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RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

Dr. Laura McKay outlines the five specializations that students can pursue in the RN to MSN in Nursing program at South University.

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My name is Laura McKay. I am the Program Director for Nursing at the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program has five specializations: Family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nursing informatics, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. This is a program for nurses that are prepared at the associate's or diploma level who are seeking a master's degree, and at the end of the program, they earn both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing.

We want our students to be prepared to function in all areas of nursing and to be prepared in their specializations to meet the accreditation requirements and to meet the core outcomes. Those include things like leadership, scholarship, and clinical excellence.

Students who earn the degree, upon graduation, can function in a number of advanced nursing roles. Nurse practitioners are functioning as advanced clinicians. Nurse educators are able to teach at the bachelor's and often at the graduate level. Many of the students go on to pursue a doctorate so that they can teach at the graduate level in nursing. So the RN to MSN program is for that motivated student who has demonstrated academic excellence and wants to go directly into a graduate track.

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Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - RN to MSN

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Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention for adults as they age. At South University, the RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner online program offers a path to earning an MSN that focuses on gerontology and adult care and entering into advanced nursing practice.

Through interactive coursework, thoughtful discussions, and supervised practicum experiences, this RN to MSN program can prepare you to exercise advanced leadership, clinical judgment, critical thinking, and communication in diverse primary care settings. Across the RN to MSN with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum, you’ll develop expertise in preventing, diagnosing, and treating common health problems, focusing on at-risk and vulnerable populations.

South University’s RN to MSN with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program meets the core competencies for Adult Health Nurse Practitioners outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and allows you to develop and practice the skills required for the national certification exams (ANCC; AANP). The program also incorporates key elements from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Essentials.

*South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Earn a BSN and MSN in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in One Streamlined Program

Built for RNs without a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), South University's RN to MSN programs offer an intensive, streamlined way to earn a BSN and MSN in one program, with fewer total classes. Upon finishing this program and entering into adult-gerontological nursing, you should be able to:

  • Providing health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment.
  • Assessing and diagnosing health status.
  • Creating a plan of care and implementation of treatment.
  • Ensuring a professional, collegial, and collaborative approach to care.
  • Serving as a teacher and coach to patients.
  • Committing to advancing the profession.
  • Assisting patients in managing and negotiating the healthcare delivery system.
  • Monitoring and ensuring high quality healthcare practice.
  • Demonstrating cultural competence.

Study Nursing in a CCNE Accredited Program

The RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and RN to Master of Science in Nursing specializations, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the APRN Post Graduate Certificate programs at South University Online are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

Combine Online Learning and Hands-On Training

Led by faculty who ensure online never means out of touch, our fully online RN to MSN courses move from foundational nursing theories up to the advanced practice concepts taught in our MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program. From there, the practicum courses offer valuable, in-depth gerontology, women’s health, and primary care clinical experiences—all supervised by supportive, knowledgeable mentors.

Learn more about South University’s RN to MSN with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program today.

Note: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Washington DC.

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