Overview & Program of Study
MS in Care Management
The College of Nursing is now offering nurses a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Care Management. A program specifically in Geriatric Care Management is also an option.
Why should you go on to earn an MS?
The increasing complexity of medical treatments & therapies, growing numbers of persons with chronic health conditions, and the rapid expansion of technological innovations mandates that nurses be highly educated and capable of navigating multiple systems of care. Nurses who are well prepared in baccalaureate and higher degree programs are better prepared to use a systems approach in addressing quality outcomes (Tri-Council report on education advancement of RNs, 2010). Coupled with the need for a more highly-educated workforce, there is a growing faculty shortage, complicated by the increasing age of current faculty. The average age for a master’s degree prepared professor is 58 years of age. Critical shortages and increased demand are anticipated for nurse informaticists, nurse educators and care managers.
The College of Nursing currently offers an MS program with three emphases: Nursing Education, Care Management, and Nursing Informatics. The MS program in nursing prepares nurses to fill critical shortages in the U.S. and worldwide, including roles as nursing faculty, expert care managers in a variety of clinical settings, and nurses prepared in informatics. The College long ago recognized that students from rural and/or under-served areas of the state often face difficulties with expenses and traveling long distances, which is why it instituted its successful distance learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate level students.