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Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Nursing will have achieved the following competencies:

Knowledge of Nursing

Integrate, translate, and apply established and evolving disciplinary nursing knowledge and ways of knowing, as well as knowledge from other disciplines, including a foundation in liberal arts and natural and social sciences. This distinguishes the practice of professional nursing and forms the basis for clinical judgment and innovation in nursing practice.

Person-Centered Care

Deliver person-centered care focusing on the individual within multiple complicated contexts, including family and/or important others. Deliver holistic, individualized, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate person-centered care. Deliver person-centered care that builds on a scientific body of knowledge that guides nursing practice regardless of specialty or functional area.

Population Health

Apply the construct of population health in the healthcare delivery continuum from public health prevention to disease management of populations and describes collaborative activities with both traditional and non-traditional partnerships from affected communities, public health, industry, academia, health care, local government entities, and others for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes.

Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline

Generate, synthesize, translate, apply, and disseminate nursing knowledge to improve health and transform health care.

Quality and Safety

Employ established and emerging principles of safety and improvement science. Quality and safety, as core values of nursing practice, enhance quality and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.

Interprofessional Partnerships

Provide intentional collaboration across professions and with care team members, patients, families, communities, and other stakeholders to optimize care, enhance the healthcare experience, and strengthen outcomes.

Systems-Based Practice

Respond to and lead within complex systems of health care. Nurses effectively and proactively coordinate resources to provide safe, quality, and equitable care to diverse populations.

Informatics and Healthcare Technologies

Use and apply Information and communication technologies and informatics processes to provide care, gather data, form information to drive decision-making, and support professionals as they expand knowledge and wisdom for practice.

Informatics processes and technologies are used to manage and improve the delivery of safe, high-quality, and efficient healthcare services in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards.


Form and cultivate sustainable professional identity, including accountability, perspective, collaborative disposition, and comportment that reflects nursing’s characteristics and values.

Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

Participate in activities and self-reflection that foster personal health, resilience, and well-being; contribute to lifelong learning; and support the acquisition of nursing expertise and the assertion of leadership.