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The Master of Science in Nursing Community and Public Health Nursing Specialization program at Worcester State University prepares professional nurses for leadership positions in health education, health promotion, policy reform, program development, consultation, and administration.As the only program of its kind in central New England, we combine both online and face-to-face instruction. Our program can be completed either full- or part-time, making it both affordable and flexible. Depending on your degree status, we offer 3 convenient routes of entry:
In multidisciplinary courses taught by award-winning faculty with extensive clinical experience, you’ll explore the concepts of public health and their application. You’ll put those theories into practice conducting 250 hours of fieldwork in the dynamic health sciences hub of Worcester.In addition, you’ll be encouraged to participate in research projects in collaboration with faculty members. In recent years, students have published their findings and presented nationally. You also will have unique opportunities to apply your learning at such venues as the Nurse in Washington (D.C.) Internship and service-learning programs at home and abroad.
Our graduates are prepared to have an impact on the future of health care in an expanding range of professional roles in public health nursing and are eligible to apply for the Advance Public Health Nursing certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center after meeting the experiential requirements.This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036.
Applicants to the program must meet the following criteria in addition to the WSU Graduate School's general admission requirements. This program does not require applicants to submit GRE scores.Traditional Entry (for students with a B.S. in Nursing degree):
Bridge Program (for registered nurses with a non-nursing B.A. or B.S. degree):This 7-credit option enables students to enter directly into the Master of Science in Nursing program.
RN-to-MS Fast Track (for registered nurses seeking to proceed directly to the Master of Science in Nursing program):
RN student applying to WSU as a transfer student can receive up to 72
credits transferable from associate degree colleges and a maximum of 90
credits from four year colleges or universities.The RN student
who graduated from a nursing diploma program will receive 29 credits for
having a nursing license. All RN students must hold a current
unencumbered license to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts.Students interested in applying to the RN-to-MS program are advised to contact the RN-to-BS coordinator, at 508-929-8960.
The Master of Science in Nursing degree requires the completion of 36-credit hours of graduate courses. Most nursing courses are offered in the blended-learning format, combining the best of face-to-face and online learning.
Professional Core Courses
*Courses offered in the blended-learning format.
Note: The Traditional Entry Program is usually completed in 3 years of part-time study or 2 years of full-time study.
This program provides registered nurses, who hold a B.A. or B.S. in a discipline other than nursing, with the opportunity to enter and complete the Master of Science in Nursing program at Worcester State University. The program prepares Bridge students for M.S.-level work by assuring that they have achieved the educational outcomes of the B.S. in Nursing program.
* Courses offered in the blended-learning format. Note: The Traditional Entry Program is usually completed in 3 years of part-time study or 2 yearsof full-time study.
The RN-to-MS Fast Track program provides an opportunity for
associate-degree and diploma-prepared nurses to obtain the Master of
Science in Nursing degree. The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program curriculum is
characterized by flexibility and recognition of the diversity of the
students who enroll. The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program allows
students to work toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master
of Science in Nursing degrees in one integrated program.6
graduate credits (500-level) taken while completing the undergraduate
senior year count toward both degrees only when the RN meets the
criteria for the Fast Track program, completes an application to the
graduate nursing program through the Graduate school, and is accepted
into the RN-to-MS Fast Track program during the first semester as a
student in the RN-to-BS program.Students can typically complete
the RN-to-MS Fast Track program in 9 part-time semesters. Only course
grades of B- or above can be counted toward the Master of Science in
Nursing degree.Fast Track students must take courses in the M.S.
program the semester after completing the requirements for the B.S.
degree. Otherwise 500-level courses taken in the senior year will count
only towards the RN-to-BS degree unless they are in excess of the
credits required for the B.S. degree.
RN-to-MS Prerequisite Courses These courses may be transferred if the student has previously taken the course (per Worcester State University transfer policy) or may be taken at WSU:
All nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80 in each nursing course. Only one nursing course may be repeated to obtain the minimum grade or required GPA and must be repeated within the 2 years.
Course descriptions for all undergraduate courses may be found in the Worcester State University undergraduate catalog.
RN-to-MS Specialty Courses
*Courses offered in the blended-learning format.
Upon successful completion of this graduate-level nursing program, graduates are prepared to:
In addition to the knowledge and practice components of the outcomes listed above, the behavior of graduate students should reflect an internally consistent value system. It is expected that graduates will value scientific inquiry as a basis for professional practice and will seek to increase their contributions to the nursing profession.