Academic Programs Catalog

College of Nursing

Graduate Study

Nursing - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares graduates for roles that reflect current, emerging and expanding roles of nurses as providers and educators. The curricula for these advanced practice roles are designed in the context of related challenges, needs and increasing complexities within the systems of health care delivery, higher education, and professional nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing degree has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program consists of three concentrations. The first concentration, Nurse Practitioner, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses as nurse practitioners. Within this concentration, there are two areas of study: adult/gerontology, and family. A second concentration, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with Education, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses specialized in acute care adult-gerontology practice and adult education who also have preparation as an educator. A third concentration, Nurse Anesthesia, prepares advanced practice nurses who will use specialized skills and knowledge in the administration of anesthesia and pain management agents.

Nurse Practitioners, as advanced practice nurses, are in direct-care provider's role, use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings. The nurse practitioner curriculum prepares nurses to function interdependently with other health care providers to provide primary care. As part of this care, advanced practice nurses assess the physical, socio-emotional, and developmental states of individual clients and their families, analyze health behavior, apply clinical judgment, and intervene in a manner to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery. They recognize the importance of health promotion, as well as early recognition and prompt treatment and management of illness, prevention of complications, and needed rehabilitation. Client and family education, guidance, and advocacy are vital characteristics of the advanced practice nurse’s role. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced nurse practitioners and will be eligible for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with Education concentration is designed to prepare registered nurses to assume an advanced practice role as a clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator.  This graduate assumes a professional leadership role to inform nursing practice, education, and health care delivery systems in the design and implementation of strategies to improve organizational, educational, and individual client, student, and nurse provider outcomes. Advanced practice clinical and educational expertise is reflected in the application of innovative evidence-based practice interventions and the development of collaborative relationships in order to address the health care needs of a diverse population. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced nurse practitioners and will be eligible for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a nurse educator.

Nurse Anesthetists are advanced practice nurses who use specialty skills and knowledge in the planning and administration of anesthesia and pain management agents. The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068, (847) 655-1160. It is a rigorous, full-time program designed to educate Registered Nurses in academic knowledge, technical and clinical skills, and professional attitudes in nursing practice in preparation for safe administration of anesthesia. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced practitioners in nurse anesthesia and will meet the requirements and be eligible for certification as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Students must meet the requirements of the university as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, in addition to the requirements of the College of Nursing specified below.

Students who are enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program may elect a specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, an applicant must have:

  1. Submitted a university application for admission and a curriculum vita.
  2. Completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Current unrestricted RN license without probationary status in the applicant’s state or country. For those applicants practicing in Michigan, a current Registered Nurse Michigan license is required. Applicants who hold Registered Nurse licensure from other states or countries and who are in the Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia concentration may be admitted provisionally with the requirement that a United States and Michigan Registered Nurse license must be obtained prior to progression to clinical courses.
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for total credits completed during the second-half of the four-year baccalaureate nursing program.
  5. Applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia concentration must have completed the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical sections  of the Graduate Record Examination within the last five years.
  6. One year of clinical practice as a registered nurse prior to the clinical sequence of courses for the Nurse Practitioner concentration. No clinical practice experience is required prior to acceptance for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with Nurse Education concentration. One year of full-time clinical experience or equivalent as a Registered Nurse in an intensive care unit within the last five years is required for the Nurse Anesthesia concentration.
  7. Completed a three (3) credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within the last five years.
  8. Submitted a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice: nurse practitioner, adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist with nurse education, or nurse anesthetist.
  9. Submit three letters of recommendations. The reference letters must be from a source that has direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work.
  10. Completed an admission interview with the College of Nursing faculty.
  11. If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language with a total score of 580 (paper version) or 21 (computer version). Equivalent scores on the English Language Center Test may be submitted.
  12. If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Educational Testing Service Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a score of 50 or above.

