Master of Science in Nursing Degree

Nursing Master of Science Program Philosophy

Nursing is a service to humanity. It is a profession committed to: the promotion and restoration of health; the prevention of illness of individuals, families, groups, and communities; and support for a dignified death. It is the science whose main concern involves the life processes that positively affect the health status and integrity of persons, families, and groups within a diverse community.

Each student enters the graduate nursing program with a unique background for potential growth. Students are active learners as they seek professional growth in an advanced practice nursing role. Because each student is unique with different learning potentials and different critical thinking skills, the expectation is that the student will seek assistance and demonstrate growth at all stages of learning. The extent to which this distinct potential is achieved is determined by behavioral changes, which are observed and evaluated in the context of the expected outcomes of the learning process. The faculty believes providing a supportive environment enhances learning as the graduate student progresses through the program. The faculty acts as role models and therefore must be professionally competent. In addition, they advise students and provide opportunities for assistance in the event of academic difficulties.

Nursing Master of Science Program Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Nursing is based on Mount St. Mary's mission of providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership and fostering a spirit to serve others. The purpose is to prepare nurses in advanced nursing theory and provide them with experiences within the changing patterns of health care. The curriculum incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essential Curriculum Elements (1996). These elements include:

  • The utilization of research;
  • The development of knowledge about health care policies, financing and health care organizations;
  • The ability to identify, understand and analyze ethical issues and become accountable for one's own actions in practice;
  • Knowledge and experience in professional role development;
  • An increased knowledge and application of theory as a foundation for practice;
  • The enhancement of one's knowledge about several aspects of human diversity and societal issues that affect and influence the nursing profession, as well as the application of this information to community education.

The Master of Science in Nursing program offers nurses an opportunity for professional development through tracks in Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Health, Community/Public Health, Educator, Leadership and Administration, and Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist. The MSN program also offers the ADN to MSN program, an accelerated program that will allow nurses with an Associate Degree in nursing to achieve both a Bachelor and Master degree in as little as two and a half years.

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses in advanced nursing theory and provides them with experience in advanced practice nursing roles within the changing patterns of health care. Graduates are equipped to assume leadership roles in multidisciplinary health groups and conduct independent nursing research or clinical projects.

The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The nursing courses cannot be waived or taken as independent study regardless of the student's professional experiences. The MSN student is encouraged to grow in her/his role as a nurse leader both in depth and breadth thus maximizing the benefits of receiving a Master in Science in Nursing degree from Mount St. Mary's College.

For information related to health requirements and background checks, refer to the section on Department of Nursing Policies. In addition, malpractice insurance is required while enrolled in the practicum courses.

The MSN program requires the successful completion of 26-43 semester units, depending on track, with a grade of B (3.0) or better and the completion of an approved Nursing Project. NUR 243 Theoretical Foundations of Leadership and Community Health is a required bridge course for MSN students who do not have a BSN degree and must be satisfactorily completed prior to the beginning of graduate nursing coursework. The credit received can be used towards meeting the elective unit requirement. (For information regarding the ADN to MSN program, see related section).

Nursing Master of Science Program Objectives

At the completion of the Master of Science in nursing program, the graduate will have met the following objectives:

  1. Model accountability for the ethical quality of one's own practice.
  2. Utilize research data as a change agent to improve health care systems and influence public health policy as well as incorporate the data into their evidence-based practice.
  3. Assume leadership positions in a variety of health care agencies, colleges, or universities.
  4. Develop expertise in order to assume roles such as educators, leaders, expert clinicians, and clinical nurse specialists in health care agencies, colleges, or universities.

Nursing Master of Science Program Admission Policy

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements to the Graduate Division, acceptance is determined by the Admissions Committee of the Master of Science in Nursing program.

