The Department of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Nursing. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas, listed below. Those completing the program will be designated as either a Family Clinical Nurse Specialist (by selecting an emphasis in either Family Health Education or Family Health Administration) or as a Family Nurse Practitioner depending upon their choice of emphasis. Graduates are eligible for national certification examinations and to apply to the Kansas State Board of Nursing for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) status upon completion of their degree.
- Family Health Education
- Family Health Administration
- Family Nurse Practitioner
Options available for the degree include:
- Option I: Thesis
- This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.
- Option II: Research Problem
- This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.
- Option III: Course Work
- This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.
Admission to this graduate degree program requires:
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited nursing school
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Departmental application
- Current registered nurse license
- Three letters of reference
- 18 months of work experience required (for Family Nurse Practitioner track)