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Purpose

The purpose of the master's program in nursing is to prepare nurses for advanced practice as nurse practitioners 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.

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/Executive credentialing – Based on the graduates' positions in their organizations and years of experience, graduates may be 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 for Nursing Leadership.

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 Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC).

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/PGC specialty tracks below admit students once annually.

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

The MSN specialty tracks below admit students twice annually.

MSN/PGC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Nurse Leader/Executive and Women's Health NP September 1 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

Various Graduate Statistics 13
NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP4
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING3
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT 23
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE 21
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS3
Total Credit Hours17

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.

Specialty Track Choices

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 605ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 14
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 13
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 13
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE 11
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 13
NRSG 620ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) I3
NRSG 622ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE: DIAGNOSTICS AND THERAPEUTICS3
NRSG 624ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) II3
NRSG 626ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE HEALTH PROBLEMS I3
NRSG 628ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) III3
NRSG 631ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM3
NRSG 635ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE HEALTH PROBLEMS II3
Total Credit Hours48

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

Note the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care specialty revised its plan of study this year. Students who enrolled in Fall 2020 will complete a 48-credit plan of study; students who enrolled in Fall 2019 will complete a 47-credit plan of study.

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 605ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 14
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 13
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 13
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE 11
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 13
NRSG 610ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICUM I2
NRSG 619ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICUM II3
NRSG 621ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I2
NRSG 623ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICUM III3
NRSG 625ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE II3
NRSG 627ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV4
NRSG 629ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE III3
NRSG 632ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE IV1
Total Credit Hours48

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 605ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 14
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 13
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 13
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE1
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 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 FAMILIES1-5
Total Credit Hours45-49

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 605ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 14
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 13
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 13
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE 11
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 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 CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM1-5
Total Credit Hours44-48

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 605ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 14
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 13
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 13
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE 11
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 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 CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM1-5
NRSG 688SPECIAL TOPICS (CLINICAL) IN ACUTE CARE NURSING6
UI NURS 6400+ (Pediatric Acute Care I)3
UI NURS 6401+ (PEDIATRIC ACUTE CARE II)3
Total Credit Hours56-60

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 605ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 14
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 13
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 13
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE 11
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 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 Hours47

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 605ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 14
NRSG 606APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 13
NRSG 607ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL REASONING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 13
NRSG 608TRANSITION TO NURSE PRACTITIONER PRACTICE1
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 13
NRSG 676ADVANCED PRACTICE WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE I2
NRSG 677ADVANCED PRACTICE WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE II3
NRSG 678ADVANCED PRACTICE WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE III2
NRSG 679ADVANCED PRACTICE WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE CLINICAL14
Total Credit Hours48

 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 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS 13
NRSG 651HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY3
NRSG 652ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS4
NRSG 653ANALYZING ISSUES IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION3
NRSG 654INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATICS3
NRSG 655FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS3
NRSG 656DEVELOPING SYSTEMS AND INFRASTRUCTURES IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS5
NRSG 657PRACTICUM IN MANAGING AND EVALUATING IN HEALTH CARE5
Total Credit Hours39

MSN/MBA Dual

NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP1-4
NRSG 604HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION3
NRSG 652ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS4
NRSG 651HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY3
NRSG 653ANALYZING ISSUES IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION3
NRSG 656DEVELOPING SYSTEMS AND INFRASTRUCTURES IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS5
NRSG 657PRACTICUM IN MANAGING AND EVALUATING IN HEALTH CARE5
NRSG 658NURSE LEADER/EXECUTIVE CLINICAL PRACTICUM1-11
BSAD 8000 (Business Ethics: Achieving Social Rsponsibility - UNO course)2
BSAD 8040 (Business and Information Technology: Connecting People and Information - UNO course)2
BSAD 8060 (People: Cultivating Skills for Leadership - UNO course)2
BSAD 8110 (Accounting and Financial Fundamentals - UNO course)3
BSAD 8150 (Economics: Essential Concepts for Managers - UNO course)2
BSAD 8210 (Accounting: Decisions & Consequences - UNO course)2
BSAD 8420 (Marketing: Understanding Consumers and Markets - UNO course)2
BSAD 8630 (Finance: Understanding Capital and Cash - UNO course)2
BSAD 8700 (Business Analytics: Making Sense of Data - UNO course)2
BSAD 8720 (Strategic Financial Management - UNO course)2
BSAD 8800 (MBA Project-Focused Capstone - UNO course)2
BSAD 8830 (Strategy: Developing Sustainable Competitive Advantage - UNO course)2
ECON 1200 (An Introduction to the U.S. Economy - UNO course)3

Advanced Nurse Generalist

NRSG 602NURSING SCHOLARSHIP1-4
NRSG 603LEADERSHIP IN NURSING3
NRSG 609HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATIONS3
NRSG 651HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY3
NRSG 652ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS4
NRSG 655FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS3
NRSG 686PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED NURSE GENERALIST2
NRSG 687ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR THE ADVANCED NURSE GENERALIST2
NRSG 690PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED NURSE GENERALIST2
NRSG 692TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES3

These courses are in the Advanced Nurse Generalist track and will be added as they are developed. Numbers subject to change.

NRSG 696 Advanced Patient Centered Care I  2 cr
NRSG 697 Advanced Clinical Application I  3 cr
NRSG 698 Advanced Patient Centered Care II  2 cr
NRSG 699 Advanced Clinical Application II  3-4 cr

Nurse Educator Training

Students may seek the nurse educator training through one of three 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 the 600-level courses; PhD students register for the 800-level courses.

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

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