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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Master's Degree Specialties

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As a master's student at the Connell School of Nursing, you will choose one advanced practice specialty from 7 options. The specialty component of your degree will prepare you for certification as a nurse practitioner (NP) or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). The NP programs focus mainly on primary care. In addition to Master's degree programs, coursework and specialty certificates are offered in two non-degree specialties: Forensics and Palliative Care.

adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner

Adult health nurses work with adolescents, adults, and the elderly. They offer care in clinics, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), private practice, occupational health, home care, and school settings. Clinical opportunities may be tailored to meet a student's individual area of interest, such as oncology or gerontology.


family nurse practitioner

Family nurse practitioners deliver primary care to individuals, families, and communities across a broad range of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, age, and developmental strata. Course work combines principles of epidemiology and community health to prepare you for practice, leadership, and advocacy roles. Family health nurses practice in ambulatory settings, home health agencies, occupational health sites, prisons, senior centers, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps.

nurse anesthesia – crna

Nurse anesthetists work in virtually every setting in which anesthesia is administered, and administer approximately 65 percent of all anesthesia in the United States each year. Boston College's partnership with Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, the largest provider of anesthesia services in the state, ensures that our nurse anesthetists have broad hands-on experience at a range of clinical sites. As mandated for certification, the nurse anesthesia specialty has unique application requirements and processes compared with other specialty areas.


pediatric primary care nurse practitioner

Pediatric nurses provide primary care to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents and practice in a range of settings. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Boston College's pediatric nurse practitioner specialty among the top 10 pediatric nursing programs in the nation.


psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner

Family psychiatric mental health nurses conduct individual and group psychotherapy, diagnose psychiatric disorders, perform psychiatric assessments and evaluations, and provide consultation to primary care providers. They practice in a variety of settings, including private practice, outpatient, partial hospitalization, day treatment, and community-based intervention programs.


women's health nurse practitioner

Women's health nurse practitioners offer direct care that meets the unique concerns of women across the life span: in adolescence, during normal pregnancies, and into senescence. They are prepared to participate in research or publishing, serve as case managers, and educate patients, groups, communities, and other health care professionals.



Additional Specialty Electives


forensic nursing

Forensic nurses work with individual clients and families to provide consultation services, collect evidence from perpetrators and survivors of violent crime, and testify in court. They have the opportunity to advance forensic nursing science, develop policy, influence legislation, and collaborate with other health care, social services, and criminal justice system professionals to enhance the care of victims and perpetrators of violence.

palliative care

Palliative care nurses deliver innovative nursing interventions and treat health conditions with the goal of improving the quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families. Palliative care nurses choose a population-based concentration — adult, gerontological, pediatric, or community health nursing — and work in symptom-management clinics, home health and community agencies, long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, and hospice settings.