RN to MSN Informatics Courses

All RN to MSN 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.

The combination of MSN and undergrad bridge coursework equates to a total of 54 credit hours.

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 healthcare 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 healthcare system and public healthcare 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 Informatics Track

NRS 508

ISSUES IN ADVANCED NURSING ROLES

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This course explores the healthcare delivery system with specific consideration of economic, political, social, cultural, global, and professional influences. Legal, ethical, and economic issues for current and projected healthcare 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 concepts, conceptual meaning and concept analysis. 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 the 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. Students learn to judge relative merits of studies in answering particular research questions. 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 search for and synthesize evidence to answer a 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 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 NRS 568 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. Pre- or Corequisites: NRS 524, NRS 559 or NRS 569 or by permission.

NRS 560

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

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This course provides an introduction to nursing and health care informatics and includes applications of information systems and nursing informatics competencies within the health care system. Topics covered include but are not limited to, history and theoretical models of nursing informatics; information systems in clinical settings and the use of information for health systems management; nursing roles; nursing vocabularies and nursing knowledge representation ethical and social issues in healthcare informatics, including HIPAA. 

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 562

CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATICS

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Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) is a rapidly-expanding area of informatics practice and focuses on the consumer use of electronic information to guide healthcare outcomes.  This course will cover the implementation of strategies and technologies that improve patients, families and the community access to health care; CHI applications, health literacy and trends, opportunities and future challenges.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 560, or by permission.

NRS 564

REGULATOR, LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

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The utilization of information technology in society has increased the need to ensure privacy and security of patient health information. This course will review regulatory, legal, and ethical philosophies of informatics in healthcare.  Topics will include the history and standards of HIPAA; the impact on system implementation, management, and evaluation; and the role of the informaticist in the protection of the patient.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 568

CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE

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The focus of this course is on the role of the nurse in the use of the electronic health record in the clinical practice setting.  The selection, implementation, management, and evaluation of health care information systems will be explored.  Regulatory standards such as HITECH, and review of competencies from ANA and TIGER will be discussed.  Other topics include project management; privacy and security standards.  Precepted clinical experience (84 clinical hours) allows for practical application of course theory.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 569, NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission.

NRS 569

PRACTICUM IN NURSING INFORMATICS

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During the Practicum in Nursing Informatics, the student will select a preceptor in the field of informatics and complete 126 hours of direct interaction.  The student will synthesize clinical applications, roles and competencies of the nurse informaticist and the interface with technology in healthcare.  The student must identify a topic for discussion and share the findings and outcomes of the project.

  • Credits: 4.0