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Master of Science Degree


The master’s program in nursing prepares professional nurses to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings. The curriculum provides advanced preparation in primary health care nursing (family or gerontological nurse practitioner), psychiatric-mental health nursing adult or child/adolescent, gerontological nursing, nursing education, and nursing administration. Graduates of the programs in nurse practitioner and the clinical nurse specialists are eligible to sit for certification exams.

The Master of Science program is designed to accommodate both full and part-time graduate students. Students may begin their studies either in the fall or spring semester, although it is more desirable to begin in the fall because of the fixed nature of many course offerings each semester.


Individual students may choose to combine concentrations. For example, a student in a nurse practitioner concentration may elect education theory courses (NUR 538 and NUR 541). Several concentration courses and electives are offered at the URI College of Continuing Education in Providence.


The curriculum is organized around three distinct groups of courses:

  • The first consists of core courses in nursing theory, theories of practice, nursing research, and leadership in the health policy process.
  • The second includes nursing courses that focus on the study of problems and nursing strategies in client and client-nurse systems. These are designed to provide knowledge and skills relevant to client care in the chosen area of concentration.
  • The third group of courses is designed to provide knowledge specific to the student’s concentration area. Students are required to take elective courses in the number required for the concentration, and a one-credit graduate seminar.

Program Requirements

  • 41 credits are required for nursing administration, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist in gerontological and psychiatric-mental health.
  • 42 credits are required for nurse practitioner (family nurse practitioner, gerontological nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology nurse practitioner).

Note: The program includes 14 credits in core courses required of all students. See below.

Core Courses (14 Credits)

NUR 500 – Theoretical Study of Phenomena in Nursing (4 credits)
A study of major theories and concepts for description, explanation, and prediction of phenomena in nursing.

NUR 505 – Nursing Research (3 credits)
Overview of nursing research and study of the research process.

NUR 507 – Theories of Practice for Nursing (3 credits)
Analysis of general theories of practice for nursing and their applicability to various areas of clinical practice.

NUR 510 Advanced Leadership in the Health Policy Process (3 credits)
Study of nurses’ participation in health policy. Focus on role and leadership theories for developing nursing leaders. Analysis and application of creative nursing strategies for enhancing health care.

NUR 520 Graduate Study Seminar (1 credit)
A seminar designed to facilitate the synthesis and examination of information learned in the master’s program about nursing knowledge development, advancement of nursing practice, and leadership role development.


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