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M.S. in Nursing Programs
  • Program options: 5
  • Clinical hours req’d: 500-600
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M.S. in Nursing

You can earn both a master’s degree and post-graduate certification through Fisher’s graduate-level nursing program.

The Wegmans School of Nursing is home to the College's master's degree program in nursing.

Designed for those who have a bachelor's degree in nursing and a current NYS RN license, the graduate-level program features five options:

  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP)
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)

Upon graduation from a master's degree program – either clinical or non-nursing – you may elect to pursue a post-master's certificate in one of the above disciplines as well.

All program options start each fall and spring, except psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which starts in the fall semester only. The program is structured to meet the demands of your busy schedule, with classes offered on weekday evenings.

Program Overview

The curriculum for the nursing master’s program is a mix of academic and clinical coursework.

For the master’s degree, you will be required to complete a minimum number of credit hours of coursework, including one of a capstone class. The credit-hour breakdown for each option is as follows:

  • PCFNP, AGPCNP, AGACNP: 46 course credits, 600 hours of clinical practice
  • PMHNP: 53 course credits, 600 hours of clinical practice
  • AGCNS: 43 course credits, 500 hours of clinical practice

Regardless of your choice of program option, you will take 21 hours worth of "scholarship" and "direct care" cores courses.

The remainder of the course credits will come from classes within your "specialty" clinical core.

Your clinical practice will be conducted in a setting separate from your position of employment.

The post-master's certification programs – four nurse practitioner options and the AGCNS certified nursing specialist certificate – require additional coursework in your selected option area. Additional coursework is determined based on a review of your completed master's coursework.

As a nurse, you realize what you know and what you do make a difference in people's lives. The work is its own reward. It's tremendously challenging, it's never boring, and there's privilege to it. Nursing is not what I do...it's who I am. ”


Dianne Cooney Miner
  • Dianne Cooney Miner
  • Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing