Objectives of the Master's Degree Programs

The purpose of the Master of Science degree program is to prepare nurses for site-specific Advanced Clinical Practice. The clinical specialties are in relation to client group and are defined by age, gender and/or health-illness status. All programs are accredited by the NYS Education Department as nurse practitioner programs, allowing successful graduates to be certified in New York State for advanced clinical nursing practice.

The program prepares students to:
Management of Patient Health/Illness

  • Provide health promotion and disease management for patients, families and communities
  • Apply principles of epidemiology and demography in clinical practice and for outcomes evaluation
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills for patient assessment, clinical decision making and provision of care over time.
  • Communicate and collaborate using community and family support resources to provide care across healthcare continuum
  • Prescribe appropriate medications including complementary and alternative therapies [delivers prescribed medications accurately and safely]

Nurse/Patient Relationship

  • Respond to changes in health status and facilitates behavioral change, in partnership with patient.
  • Promote nurse-patient relationships built on trust, respect, privacy, comfort, patient dignity and shared decision-making.
  • Use self reflection to provide therapeutic relationships within professional boundaries.

Teaching – Coaching

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate personalized patient education and coaching interventions

Professional Role

  • Deliver safe, ethical, evidence-based care using current technologies
  • Promote the professional and advanced practice nursing role
  • Lead and collaborate with other healthcare providers to provide effective interdisciplinary care
  • Accept personal responsibility for professional development and learning
  • Advocate for patients and families.
  • Evaluate implications of health policy and participates in policy development.

Managing and Negotiating Health Care Delivery Systems

  • Effectively navigate the healthcare system to promote accessible, cost-effective and quality healthcare across the continuum of care.
  • Practice within authorized scope of practice.
  • Participate in professional advocacy activities to promote policies and legislation that positively affect health care.

Monitoring and Ensuring Quality of Health Care Practice

  • Assume responsibility for practice via self monitoring quality of care provided.

Culturally Sensitive Care

  • Prevent personal biases from interfering with the delivery of quality care
  • Incorporate patient’s cultural preferences, values, spiritual beliefs, health beliefs and behaviors into care.


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