The Master of Science in Nursing Science specialty track will educate registered nurses who desire to have a graduate education in research processes. Following completion of the specialty, graduates will be prepared to work in research management in clinical or laboratory settings or proceed directly into the PhD program. The track can be completed in one academic year or can be completed part-time in two years. There are also options for summer classes to lighten the course load during the academic year.
The specialty is designed for both new and experienced registered nurses. This track is not available as a Graduate Entry option due to the RN requirement, nor is it available as a Post-Master's option. Traditional MS students only will be considered. Graduates of the specialty will have two different career opportunities. Clinical nurses who desire a master's degree for research purposes as opposed to completing one of the nurse practitioner specialty tracks will be prepared to assist with research protocols in terms of development, implementation, and analysis. In addition, some graduates will choose to go directly into the PhD program to become nurse scientists who can advance the knowledge base for nursing practice through independent research and scholarly activities.
Graduates of the Nursing Science research specialty will be prepared to serve as a program director for or a team member of research studies. Skills which will support the research role include:
• Development of research problems for study • Ethical consideration of research • Development of research strategies to address the link between theoretical and clinical concerns • Experience with biomedical and psychosocial research modalities • Analysis of data and synthesis of findings
Nursing Science curriculum
N7310 Foundations for Making Link Between Practice, Theory & Research
N8780 Research Methods I
N8781 Research Methods II
Public Health 6410 Principles of Epidemiology
Public Health 7412 Principles & Procedures for Human Clinical Trials
Public Health 6413.01 Topics in Clinical & Translational Research