The following criteria pertain to admission into the Master of Science in Nursing Program:

  1. Applicants have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, e.g. Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Non-BSN degree holders are required to complete a bridge course (NUR 243) prior to beginning graduate studies. Applicants for the post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist track have received a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in nursing or related to nursing as outlined by the Board of Registered Nursing for Clinical Nurse Specialist certification. Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, or summer trimesters.
  2. Applicants for the Clinical Nurse Specialist and post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks have completed a minimum of one year full-time continuous clinical experience in Adult Health as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. The Admissions Committee of the MSN program will review and approve the quality of the clinical experience.
  3. Possess a valid and clear, current Registered Nurse license to practice in the state of California.
  4. Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units of course work.
  5. Have completed a course in statistics or research as a prerequisite to NUR 290 (not applicable to post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist track.)
  6. Complete the Graduate Student application and statement of interest.
  7. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  8. Verify health clearances.
  9. Have current CPR certification - American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider.
  10. Provide proof of malpractice insurance.

Applicants who meet eligibility requirements are:

  1. Required to participate in an academic planning session with an MSN advisor.
  2. Required to complete an on-site writing sample. (Not applicable to post-MSN CNS applicants).

Decisions are recommended to the Graduate Dean regarding acceptance.

Students accepted into the MSN program:

  1. Must take all required nursing courses at MSMC.
  2. Are allowed to defer their admission for one year. For e.g., if a student is accepted in the fall, she/he may defer admission until the following fall. If accepted students do not enter within one year, they must reapply to the program.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Track, Master of Science in Nursing: Adult Health

The Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration as a Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide the graduate with the competencies specified by the Board of Registered Nursing. These include expert clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and clinical leadership. Course work provides graduates the expertise to promote the health and well-being of individuals and aggregates within adult health.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 43 unit program that can be completed in as few as 6 semesters or 2 years.

NUR 200:

Advanced Health Assessment

(4)

NUR 201:

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202:

Current Health Care Issues & Nursing Roles

(3)

NUR 206:

Educational Theories, Principles & Methods in Nursing

(3)

NUR 245:

Population Health and Public Policy

(3)

NUR 246:

Advanced Pathophysiology

(2)

NUR 247:

Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation

(2)

NUR 248:

Advanced Pharmacology

(2)

NUR 250A:

Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(5)

NUR 250B:

Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(5)

NUR 250C:

Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(5)

NUR 290:

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296:

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

Applicants for the Clinical Nurse Specialist and post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks have completed a minimum of one year full-time clinical experience in Adult Health as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. The Admissions Committee of the MSN program will review and approve the quality of the clinical experience. NUR 246 and NUR 248 cannot be transferred in and must be taken at MSMC while enrolled in the CNS or post-MSN CNS tracks. Students must complete a total of 500 hours of clinical experience.

Community/Public Health Track, Master of Science in Nursing

The Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Community/Public Health will provide the graduate with the competencies essential practice to as a public health and health policy advocate. Inherent in the Community/Public Health track is a focus on community health care systems, preventive services, community aspects of practice, and the link to population-based practice.

The Community/Public Health concentration is a 42 unit program that can be completed in as few as 6 semesters or 2 years.

NUR 200:

Advanced Health Assessment

(4)

NUR 201:

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202:

Current Health Care Issues & Nursing Roles

(3)

NUR 206:

Educational Theories, Principles & Methods in Nursing

(3)

NUR 242:

Health Care Epidemiology & Infection Control

(2)

NUR 245:

Population Health and Public Policy

(3)

NUR 246:

Advanced Pathophysiology

(2)

NUR 248:

Advanced Pharmacology

(2)

NUR 251A:

Community/Public Health Practicum

(4)

NUR 251B:

Community/Public Health Practicum

(4)

NUR 290:

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296:

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

 

Electives

(6)

Educator Track, Master of Science in Nursing

The Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Education will provide the graduate with competencies in advanced nursing theory and experience as a nursing educator. Skills will be mastered to develop strategies for curricular design and for the use of technology in various college and clinical agencies within the changing patterns of health care.

The Educator concentration is a 37 unit program that can be completed in as few as 4 semesters or 16 months.

NUR 200:

Advanced Health Assessment

(4)

NUR 201:

Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202:

Current Health Care Issues & Nursing Roles

(3)

NUR 206:

Educational Theories, Principles and Methods

(3)

NUR 208:

Curriculum Development and Evaluation

(3)

NUR 290:

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 295:

Nursing Education Practicum I

(4)

NUR 296:

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

NUR 297:

Nursing Education Practicum II

(5)

 

Electives

(6)

Leadership and Administration Track, Master of Science in Nursing

The Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Leadership and Administration will provide the graduate with the competencies to lead various organizations and institutions. The program encompasses both nursing and leadership/administration courses in order to develop the necessary skills to provide responsible organizational leadership to society. Inherent in the Leadership and Administration track is the personal/professional transformation essential to leaders.

The Leadership and Administration concentration is a 35 unit program that can be completed in as few as 4 semesters or 16 months.

NUR 200: Advanced Health Assessment

(4)

NUR 201: Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202: Current Health Care Issues & Nursing Roles

(3)

NUR 240: Organizational Management & Finance in Health Care

(3)

NUR 247: Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation

(2)

NUR 252A: Leadership/Administration Practicum

(4)

NUR 252B: Leadership/Administration Practicum

(4)

NUR 290: Nursing Research and Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296: Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

Electives

(6)

Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Track, Master of Science in Nursing: Adult Health

Applicants for this track have completed a Master's degree in Nursing or related to nursing as outlined by the Board of Registered Nursing for the Clinical Nurse Specialist certification.

The post- MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist track will provide the graduate with the competencies specified by the Board of Registered Nursing. These include expert clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and clinical leadership. Course work provides graduates the expertise to promote the health and well-being of individuals and aggregates within adult health.

The Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 26 unit program that can be completed in as few as 3 semesters or 1 year.

NUR 200:

Advanced Health Assessment

(4)

NUR 202:

Current Health Care Issues & Nursing Roles

(3)

NUR 246:

Advanced Pathophysiology

(2)

NUR 248:

Advanced Pharmacology

(2)

NUR 250A:

Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(5)

NUR 250B:

Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(5)

NUR 250C:

Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(5)

Applicants for the Clinical Nurse Specialist and post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks have completed a minimum of one year full-time clinical experience in Adult Health as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. The Admissions Committee of the MSN program will review and approve the quality of the clinical experience. NUR 246 and NUR 248 cannot be transferred in and must be taken at MSMC while enrolled in the CNS or post-MSN CNS tracks. Students must complete a total of 500 hours of clinical experience.

ADN to MSN Program

The ADN to MSN program allows nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing to achieve a Bachelor and Master degree in nursing in as little as two and a half years. The accelerated program includes modified baccalaureate courses with special attention given to professional development issues to ensure a smooth transition into graduate studies. Applicants must have completed a Registered Nurse program and be licensed to practice in the state of California. Registered Nurse graduates of diploma programs will need to discuss curriculum options with the Director of the MSN Program, as additional course work may be necessary.

Before starting the ADN to MSN program, students must complete the basic three general studies requirements. This includes critical thinking, English composition, and speech. Other general studies courses can be taken concurrently. A mathematical statistics course must be completed prior to NUR 290 (Nursing Research and Methodologies). General studies courses that meet articulation standards can be transferred in for credit according to transfer policy. Students with an ADN are credited with 32 units of nursing course work toward degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

ADN to MSN Bridge Curriculum Objectives

At the completion of the ADN to MSN Bridge Curriculum, the student will have met the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate awareness for the ethical quality of one's own practice.
  2. Utilize research to initiate evidence-based innovation in care practice; will ask research questions and conduct research under the guidance of a researcher.
  3. Demonstrate ability to manage the health care team by delivering patient-focused care with a progression to more advanced levels of leadership. Leadership is evident in appropriate delegation, conflict resolution, and coordination of team assignments based on unit need.
  4. Develop skills of negotiation, open communication, and collegial collaboration with multidisciplinary care providers.
  5. Transition into the MSN program as a graduate student.

ADN to MSN Program Admission Policy

Applications for the ADN to MSN program are accepted for the spring, summer or fall trimesters. In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, acceptance is determined by the Admissions Committee of the Master of Science in Nursing program.

