Choose Your Path
Advancements in the health care field have opened up new and exciting career opportunities for nurses. Students in the MSN program can choose a specialization preparing them for one of these crucial nursing roles:
Nurse educators teach student nurses, practicing nurses and other health care providers, and clients. This teaching may occur in either academic or practice settings. Their duties often include curriculum development, instructional design, teaching, and evaluation of learning. Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or Nursing Professional Development (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nurse executives manage or direct others in a health care setting. These positions may have titles such as manager, director, supervisor, or chief nursing officer and are responsible for leadership, organizational systems, management of human and other resources, and health care finance and economics. Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification in Nurse Executive-Advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nurse informaticists oversee health care technology systems, workflows for communication, and use of patient data for health care quality and safety. An informaticist’s responsibilities typically include information and knowledge management, workflows, system design, planning and evaluation, and project management. Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification in Nursing Informatics (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioners can play a vital role in our healthcare system as the need for primary patient care continues to increase. The University of St. Augustine for Health Science’s Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) specialization will help prepare students for an advanced practice role where they can work with patients and families across the lifespan to promote preventative care, diagnose conditions, and treat acute and chronic illnesses. More about the MSN FNP track here.
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Projecting the Supply and Demand for Primary Care Practitioners Through 2020. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013. https://bhw.hrsa.gov/health-workforce-analysis/primary-care-2020