Nursing (R.N. to M.S.N.)

The R.N. to M.S.N. program is designed for students who possess a record of academic excellence and wish to accelerate their progress toward earning a master’s degree. While pursuing the MSN, students will earn a B.S.N. degree when degree requirements have been met. Admission to the R.N. to M.S.N. program considers the additional requirements of the M.S.N. program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, students must meet all general admission requirements of Nebraska Wesleyan University, as well as the following specific admissions requirements of the RN-MSN program:

  • Graduation from a state-approved nursing program with a diploma or an associate degree in nursing
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completed nursing prerequisites with a grade of B or above (one science must include laboratory):
    • English (3 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credits)
    • Microbiology (3-4 credits)
    • General Chemistry (3-4 credits)
    • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
    • General Sociology (3 credits)
  • One year of experience working as a registered nurse within the last three years
  • An unencumbered active Nebraska or compact state nursing license with expiration date
  • Successful completion of a background check, drug screen, immunization tracker, and essential functions form.

Transfer of Credit Policy

  • A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit with a grade of "B-" or better may be transferred from other institutions, with approval.
  • The transferring institution must be regionally accredited.
  • A student must be currently enrolled at NWU for transfer work to be posted to the academic record.

Required B.S.N. Courses 26 hours
Master of Science in Nursing (R.N. to M.S.N.)
NURS 2330 Health Assessment 3 hours
NURS 3040 Global Health 3 hours
NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics 3 hours
NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 4 hours
NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care 4 hours
NURS 4460 Community Health Nursing 4 hours
NURS 4460L Community Health Nursing Clinical 2 hours

Elective. Select one of the following:

3 hours
Required Supporting Courses 6 hours
BIO 4700 Pathophysiology 3 hours
Department Approved Lifespan Development Course 3 hours
Core B.S.N./M.S.N. Courses 9 hours
The following graduate courses are used for both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees:  
NURS 5020 Health Care Statistics (as a substitute for MATH 1300) 3 hours
NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing (as a substitute for NURS 3310) 3 hours
NURS 5200 Critical Issues in Health Care (as a substitute for NURS 3050) 3 hours
Core M.S.N. Courses 9 hours
NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care 3 hours
NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care 3 hours
NURS 5120 Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hours
Nursing Speciality Courses - Select one Track 18 hours
The Nurse as Educator:  
NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing  
NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods  
NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation  
NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing  
NURS 5580 Nursing Education: Implementation and Evaluation  
NURS 5590 Professional Nurse Educator Practicum  
The Nurse as Leader, Manager, and Entrepreneur:  
NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I  
NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System  
NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System  
NURS 5460 Nursing Leadership and Management II  
NURS 5470 Practicum in Nursing Administration  
NURS 5490 Nurse as Entrepreneur  
Major Project in Nursing Education or Nursing Administration 3 hours
NURS 5990 Major Project in Nursing 3 hours
BIO 4700 Pathophysiology (3 hours)

A survey of the mechanisms of diseases and fundamental disease processes of each organ system. Special topics related to the study of diseases will be assigned.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II, or BIO 3200 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 3210 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II, or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

NURS 2330 Health Assessment (3 hours)

An introduction to basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a detailed health assessment of individuals across the age continuum. The biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of human beings are addressed. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a systematic health history and physical exam using the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Supervised laboratory and clinical allow the student the opportunity to practice the assessment skills introduced in class.

NURS 3040 Global Health (3 hours)

This course explores health with an emphasis on global issues. Health will be examined using the influence of social, political, economic, cultural, and geographical factors. Students will examine the basic health needs of all people and compare the availability of and types of services in different parts of the world.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar and junior standing.

NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course introduces professional nursing concepts, competencies, and issues in the context of the history of nursing’s scope of practice within the collaborative environment of the U.S. Health Care System.
Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar.

NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course introduces the student to nursing theories as the foundation for nursing practice. Coursework includes examination of the theoretical and conceptual basis of nursing to encourage the student to critique, evaluate and utilize appropriate theory within their own practice. The relationship of theory to nursing practice is examined. Historical, legal, cultural, and social factors that influence nursing are discussed. Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and admission to RN-BSN program or admission to pre-licensure BSN program with all second year courses completed with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics (3 hours)

This introduction to the study of ethics uses primary sources for the analysis of present day ethical dilemmas in health care.  The course examines some of the prominent moral principles and systems of the western tradition from Aristotle to the present and how those principles are applied to issues in health care ethics.
Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and admission to the RN-BSN program or admission to pre-licensure BSN program with all second year courses completed with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (4 hours)

This course provides an introduction to the research process and prepares students to be beginning consumers of nursing research. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating nursing research studies and understanding the process of utilizing research for evidence-based practice. Various types of research and research methods as well as basic statistical methods will be discussed.
Pre-requisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and admission to the RN-BSN program or admission to pre-licensure BSN program.
Pre or corequisite(s): Statistics course with grade of "C" or better.

NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care (4 hours)

This course will emphasize the integration and application of theories, principles, and practices of nursing management and leadership into a variety of healthcare settings. The course includes a 45-contact hour practicum. The practicum provides an opportunity for students to evaluate and assimilate management and leadership theories and principles for integration in the practice of professional nursing.
3 hours lecture; 1 hour practicum.
Pre or corequisite(s) for RN-BSN: NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice and NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice with grades of "C" or better.
Prerequisite(s) for Pre-licensure BSN: NURS-4000 with a grade of "C" or better.

NURS 4460 Community Health Nursing (4 hours)

This course focuses on nursing care on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, groups, and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to problems of persons from a variety of cultural groups and to those with developmental and situational crises. In the clinical setting, students work with persons across the age span and in various community settings to assess and identify real and potential health risks, as well as implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2330 Health AssessmentNURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice, NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice, NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics, NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care, and PSYCH 2350 Lifespan Development or other approved lifespan course, with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 4460L Community Health Nursing Clinical (2 hours)

This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, groups, and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to problems of persons from a variety of cultural groups and to those with developmental and situational crises.  In the clinical setting, students work with persons throughout the age span and in a variety of community settings.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 4460 Community Health Nursing with grade of "C" or better.

NURS 4900 Selected Topics (1-4 hours)

This is a topical course designed to investigate relevant subject matter not included in any standard courses. The title and the content will be determined by current mutual interests of students and faculty. This course may be offered to meet a requirement for a major only by approval of the department chair.

NURS 4960 Special Projects (1-3 hours)

Supervised individual projects in conjunction with departmental research and student interest. Special Projects may not duplicate courses described in the catalog.
Prerequisite(s): Approval of the instructor.

NURS 5020 Health Care Statistics (3 hours)

This course examines selected concepts needed to develop sound judgment about data analysis and appropriate use of statistics. The course prepares students to interpret and critically anlyze the results of health care research.
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate statistics course or permission of the program director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care (3 hours)

This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative research areas and methods used in health care. Analysis of the research process and application of research findings to health care will be emphasized. Students will design a best practice proposal related to an identified problem in nursing, health outcomes of a specific population or nursing education. At the end of the course students will have completed a literature review and methods section for a research project.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN or MSN/MBA program or permission of the Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care (3 hours)

This course analyzes the social, political, economic and cultural factors related to transcultural health care. Students will examine the interactions of consumers, providers and health care systems in the provision of quality health care with an emphasis on provision of culturally competent care.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN, MSN/MBA, or MBA program or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5120 Advanced Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course uses evidence based pharmacology combined with advanced health assessment techniques and knowledge of pathophysiology to promote excellent patient care. The course is organized using the top mortality and morbidity categories for the United States of America. Ethical and cultural considerations across the life span are considered related to dosage and side effects of pharmacological treatment as well as health assessment approaches. The course may be offered as a hybrid course.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of BSN and unencumbered license as a registered nurse, or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing (3 hours)

This course examines selected concepts and theories that are derived from nursing and other disciplines for applicability to practice in a variety of health care settings. Strategies used in applying and evaluating nursing theories in relation to providing care will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN or MSN/MBA program or permission of the Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5200 Critical Issues in Health Care (3 hours)

This course examines multiple factors affecting the provision of care in an ever-changing health care system. The U.S. health policy-making system; ethical, legal, and political aspects of health care; and health care delivery systems will be explored, particularly in relation to their impact on nursing practice and nurses' ability to provide care. A historical perspective will facilitate a) identification of critical issues, b) understanding of how they developed to their current status, and c) examination of what options might exist for current and future resolution of these issues.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN, MSN/MBA, or MBA program or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I (3 hours)

This course examines the multiple roles of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals and larger integrated delivery systems. Students develop knowledge in the area of health care regulations and accreditation including the impact of technology in the health care environment.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care, NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care, NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing, or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): [coures:NURS-5010=l].

NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System (3 hours)

This course provides basic knowledge of macro- and micro-economics and their relationship to the health care system in the United States. Concepts associated with supply and demand, normative and positive economics, utility, scarcity, choice, and marginality are explored in terms of the health care system. The concept of health as an investment opportunity and as a consumer good is also explored. In addition, the United States health care system is studied from an economic point of view. Economic decision making in light of professional ethics is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I.

NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System (3 hours)

This course provides an overview of the concepts of financial analysis, financial and managerial accounting, and budgetary practices as they relate to the health care industry. Accounting concepts are understood with the assistance of electronic spreadsheet applications. Financial concepts are understood through the analysis of both for-profit and not-for-profit corporate accounting and public reporting.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I and NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System.

NURS 5460 Nursing Leadership and Management II (3 hours)

This course examines the leadership role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations. Content includes leadership theories, motivation, conflict resolution, workforce planning, implementing planned change and effective administration of culturally diverse health care systems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I and NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System.

NURS 5470 Practicum in Nursing Administration (3 hours)

This course provides the student with experience functioning within selected components of the role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals, and larger integrated delivery systems. Students are paired with a nurse executive or case manager with a mutually agreed upon agency.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I, NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System, NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System, and NURS 5460 Nursing Leadership and Management II.

NURS 5490 Nurse as Entrepreneur (3 hours)

This course presents information needed by a nurse entrepreneur to develop innovative forms of nursing practice and care delivery. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills to develop a nursing business plan, including financial and legal components. Implementation of risk management and total quality improvement plans within the role of the small business setting are also covered.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System and NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System.

NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing (3 hours)

This course focuses on the analysis and application of curriculum theory in the development and evaluation of programs in nursing education. Development of programs for continuing education for professionals and/or the public also is a component of the course.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods (3 hours)

This course focuses on development of the nurse educator role and nursing education methods used to support the learning process. Emphasis is placed on research-based practices in education through the applicatin of models and theories. A wide selection of instructional methods appropriate for the higher education setting will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing.

NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation (3 hours)

This face-to-face course focuses on teaching strategies to enhance the organization and the delivery of educational content. Assessment and evaluation of educational programs is also emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing.

NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing (3 hours)

This course focuses on the analysis and application of program planning and on planning the development and evaluation of programs for continuing education for professionals and/or the public.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods and NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation, or permission of the program director.

NURS 5580 Nursing Education: Implementation and Evaluation (3 hours)

Emphasis of this course is the implementation of the nursing education experience designed in NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing. Students also evaluate existing online nursing education experiences ranging from continuing education credit to entire nursing education programs.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing or permission of the instructor.

NURS 5590 Professional Nurse Educator Practicum (3 hours)

This course requires students to integrate theory as the student develops and implements educational experiences within the educator role for various populations under the supervision of course faculty and preceptor(s). Clinical experiences may include patient education, staff development, academic classroom lecture, academic clinical, and lab. This course is offered during a 16-week period, which includes 15 theory contact hours and 90 practicum contact hours.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing, NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods, NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation, NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing, and NURS 5580 Nursing Education: Implementation and Evaluation.

NURS 5990 Major Project in Nursing (3 hours)

This course requires the student to develop the major project, collect and analyze data, complete the written project and disseminate the results of the project. Projects may be implementation of evidence based practice, quality improvement or research projects.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing, NURS 5020 Health Care Statistics, NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care, NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing, NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care, and first course in the specialty track, or permission of the Program Director.
 

BIO 4700 Pathophysiology (3 hours)

A survey of the mechanisms of diseases and fundamental disease processes of each organ system. Special topics related to the study of diseases will be assigned.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II, or BIO 3200 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 3210 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II, or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

NURS 2330 Health Assessment (3 hours)

An introduction to basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a detailed health assessment of individuals across the age continuum. The biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of human beings are addressed. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a systematic health history and physical exam using the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Supervised laboratory and clinical allow the student the opportunity to practice the assessment skills introduced in class.

NURS 3040 Global Health (3 hours)

This course explores health with an emphasis on global issues. Health will be examined using the influence of social, political, economic, cultural, and geographical factors. Students will examine the basic health needs of all people and compare the availability of and types of services in different parts of the world.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar and junior standing.

NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course introduces professional nursing concepts, competencies, and issues in the context of the history of nursing’s scope of practice within the collaborative environment of the U.S. Health Care System.
Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar.

NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course introduces the student to nursing theories as the foundation for nursing practice. Coursework includes examination of the theoretical and conceptual basis of nursing to encourage the student to critique, evaluate and utilize appropriate theory within their own practice. The relationship of theory to nursing practice is examined. Historical, legal, cultural, and social factors that influence nursing are discussed. Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and admission to RN-BSN program or admission to pre-licensure BSN program with all second year courses completed with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics (3 hours)

This introduction to the study of ethics uses primary sources for the analysis of present day ethical dilemmas in health care.  The course examines some of the prominent moral principles and systems of the western tradition from Aristotle to the present and how those principles are applied to issues in health care ethics.
Course is over 8-week period.
Prerequisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and admission to the RN-BSN program or admission to pre-licensure BSN program with all second year courses completed with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (4 hours)

This course provides an introduction to the research process and prepares students to be beginning consumers of nursing research. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating nursing research studies and understanding the process of utilizing research for evidence-based practice. Various types of research and research methods as well as basic statistical methods will be discussed.
Pre-requisite(s): IDS 1010/IDS 1011 Archway Seminar, and admission to the RN-BSN program or admission to pre-licensure BSN program.
Pre or corequisite(s): Statistics course with grade of "C" or better.

NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care (4 hours)

This course will emphasize the integration and application of theories, principles, and practices of nursing management and leadership into a variety of healthcare settings. The course includes a 45-contact hour practicum. The practicum provides an opportunity for students to evaluate and assimilate management and leadership theories and principles for integration in the practice of professional nursing.
3 hours lecture; 1 hour practicum.
Pre or corequisite(s) for RN-BSN: NURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice and NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice with grades of "C" or better.
Prerequisite(s) for Pre-licensure BSN: NURS-4000 with a grade of "C" or better.

NURS 4460 Community Health Nursing (4 hours)

This course focuses on nursing care on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, groups, and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to problems of persons from a variety of cultural groups and to those with developmental and situational crises. In the clinical setting, students work with persons across the age span and in various community settings to assess and identify real and potential health risks, as well as implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 2330 Health AssessmentNURS 3050 Issues of Professional Nursing Practice, NURS 3310 Nursing Theories and Contemporary Nursing Practice, NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics, NURS 3360 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care, and PSYCH 2350 Lifespan Development or other approved lifespan course, with grades of "C" or better.

NURS 4460L Community Health Nursing Clinical (2 hours)

This course focuses on the application of community health nursing concepts with individuals, families, groups, and populations. Emphasis is placed on applying the nursing process to problems of persons from a variety of cultural groups and to those with developmental and situational crises.  In the clinical setting, students work with persons throughout the age span and in a variety of community settings.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 4460 Community Health Nursing with grade of "C" or better.

NURS 4900 Selected Topics (1-4 hours)

This is a topical course designed to investigate relevant subject matter not included in any standard courses. The title and the content will be determined by current mutual interests of students and faculty. This course may be offered to meet a requirement for a major only by approval of the department chair.

NURS 4960 Special Projects (1-3 hours)

Supervised individual projects in conjunction with departmental research and student interest. Special Projects may not duplicate courses described in the catalog.
Prerequisite(s): Approval of the instructor.

NURS 5020 Health Care Statistics (3 hours)

This course examines selected concepts needed to develop sound judgment about data analysis and appropriate use of statistics. The course prepares students to interpret and critically anlyze the results of health care research.
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate statistics course or permission of the program director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care (3 hours)

This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative research areas and methods used in health care. Analysis of the research process and application of research findings to health care will be emphasized. Students will design a best practice proposal related to an identified problem in nursing, health outcomes of a specific population or nursing education. At the end of the course students will have completed a literature review and methods section for a research project.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN or MSN/MBA program or permission of the Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care (3 hours)

This course analyzes the social, political, economic and cultural factors related to transcultural health care. Students will examine the interactions of consumers, providers and health care systems in the provision of quality health care with an emphasis on provision of culturally competent care.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN, MSN/MBA, or MBA program or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5120 Advanced Nursing Practice (3 hours)

This course uses evidence based pharmacology combined with advanced health assessment techniques and knowledge of pathophysiology to promote excellent patient care. The course is organized using the top mortality and morbidity categories for the United States of America. Ethical and cultural considerations across the life span are considered related to dosage and side effects of pharmacological treatment as well as health assessment approaches. The course may be offered as a hybrid course.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of BSN and unencumbered license as a registered nurse, or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing (3 hours)

This course examines selected concepts and theories that are derived from nursing and other disciplines for applicability to practice in a variety of health care settings. Strategies used in applying and evaluating nursing theories in relation to providing care will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN or MSN/MBA program or permission of the Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5200 Critical Issues in Health Care (3 hours)