Requirements for Admission Include:

  1. An Associate degree in Nursing or its equivalent in nursing from a regionally accredited and BRN approved institution.
  2. Diploma prepared nurses must meet with a Graduate Program Advisor to review transcripts. Additional coursework may be required.
  3. A current and clear license issued by the BRN in the state of California.
  4. GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester units of course work.
  5. On-site writing assessment and participate in academic planning session with Graduate Program Advisor.
  6. Current Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  7. Professional Liability Insurance (for clinical courses).
  8. Current medical clearance per department standards and/or agency requirements.
  • Completion of one year of work experience as a registered nurse is recommended.

Basic Three General Studies Requirements:

To be eligible to start the Bridge program, the following general study** courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better:

  • Critical Thinking
  • English Composition (1B)
  • Speech

**General study courses will be considered for transfer credit upon review of transcripts and articulation agreements.

Progression

Students are considered undergraduates and adhere to undergraduate Academic Policies while they progress through the Bridge program (3 trimesters). During the Bridge, students must complete a minimum of 3 lower division General Studies courses.

Students may advance to graduate standing and adhere to graduate Academic Policies under the following conditions:

  1. Completed a minimum of 3 General Studies courses. All lower division General Studies courses have been completed. Any outstanding General Studies requirements are to be completed at the upper division level.
  2. Bridge nursing courses satisfactorily completed. A grade of C- or below in a required course or a nursing course is not accepted.
  3. Cumulative GPA is 3.0. or higher in last 60 semester units.

In addition, students are eligible for graduate funding/financial aid.

Nursing Bridge Core Requirements

NUR 201:

Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 102:

Professional Issues in Nursing Practice & Education

(3)

NUR 103:

Leadership Styles & Managing a Diverse Workforce

(2)

NUR 104:

Leadership Practicum

(1.5)

NUR 105:

Community & Public Health Nursing

(2.5)

NUR 106:

Community & Public Health Nursing Practicum

(2)

NUR 144A:

Technology of Professional Presentations

(1)

NUR 144B:

Technology of Professional Presentations

(1)

RST 149:

Bioethics

(3)

In addition, General Studies courses may need to be taken to meet the requirements for a bachelor's degree. Students must also satisfactorily complete NUR 290 and the practicum series of chosen MSN track in order to be eligible to apply for a BSN degree.

Pre-requisites

Ethics (Philosophy or Religious Studies)

Critical Thinking (Philosophy)

English Composition

Speech

General Studies Requirements

Communication (8 units)

Art, Literature, History, Economics (9 units)

Sciences (16 units)

Math (3 units)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 units)

Religious Study (6 units)

Philosophy (6 units)

All General Studies courses must be passed with a C or better.

ADN to MSN Program Transfer Articulation

Credit for courses taken in other accredited colleges or universities is transferable provided that the transferred courses satisfy requirements at MSMC (see college catalog, "Advanced Standing").

  • Associate in Arts degree students are awarded transfer credit for general studies courses which are comparable to MSMC courses. A maximum of 66 units may be transferred from a community college.
  • Diploma courses are not transferable as General Studies unless completed through an accredited Junior or Senior College.

BSN Application

Students may apply for their BSN once the following requirements have been met:

  1. Bridge nursing courses satisfactorily completed. A grade of C- or below in a required course or a nursing course is not accepted;
  2. Completed the General Studies program as outlined for a baccalaureate degree with a C or better;
  3. Completion of NUR 290 Nursing Research and Methodologies with a C- or higher;
  4. And received credit for MSN Practica series of selected track.

Nursing Courses

NUR 102 Professional Issues in Nursing Practice and Education (3)

This course is designed to assist the student in analysis of professional nursing issues. The significance and impact of these issues on nursing practice will be presented. Role transition will be explored with an emphasis on personal growth and the development of a career plan addressing both professional and educational aspects. Prerequisite: Admission into the ADN to MSN program

NUR 103 Leadership Styles and Managing a Diverse Workforce (2)

This course is designed to prepare students for leadership and management roles in the professional setting. Health care policy and change theory are introduced. Emphasis is placed on critical decision-making, collaboration, leadership, and functioning as a team member using principles of leadership and management within diverse settings. Prerequisite: Admission into the ADN to MSN program.

