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Do you have a passion for helping others, saving lives, and promoting health? Do you desire to teach others or develop leadership skills?

The College of Nursing at East Carolina University offers a master of science in nursing degree with specialty concentrations in clinical nurse specialist, nursing leadership, nursing education, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and nurse anesthesia. Post-master’s certificate options are also available.

The master of science in nursing program prepares graduates for advanced practice nursing and for leadership roles in a variety of community based or acute care provider agencies. The MSN program offers seven concentrations:

Part-time study is available. Certificate programs are available for post-master's study in selected areas.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; phone 202-887-6791.

The nurse midwifery concentration is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) formerly called the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone 240-485-1802, fax 240-485-1818.

The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068; telephone 847-692-7050.

ECU Advantage

East Carolina University (ECU) College of Nursing has been named a Center of Excellence for 2011–2015 by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 out of 72 master’s programs in the country. Many of our courses are o line.

The College of Nursing is part of the health sciences division, which houses the Brody School of Medicine including basic sciences. We are located next to Vidant Medical Center, a magnet designated hospital serving 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. We offer many opportunities for interprofessional education, practice and research. A master of science in nursing degree prepares you for a variety of career choices and prepares you to enter the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) or doctorate of philosophy in nursing (PhD) also offered in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Robin Webb Corbett (3185-A Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6462; corbettr@ecu.edu)

Contact Information by Concentration Area:

 

The master of science in nursing program prepares graduates for advanced practice nursing and for leadership roles in a variety of community based or acute care provider agencies. The MSN program offers eight concentrations:

Part-time study is available. Certificate programs are available for post-master's study in selected areas.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; phone 202-887-6791.

The nurse midwifery concentration is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) formerly called the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone 240-485-1802, fax 240-485-1818.

The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068; telephone 847-692-7050.

Admission

Admission to the master of science in nursing degree program requires the student to meet the minimum admission requirements for graduate study as established by the university and the following requirements established by the College of Nursing.

Due to the high demand of courses by our enrolled MSN students, the College of Nursing will not enroll nondegree graduate students at this time. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for full admission as soon as possible in order to be eligible for all College of Nursing course offerings.

Applicants for the nurse midwifery concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year RN experience (labor and delivery preferred), demonstrate a commitment to practice with under-served populations, and one of the references should be from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant's nursing practice. Midwifery applications for the MSN degree are only accepted in the fall for spring enrollment. The deadline for applications is October 15th. Applicants for the post masters certificate in midwifery may apply in both the fall and spring. The application deadline for spring enrollment is October 15th and the application deadline for fall enrollment is March 15th.

Applicants for the nurse anesthesia concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one-year adult critical care experience, completion of a supplemental nurse anesthesia admissions packet, a total of five professional references (two on forms provided in nurse anesthesia admissions packet), and an interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee. The application deadline for the nurse anesthesia concentration is May 31.

Applicants for the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year of current practice experience and provide one of the three references from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant's nursing practice.

Completed applications for the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist concentration will be considered for fall and spring admission.

Applications for the neonatal clinical nurse specialist concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have two years of current practice experience and provide one of the three references from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant's nursing practice.

Applicants for the neonatal nurse practitioner concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have the equivalent of 2 years of full-time clinical practice experience (within the last 5 years) as a registered nurse (RN) in the care of critically ill neonates or infants in critical care inpatient settings is required before a student begins clinical courses. Students may enroll in preclinical courses while obtaining the necessary practice experience and provide a third reference from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant's nursing practice.

Applicants may take core courses while gaining the required RN experience for admission into selected concentrations.

Completed applications will be considered as they are received, with the exception of adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, and nurse-midwifery.

Applicants for the nursing education, nursing leadership, and adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist concentrations must have a minimum of one year RN experience prior to enrolling in specialty courses.

Applicants for the nursing leadership concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must provide a third reference from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant's nursing practice.

    Program Prerequisites

    A course in statistics with a grade of C or higher and basic computer skills with both applications software and the Internet are prerequisites for all concentrations. A course in basic accounting is a prerequisite for the nursing leadership concentration.

      Graduate Student Progression Procedure

      Students are required to earn a grade of "B" or above in the courses listed below. A student earning a grade below a "B" in any of these courses will have his/her program of study terminated.

        Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

        NURS 6959, NURS 6960, NURS 6961, NURS 6962, NURS 6989,  NURS 6993 

          Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

          NURS 6417, NURS 6418, NURS 6419, NURS 6420, NURS 6422, NURS 6959, NURS 6960, NURS 6961, NURS 6962, NURS 6993 

            Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

            NURS 6417, NURS 6418, NURS 6419, NURS 6420, NURS 6421, NURS 6422, NURS 6423, NURS 6424, NURS 6425, NURS 6993

              Nurse Anesthesia

              NURS 6811, NURS 6814, NURS 6815, NURS 6816, NURS 6819, NURS 6820, NURS 6821, NURS 6822, NURS 6823, NURS 6824, NURS 6993

                Nurse Midwifery

                NURS 6112, NURS 6113, NURS 6115, NURS 6116, NURS 6117, NURS 6119, NURS 6993

                  Nursing Education

                  NURS 6903, NURS 6904, NURS 6905, NURS 6908, NURS 6909, NURS 6993

                    Nursing Leadership

                    NURS 6977, NURS 6978, NURS 6993

                      Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

                      NURS 6993, NURS 7501, NURS 7502, NURS 7510, NURS 7511, NURS 7520, NURS 7521, NURS 7530, NURS 7531

                      Degree Requirements

                      Depending upon the concentration area chosen within the degree program, the master of science in nursing requires 37-69 s.h. as follows. Concentrations are clustered as administrative, clinical, and education.

                        Administrative:
                          Clinical:
                            Education:
                              Requirements:
                                1. Common core - 13 s.h.
                                • NURS 6080 - Theory for the Practice of Advanced Nursing
                                • NURS 6081 - Research for the Practice of Advanced Nursing
                                • NURS 6082 - Influencing Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Policy
                                • NURS 6083 - Healthcare, Finance, and Economics
                                • NURS 6993 - Advanced Nursing Synthesis
                                2. Cluster core - 9-20 s.h.

                                (Choose appropriate cluster for concentration.)

                                  Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - 12 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6050 - Human Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6208 - Concepts of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6610 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6611 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist - 12 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6208 - Concepts of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6417 - Developmental Physiology for Advanced Practice Nurses Across the Lifespan
                                  • NURS 6418 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan
                                  • NURS 6419 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan
                                  Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - 9 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6417 - Developmental Physiology for Advanced Practice Nurses Across the Lifespan
                                  • NURS 6418 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan
                                  • NURS 6419 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan
                                  Nurse Anesthesia - 20 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6610 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6810 - Human Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists
                                  • NURS 6811 - Anesthesia Pharmacology
                                  • NURS 6813 - Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia
                                  • PTHE 8008 - Gross Anatomy
                                  Nurse Midwifery - 9 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6050 - Human Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6610 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6611 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  Nursing Education - 9 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6050 - Human Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6610 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6611 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  Nursing Leadership - 10 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6971 - Health Policy, Law, and Regulation
                                  • NURS 6973 - Management of Human Resources and Professional Relationships in Health Systems
                                  • NURS 6974 - Financial Management and Decision-making in Nursing Leadership
                                  • NURS 6986 - Analytical Foundations of Nursing Leadership
                                  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - 12 s.h.
                                  • NURS 6050 - Human Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6208 - Concepts of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6610 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                  • NURS 6611 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                3. Concentration area - 15-36 s.h.

                                (Choose one area.)

