Master of Science in Nursing Degree

ADN to MSN and MSN Programs

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 growth as a professional nurse. 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 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.

Program Mission Statement

The programs are 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 Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Essentials of Master's Education, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies, National Nursing Staff Development Competencies, National League for Nursing Educator Competencies, and the American Organization of Nurse Executive Competencies.

The graduate program offers nurses an opportunity for professional development through tracks in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community/Public Health (currently not offered), Educator, Leadership and Administration, and Post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. An 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 three years is offered.

  1. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  2. Nursing courses cannot be waived or taken as independent study regardless of the student's professional experiences. The student is encouraged to grow in her/his role as a professional nurse both in depth and breadth thus maximizing the benefits of receiving a Nursing degree from Mount St. Mary's College.
  3. The MSN degree requires the completion of an approved Nursing Research Project.

Associate in Arts Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program (ADN to MSN Program)

This information is published to aid the student in making decisions leading to the accomplishment of academic goals. Each student is responsible for becoming acquainted with academic requirements. The content stated herein is for information only and in no way constitute a contract between the student and the nursing program. The nursing program reserves the right to make program changes and policy revisions at any time and without prior notice.

The ADN to MSN program offers a career mobility option allowing nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing to achieve a Bachelor and Master degree in nursing in as little as three years dependent on the number of remaining General Studies courses. The accelerated program includes modified baccalaureate courses with special attention given to professional development issues to ensure a smooth transition from the field into teaching positions and other advanced practice. 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 a graduate nursing advisor, as additional course work may be necessary.

ADN to MSN Bridge Curriculum Objectives

At the completion of the ADN to MSN Bridge curriculum, the students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate ability to utilize knowledge, theories & concepts gained from liberal arts education to assist in transitioning into graduate nursing education and practice (BSN Essential I).

2. Demonstrate ability to provide high quality health care using knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety (BSN Essential II).

3. Understand and translate current evidence as a basis for their own professional nursing practice (BSN Essential III).

4. Deliver quality patient care utilizing their knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology (BSN Essential IV).

5. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policies which influence the healthcare system, patient care, and nursing practice (BSN Essential V).

6. Demonstrate skills of negotiation, open communication, and collegial collaboration with multidisciplinary care providers (BSN Essential VI).

7. Utilize knowledge in individual & population health promotion and disease prevention to improve patient/population health outcomes (BSN Essential VII).

8. Demonstrate awareness for the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice into one's own practice (BSN Essential VIII).

9. Demonstrate ability to practice with individual patients, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and continuum of healthcare environments (BSN Essentials IX).

Source:

AACN (2008). The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.

ADN to MSN Program Admission Policy

Applicants to the ADN to MSN program apply through the Graduate Division using the same process as MSN applicants, e.g. on-site writing sample, academic planning session, etc. Students in the ADN to MSN program are accepted as Undergraduates (UG) while they progress through the Bridge program (3 terms – fall, spring, and summer). During the Bridge program, students:

  • follow UG academic policies;
  • are considered as UG for financial aid;
  • complete a minimum of 3 lower division General Studies courses;
  • and meet with an MSN program advisor on a regular basis to discuss progression.

Applications for the ADN to MSN program are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms. Applicants must meet the Mount St. Mary's College and Nursing Department requirements for admission to the ADN to MSN program and adhere to application deadlines. 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 California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved institution.
  2. Diploma prepared nurses must meet with a graduate nursing advisor to review transcripts. Additional coursework may be required.
  3. A valid and clear, current Registered Nurse license issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing to practice in the state of California. Applicants have completed a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. New RN graduates who do not meet the minimum of one year full-time continuous employment as a licensed Registered Nurse must be currently employed in a clinical setting as a licensed Registered Nurse. The Admissions Committee of the MSN program will review and determine if the applicant's clinical employment meets the requirement.
  4. Applicants for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track must have completed a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment in an acute setting providing care to adults as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. The Admissions Committee of the MSN program will review and determine if the applicant's clinical employment meets the requirement.
  5. GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester units of course work.
  6. Complete the Graduate Student application and statement of interest.
  7. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  8. On-site writing assessment and meet with graduate nursing advisor.
  9. Current CPR certification - American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider.
  10. Provide proof of malpractice insurance.
  11. Titer indicating immunity or documented vaccination for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B. In addition, individual agencies may have other requirements such as background check.

