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 become a change agent to impact the health care disparities experienced by vulnerable populations, provide cutting-edge and cost-effective therapeutic interventions, address global health challenges through strategic use of technology and science, cultivate transformative thinking and diagnostic reasoning, and lead practice-based changes grounded in scientific evidence. 

Our program, which is open to women and men, trains health care leaders who are ready to advance the nursing profession. Our graduates, who are highly sought after by health care system employers, are currently meeting critical community health needs by providing advanced care in primary care clinics, mental health hospitals and clinics, specialty units in hospitals, community-based organizations and many other settings.

In Alverno’s MSN program, you will be guided by five program outcomes and required to demonstrate these abilities throughout your coursework as well as your career. To earn an Alverno MSN you will be expected to:

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

We offer the following advanced practice nursing MSN degree programs:

  • The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program will prepare you to provide advanced care to infants across the spectrum, from premature neonates to infants up to two years of age. You will complete 45 credits in theory and clinical practicum courses, including 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in primary care, specialty newborn care units, and level II-IV neonatal intensive care units. Courses are offered online, except for one on-campus NNP procedures workshop.

  • The Dual Adult-Gerontology Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will prepare you to provide advanced primary and acute care to adults, from adolescents to the elderly. You will complete 50 credits in theory, advanced clinical procedures, and clinical practicum courses, including 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practice in primary care (600 hours) and acute/critical care settings (600 hours), thereby expanding your scope of practice and increasing your employability. Completion of the dual-track program requires only one semester more of full-time study than either the AGPCNP or AGACNP program alone. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for dual national certification as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

  • The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program will prepare you to provide advanced acute care to adults, from adolescents to the elderly. The stabilization of patients with multiple complex health problems and prevention of complications through high-quality, cost-effective inter-professional team management is emphasized. You will complete 41 credits in theory, advanced clinical procedures, and clinical practicum courses, including 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in acute and/or critical care settings.
  • The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program will prepare you to provide advanced primary care to adults, from adolescents to the elderly. Advanced health promotion, disease prevention, and high-quality, cost-effective management of episodic and chronic health problems are emphasized. You will complete 39 credits in theory and clinical practicum courses, including 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in primary care settings.

  • The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program will prepare you to provide advanced care across the age continuum from illness to wellness and from acute care to primary care. Clinical nurse specialists are leaders and facilitators of change, coordinators of specialized care, and implementers of evidence-based care within and between organizations to facilitate quality improvement, patient safety, and lower health care costs. You will complete 39 credits in theory and clinical practicum courses, including 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in specialty care settings.  

  • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program will prepare you to work in the community and to care for patients across the life span, treating common acute and chronic illnesses. Working in primary care settings, FNPs provide high-quality, patient-centered health care to a broad range of consumers. You will complete 39 credits in theory and clinical practicum courses, including 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in primary care settings.

  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program will prepare you to provide advanced comprehensive mental health care for individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan with psychiatric disorders. You will complete 42 credits in theory and clinical practicum courses, including 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in psychiatric and mental health care settings.

At the completion of your MSN program, you will be eligible to apply for national certification in your advanced practice specialty and state-sanctioned prescriptive authority.

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

If you have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, consider one of our post-master’s certificate programs. Depending on your prior master’s coursework, in as few as three semesters you can advance your career in one of the following advanced practice nurse roles:

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

With a post-master’s certificate from Alverno, you will be eligible to apply for national certification in your advanced practice specialty and state-sanctioned prescriptive authority.