Nursing, MS

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--Advanced education for advanced nursing excellence

The MS in Nursing degree provides nurses with an advanced education that prepares them for specialized care settings and leadership.  Graduates address organization and systems leadership and improvement science, with the goal of providing high-quality, safe and effective patient-centered nursing.  This program is ideal for nurses seeking to establish a foundation for leadership, and serves as a pathway to doctoral education.

Program outcomes focus on the preparation of the graduate to be able to:

  • Create innovative systems for implementing and evaluating nursing and health care information.
  • Design systems for patient safety, risk reduction, quality measurement and performance improvement.
  • Develop interprofessional care coordination and patient quality and safety innovation teams at the unit, organizational or systems levels.


The MS program in nursing is a post-baccalaureate degree designed to meet both the requirements for a Master of Science degree within Arizona State University and the professional nursing requirements outlined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials and the National League for Nursing competencies. The program focus is to provide nurses with advanced education and skills in the translation of concepts, practices and principles of leadership and improvement science that will lead to safe, effective, coordinated, patient-centered health services, improved health outcomes and reduction of health care costs.

Program Offered

Nursing, MS

Offered by
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: March 1

Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after this deadline. Apply as soon as possible for consideration.

Admission Requirements

Applications must meet Edson College requirements in addition to the Graduate College requirements.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (18 credit hours)
DNP 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 604 Advanced Human Pathophysiology Across Lifespan (4)
DNP 608 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across Lifespan (3)
NUR 501 Individual and Innovation Leadership in Health Care (3)
NUR 502 Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Health Promotion I (2)

Other Requirement (14 credit hours)
NUR 509 Clinical Prevention and Population Health Practicum (2)
NUR 520 Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Principles, Assessment and Methods (3)
NUR 521 Health Care Evidence, Informatics and Analysis (3)
NUR 523 Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Outcomes (3)
NUR 529 Role-Focused Practicum: Patient Safety and Health Care Quality (3)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
NUR 593 Applied Project (3)

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