NKU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program focuses upon providing the flexibility necessary for working RN’s to complete graduate education. It prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in advancing healthcare delivery in their communities. Students can opt for one of numerous concentrations, through which they develop the skills/knowledge requisite for service as Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, and Nurse Executive Leaders.
Lifelong learning is emphasized, towards fostering alumni who will become agents of change by addressing the health concerns of residents in their communities and beyond. Graduates also obtain the foundation necessary for doctoral education.
The Adult Gero Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who is prepared to provide a full range of health care services to individuals from adolescence through geriatrics.
The program will focus on the theoretical concepts and care standards that support the delivery of health care in primary practice and explore the evolving issues faced by the health care system today. As a nurse practitioner, you will act as a health care provider, educator and counselor, make referrals and serve as an advocate for patients.
The program includes the MSN Core Courses, NP Core Courses, the Adult Gero Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses and Clinical Residency for a total of 43 hours.
Graduates of the Primary Care Nursing Practitioner concentration will be eligible to take the Adult Gero Primary Care certification examination.
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who is prepared to provide a full range of health care services to all ages.
The program will focus on the theoretical concepts and care standards that support the delivery of healthcare in primary practice and explore the evolving issues faced by the health care system today. As a nurse practitioner, you will act as a health care provider, educator and counselor, make referrals and serve as an advocate for patients.
The program includes the MSN Core Courses, NP Core Courses, the Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses and Clinical Residency for a total of 47 hours.
Graduates of the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner concentration will be eligible to take the FNP certification examination.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are prepared to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families across the lifespan with psychiatric disorders. The full scope of practice includes utilizing therapeutic skills, psychotherapy, and prescription medications for individuals and families with acute or chronic mental health issues. Our program prepares students to provide mental health promotion and mental health diagnosis and treatment across the lifespan and prepares our graduates to sit for the ANCC Family Psych NP certification exam.
Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGCNP) are educated to provide advanced nursing care across the healthcare continuum in order to meet the specialized, high acuity needs of individuals from adolescence through old age with acute, chronic and complex health conditions. AGCNPs work collaboratively with other health professionals to provide high quality, efficient, cost effective, patient-centered care.
The program includes the MSN Core Courses, NP Core Courses, Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses and Clinical Residency for a total of 46 hours.
Graduates of the Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration will be eligible to take the Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
The Nursing Education concentration prepares nurses to teach in schools of nursing, hospital education settings and patient education programs. The curriculum emphasizes the development of expertise in teaching clinical nursing, didactic, online, simulation and research-based teaching. Through a variety of experiences, students have an opportunity to apply theories of instruction and to teach content to nursing students, to practicing nurses and to patients. The program includes MSN core courses and nursing education specialty courses for a total of 33 hours.
The Nurse Executive Leadership concentration provides an inter-disciplinary approach to the preparation of the future nurse executive. The curriculum combines courses offered through the Department of Nursing with courses from the Departments of Business Informatics, Psychological Sciences, Accounting and Finance, and Mathematics and Statistics to prepare nurses for leadership at the executive level within health care operations. The program includes MSN core courses and nurse executive leadership courses for a total 33 hours.
RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree may apply to the MSN by meeting all of the criteria except a BSN. Additionally, they must successfully complete the following courses prior to beginning the MSN courses:
To be considered for the MSN program the university requires all applicants to fulfill the following requirements. All requirements must be met at the time of the application deadline.
Neither submission of all application materials nor meeting program requirements guarantees admission into the program.
Submit all documents by deadline for consideration to:
Northern Kentucky University
Office of Graduate Education
302 Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Advanced Nursing Studies graduate education equips working nurses for more specialized roles, such as:
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