MASTER OF SCIENCE

Nursing

NURS 510 Foundational Concepts for Master Prepared Nurses (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Description: This course is the first course in the core curriculum for Master of Science in nursing. It provides an overview of the theory in advanced nursing to prepare the graduate with a broad knowledge and practice expertise that builds and expands upon their entry-level nursing practice. After the completion of this course, the student will have a deeper understanding of the discipline of nursing to engage an advanced level of nursing practice and leadership in a variety of settings with the commitment to the lifelong learning philosophy.

 

NURS 515 Quality and Safety (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: B or higher in NURS 510

Description: This course will introduce the student to the quality and process improvement methodologies within different healthcare settings. After the completion of this course, the student will have a deeper understanding of nursing’s role in quality and processes improvement. The student will delve into the foundations of quality and process improvement practice through different standpoints, histories, frames of reference and interpretations of different views of the best practices.

 

NURS 520 Healthcare Policy (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Description: This course will build upon the student’s current knowledge in healthcare policy and advocacy. This course will discuss theories and perspectives of the nursing Framework to support Population, communities, individuals to improve health outcomes. The student will draw on the policy and advocacy science literature; the course will present students with overviews of theories of information, action, sociality, conflict, and interaction within traditional and digital environments. Through readings and examples, the course includes attention to sociotechnical theories around communities of practice, online communities, social media, and enterprise knowledge management. This seminar course offers the student a better understanding of the advanced practice nurse responsibility in healthcare policy and advocacy.

 

NURS 540 Advanced Research Methods and Evidenced-Based Practices (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Description: This course builds upon the nurse’s knowledge of research theories and methods and evidence-based practices. This course will have some strong focus and data analytics and evaluation. Throughout readings, case studies and the application of data the student will have practical experience evaluating evidence-based solutions to improve the health outcomes of an individual or population.

 

NURS 550 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology and Health Assessment (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Description: This course builds upon the nurse’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathology in the disease process, pharmacology, and health assessment associated with the human body systems. This course is an integrated approach to health assessment.

 

NURS 605 Foundations for the Clinical Nurse Leader I (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program with the Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration

Description: This course provides a foundation for the implementation of the clinical nurse leader role. The student focuses on the role and its contribution to improve patient outcomes, ensure quality care and reduce health care cost. Concepts, theories, and issues related to nursing leadership and care environment management are investigated in depth. End of program competencies for the Clinical Nurse Leader role will be discussed.

 

NURS 610 Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader II (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: NURS 605

Description: The student applies elements of the CL curriculum with a select cohort of clients. This course facilitates the development of skills for advocacy and leadership in a microsystem to promote positive change in a healthcare delivery system while putting best practices into action. This course will include assignments that will fulfill 25 hours of non-preceptee hours that is a part of the total clinical hours needed to fulfill program requirements.

 

NURS 620 Theoretical Foundation in Nursing Education (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Completion of all MSN Core Courses and B or higher in NURS 510

Description: This course prepares the prospective nurse educator with the foundational principles necessary for teaching in various settings: classroom, clinical, and college laboratories, and health care agencies.

 

NURS 625 Curriculum Development (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Completion of all MSN Core Courses

Description: The purpose of this course is to offer the student applications in nursing curriculum design, including the development of a teaching/ learning philosophy, mission statement, programmatic goals, learning objectives, teaching plans, and individual courses.

 

NURS 630 Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program with the Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration

Description: The student will apply principles of epidemiology using public health and population health theories using data and other variables to determine the best possible clinical or population outcomes This course will include assignments that will fulfill 25 hours of non-preceptee hours that is a part of the total hours needed to fulfill program requirements.

 

NURS 635 Clinical Nurse Leader Evaluation of Health Outcomes (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program with the Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration

Description: The student will use quality improvement and process evaluation techniques to track and evaluate health outcomes to ensure the best possible clinical or population outcomes. This course will include assignments that will fulfill 25 hours of non-preceptee hours that is a part of the total clinical hours needed to fulfill program requirements.

 

NURS 640 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Teaching Models (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Description: This course provides an overview of teaching methods utilized in nursing education to support the student learning in clinical, didactic and online learning environments. The student will examine various teaching/learning technologies, including simulation, and integrate these technologies with select teaching methods in the design of coursework to support learning.

 

NURS 645 Assessment and Evaluation in Education (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Completion of all MSN Core Courses

Description: This course explores the theories, principles, and practices that underpin the measurement and evaluation of educational settings and programs. This course includes content on approaches to giving feedback, test construction, and psychometric evaluation, development, and grading of written assignments, evaluation of clinical performance and self-evaluation for personal teaching effectiveness.

 

NURS 695 Nursing Practicum I (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Completion of all MSN Core Courses

Description: This experiential course synthesizes the key concepts of the program extending and applying these concepts to real-life practical problems or research investigation.

 

NURS 699 Nursing Practicum II (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: NURS 695

Description: This course is a continuation of the experiential component. The course synthesizes the key concepts of the program extending and applying these concepts to real-life practical problems or research investigation.