M.S. Curriculum

Specialized knowledge in nursing can improve patient outcomes — and your credibility.

Across the country, nursing students are choosing to specialize their career in nursing. Why? Because, just like you, they’re passionate about what they do and desire the benefits that go along with an advanced nursing degree, such as greater autonomy, increased earning potential and more opportunities to position themselves as leaders in the highly competitive field of health care.

Every nurse has their own reasons for joining the field, so as you continue your career in the sprawling health care field, remember yours; thinking about why you chose to become a nurse and what motivates you to become an even better one by advancing your education.

Earn your specialized Master of Science with a Major in Nursing degree online with UND and impact entire generations with your expert-level knowledge.

You can gain the skills to:

  • Integrate theories, research and experiential knowledge into advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate advanced practice nursing skills consistent with AACN and NONPF’s Scope and Standards of Practice
  • Manage the patient population in a complex health care delivery system
  • Contribute to the development of advanced practice nursing through evidence-based practice, leadership, policy and education
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to provide high-quality health care

Use our Tuition Calculator to estimate your tuition and fees.

“The rigorous, high-quality courses were challenging, yet achievable, and have enhanced my ability to create innovative and effective pedagogical approaches to teach students and patients effectively across the lifespan.”

— Jessica Stadick, Ph.D., R.N., P.H.N.

Common Courses - 22 credits

NURS 500 Theories and Concepts in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 502 Evidence for Practice 3 Credits
NURS 505 Advanced Pharmacology 3 Credits
NURS 522 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 523 Health Promotion 3 Credits
NURS 526 Ethical, Legal and Health Policy Issues 2 Credits
NURS 585 Advanced Health Assessment 3 Credits
NURS 997 Independent Study / Scholarly Project 2 Credits

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - 25 credits

NURS 541 Illness Management - Adult Gerontology I 3 Credits
NURS 543 Illness Management - Adult Gerontology II 3 Credits
NURS 544 Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care 2 Credits
NURS 545 Care of Frail Older Adults 3 Credits
NURS 553 Role Development of the NP 2 Credits
NURS 597A Advanced Clinical Practicum I 4 Credits
NURS 597B Advanced Clinical Practicum II 4 Credits
NURS 597C Advanced Clinical Practicum III 4 Credits

Family Nurse Practitioner - 27 credits

NURS 532 Family Centered Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 534 Management of Health Conditions in Primary Care I 3 Credits
NURS 540 Management of Health Conditions in Primary Care II 3 Credits
NURS 544 Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care 2 Credits
NURS 553 Role Development of the NP 2 Credits
NURS 559 Maternal and Child Health in Primary Care 2 Credits
NURS 597A Advanced Clinical Practicum I 4 Credits
NURS 597B Advanced Clinical Practicum II 4 Credits
NURS 597C Advanced Clinical Practicum III 4 Credits

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - 27 credits

NURS 538 Psych Diagnostic Reasoning 2 Credits
NURS 553 Role Development of the NP 2 Credits
NURS 564 Psychopharmacology 2 Credits
NURS 583 Individual Therapy 2 Credits
NURS 584 Group and Family Therapies 3 Credits
NURS 588 Management of Psychopathology I 2 Credits
NURS 589 Management of Psychopathology II 2 Credits
NURS 597A Advanced Clinical Practicum I 4 Credits
NURS 597B Advanced Clinical Practicum II 4 Credits
NURS 597C Advanced Clinical Practicum III 4 Credits

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