The MSN Program can be completed in as little as two years is provided in an executive format with some courses meeting face-to-face at the beginning and end of the semester with majority coursework provided online. Click here for information about tuition and fees!
Clinical Nurse Leader
This track prepares nurse leaders to focus on improving quality and safety outcomes for clients or populations of clients utilizing assessment, design, implementation, coordination and evaluation of evidence-based quality improvement solutions at the unit level.
This track is designed to prepare practicing nurses to assume roles as educators in baccalaureate and associate degree nursing programs, staff development programs, continuing education programs, and community health education programs.
Rural Case Manager
This track prepares nurses to coordinate and implement case management services at the system and community levels to promote quality cost-effective health outcomes for rural populations.
The MSN program provides registered nurses, with a baccalaureate degree, with an opportunity to build expertise in a specialized area of practice while enhancing their skills in theory and research in professional practice.
The degree requires 39 semester hours of graduate level coursework with a blend of classroom and practicum experiences. Coursework is offered in an executive format, meeting face-to-face with majority coursework online.
Students may enroll as either full-time or part-time students. Full-time students can expect to complete their degree in a little over two years through an individualized plan of study. All full-time and part-time students must complete all degree requirements within five (5) calendar years of the date of the first registration for graduate study.
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PURPOSE OF THE MSN PROGRAM
The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is to prepare nurses for advanced roles in specialty areas of nursing and provide a foundation for additional graduate study. The advanced practice area of nurse educator, clinical nurse leader, or rural case manager can be practiced in diverse healthcare settings. Graduates of the program will be able to improve nursing practice through the advancement of nursing knowledge, contribute to the improvement of health care delivery, participate in health policy development, and contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES OF THE MSN PROGRAM
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
- Synthesize evidence-based knowledge, theories and principles from nursing, the arts and humanities, bio-psycho-social and applied sciences which support advanced nursing practice and role development.
- Assume leadership role in coordinating, managing, and improving health services for culturally diverse populations by using knowledge of political, economic, organizational, and regulatory systems.
- Direct organizational and systems leadership initiatives for the improvement of health outcomes and safety for diverse individuals, families, groups, populations, and communities across the continuum of care.
- Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare providers and consumers in designing, implementing, and evaluating health services for the attainment of shared health care goals that focus on clinical prevention and population health.
- Integrate information technology for evidence-based care management, education, collaboration, and decision-making to improve health outcomes.
- Demonstrate beginning competence in applying research principles to clinical practice that will impact advanced nursing practice and education as well as health programs and services.
- Assume accountability for ethical values, principles, and personal beliefs that acknowledge human diversity and influence professional practice decisions and nursing interventions.
- Adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory mandates and professional standards for advanced nursing practice.
- Engage in professional behaviors that reflect a commitment to lifelong learning and excellence in advanced nursing practice.
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