In an effort to meet the exceptional demands on health care practitioners,
Salisbury University's Department of Nursing provides a rigorous, science-based
preparation for advanced nursing practice. Students who have an undergraduate
nursing degree and who are licensed as a registered nurse can earn the M.S. in
nursing as a clinical nurse educator or
health care leader from a program that fosters
Taught by distinguished full-time faculty who
practice what they teach, classes are
conveniently scheduled for evenings
and many in a hybrid format (online &
face-to-face), and offer
close faculty-student working relationships.
Faculty advisors assist each student to design a
personalized progression plan and to identify
and encourage learning experiences that are
responsive to student interests and learning
The time required for
students to earn their degree
varies depending on the
number of courses a student enrolls in during
each semester. Graduates of
Salisbury University's Master's in Nursing programs are in demand and valued for
their expertise and contributions.
The graduate program in the Department of
Nursing is accredited by the Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education and is proud to
have educated many of the nursing leaders of the
mid-Atlantic region and to continue professional
relationships with many SU graduates.
Core Graduate Nursing Courses
for Master's Degrees
All graduate nursing students must complete a core of
courses that prepares them for evidence-based advanced
nursing practice. Core courses include:
Research NURS 542
Research NURS 544
- Completion of a
final cumulative project: Capstone,
or Thesis, or Internship.
Capstone Project Guidelines
Clinical Nurse Educator
The Clinical Nurse
Educator track prepares graduate nurses for
positions in education in
colleges/universities or health care settings.
In addition, to the core courses, students in
this track take advanced pathophysiology
and either advanced health assessment or
pharmacotherapeutics. Beginning in Fall 2012
all three courses will be required. Students will also
complete courses in college teaching, technology
use in health care education and a clinical
nurse educator practicum. Graduates of this
track are eligible to take the National League
for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
Health Care Leadership Track*
Advanced practice in health care leadership prepares
graduate nurses to assume positions of leadership in a
variety of health care settings. In addition to
the core graduate nursing courses, students in the
health care leadership track will also take courses in
health care systems, health care informatics, management
and leadership theory and practice and an elective.
Graduates of this track with the required administrative
experience will be eligible to sit for the American
Nurses’ Credentialing Center exam in advanced nursing
*This track is offered as
a cohort program with a minimum of 10 students,
starting in the fall semester only.
Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse
Practitioner track prepares students for
advanced certification as Family Nurse
Practitioners. In addition to the core courses,
students in this track complete courses in
advanced human physiology, advanced health
assessment, family nursing,
pharmacotherapeutics, adult health care
management, women's and children's health care
management, and issues in advanced nursing
practice. Graduates of this track are eligible
to take the certification exam offered by the
American Nurses' Credentialing Center or the
American Academy of Nurses Practitioners.
Prospective students must apply
online to the
University for admission to graduate study.
Specific admission requirements for
the Department of Nursing include:
Acceptance to graduate study by
Submission of an official transcript to the
Department of Nursing validating graduation from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited baccalaureate
degree program in nursing.
Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point
average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate
program. Applicants with otherwise strong
applications but a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0
may be considered.
Submission to the Department of Nursing of a 1-2
page narrative describing academic and professional
Submission to the Department of Nursing of a current
Submission to the Department of Nursing of two
academic or professional references addressing
potential for graduate study in nursing.
Submission to the Department of Nursing of evidence
of current RN licensure in
Maryland or the state where you are practicing.
For international students, demonstration of
proficiency in the English language.
Additional University requirements for admission of
international students must be met.
Completion of a personal interview with the Director
of Graduate and Second Degree Programs or a
member of the Graduate Program Committee.
After acceptance into
the nursing program and prior to beginning any courses students
Department of Nursing health requirements.
Provide evidence of current CPR
certification, and evidence of current RN license in
Maryland or state where you are practicing.
Provide a 2x2" passport photo for
their permanent department file.
Graduate Nursing Curriculum Guides:
Application Materials for Master's:
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