MSN Curriculum

The Master of Science in Nursing prepares registered nurses to either practice the art and science of delivering care to rural populations or to educate future academicians and nursing leaders. We recognize that MSN-prepared nurses may practice, teach, and influence the health care needs of our populations, and nurse educators and nursing leaders prepare the nurse to practice at all levels of nursing education and leadership. This transformation is a collaboration of blending all health care professions and politics with movement from the grassroots level.

The School of Nursing for graduate education offers concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Leadership/Education (L/E), with certificates available in each. The program will feature both traditional and non-traditional delivery methods.

Major

A. Core Requirements 18 SH
NUR 5002, 5003, 5013, 5022, 5021, 5032, 5053, 5062
1. Leadership/Education (L/E) Concentration
NUR 5103, 5113, 5112, 5111, 5303, 5203, 5232, 5323, 5332 22 SH
2. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration
NUR 5103, 5113, 5112, 5111, 5123, 5124, 5133, 5134, 5144 27 SH
B. TOTAL* 40-45 SH
*Total hours for those pursing a certificate in Leadership/Education (L/E) is 19 hours. It is 30 hours for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNP).

Course Descriptions

NUR 5003 Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR 5003 Introduces the concepts of advanced practice nursing (APN) history; APN roles in practice, leadership and education; global health care issues and political impact; ethics; theories that guide the practice and how to practice with a spiritual foundation. An online problem-based learning approach will be used as the instruction method.

NUR 5022 & 5021 Advanced Nursing Research Strategies I & II
The role of an advanced practice nurse will proceed in this course by examining a wide variety of methods for the ethical conduct of research in nursing. Students will evaluate published research for sources of bias, as well as to determine strengths and weaknesses of different research designs. Skills in critical appraisal, information literacy, and written communication are further developed.

NUR 5032 Advanced Nursing Research Analysis
This course is a continuation of NUR 5022 and 5021. Students will further develop critiquing and writing skills. Strategies for producing, evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting data are introduced. A formal proposal for a research project will be produced.

NUR 5013 Health Care Informatics
This course will assist in the development of a foundation of knowledge, and understanding of the impact of technology and informatics on the delivery of care. It will include an introduction to current and emerging technologies while exploring the impact on patient outcomes.

NUR 5053 Financial, Organizational Behavior, & Health Care Policy Management
This course teaches the application of accounting, economic principles, and financial management strategies to the management of health care resources in health care organizations. While teaching these applications, this course explores focuses on healthcare policy that affects financing, organization and delivery of health care services. This course also introduces students to modern concepts of organizational behavior, theories of motivation, contemporary leadership skills, interdisciplinary teams, and managing organizational change. The course builds upon the competencies of the baccalaureate nurse in organizational behavior to include topics such as diversity and cultural competency, workplace communication, attribution theory and motivation, power, politics, influence, stress management in the workplace, decision making, conflict management and negotiation skills.

NUR 5002 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
This course applies theories of professional nursing: the promotion and maintenance of health among aggregates, (i.e., families, at-risk populations, and communities) within a healthcare/nursing framework. Basic epidemiological principles are addressed and applied to the planning of care and the development of policy for aggregates with quality and safety. This course has a focus on families and spiritually as well in diverse populations with cultural health care and spiritual needs.

NUR 5062 Capstone
Provides students the opportunity to synthesize their learning throughout the program. Students will complete projects begun in earlier semesters and present in both oral and written form.

NUR 5303 Management Theory & Leadership
Philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of leadership and management are explored, and used to develop the framing documents (philosophy, purpose, mission statement) of a health care agency.

NUR 5323 Seminar in Leadership
This course addresses the process of evaluation for the various components of a health care agency. Methods and techniques of evaluation are explored. The role of a nurse leader in a health care setting is addressed.

NUR 5332 Practicum in Leadership
Under the supervision of an approved mentor, students complete 120 hours in a practice setting that provides opportunities to participate in the various aspects of the leadership role, integrating previously learned theories. Students will engage in professional role development.

NUR 5203 Strategies for Curriculum and Instructions
Philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of curriculum development are explored, and used to develop the framing documents (philosophy, purpose, mission statement, program objectives, curriculum grid) of a nursing curriculum. Development of individual courses is addressed. Strategies for effective classroom, clinical, and online instruction are explored. Students develop a lesson plan based on objectives and expected outcomes.

NUR 5232 Practicum in Teaching
Under the supervision of an approved mentor, students complete 120 hours in an educational setting that provides opportunities to develop, deliver, and evaluate an instructional unit integrating previously learned theories. Students will engage in professional role development and the acceptance of faculty responsibilities.

