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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 population 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.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 nursing. public, and population health.The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Worcester State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.
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.
For students with a B.S. in Nursing degree.
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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.
For registered nurses seeking to proceed directly to the Master of Science in Nursing program.
The 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 Massachusetts.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
*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.