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Master of Science in Nursing

DEAN: REBECCA BECK-LITTLE, RN, PhD   

CHAIR: DR. VICKIE WALKER, RN, DNP

 

The Master of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone 404-975-5000, www.nlnac.org )

 

Faculty

Professors: R. Beck-Little, J. Carlton, C. Miller

Associate Professor M.A. Hodge

Assistant Professors: T. Arnold, C.Rome, R. Serafica, V. Walker

 

INTRODUCTION

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is a 30 to 36 semester-hour program offered in two areas of study: Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. In addition to the two areas of concentrated study, the MSN program offers the MSN/MBA dual degree and the RN to MSN option. The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Education is designed to prepare students to become professional educators in an academic or health care setting.

 

The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Administration is offered in collaboration with the Graduate School of Business. This program of study seeks to prepare the professional nurse for leadership roles in health care organizations.

 

The RN to MSN program is designed to facilitate an accelerated and integrated progression for students enrolled in the RN to BSN Program to the Master of Science in Nursing Program. This program of study allows nurses to apply six hours of graduate course credit to the BSN degree.

 

The MSN/MBA dual degree program is a 63-semester-hour program. This interdisciplinary program combines nursing leadership with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills.

 

The courses in the MSN programs of study are offered in a logical sequence from the core requirements of theory, issues, research, statistics, and caring to courses in the major area of concentration. Elective requirements allow students to expand their educational perspective to other disciplines. The MSN educational experience culminates in a capstone course requiring the application of knowledge in a thesis. Post-Master’s Nursing Education and Nursing Administration Certificates are also offered. 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the School of Nursing is to enhance the health status of the global community by preparing individuals to practice holistic and professional nursing through the provision of student centered programs of study for a diverse population of students that promotes academic excellence within a Christian, private, liberal arts setting utilizing teamwork and community engagement.

 

GOALS of the SCHOOL OF NURSING

  1. Establish a liberal arts educational environment based on Christian values fostering academic excellence, integrity, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
  2. Provide student-centered programs of study based on current national competencies of nursing practice to meet the global health care needs of individuals, groups and communities in which holistic nursing practice, Christian caring, critical thinking, and professionalism are modeled. 
  3. Engage in partnerships with community health care facilities in the provision of service learning opportunities for students that includes patient-centered care, evidence based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  4. Graduate a diverse population of students who are prepared to practice patient centered nursing care that is culturally competent, holistic and professional within the context of a global environment in a manner that influences nursing and health care policy and practice.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Scence in Nursing program:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings,
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective (Safety) (Teamwork and collaboration),
  • Apply the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and quality principles within an organization (Quality improvement),
  • Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent through dissemination of results. (Evidence-based Practice),
  • Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care. (Teamwork and Collaboration) (Informatics),
  • Intervene at the system level through a policy development process that employs advocacy stategies to influence health and healthcare (Safety),
  • Function as a professional member and leader of interprofessional teams through communication, collaboration, and counsultation with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care (Teamwork and collaboration),
  • Synthesize broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations (Patient centered care) (Safety),
  • Articulate the understanding that master's level nursing practice is any form of nursing intervention (including both direct and indirect care components) that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations or systems,
  • Continue to learn and help others learn.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR the M.S.N. Program

Application for admission to the MSN Program should be made through the Graduate School. Application for admission to the MSN/MBA Program should be made to the Graduate School and to the Graduate School of Business. In order to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria for acceptance will be used:

 

  1. A Baccalaureate Degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program. (RN Applicants with a Baccalaureate Degree in another field may be accepted but must meet additional requirements for graduation: an undergraduate general statistics course, a nursing health assessment course, and a community health course or nursing leadership/management course.)
  2. Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse.
  3. GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work.
  4. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). (GRE required for the MSN/MBA Program.)
  5. Transcripts of all previous college studies.
  6. Three letters of reference.
  7. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the STATE in which you reside AND any other state lived in during the past ten years.
  8. Immunizations as required by the university.

