RN to MSN Executive 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 Executive 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 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 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 550

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR & STRUCTURE

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This course explores behavioral science literature and theories that are relevant to the study of individual and group behavior within healthcare organizations. This course will promote an understanding of how and why people and groups behave the way they do in the workplace. Theories and concepts related to motivation, change, chaos, complexity, crisis, communication, team building, healthy work environments, toxic organizations, conflict resolution, and organizational development, structure and culture will be explored.

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

NRS 552

ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE I: LEADING AN ORGANIZATION

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The major focus of this course will be the planning, organizing, and coordinating aspects of management. The role of the nurse executive from the perspective of transformational, quantum, and organizational leadership theories will be explored. The concepts of creating a vision, planning, power, risk-taking, decision-making, reflective practice, emotional intelligence and competence, forces of magnetism, AONE and IOM competencies, and personal and professional responsibility and accountability will be discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 550, or by permission.

NRS 554

ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE II: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

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This course will focus on the directing and controlling or human resource management (HRM) aspects of the management process. Under the umbrella of quantum and transformational leadership, topics to be covered include delegation, motivation, staffing, empowerment, employee engagement, recruitment and retention strategies, employee selection, performance evaluation, compensation, staff development, coaching/mentoring, disciplinary action, cultural competence and diversity in the workplace, and legal issues associated with human resource management.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 550, or by permission.

NRS 558

ROLE OF THE NURSE EXECUTIVE III: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS

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The history of health care reimbursement, economics and health care, accounting principles and information systems for data retrieval will serve as the introduction to budget principles, development, variances, and strategies. Strategic management, business plans, cost-benefit analysis, cost- effectiveness analysis, collective bargaining, productivity, marketing, staffing, and patient classification systems will be discussed from a financial perspective. Students will use Excel for solving financial problems and budgeting exercises.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: All program course work except 559 or by permission. Pre/Co requisites: NRS 592

NRS 559

PRACTICUM: MANAGEMENT, IMPROVEMENT, AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS

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Each student will choose a health care setting (acute care, long term care, etc.) to work 126 contact hours with a nurse executive/administrator who will serve as a preceptor. Throughout this course, the student will synthesize management and leadership principles into the nurse executive role. The student must identify a project or topic for improvement, develop a strategy for improvement, use evidence and theory to support the proposed improvement strategy, implement and evaluate the improvement strategy and share the findings and outcomes of the project.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: All program course work or by permission. Pre/Co requisites: NRS 594

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.