Our graduate program, for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses, is distinct for its academic rigor, rich clinical experiences coupled with on-site instruction, and promotion of best practices. By joining our program, you will become part of an exceptionally diverse student and faculty community of nationally recognized researchers, clinical nursing educators, and practitioners.

The 48-credit curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of working nurses. Courses are offered both in the classroom and online, and students can enroll full-time (graduating in two years) or part-time (graduating in three to four years). The college’s strong commitment to integrated learning approaches has resulted in strong partnerships with some of the best healthcare organizations in the nation, such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and the VA Medical Centers, among many others. Our students’ clinical internships are in these centers of excellence in quality care, and many students enjoy employment in the same centers after graduation.

Graduates are eligible to take national certification exams and apply for licensure in advanced practice nursing (APN) in their areas of concentration. We offer three APN concentrations:

  1. The Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration focuses chiefly on the care of the family in primary and community settings.
  2. The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration focuses on care of adults and older adults in ambulatory, community, and institutional settings.
  3. The Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist focuses on acute or critical care of adults in multiple settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS programs, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in the advanced nursing practice and management of health and illness for individuals, family, and aggregate populations using critical thinking and evidenced-based clinical decision making.
  • Promote individual/family relationships that facilitate positive health care outcomes for diverse populations.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate educational programs for individuals, professionals, and communities.
  • Plan comprehensive continuous care through interdisciplinary collaboration across health care settings with an emphasis on diverse and urban populations.
  • Monitor and ensure the quality of nursing and health care practices utilizing advocacy and ethical decision-making.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate evidenced-based care in relation to ethno-cultural and spiritual beliefs within diverse populations.
  • Apply theories from nursing and other disciplines to the advanced nursing practice for individuals and families from diverse populations.
  • Identify researchable health care problems and continually appraise relevant literature.
  • Communicate and consult with health care providers and others to influence policy change.
  • Demonstrate competency in professional oral and written communication.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences students at the Center for Clinical Education and Research (CCER).

CNHS Graduate Nursing Program among Nation’s Best

According to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2017,” our master's program is No. 52 in the country, and the DNP program No. 58. Read More