Master’s-degree program goals
(Informed by American Association for Colleges of Nursing Master’s Essentials)

  1. Apply leadership skills to transform health care.
  2. Utilize multiple interprofessional and interdisciplinary perspectives to work and communicate as teams.
  3. Apply nursing science to improve health and reshape health systems through transformative research with an emphasis on aging, rural health and diverse communities.
  4. Practice cultural inclusiveness in research, practice, leadership and community engagement.
  5. Create engaged and interactive approaches to nursing education, research and practice using innovative technology.

Expected student aggregate outcomes for the master’s degree

  • At least 80 percent of master’s-degree students will graduate on time (within two years).

  • Students will be satisfied (average score of 3.5 on a 5-point Likert scale) with their education program as measured by the end-of-program survey.
  • 90 percent of graduates will find employment in a health care setting.
  • 100 percent of graduates will demonstrate competency through their culminating experience (thesis or comprehensive exam).

Family nurse practitioner track: expected aggregate student outcomes
(informed by National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (NTF) National Organization of Nurse Practitioners (NONP))

  • 90 percent of family nurse practitioner students will pass the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Exam or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Exam on the first attempt.

  • 90 percent of family nurse practitioner graduates will find employment in a health care setting.
  • 50 percent of family nurse practitioner graduates will practice in medically underserved areas (MUAs) or health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).
  • 75 percent of nurse practitioner graduates will practice in a primary care setting.