2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 05, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Nursing, MSN


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Nursing, MSN

MSN Degree Requirements


  • 47-49 graduate level credits
  • 3.0 or better GPA must be maintained
  • Completion of degree requirements within six years, with most students completing in 3 years full time or 4 years part time.

Online Options

All courses in the graduate program are offered online. For further information contact the Department at (719) 255-4424.

MSN Degree Curriculum

Graduate Core Course Requirements (Required of all MSN Students)

Credits: 13-14

Advanced Practice Nursing Core (Required of all MSN Students)

Credits: 9

Primary Care NP Specialty Focus: Adult/Gero

Adult/Gero NP = 47-48 Total Credits (includes 630 clinical hours)

Primary Care NP Specialty Focus: Family

Family NP = 47-48 Total Credits (includes 630 clinical hours)

Psychiatric Mental Health NP Specialty Focus

PMHNP Option= 48-49 Total Credit Hours (includes 630 clinical hours)

Course Requirements for Prescriptive Authority

Specific courses may differ for the selected specialty but must include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Assessment, and Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics. State requirements differ in various state jurisdictions; currency of coursework and practice hours as an APN may be required.

Note: Courses related to the selected clinical specialty provide the student an opportunity to use empirical, ethical, esthetic, personal, and socio-political knowledge in the clinical setting specific to the student’s chosen advanced practice role.

MSN Degree Requirements

  • 46-47 graduate level credits
  • 3.0 or better GPA must be maintained
  • Completion of degree requirements within six years, with most students completing in 3 years full time or 4 years part time.

Online Options

All courses in the graduate program are offered online. For further information contact the Department at (719) 255-4424.

Core Course Requirements (Required of all MSN Students)

Credits: 13-14

Advanced Practice Nursing Core (Required of all MSN Students)

Credits: 9

Primary Care NP Specialty Focus: Adult/Gero

Primary Care NP Specialty Focus: Family

Psychiatric Mental Health NP Specialty Focus

Total Credits: 48​​

Course Requirements for Prescriptive Authority

Specific courses may differ for the selected specialty but must include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Assessment, and Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics. State requirements differ in various state jurisdictions; currency of coursework and practice hours as an APN may be required.

Note:Courses related to the selected clinical specialty provide the student an opportunity to use empirical, ethical, esthetic, personal, and socio-political knowledge in the clinical setting specific to the student’s chosen advanced practice role.

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MSN Degree Requirements


  • 46-47 graduate level credits
  • 3.0 or better GPA must be maintained
  • Completion of degree requirements within six years

Online Options


All courses in the graduate program are offered online. For further information contact the Department at (719) 255-4424.

MSN Degree Curriculum


Credits: 13-14


Credits: 9


MSN—Nurse Practitioner Option Specialty Courses


Nurse Practitioner Students select from the following options:

Total Credits: 47


Total Credits: 47


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


  • NURS 6800 Mental Health Assessment/Intevention Across LIfespan
  • NURS 6801 Adult Psychiatric Diag/Mngmt for PMHNP
  • NURS 6802 Geriatric Psychiatric Diag/Mngmt for PMHNP
  • NURS 6803 Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Diag/Mngmt for PMHNP

Total Credits: 48


Course Requirements for Prescriptive Authority


Specific courses may differ for the selected specialty but must include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Assessment, and Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics. State requirements differ in various state jurisdictions; currency of coursework and practice hours as an APN may be required.

Note: Courses related to the selected clinical specialty provide the student an opportunity to use empirical, ethical, esthetic, personal, and socio-political knowledge in the clinical setting specific to the student’s chosen advanced practice role.

Post Master’s Degree Certificates in Nursing


Students with master’s degrees in nursing may apply for these certificate programs: adult/gero, family, or psychiatric mental health. Please request information from the College.

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