Graduate Program


Prior clinical experience and future professional goals are considered in designing individualized learning experiences with graduate students. Students are provided opportunities to implement their roles and assume leadership in a variety of traditional and nontraditional settings utilizing the resources of the health care system. In addition to collegial relationships with peers and nursing faculty, the graduate program fosters collaborative activities with other disciplines.

The purpose of the graduate program in the Division of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate educated registered nurses to become advanced practice nurses. In the graduate program, advanced nursing knowledge is both acquired and generated through the integration of knowledge from the sciences, humanities, nursing theory and research.


At the completion of the graduate program, the matriculating student will:

  • Synthesize knowledge from theories and research, and evaluate its relevance for  application within a selected area of nursing practice for populations across the lifespan.
  • Implement comprehensive health care delivery to culturally diverse groups based on a theoretical framework using advance knowledge and skills inclusive of environmental  and community characteristics along with life stage development.
  • Assess, diagnose, and manage clients (and families) across the lifespan along the health-illness spectrum.
  • Implement leadership strategies which prescribe, decide, and influence changes in nursing and health care in response to local, national, and global health disparities.
  • Synthesize the advocacy role as an integral part of advanced nursing practice.
  • Define and integrate the scope of    advanced nursing practice through involvement with legislative, regulatory, ethical, and professional standards.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to provide holistic health care to prevent illness, improve, promote, and maintain optimum health for culturally diverse populations.
  • Evaluate existing health conditions and their relationship to local, state, national, and international health policies within a broad economic, socio-cultural, and geo-political environment.
  • Utilize research findings in the provision of high quality primary care, including the ability to design and implement clinical based nursing research projects that address an identifiable problem.
  • Synthesize technological communication to enhance health care delivery.

Program Tracks