NUR 5103 Advanced Pathophysiology
Physiology is the study of the fundamental processes responsible for the normal function of cells, tissues, and organs, including the chemical and physical factors involved in these processes. Pathophysiology is the study of the physiological changes associated with illness and the mechanisms through which the body attempts to maintain homeostasis when confronted by disease. It is perhaps the most highly integrative basic science taught as part of medical education, involving aspects of anatomy, microanatomy, biochemistry, mathematics and physics. At the heart of physiology is the development of problem-solving skills, the ability to analyze data from various sub-disciplines that physiology comprises and come to some conclusion regarding the physiological state of the patient in question. Pathophysiology is more explanatory than descriptive-the ability to describe why the signs, symptoms and treatments are what they are.

NUR 5113 Advanced Pharmacology
This course provides advanced pharmacology concepts providing the students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the actions of drugs in order to enable them to utilize therapeutic agents in a rational and responsible manner to provide treatment to patients in simple or complex pathophysiology. The categories of drugs and their effects on all major body systems and drug interactions are addressed.

NUR 5112 Health Assessment Didactic
This course provides a framework for systematic collection, organization, interpretation, integration, and communication of data reflecting the health status of individuals from adolescents to older adults. A holistic perspective facilitates an analysis of developmental, psychosocial, and cultural factors that are integral to an understanding of an individual's physical and psychosocial well-being. This course is presented in two modules: (1) history taking; and, (2) physical exam skills.

NUR 5111 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
This clinical course provides time for the student to practice the assessment skills learned in lecture. A demonstration in the principles and practical skills required to perform a complete physical examination (adolescence to old age) with interpretation of the findings. Normal physical findings will be emphasized throughout the course. Variants of normal and common abnormal physical findings will be introduced (60 hours).

NUR 5123 Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Didactic
A lecture/discussion course covering the primary care management of infants, children and adolescents across the health-illness continuum. It emphasizes health maintenance and illness prevention and also covers major causes of morbidity. A family-centered developmental perspective is used in the assessment and management of common acute and chronic conditions from infancy through young adulthood. The focus is on strategies for this population in rural and underserved areas.

NUR 5124 Primary Care of Infants, Children, and Adolescents Practicum
A clinical course covering the primary care management of infants, children and adolescents across the health-illness continuum. It emphasizes health maintenance and illness prevention and also covers major causes of morbidity. A family-centered developmental perspective is used in the assessment and management of common acute and chronic conditions from infancy through young adulthood. The focus is on strategies for this population in rural and underserved areas. This is the first of three sequential courses that apply the nursing process through communication and assessment skills, interpretation of findings, application of diagnostic methods, developing plans of care and implementing nursing strategies to promote personal, cognitive, and physical health. Clinical hours are completed in pediatric settings (190 hours) and women’s health settings (60 hours).

NUR 5133 Primary Care of Adults in Families Didactic
This course further develops the student’s ability to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and interpret the results. It covers the primary care management of healthy adults through the life span with a focus on health maintenance and disease prevention. It provides the student the skills and procedures necessary for the clinical-management of selected clients. It focuses on evaluation and management of common acute and chronic adult health care problems. This course places emphasis on thorough communication and assessment skills, interpreting findings, applying laboratory diagnostic methods, developing plans of care, and implementing nursing strategies to promote personal, cognitive, and physical health. The focus is on strategies for the young, middle and older adults in rural or underserved areas. This course is focused on disorders of the adult population and women’s health issues in middlescence and senescence.

NUR 5134 Primary Care of Adults in Families Practicum
This course focuses on developing proficiency in basic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and the interpretation of the results. It is a clinical course covering the primary care management of healthy adults through the life span with a focus on health maintenance and disease prevention. It provides the student the skills and procedures necessary for the clinical-management of selected clients. It focuses on evaluation and management of common acute and chronic adult health care problems. It is the second of three sequential courses that apply the nursing process through communication and assessment skills, interpreting findings, applying laboratory diagnostic methods, developing plans of care, and implementing nursing strategies to promote personal, cognitive, and physical health. The focus is on strategies for the young, middle and older adults in rural or underserved areas. This course is focused on disorders of the adult population and women’s health issues in middlescence and senescence. (total clinical hours 240).

NUR 5144 Primary Care Across the Lifespan Practicum
This course is a practicum that is an accumulation of NUR 5123, NUR 5133, and NUR 5112 (total clinical hours 240).