                                  Administrative - 19 s.h.
                                    Nursing Leadership – Acute Care Health Systems - 19 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6977 - Nursing Leadership Practicum I
                                    • NURS 6978 - Nursing Leadership Practicum II
                                    • NURS 6983 - Administrative and Organizational Theory and Ethics: Applications in Nursing and Health Systems
                                    • NURS 6984 - Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                    • NURS 6985 - Management of Clinical Services Delivery and Outcomes
                                    • 3 s.h. electives
                                    Nursing Leadership – Community Based Health Systems - 19 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6310 - Advanced Community Health Nursing I
                                    • NURS 6311 - Advanced Community Health Nursing II
                                    • NURS 6977 - Nursing Leadership Practicum I
                                    • NURS 6978 - Nursing Leadership Practicum II
                                    • NURS 6983 - Administrative and Organizational Theory and Ethics: Applications in Nursing and Health Systems
                                    • NURS 6984 - Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice
                                    Nursing Leadership – Educational Health Systems - 19 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6903 - Curriculum Development in Nursing
                                    • NURS 6904 - Educational Concepts, Theories, and Strategies in Nursing
                                    • NURS 6909 - Evaluation in Nursing Education
                                    • NURS 6977 - Nursing Leadership Practicum I
                                    • NURS 6978 - Nursing Leadership Practicum II
                                    • NURS 6983 - Administrative and Organizational Theory and Ethics: Applications in Nursing and Health Systems
                                  Clinical - 18-36 s.h.
                                    Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - 18 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6959 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Theory and Role Development
                                    • NURS 6960 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I
                                    • NURS 6961 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II
                                    • NURS 6962 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum III
                                    • NURS 6989 - Clinical Practice for the CNS Across the Adult Lifespan
                                    • 3 s.h. elective clinical specialty courses
                                    Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist - 18 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6420 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing: Research and Theory I
                                    • NURS 6422 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing: Research and Theory II
                                    • NURS 6959 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Theory and Role Development
                                    • NURS 6960 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I
                                    • NURS 6961 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II
                                    • NURS 6962 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum III
                                    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - 20 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6420 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing: Research and Theory I
                                    • NURS 6421 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum I
                                    • NURS 6422 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing: Research and Theory II
                                    • NURS 6423 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum II
                                    • NURS 6424 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing: Research and Theory III
                                    • NURS 6425 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum III
                                    Nurse Anesthesia - 36 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6805 - Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I
                                    • NURS 6806 - Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists II
                                    • NURS 6812 - Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia
                                    • NURS 6814 - Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia
                                    • NURS 6815 - Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I
                                    • NURS 6816 - Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II
                                    • NURS 6817 - Clinical Correlations I
                                    • NURS 6818 - Clinical Correlations II
                                    • NURS 6819 - Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia I
                                    • NURS 6820 - Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia II
                                    • NURS 6821 - Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia III
                                    • NURS 6822 - Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia IV
                                    • NURS 6823 - Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia V
                                    • NURS 6824 - Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III
                                    Nurse Midwifery - 31 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6109 - Introductory Nurse Midwifery Professional Roles and Issues
                                    • NURS 6110 - Reproductive Physiology
                                    • NURS 6112 - Nurse-Midwifery Management: Well Women Care
                                    • NURS 6113 - Nurse-Midwifery Management: Antepartal Care
                                    • NURS 6115 - Nurse-Midwifery Management: Intrapartal Care
                                    • NURS 6116 - Nurse-Midwifery Management: Postpartal Care and Neonatal Care
                                    • NURS 6117 - Nurse-Midwifery Management: Integration Practicum
                                    • NURS 6118 - Integration of Nurse-Midwifery Professional Roles and Issues
                                    • NURS 6119 - Nurse-Midwifery Management: Introduction to Primary Care for Well Women
                                    Nursing Education - 15 s.h.
                                    • NURS 6903 - Curriculum Development in Nursing
                                    • NURS 6904 - Educational Concepts, Theories, and Strategies in Nursing
                                    • NURS 6905 - Nursing Education Role Practicum I
                                    • NURS 6909 - Evaluation in Nursing Education
                                    • 3 s.h. elective or cognate
                                    Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - 18 s.h.
                                    • NURS 7501 - Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology in Advanced Nursing Practice
                                    • NURS 7502 - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role Development
                                    • NURS 7510 - Psychotherapeutic Interventions and Treatment of Couples, Families and Groups in Advanced Nursing Practice
                                    • NURS 7511 - Advanced Nursing Practice Practicum and Supervision with Couples, Families and Groups
                                    • NURS 7520 - Diagnosis, Disease Management and Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Adults and Older Adults in Advanced Nursing Practice
                                    • NURS 7521 - Advanced Nursing Practice Practicum and Supervision with Adults and Older Adults
                                    • NURS 7530 - Diagnosis, Disease Management and Psychotherapeutic Treatment in Children, Families and Special Populations
                                    • NURS 7531 - Advanced Nursing Practice Practicum and Supervision in Children, Families and Special Populations
                                4. Students in the nursing education concentration who have limited teaching experience may be required to take
                                • NURS 6908 - Nursing Education Role Practicum II
                                5. Students in the nursing leadership concentration who have limited finance experience may be required to take
                                • NURS 6987 - Budgeting and Decision Making in Healthcare
                              Note:

                              Enrollment is necessary for continued research advisement. A comprehensive assessment is required for graduation for all MSN degree-seeking students.

                              For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

                              Careers With This Degree

                              Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

                              • Registered Nurses
                              • Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
                              • Health and Human Services
                              • Medical and Health Services Managers
                              • Nursing Administration
                              • Education and Training

                              Career Opportunities

                              ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

                              NC Tower

                              This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

                              • Self-employed;
                              • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
                              • Work outside of North Carolina.

                              US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

                              This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

                              Degree-specific internships

                              For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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