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If you want to become a nurse practitioner, you’ll need a Master of Science in Nursing in order to practice. Nurse practitioners can prescribe medications, diagnose conditions, and provide treatment, all while still being focused on patient care. A Master of Science in Nursing can also prepare you for roles in healthcare administration and leadership, teaching, and doctoral school. If you’re looking to advance in your career in health care, getting a Master of Science in Nursing is the way to do it.
At the Mount, you can choose from two tracks in the Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.
Here’s what makes our Master of Science in Nursing program unique:
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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing at Mount Saint Mary College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Learn more about our accreditation here.
46 credits | 625-675 hours of precepted clinical practice
Learn about Master of Science in Nursing academic requirements and courses here.
As a Master of Science in Nursing student, you’ll begin the program with five courses designed to prepare all future nurse practitioners. After that, you will take 33-36 credits in your track, either Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. You’ll benefit from the real world experience of our faculty, all of whom are RNs with years of clinical expertise.
Throughout these courses, you’ll participate in clinical practice, with the opportunity to pick your own preceptor. Additionally, opportunities for research are integrated into the curriculum to help you advance your knowledge of the field and contribute to it.
You’ll conclude your time in the program with a White Coat ceremony, where you’ll be honored for your accomplishments and receive the white coat that distinguishes the nurse practitioner profession.
Students are generally able to complete the program within 2.5 years, but it can be taken at your own pace to fit your schedule. 90% of our Master of Science in Nursing students complete the program within four years.
With a Master of Science in Nursing, you’ll be prepared to take on the role of nurse practitioner, a highly-sought after candidate in the healthcare industry today. Additionally, you’ll also have the training necessary to begin doctoral school, teach, or take on administrative or leadership roles within the healthcare field.
Here’s how some of our Master of Science in Nursing alumni are using their degrees: