The Master of Science degree in nursing program at the KU School of Nursing enlarges the focus of nursing, using as its foundation the basic baccalaureate nursing program. The master's program curriculum includes the following components:
Common Core: Nursing courses that provide the core knowledge and skills essential to the nurse practicing in any advanced area of nursing.
Leadership Core: Courses provide the theoretical basis for the Leadership specialty areas.
Research Core: Research courses focus on the ability of the nurse to understand and use research and participate in development of new knowledge in nursing and health care.
Functional Specialty Core: Courses provide the information necessary for advanced practice. Specializations are available in the following areas:
Program details and requirements
As part of a national trend in nursing education, KUSON decided to eliminate the Advanced Practice track of its Master's program. While the Advanced Practice track is still offered at the doctoral level, the KUSON now only offers Leadership tracks for its Master's program. The KU School of Nursing Master's Program Objectives have been revised to closely reflect the updated Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011).