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Masters of Science in Nursing Curriculum

M.S. in Nursing’s Core Courses- 22 Credits

504 - Nursing Informatics


507 - Health Finance


601 - Advanced Health, Physiology, and Pharmacology


602 - Research and Systematic Analysis


603 - Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice


605 - Healthcare Systems and Population


700 - Capstone Project





Education Track Courses - 15 Credits

Administration Track Courses- 15 Credits

613-Curriculum Development and Design


610-Administration of Healthcare Organizations


614-Teaching & Learning Strategies


611-Organizational Theory


615-Evaluation and Assessment of Clinical Education


612-Health Policy


692-Education Practicum I


691-Administration Practicum I


695-Education Practicum II


694 – Administration Practicum II




NURS 504 - Nursing Informatics (3cr.)

An introduction to informatics as it applies to nursing practice including language models, selected technologies and their application, the electronic health record, and policies governing privacy, confidentiality, and security.  3 hrs. lecture. Spring.

NURS 507 - Health Finance (3cr.)

Conceptual and practical issues related to healthcare economics, finances, and budgeting including accounting, business planning, cost/benefit analysis, managing financial resources, and other management tools for the nurse administrator.  3 hrs. lecture. Spring, summer.

NURS 601 - Advanced Health, Physiology, and Pharmacology (4cr.)

Study of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease, comprehensive physical assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of clients' common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner.  Analysis of an in-depth health history including signs and symptoms, developmental stages, and psychosocial and cultural characteristics.  3 hrs. lecture. Fall.

NURS 602 - Research and Systemic Analysis (4cr.)

Discussion of clinical, management, and education leadership roles in healthcare.  Analysis and synthesis of research with applications within specialization.  3 hrs. lecture. Fall.

NURS 603 - Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice (3cr.)

Examination of the scope and status of professional roles and responsibilities of nurses prepared for advanced clinical and managerial placements in diverse healthcare settings.  3 hrs. lecture. Fall, summer

NURS 605 - Healthcare Systems and Populations (3cr.)

Critical analysis of various theories of health promotion and clinical prevention including an overview of the design and structure of the United States healthcare system covering the policy, regulatory, technological, and social dynamics impacting healthcare organizations, healthcare professionals, and consumers of healthcare services.  Issues of cultural diversity, health disparities, and social injustice in health care are analyzed.  Strategies to enable advanced practice nurses to influence policy and resource allocation to improve health and reduce disparities.  3 hrs. lecture.  Spring.

NURS 700 – Master’s Capstone Project/Thesis (2cr.)

Synthesis of theoretical and clinical knowledge for the master-prepared nurse executive or educator.  Project may include a thesis, literature review, case study, continuing educational event, or a business plan. 2 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring, summer.



NURS 610 – Administration of Healthcare Organizations (3cr.)

Contemporary topics affecting the health care delivery system: decreased revenue sources, unionization, health care reform, staffing models, magnet organization status, the aging population and its effect on delivery system, strategic management, succession planning, and facilitation of clinical interdisciplinary relationship to improve clinical outcomes and research opportunities. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS 611 – Organizational Theory (3cr.)

Focus on social science and organizational/systems theories.  Management principles, complexity science, and issues related to dynamic organizational behavior in the healthcare setting. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS 612 – Health Policy (3cr.)

Evaluation of social policy and its impact on health policy, health status and systems, delivery of care and on nursing practice, education, and research. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS 691 – Administration – Practicum I (3cr.)

Practicum component. Students will reflect on core and track components of the program and focus on their roles and responsibilities as a nursing leader. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS 694 – Administration - Practicum II (3cr.)

Practicum. Students operationalize the leadership role in appropriate agencies and facilities in conjunction with an expert nursing leader. A project involving a topic of interest to both the student and the organization will be initiated. (Minimum of 135 hours) 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.



NURS 613 – Curriculum Development and Design (3cr.)

Theories of curriculum development and nursing education will be examined from philosophical and historical foundations.  3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS 614 – Teaching and Learning Strategies (3cr.)

Examination of a variety of teaching strategies and evaluative approaches designed to promote a productive and effective learning environment. Students establish nurse education practicum goals and objectives and are required to obtain a nurse educator preceptor.  Practicum hours involve practical observational and hands-on experiences in both the clinical and classroom environments. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS 615 – Evaluation and Assessment of Clinical Education (3cr.)

Selection and implementation of instructional strategies and media appropriate to variety of learning styles and behavior objectives. Didactic and experiential applications. Focus on measurement principles of reliability and validity, test construction, assessment of skill acquisition and competence, and interpreting results. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS  692 – Education – Practicum I (3cr.)

Synthesis of curriculum development, teaching and learning strategies, and evaluation and assessment through the role of the nurse educator as applied within students’ practicum site. 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring.

NURS 695 – Education - Practicum II (3cr.)

Students work with preceptors to fulfill clinical and educational objectives developed during Practicum I. Research project leading to the writing of a scholarly paper suitable for publication. (Minimum of 135 hours) 3 hrs. lecture. Fall, spring, summer.