Joann McGrath School of Nursing 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
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.
Graduate Nursing Programs
||Post Master's Certificates
- 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)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
- 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
- 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
Graduate Nursing Program Leaders
Karin Wasiullah, Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing Studies
Joann Archer, Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Coordinator
Luanne Wielichowski, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director
Rebecca Sobanski, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director