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The Helene Fuld School of Nursing offers the traditional BSN, an RN to BSN Completion Program, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree and Post-Master Certification in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). As a master's program student, a total of forty-eight to fifty-one (48-51) credits will be required to earn a Master's Degree in Nursing. As a post-master's student, a total of thirty-one (31) credits will be required to earn a certificate in the FNP program.


Graduate education builds on the foundation of undergraduate education. It prepares nurse professionals with advanced practice skills necessary to function as experts who provide direct care in a specialized area of clinical practice. Graduates incorporate advanced theory and research skills into the competencies required to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis and management of the problems of culturally diverse clients.

The graduate nursing program at Coppin State University responds to the health personnel trends and needs of Baltimore City's urban communities, while focusing on the specialty role of the primary care nurse practitioner to define practice and prescribe the educational preparation required.


The purpose of the FNP program in the Helene Fuld School of Nursing is to prepare practitioners to provide advanced primary health care to the underserved population in the urban setting. The curriculum content reflects integration of various concepts that are essential for the graduate program, with unique emphasis on primary care of the urban community.


Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Acquire advanced knowledge from the science and humanities to support advanced nursing practice and role development.
  2. Expand personal knowledge of nursing theories and concepts to serve as a basis for advanced nursing practice.
  3. Acquire the knowledge and skills related to a specific role in nursing.
  4. Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the research process.
  5. Provide care for urban-based ethnically and culturally diverse clients, in health and illness, utilizing appropriate theoretical frameworks.
  6. Plan, initiate, and evaluate change in the health care system.
  7. Utilize computers and other technologies to manage, evaluate, and investigate health care issues.
  8. Develop and implement leadership strategies for the improvement of health care.
  9. Collaborate with multi-disciplined health care teams to foster continuity of care.
  10. Advocate for health care consumer improvement, and for the advancement of nursing as a profession.
  11. Participate in lifelong learning as a professional member of society.
  12. Acquire a foundation for doctoral study.


  1. A Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a course in elementary statistics.
  3. Undergraduate cGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If cGPA is below 3.0, provisional acceptance will be considered.
  4. A photocopy of current licensure for the practice of nursing in at least one state or in a foreign country. For some courses a U.S. license is required.
  5. Evidence of personal and professional qualification in the form of three (3) professional recommendations.
  6. A personal interview is required.


  1. The Office of Admissions must receive application and supporting documents for the Master's and Post-Master's programs by July 15th for fall semester and December 15th for spring semester.
  2. The FNP program admits students to the fall, spring and summer terms. All applicants must submit the following materials:
    • Complete the Coppin State University Graduate Division Application for Admission, pay the required application fee, and submit three (3) letters of recommendation. Have this information sent to the Office of Admissions.
    • Official transcripts from each college or university you attended should be sent to the Office of Admissions.
    • A photocopy of current R.N. licensure in the State of Maryland or valid member of the Nurse Multi-State Licensure Compact should be submitted to the CSU Office of Admissions.
    • A statement of goals and objectives should be submitted to the CSU Office of Admissions.
    • International applicants must submit an official Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report to the Office of Admissions.
    • Proof of satisfactory completion of a course in statistics and nursing research.

Full-Time (2 years) Effective Fall 2006

Year One (Fall Semester) Credits
NURS 610 Advanced Principles of Pathophysiology 3
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion 4
NURS 582 Research in Nursing 3
Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice 2
Year One (Spring Semester)
NURS 660 Primary Health Care for Adults/Older Adults in the Family 3
NURS 661 Primary Health Care for Adults/Older Adults (Practicum) 3
NURS 615 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 512 Research on Urban Family Health 3
Year One (Summer)
NURS 650 Primary Health Care for Women in the Family 2
NURS 651 Primary Health Care for Women (Practicum) 3
NURS 500 Ethics in Nursing 2
Year Two (Fall Semester)
NURS 640 Primary Health Care for Children in the Family 3
NURS 641 Primary Health Care for Children (Practicum) 3
NURS 513 Non-Thesis Research Project 3
NURS 720 Master’s Thesis Guidelines 3
TOTAL 9 - 12
Year Two (Spring Semester)
NURS 700 Primary Health Care for Family (Practicum) 4
NURS 520 Epidemiology 2
NURS 505 Health System Policy Organization & Finance 2
NURS 721 Master’s Thesis Guidelines 3
TOTAL 8 - 11
NURS 507 Global Health: Problems and Issues 2
NURS 530 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 3
NURS 531 Nursing Education 3

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