General Studies Policy for Admittance into Program

To be eligible to begin the Bridge Nursing coursework, the following General Studies* courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better:

  • Critical Thinking
  • English Composition (1B or 1C). ENG 1C also meets the Critical Thinking requirement.
  • Speech

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

In order to be considered for the ADN to MSN program, the applicant can have no more than 6 General Studies courses remaining. Advisement suggests the following schedule to the student for a more successful experience in the program:

  • Summer term: 3 GS courses
  • Fall term: Bridge Nursing coursework and 1 GS course (Bioethics – upper division is offered through MSMC's Weekend College in the Fall)
  • Spring term: Bridge Nursing coursework and 1 GS course
  • Summer term: Bridge Nursing coursework and 1 GS course (Statistics is offered in the Summer)

ADN to MSN Program Transfer Articulation

Transfer Credit

  • 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"). Only courses with a grade of "C" or better will be considered for transfer credit.
  • Associate in Arts degree students are awarded transfer credit for General Studies courses which are comparable to MSMC courses. A maximum of 70 units may be transferred from a community college and applied toward the 124-unit degree requirement for the BSN degree..
  • When a student is licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of California, credit for courses previously taken to meet specified content areas required for licensure may be transferrable. The courses must have been completed through an accredited junior or senior college to be accepted as transfer units. With a satisfactory rating on the Validation of Clinical Competence form, up to 4 lower division units and 28 upper division units of credit may be transferrable. Students entering Summer 2011 or later may only transfer up to 28 upper division units. These units are held in escrow until the student has completed 30 units of coursework at MSMC.
  • Transfer credit will not be awarded for BSN course work taken at another accredited institution. The only exception to this policy would be consideration to the student who has taken Community/Public Health Nursing and has a current PHN certificate through the California BRN.

Credit for Nursing Courses

When a student is licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of California, credit for courses equivalent to MSMC lower and upper division nursing courses are transferable. The courses must have been completed through an accredited junior or senior college to b accepted as transfer units. With a satisfactory rating on the Validation of Clinical Competence form, up to 32 units of credit is awarded for nursing courses. These units are held in escrow until the student has completed 30 units of course work at MSMC.

Unit Distribution

The unit distribution is as follows:

4 semester units of lower division credit will be awarded for the following equivalent coursework:

NUR 60

Adaptation Nursing Theory

( 2)

NUR 53A

Fundamentals of Nursing Theory

(2)

28 semester units of upper division credit will be awarded for the following equivalent coursework:

NUR 134

Issues in Professional Nursing

(2)

NUR 135

Pharmacology in Nursing

(2)

NUR 160

Adaptation Nursing: Childbearing Family

(2.5)

NUR 161

Practicum: Childbearing Family

(2.5)

NUR 162

Adaptation Nursing: Children

(2.5)

NUR 163

Practicum: Children

(2.5)

NUR 164

Adaptation Nursing: Adv Medical/Surgical

(2.5)

NUR 165

Practicum: Advanced Medical/Surgical

(2.5)

NUR 166

Adaptation Nursing: Mental Health

(2.5)

NUR 167

Practicum: Mental Health

(2.5)

NUR 190

Adaptation Nursing: Older

(1.5)

NUR 191

Practicum: Older Adult

(2.5)

In addition, students can transfer in courses to meet the Nursing Prerequisite Courses and College General Studies requirements. Courses will be considered for transfer credit upon review of transcripts and articulation agreements. This will include:

Communication Skills

8 units

ENG 1A

Freshman English

3

ENG 1B or 1C

Freshman English

3

SPE 10

Introduction to Communication

2

 

 

 

Arts and Sciences

40 units

Art/Music, Literature, History, and Economics/Political Science

Must include all 4 subject areas

 

 

12

 

Natural and Physical Sciences

 

BIO 3

Microbiology (with lab)

4

BIO 40A

Human Anatomy (with lab)

4

BIO 50B

Human Physiology (with lab)

4

CHE or PHY

Chemistry or Physics

4


Math is not required for the BSN degree. However, Statistics is a prerequisite for NUR 290. In addition, Statistics counts as a Quantitative Literacy 2 (QL2) course. See QL section below.

