Master of Science in Nursing
Program Contact: Laima Karosas 203-582-5366
Students who are registered nurses and have a bachelor’s degree may pursue master’s degree training. Four programs are available: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Operational Leadership and RN to MSN.
For nurses who would like to become nurse practitioners, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for working nurses who want to further their education and expand their credentials without sacrificing hands-on experience through clinical practice. This innovative program accommodates your schedule as well as your specific academic and career goals. Depending on your area of interest, you can choose between two specialized programs: adult-gerontology or family nurse practitioner. Within two years of completing your MSN, you have the option of seamlessly transitioning into the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, without losing any credits or duplicating any coursework.
The Operational Leadership program prepares nurses for operational leadership roles in health care institutions and settings. The program offers courses in health policy, organizational leadership, adult learning strategies, epidemiology, biostatistics, health care finance, informatics, health care management, the uses of data in evaluating practice, human factor analysis, and informational technology project management. The program also makes use of three courses from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and provides 360 hours of practicum experience. Graduates who wish to continue their education are placed to pursue a clinical doctorate in nursing. The program was designed to provide some of the content required to sit for board certification in Nursing Professional Development or informatics, both offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Graduates of this program are prepared to assume positions of middle management, informatics and leadership in a variety of health care settings. Graduates also are qualified to teach undergraduate nursing students in clinical or laboratory courses.