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The graduate nursing program builds upon and expands the knowledge, values and skills of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. The College offers an option of advanced study for Nurse Practitioner leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree. In addition to specialty courses which prepare for expanded clinical roles in adult health, or family health, the student gains experience with research, health care policy, nursing theory, clinical problem solving/critical thinking and creativity.

Our rigorous MSN program options are totally online, no campus visits are required. Practicum hours are set up and done where you live. You can expect to spend 12-15 hours per week per course in online course work. It is important that you plan accordingly to be successful. Most courses are 3 credits, the specialty/practicum courses are 5-8 credits. Six credits per semester is considered full time at graduate level.

Course Description

The Master of Science Program in Nursing prepares students to become a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator. The core graduate nursing curriculum develops empirical, esthetic, ethical, sociopolitical and personal knowing in relation to client management within the community based and acute health care delivery system.

Tied with 22 other public & private colleges & universities including programs at Baylor University, Brigham Young University, Georgia State University, San Diego State University & the University of Delaware.

The nursing program at the University of Colorado Denver, ranked 15. These two Colorado University programs are the only graduate nursing programs in Colorado ranked by U.S. News.
Program Outcomes
  • Apply theories and scientific evidence to provide holistic care to the individual
  • Provide leadership within clinical and organizational settings to provide high quality, safe, patient care
  • Apply clinical reasoning to promote health and prevent disease for the individual, family, and community
  • Critically appraise and apply current evidence in a clinical setting to ensure quality patient outcomes
  • Use technology in the clinical setting to enhance safe and effective patient care
  • Evaluate emerging trends, policy issues, and programmatic problems to improve health care delivery
  • Use therapeutic, patient-centered, communication in the delivery of health care
  • Collaborate in inter/intra-professional care teams
  • Provide patient-centered, culturally competent healthcare to diverse patient populations
  • Use an ethical framework for clinical practice and clinical expertise to care for patients

Course Curriculum

MSN Core Courses (21-23 credits)
  • NURS 6100 Philosophical Foundations in Nursing Practice
  • NURS 6110 Advanced Nursing Practice and Health Care Policy
  • NURS 6120 Adv Nursing Research
  • NURS 6280 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS 6730 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS 6740 Advanced Pathophysiology
Plus one of the following:
  • NURS 7020 Applied Clinical Research (3) AND Comprehensive Exam (0)
  • NURS 7000 Thesis (5)
Adult/Gerontological NP (26 Specialty Credits) Family NP (25 Specialty Credits)
  • NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions
  • NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions
  • NURS 6930 Foundational Principles of Care of Older Adults
  • NURS 6940 Geriatric Clinical Syndromes
  • NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum
  • NURS 6900 Primary Care of Pediatric Patients
  • NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions
  • NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions
  • NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum
Adult/Gero NP = 47-49 Total Credits (includes 630 contact hours) Family NP = 46-48 Total Credits (includes 630 contact hours)