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Master's in Nursing, Care Coordinator Online Degree Overview

If you are a bachelor’s-prepared nurse who wishes to positively influence the health and well-being of the community, you may want to earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Care Coordinator.

A nurse care coordinator is the bridge between public and population health and healthcare systems. You’ll work to improve health outcomes for those with complex diseases across the lifespan. This track embodies the mission of NMC in educating nurses to improve quality care in the community.

You’ll be educated in the knowledge and skills required to effectively coordinate the care of patients, families and communities. As a care coordinator, you’ll provide emotional and supportive care as well as information and education while assisting in the navigation of healthcare systems.

Program Perks
  • Online format, offered in January and August
  • No GRE required
  • Curriculum provides skills and knowledge to work as a care coordinator
  • Courses are 5 to 10 weeks long, with 1 week off before next course
  • Access courses at any time of day
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates may be eligible for the Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM) certification exam
  • Complete in 21 months

CCNE

Accreditation & Licensure

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Graduates must pass programatic certification exam based on practice specialty

Admissions Information

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from a state-approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLN CNEA, CCNE or ACEN.
  • BSN program GPA of 3.0.
  • GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Non-Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization
  • No GRE required for admission

Requirements

To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and students will be notified of their application status by letter or phone.

Starting Term - Spring 2022

Standard Deadline - 11/5/2021

Starting Term - Fall 2022

Standard Deadline - 7/15/2022

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Cost Per Credit Hour

$565

NMC Scholarships

NMC Scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students.

Student Grants or Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

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Curriculum

All 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 total credit hours to be eligible for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. All course requirements as outlined below must be met.

Required

NRS 530
Development of the Care Coordinator Role
DETAILS

This course provides a foundation for the role development of the care coordinator in meeting health care needs of the individual and community. The influence of the social determinants of health, health disparities, and health literacy in population health management will be explored. Legal and ethical considerations in relation to confidentiality and client privacy, client rights, and the importance of collaboration and communication in the care coordination process are integrated to facilitate understanding of health care considerations.

NRS 509 or by permission

IDS 754
Healthcare Policy
DETAILS

This course provides the foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence healthcare policy decisions. The relationship between health policy, social justice, and the business of healthcare nursing practice will be explored. Students will examine current healthcare policy and factors which influence policy development. The importance of individual contribution to the healthcare policy making process will be investigated.

NRS 517
Critical Appraisal of Knowledge for Practice
DETAILS

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. 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.

NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission

NRS 519
Synthesis and Use of Knowledge for Evidence-Based Practice
DETAILS

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.

NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 517, or bypermission.

NRS 534
Healthcare Systems Management in Care Coordination
DETAILS

This course examines the country’s healthcare delivery system, the goals of reform, and how emerging health care models are incorporated into the larger framework of clinical care oversight. Students also identify the ways in which care coordination can support cost efficiency, promote improved health consumerism, and affect positive health outcomes, as well as the influence of technology on the development of health care data collection systems.

NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 530, NRS 532 or by permission

NRS 536
Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology in Care Coordination
DETAILS

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 assessment data and support clinical decision-making. Precepted/Virtual clinical experience (65 clinical hours) allows for practical application of course theory.

Admission to the MSN program or by permission

NRS 592
Capstone I
DETAILS

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.

Typically taken in the second to last semester, or by permission.

NRS 538
Practicum in Care Coordination
DETAILS

This course provides students the opportunity to synthesize learning into strategies for care coordination experiences in the nurse care coordinator role. Each student will select a healthcare setting (acute care, primary care clinic, etc.) to work 126-hours with a nurse care coordinator/nurse navigator/care manager who will serve as a preceptor. The student will develop a plan of care project to determine and evaluate successful strategies for interviewing and organizing information around client health, goal setting, and efficient health care oversight.

All program course work except NR

NRS 509
Advanced Nursing Roles & Phenomena
DETAILS

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.

To be taken first semester or by permission

NRS 513
Measurement & Statistical Concepts for Data Interpretation
DETAILS

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.

