Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

Master of Science in Applied Gerontology

Patricia Buerger meditates on surf boardStudents may earn a Master of Science in Applied Gerontology or a post-baccalaureate certificate in Gerontology. The 36-hour master's program prepares graduates to work with an aging population. The 15-semester hour post-baccalaureate certificate is ideal for students with other advanced degrees who are seeking an additional graduate credential in gerontology.

Master of Science in Clinical Research and Product Development

Female professor teaching studentsThe purpose of this Master of Science degree is to prepare individuals to participate in the science and business of developing health care products and protocols, from discovery to market and human utilization. Particular emphasis is placed on clinical research as it pertains to biopharmaceutical and device development.

Doctor of Nursing (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing student posing in hospital settingThe Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused terminal degree earned by specialists in advanced practice nursing. The DNP prepares advanced practice nurses (APNs) to analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership that influences and impacts patient safety and quality of culturally competent care in southeastern, North Carolina.

Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing student checks patient's blood pressureThe purpose of this Master of Science program is to prepare an advanced practice generalist who possesses knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide community focused primary care for culturally diverse families in rural or medically underserved areas. This includes advanced theory and clinical education emphasizing: Primary health across the life span for underserved rural or urban populations and High quality, cost-effective, unique health care that results in a high level of patient satisfaction.

Post Master's Certification for Family Nurse Practitioner

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The purpose of the post-master's certificate program is to prepare nurses who already possess an earned Master of Science degree in nursing for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The program of study will be tailored individually for current nurse practitioners who want the FNP certificate.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology

Female senior citizen poses for a portraitThe goal of the program is to provide instruction and educational experiences in the field of gerontology at the graduate level. Coursework will address the biology, sociology and psychology of aging with electives in literature, life transitions, economics, psychosocial adjustment to retirement, ethics, communication and others.

Master of Science: Nurse Educator Concentration

Nursing students learning in simulation settingThe online Master of Science Nurse Educator concentration prepares a nursing professional who uses educational theory in health care teaching situations. The program is designed to produce a professional with teaching and learning skills to prepare health care educators for future health care delivery systems. The 33 credit hour curriculum prepares the graduate for full-time educator roles in institutions of higher education or health care service settings.

Post Master's Certification for Nursing Education

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The purpose of the post-master's certificate program is to prepare nurses who already possess an earned Master of Science degree in nursing for a career as a nurse educator. The curriculum allows for a balance between the theoretical, evaluative and information technology advances in nursing education.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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The MSW Program is committed to the preparation of graduates for a career in clinical practice dedicated to assisting individuals, groups, families, and communities. While promoting equality and social and economic justice, faculty will prepare graduates for practice in a culturally diverse society, upholding the values and ethics of the profession and teaching critical thinking skills designed to enhance the quality of life for all persons.