2016-17 General Bulletin

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https://nursing.case.edu/msn/
Phone: 216.368.8858
Latina Brooks, PhD, CNP, RN, Program Director

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares registered nurses for advanced practice either as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist. Dual degree programs are offered in bioethics (MSN/MA), anthropology (MSN/MA), and public health (MSN/MPH). Post-master's certificates can be provided for all programs and are crafted according to individual needs and background education.

Student Learning Outcomes

Quality Improvement

Leads inter-professional, culturally-sensitive, and evidence-based initiatives within organizations and systems to continuously improve the safety and quality of healthcare

Research and Scholarship

Initiates use of theory and research to identify clinical problems or solutions, participates in scientific inquiry, and translates scholarship into practice.

Nature of Practice

Assumes the direct and indirect roles and functions of advanced nursing practice to promote health, prevent illness, and improve the health of patients and populations.

Leadership

Promotes implementation of the full scope of nursing practice and assumes leadership positions in employer, professional, or community organizations at the local/state/national level.

Ethics

Incorporates ethical principles in complex situations of advanced nursing practice and clinical inquiry.

Collaboration

Collaborates with other health care professionals to initiate intra- and/or inter-professional teams to enhance practice and patient/population health outcomes.

Communication

Integrates information, technology, and practice guidelines to promote effective communication among patients and colleagues within health care systems.

Advocacy and Policy Development

Advocates for the development of health and social policy to improve health and practice by community engagement and participating in employer and professional organizations.

Degree Requirements

The MSN program itself requires a minimum of 36 credit hours to graduate, but most majors require an average of 40 credit hours of graduate credit for the student who enters with a BSN degree. Other degree requirements must be fulfilled for those entering with the portfolio option. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of credit in approved graduate courses, where the student obtained a grade of B or above, may be transferred to meet program requirements, and three (3) credits may be waived for a total of 12 credits. To be awarded an MSN degree, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and received satisfactory grades in all nursing courses taken for credit as a MSN student. Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of initial enrollment.

Path to the MSN

Students in the MSN program choose from several different majors, but virtually all students must take at least ten core courses. Student must complete a required number of credit hours as well as clinical hours. Most majors require an average of 40 credit hours, usually completed in three or four semesters (including summer). Most MSN majors also require at least 500 clinical hours; the anesthesia, midwifery, and flight nursing programs require more.

Students can choose either a part-time or full-time program, with full-time consisting of 9 or more credits per semester and part-time being anything less.

Course Grades

Progression in the MSN program is contingent on a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and passing grades in all courses (A, B, C, P, or S). If the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 during any semester, the student will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from probation, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the next academic semester he/she is registered. If the student fails to be removed from academic probation at this time, he/she may be separated from the FPB School of Nursing.

The grade of Incomplete (I) will be given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed in the semester. The “Arrangement to Resolve a Grade of Incomplete” form must be completed prior to the end of the semester, or the instructor may assign a grade of U or F. A grade of I must be removed by the end of the semester following the one in which the course was taken or the next time the course is offered and before the student enrolls in a course for which the initial course is a prerequisite. No credit is given for an I grade. The I will remain a permanent part of the transcript if the student fails to complete course requirements within the next semester, unless alternative arrangements are approved in writing.

A student who receives a grade of F or U for a required course must register for the course the next semester it is offered to continue in the MSN program. If the grade of U or F is in a course that is not required for the MSN program, the student may register for the same course or a substitute course and achieve a passing grade to continue in the MSN program. MSN students who receive 2 failing grades (F, U, NP) will be separated from FPB.

Majors and Sample Full-Time Curriculum

Virtually all MSN students must take at least ten core courses in Professional Development, Scientific Inquiry, and Nursing Practice (for nurse practitioner majors). Although the MSN program itself requires a minimum of 36 credit hours to graduate, most majors require an average of 40 credit hours, usually completed between 18 and 24 months, though the nurse anesthesia program requires 36 months of study. Students also need to put in at least 500 clinical hours for most MSN majors; the anesthesia, midwifery, cardiovascular, and flight nursing programs require even more. Post-master's certificates can be provided for all programs and are crafted according to individual needs and background education.

Nurse Practitioner Majors

Acute Care Adult Gero Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNPs) often serve as first responders in a variety of healthcare settings that include community and academic hospitals, intensive care units, outpatient clinics, and specialty practices like medical cardiology, subacute care, or trauma.

