The Master of Nursing program prepares registered nurses for a variety of advanced leadership and education roles in clinical, acute, long-term care, ambulatory, administrative, academic and community settings.
The program offers a Master of Nursing degree in which students have the option to select one of three tracks: Nurse Educator, Administrative Leadership or General. Students have the first year to consider which track bests meets their goals and the areas they seek to develop and may select to complte the program as a part-time or full-time student.
Students complete a set of core nursing courses,100 hours of fieldwork, a capstone project and a public presentation at the annual Master of Nursing Symposium.
Scholarly inquiry, health care systems, policies, nurse and patient education and social issues related to the pressing health issues facing our state, nation, and global community are highlighted in the curriculum. Central to curriculum is the development of leadership skills in practice, research and education through theory, research methods, health care policy, and program development and evaluation. Core nursing values emerge through coursework in ethics, diversity and social justice. Throughout the program there is a strong emphasis on faculty mentorship, both in terms of fieldwork placement and the completion of a capstone project.
The program and its graduate faculty collaborate with a multiple community partners across the region to offer fieldwork opportunities that advance students' professional career goals. In the first year of the program, students explore options to best support their goals with fieldwork and electives taking place the final year.
Program learning goals
In addition to the following learning goals for the program and for each degree track, the core curriculum meets the current American Association of College Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing.
- Evaluate the adequacy of underlying knowledge from nursing science, related fields, and professional foundations as it informs advanced practice;
- Competently assess and manage health-related issues within a defined population or care system, and evaluate the effectiveness of these advanced nursing practices;
- Utilize knowledge and skills in professional practice among diverse and multicultural populations;
- Demonstrate competence in the development of inquiry relevant to practice, education, or administration.
- Develop and utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of health care;
- Demonstrate critical interrogation of positionality, recognition of implicit biases, as well as knowledge and application of anti-racism principles to promote health equity.
- Articulate ethical issues and responsibilities involved in nursing practice.
The program admits once per year in Autumn, is cohort based, and offers a hybrid class schedule designed to be predictable and work-compatible for the busy professional. Students choose to complete the program in two or four years with the option of leave quarters are an option as needed. Visit the degree options to review the curriculum grids and details of the hybrid schedule.
Graduate nursing education
The Master of Nursing degree program is consistent with the UW School of Nursing's Philosophy and Conceptual Framework of Graduate Education and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's "Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing." In order to gain a complete understanding of the program review the following:
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program at the University of Washington Bothell is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Visit the UW School of Nursing accreditation page to learn more.
Updated June 2022