Nursing - MS

Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities

1) Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of patient care across diverse settings.


Organizational and Systems Leadership

2) Utilizes organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care.


Quality Improvement and Safety

3) Applies methods, tools, performance measures and standards related to quality improvement and safety within organizations.

Translating and Integrating Scholarship and Practice

4) Participates as a change agent in translating and integrating scholarship and evidence into practice settings to optimize quality patient outcomes.

Informatics and Healthcare Technologies

5) Utilizes patient-centered and communication technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver, and enhance health care.

Health Policy and Advocacy

6) Intervenes at the system level through the policy development processes and employing advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.

Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient Care

7) Participates, consults, communicates and collaborates as a member and leader of interprofessional teams to manage and coordinate care.

Clinical Prevention and Population Health

8) Applies and integrates broad organizational, client-centered, culturally appropriate concepts in planning, delivery, managing, and evaluating evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations.

Master's Level Nursing Practice

9) Provides competent evidence based advance-practice nursing care as a family nurse practitioner to diverse individuals, families, and groups and manages health and illness across the continuum of care and across the lifespan.

Practices According to the Healer's Art

10) Provides care in a compassionae manner that respects, protects, and enhances spiritual integrity, human dignity, cultural diversity, and demonstrates the Healer's art.

The master of science degree program emphasizes clinical expertise and includes nursing theories and concepts as well as extensive clinical experience. Practice based on the best evidence is an important component of the program, and students are required to write a thesis, develop an innovative clinical project, or complete a scholarly evidence-based paper of a relevant clinical problem.  

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours:
    59-62 (depending on culminating writing experience selection): minimum 53-56 course work hours plus 6 thesis (Nurs 699R) or project (Nurs 698R) hours; or a scholarly evidence-based paper (Nurs 623, 631).
  • Required courses:
    Nurs 555, 600, 601, 603, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 619, 621, 622, 624, 625, 626, 628, 630, 632, 635R; 698R or 699R; or 623, 631.
  • Electives: determined in consultation with graduate committee.
  • Thesis/Project or a scholarly evidence-based paper.
  • Examination: oral defense of thesis or project.
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December 1
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Additional Requirements:
  1. Interview
  2. Resume
  3. Impromptu essay
  4. Current RN licensure in good standing in Utah
  5. Basic statistics course
  6. Access to a car
  7. BS in Nursing
  8. Completed an undergraduate pathophysiology course
Required Tests: GRE
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