The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Saint Louis University School of Nursing prepares RN's as leaders in the role of the nurse practitioner through comprehensive coursework and practical experience in clinical settings. A variety of specialties and role preparations are offered to meet the demands of today's healthcare providers and patient care needs. An educator option is also available to those who plan to become involved in nursing education. The MSN program offers the flexibility that most working RN's require. All program specialties and options are offered completely online. The program requirements range from 38-45 credit hours of course work. Individualized full and part-time curriculum plans are possible.
Summary of the Program
Programs for several options and specialty areas are offered completely online. Unique features of this program include:
- Variety of specialty areas and role options within specialty areas.
- Full- and part-time curriculum plans.
- All courses and degree programs offered online.
- Post-master's certificate programs available in all specialty areas.
- Option to emphasize research in any specialty area.
- Faculty who are nationally recognized for teaching excellence, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship.
- State-of-the art teaching facilities.
- Part of a major health sciences campus
At Saint Louis University, you may choose to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or the Master of Science degree with Educator Option. Students who choose the Educator Option will take three additional courses focusing on theory and practicum experience in nursing education. An additional three credit Education course may be added so that the student may apply for the NLN Nurse Educator certificate.
- Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) provides advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of patients age 13 - death with acute, critical and complex chronic health conditions. The ACNP practices in any inpatient or outpatient setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, high intensity interventions, or continuous vigilance within the range of high acuity care across the entire adult-older adult age spectrum. The core body of knowledge for ACNP preparation and practice is derived from the full spectrum of high-acuity patient care needs. The focus of the ACNP is the provision of restorative, curative, rehabilitative, palliative, and maintenance care. In addition to managing patient care, the ACNP utilizes invasive interventions and procedures (specific to the specialty-based area of practice) to monitor and promote physiologic stability.
- Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- The Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is a registered nurse prepared at the graduate level who is prepared to provide a full range of health care services on the wellness-illness health care continuum at an advanced level to individuals age 13- death. The ANP practice includes independent and interdependent decision making. The ANP is directly accountable for clinical judgments. The graduate level preparation expands the ANP's role to include differential diagnosis and disease management, participation in and use of research, development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management and consultation.
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is an advanced practice role that provides direct patient care to all ages in a primary care setting. The Saint Louis University Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares practitioners with an understanding in primary health care which includes strategies to prevent disease and to promote health, assessing and managing acute and chronic health problems, consulting, and the referral process. FNP's emphasize quality relationships with patients, families and communities, education of patients and families, and coordination of services aimed at specific health outcomes throughout the lifespan. FNP's apply advanced knowledge and clinical skills in a variety of health care settings, including providing well-child care, prenatal care services, adult health, and geriatric care including those requiring skilled nursing services. FNP's work in a variety of settings including community health centers, hospital emergency departments and ambulatory care centers, retail clinics, businesses, physician offices, public health departments, health maintenance organizations, government facilities, independent nurse practitioner offices, and schools of nursing.
- Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- The Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) provides health care to children age birth-21 through assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation of care. PNP's focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and management of chronic illness. PNP's provide primary care in acute and specialty care settings and work closely with members of the health care team.
- Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [FPMHNP] is a psychotherapeutic agent who engages in evidence-based, culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, holistic care of individuals, groups, families, and populations with acute or complex mental health needs or problems, or psychiatric diagnoses. Selected biopsychosocial research and theoretical underpinnings, along with self-directed and personal discoveries, undergird the FPMHNP's primary mental health care of clients that include children, adolescents, adults, and older adults seen in a variety of settings. Clinical practice includes legal and ethical use of self in various advanced practice registered nurse roles while applying the nursing process and medical/medication management to provide skillful and comprehensive care intended to promote optimal mental health, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders, and health and mental health maintenance. Emphasis is given to active, ongoing collaboration with clients, their families, significant others, and the interprofessional team. Graduates will be eligible for national certification.