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Beyond the BSN


A career in nursing promises to be challenging, and filled with opportunity for flexibility and autonomy.  Nurses are a vital part of a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients.   Nursing is one of the most exciting and rewarding professions in existence today. 

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2010-2020 released in February 2012, the Registered Nursing workforce is the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020.
  • According to the “United States Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast” published in the January 2012 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality, a shortage of registered nurses is projected to spread across the country between 2009 and 2030.

Advanced Degree in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN:CNL)

This degree is designed for the baccalaureate-prepared nurse who is interested in delivering evidence-based care to improve patient care. The MSN:CNL graduate works with leaders in inter-disciplinary programs and health care teams within the microsystem. Available online, the MSN:CNL program is highly accessible and can be completed in just over two years.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program prepares scholars to conduct research in nursing, to extend the knowledge base relevant to nursing, and to collaborate in interdisciplinary research with other scholars. Study requires expertise in nursing and developing competence in research that relates to the practice of nursing and delivery of health care.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Today’s complex health care systems demand nurses at the top of their game. The DNP program is designed to prepare clinicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the highest standard of care for individuals, families, and communities. Nurses seeking to expand their administrative knowledge and skills will find the Health Systems program of study relevant and exciting.