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Purpose

The purpose of the master's program in nursing is to prepare nurses for advanced practice as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, or nurse administrators. The master's program in nursing is dedicated to meeting the advanced practice nursing needs of the citizens of Nebraska and the region through excellence in graduate education. The College of Nursing is committed to preparing advanced practice nurse leaders who are recognized for their scholarship, practice, and professional standards. The outcomes and competencies presented here are representative of the core competencies of graduates. Specialty specific expectations may be found in other documents.

Outcomes and Competencies

Outcome I

Advanced practice nurses work collaboratively within the health care system to promote client health, provide prevention management and improve client outcomes.

Competencies. The advanced practice nurse:

  1. Translates knowledge, theories, models, and research from nursing and related disciplines in the implementation of evidenced-based nursing practice.
  2. Evaluates, uses, and/or develops information, and knowledge resources for use in delivery, and/or coordination of care in diverse settings for individuals, families, communities and population aggregates.
  3. Uses advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, evidenced-based interventions, and evaluation skills for improving client health outcomes and changing health system issues.
  4. Generates clinical prevention interventions for promotion of health changing behaviors in individuals, families, communities and population aggregates.
  5. Integrates principles of ethics, genetics/genomics, interpersonal processes, cultural diversity, and respect for human beings into their advanced practice.
  6. Analyzes consumer healthcare needs through examination of interrelationships of demographics, major social health care problems, health disparities, regulatory requirements, and economic health care polices.

Outcome II

Advanced practice nurses are leaders for the discipline and are responsive to current and emerging issues facing nursing and healthcare.

Competencies. The advanced practice nurse:

  1. Serves as a leader to facilitate improvement in client outcomes and health care systems.
  2. Values personal integrity and growth in self and others as an essential element in effective leadership within professional nursing organizations and the health care system.
  3. Design system changes to impact the delivery of health care for nurses in advanced practice.
  4. Builds networks and effectively communicates (electronic, written and oral) with the interdisciplinary health care team, professional colleagues, community leaders, and policy makers.
  5. Supports quality, evidenced-based safe and cost-effective health care.
  6. Applies knowledge from economics and business to understand how health care is financed and organized.
  7. Advocates for health care policy change to influences the health care system and nursing practice.
  8. Supports quality health care by adhering to professional standards and leading by example.
  9. Applies knowledge from economics and business to understand how health care is financed and organized nationally, state wide, and locally.
  10. Understands the health care policy development process and how it influences the health system and nursing practice.

Outcome III

Advanced practice nurses translate and disseminate research outcomes to advance nursing knowledge, and practice, and direct solutions to nursing and health system problems.

Competencies. The advanced practice nurse:

  1. Critically appraises research and synthesizes research and practice evidence.
  2. Analyzes the relevance of research outcomes for clinical and health system and integrates them into advanced practice.
  3. Applies research outcomes to improve practice outcomes within the practice setting.
  4. Employs electronic and emerging technology to access, process, and disseminate information in order to improve health outcomes.

Specialty track choices

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Nurse Leader / Executive
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Pediatric Primary & Acute Care NP (Dual)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NP
  • Women's Health NP

Nurse Practitioner credentialing – Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; from the National Certification Corporation for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner; and from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, and Family Nurse Practitioner; and from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board  for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Nurse Leader/Administrator/Executive credentialing – Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Leader/Administrator/Executive board certification examination in this specialty from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Nurse Educator courses are optional and can be taken concurrently with any specialty track above or with one of the doctoral programs. All specialties listed above, with the exception of the Nurse Leader/Executive track, are also available as a Postmaster's Certificate (PMC).

Admission Requirements

Following receipt of the completed application from NursingCAS and a complete set of transcripts from all educational institutions attended, designated faculty within each specialty area evaluate, interview, and select applicants and recommend them to the professional graduate committee of the College of Nursing for admission. Admission is competitive and capacity is limited. Applicants with strong educational backgrounds are considered first. See the Admission Policies for Master's Degree policy (5.3.3) in the Student Policies section for details.

Admission Key Dates

These MSN/PMC specialty tracks below admit students once annually.

MSN/PMC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Adult-Gerontological NP October 15 February 1 August
Family NP October 15 February 1 August
Pediatric NP October 15 February 1 August
Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP October 15 February 1 August

The MSN specialty tracks below admit students twice annually.

MSN/PMC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Nurse Leader/Executive and Women's Health NP October 15 February 1 August
Nurse Leader/Executive and Women's Health NP April 1 August 1 January

Curriculum Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Nursing

Required Core Courses

All MSN students must satisfy these core requirements as part of their chosen specialty track plan of study

NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP4
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING3
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION3
Various Graduate Statistics 13
Total Credit Hours16

Specialty Tracks

The following information regarding Specialty Tracks is accurate at the time of publication, but is subject to change.

