Advanced Practice Phase
The Advanced Practice Phase is the master’s phase of the program, in which students are given the option to continue into an advanced practice specialty area. Students can declare for a master's specialty and begin coursework upon completion of the Pre-licensure Phase, and conferral of their BSN. (The exception is the Nurse Anesthesia program, for which interested students must apply separately.)
Because most specialty areas require work experience, students typically must enroll part-time in the MSN while gaining the professional foundation needed to advance in their master's level courses and clinical experiences. The length of time for the Advanced Practice Phase varies depending on the specialty area chosen, and whether students elect part- or full-time study. At the end of this phase, students who fulfill requirements are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and will be eligible to take any applicable advanced practice certification exam in their specialty area. Students will receive detailed information about their master's level options during the Pre-licensure Phase of the program.