At a time of unprecedented change and challenges in health care, it is increasingly important that nurses provide the vision, talent, and leadership necessary to serve individuals, groups, and communities. The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program, with emphasis in leadership and advanced practice pathways, prepares students to serve as leaders in nursing. The degree provides students with the opportunity to expand their career opportunities.
At SPU, several pathways may be incorporated into the master of science in nursing. Students who focus on roles in education, administration, clinical nurse specialties, the clinical nurse leader, or nurse informatics complete a 49- to 56-credit program designed to be completed in two to three years of study. Students who choose the adult/gerontological or family nurse practitioner pathway, complete a 56- to 59-credit program designed to be completed in two to three years of study. The M.S.N. program integrates theory, research, and evidence to prepare graduates of the highest quality within a Christian worldview. Two certificate programs are also available:
Once all application materials are received, the administrative assistant for the graduate program schedules an admission’s interview for the applicant with the director of the M.S.N. program. During this interview, the applicant is asked to address career objectives, the reasons for seeking a graduate degree, professional and personal strengths, practice experiences, personal values, and why the student is choosing Seattle Pacific University.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM COURSEWORK
Students admitted to the graduate program begin the sequence of core graduate nursing courses during Autumn Quarter. Students take core courses the first year and separate into specialty areas the second or third year of the program. Internship experiences begin after the core courses are completed and continue during the final year of the program of studies.
Students choose to complete either a scholarly clinical project or a thesis. The scholarly clinical project is designed within the context of the three research courses. One or two public presentations of the scholarly project are conducted prior to graduation. Students selecting a thesis register for 3–5 additional thesis credits and work closely with a faculty member and a thesis committee. Click to see courses required for the master of science in nursing; the nurse educator certificate; and for post-master's nurse practitioner certificate preparation.
The general requirements for a master’s degree are consistent with those listed for the University. All courses must be completed within a six-year limit. Prior to completion of the nurse-practitioner pathway, students must achieve a passing grade on the comprehensive exam. The exam is scheduled as part of the final nurse practitioner course.