Nursing, Master of Science (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a 30-credit program developed to provide advanced education in nursing with a specialty focus in Population Health. Students will expand their skill sets in the concepts of research, healthcare related policies and political impacts, leadership and communication, and those skills related to population health and case management. Core areas of advanced nursing practice including pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment are included in the plan of study. The program is offered in an online format in order to accommodate the schedules of nurses in the workforce. The curriculum will provide newer and more seasoned nurses the opportunity to examine in-depth concepts related to healthcare. By doing this, our graduates will be equipped to impact the present healthcare system focusing on prevention as well as treatment, and utilizing available resources to their full potential. The credits earned in this degree will easily transfer into specialized MSN fields or doctoral programs should the graduate wish to pursue a doctorate.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program the learner will be able to:

  1. Integrate basic philosophies from the sciences and humanities to provide high quality nursing care across the life span in diverse settings.
  2. Lead with the ability to make ethical and appropriate critical decisions from an organizational and systems perspective.
  3. Manage the provision of patient care with a focus on patient education, safety, and continuous quality improvement; efficiently navigating through the health care system.
  4. Utilize informatics to translate relevant evidence-based practice, research, and current healthcare strategies, communicating this information to other healthcare team members to promote quality population health.
  5. Recognize their role in advocacy with the policy process to appropriately employ cultural advocacy techniques to influence population health standards.
  6. Incorporate the knowledge gained at the master’s level to act as a change agent in the greater healthcare systems.
  7. Value the practices of lifelong learning while building and leading interprofessional healthcare teams.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the meeting the college’s requirements of all graduate program applications, students interested in the Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) must also:

  • Provide a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Write a formal 800 — 1000-word personal statement of their nursing career goals
It is highly recommended that applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing program have two years working experience or the equivalent in the role of the registered nurse and have successfully completed a college-level statistics course and an upper-division research course.

Graduation Requirements

Graduate students must earn a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0. Students must also earn a grade of B- or higher in their capstone course.

Curriculum

NUR 500Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice and Leadership

3

NUR 505Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NUR 510Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NUR 540Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NUR 610Seminar in Nursing Research

3

NUR 620Policy, Politics and Organization of Healthcare

3

NUR 630Theoretical Foundations of Population Health

3

NUR 640Healthcare Quality: Communication and Informatics

3

NUR 695Capstone: Clinical Applications in Population Health

3

OL 510Leadership Practices in Organizational Communications

3

Total Credit Hours: 30