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AVAILABLE ONLINE

This program is available fully online, providing an opportunity for those whose schedule and/or distance from FDU campuses would otherwise limit their options.

Program Outline

The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum is designed to prepare students to become advanced practice nurses with advanced knowledge and clinical experience in diagnosing and treating common medical conditions.

The program prepares individuals in the following specialties:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Administrators
  • Nurse Information System Specialists [Best Nursing Informatics Programs In 2020]

Individuals holding an MSN degree may earn a Post-Master’s Certificate in the following:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Information Systems [Best Nursing Informatics Programs In 2020]

Admission requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited BSN program
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • NJ Registered Nurse licensure
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Courses in statistics and nursing research at the undergraduate level
  • A course in health assessment is required for all nurse practitioner tracks and strongly recommended for non-clinical tracks.
  • Personal interview may be required
  • A minimum of 1-year clinical nursing experience

NOTE: Additional requirements apply for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program

  • Personal interview by the Psychiatric Mental Health faculty
  • ANCC Psych Mental Health RN certification
  • Pretest to determine psychiatric nursing knowledge with a grade of 80
  • One year of acute inpatient psychiatric experience

Nursing core degree requirements, 8 credits

All students must take the core.

  • NURS6600 Intro. to Adv. Nursing Philosophies, Theories, Roles & Issues (3 credits)
  • NURS7820 Translate Research/Evidence Base Practice(5 credits)

Degree plan for clinical tracks

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (30 credits) [Offered also at Florham]
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Administrative focus (38 credits)
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Education focus (39 credits)
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Forensic focus (42 credits)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (37 credits)
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (39 credits) [Offered also at Florham]

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, 30 credits, 555 clinical hours

(offered also at Florham)

Graduates of adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner examination (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Practice, 22 credits

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum
  • NURS6682 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I
  • NURS6683 Adv Nursing: Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7735 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II
  • NURS7736 Adv Nursing: Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7759 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III
  • NURS7760 Adv Nursing: Primary Care III: Practicum

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Administration focus, 38 credits, 555 clinical hours

Graduates of the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field. Students select a role specialization in education or administration (9 credits)

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Practice, 22 credits

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum
  • NURS6682 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I
  • NURS6683 Adv Nursing: Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7735 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II
  • NURS7736 Adv Nursing: Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7759 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III
  • NURS7760 Adv Nursing: Primary Care III: Practicum

Role Specialization: Administration, 8 credits

  • MGMT 5012 Management
  • MGMT 6012 Leadership
  • MKTG 5012 Marketing
  • ENTR 6012 Entrepreneurship

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Education focus, 39 credits, 555 clinical hours

Graduates of the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field. Students select a role specialization in education

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Practice, 22 credits

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum
  • NURS6682 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I
  • NURS6683 Adv Nursing: Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7735 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II
  • NURS7736 Adv Nursing: Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7759 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III
  • NURS7760 Adv Nursing: Primary Care III: Practicum

Role Specialization: Education, 9 credits

Choose three courses:

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Forensic focus, 42 credits, 555 clinical hours

Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified as an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner with a Forensics specialization.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Practice, 22 credits

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum
  • NURS6682 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I
  • NURS6683 Adv Nursing: Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7735 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II
  • NURS7736 Adv Nursing: Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7759 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III
  • NURS7760 Adv Nursing: Primary Care III: Practicum

Forensics Nursing Specialization, 12 credits

(other courses available)

  • CRIM7065 Crime/Victimology/Social Justice
  • CRIM6005 Advanced Criminological Theory
  • CRIM7020 Ethics, Politics and Justice
  • PSYC6231 Psych Bases of Criminal Behavior

Family Nurse Practitioner, 37 credits, 650 clinical hours

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients across the lifespan with a wide variety of illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing MSN degree and are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Practice (29 credits)

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6682 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I
  • NURS6683 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I Practicum
  • NURS7735 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II
  • NURS7736 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II Practicum
  • NURS7794 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I
  • NURS7795 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7810 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II
  • NURS7811 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7812 Family Systems

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 39 credits, 555 clinical hours

(offered also at Florham)

As a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, graduates will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of mental illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner exam (ANCC) to become certified in the field.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Specialized Advanced Nursing Practice: 31 credits

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6701 Psychopharmacology
  • NURS7812 Family Systems
  • NURS6501 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory I: Families and Children
  • NURS6502 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory I: Practicum
  • NURS6503 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory II: Adults
  • NURS6504 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory II: Practicum
  • NURS6505 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory III: Geriatrics
  • NURS6506 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory III: Practicum

Degree plan for nonclinical tracks

  • Nurse Educator, 35 credits
  • Nursing Information Systems, 32 credits
  • Nursing Administration, 32 credits

Nurse Educator, 35 credits, 120 clinical practicum hours

The Nurse Educator MSN program prepares nurses as teachers in collegiate programs, in associate or bachelor’s degree nursing education.  Students acquire knowledge and skills in teaching and direct patient care, that enables them to work effectively with students, patients and consumers.  Students complete a preceptor teaching practicum that is individually tailored to student goals and exposes them to all aspects of the faculty academic and clinical teaching role.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Educator Role, 27 credits

Nursing Information Systems, 32 credits, 90 practicum hours

The Nursing Information Systems Specialist is able to combine her/his knowledge of computer science, information science and nursing science to assist in the management and process of nursing data, information and knowledge to support nursing practice and to improve the delivery of nursing care.

FDU Master of Science in Nursing program with a specialization in Nursing Information Systems ranked Best Nursing Informatics Programs In 2020 (Online & On-Campus).

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Nursing Information Systems Specialization, 12 credits

Support Courses, 9 credits, select 3 courses

  • CSCI 5505 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CSCI 5525 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSCI 5535 Survey of Computer Security
  • CSCI 5555 Data Structures (pre-requisite CSCI 5505)
  • CSCI 6623 Database Systems (pre-requisite CSCI 5505)
  • CSCI 6720 Management Information Systems (prerequisite CSCI 5525)
  • CSCI 6731 Computer Networks (pre-requisites: CSCI 5505 and CSCI 5525)

Elective Courses, 3 credits, select 1 course

  • NURS 7600 Nursing Leadership Experience
  • NURS 7602 Evidence-based Practice Experience
  • NURS 7705 Education and Learning Theory
  • NURS 7706 Teaching Strategies for the Learning Environment
  • NURS 7746 Practicum in Nursing Informatics II
  • NURS 7771 Seminar in Nursing Education

Nursing Administration, 32 credits, 120 practicum hours

The Master of Science in Nursing Administration is designed to prepare leaders of administrative teams in hospitals, clinics or other healthcare organizations who will influence and implement institutional policies during this period of healthcare reform, restructuring and changes affecting patient outcomes.

Students who completed another master’s degree cannot transfer any courses in to complete this master’s degree.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Courses, 10 credits

Nursing Information Systems Courses, 6 credits

  • NURS6640 Nursing Information Systems & Applications
  • NURS7741 Project Management

MBA Courses, choose 6 credits

  • MGMT5012 Foundations of Management
  • MGMT6012 Org Behavior and Leadership (prerequisite MGMT5012)
  • MKTG5012 Principles of Marketing
  • ENTR6012 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CCNE Accredited“The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).”

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