MS Core, Specialty & Elective Courses

MS Core courses

  • Nursing 7403:  Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • Nursing 7483:  Quality Improvement and Informatics (3)
  • Nursing 7491:  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span (3)
  • Nursing 7500:  Health Policy and Advocacy (2)
  • Nursing 7780:  Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship (3)

Specialty courses


  • Nursing 7302:  Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate (3)
  • Nursing 7330:  Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment (4)
  • Nursing 7410:  Advanced Health Assessment (3)


  • Nursing 7300:  Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of the High-Risk Neonate I (5)
  • Nursing 7301:  Developmental Physiology and Pathophysiology of the High-Risk Neonate II (3)
  • Nursing 7450:  Pathophysiology of Altered Health States (5)


  • Nursing 7231: Advanced Pharmacology for the CNL (3)
  • Nursing 7303:  Advanced Newborn/Infant Pharmacology (3)         
  • Nursing 7470:  Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing (4)


Each specialty requires a certain number of precepted clinical hours along with a didactic lecture component in order to fulfill the practicum requirements of the certifying bodies.  Individual specialty information can be found on the specialty-specific pages of the M.S. in Nursing Handbook.

The clinical credit hour to precepted clinical hour ratio is as follows:
1 clinical credit hour = 37.5 precepted clinical hours
2 clinical credit hours = 75 precepted clinical hours
3 clinical credit hours = 112.5 precepted clinical hours
4 clinical credit hours = 150 precepted clinical hours
5 clinical credit hours = 187.5 precepted clinical hours
6 clinical credit hours = 225 precepted clinical hours
7 clinical credit hours = 262.5 precepted clinical hours
8 clinical credit hours = 300 precepted clinical hours
9 clinical credit hours = 337.5 precepted clinical hours
10 clinical credit hours = 375 precepted clinical hours

Additional courses are required in some specialties.  See specialty curriculum.


Elective courses

There are numerous elective courses in Nursing that students may take.  Students are also encouraged to take courses in other disciplines as consistent with an approved plan of study.  Coursework may be taken in diverse areas such as anthropology, biological sciences, business administration, economics, education, exercise physiology, human development and family science, health administration, preventive medicine, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.  Students should check the Course Offerings Bulletin and consult with their advisor.


For more information regarding course descriptions or credits, please visit the course catalog.