Wagner College’s graduate nursing program is designed for professional nurses. It prepares them to advance nursing knowledge and abilities generally and in a specific functional area. It is organized around key concepts of nursing, health, individual, and environment. Students in the program have the opportunity to expand their knowledge base, synthesize knowledge into new concepts and theories, test theories, create new ideas and processes, and apply them in nursing practice. Students are given the opportunity to learn strategies of leadership and change in order to improve nursing practice and the health status of society. The graduate student is prepared in the role areas of nurse educator or family nurse practitioner. The program prepares its graduates to actively participate in improving the delivery of health care, conducting research, and acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.