Purpose, Outcomes and Competencies


The purpose of the Master’s Program in Nursing is to prepare nurses for advanced practice as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, or nurse administrators. The Master’s Program in Nursing is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of citizens and systems locally to globally. The College of Nursing is committed to preparing advanced practice nurse leaders who are recognized for their excellence in practice and scholarship to promote health and well-being, including the amelioration of health disparities. The outcomes and competencies presented here are representative of the core competencies of graduates. Specialty specific expectations may be found in other documents.


Advanced practice nurses work collaboratively within the health care system to promote client health, provide prevention management and improve client outcomes.


The advanced practice nurse:
  1. Translates knowledge, theories, models, and research from nursing and related disciplines in the implementation of evidenced-based nursing practice.
  2. Evaluates, uses, and/or develops information, and knowledge resources for use in delivery, and/or coordination of care in diverse settings for individuals, families, communities and population aggregates.
  3. Uses advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, evidenced-based interventions, and evaluation skills for improving client health outcomes and changing health system issues.
  4. Generates clinical prevention interventions for promotion of health changing behaviors in individuals, families, communities and population aggregates.
  5. Integrates principles of ethics, genetics/genomics, interpersonal processes, cultural diversity, and respect for human beings into their advanced practice.
  6. Analyzes consumer healthcare needs through examination of interrelationships of demographics, major social health care problems, health disparities, regulatory requirements, and economic health care polices.


Advanced practice nurses are leaders for the discipline and are responsive to current and emerging issues facing nursing and healthcare.


The advanced practice nurse:
  1. Serves as a leader to facilitate improvement in client outcomes and health care systems.
  2. Values personal integrity and growth in self and others as an essential element in effective leadership within professional nursing organizations and the health care system.
  3. Design system changes to impact the delivery of health care for nurses in advanced practice.
  4. Builds networks and effectively communicates (electronic, written and oral) with the interdisciplinary health care team, professional colleagues, community leaders, and policy makers.
  5. Supports quality, evidenced-based safe and cost-effective health care.
  6. Applies knowledge from economics and business to understand how health care is financed and organized.
  7. Advocates for health care policy change to influences the health care system and nursing practice.


Advanced practice nurses translate and disseminate research outcomes to advance nursing knowledge, and practice, and direct solutions to nursing and health system problems.


The advanced practice nurse:
  1. Critically appraises research and synthesizes research and practice evidence.
  2. Analyzes the relevance of research outcomes for clinical and health system and integrates them into advanced practice.
  3. Applies research outcomes to improve practice outcomes within the practice setting.
  4. Employs electronic and emerging technology to access, process, and disseminate information in order to improve health outcomes.