MTH 38

Elements of Probability and Statistics

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

PSY 1

General Psychology

3

PSY 12

Lifespan Developmental Psych

3

SOC 1

 

Sociological Perspectives or Cultural Anthropology

3

 

 

 

Philosophy (6-9 units) and Religious Studies (6-9 units) 15 units

RST 149

Biomedical Issues in Christian Ethics

3

PHI 5

or

Introduction to Logic

3

PHI 10

Critical Thinking

 

 

Phil Ideas

See Catalog for courses (VB-1)

3

RST

See Catalog for courses in Scripture, Christian Thought, Religion and Religions (VA-1, VA-2, VA-4)

3

PHI or RST

One additional course

3

 

 

 

Diversity (see Catalog)

6

 

 

 

Quantitative Literacy (see Catalog)

6

 

Six (6) units of Quantitative Literacy must come from either two QL2 courses OR one QL1 and one QL2 course, but NOT two QL1 courses.

NUR 102

Professional Issues in Nursing Practice & Education

(3)

NUR 103

Leadership Styles & Managing a Diverse Workforce

(2)

NUR 104

Leadership Practicum Care Informatics and Technology

(1.5)

NUR 105

Community & Public Health Nursing/ Abuse Class

(2.5)

NUR 106

Community & Public Health Nursing Practicum

(2)

NUR 107A

Health Care Informatics & Technology *

(1.5)

NUR 107B

Health Care Informatics & Technology *

(1.5)

NUR 201

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing*

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies*

(3)

*Satisfies MSN course requirement however students will receive the units toward their BSN degree. NUR 203 Introduction to Graduate Studies (1u) taken during the Bridge year is applied to MSN degree units.

Nursing Bridge Coursework including General Studies Courses

Fall:

 

 

NUR 102

Professional Issues in Nursing Practice & Education

(3)

NUR 201

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing*

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies*

(1)

RST 149

Biomedical Issues in Christian Ethics

(3)

 

 

 

Spring:

 

 

NUR 103

Leadership Styles & Managing a Diverse Workforce

(2)

NUR 104

Leadership Practicum

(1.5)

NUR 107A

Health Care Informatics & Technology*

(1.5)

General Studies course if needed

(3)

 

 

 

Summer:

 

 

NUR 105

Community & Public Health Nursing/ Abuse Class

(2.5)

NUR 106

Community & Public Health Nursing Practicum

(2)

NUR 107B

Health Care Informatics & Technology*

(1.5)

General Studies course if needed

(3)

 

 

 

Note: If additional General Studies courses are needed, up to 3 courses can be taken in Weekend College the summer before beginning the Fall bridge courses.

*Satisfies MSN course requirement


Completion of General Studies Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to complete as many of the General Studies and elective requirements as possible prior to starting the ADN to MSN program. Only 3 General Studies and electives can be taken concurrently with MSN courses as a graduate student. These must be upper division level General Studies courses and will be billed at graduate tuition rate. All General Studies and electives must be completed prior to the start of the last term in the MSN program.

Academic Progression/Probation Policy

Undergraduate Policy

A grade of C- or below in a required course or a nursing course is not accepted. If a grade of C- or below is received in any course, that course must be repeated and a grade of C or higher must be received before transitioning to the MSN program. A student is placed on academic probation for failing to maintain a 2.0 GPA for all courses undertaken in a term. A student must achieve a GPA of 2.0 or higher, based on the next 12 letter graded units in order to continue in the college.

Graduate Policy

Failure of a graduate student to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA places the student on probation. The student will be notified in writing from the Office of the Graduate Dean regarding the probation. A student on probation must achieve a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher during the next two semesters in order to be reinstated to regular standing and may be required to take fewer units of work while on probation. Graduate Policies apply to all students who have been advanced to graduate standing. Please see the MSMC Catalog and Graduate Student Handbook for graduate policy information.

Academic Dismissal

See Undergraduate Academic Policies in the MSMC Catalog.

Graduate Policy: A student is subject to dismissal for failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the probationary period. Failure to comply with the requirements and regulations of the graduate program and College may also subject a student to dismissal. The Graduate Dean and/or the Graduate Council have the authority to dismiss students and to suspend dismissal.

