Curriculum Changes Update

If you are a RN-BSN nursing student, learn more about new curriculum changes.

If you are a MSN-Nurse Educator student, learn more about new curriculum changes.

If you are a MSN-Nursing Informatics student, learn more about new curriculum changes.

If you are a MSN-Nursing Administration student, learn more about new curriculum changes.

 

Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Degree Program Requirements

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 of nursing experience is recommended, and a BSN degree from an accredited program is required.

MSN Program Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. Core Courses 12
II. Electives 6
III. Area of Specialty (choose one) 15
Nurse Educator 15
Nursing Informatics 15
Nursing Administration 15
Total 36 credits

Nurse Educator Program

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The Nurse Educator program prepares graduates for teaching roles in healthcare and academic settings. A Nurse Educator Certificate is awarded in addition to the degree upon MSN program completion.

Nurse Educator Program Credits
Core Courses 12
Health Policy (NUR-529) 3
Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NUR-530) 3
Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues (NUR-531) 3
Nursing Leadership in a Global Community (NUR-600) 3
Direct Care Courses 9
Advanced Health Assessment (NUR-516) 3
Advanced Pathophysiology (NUR-640) 3
Advanced Pharmacology (NUR-650) 3
Specialty Courses 9
Theoretical Foundations & Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education (NUR-630) 3
Curriculum Theory & Development in Nursing Education (NUR-700) 3
Testing, Assessment & Evaluation (NUR-710) 3
Practicum Courses 6
Nurse Educator: Seminar and Practicum I (NUR-740)* 3
Nurse Educator: Seminar and Practicum II (NUR-750)* 3
Total 36 credits
*Note: Completion of 120 on ground, supervised hours is required
in each Practicum course. Application for Practicum placement is
submitted six months in advance. The Practicums must be taken
consecutively at the same facility.

Nursing Informatics Program

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The Nursing Informatics program prepares graduates to function as nursing informatics specialists. A Nursing Informatics Certificate is awarded in addition to the degree upon MSN program completion.

Nursing Informatics Program Credits
Core Courses 12
Health Policy (NUR-529) 3
Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NUR-530) 3
Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues (NUR-531) 3
Nursing Leadership in a Global Community (NUR-600) 3
Elective Courses 9

Electives may be selected from the nursing elective course offerings, direct care core courses and /or alternate specialty area courses.

For example, students may take three courses in nursing to enhance their skill base and work toward a future certificate in another nursing specialty.

 
Specialty Courses 9
Nursing Informatics: Systems Life Cycle (NUR-631) 3
Nursing Informatics: Databases and Knowledge Management (NUR-701) 3
Nursing Informatics: Consumer Informatics and Communication Technologies (NUR-711) 3
Practicum Courses 6
Nursing Informatics: Seminar and Practicum I (NUR-721)* 3
Nursing Informatics: Seminar and Practicum II (NUR-731)* 3
Total 36 credits
*Note: Completion of 120 onground, supervised hours is required
in each Practicum course. Application for Practicum placement is
submitted six months in advance. The Practicums must be taken
consecutively at the same facility.

Nursing Administration Program

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The Nursing Administration program prepares graduates for the role of nurse administrator in healthcare settings. A Nursing Administration
Certificate is awarded in addition to the degree upon MSN program completion.

Nursing Administration Program Credits
Core Courses 12
Health Policy (NUR-529) 3
Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NUR-530) 3
Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues (NUR-531) 3
Nursing Leadership in a Global Community (NUR-600) 3
Elective Courses 9

Electives may be selected from the nursing elective course offerings, direct care core courses and /or alternate specialty area courses.

For example, students may take three courses in nursing to enhance their skill base and work toward a future certificate in another nursing specialty.

 
Specialty Courses 9
Nursing Administration: Standards and Structures (NUR-632) 3
Nursing Administration: Executive Managerial Process (NUR-702) 3
Nursing Administration: Resources Acquisition and Management (NUR-712) 3
Practicum Courses 6
Nursing Administration: Seminar and Practicum I (NUR-722)* 3
Nursing Administration: Seminar and Practicum II (NUR-732)* 3
Total 36 credits
*Note: Completion of 120 onground, supervised hours is required
in each Practicum course. Application for Practicum placement is
submitted six months in advance. The Practicums must be taken
consecutively at the same facility.


**Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues, a graduate-level course, replaced Emerging Trends in Healthcare Technology in both BSN and MSN degree requirements as of January 2011.

Returning students who have already completed Emerging Trends in Healthcare Technology will not be required to take Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues unless they are returning to, or plan to continue on for the MSN/Nursing Informatics degree. For the MSN/Nursing Informatics degree, students must take the new course Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues to complete the requirements for that degree and receive the Nursing Informatics certificate. Emerging Trends in Healthcare Technology may be used as an elective course for these students.