Provisional Status

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program may be accepted provisionally.  Provisionally admitted students are required to satisfy deficiencies as specified in the letter of admission and will be formally removed from provisional status once the deficiencies are satisfied. Students on provisional status may not progress in the program if deficiencies are not satisfied in the specified time frame.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing Degree in Nursing

A  total of 45 to 82 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) depending on the student’s area of concentration. Students interested in pursuing a research focus or doctoral studies are encouraged to pursue Plan A, which requires completion of a thesis. Students must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B (12 credits):
1. All of the following courses:
NUR 802 Theoretical Foundations and Role Development for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUR 804 Statistics for the Healthcare Professional 3
NUR 806 Research for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NUR 814 Health Care Policy and Politics 3
2. Complete one of the following three concentrations:
NURSE PRACTITIONER (33 to 38 credits):
a. All of the following courses (9 credits):
NUR 805 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 807 Clinical Decision Making 3
NUR 809 Applied Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
b. One of the following two areas of study (24 or 25 credits):
Family
NUR 820 Health Assessment of the Family 3
NUR 821 Primary Care Management of the Family I 5
NUR 822 Practicum I: Primary Care for the Family 6
NUR 823 Primary Care Management of the Family II 3
NUR 824 Practicum II: Primary Care for the Family 7
Adult/Gerontological
NUR 832 Practicum I: Primary Care for the Adult and Aged 6
NUR 834 Practicum II: Primary Care for the Adult and Aged 7
NUR 835 Health Assessment of the Adult and Aged 3
NUR 836 Primary Care Management of the Adult and Aged I 5
NUR 837 Primary Care Management of the Adult and Aged II 3
NUR 838 Care for Aging Individuals Across the Healthcare Continuum 1
c. Complete a scholarly project.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. NUR 899 Master's Thesis Research 4
2. Complete a master's thesis acceptable to the student's thesis committee.
3. Pass an oral examination based on the thesis.
ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST WITH NURSE EDUCATION (35 to 39 credits):
a. All of the following courses (35 credits):
NUR 805 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 807 Clinical Decision Making 3
NUR 809 Applied Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 838  Care for Aging Individuals Across the Healthcare Continuum 1
NUR 860 Physical Assessment for Clinical Nurse Specialist 2
NUR 861 Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3
NUR 862 Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Internship 8
NUR 864 Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Immersion 6
NUR 868 Topics in Nursing Education 3
NUR 866 Academic and Clinical Teaching Intership 3
b. Complete a scholarly project.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. NUR 899 Master's Thesis Research 4
2. Complete a master's thesis acceptable to the student's thesis committee.
3. Pass an oral examination based on the thesis.
NURSE ANESTHESIA (66 to 70 credits):
a. All of the following courses (66 credits):
ANTR 541 Gross Anatomy for Nurse Anesthestists 4
NUR 874 Clinical Practicum I 3
NUR 877 Anesthesia Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NUR 878 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NUR 879 Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia 3
NUR 880 Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthesia 3
NUR 881 Perioperative Technology and Instrumentation 2
NUR 882 Principles of Anesthesia I 3
NUR 883 Principles of Anesthesia II 3
NUR 884 Principles of Anesthesia III 3
NUR 885 Anesthesia Practicum I 1
NUR 886 Anesthesia Practicum II 2
NUR 887 Pharmacology for Anesthesia Practice I 3
NUR 888 Pharmacology for Anesthesia Practice II 3
NUR 892 Clinical Practicum II 7
NUR 893 Clinical Practicum III 7
NUR 894 Clinical Practicum IV 7
NUR 895 Clinical Seminar I 2
NUR 896 Clinical Seminar II 2
NUR 897 Clinical Seminar III 2
b. Complete a scholarly project.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. NUR 899 Master's Thesis Research 4
2. Complete a master's thesis acceptable to the student's thesis committee.
3. Pass an oral examination based on the thesis.

Part–time Students

Although many nursing students pursue the master's degree on a part–time basis, all degree candidates will be expected to maintain minimum degree progress standards established by the College and published in the College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook. Students are also expected to complete at least one course per semester until the degree is earned.

Academic Standards

A cumulative grade–point average of 3.0 and a grade of 3.0 in each nursing course is required.

Transfer Credits

Up to 25% (9  semester credits) of graduate course work (excluding thesis credits) may be transferred into the Master of Science in Nursing program from other National League for Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited programs upon approval of the College of Nursing.

Time Limit

The time limit for completing the degree is six years from the beginning of the first semester in which credit toward the degree was earned.