Leave of Absence

The Leave of Absence policy for undergraduate students as described in the MSMC Catalog will be followed with undergraduate students in the ADN to MSN program. Undergraduate students may submit a petition to the Undergraduate Dean to take coursework at another institution while on a LOA and Graduate students will submit a petition to the Graduate Dean.

Graduation Requirements

Students may apply for a BSN under the following conditions:

  • completed total of at least 124 semester units; 45 of these units must be upper division units;
  • satisfactory completion of Bridge curriculum as defined by program;
  • completed the General Studies program as outlined for a baccalaureate degree; AND
  • satisfactorily completed the following MSN courses as defined by the program:
    1. NUR 201 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing (taken during Bridge). Units applied towards BSN degree.
    2. NUR 290 Nursing Research and Methodologies (taken as a graduate student in the MSN program). Units applied towards BSN degree.
    3. MSN Practica series of selected track (taken as a graduate student in the MSN program e.g. NUR 295 and NUR 297 for the educator track which occurs in the last two terms of the MSN program)
    4. NUR 203 Introduction to Graduate Studies (taken during Bridge). Unit applied toward MSN degree.

Transition to the MSN Program/Advance to Graduate (GR) standing

To be eligible to progress to the MSN program and advance to GR standing the following will apply:

  • Completion of all ADN to MSN Bridge level nursing courses; (NUR 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107A, 107B, 201, 203 and RST 149)
  • Only 3 outstanding GS courses can be taken while a GR student and these courses must be upper division and will be charged graduate tuition rate;
  • Statistics is a prerequisite to NUR 290;
  • Cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher in last 60 semester units;
  • Validation of clinical competence and
  • Adhere to GR academic policies.

Residency Requirement

  • To satisfy the requirements for the degree, students must earn a minimum of the final 30 (of the last 39) units of credit at MSMC. A waiver of this requirement is at the discretion of the Undergraduate and Graduate Dean through the College petition process.
  • Once admitted to MSMC students are expected to only pursue study at MSMC during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students seeking an exception to the Concurrent Enrollment Policy must file an academic petition and transfer of credit clearance form prior to registration at another institution.
  • Students may take no more than 9 units per year concurrently at another institution while enrolled at MSMC. However, students must have approval of the program director for concurrent enrollment and file both an academic petition and a transfer of credit clearance form prior to registration at another institution.

Master of Science in Nursing Degree

This information is published to aid the student in making decisions leading to the accomplishment of academic goals. Each student is responsible for becoming acquainted with academic requirements. The content stated herein is for information only and in no way constitute a contract between the student and the nursing program. The nursing program reserves the right to make program changes and policy revisions at any time and without prior notice.

Master of Science in Nursing Objectives

The graduate of the Master's Degree Nursing Program will be prepared for the professional role as a Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, or Clinical Nurse Specialist and will be able to:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings (Essential I).
  2. Use organizational and systems leadership skills in promoting safe and quality patient care, emphasizing ethical and critical decision making and effective working relationships (Essential II).
  3. Employ performance measures and standards related to quality to monitor outcomes and apply quality principles within an organization (Essential III).
  4. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as a change agent, and disseminate results (Essential IV).
  5. Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care (Essential V).
  6. Participate in policy development in the organization and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care (Essential VI).
  7. Use effective communication, collaboration, and leadership skills as a member and leader of interprofessional teams to manage and coordinate care (Essential VII).
  8. Apply 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 (Essentials VIII).
  9. Show understanding of advanced level nursing and relevant sciences, integrate knowledge to direct or indirect patient care areas, and intervene and influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems (Essentials IX).

Source:

AACN (2011) The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing 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 transition course (NUR 243) prior to beginning graduate studies or concurrently during the first term of study. Applicants for the post-MSN Adult-Gerontology 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 California Board of Registered Nursing for Clinical Nurse Specialist certification. Applications are accepted for the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.
  2. A valid and clear, current Registered Nurse license issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing to practice in the state of California. Applicants have completed a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. New RN graduates who do not meet the minimum of one year full-time continuous employment as a licensed Registered Nurse must be currently employed in a clinical setting as a licensed Registered Nurse. The Admissions Committee of the MSN program will review and determine if the applicant's clinical employment meets the requirement.
  3. Applicants for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks have completed a minimum of one year full-time continuous clinical experience in an acute setting providing care to adults 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.
  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. Titer indicating immunity or documented vaccination for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B. In addition, individual agencies may have other requirements such as background check.
  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).
  3. 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.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Master of Science in Nursing

The Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide the graduate with the competencies specified by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Coursework provides graduates the expertise to promote the health and well-being of adults.

