Tracks designed to help nurses excel

Enhance your understanding of the health care system and help improve quality and safety of patient care. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Morningside College's Nylen School of Nursing has three tracks to choose from. 

Earn your MSN degree on your timeline. You can attend full-time or part-time. You can also tailor your plan of study to reach your specific career goals. Learn more about each track and their plan of study below. 

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The CNL prepares you to become a clinical nurse generalist able to work in all patient health care delivery settings. The role may vary depending upon the setting and patient population.

You'll be able to apply advanced competencies in:

  • nursing leadership
  • communication
  • care environment management
  • integration and coordination of care
  • risk assessment
  • implementation of evidence-based practice
  • valuation of clinical outcomes

After earning your MSN, you could work as a clinical nurse leader, clinician, team leader, patient care coordinator, outcome manager, educator, client advocate, or systems analyst and risk anticipator.

View the CNL plan of study.

Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

This track prepares you for the role of an Advanced Practice Nurse functioning as a nurse practitioner. The FNP track allows you to focus on characteristics and issues of individuals and families in the primary care setting.

In this role, you may:

  • conduct physical exams
  • diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries 
  • administer treatments
  • manage chronic health problems
  • become a recognized leader 

Nurse practitioners will obtain certification in the specialty before entering the practice setting.

All direct patient care roles will need to achieve certification and state licensure in the specified role for which they were educated in (Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner).

View the FNP plan of study.

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

This track prepares you for the role of an Advanced Practice Nurse functioning as a nurse practitioner. The AGNP track allows you to focus on unique characteristics and issues of the aging population in primary care settings. 

In this role, you may:

  • conduct physical exams
  • diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries 
  • administer treatments
  • manage chronic health problems
  • become a recognized leader 

Nurse practitioners will obtain certification in the specialty before entering the practice setting.

All direct patient care roles will need to achieve certification and state licensure in the specified role for which they were educated in (Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner).

View the AGNP plan of study.