The curriculum consists of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. The core courses include theoretical and practical knowledge, which serve as the foundation for advanced nursing education in a variety of roles. Core courses focus on three major themes which are consistent with the philosophy for the graduate program: critical systematic inquiry, professional and personal development, and management of information and resources in a rapidly changing health care environment.

The courses in the forensic concentration emphasize principles and skills that enhance the management of criminal and civil investigations and legal matters.

Flexible scheduling allows for part-time or full-time study.

Nursing Core
NURS 501 Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice 3
NURS 502 Nursing Research 3
NURS 864 Epidemiologic Methods in Health Care 3
NURS 505 Health Care Informatics 3
  Total 12


Graduate Support
NURS 500 Health Care Ethics for Nursing Leaders 3
NURS 690 Health Care Policy for Nursing Leaders 2
NURS 754 Leadership & Management Concepts 3
  Total 8


NURS 648 Foundation of Forensic Nursing 4
CJUS 439 Criminalistics II or CJUS 449 Criminalistics III 3
NURS 642 Psych/Social/Legal Aspects of Forensics 2
  Elective(s) - requires approval of an advisor 1+
  Total 10


Synthesis and Application
NURS 703 Graduate Nursing Practicum I 2
NURS 705 Graduate Nursing Practicum II 2
  (Practicum courses are 2 credits/6 contact hours)  
NURS 797 Scholarly Project 2
  Total 6

Total semester hours: 36