Quote from missbecky2006
None of the DEMSN programs in my area can specialize. I checked the U of MN, I checked Marquette -- they both graduate and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX and that's it. I thought that was consistent everywhere. What programs let you specialize? Is that still current information? I am not aware of any direct entry programs that graduate NPs. I think in the past some of them graduated CNS's but I think that has mostly gone away too. Anyway, side tangent, not what the OP was asking.
not wanting to go too far off topic
, but, since you asked, here is a listing, from a quick Google search, of some (probably not all
) direct entry programs that offer a variety of specific advanced practice concentrations (NP, CNS, CNM). While I can't vouch for the listing information of every single
school on this list being current, I'm personally aware of quite a few of the programs and know that the information for those schools is accurate:
UCSF, CSU-LA, Azusa Pacific U, U Conn, Yale, Georgetown, Emory, U Of Hawaii, UI Chicago, U of So. Maine, Boston College, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Northeastern U, Regis College, Simmons College, Grand Valley State U, Columbia U, U of Rochester, East Carolina U, Case Western Reserve U, Ohio State U, U of Cincinnati, Oregon Health & Science U, Thomas Jefferson U, Vanderbilt U, UT Austin, U of Vermont, VA Commonwealth U, Seattle U, and U of Washington.
I know that, while Duke does not have a formal
direct-entry MSN program, it does
offer an "ABSN-MSN pathway" that is basically the same thing (you go directly from the ABSN into the MSN program), and which offers a wide variety of advanced practice clinical specialty concentrations. I'm sure that there are other schools that do the same thing, that don't turn up on a search or listing of specifically direct-entry MSN programs.
I'm not sure where you got the info that Marquette does not offer a clinical specialties within its direct entry program. Here's what the Marquette website says (today) about their program:
"Marquette University College of Nursing
Direct Entry MSN
The master’s program for non-nursing graduates is designed for those individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing and who wish to become nurses. The program builds upon the student’s broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated, and specialized nursing curriculum to meet the student’s career goals. Students complete the nursing requirements and meet the BSN program objectives in an intense 15-month pre-MSN phase. Students are prepared in the MSN program for advanced nursing practice roles in: acute care, adults, older adults, pediatrics (acute and primary care),
clinical nurse leader, health care systems leadership or nurse-midwifery. ... Graduates will be academically eligible to take the appropriate certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or other specialty certification body."
(Oops -- forgot to post the link the first time around: http://www.marquette.edu/nursing/Aca...an_28_2010.pdf
Here is the link, too, for the general list of direct-entry programs across the US and what specialties they offer: Direct Entry MSN (Masters in Nursing) Programs
The idea of a "generalist" MSN is a pretty recent invention, even among direct-entry programs. Direct-entry programs offering an advanced practice specialty role concentration have been around for decades, and I've only been hearing about "generalist," non-specialized direct entry programs over the last several years.