RN to MSN Educator Courses

All RN to MSN program students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. A student must earn a minimum of 36 credit hours to be eligible for the Master of Science in Nursing.

The RN to MSN track for the RN without a bachelor's degree affords the RN the ability to earn 18 semester credit hours of undergraduate bridge courses (statistics, leadership, research, health assessment, public/community health) and then transition into the MSN Program without receiving a BSN.

RN to MSN Bridge Curriculum

NRS 402

NURSING ASSESSMENT FOR RN'S

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This course discusses theory and concepts of holistic health assessment across the lifespan. Advancement of skills in history taking, health assessment, and health promotion using concepts of evidence-based practice, critical thinking, genetics/genomics, quality and safety to provide caring, culturally-competent professional nursing care are emphasized. Students will collaborate with a preceptor to perform health assessments in a clinical setting.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 446

COLLABORATIVE NURSING LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY

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This course analyzes leadership and management theories in relation to trends in nursing and healthcare. The concepts of change, power, collaboration, gender dynamics, and advocacy will be examined and applied to the practice of nursing. Health care policy, legal aspects, and economic factors are explored as they relate to client care and professional nursing practice. Using a global perspective, students will analyze, evaluate and create possible solutions to nursing and healthcare issues.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Placement: Accelerated BSN students or Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 476/476C

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING

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The course synthesizes concepts and principles of community health nursing and public health science that promote population centered health care in the community. Course theory incorporates the history of community health nursing, community health nursing standards, roles and functions of the community health nurse, Healthy People 2010 goals, case management, community assessment and diagnosis, program planning and evaluation, and evidenced-based practice in the community. Students evaluate strategies to improve the health status and eliminate health disparities of diverse vulnerable populations using ethical, advocacy, and social justice philosophies. The function and status of the US health care system and public health care system are analyzed as well as ethical and future challenges facing the respective systems. Public health content focuses on the application of the core functions and epidemiology, biostatistics, environment, global health, determinants of health, infectious disease, health surveillance, health behavior, disasters, and healthcare systems, policy, and delivery concepts.  Current and changing community and public health issues are critically analyzed in relation to local, state, national, and global population health concerns and policies.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

SSC 360

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

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This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on the application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data. Specific techniques for measuring the degree of relationship between variables encountered in research are presented. The course is limited to research designs involving no more than two variables.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

SSC 370

PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCH

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This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

MSN Nurse Educator Track

NRS 508

ISSUES IN ADVANCED NURSING ROLES

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This course explores the health care delivery system with specific consideration of economic, political, social, cultural, global, and professional influences. Legal, ethical, and economic issues for current and projected health care needs are addressed. The skills necessary for application and synthesis of biophysical sciences, psychosocial sciences, the humanities, and the science of caring are enhanced. Skills in critical thinking, decision making, and organizational leadership are included.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission.

NRS 509

ADVANCED NURSING ROLES & PHENOMENA

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This course facilitates the transition of the nurse into the advanced nursing role. The contributions of five ways of knowing to nursing praxis are examined, and students reflect on the use of these ways in their own practice. To broaden understanding of the concerns of nursing, students explore concept analysis. Students compare and contrast qualitative research traditions/methods as a means to describe phenomena. Students begin to develop their professional portfolio based on program outcomes.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: To be taken first semester or by permission

NRS 513

MEASUREMENT & STATISTICAL CONCEPTS FOR DATA INTERPRETATION

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In this course, students apply nursing knowledge with theory and statistical methods to broaden understanding of nursing concepts and nursing outcomes. Measurement principles, descriptive statistics and relationships between variables are explored to better comprehend nursing and nursing phenomena. Using the framework of disparity and risk in a specific population, students apply content on variable association. Reports using statistics to compare groups and measure patient improvement over time are analyzed for implications for patient populations.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 or by permission

NRS 516

TEACHING-LEARNING PRINCIPLES FOR NURSING EDUCATION

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Teaching-learning principles and holistic adult education theories appropriate for college level students are examined.  Learning theory that emphasizes andragogy and its related concepts such as transformational learning, reflective learning and self-directed learning is included. Motivational and personality characteristics for the broader social system are discussed and evaluated as are specific considerations with regard to ethnic, cultural, and other diversity topics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission

NRS 517

CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF KNOWLEDGE FOR PRACTICE

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The purpose of this course is understanding of research processes and interpretation of statistics to make accurate critical appraisals. Students apply the process of drawing conclusions, finding implications, and making recommendations based on an appraised study. The relative merits of studies are judged for answering a particular research question. Questions of the fit of evidence or theory within an identified agency or institutional setting are explored.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission.

NRS 518

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

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This course analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom, online and clinical teaching in nursing education. Fundamental concepts and principles in educational and psychological measurement of learning are explored.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 516, or by permission.

NRS 519

SYNTHESIS AND USE OF KNOWLEDGE FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

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Students will collaborate in groups to search for and synthesize evidence to answer an educational, administrative, or practice PICO question. Major sources of research and best practices guidelines are identified. Students use practice sites to examine theory and strategies to promote change and improve outcomes during the implementation of a recommendation. Elements of evaluation of a) the adoption of innovation and b) the improvement in outcomes are discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 517, or by permission.

NRS 523

CURRICULUM/PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION

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This course concentrates on curriculum/program development for nursing education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 524.

    Pre/Co requisites: NRS 592

NRS 524

PRACTICUM IN NURSING EDUCATION

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Working with a preceptor during 126 contact hours, students have the opportunity to synthesize learning and experiences into strategies and designs for nursing education. Multiple teaching-learning theories, designs, and strategies are employed. Included in this practicum is direct contact with undergraduate students in the classroom and clinical environment for those students with less than three years of teaching experience. For those students with more than three years of teaching experience in both the classroom and clinical environment, practicum experiences expand competencies related to the nurse educator role.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work is prerequisite or by permission.

    Pre/Co requisites: NRS 594

NRS 546

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT/PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY

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This course provides the theoretical foundation to obtain a complete and accurate health database, including history and holistic assessment, across the lifespan. Physiologic changes and clinical manifestations that occur as a result of disease, as well as drug therapy used to treat or affect health status are integrated to facilitate critical analysis of collected assessment data and support clinical decision-making. Precepted clinical experience allows for practical application of course theory.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN Program or by permission.

NRS 592

CAPSTONE I

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In this first course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content as well as experiences learned throughout the master's programs of study. Groups of students will collaboratively begin a group-selected evidence-based project. Emphasis is placed on the process of identifying a nursing problem (PICO [T]), searching and critically appraising the literature with development of a summary matrix table.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Pre- or Corequisites: NRS 523 & NRS 558 or by permission.

NRS 594

CAPSTONE II

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In this second course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content and experiences learned throughout the master's program of study. Groups of students will collaboratively complete the group-selected evidence-based project begun in NRS 592. Emphasis will be on the process of completing an evidence-based manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, a poster presentation suitable for delivery at a local, national or regional conference or a webinar presentation.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 592 Co requisites: NRS 524 & NRS 559 or by permission.