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MSN Concentrations

General MSN Program Description

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner online
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist online
Family Nurse Practitioner online
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner online
Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse-Midwifery online
Nursing Education online
Nursing Leadership online

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (top)

We are no longer admitting new students into the MSN or Post-master’s options for either AGNP or FNP.

The purpose of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) concentration is to prepare professional nurses for advanced practice nursing in primary health care of adults. Education for such advanced practice nursing is grounded in theoretical and practical knowledge; therefore, didactic and clinical experiences are integral to the A-GNP curriculum. Clinical practicum sites are arranged as close as possible to home areas for students. All clinical rotations must be completed in NC

Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification as an A-GNP. This concentration is offered online. There are a minimum of 9 on campus dates required throughout the curriculum for evaluations with standardized patients. We currently admit 25 students annually to the A-GNP concentration. Students are only admitted in the fall semester.  Application information can be found at: http://nursing.ecu.edu/msn_application.htm.

Please visit our AGNP/FNP peripheral website for further information.

Prospective students, please click here to listen to message from the concentration director (as delivered during the most recent graduate orientation breakout session).

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the A-GNP concentration:

Dr. Michelle Taylor Skipper, Director
Ms. Martha Brinsko
Ms. Mary Elesha-Adams
Ms. Debra Fell
Dr. Candace Harrington
Ms. Ruby Haynes
Dr. Carol A. King
Ms. Debra Kosko
Dr. Bobby Lowery
Ms. Lecia Reardon
Ms. Janet Tillman

Curriculum

A minimum of 45 semester hours with 616 clinical practicum hours is required for graduation in the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner concentration. The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner concentration offers two methods for completing your graduation requirements. The first is a full-time curriculum plan which spans two years or a part-time plan which will take three years to complete. These curriculum plans are only a suggested course sequence and you may be able to modify your schedule by meeting with your graduate advisor.  Selected courses can be taken during summer sessions.  The A-GNP concentration offers both MSN and post-master's certificate options.

Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

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Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (top)

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice roles in complex care settings. Nationally approved clinical nurse specialist competencies in adult and gerontology are the basis of the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on providing students with advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to improve patient care. The A-GCNS concentration prepares students in the roles of clinician, educator, clinical consultant, researcher, program planner, and leader. The 43-semester-hour program includes core courses, clinical core courses, and concentration specialty courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examination as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. This concentration was reviewed by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and meets the criteria for consistency with the standards set by that national organization.

*Students who wish to sit for the Critical Care CNS certification exam must take one additional 3 semester hour course in order to be eligible for that exam.

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration of our Graduate School.

Dr. Carolyn Horne, Director
Ms. Wanda Lancaster

Curriculum

A minimum of 43 s.h. is required for graduation in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration. The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration offers two methods for completing your graduation requirements. The first is a full-time curriculum plan which spans two years. The second is a part-time plan which will take three and a half years to complete. These curriculum plans are only a suggested course sequence and you can modify your schedule by meeting with your graduate advisor.

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

We recommend using Internet Explorer to open the curriculum plans, which are in pdf (Acrobat Reader) format.  If you are having trouble viewing them in Firefox, you might try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save as” to save them to your computer.  You could then try to open the file by double-clicking it.  Regardless of your choice of browser, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view the curriculum plans.  It is a free download from:
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Family Nurse Practitioner (top)

We are no longer admitting new students into the MSN or Post-master’s options for either AGNP or FNP.

The purpose of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration is to prepare professional nurses for advanced practice nursing in primary health care settings. Education for such advanced practice nursing is grounded in theoretical and practical knowledge; therefore, didactic and clinical experiences are integral to the FNP curriculum. Clinical practicum sites are arranged as close as possible to home areas for students. All clinical rotations must be completed in NC.

Graduates are eligible to sit for certification as a FNP. This concentration is offered online. There are a minimum of 9 on campus dates required throughout the curriculum for evaluations with standardized patients. We currently admit 25 students annually to the FNP concentration. Application information can be found at http://nursing.ecu.edu/msn_application.htm.

