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The many influences that shape today’s world inform the nursing curriculum at both the baccalaureate and Master levels. Consistent with the stated mission of Daemen College, the nursing philosophy embodies the ideals of leadership, love of learning, and dedication to the health and well being of both the local and global communities.


Master of Science in
Adult Nurse Practitioner

The Curriculum

The curriculum consists of three components: the graduate nursing core, the advanced nursing core, and nurse practitioner specialty courses.  No undergraduate course work may be used to satisfy any of the curriculum requirements.

Organization of the Curriculum

Graduate Nursing Core Courses

Credit Hours

NUR 515 Theoretical Perspectives in Advanced Practice  Nursing


NUR 602 Qualitative Research


NUR 603 Quantitative Research


NUR 604/605 Thesis/Project



Advanced Nursing Core Courses

Credit Hours

NUR 505 Advanced Health Assessment


NUR 509 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology


NUR 511 Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing


NUR 513 Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing


NUR 517/519 Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

3 (1+2)


Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses

Credit Hours

NUR 561 Adult Primary Health Care I


NUR 562 Adult Primary Health Care II



TOTAL 36-38 credits

Outcome Objectives: Adult Nurse Practitioner

Upon completion of the masters program, the graduate will:

1.   Attend to the health and illness experiences of clients from a variety of familial-socio-cultural backgrounds.

2.   Create a supportive, caring environment that enhances each client’s dignity and acknowledges his/her strengths.

3.   Use applicable research and theory to assist clients in changing modifiable risk factors.

4.   Synthesize information from a variety of disciplines to develop differential diagnostic and treatment strategies for clients with common, acute, and/or chronic illnesses.

5.   Work to enhance the lived experience for clients with acute illnesses, clients with chronic illnesses, and clients who are dying.

6.   Provide therapeutic interventions and regimens that incorporate an understanding of the client’s needs and desires, while considering multiple systems variables and the impact of these variables on treatment options (e.g. treatment efficacy, cost factors, and safety issues).

7.   Work collaboratively with other health care team members in providing care for clients with complex health care needs.

8.   Monitor the quality of health care provided to clients in a variety of settings.

9.   Incorporate professional, legal, moral, and ethical standards into practice.

10. Critically analyze and synthesize research to determine applicability to clinical practice.

11. Develop a research project or thesis pertinent to advanced nursing practice.

12. Contribute to professional nursing through advanced nursing practice and professional involvement.

Accelerated RN to MS Program Policies

The accelerated RN to MS program is designed for associate degree and diploma prepared nurses who want to pursue the adult nurse practitioner MS degree.  Students may enter the Adult Nurse Practitioner Master Program through this accelerated track option.  Criteria for admission to the accelerated program are as follows:

GPA of 3.25 or better upon admission to Daemen College. Students must meet all of the other admission criteria for the graduate program (except for the possession of a baccalaureate degree).

Students entering the Daemen College undergraduate nursing program with a GPA of less than 3.25 will be considered to be on provisional status for admission to the MS program.  These students will be required to complete a minimum of fifteen (15) undergraduate credits at Daemen College and to maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above in order to be eligible for acceptance into the RN to MS accelerated track.  Acceptance into the accelerated track is contingent on space availability in the nurse practitioner graduate program.

Students in the accelerated RN-MS/ANP track may take NUR509 in lieu of BIO407 and NUR517/519 in lieu of an undergraduate elective.

The post-masters program is designed for those nurses who have a Master degree in a clinical area and wish to complete requirements in order to be eligible to take the adult nurse practitioner certification exam.

Criteria for admission to the certificate program are as follows:

      Possession of a Master degree in a clinical area of nursing from an NLNAC/CCNE accredited program.

      License to practice as a registered professional nurse.

      One year medical-surgical clinical experience (or equivalent).

      Three letters of recommendation.

      Interview with the nursing faculty.

      Letter of intent.

      Submission of a resume summarizing professional activities and completed continuing education.

The post-Master certificate program prepares qualified nurses to be eligible to sit for the certifying exam, and is not a degree-granting program.  Admission to the certificate program is granted on a space available basis.

The certificate program is designed as a part time program.  For most students, the following courses will satisfy the requirements for the certification exam:

NUR 505 Advanced Health Assessment

4 credits

NUR 507 Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

3 credits

NUR 509 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3 credits

NUR 511 Conceptual Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice

2 credits

NUR 561 Adult Primary Health Care I

6 credits

NUR 562 Adult Primary Health Care II

6 credits


24 credits

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