Master of Science in Nursing M.S.N. Programs


Program Director:
Professor Debra Servello

The following areas of study are available through the School of Nursing’s M.S.N. program:

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care CNS or NP

Students may choose the adult/gerontology acute care clinical nurse specialist (CNS) area of study or the adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (NP) area of study. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to apply to take the following certification examinations: the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult Acute exam, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP exam, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult/Gerontology CNS exam, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Adult/Gerontology Acute CNS exam.

Population/Public Health

Students who successfully complete the population/public health area of study will be eligible to practice in leadership roles in the community and as nurse educators who instruct community/public health nursing in academic settings.

The M.S.N. program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2023.


Apply to the Graduate School at RIC

Your application can be submitted online. To begin the process you will need to sign up for an account with CollegeNET. Once you have a CollegeNET account, you will be able to log in any time and see your Activity Log which shows you a personalized status page.

Program Details

Health Requirements

Every year students must provide health services with evidence of a negative PPD test or compliance with treatment. Before beginning some clinical nursing courses, students may be expected to meet additional health requirements. All nursing students must have the following information on file in College Health Services:

  1. An admission physical exam.
  2. One dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap).
  3. Two doses of live measles vaccine (preferably MMR) or a blood titer confirming immunity.
  4. Two doses of mumps vaccine (preferably MMR) or a blood titer confirming immunity.
  5. One dose of rubella vaccine or a blood titer confirming immunity.
  6. Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine. A hepatitis B surface antibody titer to confirm sero-conversion is recommended on-to-two months after the final dose.
  7. Provider documented proof, including date or age, of chicken pox disease or a varicella titer confirming immunity or two doses of varicella vaccine.
  8. An initial 2-step PPD** tuberculin skin test and yearly PPD updates (or chest x-ray if PPD positive and yearly TB assessment, which is completed at College Health Services).
  9. Flu vaccine every Fall Semester.

*Health-care workers born on or before Dec. 31, 1956, are only required to have documentation of one dose each of measles, mumps and rubella or titers confirming immunity.

**2-Step PPD – two separate PPDs planted at least a week apart but not more than a year apart prior to entering into nursing clinical.

Download a printable copy of this checklist by clicking here.

Students will not be admitted to the first class meeting of a nursing practicum course without having complied with the health requirements. Proof of immunization may be obtained from your physician, high school, previous college or university, military record, and/or from blood titers.

Nursing majors should follow the guidelines on the college immunization form or call College Health Services at 401-456-8055 for further information. Once all required information is complete, students may pick up their laminated identification cards at College Health Services.​

Program/Learning Goals

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply scientific knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to plan, direct and evaluate health care.
  2. Assume leadership responsibilities to shape nursing practice in adult/older adult care, nurse anesthesia or population/public health nursing.
  3. Implement quality and safety initiatives to assure positive individual and population health outcomes.
  4. Promote translation and integration of scholarship, research, and evidence-based practice.
  5. Incorporate innovative healthcare technologies and informatics to improve care management and enhance outcomes.
  6. Promote policies that assure quality, cost effective and equitable care within a dynamic health care system.
  7. Engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative practice to improve individual and population health outcomes.
  8. Analyze population health needs of a diverse society for preventive health strategies.
  9. Demonstrate ethical practice, professional responsibility, and continued professional growth.
  10. Demonstrate master's level nursing practice.
  11. Assume advanced practice roles in adult/gerontology acute care, nurse anesthesia or population/public health nursing.