All courses in the student’s chosen nursing track are required to complete the 36 hour MSN degree. No courses are elective.
Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course focuses on the relationship between theory and evidence based practice for advanced professional nursing practice. Students develop critical skills essential to the interpretation and application of evidence. Prerequisite: Math 341 Biostatistics
Leadership and Decision-Making
This course will examine leadership and decision making in its organizational context. The emphasis will be on exploring the role of cognitive processes, developing problem diagnostic skills and developing an understanding of the challenges involved in implementing decisions. The course will continually emphasize the students acquiring the skills necessary to apply concepts from decision making theory to their areas of professional practice.
This course will develop the role of the master’s prepared nurse as educator. The focus will include teaching and learning principles and strategies, current resources and technologies, teaching/learning theories and research. Program planning, design and evaluation will be explored
Interpersonal Workplace Dynamics
This course will examine roles, role expectations, and social systems in the workplace. Human motivation theories, group dynamics, and strategies for building community and a shared vision will be studied. Students will learn how to connect theory and practice, identify system components for best practice, mobilize resources, apply knowledge in diverse and authentic work settings, and manage conflict. How to act with integrity and fairness to create efficient, effective, and healthy work environments will be emphasized.
Advanced Assessment of Well Being
This course will expand on undergraduate skill in systematic health assessment across the life span. The student will learn application of advanced health assessment skills in the clinical nurse leader practice setting including integration of skills and techniques in conducting assessment to support caring responses in select populations. (Prerequisite: Evidence of successful completion of a comprehensive health assessment continuing education course within the last 18 months).
This course will build on the basic pathophysiology foundation and address current concepts and theories related to pathological processes occurring across the adult life span. The focus on advanced knowledge in pathophysiology will be to support clinical decision making in the clinical nurse leader role including health promotion, health maintenance and care issues. (Prerequisites: undergraduate pathophysiology course.)
This course will build on the basic pharmacology foundation to provide the student with knowledge of physiologic responses and pharmacokinetic principles of pharmacologic agents. Topics include the advanced pharmacokinetic principles, pharmacotherapeutics of single and multiple drug regimens, client education needs, and special population needs. The student will apply advanced knowledge in pharmacology to support clinical decision-making in the clinical nurse leader role. (Prerequisite: undergraduate pharmacology course).
Advanced Nursing Situations: Leadership and Management
3 credits, includes 45 hour practicum
This course focuses on leadership and management in providing lateral integration of the care environment at the point of care to promote optimal outcomes. The health care experience for individuals and populations is examined in the context of the larger organizational system. Evaluation of care delivery is outcomes-based, with discrimination between provider and process issues in the care delivery environment. This course focused on models for leadership and management with respect to nursing and the interprofessional health. This course includes a practicum of 45 clinical hours with a population consistent with the student’s practice interest