As part of FPB’s MSN program, the AGACNP major requires at least 39 credit hours of coursework and 600 hours of clinical experience. A recent year of adult intensive care (ICU) nursing experience is required prior to beginning this program.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2  
Foundations for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing (NUNP 438)4  
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4  
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)3  
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)2  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3
Acute Health Problems of Adults and Older Adults (NUNP 443)  6
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3
Year Total: 15 12
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)2  
Advanced Management of Acutely Ill Adults and Older Adults (NUNP 444)4  
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1  
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)1  
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)1  
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)  3
Year Total: 9 3
 
Total Units in Sequence:  39

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-gerontology NPs provide comprehensive care, including wellness and acute and chronic illness care, to patients from late-adolescence through adulthood to the elderly. They specifically emphasize health promotion, disease prevention, and comprehensive gerontological assessment. They practice in a wide variety of locations that include hospitals, urgent and primary care settings, community clinics, long-term care facilities, and private practice.

As part of FPB's MSN program, the adult-gero NP major requires 41 hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within 18 months (four semesters) for full-time students, and courses are offered in a distance-friendly format that requires about eight trips to Cleveland.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)3    
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)2    
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)2    
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Common & Acute Health Problems of the Adult and Older Adult (NUNP 432)  5  
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)  1  
Primary Care of the Older Adult (NUNP 449)    4
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)    2
Year Total: 13 12 6
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Management in Adult and Older Adult Primary Care (NUNP 434)5  
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1  
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)1  
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)  3
Year Total: 7 3
 
Total Units in Sequence:  41

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) are advanced degree nurses who provide primary health care for children from infancy to 21 years of age, including physical, psychosocial, and family dimensions of health. They diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, provide immunizations, perform developmental screenings and physical assessments, and much more in their objective to protect and enhance the health of children. Along with pediatricians and other providers, PNPs practice in settings such as private practice, primary care clinics, community health centers, and hospitals.

As part of FPB's MSN program, the PNP major requires 40 credit hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within 18 months (four semesters) for full-time students, and courses are offered in a distance-friendly format.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)3    
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)2    
Development and Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents (NUNP 401)3    
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)2    
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Common and Acute Health Problems of Children (NUNP 402)  6  
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)    2
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)    1
Year Total: 16 12 3
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Management in Pediatric Primary Care (NUNP 403)5  
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1  
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)1  
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)  3
Year Total: 7 3
 
Total Units in Sequence:  41

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care 

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are responsible for promoting the overall health of chronic, acute or critically ill children. In this program, you will discover best practices to diagnose and treat acute, critical, and chronic illness in children. You will also learn to coordinate interdisciplinary models of referral, relationships, ethical behavior, conflict resolutions and the implementation of health plans for critically or acutely ill children.

The pediatric nurse practitioner major in acute care, as part of FPB’s MSN program, requires 45 hours of coursework, plus over 600 clinical hours. Graduates are eligible for the certification exam conducted by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

  • A dual major in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner is available by taking only one additional course and 200 additional clinical hours.
  • Post-master’s certificates can be obtained, crafted according to individual needs and background education.
  • One year of of recent acute care pediatric nurse experience required for admission.
First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)3    
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)2    
Development and Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents (NUNP 401)3    
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Common and Acute Health Problems of Children (NUNP 402)  6  
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)    2
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)    3
Year Total: 14 12 5
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Management in Pediatric Primary Care (NUNP 403)5  
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1  
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)1  
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)1  
Management of Complex Acute Problems in Children I (NUNP 455)4  
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)2  
Management of Complex Acute Problems in Children II (NUNP 456)  5
Year Total: 14 5
 
Total Units in Sequence:  50

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) are advanced practice nurses who focus on the management and care of fragile, critically ill, and premature infants and their parents. Their role encompasses activities that promote optimal health, detect illness, and facilitate restoration and maintenance of the health of neonates. NNPs practice in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), which are found in children's and large general hospitals.

Two years of NICU nursing are needed prior to beginning the NNP major. As part of FPB’s MSN program, the major requires 40 credit hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals in NICUs. Full-time coursework is completed within 18 months (4 semesters).

