Master of Science in Nursing – General Information

The University of Central Arkansas School of Nursing offers two tracks to obtain the Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty and the Clinical Nurse Leader track.  The UCA MSN program is designed to meet professional standards for the practice doctorate developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Track
The Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty (NECS) is designed for the applicant 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
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track is designed for the nurse who seeks to be prepared in an expert clinical nursing 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.