May 25, 2018  
2015-16 University Bulletin 
2015-16 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, M.S.

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The philosophy of the master’s program in nursing at Adelphi University is to facilitate the student’s transition into advanced practice nursing roles, specifically the roles of nurse educator, nurse practitioner, and nursing administrator; to foster the professional role development necessary for providing leadership in the delivery of healthcare; and to provide a foundation for doctoral study. At the master’s level, nursing education is concerned with increasing specialization in the diverse theoretical foundations of nursing and specialization in advanced nursing practice. We expect that our graduates will contribute to the development of nursing as a profession through the development, implementation and evaluation of advanced practice roles.

The Masters program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the degree of Master of Science must satisfactorily complete a program of study, submit a capstone project and pass a comprehensive examination. Candidates must also fulfill all requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled.

The School of Nursing Student Handbook describes all policies relating to admission, progression and graduation for master’s and doctoral students. Students are required to be familiar with all policies.

Capstone Project

The required “Capstone Project” results in a scholarly paper on a specific completed project in the student’s specialty area. The Capstone Project generally begins during one semester and is completed during a second semester. The student is supervised independently by a faculty member for the completion of this project.

Comprehensive Examination

All students must pass a written Comprehensive Examination given at the end of course work and in the last semester before a student will graduate.

Completion of All Requirements

 Degree requirements must be completed within five years after matriculation. If five years for completion are nearing and a student does not expect to finish within the required time frame, students must request in writing from the associate dean permission to extend the time to complete requirements.

The curriculum is revised periodically in the master’s program to ensure a course of study in each specialty that adheres to the specialty’s national guidelines, provides quality and cutting edge course work, and ensures that students are eligible to take national certification examinations after graduation.

All students enrolled in any M.S. program take the same required set of foundational courses called “core” (15 credits). Some of these courses have prerequisites. The core courses must be completed before enrolling in the “specialty” courses. The “Capstone” Project is undertaken in conjunction with specialty course work.


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