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

“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 500Theories & Concepts in Nursing3 Credits
NURS 502Evidence for Practice3 Credits
NURS 505Advanced Pharmacology3 Credits
NURS 522Advanced Pathophysiology3 Credits
NURS 523Health Promotion3 Credits
NURS 526Ethical, Legal and Health Policy Issues2 Credits
NURS 585Advanced Health Assessment3 Credits
NURS 997Independent Study / Scholarly Project2 Credits

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - 25 credits

NURS 541Illness Management - Adult Gerontology I3 Credits
NURS 543Illness Management - Adult Gerontology II3 Credits
NURS 544Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care2 Credits
NURS 545Care of Frail Older Adults3 Credits
NURS 553Role Development of the NP2 Credits
NURS 597AAdvanced Clinical Practicum I4 Credits
NURS 597BAdvanced Clinical Practicum II4 Credits
NURS 597CAdvanced Clinical Practicum III4 Credits

Family Nurse Practitioner - 27 credits

NURS 532Family Centered Advanced Practice Nursing3 Credits
NURS 534Management of Health Conditions, Primary Care I3 Credits
NURS 540Management of Health Conditions, Primary Care II3 Credits
NURS 544Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care2 Credits
NURS 553Role Development of the NP2 Credits
NURS 559Maternal and Child Health in Primary Care2 Credits
NURS 597AAdvanced Clinical Practicum I4 Credits
NURS 597BAdvanced Clinical Practicum II4 Credits
NURS 597CAdvanced Clinical Practicum III4 Credits

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - 27 credits

NURS 538Psych Diagnostic Reasoning2 Credits
NURS 553Role Development of the NP2 Credits
NURS 564Psychopharmacology2 Credits
NURS 583Individual Therapy2 Credits
NURS 584Group & Family Therapies3 Credits
NURS 588Management of Psychopathology I2 Credits
NURS 589Management of Psychopathology II2 Credits
NURS 597AAdvanced Clinical Practicum I4 Credits
NURS 597BAdvanced Clinical Practicum II4 Credits
NURS 597CAdvanced Clinical Practicum III4 Credits

Nurse Educator - 16 credits

NURS 509Foundations of Nursing Education3 Credits
NURS 536Advanced Nurse Educator Practice of Health Promotion2 Credits
NURS 566Curriculum Development3 Credits
NURS 567Teaching Methodologies3 Credits
NURS 568Teaching Practicum2 Credits
NURS 569Assessment & Evaluation3 Credits