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May 23, 2018

Husson expands graduate nursing program for online offerings

Husson University's School of Nursing is launching a new fully online track for its master of science in nursing program this fall that focuses on educational leadership.

The program is designed to teach students leadership skills they will need to excel in administrative positions in health care systems and academia. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the financial, operational, regulatory and clinical aspects of health system management.

The program, which is grounded in real-world practices, includes an in-depth combination of educational and leadership theory. In addition, students will gain in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology and health assessment through innovative and integrated online coursework.

All courses are delivered online with 24/7 access, so students can complete coursework when it's convenient for them.

Meeting a need

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs for medical and health services managers, including health care administrators, is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026. Nurse educator job opportunities are expected to grow 16% by 2024. In both cases the job growth is faster than average, compared to other occupations.

"The online versions of our nursing programs are ideal for working professionals interested in furthering their education," said Donna Beuk, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, chair of Husson University's School of Nursing. "Synchronous and asynchronous courses allow nurses to fit degree studies into their busy schedules. Field work and internships are an important part of the degree. Practicing nurses can fulfill the field work requirement at their current employer, if they choose."

The online program is open to students in the U.S. and Canada.

In the United States, Husson University online courses are part of National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs.

Husson's online master's in nursing degree also meets Canadian nursing education standards.

Applications being taken

Husson is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 for students interested in beginning their MSN studies in their family and community nurse practitioner (FCNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) program. In addition to master's degrees, each of these areas of study offer post-master's degree certification programs.

Wayne Steller, vice president of nursing and patient care services at Acadia Hospital, said Husson graduates are an integral part of the hospital's team. "They help us deliver high-quality psychiatric care and make a difference in our patients' lives every day," he said. "Beyond Acadia Hospital, there's a huge demand for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in the community."

The deadline to apply for the advanced practice FCNP and PMHNP programs is July 31. The application deadline for the new educational leadership program is Aug. 15. For more information or to apply to one of these programs, contact Husson University Graduate Admissions at (207) 404-5661 or online here.

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