(The following applies to students beginning their coursework prior to Summer 2011)


The Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 46 unit program that can be completed in as few as 7 terms or 28 months.

NUR 200

Advanced Health Assessment

(3)

NUR 201

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202

Issues, Ethics, and Role Development in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 204

Health Care Policy

(3)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing

(3)

NUR 207A

Health Care Informatics &Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Health Care Informatics &Technology

(1.5)

NUR 239

Advanced Concepts in Adult Health

(3)

NUR 242

Health Care Epidemiology & Biostatistics

(2)

NUR 246

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

(3)

NUR 247

Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation

(2)

NUR 248

Advanced Pharmacology

(3)

NUR 249

Clinical Nurse Specialist Role

(2)

NUR 250A

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250B

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250C

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

For students entering Summer 2011 or later, the following curriculum applies to the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track:

NUR 200

Advanced Health Assessment

(3)

NUR 201

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202

Issues, Ethics, and Role Development in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing

(2)

NUR 207A

Health Care Informatics &Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Health Care Informatics &Technology

(1.5)

NUR 238

Advanced Concepts in Gerontology

(3)

NUR 239

Advanced Concepts in Adult Health

(3)

NUR 246

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

(3)

NUR 247

Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation

(2)

NUR 248

Advanced Pharmacology

(3)

NUR 249

Clinical Nurse Specialist Role

(2)

NUR 250A

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250B

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250C

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)


Applicants for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks have completed a minimum of one year continuous full-time clinical experience in an acute setting providing care to adults 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. Students must complete a total of 500 hours of clinical experience to meet eligibility requirements for CNS certification. Hours subject to change dependent on certification requirements.

Community/Public Health Track, Master of Science in Nursing

Currently not offered. Please contact MSN program for more information.

Educator Track, Master of Science in Nursing

The Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Education will provide the graduate with competencies specified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) 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 6 terms or 2 years.

NUR 200

Advanced Health Assessment

(3)

NUR 201

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202

Issues, Ethics, and Role Development in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 204

Health Care Policy

(3)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles and Methods

(2)

NUR 207A

Health Care Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Health Care Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 208

Curriculum Development

(2)

NUR 247

Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation

(2)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 294

Evaluation and Testing

(2)

NUR 295

Educator Practicum (agency setting)

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

NUR 297

Educator Practicum (college setting)

(4)

NUR 298

Nurse Educator Role

(1)

For students entering Fall 2011 or later, the revised 38 unit track below is followed:

NUR 200

Advanced Health Assessment

(3)

NUR 201

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202

Issues, Ethics, and Role Development in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles and Methods

(2)

NUR 207A

Health Care Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Health Care Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 246

Advanced Physiology/ Pathophysiology

(2)

NUR 248

Advanced Pharmacology

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 294

Evaluation and Testing

(2)

NUR 295

Educator Practicum (agency setting)

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

NUR 297

Educator Practicum (college setting)

(3)

NUR 298

Nurse Educator Role

(1)

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 specified by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 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 39 unit program that can be completed in as few as 6 terms or 2 years.

NUR 201

Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

(3)

NUR 202

Issues, Ethics, and Role Development in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 204

Health Care Policy

(3)

NUR 207A

Health Care Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Health Care Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 241

Marketing Management in Healthcare

(3)

NUR 247

Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation

(2)

NUR 252A

Leadership/Administration Practicum

(3)

NUR 252B

Leadership/Administration Practicum

(3)

NUR 253

Organizational Management in Health Care

(3)

NUR 254

Healthcare Finance

(3)

NUR 256

Organizational Change & Strategic Planning for Health Care

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

Post MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

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


The Post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track will provide the graduate with the competencies specified by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Coursework provides graduates the expertise to promote the health and well-being of adults.

The Post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 33 unit program that can be completed in as few as 6 terms or 24 months.

