The graduate school at Beverly's Endicott College is slated to offer two new tracks in its master of science in nursing program beginning in January 2014.
Offered at the Van Loan School for Graduate and Professional Studies, the family nurse practitioner and global health nursing programs have received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
The family nurse practitioner and global health nursing programs join existing concentrations in nursing administration and nursing education.
Endicott College President Richard Wylie said that the approval of these programs is timely, as the school recently took ownership of the Stoneridge Montessori building on campus.
"This building will be renamed the Center for Nursing and Health Professions," Wylie said in a recent statement. "It will become the new home for all nursing and health programs at the bachelor and master’s degree levels."
Wylie added that these new programs aim to contribute to the comprehensive health care education center at Endicott.
According to a recent statement from the school, the family nurse practitioner concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to deliver comprehensive primary care to clients from infancy to adulthood. The curriculum emphasis is on interdisciplinary collaboration and strategies for meeting patients' primary care needs through a family-centered approach to health promotion and illness intervention.
In the program, students will complete specialty coursework in advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology, health promotion, disease prevention, differential diagnosis and disease management.
In addition, the students are required to complete a minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours.
Upon completion of the family nurse practitioner track, students are eligible for family nurse practitioner certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The second program, global health nursing, is an area of advanced practice that appeals to nurses as they experience the changing diversity of the patient population, according to an announcement from the school.
Global health nursing aims to bridge the disciplines of nursing, public health, international health and global health.
This concentration will cover content from these areas with a particular emphasis on the role of the professional global health nurse as an advocate, leader, mentor, role model, collaborator, scholar, expert clinician, educator, interdisciplinary consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur.
Students also complete a 144 hour internship experience in global health nursing.
The master’s degree programs in nursing received full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) in October 2012.