The UCA Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for a working Registered Nurse (RNs) with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. All MSN courses are offered online with periodic visits to the Conway campus required for each course (see On-Campus Dates tab). Each track meets the professional standards for that role preparation.
Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in the area of adult/older adult healthcare in the primary care setting. The NP is an advanced practice nurse who diagnoses; manages episodic and chronic illness; and promotes health and disease prevention.
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in the area of family health, treating individuals across the life span in the primary care setting. The NP is an advanced practice nurse who diagnoses; manages episodic and chronic illness; and promotes health and disease prevention.
Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to be an educator in higher education, staff education, or patient education. The student selects a clinical specialty in Community/Family; Geriatrics; Maternal/Newborn/Women's Health; Adult; Pediatrics; and Psychiatric/Mental Health.
Clinical Nurse Leader Track – is for the graduate student who seeks to be prepared in an emerging advanced nursing practice role. The CNL works within a health care system to improve patient care quality and safety at the point of care delivery. The CNL may work in any health care setting with any patient population.
Post-Master’s Certificate and 2nd MSN Degree Options
These options are available to nurses who already have a graduate degree in nursing and wish to change their career focus by completing one of the above tracks. At present we are not accepting applications for the Post-Master's Certificate or 2nd MSN Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner tracks due to non-availability of clinical seats. If you are interested in either of these two tracks, you may be put on a waiting list by emailing Rose Schlosser at email@example.com. If a clinical seat becomes available, you will be notified to complete the NursingCAS application. We are accepting applications for the Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Post Master's and the Clinical Nurse Leader Post Master's Certificates and/or 2nd MSNs. Admission is competitive.
Online Tuition & Fees - please see the Student Accounts website for Online Graduate Tuition information www.uca.edu/studentaccounts.