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Integrated Assessment of the Neonate (NUNP 416)3    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I (NUNP 405)3    
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)2    
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II (NUNP 412)  4  
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)  1  
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)    2
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III (NUNP 413)    3
Year Total: 14 11 5
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner IV (NUNP 414)5  
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1  
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)1  
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)  3
Year Total: 7 3
 
Total Units in Sequence:  40

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are advanced nurses who offer care, promote health, and treat disease in patients ranging from children to elders. They provide comprehensive wellness care as well as management of acute and chronic illnesses. FNPs practice in hospitals, urgent care and primary care settings, federally-qualified health centers, and private practice offices.

As part of the MSN program, the FNP major requires 40 credit hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within 18 months (four semesters) for full-time students, and courses are offered in a distance-friendly format.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)3    
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)2    
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Family Health Nursing: Health of Adults and Older Adults (NUNP 419)  5  
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)  1  
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)    2
Health Promotion & Common Reproductive Health Problems of Adolescents and Adults (NUNP 429)    4
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)    2
Year Total: 11 12 8
 
Second YearUnits
Fall
Family Health Nursing: Health of Children and Adolescents (NUNP 439)4
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)3
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)1
Year Total: 9
 
Total Units in Sequence: 40

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Women's health nurse practitioners (WHNPs) are experts in woman-focused health promotion and disease prevention. As specialists, WHNPs deliver comprehensive health care to women, with emphasis on reproductive and gynecologic health needs. They provide well-woman care, care during and after pregnancy, and care before and after menopause. They also care for women experiencing episodic acute or chronic illnesses. WHNPs see a broad range of patients in practice settings that include primary care centers, adolescent health centers, and private practice.

The WHNP major, as part of FPB's MSN program, requires 38 credit hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. With full-time enrollment, coursework is usually completed within 12 months (four semesters). Core MSN courses are offered in an intensive format that requires limited trips to Cleveland.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)3    
Well Woman Health Care (NURS 454)3    
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
The Childbearing Family (NURS 455)  4  
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)  1  
Primary Care in Women's Health (NURS 559)    4
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)    2
Year Total: 12 11 6
 
Second YearUnits
Fall
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)2
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)3
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)1
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)2
Year Total: 9
 
Total Units in Sequence: 38

Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

In addition to the shortage of advanced practice psychiatric nurses, healthcare systems are challenged to address the needs of an increasing elderly population; stressed military families; families impacted by the economy, loss of employment, home foreclosure, and other stressors; and a population facing an increase in reported rates of domestic and youth violence.

The work of an advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist is dynamic in scope, ranging from prevention and health promotion to early detection and assessment to integration and culturally appropriate, client-centered intervention. Similarly, they can practice in a multitude of environments, including community mental health clinics; hospitals systems; private physician offices; prison systems; military bases and Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals; treatment facilities; and psychiatric mental health community centers, among others.

The Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing major, as part of the MSN program, requires 45 credit hours of coursework and 720 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within four semesters.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Advanced Psychopathology Across the Lifespan: Part I (Infant through Young Adult) (NURS 473)2    
General Systems Theory: Foundations for Practice (NURS 475)2    
Advanced Practice Seminar: Blended Role of Psychiatric-Mental Health APRN (NURS 476)1    
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)3    
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)  3  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Psychopharmacology (NURS 465)  2  
Advanced Psychopathology Across the Lifespan Part II (Adult and Older Adult) (NURS 474)  2  
Family Systems Theoretical Foundations (NURS 481)  2  
Family Systems Integration and Application (NURS 482)  1  
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)    3
Individual and Group Modalities for Family Systems Practice Across the Lifespan (NURS 484)    3
Practicum and Supervision: Family Systems Practice Across the Lifespan (NURS 485)    2
Year Total: 14 13 8
 
Second YearUnits
Fall
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)2
Modalities for Family Systems Practice: Vulnerable Family Populations (NURS 486)3
Theoretical Basis of Practice and Supervision in Consultation, Collaboration (NURS 488)2 - 3
Practicum and Supervision in Role of Family Systems Psych-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse (NURS 489)3
Management in Advanced Nursing Practice (NUND 507) ((elective))3
Year Total: 13-14
 
Total Units in Sequence: 48-49

Other Majors

Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse anesthestists are advanced practice nurses who administer all types of anesthetic for every kind of surgery or procedure. As expert clinicians primarily responsible for direct patient care, they focus on preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and postoperative anesthesia care.

