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Master of Science in Nursing

You have a passion for helping others. This is one thing you need to do for yourself.

As a student in Alverno's Master of Science in Nursing program, you will build crucial inter-professional team relationships; provide holistic, patient-focused, evidence-based care; contruct strategies for change in health-care environments; and approach care and fiscal responsibilites without sacrificing quality of care.

Alverno has been helping people like you advance the profession of nursing for more than 80 years.

Open to men and women, we offer four tracks to choose from within the MSN program:

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) prepares you to work with the whole population, from infants to the elderly. The program requires 200 hours of practicum per semester. After completing the FNP program, you may be eligible for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP) you will take your career to a whole new level, providing primary care to those with mental health disorders through your advanced clinical practice. The program, which is 42 credits, requires 200 practicum hours per semester. After completing the PMHNP program, you may be eligible for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) track uses an integrated curriculum focusing on the new demands of an aging population. For this track, 200 practicum hours are required per semester. After completing the CNS/Nurse Educator program, you may be eligible for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) clinical nurse specialist exam in Adult Health.

The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) track prepares you for advanced practice with adults and older adults in primary care settings. Students are required to complete 200 practicum hours per semester.

Our MSN graduates feel confident in a range of career options from leading change in a healthcare facility, teaching in a variety of settings - including undergraduate, master's and community-based programs - to seeing patients, making clinical decisions and diagnoses, and prescribing medications.

Our program gives you the opportunity for an in-depth study of advanced practice nursing with today’s complex health care systems; the nature of human development in social, cultural and practical or experiential contexts; and the processes of practice-based inquiry.

Post-Master's Programs

For those students who have already earned their Master of Science in Nursing degree, we offer a Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

In Alverno’s MSN program, you will be guided by five program outcomes, or abilities, that you will be required to demonstrate throughout your coursework and throughout your career.

In order to earn an Alverno MSN you will be expected to:

  • Assume leadership
  • Collaborate with, coordinate and manage
  • Communicate effectively
  • Integrate nursing science and learning theory
  • Synthesize inquiry processes and learning approaches
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