If you are a master’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.
The MSN online program tuition is offered at an affordable rate of $565 per credit hour. 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.
NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified. Potential resources for this program include:
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Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing will:
1. Translate and integrate scholarship as a foundation for nursing and healthcare.
2. Embrace the roles of the nurse educator, executive, informaticist, or care coordinator to facilitate learning and change.
3. Value social, political, legal and ethical influences that impact nursing practice and nursing education.
4. Appreciate the impact of diversity within nursing and the global community
5. Demonstrate competency in developing an effective professional nursing environment.