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

Program Outcomes

To prepare Nurse Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Educators who:

  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning,
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings, and 
  • function in leadership roles.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following outcomes: 
  1. Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines to promote and translate evidence into practice to effectively tailor health care to diverse populations.
  2. Use leadership strategies at the organizational and individual level to work with interprofessional teams to recommend quality improvement initiatives to provide safe healthcare delivery and improve population health.
  3. Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, decrease health disparities and address the diversity of health care needs.
  4. Utilize informatics to enhance delivery of healthcare to a population.
  5. Communicate effectively with populations to improve health through population-centered strategies of health promotion/disease prevention education.
  6. Master's Specialization specific Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Nurse Administrator: Analyze and apply a broad spectrum of administrative functions such as management principles and business skills to influence health care delivery systems (meets program Content Student Learning Outcome, Essential IX).
    • Nurse Educator: Utilize acquired knowledge and skills to develop and implement a nurse educator evidence-based practice in a variety of settings (meets program Content Student Learning Outcome, Essential IX).
    • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL): Utilize microsystem assessment date to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions that imrpove safety and quality for selected populations (meets program Content Student Learning Outcome, Essential IX).
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): Collaborate with the interprofessional team in the translation, implementation, analysis and dissemination of evidence-based practice to improve healthcare outcomes (meets program Content Student Learning Outcome, Essential IX).

Certification Eligibility

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Announcement

The South Dakota State University Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program has met ANCC's certification eligibility educational requirements.

Students who complete these programs have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in the respective role and population.

Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification" (ANCC, December 14, 2016).