ACADEMICS

  • Master of Science in Nursing: Community and Public Health Nursing Specialization

    The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses for leadership as advanced public health nurses in management, education, clinical practice, leadership, policy development, and advocacy. The program offers 3 routes of entry for registered nurses seeking a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The pathways are:

    1. Traditional Entry: for students with a B.S. in Nursing degree
    2. Bridge Program: For registered nurses with a non-nursing B.A. or B.S. degree
    3. RN-to-MS Fast Track: For associate-degree or diploma-prepared registered nurses seeking to proceed directly to the Master of Science in Nursing degree


    The 36-credit program consists of both coursework and a practicum. This specialty offers leadership preparation for nurses desiring expertise in population-based community/public health nursing practice. Students ground their studies in the science of nursing intervention, public health, and nursing research. They then focus on courses that examine the basis of assessment and intervention of populations, integrating the study of health determinants and health disparities. Practicum experiences are arranged to meet the individual needs of students while also meeting accreditation and certification requirements.

    In addition to completing core studies in the specialty, students also gain skills in evidence-based practice, program evaluation, informatics, teaching/learning, health economics, health-care policy, environmental health, and epidemiology. A final project that is a systematic investigation of a practice problem is planned, implemented, and completed during the program.

    Completion the required coursework and practice hours provides eligibility to apply for the Advance Public Health Nursing certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center after meeting the experiential requirements.

    With increasing demand for health professionals who have expertise in promoting the health of population groups, graduates of the nursing degree are well positioned to assume leadership roles in the evolving health-care field. This Nursing degree provides a foundation of knowledge and practical experiences in the following areas:

    • Public Health
    • Home Health Care
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Case Management
    • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
    • School Nursing
    • Emergency Preparednes
    • Nursing Education

    Specialty Area Information
    The advanced public health nurse is actively engaged in education (e.g. community, staff, students, and colleagues), case management, expert clinical practice, consultation, research, and administration.
     
    The advanced public health Nurse is a leader in population-based health-care practice, and the implementation of this role is based on the American Nurses Association Public Health Nursing: Score and Standards for Practice competencies and will vary across settings. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center examination for certification as an advanced public health nurse after meeting the experiential requirement.

    Professional Opportunities

    • public health sciences including biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology systems thinking, leadership, informatics, health policy, and management
    • advanced population-focused assessment, program planning, and intervention
    • advanced development and evaluation of health promotion programs
    • approaches to work with culturally diverse and high-risk populations
    • social justice and social action
    • emergency preparedness

    Where do graduates work?
    Graduates of this nursing program hold a variety of positions in education (e.g. community, staff, students, and colleagues), case management, clinical practice, consultation, research, and administration.

    Examples of advanced public health nursing positions are:

    • health promotion specialist for a managed care organization
    • consultant with a state health department
    • nursing and public health faculty at universities and colleges
    • public health nursing advisor at a state department of public health
    • emergency preparedness coordinator
    • director of student health services at a college
    • supervisor of clinical services for a community health center
    • director of clinical services in ambulatory care division of an acute care hospital
    • director of local public health department
    • planner of patient education for a large outpatient service
    • program director in an international non-governmental organization
    • occupational and environmental health settings
    • school nurse/school nurse leadership positions
    • staff development specialist for a home health-care agency
    • executive director home health-care agency
  • Admissions Requirements:

    Traditional Entry:
    For students with a B.S. in Nursing degree
    • Baccalaureate in Nursing degree
    • Introductory or undergraduate courses in statistics and research
    • Unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in Massachusetts
    Bridge Program
    For registered nurses with a non-nursing B.A. or B.S. degree. The 7-credit Bridge Program option, which enables students to enter directly into the Master of Science in Nursing program.
    • B.A. or B.S. degree in non-nursing discipline
    • Introductory or undergraduate courses in statistics and research
    • Unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts
    RN-to-MS Fast Track
    For registered nurses seeking to proceed directly to the Master of Science in Nursing program.
    • Associate of Science degree in Nursing or diploma in nursing
    • Unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts