Master of Science in Nursing Degree

ADN to MSN and MSN Programs

Program Mission Statement

The Master’s Nursing programs are based on Mount St. Mary’s College mission of providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. The purpose is to prepare nurses in advanced nursing theory and provide them with broad knowledge and depth in clinical expertise that builds and expands on baccalaureate or entry-level nursing practice. The master’s curriculum provides graduates with a fuller understanding of their selected nursing area of specialization in order to engage in higher level practice and leadership in a variety of settings and commit to lifelong learning. 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, Association for Nursing Professional 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, Educator, Leadership and Administration, and Post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

  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)

Not accepting applications at this time.

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 roles. Applicants must have completed a Registered Nurse program and be licensed to practice in the state of California.

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 and 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 and 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:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (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. Students in the ADN to MSN program are accepted as Undergraduates (UG) and remain as UG while they progress through the Bridge program. 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 if applicable;
  • and meet with an MSN program advisor every term 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 and the Graduate Dean.

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. Holds a current valid active and clear, 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. If unable to meet requirement, the student must enroll in the RN Externship course (NUR 110) every term until approved paid RN employment is secured. (In order to be eligible for the Externship course, the student must be a new graduate which is defined as 12 months or less). 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 a setting caring for adults as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last three years. If unable to meet the requirement, the student must enroll in the RN Externship course (NUR 110) every term until approved paid RN employment is secured. (In order to be eligible for the Externship course, the student must be a new graduate which is defined as 12 months or less). 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. If, individual agencies have other requirements, it is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation to the agency

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)
  • 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 regionally 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 towards the BSN degree.

Credit for Nursing Courses

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 a regionally junior or senior college to be accepted as transfer units. With a satisfactory rating on the Validation of Clinical Competence form, up to 28 upper division units may be transferrable. These units are held in escrow until the student achieves graduate standing.

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.

Unit Distribution

The unit distribution for transferrable nursing courses is as follows:

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)

Nursing Bridge Coursework

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)

 

 

 

*Satisfies MSN degree requirement however students will receive the units towards their BSN degree.

In addition, units from NUR 290 Nursing Research & Methodologies (3 units) are applied to the BSN degree. This course satisfies the MSN degree requirements; however no additional units are awarded.

**NUR 203 Introduction to Graduate Studies (1 unit) is taken during the Bridge year; however the unit is applied towards the MSN degree.


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. Up to 3 courses can be taken in Weekend College the summer before beginning the Fall bridge courses. 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.

Policies

Grades

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.

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). Units applied towards MSN degree.
    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 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 Outcomes

The graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program will be prepared for the professional role as a Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, or Adult-Gerontology 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:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (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) during their first term of graduate studies. Effective Fall 2013, applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 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 Board of Registered Nursing for Clinical Nurse Specialist certification.
  2. Applicants are accepted for the fall, spring, or summer terms.
  3. A valid and clear, current Registered Nurse license issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing to practice in the state of California.
  4. Applicants for the Leadership/Administration track have completed a minimum of one (1) year full-time continuous employment as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five (5) years.
  5. Applicants for the Educator track must be able to meet minimum qualifications to be approved as a Clinical Teaching Assistant per California Board of Registered Nursing regulations, Title 16 CCR Section 1425(e): A clinical teaching assistant shall have at least one (1) year continuous, full-time or its equivalent experience in the designated nursing area within the previous five (5) years as a registered nurse providing direct patient care.
  6. 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 a setting caring for adults as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last three years.
  7. The Admissions Committee of the MSN program will review and determine if the applicant’s clinical employment meets the admission requirement.
  8. Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units or the last 90 quarter units of course work.
  9. Have completed a course in statistics or research as a prerequisite to NUR 290 (not applicable to post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track.)
  10. Complete the Graduate Student application and statement of interest.
  11. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  12. Verify health clearances.
  13. Have current CPR certification - American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider.
  14. Provide proof of malpractice insurance.

Applicants who meet eligibility requirements are:

  1. Required to complete an on-site writing sample (not applicable to post-MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS applicants).
  2. Scheduled to meet with the MSN Program Representative for an academic planning session.

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 persons throughout the adult life span.

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

Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing

(2)

NUR 207A

Healthcare Informatics &Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Healthcare 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-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250B

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250C

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)


Students must complete a minimum of 500 precepted hours to meet eligibility requirements for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult-Gerontolgy CNS certification exam. Required practicum hours are subject to change dependent on certification requirements.

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 Association for Professional Nursing Development (ANPD) 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 healthcare.

The Educator concentration is a 38 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

Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles & Methods in Nursing

(2)

NUR 207A

Healthcare Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Healthcare Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 208

Curriculum Development

(2)

NUR 246

Advanced Physiology/ Pathophysiology

(3)

NUR 248

Advanced Pharmacology

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 294

Evaluation & Testing

(2)

NUR 295

Educator Practicum (agency setting)

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

NUR 297

Educator Practicum (college setting)

(3)

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

Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing

(3)

NUR 203

Introduction to Graduate Studies

(1)

NUR 204

Healthcare Policy

(3)

NUR 207A

Healthcare Informatics & Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Healthcare 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 Healthcare

(3)

NUR 254

Financial Management for Healthcare Organizations

(3)

NUR 256

Organizational Change & Strategic Planning for Healthcare

(3)

NUR 290

Nursing Research & Methodologies

(3)

NUR 296

Thesis Project Seminar

(3)

Post MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

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 persons throughout the adult life span.

The Post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is a 33 unit program that can be completed in as few as 7 terms or 48 months.

NUR 200

Advanced Health Assessment

(3)

NUR 206

Educational Theories, Principles, & Methods in Nursing

(2)

NUR 207A

Healthcare Informatics and Technology

(1.5)

NUR 207B

Healthcare Informatics and 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-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250B

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

NUR 250C

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum

(3)

Students must complete a minimum of 500 precepted hours to meet eligibility requirements for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult-Gerontology CNS certification exam. Required practicum hours subject to change dependent on certification requirements.

Nursing Courses

NUR 100 Validation of Clinical Competence

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 be accepted as transfer units, with a satisfactory rating on the Validation of Clinical Competence form.

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 introduce the ADN to MSN student to the theories and concepts of leadership and management roles in the professional setting. The student will formulate a change theory project in alignment with an organization’s health care policy. The course will emphasize the utilization of critical decision-making, collaboration, leadership and management, and team member skills within diverse professional 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 related to assessing the health of a population and applying nursing interventions to improve population health at the individual, family, community, and systems level of practice. Current disease and illness presenting in populations will be examined as well as potential cases. Morbidity and mortality data will be analyzed along with relevant socio-environmental factors to prepare students to practice evidence-based nursing care. The standards of public health nursing practice, the operational standards of a local health department, and the framework of Healthy People 2020 will be threaded throughout the course. Prevention, early detection, and intervention techniques related to Child, Elder, and Intimate Partner / Domestic abuse will be covered including California reporting requirements. Interprofessional collaboration is emphasized to aid in providing comprehensive services to the population as a whole.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, skills, and attitudes 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 Healthcare Informatics & Technology (1.5)

This first course in healthcare informatics provides an overview of the broad areas which encompass informatics and healthcare technologies. The focus is on developing an understanding of relevant concepts to enable the master’s-prepared nurse to utilize healthcare informatics as a tool to coordinate care, optimize patient safety, and improve health outcomes. Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing heathcare information systems will be examined. Students, applying knowledge from assigned readings, will analyze the design and implementation of health care information systems. 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 second course in healthcare informatics and technologies will provide the master’s-educated nurse the knowledge and skills to utilize current information and communication technologies, determine how these technologies can be integrated into practice and education of patients and healthcare providers, and manage data in outcomes evaluation. Use of technology to analyze data sets and their use to improve patient care outcomes will be covered. The impact of the electronic health record as well as the ethical, legal, and confidentiality considerations will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission into the ADN to MSN program and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).Equivalent to NUR 144B, 207B.

