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Graduate Nursing: MSN

Joann McGrath School of Nursing Graduate Program

An Alverno College graduate degree is not just another credential, but a relevant and rewarding experience that you can apply in your career and your life. Rather than merely learning information, you will be challenged to use what you're learning. Alverno's unique approach focuses on outcomes in which we measure how you perform, not how well you do on a test. Our programs integrate the core skills of your profession into every course. And our approach focuses on relevant, experiential, active learning that replicates professional or real-world scenarios.

You will get individualized feedback from faculty with relevant work experience. We have internationally recognized teaching methods and outstanding faculty known for their rigorous academic standards, their integration of theory into practice and emphasis on strong ethics and core values. Throughout our program, you will benefit from all those who preceded you - graduates and professionals who have helped create a demand throughout Milwaukee and across the country specifically for Alverno-trained individuals.

Alverno's master's programs are attended by a diverse group of motivated, passionate women and men who also want to learn from one another in a challenging but rewarding environment - one that duplicates the real world.

As much as we are about helping you achieve your individual power, we are about the power of collaboration and a strong community. Our curriculum is based on interpersonal skills and building leaders who don't stand alone, but engage with others. Our class structure is built to facilitate on-the-job situations that teach from experience. And our rich, diverse community encourages a global perspective. In other words, our goal is to help you become a well-rounded, sought-after professional whose experience is expanded and deepened.

We also know that you lead a very busy life and your time is precious. That's why Alverno offers its master's degrees in nursing in an every-other weekend schedule, eight weekends a semester. Faculty members are accessible because they understand the challenges of your busy lifestyle. You will find that although an Alverno graduate degree is rigorous, it is also reasonable, accommodating and highly rewarding.

Lastly, we recognize that our students are professionals, with experiences that should count for something. We challenge you to bring your experiences into the classroom, engage with your colleagues, and participate in building a rich, learning environment.

 Graduate Nursing Programs Available

Masters of Science in Nursing Post Master's Certificates  Doctorate in Nursing Practice

MSN-Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

MSN-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

MSN-Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Nurse Educator (NE)


Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP)

Graduate Nursing Program Learning Outcomes 

The outcomes of the graduate curriculum are that the graduate will:

 Graduate Nursing Program Leaders


Karin Wasiullah DNP, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C

Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing Studies



Joanne Archer MSN, RN, APRN BC-ADM

Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Coordinator



Luanne Wielichowski MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

Professor, FNP Program Director



Richardo Broach MS, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, APNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director




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  • Nursing Inquiry
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Advanced Practice Roles & Theory
  • Ethics in Advanced Practice
  • Population-based Health
  • Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Health & Physical Assessment
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Capstone 1
  • Capstone 2

Additional courses for cns

  • Theory & Practicum 1: Individuals & Populations
  • Theory & Practicum 2: Program Development and Evaluation
  • Theory & Practicum 3: Leadership for Systems Improvement

Additional courses for FNP

  • Theory & Practicum 1: Advanced Primary Care Management of Middle-Aged & Older Adults
  • Theory & Practicum 2: Advanced Primary Care Management of Women & Children
  • Theory & Practicum 3: Advanced Primary Care Management of Vulnerable Populations

Additional courses for pmhnp

  • Helping Relations
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Theory & Practicum 1: Advanced Mental Health Management of Adults
  • Theory & Practicum 2: Advanced Mental Health Management of Children, Adolescents & Geriatric Populations
  • Theory & Practicum 3: Advanced Mental Health Management of the Seriously Ill and Substance Addicted Populations



Alverno is fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the only agency devoted exclusively to accrediting baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education. Alverno has been granted the maximum 10-year accreditation period, extending from December 2009 through December 2019.


The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing is also approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. Alverno College maintains continuous accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.