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Graduate Nursing: MSN

JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate Program

Alverno's teaching approach focuses on outcomes in which we measure how you perform, not how well you do on a test. Our Master of Science in Nursing program integrates 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.

We also know that you lead a very busy life and your time is precious. That's why Alverno offers its master's degree 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.

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 Graduate Nursing Programs

Masters Post Master's Certificates  Doctorate
  • MSN-Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • MSN-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • MSN-Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • MSN-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP)

Graduate Nursing Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  • Exhibit mastery of communication skills in multiple modes to build crucial inter-professional team relationships that promote collaboration to ensure safe and effective outcomes.
  • Provide holistic, patient-focused, evidence-based care in the role of an advanced practice nurse.
  • Evaluate and apply informatics using current and evolving technology to facilitate and enhance optimal clinical care and organizational decision-making.
  • Skillfully engage in collaborative and trans-disciplinary leadership to (re)construct strategies for innovative and transformative change in complex healthcare settings.
  • Synthesize current and emerging science and theory to design ethical and cost-effective approaches to care that consider the uniqueness of individuals, families, communities and populations.

 Graduate Nursing Program Leaders

 

Diane Duffy PhD RN, Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing Studies

diane.duffy@alverno.edu, 414-382-6275

Karen Hartje DNP RN NP-BC APNP, Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program Director

karen.hartje@alverno.edu, 414-382-6280

Joann Archer, Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Coordinator

joanne.archer@alverno.edu, 414-382-6482

Luanne Wielichowski, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director

luanne.wielichowski@alverno.edu, 414-382-6285

Rebecca Sobanski, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director

Rebecca.sobanski@alverno.edu, 414-382-6497

Patti Varga PhD RN CNE, Degree Completion Program Director

patti.varga@alverno.edu, 414-382-6303

 

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MSN CURRICULUM

CORE COURSES (CNS, FNP, PMHNP)

  • 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

 

 Accreditation

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.

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The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions 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.

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