Please see the AGNP/FNP peripheral website for further information.

Prospective students, please click here to listen to message from the concentration director (as delivered during the most recent graduate orientation breakout session).

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration:

Dr. Michelle Skipper, Director
Ms. Martha Brinsko
Ms. Mary Elesha-Adams
Ms. Debra Fell
Dr. Candace Harrington
Ms. Ruby Haynes
Dr. Carol A. King
Ms. Debra Kosko
Dr. Bobby Lowery
Ms. Lecia Reardon
Ms. Janet Tillman

Curriculum

A minimum of 50 semester hours with 728 clinical practicum hours is required for graduation in the FNP concentration. The FNP concentration offers two methods for completing your graduation requirements. The first is a full-time curriculum plan which spans two years or a part-time plan which will take five years to complete. These curriculum plans are only a suggested course sequence and you may be able to modify your schedule by meeting with your graduate advisor.

Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

We recommend using Internet Explorer to open the curriculum plans, which are in pdf (Acrobat Reader) format.  If you are having trouble viewing them in Firefox, you might try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save as” to save them to your computer.  You could then try to open the file by double-clicking it.  Regardless of your choice of browser, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view the curriculum plans.  It is a free download from:
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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (top)

The purpose of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration is to increase the number of advanced practice neonatal nurses to meet the needs of high-risk infants and their families in tertiary care centers. Education for such advanced nursing practice is grounded in theoretical and practical knowledge that is culturally sensitive and prepares practitioners in advanced nursing, medical and pharmacological practices. Graduates are eligible to sit for The National Certification Corporation's (NCC) examination to certify Neonatal Nurse Practitioner's. The content courses for this concentration are offered online.  Required student clinical practice experiences are arranged in the students' geographic area.

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration:

Ms. Amy Jnah, Director
Dr. Tracey Robertson
Dr. Desi Newberry

Curriculum

A minimum of 42 s.h.. is required for graduation in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration offers two methods for completing your graduation requirements, a full-time or part-time plan of study. Curriculum plans for certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner's seeking a master's degree as well as a Post-Master's Certificate are available. These curriculum plans referenced below are only a suggested course sequence. Once admitted to the program, students will develop a plan of study with their Advisor. Part-time plans of study typically span 7 semesters, and full-time plans of study typically span 5 semesters in length.

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

We recommend using Internet Explorer to open the curriculum plans, which are in pdf (Acrobat Reader) format.  If you are having trouble viewing them in Firefox, you might try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save as” to save them to your computer.  You could then try to open the file by double-clicking it.  Regardless of your choice of browser, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view the curriculum plans.  It is a free download from:
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Nurse Anesthesia (top)

The Nurse Anesthesia program is a 28-month course of study designed to prepare professional nurses as practitioners of nurse anesthesia eligible for national certification. Applications to the concentration are accepted throughout the year for consideration by the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee that meets each Spring. Each new class will begin in January.

For more information on the program, please visit our Nurse Anesthesia Website: http://pirateanesthesia.org

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Nurse Anesthesia program:

Dr. Maura McAuliffe, Director
Ms. Melydia Edge
Dr. Leah Feyh

Curriculum

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

We recommend using Internet Explorer to open the curriculum plans, which are in pdf (Acrobat Reader) format.  If you are having trouble viewing them in Firefox, you might try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save as” to save them to your computer.  You could then try to open the file by double-clicking it.  Regardless of your choice of browser, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view the curriculum plans.  It is a free download from:
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Nurse-Midwifery (top)

The purpose of the Nurse-Midwifery concentration is to prepare professional nurses as safe and competent practitioners of Nurse-Midwifery who are eligible for certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) (www.amcbmidwife.org).

A special intent is for graduates to assume care provider roles in rural areas so as to better meet the needs of underserved women and infants. Additionally, graduates are prepared to incorporate appropriate theory bases and research findings into the delivery of care and to use the scientific method to solve problems in their area of practice, nurse-midwifery. This concentration is offered online.