NRS 509 or by permission

NRS 532
Care Coordination Concepts and Process
DETAILS

This course examines the responsibilities of the care coordinator, including client selection criteria, communication methodologies, clinical team development, assessment tools, care plan and profile development, cultural considerations, data structuring for reporting, and clinical efficiency. Students explore practices of aligning limited resources with client needs in a care coordination setting. Students also identify ways in which the care coordinator leads and supports collaboration between key stakeholders in the care coordination process.

NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 530 or by permission

NRS 594
Capstone II
DETAILS

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.

Typically taken in the last semester, or by permission.

Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

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Additional information

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing will:

1. Translate and integrate scholarship as a foundation for nursing and healthcare.

  1. Address ethical issues related to scholarship.
  2. Build on clinical expertise focusing on a population of interest.
  3. Demonstrate use of the research process.
  4. Integrate theory and research outcomes into nursing administration, education, informatics or practice.
  5. Contribute to quality improvement and population health by embracing change and innovation through evidence-based nursing and interprofessional collaboration.

2. Embrace the roles of the nurse educator, executive, informaticist, or care coordinator to facilitate learning and change.

  1. Develop a personal philosophy as a nurse educator, executive, informaticist, or care coordinator.
  2. Develop the capacity for recognizing and reflecting on problems that fall outside current knowledge.
  3. Serve in the role of educator, executive, informaticist, or care coordinator and role model when working with students, staff, peers, and other constituencies.
  4. Promote critical thinking in those that they educate and serve.
  5. Engage in professional development as a nurse educator, executive, informaticist, or care coordinator.
  6. Foster professional role development through leadership, collaborative skills, and relationship development with peers, students/personnel, clients, colleagues, and members of the interprofessional team.
  7. Model self-reflection and lifelong learning.
  8. Effectively participate in curriculum/program design and evaluation of outcomes.

3. Value social, political, legal and ethical influences that impact nursing practice and nursing education.

  1. Evaluate the process of ethical decision making.
  2. Apply ethical principles in the role of educator, executive, informaticist, or care coordinator.
  3. Advocate for public policy that promotes and protects the health of the public.
  4. Formulate strategies that respond to policy changes that impact health and education.
  5. Analyze the impact of access on the health of populations.

4. Appreciate the impact of diversity within nursing and the global community

  1. Examine personal thinking for clarity, objectivity and bias.
  2. Demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that support respect, reciprocal learning, and advocacy related to human differences.
  3. Coach others to improve sensitivity and acceptance of diverse individuals and groups.
  4. Develop culturally competent educational/workplace practices.

5. Demonstrate competency in developing an effective professional nursing environment.

  1. Analyze the issues related to the use of advanced technology.
  2. Integrate informatics and current and emerging technologies into practice enhancing patient outcomes.
  3. Communicate effectively based on the context of the situation.
  4. Develop networks, collaboratives, partnerships, and interprofessional relationships to enhance nursing's influence within the academic/healthcare community and the broader community.
  5. Develop skills for working within an institution and a system of governance.

Online Technology Requirements

MSN Written Statement

Our goal is for NMC graduate students to articulate and demonstrate growth through written communication, collaboration, and synthesis of knowledge.

Your statement should be substantial and professionally written including the appropriate formatting and grammar. Each response should be two to three paragraphs. When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable. Also, know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies. 

Written Statements should be submitted to: admissions@methodistcollege.edu for review. Should a statement not be to our standards you will be asked to review your work. 

The focus for your statement is to address the following questions:

  1. Please describe your future goals as it pertains to your acceptance into the Master of Science in Nursing Program with your specific track in mind (Executive, Educator, Informatics or Care Coordinator). What do you hope to achieve with your new degree?
  2. Here at Nebraska Methodist College, we pride ourselves on teaching "The Meaning of Care," and challenge our students to become educated citizens who create positive and sustainable change in our community and beyond. Describe what you believe will be the change you contribute as a result of earning a Master of Nursing degree from Nebraska Methodist College.
  3. How will you prepare yourself to be successful in an online graduate program?