The Master of Science in Nursing Program is offered by Kaplan University to registered nurses who wish to earn credentials required to successfully pursue career advancement in administrative, faculty or staff development roles through online study. The program offers a balanced core curriculum plus specialized courses, a practicum experience, a required evidence-based project proposal, and up-to-date information and techniques. These are all intended to maximize students’ learning opportunities to prepare them to occupy management-level and advanced-practice positions.
The master’s program is offered in various specializations including Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Informatics. The Specializations in Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Informatics are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) while the remaining specializations have yet to be reviewed for accreditation by CCNE. All programs offered by Kaplan University are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The chosen specialization can provide the required expertise to succeed in the competitive healthcare field because of the specific knowledge and skills offered by each. Students will have to complete Core Courses regardless of chosen specialization. Core Courses include Advanced Nursing Roles, Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing, Advanced Statistics for the Health Science, Inquiry and the Evidence-Based Practice, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Diverse Community, Ethical and Legal Perspective of the Healthcare Delivery System.
Total program length is sixty-three (63) or ninety (90) credit hours depending on the preferred specialization. Applicants must have a current, unrestricted license as registered nurse in the state of residence.