Below are the programs of study for each specialty. Required MSN core courses are included and are noted with a 1 to the right.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 605PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I3
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES3
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 615ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN III: TRANSITIONAL CARE OF ADULTS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS2
NRSG 616ADULT-GERONTOLOGY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT, RISK MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION1
NRSG 695ACUTE CARE DIAGNOSTICS AND THERAPEUTICS1
NRSG 618ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN II: ACUTE AND EPISODIC ADULT HEALTH PROBLEMS2
NRSG 620ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) I3
NRSG 624ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) II3
NRSG 628ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) III5
NRSG 631ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM3
NRSG 633ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN IV: ADULT-GERIATRIC SYNDROMES2
Total Credit Hours47

NP credentialing - Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in this specialty.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 605PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I3
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES3
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 615ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN III: TRANSITIONAL CARE OF ADULTS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS2
NRSG 616ADULT-GERONTOLOGY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT, RISK MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION1
NRSG 617ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN I: COMMON ADULT HEALTH PROBLEMS1
NRSG 618ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN II: ACUTE AND EPISODIC ADULT HEALTH PROBLEMS2
NRSG 619ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) I3
NRSG 623ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) II3
NRSG 627ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) III5
NRSG 630ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM3
NRSG 633ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN IV: ADULT-GERIATRIC SYNDROMES2
Total Credit Hours47

NP credentialing - Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in this specialty. 

Family Nurse Practitioner

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 605PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I3
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES3
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 637HEALTH PROMOTION IN PRIMARY CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES5
NRSG 638PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF YOUNG FAMILIES6
NRSG 639PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF OLDER FAMILIES6
NRSG 640ADVANCED PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF FAMILIES6
Total Credit Hours48

NP credentialing - Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in this specialty. 

Pediatrics Primary Care NP

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 605PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I3
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES3
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 671PRIMARY CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH5
NRSG 672PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN II: ACUTE HEALTH PROBLEMS5
NRSG 673PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN III: CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS6
NRSG 684ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM6
Total Credit Hours47

NP credentialing - Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in this specialty. 

Pediatrics Primary and Acute Care NP

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 605PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I3
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES3
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 671PRIMARY CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH5
NRSG 672PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN II: ACUTE HEALTH PROBLEMS5
NRSG 673PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN III: CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS6
NRSG 684ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM6
UI NURS 6400+ (Pediatric Acute Care I)3
UI NURS 6401+ (PEDIATRIC ACUTE CARE II)3
Total Credit Hours53

NP credentialing - Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in this specialty.

+ Indicates courses that are part of a consortium between UNMC, UMKC and University of Iowa

Psychiatric Mental Health NP

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 605PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I3
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES3
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 662COUNSELING MODELS IN ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING3
NRSG 663ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING WITH ADULTS4
NRSG 664ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS4
NRSG 665NEUROSCIENCE PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING2
NRSG 668PRACTICUM IN ADVANCED PSYCHATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING7
Total Credit Hours45

NP credentialing - Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in this specialty. 

Women’s Health NP

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 605PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I3
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES3
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 676PRIMARY CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN WOMEN'S HEALTH4
NRSG 677ACUTE CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN WOMEN6
NRSG 678CHRONIC CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN WOMEN6
NRSG 684ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM6
Total Credit Hours47

 NP credentialing - Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Practitioner board certification exam in this specialty. 

Nurse Leader/Executive

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 14
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 13
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 13
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 13
NRSG 651HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY3
NRSG 652ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS4
NRSG 653ANALYZING ISSUES IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION2
NRSG 654INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATICS3
NRSG 655HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
NRSG 656DEVELOPING SYSTEMS AND INFRASTRUCTURES IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS5
NRSG 657PRACTICUM IN MANAGING AND EVALUATING IN HEALTH CARE5
Total Credit Hours41

Nurse Educator Training

Students may seek the nurse educator training through one of two pathways:

  1. Concurrent preparation as an advanced practice nurse in one of the college's master's programs specialty tracks
  2. Through doctoral level (PhD or DNP) cognates required for students enrolled in the college's doctoral programs
  3. As teacher training for RNs who already have a master's degree

MSN and DNP students register for 600-level courses; PhD students register for 800-level courses.

There are four nurse educator courses for a total of 12 credits.

NRSG 691/891DESIGNING AND EVALUATING LEARNER-CENTERED CURRICULA3
NRSG 692/892TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES3
NRSG 693/893USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE TEACHNG AND LEARNING STRATEGIES3
NRSG 694/894IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EDUCATOR ROLE: PRACTICUM3
Total Credit Hours12