 

ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

A. Required Common Core
        NURS 500 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice 3 SH.
        NURS 501 Nursing and Health Care Systems and Issues 3 SH.
        NURS 502 Methods of Advanced Research 3 SH.
        NURS 503 Perspectives of Caring 3 SH.
        STAT 501 Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research 3 SH.

 

B. Required Courses by Concentration

Nursing Education
        NURS 600 The Nurse Educator 3 SH.
        NURS 601 Curriculum Theory and Application 3 SH.
        NURS 602 Instructional and Evaluation Strategies 3 SH.

Nursing Administration
        NURS 606 Nursing Economics and Finance 3 SH
        NURS 607 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Organizations 3 SH.
        BADM 641 Health Care Law and Ethics 3 SH.

 

C. CapstoneExperience
        NURS 616 Advanced Nursing Specialty Practicum 6 SH.
        NURS 610 Thesis 3 SH                                                                                                           NURS 612 Thesis 3 SH

 

ADDITIONAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (NURSING PREREQUISITES) FOR THE RN WITH A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE IN ANOTHER FIELD:

 

  • Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which includes probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics.
  • Completion of a nursing health assessment course.
  • For the Master’s in Nursing Education, completion of a community health course is required.
  • For the Master’s in Nursing Administration, completion of a nursing leadership/management course is required.

 

Academic Curriculum for the MSN/MBA

Dual degree students must apply to the Graduate School as well as to the Graduate School of Business, following the admission requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each in order to pursue both degrees. Also, when academic policies and standards differ between the two schools, the policies and standards of the appropriate school apply to the respective portion of the dual degree. Candidates for the dual degree must complete the requirements for both degrees prior to graduation.

 

Should a student choose not to pursue one of the degrees to completion, he or she will be responsible for paying any difference in the per course rate(s) actually charged based on pursuing the dual degree and the rate(s) which would have been charged for courses applied toward the selected degree. The student will also be responsible for repaying any scholarships or grants received based on pursuing a dual degree for which the student would not have been eligible based on the selected degree. Additional financial obligations must be satisfied before the student can be awarded the selected degree. In no case will the University refund money when a student opts out of a dual degree program.

 

A. Nursing component, in addition to the required common core:
          NURS 606 Nursing Economics and Finance 3 SH
          NURS 607 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Organizations 3 SH
          NURS 616 Advanced Nursing Specialty Practicum 6 SH
          NURS 610 Thesis 3 SH
          NURS 612 Thesis 3 SH

 

B. Business courses
          ACCT 600 Managerial Accounting 3 SH
          BADM 610 Managerial Economics 3 SH
          BADM 620 Managerial Finance 3 SH
          BADM 625 Marketing Management 3 SH
          BADM 630 Organizational Behavior 3 SH
          BADM 633 Entrepreneurial Management 3 SH
          BADM 635 Production and Operations Management 3 SH
          BADM 640 Business Law and Ethics 3 SH
          INTL 650 International Business 3 SH
          BADM 690 Strategic Management 3 SH
          Elective Restricted to BADM or INTL courses 6 SH

If a person has already completed an MBA degree and wants an MSN/MBA degree he/she must complete the fifteen hours of the MSN core, six hours of the Nursing Administration Concentration and twelve hours of the Capstone Experience.

 

If a person has an MSN degree in Nursing Administration and wants an MSN/MBA degree, he/she must complete thirty hours of the MBA core courses, in addition to the three hours of MBA courses already completed within the MSN program.

 

RN TO MSN PROGRAM
Registered Nurses must be accepted into the BSN Program. Students should notify their BSN academic advisor of their intent to enter the RN to MSN accelerated course of study. Upon approval by the BSN academic advisor, two courses in the MSN curriculum (NURS 503 Perspectives of Caring In Nursing and NURS 501 Nursing and Health Care Systems and Issues) will be substituted for two courses in the BSN curriculum (NURS 495 Nursing Elective and NURS 303 Trends in Healthcare), respectively. Students will receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree upon completion of the BSN requirements with the substituted courses. Students may then apply to the MSN program to complete the remaining 30 hours of MSN course requirements.

 

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