Master of Science (MS)

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Established in 1979, the Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) at South Dakota State University prepares nurses for advanced practice in nursing administration, leadership, clinical practice, or education.

Program Objectives 
    • To prepare graduates who demonstrate evidence based practice and lifelong learning. 
    • To prepare nurses who serve South Dakota and the region in the delivery of advanced nursing practice as clinical nurse leaders, nurse administrators, nurse educators or family nurse practitioners.
    • To prepare advanced practice nurses for leadership roles in health care.

Program Competencies
At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following competencies: 
  1. Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines into advanced nursing practice.
  2. Display competence within the legal scope of practice for the chosen specialization.
  3. Evaluate, conduct, and utilize research within advanced nursing practice.
  4. 4.Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse life ways of clients.
  5. Seek to decrease health disparities among populations by addressing socioeconomic-political- cultural determinants of health. 
  6. Use leadership, administration, and teaching strategies to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
  7. Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, address the diversity of health care needs, and advance the nursing profession. 
  8. Contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing serving rural and under served populations.