CU's RN to MS Nursing program is designed to provide a state-of-the-art credential for nursing professionals aspiring to leadership roles.
It has been developed to reflect the increasing complexity of the healthcare environment to equip nursing professionals with 21st century competencies and skills. Our program draws on AACN’s Vision for Academic Nursing. As the executive summary notes: “... the complexity of healthcare delivery and patient/population health needs continue to grow, education preparation for the entry to professional nursing practice is expected to evolve to a generalist master’s degree at some point in the future ... master’s entry programs would provide education for strengthened competencies in organizational and systems thinking, quality improvement and safety, care coordination, interprofessional communication, and team-based care and leadership."
CU's MSN degree offers three tracks. The Generalist track requires the completion of 36 core credits and additional practicum electives. Students have the option of choosing the MSN Educator track and completing 6 Nurse Educator credits to earn the specialization. Students may also choose the Leadership and Management track and complete 9 Leadership Track Courses in addition to a 4 credit practicum.