School of Nursing

Master's Program Objectives

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Program Outcomes

By the end of the advanced practice registered nurse program, the graduate will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced practice clinical decision making, utilizing critical thinking grounded in the sciences and humanities, to interpret patient and diagnostic test data and formulate differential diagnoses and a plan of care for patients in their population foci. (Competency:* 1; Essential:** 1, 9)

2. Implement effective strategies for engaging individuals from selected client populations in health promotion and maintenance. (Competency: 9; Essential: 8, 9)

3. Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally evidence-based, ethical, quality care in and across health care settings. (Competency: 2, 3, 6,7, 8, 9; Essential: 2, 6, 7)

4. Analyze socio-cultural, spiritual, economic, legal, and political issues that influence and lead to the highest level of nursing practice. (Competency: 4,6,7; Essential: 1, 4, 8 )

5. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate, and engage in collaborative intra and inter-professional relationships efforts, to develop and implement policies to improve health care delivery and outcomes. (Competency 2, 7; Essential: 6, 7)

6. Demonstrate leadership and effective management strategies for advanced practice, including proficiency in the use of information technology/technology resources to support practice and ensure continuity of patient care. (Competency 2, 5; Essential: 2, 5)

7. Translate research into practice through activities that reflect critical appraisal of existing evidence, development of evidence-based practice, and evaluation of outcomes (Competency 1, 3, 4; Essential: 1, 3, 4, 9)

*Competency refers to:
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). (2012). Nurse practitioner core competencies. Washington, DC: NONPH

**Essentials refer to:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2011). The essentials of master’s education in nursing. Washington, DC: AACN 


Master’s in Nursing: Education Program Outcomes

By the end of the Master’s in Education program, the graduate will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of nursing, other sciences, humanities, and education theory, and integrates this knowledge to facilitate learning and improve nursing care across diverse settings (Essentials*: 1, 9; NLN Core Competency**: 1).

2. Demonstrate teaching effectiveness in the application of quality principles, in health care and nursing education, to improve patient outcomes. (Essential 3: NLN Core Competency: 6)

3. Demonstrate leadership skills to shape and implement change in practice and education systems. (Essential: 2; NLN Competency: 2).

4. Create learning experiences which support cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development. (Essential: 9; NLN Competency: 2).

5. Demonstrate the ability to formally and informally assess and evaluate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning. (Essential: 9; NLN Competency: 3).

6. Utilize technology in the teaching-learning process to support delivery of high quality and safe patient care. (Essentials: 3, 5; NLN Competency: 1).

7. Synthesize broad ecological, global, epidemiological, cultural, and social determinants of health in order to integrate evidence-based population principles into the nursing curricula (Essentials: 1, 4, 8; NLN Core Competency: 4).

8. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and engage in collaborative intra and inter-professional relationships at the systems level to develop and implement policies to influence health, health care outcomes, and innovative education practices. (Essentials: 6, 7; NLN Core Competencies: 5, 8)

9. Translate research into practice through critical appraisal of existing evidence to: resolve education and practice problems; develop evidence-based teaching, assessment and evaluation practices; and disseminate results. (Essentials: 1,4; NLN Core Competencies: 1, 3, 7)

* Essentials refer to:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2011). The essentials of master’s education in nursing. Washington, DC: AACN 

**NLN Core Competencies refer to

National League for Nursing (NLN). (2005). Core competencies of nurse educators. Washington,