Masters Program

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Masters Program

Our masters of science in nursing program prepares students for advanced roles in nursing as adult-gerontology nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse educators and nurse administrators. Our MSN graduates are clinical scholars who can integrate the science and art of nursing, articulate the unique contributions of nursing and apply knowledge in dynamic environments.

The master's program at the East Carolina University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the MSN program are prepared to do the following:

  • Integrate theories and research from nursing and related disciplines to guide advanced clinical practice, to administer nursing systems and to influence health policy decisions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to critically test theory-based interventions in practice and to participate in studies, which advance professional practice and expand knowledge.
  • Function independently within an interprofessional framework to provide or direct expert care that is ethical and sensitive to the needs of a culturally diverse population.
  • Exercise nursing leadership in collaboration with professional colleagues to maintain, reformulate or refine systems of health care that are effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of all people.
  • Demonstrate a strong professional identity characterized by a commitment to continued learning, ethical decision making, scholarly work and the capacity to effect desirable changes.
  • Acquire a sufficient knowledge of nursing theory and research on which to base doctoral study in the discipline.
  • Integrate a global health perspective in the development of visionary solutions to health care problems for all citizens but particularly for those in rural underserved areas.

You can download an overview information sheet on the MSN program and MSN concentrations here.

Professional Board Licensure

*All ECU academic programs that may lead to licensure/certification prepare students to sit for licensure/certification in North Carolina. In order to comply with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) and the U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding education at a distance and professional licensure, ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure/certification outside the state of North Carolina. ECU may or may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure/certification outside of the State of North Carolina. ECU highly recommends that you contact the applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure/certification prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure/certification requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state's licensure requirements in order to be eligible for a license/certification.*