NUR 104 Leadership Practicum (1.5)

This course is designed to provide experience in utilizing a collaborative leadership style in applying the nursing process to leadership and management principles in the health care setting. A major change theory project will be selected in collaboration with a preceptor to address an issue relating to the setting utilized for the clinical experience. Prerequisite: Admission into the ADN to MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 103 may be taken concurrently.

NUR 105 Community and Public Health Nursing (2.5)

This course will prepare students to assess the health of a population and apply nursing interventions to improve population health at the individual/family, community, and systems levels of practice. Application of the nursing process will be discussed related to the present and potential diseases and illness that present themselves in populations. The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand the theories of public health nursing practice and be able to practice in a transdisciplinary public health team to promote and protect the health of a population. The analysis of relevant morbidity and mortality data along with relevant socioenvironmental factors will prepare students to practice and the operational standards of a local health department will be threaded throughout the course along with a framework of Healthy People 2010. Reporting requirements related to communicable diseases will also be introduced. Prerequisite: Admission into the ADN to MSN program.

NUR 106 Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum (2)

This course is designed to be a synthesis of community-based nursing with the goal of providing clinical experiences that allow the student nurse to apply the knowledge and skills from nursing and public health concepts to expand their understanding of caring for a client within the community and the community at large. This course will assist students in recognizing that the community health nurse is responsible to the community as "client" with services provided to multi-cultural, diverse individuals, families and groups to promote health and prevent disease. The Roy Adaptation Model will be used to frame the assessment of the community and serve as the cornerstone in the development of an evidence based community health intervention plan. An epidemiological approach will be utilized to identify and assess problems within aggregates in the community. Prerequisite: Admission into the ADN to MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 105 – may be taken concurrently.

NUR 144A Technology of Professional (TOP) Presentations (1)

This course provides students with the skills necessary to integrate technology into their professional presentations. Professionals must possess superior skills in speaking and listening, writing and presenting, influencing and persuading, and in transferring knowledge. Communication has become more complex, with the introduction of technology presenting both opportunities and challenges. This course focuses on providing professionals the tools and techniques necessary to foster effective communication by introducing the students to the use and usefulness of technology in professional presentations. There is an emphasis on consistent and continuous practice of skills through individual and group presentations. The course helps students develop a professional voice more fitting to their personal communication style. Prerequisite: Admission into the ADN to MSN program.

NUR 144B Technology of Professional (TOP) Presentations (1)

This course, the second of the NUR 144 series, focuses on providing students the necessary technological tools and techniques that can help them in their professional roles. Course content includes creating and managing websites, basic steps to enhance the look and function of text-based documents, and an introduction to the advanced features of PowerPoint. These skills will advance students in the technology-assisted dynamic industry and prepare them for presenting themselves before their professional communities. Prerequisite: NUR 144A

NUR 200 Advanced Health Assessment (4)

This is an introductory course to advanced health care assessment. It is designed to offer a comprehensive review and synthesis of physical assessment skills and knowledge covering the life span. An emphasis is placed on the relationship between physical assessment and health behaviors in conjunction with epidemiological, cultural, psychosocial and spiritual needs of clients. Upon this foundation, the student will develop a client centered management plan. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN program

NUR 201 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing (3)

The course will offer an opportunity for graduate nursing students to explore the relationships between theory, research, practice and the philosophical dimensions of nursing. There is a scholarly exploration of the theoretical and conceptual models that influence the discipline of nursing. A historical view of the nursing profession will be presented and analyzed. The student will choose a theoretical framework upon which to design the graduate project. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN program.

NUR 202 Current Health Care Issues and Nursing Roles (3) Online or Classroom

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore and analyze major health, federal and worldwide issues that affect the nursing profession and its communities of interest. This seminar provides discussion regarding the economical, historical, social, political, ethical and legal issues that require consideration and potential resolutions. In addition, students will discuss and analyze developing, advanced roles in nursing. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN program.