NUR 200

Advanced Health Assessment

(3)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing

(2)

NUR 207A

Health Care Informatics and Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Health Care Informatics and Technology

(1.5)

NUR 238

Advanced Concepts in Gerontology

(3)

NUR 239

Advanced Adult Health Nursing Theory

(3)

NUR 246

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

(3)

NUR 247

Foundations & Ethical Principles in Leadership & Consultation

(2)

NUR 248

Advanced Pharmacology

(3)

NUR 249

Clinical Nurse Specialist Role

(2)

NUR 250A

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250B

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250C

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

Applicants for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks have completed a minimum of one year continuous full-time clinical experience in an acute setting providing care to adults 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. Students must complete a total of 500 hours of clinical experience to meet eligibility requirements for CNS certification. Hours subject to change dependent on certification requirements.

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 and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

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 102, NUR 104 must be taken concurrently, NUR 201, and NUR 203.

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. Prerequisites: Admission into the ADN to MSN program, NUR 102, NUR 103 must be taken concurrently, NUR 201, and NUR 203.

NUR 105 Community and Public Health Nursing (2.5)

This course introduces theories of public health nursing practice to prepare to assess the health of a population and to apply nursing interventions to improve population health at the individual/family, community, and systems level of practice. Application of the nursing process will be discussed related to the present and potential disease and illness that present themselves in populations. The analysis of relevant morbidity and mortality data along with relevant socio-environmental factors will prepare students to practice evidence-based nursing care. The standards of public health nursing practice and the operational standards of a local health department will be threaded throughout the course along with the framework of Healthy People 2020. Reporting requirements related to communicable diseases will be introduced. Child, Elder, and Intimate Partner/Domestic abuse topics will be covered, as well as prevention, early detection, and intervention techniques for abuse. California reporting requirements for abuse will be introduced to this course. Students will learn to work in transdisciplinary public health teams to promote and protect the health population. The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand the theories of public health nursing practice and be able to population. Prerequisites: Admission into the ADN to MSN program, NUR 102, NUR 106 must be taken concurrently, NUR 201, and NUR 203.

NUR 106 Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum (2)

This course is designed to provide a synthesis of community/population nursing experiences that allow the student to apply the knowledge and skills from professional nursing practice and public health concepts. The clinical venues will provide students with opportunities to expand their understanding of community health nursing practice and the activities that focus upon health care promotion and disease prevention in culturally/socially diverse populations at the level of whole or aggregate communities both domestically and internationally. The Roy Adaptation Model will be used to frame the assessment of the community and serve as a cornerstone in the development of evidence based community health intervention plan. An epidemiological approach will be utilized to identify and asses problems within aggregates in the community. Prerequisites: Admission into the ADN to MSN program, NUR 102, NUR 105 must be taken concurrently, NUR 201, and NUR 203.

NUR 107A Health Care Informatics & Technology (1.5)

This course provides an overview of nursing informatics for the advanced practice nurse.  Focus is on developing an understanding of concepts relevant to health care informatics. Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing heath care information systems will be examined. Students, applying knowledge from assigned readings, will analyze the design and implementation of health care information systems. The course includes electronic discussion forums, computer applications, worldwide web, and internet assignments. Prerequisites: Admission into the ADN to MSN program and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).Equivalent to NUR 144A, 207A.

NUR 107B Health Care Informatics & Technology (1.5)

This course provides an overview of nursing informatics for the advanced practice nurse.  Focus is on developing an understanding of concepts relevant to health care informatics.  Current trends and issue in using, designing, and managing health care information systems will be examined.  Students, applying knowledge from assigned readings, will analyze the design and implementation of health care information systems.  The course includes electronic discussion forums, computer applications, worldwide web, and internet assignments. Prerequisites: Admission into the ADN to MSN program and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).Equivalent to NUR 144B, 207B.

NUR 110/210 RN Externship (2)

This course is developed for a newly licensed RN to strengthen his/her skills acquisition, develop professional role competence, and facilitate the new RN's transition to practice. Course is also suitable for RNs desiring to update their skills in the acute care setting. In addition to a practicum component, seminars will address communication and teamwork, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, informatics, and ethics. The practicum is under the supervision of a one-to-one preceptorship experiencing clinical analyses and judgments while engaged in patient care in a select nursing area.

Prerequisites: Admissions into ADN to MSN program, NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently). May be taken once as a non-matriculating student.

