MSN Outcomes & Competencies

MSN Degree Program
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for experienced nurses with a BSN degree who are independent learners and who want the convenience and flexibility an online program can offer. The MSN degree requires a minimum of 36 credits consisting of different combinations of courses: core, direct care core, electives, specialty, and Practicum. Two years experience in nursing is recommended and a BSN degree from an accredited program is required.

Three areas of nursing specialty are offered: Nurse Educator, Nursing Informatics and Nursing Administration.

The Nurse Educator program prepares graduates for teaching roles in healthcare and academic settings. The Nursing Informatics program prepares graduates to function as a nursing informatics specialist. The Nursing Administration program prepares graduates for the role of nurse administrator in healthcare settings. A certificate in the selected area of specialty is awarded along with the MSN degree. Learn more.

MSN Degree Program Outcomes
On completion of the MSN degree program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply research methods to evaluate current knowledge from nursing theory, nursing science and related disciplines to inform and/or initiate change in practice.
  2. Demonstrate the use of scholarly inquiry to inform practice decisions.
  3. Apply ethical decision-making in practice.
  4. Analyze the effect of health policy, finance, technology, and the organizational context on the development and implementation of quality programs.
  5. Demonstrate the use of leadership strategies that advance the design, implementation and evaluation of practice initiatives.
  6. Analyze the effect of sociopolitical, cultural, and global influences on practice.
  7. Utilize inter-professional communication to improve practice outcomes.
  8. Integrate advances in technology into practice.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.

Nurse Educator Competencies
In addition to the MSN degree outcomes, the graduate of the Nurse Educator Program will be able to:

  1. Apply theories of education and related sciences to the development and evaluation of nursing and healthcare curricula.
  2. Facilitate learning of individuals and groups using theories of education, nursing, testing and evaluation, and technological innovation.
  3. Apply leadership strategies to contribute to the ongoing development of the profession of nursing and nursing education.
  4. Utilize research to analyze the outcomes of nursing interventions and improve nursing practice and nursing pedagogy.
  5. Apply strategies that recognize multicultural factors in teaching and learning.
  6. Utilize theories of change to advance the profession of nursing.
  7. Analyze ethical theories and ethical decision-making in the educational setting.
  8. Analyze trends in healthcare and nursing education and their impact on the profession of nursing, nursing education, and the delivery of patient care.
  9. Design curriculum, implement and evaluate curriculum based on sound educational principles, theory, and research.

Nursing Informatics Competencies
In addition to the MSN degree outcomes, the graduate of the Nursing Informatics Program will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge, skills, and scientific findings from nursing science, computer science, information science, and cognitive science in the professional practice of nursing informatics.
  2. Analyze the concepts of, and relationships between data, information, knowledge and wisdom for implications to nursing practice.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in the professional practice of nursing informatics through the use of effective communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and administrative skills.
  4. Participate at each stage within the health information systems life cycle as a leader and team member.
  5. Promote the use of healthcare informatics-related education for consumers and healthcare providers.
  6. Integrate legal, ethical, regulatory, technical, and professional standards into the development and implementation of healthcare related information systems.
  7. Use research, evidence based practice, quality improvement and safety methodologies in the evaluation and improvement of healthcare information systems.
  8. Advance nursing informatics professional practice and values.

Nursing Administration Competencies
In addition to the MSN degree outcomes, the graduate of the Nursing Administration Program will be able to:

  1. Utilize systems thinking to lead and manage complex healthcare organizations.
  2. Provide leadership in the professional design of nursing care grounded in ethical, multicultural, and professional standards and healthcare policy.
  3. Utilize financial, material, human, and environmental resources to benefit nursing divisions in complex healthcare organizations.
  4. Use information management systems to facilitate organizational decision-making.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills and relationship building competencies to support organizational goals.
  6. Demonstrate leadership in the professional community.
  7. Integrate best evidence to provide quality nursing care and promote improvement in healthcare outcomes.
  8. Use an interdisciplinary approach to execute nursing administration practice.