NUR 206 Educational Theories, Principles, and Methods in Nursing (3)

This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced practice role as nursing educators. The focus of this course is on the use of various teaching techniques and strategies to assist in the education of staff, students, health care professionals, clients and communities of interest. In the role of nursing educator, students will learn how to influence changes in how the client perceives health and his/her ability to seek information to reach optimal health. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN program and successful completion of NUR 201.

NUR 208 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)

This course is designed so that the graduate student can explore curriculum theories, design and evaluation as they apply to nursing. The course is geared toward an examination of philosophical bases for the development of curriculum. The students design and critique a model curriculum and include outcome criteria to evaluate educational goal attainment. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 201 and NUR 206.

NUR 240 Organizational Management and Finance in Health Care (3)

This course is designed for the graduate student in the leadership/administration track. The course will provide a forum for discussion and analysis of finance in the delivery of health care. Course content will provide information that will assist the student to understand and plan cost-effective methods to increase quality care in various systems for diverse aggregates. The content will also enhance the understanding of strategic and fiscal planning. In addition, the course will afford opportunities to learn and analyze management theories and styles related to problem-solving in the work environment. There will also be opportunities to analyze work climates, interpersonal and group dynamics, communications, quality management, and the improvement of the work environment. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN Program.

NUR 241 Marketing Through the Art of Negotiation (Elective) (3)

This course is designed for graduate students who are interested in marketing their concept through the art of negotiation. The course will provide a forum for discussion and analysis of different marketing and negotiating techniques used to promote desired changes in a variety of settings including health care. Course content also provides skills that will assist students in developing their own strategies in the negotiation process with diverse aggregates. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN Program.

NUR 242 Health Care Epidemiology/Infection Control (2)

This course is designed to provide a forum for discussion and analysis of epidemiology, infection prevention and control in the healthcare setting. Course content will provide information that will assist the student in the appraisal of various methodologies and approaches to infection control. The content will also enhance the understandings of the administrative and educational aspects. In addition, the course will afford opportunities to evaluate specific infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, ventilator-associated pneumonia, mulitple-resistant organisms, endemic and epidemic respiratory illnesses such as influenza, emerging pathogens, etc. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN Program.

NUR 243 Theoretical Foundations of Community Health and Leadership in Nursing (Bridge Course) (1)

This course is considered as a graduate level bridge course specifically designed for graduates from non-BSN nursing programs. This course constitutes an exploration of concepts and theories related to nursing leadership roles and the community health specialty. Discussion will surround the roles, responsibilities, ethics and legal aspects of managing and leading in nursing positions. A secondary portion of the class is an introduction to community health nursing based on the components and domains of the Clinical Prevention and Population Health recommendations. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN Program.

NUR 244A Technology of Professional (TOP) Presentations (Elective) (1)

This course is designed for students who are interested in integrating technology into their professional presentations. Professionals must possess superior skills in speaking and listening, writing, and presenting, influencing and persuading, and in transferring knowledge. Communication has become more complex, with the introduction of technology presenting both opportunities and challenges. This course focuses on providing professionals the tools and techniques necessary to foster effective communication by introducing the students to the use and usefulness of technology in professional presentations. There is an emphasis on consistent and continuous practice of skills through individual and group presentations. The course helps students develop a professional voice more fitting to their personal communication style. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN Program.

NUR 244B Technology of Professional (TOP) Presentations (Elective) (1)

This course is designed for professionals that must possess the technological skills necessary to survive or advance in technology-assisted dynamic industry. This course, the second of the Nur 244 series, focuses on providing professionals the necessary technological tools and techniques that can help them become better professionals and smart individuals. There is an emphasis on consistent and continuous practice of skills through individual and group presentations. The course helps students develop a professional voice more fitting to their personal communication style. Prerequisite: NUR 244A or consent of instructor.

NUR 245 Population Health and Public Policy (3)

The course is designed to explore population-based nursing practice, addressing interventions at the community and system levels of practice, with an emphasis both on primary prevention strategies and evidenced-based public health practice. This course will provide knowledge about the importance of public health advocacy and the tools necessary to affect public policy. Classes are highly interactive and are presented in a seminar format. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program.

