University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jun 07, 2023  

Generalist, M.S.N.

The Generalist specialization of the MSN program prepares nurses with competencies necessary for continuous improvement in safety and quality of healthcare systems.  In addition the program builds on previous clinical knowledge and experince as an RNN and focuses education on knowledge and skills to meet the every changing complexities of our health care.  Finally, this provides nurses with a foundation for further education in an advance practice nursing role.

Contact Information

Stephanie S. DeBoor, PhD, APRN, ACNS_BC, CCRN
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Associate Professor

Orvis School of Nursing
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
MS 0134
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 682-7156

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  2. Provide advanced, ethical, evidence-based nursing services for multi-cultural and ethnic individuals, families, aggregates, and select p
  3. Apply patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.
  4. Collaborate with other professionals and members of the community to provide optimal coordinated health care to individuals, families, special populations, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Respect diversity to address complex health care needs of persons, including the un-served and under-served, populations and communities, in the role of nurse leader, educator, and/or advanced practice nurse.
  6. Participate in the organization, management, and policy negotiations of health care delivery systems to use ethical principles and advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  7. Participate in the application of safe patient care and quality health care practices.
  8. Participate in the development of nursing as a science, through the use of theory,  research, and scientific processes, while acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements

Admission for the MSN Generalist occurs twice a year (Fall & Spring).  Deadline for Fall admission is March 1st and October 1st for Spring admission.The UNR Graduate School must receive all application materials before or on the deadline dates. In order to qualify for admission the candidate must:

  • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least a 3.0
  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from an NLNAC-or CCNE accredited nursing school. Or
  • Have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing and have a complimentary Bachelor’s degree (examples, BA, BS).
  • Have verification of current licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the United States. Students must be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Nevada.
  • Successful completion of a three credit graduate level applied statistics course (at UNR - EDRS 640). This course can be added to the first semester of the plan of study.  
  • A resume that includes educational, professional and community service experience.
  • A letter of intent should be single spaced, 12 point font, and no longer than 1,000 words.
  • Provide three letters of reference to the graduate program director using the form on the OSN website.
  • Submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Optional, required for those students applying for the MSN/MPH program of study).

An interview may be required.

The total of required units for completing the degree varies according to the option the student selects. The minimum number of required units for completion of the MSN is 35. With graduate advisor approval, MSN students may apply more than 3 S/U units to the 35 units required.

With advisor approval, applicants may apply graduate-level credit earned at another university to the University of Nevada, Reno requirements to satisfy specific course requirements in the nursing program. Applicants must provide specific course information for review to determine if the transferred courses are equivalent to university requirements. If approved, such courses may be included in the official program of study.

Program of Study (full time)

B. Year 1 - Spring Semester (9 units)

C. Year 1 - Summer Semester (7-8 units)

D. Year 2 - Fall Semester (7-8 units)

Program of Study (part-time)

B. Year 1 - Spring Semester (7-8 units)

C. Year 1 - Summer Semester (4-5 units)

D. Year 2 - Fall Semester (6-8 units)

E. Year 2 - Spring Semester (3 units)

II. Total Units (35-37 units)