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Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP)

Master of Science in Nursing

The vision of Keuka College’s nursing division is, “to be renowned as a global leader in nursing education.” With this in mind, our master’s in nursing with a concentration in nursing education, is designed to produce future nursing educators in order to address the ongoing nursing faculty shortage.

As a Keuka College nursing student, you’ll examine learning theories and methods as well as the necessary skills for a dynamic role of a nurse educator. As you dive into the specialty educator’s track you will evaluate methods to assess learning needs create plans of instruction, and explore how research and evidence is used to guide education and practice for patients across the lifespan.

After months of study and practical application in an internship, you’ll be prepared for positions in nursing education and advancement into professional and leadership roles. Our graduates work in schools of nursing at community colleges, universities hospitals, and in health care agency education offices and patient-care areas.

Throughout the program, students will participate in an internship designed by the student and in collaboration with the nursing faculty advisor. This begins with educator-track specialty courses and culminates in a capstone professional seminar course.

Program Curriculum

The M.S. in Nursing curriculum consists of 12 courses and 38 credit hours. For planning purposes, classes meet one night each week for four hours. Students spend additional time outside of class to complete readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

The below curriculum is based on guidelines developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Title Credits
NUR 500 Organizational & Systems Leadership 3
NUR 510 Nursing Theory and Research 4
NUR 520 Nursing Informatics 3
NUR 530 Health Care Policy: Advanced Prac Nurse 3
NUR 550 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 560 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NUR 570 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 620 Philosophy/Theories Teaching/Learning 3
NUR 630 Teaching/Learning Environ/Governance 3
NUR 640 Teaching/ Learning Methods 3
NUR 710 Education Internship 3
NUR 750 Professional Seminar/Capstone 3

The M.S. in Nursing Curriculum is based on “The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing” [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2011].


Earn your M.S. in Nursing at one of the following locations:

Elderwood Waverly Community Waverly
North Medical Center Liverpool
Finger Lakes Community College – Victor Campus Victor
The Syracuse Technology Garden Syracuse

Skills & Job Information

Please visit the HESC website for scholarship information.

Upon program completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Take actions aimed at improving the diverse healthcare system through the delivery, education, and administration of relationship-based, compassionate and culturally sensitive care.
  • Utilize research that is both evidence-based and value-based to assure the delivery of high quality, cost-effective, professional nursing interventions.
  • Demonstrate competency in nursing informatics to expand nursing’s knowledge base as educators of nursing care.
  • Build interdisciplinary community healthcare service-learning partnerships to resolve mutually identified health related problems.
  • Expand the use of experiential learning in advance nursing practice.
  • Acquire competency in nursing education at an advanced level.
  • Commit to life-long personal and professional development.

The M.S. in nursing prepares graduates for positions in:

  • Schools of nursing at community colleges, hospitals and universities
  • Staff development departments in patient care centers, health care organizations, home health organizations, seminar companies and professional membership organizations


The master’s degree in nursing at Keuka College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Keuka College M.S. in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents.

In September, the Division of Nursing will host a site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing education. You are invited to participate in this process. Click here for more information.

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Graduate Admissions

Master’s programs run on a year-round basis provided minimum enrollment is met – the ideal cohort size is 8-12 students. Keuka College ASAP students are often considered full-time for financial aid purposes. Students must have access to the Internet, either at home or at a public location, for the entirety of their program.

Application Deadlines

Programs begin three times each year, with start dates scheduled in January, May and August. Applicants are encouraged to apply at least 30 days prior to the month of their planned enrollment.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and applicants will be notified of their admissions status once a decision has been made.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants lacking the minimum GPA may apply for a conditional admissions status.
  • Applicant must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience and motivation.

Additional Requirements for M.S. in Nursing:

  • Bachelor’s degree must be from an accredited nursing program.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.

How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to apply online. Required documents for admission include:

  • Completed application form
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts for each college or university attended
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
    • Please make a brief, approx. 250-word statement describing your reasons for undertaking this particular program and your future academic and professional plans.
  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation (1 for Management, 1 for Criminal Justice, 3 for Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner)
  • Apply for financial aid (if applicable). This should be completed at the time of application. Failure to apply on a timely basis may delay the financial aid award and start of program.

Supplemental materials should be sent to:

Keuka College
Office of Admissions
141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478