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Master of Science



The Master of Science in Nursing online degree program is designed to emphasize advanced practice nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as well as the application of the research process to clinical phenomena within the context of rural family health. The Nurse Educator emphasis area stresses the use of academic technologies in the educator role. The advanced practice emphasis area of Family Nurse Practitioner provides graduates with the needed course work and practica necessary to sit for the certification exam.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner - Must do FNP clinicals in the state of MO or the greater Kansas City area
  • Nurse Educator - No geographical restriction

Requirements for Acceptance into the Program

Students must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an upper division nursing major from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Admission to UCM’s graduate studies including specific requirements for the Department of Nursing.
  • Completion of the Department of Nursing’s application for admission including undergraduate transcripts.
  • A minimum of one year of post baccalaureate nursing experience for students choosing the Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis area. This year may be completed while taking core theory courses for the program.
  • Undergraduate minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for students choosing the Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis area. Undergraduate minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for students choosing the Nurse Educator emphasis area.
  • Has an active registered nurse license.
  • Computer or computer access with hardware compatible with UCM’s program software. Basic computer skills are required prior to matriculation.
  • Completion of a criminal background check.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

Graduate Statistics Course 3
NUR 5000 Methods of Research in Nursing 3
NUR 5015 Theories of Nursing 3
NUR 5016 Family/Population Health 3
NUR 5017 Organizational Leadership in Complex Health Systems 3
NUR 5018 Health Care Policy & Advocacy 3

- Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration - (26 credit hours)
NUR 5020 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 5200 Family Nurse Practitioner:PrmCareChildbearing 3
NUR 5201 Family Nurse Practitioner:PrmCareChildrearing 3
NUR 5202 Family Nurse Pract:Prm Care Adults & Elderly I 3
NUR 5203 Family Nurse Pract:Prm Care Adults & Elderly II 3
NUR 5204 Family Nurse Pract:Primary Care Practicum 4
NUR 5300 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 5310 Advanced Health Appraisal 4

- Nurse Educator Concentration - (15 credit hours)
NUR 5035 Measurement in Nursing 2
NUR 5038 Concepts of Physiology/Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment 3
NUR 5039 Direct Patient Care Clinical Practica 1
NUR 5040 Teaching Theory in Nursing 3
NUR 5041 Teaching Clinical Practica in Nursing 3
NUR 5050 Designing Nursing Curricula 3

Total: 33-44 credit hours

Questions About the Program

Dr. Linda Mulligan

Program Coordinator


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