NUR 200 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

This is an introductory course to advanced health assessment which focuses on the adult population spanning from young to older adults. It is designed to offer a comprehensive review of obtaining a complete health history and the physical assessment skills required for this patient population. 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 the necessary skills to assess and identify client problems and formulate appropriate and comprehensive plans of care. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

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. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program or Bridge of ADN to MSN program and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 202 Issues, Ethics, and Roles in Professional Nursing (3) Online or Classroom

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore and analyze major health, federal, and global 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. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 203 Introduction to Graduate Studies (1)

This is an introduction for incoming graduate students in Nursing. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the content and relational knowledge expected as a graduate student. Contents for this course include a greater awareness on program standards and objectives, graduate-level oral and written communication, locating, evaluating, and citing scholarly resources, purposes, and use of portfolios. Prerequisite: Admission into the ADN to MSN or MSN program. Prerequisite for ALL courses. This course can be taken concurrently during the student's first term.

NUR 204 Health Care Policy (3)

This core course focuses on developing the nurse's role in the planning and analysis of health care policies and how those policies impact clinical practice and health care delivery. Concepts related to policymaking are included; specifically how to formulate a health care policy, how to affect the political process, and stakeholder involvement in policy decision-making and implementation. The content serves to develop an understanding and appreciation for increasing levels of public, governmental and third party participation in and scrutiny of the strategic direction of the health care system. Current mandated legislation and the effect on nursing with an emphasis on concepts of access, quality, ethics, and cost containment will be the framework for course dialogue. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently). Equivalent to NUR 245.

NUR 206 Educational Theories, Principles, and Methods in Nursing (2) Hybrid

This course is designed to prepare students for advanced nursing practice as 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. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program and graduate standing. Successful completion of NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 207A Health Care Informatics and Technology (1.5)

This course provides an overview of informatics for the advanced practice nurse. Focus is on developing an understanding of concepts relevant to health care informatics. Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing health care information systems will be examined. Students, applying knowledge from assigned readings, will analyze the design and implementation of health care information systems. The course includes electronic discussion forums, computer applications, worldwide web, and internet assignments. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently). Equivalent to NUR 107A, 144A, 244A.

NUR 207B Health Care Informatics and Technology (1.5)

This course provides an overview of informatics for the advanced practice nurse. Focus is on developing an understanding of concepts relevant to health care informatics. Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing health care information systems will be examined. Students, applying knowledge from assigned readings, will analyze the design and implementation of health care information systems. The course includes electronic discussion forums, computer applications, worldwide web, and internet assignments. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently). Equivalent to NUR 107B, 144B, and 244B.

NUR 208 Curriculum Development (2)

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. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program and graduate standing. Successful completion of NUR 201, 203, and NUR 206.

NUR 239 Advanced Concepts in Adult Health (3)

Complex disease as well as health promotion topics which are relevant to the adult life span will be presented for in-depth discussion. A focused look at the related physiology, pathophysiology, current research, and best management practices will be covered. This course is designed to emphasize the management of these conditions by the advanced practice registered nurse in the CNS role. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 200, 203, 246, and 248. 

NUR 241 Marketing Management in Healthcare (3)

This course is designed to be an introduction to the broad concept of marketing mix for the future manager. The marketing mix defines tactics in the areas of product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions. Students will progress through the topics of generic functions of business, the environment of business, market planning, information, and segmentation. Consumer behavior, marketing ethics, marketing strategy, and negotiations will be covered in class discussion as well. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 242 Health Care Epidemiology and Biostatistics (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, multiple-resistant organisms, endemic and epidemic respiratory illnesses such as influenza, emerging pathogens, etc. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

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

This course is considered as a graduate level transition 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. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (must be taken concurrently).

NUR 246 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3)

This course is designed to prepare nurses for expert clinical practice using advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of physiology/pathophysiology applied to adult health. 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 as cited by AACN Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist 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. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing and, NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

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

Critical exploration of the foundations and ethical principles required of leaders. The course will focus on communication and relationship-building with emphasis on diversity, foundational thinking skills and systems thinking in practice and consultation as well as the opportunity for students to examine the process of professional transformation balanced with professional growth. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 248 Advanced Pharmacology (3)

This course is designed to prepare nurses for expert clinical practice using advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of pharmacology applied to a clinically based practice in the care of adults. The focus is on pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics including a discussion at the cellular response level. Content will provide the advanced practice registered 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, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).