NUR 110 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. 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: Admission into ADN to MSN program, NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 200 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

This advanced health assessment course 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 graduate student will develop the necessary skills to assess and identify patient problems and formulate appropriate & 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 and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 202 Current Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing (3) Online or Classroom

This course utilizes an ethical decision-making framework to explore and analyze current issues that impact the nursing profession and communities of interest. The seminar discussion focuses on professional issues and current topics that affect the nursing profession and healthcare, including population health which reflects cultural and diversity needs. 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 the course include an orientation to program standards and objectives, expectations of graduate-level oral and written communication, practice locating, evaluating, and citing scholarly resources. 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 Healthcare Policy (3)

This 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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)

This course is designed to prepare students for nursing practice as educators. The focus of this course is to develop a complete educational plan from needs assessment to evaluation for students, healthcare professionals, clients, and communities of interest. In the role of nursing educator, students will learn how to influence changes to improve healthcare outcomes. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program and graduate standing. Successful completion of NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 207A Healthcare Informatics and Technology (1.5)

This first course in healthcare informatics provides an overview of the broad areas which encompass informatics and healthcare technologies. The focus is on developing an understanding of relevant concepts to enable the master’s-prepared nurse to utilize healthcare informatics and technologies in direct patient care, leadership and administration, research, and educational experiences. Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing heathcare information systems will be examined. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently). Equivalent to NUR 107A, 144A, 244A.

NUR 207B Healthcare Informatics and Technology (1.5)

This second course in healthcare informatics and technologies will provide the master’s-prepared nurse the knowledge and skills to utilize current informatics and healthcare technologies in their roles as clinical nurse specialists, nursing leaders/administrators, and nurse educators. In depth examination of specific technologies utilized in patient care delivery, data analysis, education, professional development, and collaboration will be discussed. The goal of technology use to improve outcomes in quality, safety, and cost will be explored and emphasized. 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 development in both the academic and practice settings. The course is geared toward an examination of philosophical bases for the development of curriculum. 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 210 RN Externship (2)

(Not open to new students)

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. 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: Admission into MSN program, NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 238 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3)

This theory course will cover specific topics related to the assessment and care of older adults across the health continuum from wellness to acute care. Health promotion & disease prevention strategies in both psychosocial and physical functioning will be addressed. Common geriatric conditions and syndromes will also be discussed along with evidence-based best practice protocols utilized in treatment. Management of these conditions by the advance practice nurse in the Adult-Gerontology CNS role will be emphasized to assist the graduate student to meet entry-level competencies. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 200, 203, 246, and 248.

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 Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist role. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 200, 203, 246, 248 and 290. 

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 (4 Ps) defines tactics in the areas of Product, Price, Promotion, and Place (distribution decisions). Students will progress through the topics of generic functions of business, the environments of business, market planning, information, and segmentations. Consumer behavior, marketing ethics, marketing strategy, and developing a business plan with the emphasis on the healthcare industries will be covered in the class assignments. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203, 254.

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

This is 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 graduate level course covers general and advanced principles of physiology and pathophysiology that are applicable across the lifespan. In-depth examination of pathophysiologic mechanisms that are responsible for human illness and disease will be utilized as a framework for discussing common complex health problems encountered within major body systems. Alterations will be examined beginning at the cellular level with analysis of human responses to disease processes. Discussion of assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based management utilized in treatment of these health problems will be included. 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 practice using advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of pharmacology that can be applied in the practice setting. 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 patients, health care professionals and communities of interest to improve clinical care in a safe and cost-effective manner. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 249 Clinical Nurse Specialist Role (2)

This didactic course will provide the student with concepts related to the advanced practice role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Core competencies of the Adult-Gerontology CNS will serve as the foundation to discuss the CNS’s role and influence in direct care, consultation, systems leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, ethical decision-making, moral agency, and advocacy. Strategies related to developing innovative intervention design and evaluation, creating a culture of quality, safety and change, utilizing advanced communication & information technology as well as ways to promote professional and personal development will be covered. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing NUR 200, 203, 206, 246, 248, and 290.

