The Master of Science in Nursing degree program is designed for the nurse who wishes to pursue advanced nursing practice. The UMSL College of Nursing MSN program offers curricula to prepare graduates as Nurse Educators or Nurse Practitioners. Both programs include 12 credit hours of core coursework that focus on issues and concepts critical to understanding the rapidly changing health care system. These courses address values in health care decision making, policy and finance in health care organizations, societal issues impacting health, population-based foundations of health, theoretical foundations, and research for evidence-based practice. In addition, both programs have clinical-hour requirements with a chosen population. Once admitted to an MSN program, students work with advisors to develop specific plans of study.

Jean LaFollete"I chose UMSL on the recommendation of my co-workers who were currently attending the master's program, and co-workers who had graduated from the master's program. It was also very affordable"

 - Jean LaFollete, MSN Student

The Nurse Practitioner

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) option is designed for students who want to be advanced practice nurses and provide primary care, with an emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention. In addition to the core courses, students learn to manage the health care of target populations through course and clinical activities with concentrated studies to become:

The Nurse Practitioner plan of study requires a minimum of 44 credit hours. In addition to the 12 credit hours of core coursework, a greater understanding of the advanced practice role is accomplished through completion of the remaining 32 credit hours. Students learn to manage the health care of target populations through course and clinical activities focusing on adult-geriatric, family, pediatric, women’s health or psychiatric-mental health. Students have residency with their chosen population for at least 600 clinical hours. The program requires summer study.

The Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator option is designed for nurses who want to teach in nursing programs, staff development or community education. Graduates with educator preparation will be eligible to sit for the certification exam by the National League for Nursing.  The program requires summer study.

The MSN Nurse Educator plan of study requires a minimum of 41 credit hours. In addition to the 12 credit hours of core coursework, students complete clinical activities with a concentration in the chosen population.

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