Clinical courses for MSN nurse anesthesia students at FPB provide them with the opportunity to give direct patient care, participate in staff education programs, and identify clinical topics for research. Students work one-on-one with a clinical preceptor with expertise in nurse anesthesia. They will also take part in administering general and regional anesthesia in persons of all ages. The management of emergency operations, obstetrics, pediatrics, and neurosurgery are an integral part of the clinical experience. Graduates will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

All applicants must have at least two years of recent experience in one of the following acute care settings: recovery room, emergency room, or medical, surgical, neonatal, or pediatric intensive care or one year's experience with certification in their respective nursing specialty (CCRN, CEN, CPAN).

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Principles of Anesthesia II (NUAN 459)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 1 (NUAN 460)  3  
Principles of Anesthesia I (NUAN 458)    2
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)    3
Year Total: 6 6 5
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 3 (NUAN 462)3    
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)3    
Nurse Anesthesia: Advanced Practice IA (NUAN 551A)  2  
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)  1  
Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice (NURS 444B)  1  
Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (NURS 444C)  1  
Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 2 (NUAN 461)    2
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)    2
Year Total: 6 5 4
 
Third YearUnits
FallSummer
Nurse Anesthesia: Advanced Practice II (NUAN 552)2  
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)3  
Nurse Anesthesia: Advanced Practice IB (NUAN 551B)  1
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)  2
Year Total: 5 3
 
Total Units in Sequence:  40

Nurse Midwifery

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and are certified according to the requirements of the American Midwifery Certification Board. CNMs manage women's health care, focusing on common primary care issues, family planning and gynecologic needs including menopause related issues, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and care of the newborn. They practice within a healthcare system that provides for consultation, collaboration, or referral as indicated by the health status of the client, in accordance with the Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, as defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

Nurse midwife students must complete 48 credit hours of coursework as well as work individually with (a) clinical preceptors in a variety of out-patient, in-patient, and out-of-hospital settings to provide optimal care to women in the antepartum, intrapartum, (and) postpartum and non childbearing periods. Graduates will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. By taking NURS 559, Advanced Practice in Nursing Care of Women, students are eligible for dual certification in Women's Health.

Certification Board. With the addition of the 4 credit NURS 559 Primary Care in Women's Health, students are eligible for dual certification in Women's Health.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)2    
Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 453)4    
Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 459)3    
Well Woman Health Care (NURS 454)3    
The Childbearing Family (NURS 455)  4  
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (NURS 430)  3  
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)  3  
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)  2  
Primary Care in Women's Health (NURS 559)    4
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)    3
Year Total: 12 12 7
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Labor and Birth (NURS 457)5  
Integrated Assessment of the Neonate for Midwives (NURS 416)1  
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)2  
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)2  
Ethical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 444A)1  
Advanced Midwifery (NURS 557)  6
Year Total: 11 6
 
Total Units in Sequence:  48

Joint Degrees

MSN/PhD Dual Degree Program

The Master of Science in Nursing / PhD combined degree program provides the opportunity for students with a BSN or MN degree to pursue the PhD while earning an MSN degree in a selected major or clinical specialty along the way. Application involves a dual submission process and applicants must be accepted into both programs. For the combined MSN/PhD program, up to 8 credits of course overlap are allowed depending on the selected clinical major.

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Arts in Anthropology (MSN/MA Anthropology)

The Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Arts in Anthropology joint degree provides students with the unique combination of cross-cultural expertise in medical anthropology and clinical expertise in nursing. Students must complete a minimum of 19 credits in nursing core courses, 12 to 22 credits in clinical major courses, and a minimum of 18 credits in anthropology courses, distributed as indicated below. The actual number of credits depends upon the major selected. This curriculum plan reflects clinical nursing majors other than nurse anesthesia and community health. Choice of electives should guarantee that minimum credit requirements are met. All students must pass the Masters Qualifying Examination in Anthropology. 

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Arts in Bioethics (MSN/MA Bioethics)

The Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Art in Bioethics joint degree program is designed to provide nurses with the concepts essential to ethics and ethical decision-making. This program is relevant for nurses who are family advocates within health care systems. The total MSN/MA degree requirements are 53-63 credits.