NUR 250A Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)

This is the first course in the CNS practica series which will provide opportunities for the student to experience professional growth in advanced nursing practice as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist in order to promote the health and well-being of adults. Current entry level competencies and behaviors that are expected of graduates of master’s and post-master’s programs that prepare CNSs, identified by the National CNS Core Competency Task Force Executive Summary, will be emphasized throughout the practica course series. The focus in the course will be on the competency areas of direct care and coaching. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 200, 201 (N/A for post-MSN CNS), 203 (N/A for post-MSN CNS), 206, 238, 246, 247, 248, and 290 (N/A for post-MSN CNS). NUR 249 taken concurrently with NUR 250A.

NUR 250B Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)

This course is the second in the CNS practica series which provides the student the opportunity to focus on the competency areas of research and ethical decision-making, moral agency and advocacy. These areas are identified as expected entry-level competencies and behaviors expected of graduates of master’s and post master’s programs that prepare CNSs by the National CNS Core Competency Task Force Executive Summary. It is expected that the student will be able to build on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous practicum course and continue to incorporate those advanced competencies and associated behaviors in direct care and coaching in addition to the emphasis of this course. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 200, 201 (N/A for post-MSN CNS), 203 (N/A for post-MSN CNS), 206, 238, 239 (concurrently), 246, 247, 248, 249, 250A, and 290 (N/A for post-MSN CNS).

NUR 250C Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)

This is the final course in the CNS practica series with emphasis on providing opportunities for the student to focus on the competency areas of consultation, collaboration, and systems leadership. These areas are identified as expected entry-level competencies and behaviors expected of graduates of maters and post-master’s programs that prepare CNSs by the National CNS Core Competency Task Force Executive Summary. It is expected that the student will be able to build on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous two practica courses and continue to incorporate those advanced competencies and associated behaviors in direct care, coaching, researching, ethical decision-making, moral agency, and advocacy in addition to the emphasis of this course. Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 200, 201 (N/A for post-MSN CNS), 203 (N/A for post-MSN CNS), 206, 238, 239, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250A, 250B, and 290 (N/A for post-MSN CNS).

NUR 252A Leadership/Administration Practicum (3)

This is the first course in the Leadership/Administration practica series for students in the nursing Leadership/Administration track. This course is designed to assist the student in gaining practical knowledge, skills, and experience regarding the nursing leadership role in a variety of settings by precepting with a practicing nurse leader/administrator. The seminar portion of the course provides the student an opportunity to debrief and problem-solve with course faculty and other students. Current entry-level competencies and behaviors identified in the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Competencies (AONE) will be emphasized throughout the practica series. This practicum will concentrate on the competency areas of communication and relationship-building, leadership, and professionalism. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 201, 203, 241 (taken concurrently), 247, 253, 254, and 290.

NUR 252B Leadership/Administration Practicum (3)

This is the second course in the Leadership/Administration practica series for students in the nursing Leadership/Administration track. This course is designed to assist the student in gaining practical knowledge, skills, and experience regarding the nursing leadership role in a variety of settings by precepting with a practicing nurse leader/administrator. The seminar portion of this course provides the student an opportunity to debrief and problem-solve with course faculty and other students. Current entry-level competencies and behaviors identified in the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Competencies (AONE) will be emphasized throughout the practica series. This practicum will concentrate on the competency areas of knowledge of the healthcare environment and business skills. It is expected that the student will be able to build on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous practicum course and continue to incorporate those advanced competencies and associated behaviors in addition to the emphasis of this course. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 201, 203, 241, 247, 252A, 253, 254, 256 (taken concurrently) and 290.

