M.S. in Nursing

  • The program leading to a Master of Science degree in nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is designed to prepare the graduate for an advanced-practice nursing role as a nurse administrator or a nurse educator and serves as a foundation for doctoral study.

    Upon completion of the degree the student is prepared to:

    • Provide leadership that influences and contributes to the advancement of the nursing profession.
    • Synthesize advanced skills and scientific knowledge into advanced nursing practice roles.
    • Utilize new knowledge to provide high-quality health care, initiate change, and improve the practice of nursing.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of advanced nursing practice initiatives.

    Course work builds on the knowledge and skills gained in a basic nursing education program. It provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required for advanced nursing practice in diverse settings within a rapidly changing health care system. Nurse administrators assume leadership roles in planning, organizing, and implementing care across the spectrum of health care settings. Nurse educators assume responsibility as nurse educators, patient educators, or nursing staff development in a variety of academic and health care settings.

    Students may choose the 36-credit Nursing Administration track or Nursing Education track.

    Admission Criteria

    An applicant must have achieved a bachelor’s degree and successful completion of a basic nursing program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and have a current licensure as a registered nurse in any state in the U.S. Pennsylvania licensure is required before students begin clinical courses. Students should also have a minimum QPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) if they graduated with the B.S.N. within five years of the application date. If the bachelor’s degree is older than five years, the minimum QPA required is 2.6. Evidence of course work in statistics and research methodology and design is also required. Applicants also must meet the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Additional admission requirements for registered nurses licensed outside the United States, its territories, or Canada are available from the Department of Nursing.

    Program Requirements

    Graduate Nursing Core

    NURS 610 Health Promotion and Social Issues 3 cr.
    NURS 614 Health Policy 3 cr.
    NURS 619 Leadership Strategies in Nursing 3 cr.
    NURS 622 The Practice of Nursing Research I 3 cr.
    NURS 623 The Practice of Nursing Research II 3 cr.
    NURS 628 Advanced Professional Role Development 3 cr.
    ----- *Elective  

    Administration Track Courses 

    NURS 729 Nursing Administration 3 cr.
    NURS 730 Financial Management in Health Care 3 cr.
    NURS 731 Nursing Administration Practicum I 3 cr.
    NURS 732 Nursing Administration Practicum II 3 cr.

    Nursing Education Track Courses

    NURS 722 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 cr.
    NURS 723 Program Development in Nursing Education 3 cr.
    NURS 725 Teaching Strategies for Nursing Curricula 3 cr.
    NURS 743 Nursing Education Practicum 3 cr.

    *Students in both tracks may choose electives from IUP courses that are appropriate for their needs and interests as they work toward meeting the program objectives. Advisors will approve elective choices. Three credits of NURS 795 Thesis may be substituted for electives. Students who choose the thesis option may graduate with more than the required 36 credits.

    Culminating Activity

    As a program requirement, all students will develop a comprehensive portfolio project according to guidelines provided by the faculty.