Master of Science in Nursing

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Taking your nursing career to the next level could mean enrolling in a degree program such as Purdue University Global's online Master of Science in Nursing program. Read on for program prerequisites and course requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

After enrolling in the online Master of Science in Nursing program at Purdue University Global, you might have opportunities to learn about health policy, information technology, health care systems and human resources as they pertain to nursing. The program aims to further educate current nursing professionals who want to advance into roles with more challenging duties in the nursing field. You may choose one of five areas of concentration: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Executive Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care and Nurse Educator. The program is designed to help you prepare for certifications in these concentration areas. Depending on the concentration that you choose, you'll have to complete clinical or practicum experiences through which you could be able to demonstrate your theoretical knowledge.

What Are the Prerequisites?

To be a student of the Master of Science in Nursing program at Purdue University Global, you should possess qualities such as compassion and inquisitiveness. You should have a caring nature and be emotionally stable. Applicants to Purdue University Global's master's degree programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete between 60-90 credits to earn the online Master of Science in Nursing program from Purdue University Global. The number of required credits in each of the concentration areas is between 30-60. There are 30 core credits to be earned.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

Course Code Course Title
MN501 Advanced Nursing Roles
MN502 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing
MN504 Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice
MN505 Epidemiology and Health Promotion
MN506 Health Policy, Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System
MN507 Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Health Care Delivery

Concentration Requirements (up to 60 credits)

Choose one of the following concentration areas:
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Executive Leader
Family Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care
Nurse Educator Concentration Courses

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon graduating from Purdue University Global's online Master of Science in Nursing program, you could be ready to pursue a position of leadership in nursing. You might choose to seek out advanced opportunities in hospitals, clinics or other healthcare settings. Selecting one of the program concentration areas could help you to prepare to apply for these corresponding positions:

  • Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner
  • Executive leader
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Primary care and nurse educator

Advanced Degrees

If you envision yourself becoming a nursing scientist, professor, or clinician, you may want to look into nursing doctoral degree programs that could help you prepare for your career. These kinds of programs combine nursing science and health systems and are designed to prepare students for roles as primary health care providers. Once you've earned the Master of Science in Nursing degree from Purdue University Global, you might apply to programs such as:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Ph.D. in Nursing