NUR 253 Organizational Management in Healthcare (3)

The student will gain knowledge in management theories and styles and be able to analyze management and leadership components that have useful application in the workplace. The process of communication and cultural diversity and its application in the professional work environment will be studied to prepare the student for management positions.  Aspects of organizational structures, human resources, ethics, quality management, quality improvement methods, decision making methods, and critical thinking will be examined so that the student begins to develop a foundation for use in their professional career. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 254 Financial Management for Healthcare Organizations (3)

This course will introduce the student to finance within the healthcare environment, including the budget development process, revenue sources, variable and fixed expenses. Financial terms, ratios, and uses will be covered so that the student develops the ability to read and understand financial reports, create variance reports, and communicate effectively with the finance departments. The course will also emphasize strategic planning and service line analysis as foundations to business development. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 256 Organizational Change and Strategic Planning for Healthcare (3)

This course will present the concepts of organizational change, the principles and foundations of strategic planning, the components of the strategic planning process, and utilizing strategic planning as an effective tool in managing an organizational change. Completion of this course will enable students to identify the differences between critical thinking and strategic thinking, the similarities between the strategic planning process and the nursing process, and prepare and assist them in developing a strategic plan in an administrative role. The course is designed to include key strategies used in the development of a strategic plan, including a SWOT analysis (Strengths; Weaknesses; Opportunities; and Threats). Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

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 with emphasis on human subjects protection. Students will prepare the first three chapters of their thesis project proposal. The project will 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. Students must obtain written facility approval prior to implementation of the thesis project. This seminar will provide the student with the opportunity to meet with the faculty throughout the term to discuss the progress of the thesis project and to obtain guidance from the course faculty member. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN program. Successful completion of a mathematical statistics course or research course, NUR 201, and NUR 203.

NUR 294 Evaluation and Testing (2)

This course will present concepts of assessment, measurement, testing, and evaluation in nursing education. The students will be prepared to utilize this knowledge in the role of the nurse educator. The course is designed to include strategies used to develop test items, clinical evaluation, evaluation of clinical performance, as well as social/legal/ethical issues associated with assessment and testing. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program and graduate standing. Successful completion of NUR 201, 203, 206, and 208.

NUR 295 Educator Practicum (agency setting) (3)

This course is designed to prepare students to assume the role of a professional nursing development specialist within an agency. In this practicum, the student will gain experience in staff development. Competencies identified by the Association for Professional Nursing Development (ANPD) are emphasized. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR 200, 201, 203, 206, 208, 246, 248, 290, 294, and 298.

NUR 296 Thesis Project Seminar (3)

The focus of this seminar is implementation and evaluation of the project proposal developed in NUR 290 (Nursing Research and Methodologies) once written facility approval has been obtained. Findings of project implementation and evaluation will be presented and discussed in Chapters 4 and 5. Completion of this course requires submission of an approved final thesis project which includes revised Chapters 1, 2, and 3. This seminar will provide the student with the opportunity to meet with the faculty throughout the term to discuss the progress of the thesis project and to obtain guidance from the course faculty member.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR 201, 203, and 290.

NUR 297 Educator Practicum (college setting) (3)

This course will provide students with experiences to prepare them as academic educators of pre-licensure RN students in a college-level nursing program. The student will be assigned a college setting in which to prepare the coursework and assist with the evaluation process while being supervised by a BRN approved faculty member. Students will function in the role of an academic educator through participation in the varied aspects of a college environment. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program. Successful completion of NUR 200, 201,203, 206, 208, 246, 248, 290, 294 (may be taken concurrently), and 298.

NUR 298 Nurse Educator Role (1)

This course will introduce the student to the Nurse Educator role in a variety of settings. This will include academic setting, staff development, nurse counselor, and clinical nurse educator. Understanding the nurse educator role using the NLN and ANPD educator competencies as well as the ANA standards will be a primary focus of the course. Prerequisites: Admission into the MSN Program, graduate standing, and NUR 203 (may be taken concurrently).

NUR 299 Independent Study (1-3)

The faculty and student determine the focus of the independent study. The study may center on a problem of interest and/or desire to acquire a greater understanding of certain concepts/ processes. This may involve but not limited to directed readings, assignments, projects, and research. Prerequisite: Admission into the MSN program, graduate standing. Consent of instructor, approval of faculty advisor, and program director.

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