The Graduate Nursing Studies Program at Lamar University offers students the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) on-line in either the Nursing Education Track or the Nursing Administration Track. The program was nationally accredited in 2005 and commended for its current curriculum. Full or part-time study is available. The courses are delivered on-line through WebCt and distance education offers student support services to assist on-line learners. The 37 credit hour program has 15 credit hours of core courses (common to both tracks) and 22 credit hours in track courses. One elective or special topics course may be taken in each track. The Nursing Education Track provides Baccalaureate prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to become educators in academic settings. Particular focus is placed on teaching-learning strategies and theories, curriculum development, measurement and evaluation and role development as an educator. The Nursing Administration Track provides Baccalaureate prepared nurses with advanced knowledge central to organization management, leadership, healthcare policy and economics. Nursing Administration courses and business support courses in financial accounting, economics and marketing prepare leaders for a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Both tracks have Practicum courses where students are mentored by either a nurse executive/manager or master teacher in a hands-on environment. Students may be matched with these practicum preceptors in various healthcare agencies or colleges/schools of nursing.