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School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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Emphasis Areas

All students pursuing the Master of Science with a major in Nursing degree must select an emphasis area as a specialization to their graduate degree.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers the following areas of emphasis:

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This emphasis area prepares students to provide evidence-based, safe, quality patient-centered care in a variety of chronic, acute, and emergent care settings. The graduate will be eligible to take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Follow this link to the electronic catalog entry for the MS AGACNP program: Online Catalog, MS AGACNP

The online catalog provides a program overview, curriculum information (including expected coursework and clinical hour requirements), learning outcomes, and accreditation details. 

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner

This emphasis area prepares students to provide evidence-based, safe, quality patient-centered care in a variety of chronic, acute, and emergent settings. Students will also be prepared for primary care practice across the lifespan. The graduate will be eligible to take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination and Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Follow this link to the electronic catalog entry for the MS AGACNP/FNP program: Online Catalog MS AGACNP/FNP

The online catalog provides a program overview, curriculum information (including expected coursework and clinical hour requirements), learning outcomes, and accreditation details.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This emphasis area prepares students to provide evidence-based patient-centered care psychiatric and mental health patients across the lifespan. The graduate will be eligible to take the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Follow this link to the electronic catalog entry for the MS PMHNP program: Online Catalog MS PMHNP 

The online catalog provides a program overview, curriculum information (including expected coursework and clinical hour requirements), learning outcomes, and accreditation details.

The Nurse Educator emphasis is only available through CSU-Pueblo Online as a full online program.

This emphasis area prepares the nurse to practice as faculty in colleges, universities, hospital -based schools of nursing or technical schools, or as staff development educators in health care facilities.

Nurse educators serve as role models and provide leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice. These leaders document the outcomes of educational programs and guide students through the learning process.

The shortage of nurse educators may enhance career prospects since it affords job security and provides opportunities for nurses to maintain dual roles as educators and direct patient care providers. 

CSU-Pueblo Online Program Overview

Post-Master Certification

Students seeking Post-Master Certification in a Program who already have a nursing graduate degree are evaluated on an individual basis.

Their plan of study is based on their academic credentials. The Colorado State University-Pueblo requirements state that a student must complete a minimum of 15 postgraduate credit hours to be eligible for a Post-Master Certification.

Core courses must be completed to meet the mandates of the Colorado State Board of Nursing for Advanced Nursing Practice. A total of 500 clinical hours must be documented for each nurse practitioner emphasis.

The student's plan is developed based on the academic coursework already completed. Post-Master Certification can be earned in all emphasis areas.

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School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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