College of Nursing Graduate Programs

Objectives of the MSN Program

Core nursing and graduate support courses provide a foundation and with the opportunity to obtain advanced level preparation in nursing science.

Graduates of the MSN program are prepared to assume professional leadership roles that encompass educational, consultative, and managerial functions. They are also prepared to design and establish delivery services in response to current health care policy changes.

The graduate of the program of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree will:

  1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and the sciences, including nursing, and evaluate it for its use in guiding nursing research and practice.
  2. Exhibit competence and confidence when assuming role responsibilities as a graduate with advanced level preparation.
  3. Exemplify moral and ethical leadership through a concern for others, the management of nursing care, and a commitment to professional excellence in the delivery of health care and the profession.
  4. Evaluate issues and opportunities in health care delivery from ethical, sociopolitical, technological, and historical frameworks while providing leadership for change.
  5. Validate and extend nursing knowledge through interpretation of and collaboration in nursing research.
  6. Communicate orally and in writing in a scholarly manner.
  7. Develop in-depth knowledge in a concentrated area of study.