Prospective students, please click here to listen to message from the concentration director.

 

Please follow this link to the ECU Nurse-Midwifery web site which is created and hosted by the instructors and students: "Our Midwifery website"  (www.ecumidwifery.net)

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Nurse-Midwifery concentration:

Dr. Rebecca Bagley, Director
Dr. Robin Corbett
Dr. Connie Dewees
Dr. Pamela Reis


Curriculum

A minimum of 51 s.h. is required for graduation in the Nurse-Midwifery concentration. The Nurse-Midwifery concentration offers two methods for completing your graduation requirements. The first is a full-time curriculum plan which spans two years. The second is a part-time plan which will take three years to complete. These curriculum plans are only a suggested course sequence and you may be able to modify your schedule by meeting with your graduate advisor.

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

We recommend using Internet Explorer to open the curriculum plans, which are in pdf (Acrobat Reader) format.  If you are having trouble viewing them in Firefox, you might try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save as” to save them to your computer.  You could then try to open the file by double-clicking it.  Regardless of your choice of browser, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view the curriculum plans.  It is a free download from:
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Nursing Education (top)

The Nursing Education concentration prepares graduates for the role of nurse educator in an academic or clinical setting. Students will be prepared to function in complex educational environments to teach traditional as well as non-traditional learners using a variety of emerging technologies and interdisciplinary skills. The concentration, which is offered online, includes core courses, select clinical core courses, concentration courses, and electives.

Please note: In North Carolina nursing faculty who teach in a program leading to initial licensure are required to have two calendar years or the equivalent of full time clinical experience as a registered nurse (21 NCAC 36.0318). Students will need to have completed one calendar year as a registered nurse before enrolling in the first Nursing Education course (NURS 6903).

Prospective students, please click here to listen to message from the concentration director.

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Nursing Education concentration:

Dr. Carol Winters, Director
Dr. Linda Mayne
Dr. Diana Bond

Curriculum

The Nursing Education concentration requires a minimum of 37 semester hours (40 semester hours if students have no prior academic nursing teaching experience). A model curriculum guide follows.

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

We recommend using Internet Explorer to open the curriculum plans, which are in pdf (Acrobat Reader) format.  If you are having trouble viewing them in Firefox, you might try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save as” to save them to your computer.  You could then try to open the file by double-clicking it.  Regardless of your choice of browser, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view the curriculum plans.  It is a free download from:
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Nursing Leadership (top)

The nursing leadership concentration is designed to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for leadership positions within the health-care delivery system. Students may choose from one of three foci: Leadership in Acute Care Health Systems, Leadership in Community-Based Health Systems, or Leadership in Health Care Educational Systems. Students in all three of these concentrations develop specialized knowledge and practice in leadership including but not limited to administrative and organizational theory and ethics, financial management, human resource management, health policy, and law and regulation.  Students take additional courses and participate in a 252 hour practicum experience in the focus area and role preference selected. Success in this 41 semester hour concentration requires computer proficiency since it is a 100% online offering.

Faculty

The following faculty members will be your instructors as you move through the Nursing Leadership concentration:

Dr. Philip Julian, Director
Dr. Patricia Fazzone
Dr. Donna Lake
Dr. Connie Mullinix

Curriculum

The Nursing Leadership concentration requires a minimum of 41 semester hours and is available through a 100% online option. A model full-time two-year curriculum guide and a part-time curriculum plan for each of the three foci follows

Curriculum Plan
Post-Master's Curriculum Plan

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

We recommend using Internet Explorer to open the curriculum plans, which are in pdf (Acrobat Reader) format.  If you are having trouble viewing them in Firefox, you might try right-clicking the link and choosing “Save as” to save them to your computer.  You could then try to open the file by double-clicking it.  Regardless of your choice of browser, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view the curriculum plans.  It is a free download from:
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