NUR 246 Advanced Pathophysiology (2)

This course is designed to prepare nurses for expert clinical practice using advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of pathophysiology applied to a clinically based specialty area of practice. The focus is on complex physiological problems and the approaches to manage and improve patient care including a discussion on the influence of psychological and socioeconomic variables. Content will provide the advanced practice nurse the competencies necessary to work with health care professionals, patients, and communities to improve the delivery of nursing care through education, expert clinical practice, consultation, research and leadership. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN Program.

NUR 247 Foundations and Ethical Principles in Leadership and Consultation (2)

Critical exploration of the foundations and ethical principles required of leaders to create a responsible learning community within diverse organizational systems. Emphasis is on the analysis of emotional intelligence and an examination of individual characteristics inherent in the process of professional transformation balanced with personal growth.

NUR 248 Advanced Pharmacology (2)

This course is designed to prepare nurses for expert clinical practice using advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of pharmacology applied to a clinically based specialty area of practice. The focus is on pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics including a discussion at the cellular response level. Content will provide the advanced practice nurse the competencies necessary to work with health care professionals, patients, and communities to improve clinical care in a cost-effective manner. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program.

NUR 250 ABC Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (5-5-5)

This course emphasis is on providing opportunities for the student to expand on existing nursing roles and experience professional growth as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in order to promote the health and well being of individuals and aggregates. The five (5) areas of competency that must be addressed for the Clinical Nurse Specialist as outlined by the California Board of Registered Nursing are included: expert clinical practice, education, research, consultation, and clinical leadership. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 201, 206, 247 and 290. N/A for post-MSN CNS track.

NUR 251 AB Public/Community Health Practicum (4-4)

This course is designed to assist the student in gaining practical knowledge and develop expertise in the role of Public/Community Health nursing. The student will complete this practicum with a preceptor in Public/Community Health settings. The seminar portion of the course will provide the student with additional knowledge and skills related to advanced public health nursing in an interactive setting and will allow the student to debrief and problem-solve with faculty and students.  Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 210, 206, 245 and 290.

NUR 252 AB Leadership and Administration Practicum (4-4)

This course is designed to assist the student in gaining practical knowledge and experience regarding the leadership role in nursing by precepting with a nurse leader. The seminar portion of the course is to allow the student an opportunity to debrief and problem-solve with faculty and other students. This practicum will concentrate on human resource issues within health care systems. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 201, 240, 247 (247 may be taken concurrently) and 290.

NUR 290 Nursing Research and Methodologies (3)

This course constitutes an in-depth exploration of the research process and strategies. Discussion will surround both quantitative as well as qualitative designs. It also provides an opportunity for students to prepare the first three chapters of their project proposal. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of a mathematical statistics course or research course and NUR 201.

NUR 295 Nursing Education Practicum I (4)

This course is designed to provide teaching experiences for students with staff/patient educators. The experience will provide an opportunity to participate in the development or revision of educational plans. Students will design a learning opportunity and will include a course description, learning objectives, and methods of evaluating both the learners and the education offering.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR 201, 206, 208 and 295 - may be taken concurrently.

NUR 296 Thesis Project Seminar (3)

The student will assess the need for the nursing project, design and implement it and finally evaluate its effectiveness. The project needs to be aimed at solving a practical or clinical problem, or meeting an educational or administrative need in a service or academic setting. The project may include a nursing intervention program, a change project or an educational program that is designed in the form of a class, instructional module, computer program, videotape, or nursing education evaluation tool. A written report describing the project is the final assignment in this course. The project must first be approved by the course faculty. This seminar will provide the student with the opportunity to meet with the faculty throughout the semester to discuss the progress of the graduate project and to obtain guidance from the course faculty member. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR 200, 201, 202, 206, 208, 290 and 295.

NUR 297 Nursing Education Practicum II (5)

This course is designed to prepare students to become educators in a college-level nursing education program. The student will choose an educational setting in which to complete a learning needs assessment, prepare coursework, syllabi, student faculty evaluations, and course evaluations while being supervised by a master faculty member, In addition, the student will be responsible for presenting course content to the chosen nursing student group.  Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 201, 206, 208, and 290.

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