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Academic Information

The program consists of four sequential phases.

  • Phase One: Core curriculum. Students in all specialties enroll in these courses, which focus on research, health policy and information technology within the context of nursing practice and health care service delivery.
  • Phase Two: Students focus on indirect and direct care competencies based on their chosen advanced practice role and specialty concentration. Indirect care competencies concentrate on aggregates, systems and organizations. Direct care competencies include coursework in physiology/pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology.
    Advanced Practice Role MSN Concentration Direct/Indirect Focus
    Nurse Administrator Nursing Administration Indirect Care
    Nurse Educator Nursing Education Direct Care
    Clinical Nurse Researcher Clinical Research Coordination Direct Care
  • Phase Three: Students focus on the advanced practice role and specialty concentration. Coursework includes didactic and practicum experiences. The coursework prepares students for employment in the specific role and functional concentration.
  • Phase Four: Students engage in the Nursing Synthesis Capstone Project. This seminar and practicum experience is conducted with a faculty mentor and content expert in the student’s advanced practice specialty role and area of concentration. Students have scheduled meetings where they engage with students and mentors across advanced practice roles and concentrations to expand students’ perspectives regarding the contributions of their own work in relation to other specialty concentrations and the role of nursing in health care delivery. These meetings also provide an opportunity for student and faculty reflection on individual and professional growth.

Students in the MSN degree program complete 35 credits of graduate study.

Program Objectives

The MSN program objectives are:

  • Innovative Nursing Practice in the Context of Community
  • Systems Leadership and Transprofessional Collaboration
  • Application of Best Clinical Evidence to Improve Practice
  • Translating Scholarship for Practice Innovation
  • Data Management to Improve Quality and Safety
  • Information Technology to Support Decision Making
  • Policy and Advocacy to Optimize Health

Nursing Administration Specialty

Core (Master’s Graduate Nursing Core)

Course Credits
Total 9
NURS 500 Issues affecting Heath Care & Health Policy 3 credits
NURS 520 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice 3 credits
NURS 510 Informatics & Data Management 3 credits

Business Administration Coursework (Indirect care)

These courses are taken in the Feliciano School of Business

Course Credits
Total 7.5
MGMT 561 Achieving Competitive Advantage 1.5 credits
MGMT 562 Organizational Behavior 1.5 credits
MGMT 565 Project Management 1.5 credits
MGMT 566 Negotiation in the Workplace 1.5 credits
MGMT 571 Leadership 1.5 credits

The above coursework reflects 7.5 credits.

Students then have the option of choosing one of the following courses for 1.5 credits:

Course Credits
MGMT 570 Strategic Human Resource Management 1.5 credits
MKTG 561 Applied Marketing Management 1.5 credits
MKTG 562 Market Analysis and Customer Insight 1.5 credits

Total Credits: 9

Nursing Administration Coursework (Advance Practice Specialty)

Course Credits
Total 13
NURS 605 Context of Healthcare for Nursing Leadership 3 credits
NURS 615 Resource Utilization & Development 3 credits
NURS 625 Program Planning & Evaluation 3 credits
NURS 635 Strategic Management Practicum 4 credits

Nursing Capstone

Course Credits
NURS 640 Nursing Synthesis Capstone Project 4 credits

Program Total: 35

Nursing Education Specialty

Core (Master’s Graduate Nursing Core)

Course Credits
Total 9
NURS 500 Issues affecting Heath Care & Health Policy 3 credits
NURS 520 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice 3 credits
NURS 510 Informatics & Data Management 3 credits

Nursing Coursework (Direct Care)

Course Credits
Total 13
NURS 505 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits
NURS 515 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits
NURS 525 Advanced Health Assessment 4 credits
NURS 535 Genetics & Genomics 3 credits

Nursing Education Coursework (Advance Practice Specialty)

Course Credits
Total 9
NURS 600 Assessment & Evaluation 3 credits
NURS 610 Curriculum Development 3 credits
NURS 620 Teaching Methods Seminar & Practicum 3 credits

Nursing Capstone

Course Credits
NURS 640 Nursing Synthesis Capstone Project 4 credits

Program Total: 35

Clinical Research Specialty

Core (Master’s Graduate Nursing Core)

Course Credits
Total 9
NURS 500 Issues affecting Heath Care & Health Policy 3 credits
NURS 520 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice 3 credits
NURS 510 Informatics & Data Management 3 credits

Nursing Coursework (Direct Care)

Course Credits
Total 13
NURS 505 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 credits
NURS 515 Advanced Pharmacology 3 credits
NURS 525 Advanced Health Assessment 4 credits
NURS 535 Genetics & Genomics 3 credits

Clinical Research Coursework (Advance Practice Specialty)

Course Credits
Total 9
NURS 618 Clinical Research Coordination 3 credits
NURS 608 Research Ethics 3 credits
NURS 628 Special Topics in Clinical Research Trials 3 credits

Nursing Capstone

Course Credits
NURS 640 Nursing Synthesis Capstone Project 4 credits

Program Total: 35 Credits