M.S. in Nursing Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing offers five areas of study/practice/role development. No matter which program you choose, you will complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of core coursework, including either a master's project or thesis. Courses are offered weekday evenings.

M.S. in Nursing


Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current M.S. in Nursing program information including requirements and course descriptions.


Scholarship Core Courses

  • GNUR 503 - Foundations in Nursing Research (3)
  • GNUR 504 - Evidenced-based Research in Nursing (3)
  • GNUR 505 - Family Health for Advance Practice Nurses (2)
  • GNUR 506 - Population Health and Epidemiology (2)
  • GNUR 507 - Health Policy (2)
  • GNUR 508 - Healthcare Delivery Systems (2)
  • GNUR 509 - Professional & Systems Leadership (3)
  • Choose one of:
    • GNUR 558/559 - Capstone I and II (4) -OR-
    • GNUR 694/695 - Comprehensive Exam I and II (4)

Direct Core Courses

  • GNUR 543 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • GNUR 570 - Pharmacology (3)
  • GNUR 571 - Diagnostic Reasoning (3)

Specialty Clinical Core

Choose from the following:

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP)

In additional to Scholarship and Direct Care Core courses, students in the PCFNP program take the following Clinical Core:

  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 576 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Women (3)
  • GNUR 577 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Children (3)
  • GNUR 584 - Diagnosis and Management for Adults - FNP Seminar (1) (150)
  • GNUR 585 - Diagnosis and Management for Older Adults - FNP Seminar (1) (150)
  • GNUR 586 - Diagnosis and Management for Women - FNP Seminar (1) (150)
  • GNUR 587 - Diagnosis and Management for Pediatric Patients - FNP Seminar (1) (150)

Graduates are eligible for New York State certification as a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner and national, professional certification.

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

In additional to Scholarship and Direct Care Core courses, students in the AGPCNP program take the following Clinical Core:

  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 642 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar I (1) (150)
  • GNUR 644 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar II (1) (150)
  • GNUR 646 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar III (1) (150)
  • GNUR 648 - AGPCNP Primary Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar IV (1) (150)
  • GNUR 669 - Complex Care of Chronically Ill Adult (3)
  • GNUR 699 - Issues in Acute Care (3)

Graduates are eligible for New York State certification as an Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and national, professional certification.

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

In additional to Scholarship and Direct Care Core courses, students in the AGACNP program take the following Clinical Core:

  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 641 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar I (1) (150)
  • GNUR 643 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar II (1) (150)
  • GNUR 645 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar III (1) (150)
  • GNUR 647 - AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis & Management Seminar IV (1) (150)
  • GNUR 669 - Complex Care of Chronically Ill Adult (3)
  • GNUR 699 - Issues in Acute Care (3)

Graduates are eligible for New York State certification as a Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and national, professional certification.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

In additional to Scholarship and Direct Care Core courses, students in the PMHNP program take the following Clinical Core:

  • GNUR 513 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum I: Trauma-informed Assessment & Intervention (1) (150)
  • GNUR 514 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum II: Evidence-based Treatment Modalities (1) (150)
  • GNUR 515 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum III: Interactive Management of Complex Co-morbidities (1) (150)
  • GNUR 516 - PMHNP Clinical Practicum IV: Advanced Strategies for At-risk Populations (1) (150)
  • GNUR 520 - Foundations of Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice (3)
  • GNUR 521 - Advanced Neuropsychiatric Assessment & Intervention (2)
  • GNUR 522 - Advanced Psychopharmacology (2)
  • GNUR 523 - Advanced Concepts in Psychotherapy with Individuals, Groups & Families (3)
  • GNUR 524 - Advanced Concepts in Health Integration (3)
  • GNUR 544 - Psychopathology & Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GNUR 545 - Advanced Concepts in Child & Adolescent Mental Health (3)

Graduates are eligible for New York State certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and national, professional certification.

Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)

In additional to Scholarship and Direct Care Core courses, students in the AGCNS program take the following Clinical Core:

  • GNUR 566 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Older Adults (3)
  • GNUR 567 - Advanced Concepts in the Care of Adults (3)
  • GNUR 632 - Adult Applications of the Spheres of Influence CNS Seminar (1) (125)
  • GNUR 639 - Older Adult Applications of the Spheres of Influence CNS Seminar (1) (125)
  • GNUR 688 - Synthesis CNS Practicum (1) (125)
  • GNUR 689 - Synthesis of the Spheres of Influence CNS Seminar (1) (125)
  • GNUR 699 - Issues in Acute Care (3)

Post-Master's Certificates

Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nurses who hold a master's degree in nursing or a non-clinical master's degree* and wish to become Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists may obtain the CNS Certificate. The post-master's program requires the student to complete coursework in the Clinical Nurse Specialist program. Students who have already completed a master's program in nursing may be eligible for course waivers at the discretion of the program director.** Upon completion of this variable-credit program, the nurse will be eligible for certification as a CNS in New York State and national professional CNS certification.

*Students with a non-nursing master's degree may need to take additional courses from the core.
**Required courses will be based on the individual's program review.

All Nurse Practitioner Programs

The post-master's programs require the student to complete coursework in the selected program. Students who have already completed a master's program (either NP or non-NP) in nursing may be eligible for course waivers at the discretion of the program director. Upon completion of this variable-credit program, the nurse will be eligible for certification in the selected NP role in New York State and national professional NP certification.*

*Required courses will be based on the individual's program review.

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