MSN Curriculum for Registered Nurses
The MSN curriculum for registered nurses consists of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. Associate degree or diploma-prepared registered nurses without a bachelor's degree complete bridge courses (RN to MSN) prior to matriculation into the MSN program. Registered nurses with a BA/BS (Educational Mobility Option) demonstrate eligibility for the MSN program through the admission process via a portfolio packet.
The core MSN courses include theoretical and practical knowledge, which serve as the foundation for advanced nursing education in a variety of roles. Core courses focus on three major themes which are consistent with the philosophy for the graduate program: critical systematic inquiry, professional and personal development, and management of information and resources in a rapidly changing health care environment.
Nursing Core (12 semester hours)
NURS 501 Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 502 Nursing Research (3)
*NURS 505 Health Care Informatics (3)
NURS 864 Epidemiologic Methods in Health Care (3)
*Instead of NURS 505, MSN CNL students take NURS 854 Advanced Informatics (3)
Graduate Support (8 semester hours)
NURS 500 Health Care Ethics for Nursing Leaders (3)
NURS 690 Health Care Policy for Nursing Leaders (2)
NURS 754 Nursing Leadership & Management Concepts (3)
Synthesis and Application (6 semester hours - MSN CNL 8 semester hours)
**NURS 703 Graduate Nursing Practicum I (2)
***NURS 705 Graduate Nursing Practicum II (2)
***NURS 797 Scholarly Project (2)
**Instead of NURS 703, CNL students take NURS 852 CNL Leadership for Quality (2)
***Instead of NURS 705 & NURS 797, MSN CNL students take NURS 853 Leadership Practicum for RNs (6)
ELECTIVES/CONCENTRATED STUDY (minimum of 10 semester hours)
Students select elective courses and can customize plan of study by choosing courses from among the available areas (general studies) or select one area of concentrated study.
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