available: the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track, the family nurse practitioner track and the care of populations track as part of the post-master's DNP. The graduate program has applied for accreditation from the CCNE.
The School of Nursing is in the process of seeking approval to open a doctoral-level nurse anesthesia program. This program, when approved, will accept bachelors-level Registered Nurses and also offer a post-masters level for practicing certified registered nurse anesthetists.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The master of science in nursing program broadens the scope of practice and provides for the acquisition of expertise in an area of specialization as either family nurse practitioners or adult-gerontology nurse practitioners. This education is directed toward preparing students to manage clients of diverse cultural backgrounds in various multidisciplinary settings and promotes traditional as well as complementary approaches appropriate to client care.