This course examines multiple factors affecting the provision of care in an ever-changing health care system. The U.S. health policy-making system; ethical, legal, and political aspects of health care; and health care delivery systems will be explored, particularly in relation to their impact on nursing practice and nurses' ability to provide care. A historical perspective will facilitate a) identification of critical issues, b) understanding of how they developed to their current status, and c) examination of what options might exist for current and future resolution of these issues.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN, MSN/MBA, or MBA program or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I (3 hours)

This course examines the multiple roles of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals and larger integrated delivery systems. Students develop knowledge in the area of health care regulations and accreditation including the impact of technology in the health care environment.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care, NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care, NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing, or permission of Nursing Program Director.
Pre or corequisite(s): [coures:NURS-5010=l].

NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System (3 hours)

This course provides basic knowledge of macro- and micro-economics and their relationship to the health care system in the United States. Concepts associated with supply and demand, normative and positive economics, utility, scarcity, choice, and marginality are explored in terms of the health care system. The concept of health as an investment opportunity and as a consumer good is also explored. In addition, the United States health care system is studied from an economic point of view. Economic decision making in light of professional ethics is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I.

NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System (3 hours)

This course provides an overview of the concepts of financial analysis, financial and managerial accounting, and budgetary practices as they relate to the health care industry. Accounting concepts are understood with the assistance of electronic spreadsheet applications. Financial concepts are understood through the analysis of both for-profit and not-for-profit corporate accounting and public reporting.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I and NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System.

NURS 5460 Nursing Leadership and Management II (3 hours)

This course examines the leadership role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations. Content includes leadership theories, motivation, conflict resolution, workforce planning, implementing planned change and effective administration of culturally diverse health care systems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I and NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System.

NURS 5470 Practicum in Nursing Administration (3 hours)

This course provides the student with experience functioning within selected components of the role of the nurse executive in a variety of health care organizations, including long term care, community based care, hospitals, and larger integrated delivery systems. Students are paired with a nurse executive or case manager with a mutually agreed upon agency.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I, NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System, NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System, and NURS 5460 Nursing Leadership and Management II.

NURS 5490 Nurse as Entrepreneur (3 hours)

This course presents information needed by a nurse entrepreneur to develop innovative forms of nursing practice and care delivery. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills to develop a nursing business plan, including financial and legal components. Implementation of risk management and total quality improvement plans within the role of the small business setting are also covered.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System and NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System.

NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing (3 hours)

This course focuses on the analysis and application of curriculum theory in the development and evaluation of programs in nursing education. Development of programs for continuing education for professionals and/or the public also is a component of the course.
Pre or corequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing.

NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods (3 hours)

This course focuses on development of the nurse educator role and nursing education methods used to support the learning process. Emphasis is placed on research-based practices in education through the applicatin of models and theories. A wide selection of instructional methods appropriate for the higher education setting will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing.

NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation (3 hours)

This face-to-face course focuses on teaching strategies to enhance the organization and the delivery of educational content. Assessment and evaluation of educational programs is also emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing.

NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing (3 hours)

This course focuses on the analysis and application of program planning and on planning the development and evaluation of programs for continuing education for professionals and/or the public.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods and NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation, or permission of the program director.

NURS 5580 Nursing Education: Implementation and Evaluation (3 hours)

Emphasis of this course is the implementation of the nursing education experience designed in NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing. Students also evaluate existing online nursing education experiences ranging from continuing education credit to entire nursing education programs.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing or permission of the instructor.

NURS 5590 Professional Nurse Educator Practicum (3 hours)

This course requires students to integrate theory as the student develops and implements educational experiences within the educator role for various populations under the supervision of course faculty and preceptor(s). Clinical experiences may include patient education, staff development, academic classroom lecture, academic clinical, and lab. This course is offered during a 16-week period, which includes 15 theory contact hours and 90 practicum contact hours.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing, NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods, NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation, NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing, and NURS 5580 Nursing Education: Implementation and Evaluation.

NURS 5990 Major Project in Nursing (3 hours)

This course requires the student to develop the major project, collect and analyze data, complete the written project and disseminate the results of the project. Projects may be implementation of evidence based practice, quality improvement or research projects.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 5010 Professional Communication in Nursing, NURS 5020 Health Care Statistics, NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care, NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing, NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care, and first course in the specialty track, or permission of the Program Director.
 

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