Nurse Practitioner:
Family, Adult/Gerontology

Master of Science in Nursing

About this Program

Application deadlines:

  • March 1st for Fall admission
  • September 1st for Spring admission (New Castle only)

Only completed application packets will be considered.

For admission to College of Health Professions, all international graduate nursing students who do not have a RN license in the United States are required to take and receive a passing score on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Exam. The CGFNS Qualifying Examination is a prerequisite for admission to the Graduate Division. The examination is required by the state of Delaware and many others prior to taking the Registered Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX). The registration deadlines for these exams are several months prior to their administration. Early application is essential. Application materials may be requested from:

CGFNS
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19014-2651 USA
Phone: (215) 349-8767
Website: www.CGFNS.org

Program Purpose

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program is designed to prepare professional nurses for roles in advanced practice. The curriculum emphasizes the relationships among advanced nursing practice, theory, and scholarly inquiry. Nurses educated at the graduate level demonstrate competency in the roles of advanced caregiver, leader, teacher, and participant in and/or conductor of research. Nurses prepared at the graduate level also have the opportunity to influence health policy and to practice with a high level of autonomy in a variety of settings.

Program Competencies

Through completion of the Master of Science in Nursing program, graduates will:

  1. Promote the art of nursing by valuing the unique relationships among people, which create meaning and preserve human dignity;
  2. Synthesize theoretical, experiential, and research knowledge as the scientific basis for advanced nursing practice;
  3. Use the ethical and legal standards recognized by the nursing profession to guide advanced nursing practice;
  4. Implement knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research to improve nursing practice by evaluating published research, applying findings to practice, and participating in research activities;
  5. Incorporate findings from teaching/learning theories and research to educate individuals and groups;
  6. Implement knowledge of health policy, financial aspects of health care, and the organization of health delivery systems to influence continuous improvement in health care;
  7. Fulfill a leadership role in advanced nursing practice through effective collaboration, client and peer advocacy, sensitivity to diversity, and ongoing participation in professional organizations;
  8. Negotiate an appropriate role for advanced nursing practice in the context of a dynamic health care system;
  9. Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication abilities;
  10. Demonstrate the ability to access, use, and evaluate information and information technologies.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

All students are required to have prerequisite knowledge of statistics. If the student has not completed a course in statistics with a grade of "C" or better, he or she will be required to complete statistics prior to consideration for degree candidacy (completion of 12 credits). The following course is appropriate:

MAT 308 Available Online  Fundamentals of Statistics

Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

Program Design

These concentrations emphasize the direct caregiver role while combining nursing and related theory, advanced nursing practice, and scholarly inquiry. Nurses prepared as nurse practitioners have advanced health assessment skills; the ability to determine, implement, and evaluate a plan of health care; and the ability to implement strategies aimed at both health promotion and health restoration. The student’s experience culminates with a capstone/scholarly paper or a primary care experience.

The nurse practitioner concentrations are designed to meet the standards for advanced registered nurse practice established by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The course of study adheres to criteria for accreditation established by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Several courses contain laboratory and/or clinical experiences in conjunction with the classroom experience. Selected courses have an associated fee. In order to participate in clinical experiences, students will need to show verification of current cardiopulmonary certification and registered nurse licensure for the state in which the clinical experience occurs. The University, under a group policy, carries professional liability insurance coverage for students. Students are encouraged to maintain separate RN professional liability insurance coverage, but this is not required.

The program is to be completed within a five year time frame. However, students who miss more than one year of study are required to repeat select courses due to the nature of the material.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.