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Graduate Degrees

Research College of Nursing offers 6 graduate tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership, Clinical Nurse Leader, and RN-MSN. The graduate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner track prepares the adult gerontology primary care NP to provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population. The adult-gerontology primary care NP applies evidence in proactive designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes. The program of study requires each student to complete 43 credit hours. Graduates of the AGNP track are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner certification examination. The curriculum for this track is based upon the MSN core courses.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner student, you will be exposed to a variety of settings and age groups. Experiences will take place alongside a Nurse Practitioner or Physician in community health clinics, school-based clinics, family practice and rural settings.

The Family Nurse Practitioner track, is 45 credit hours and offered on a part-time basis. Seventeen (17) of the hours are offered on-line and the track also includes 660 clinical practicum hours.  Graduates will be eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  A curriculum plan can be found by visiting the Graduate Program Requirements section of our catalog on-line.

The Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership (EPHL) track is designed for nurses interested in leadership and management roles in health care delivery systems. The track is 35 credit hours and includes 360 practicum hours. The EPHL track can be completed totally on-line. A Post Master’s certificate is available to those with a previous MSN degree. A curriculum plan can be found in our Graduate Program Requirements catalog.

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track is a generalist prepared at the Master’s degree level. The track is 40 credit hours and includes 360 practicum hours. CNL’s are responsible for the lateral integration of bedside care. The CNL student received specialized training to apply evidence based care within a clinical microsystem and cares for a specific cohort of patients. Graduates of this track are qualified to sit for the CNL certification exam. A curriculum plan can be found in our Graduate Program Requirements catalog.

The RN-MSN program is designed for associate degree or diploma nurses who desire to continue their education toward a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing; students in the RN-MSN track do not earn a bachelor’s degree. Students are admitted as graduate students and may focus on the Nurse Educator, Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership, or Clinical Nurse Leader track.  The program allows the transfer courses to meet pre-requisites and some upper division nursing coursework.  Much of the coursework at Research College of Nursing is completed online.

The Nurse Educator track is designed to meet the needs of current and potential nurse educators in academic or healthcare settings to develop and refine their practice as teachers of students, clients and/or employees. The program includes the MSN core courses, clinically focused advanced practice nursing core courses, and educationally focused courses. Students will be prepared with a strong clinical foundation as well as theory and practice in the role of the nurse educator in a focused area.  Graduates of this track are eligible to sit for the NLN certification examination for Nurse Educators.

Student apply on-line through the NursingCAS website at