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RN to MSN Degree Program (Care Coordinator)

RN to MSN Care Coordinator Degree Program Overview

Become a Care Coordinator with our RN to MSN Track.

If you are a registered nurse who wishes to positively influence the health and well-being of the community, you may want to earn your RN to 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.

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Program Highlights
  • Track can be completed online in 36 months
  • Curriculum provides skills & knowledge needed to work as a care coordinator 
  • Courses in bridge curriculum are 5, 10 or 15 weeks long
  • Courses in track are 5 weeks long, with 1 week off before next course
  • Courses in final 2 semesters are 10 weeks long, with 1 week off in between
  • Students can access courses at anytime from anywhere
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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:

  • Graduation from an associate degree or diploma RN state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLN CNEA or ACEN.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above; GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Must have completed a minimum of 54 undergraduate credit hours prior to enrolling in the program
  • Non- Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization

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 postal mail, email or phone.

Starting Term - Fall 2024

Standard Deadline - Deadlines for Fall 2024 have been extended. Please contact admissions for more details.

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

$320 | $588

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.

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Curriculum

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 39 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, population health) and then transition into the MSN Program without receiving a BSN.

As students advance into the MSN, Care Coordinator Program, their GPA will be reviewed again before the first graduate course. A GPA of 3.0 or above is required. A GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.

The combination of MSN and undergrad bridge coursework equates to a total of 57 credit hours.

 

Bridge

MAT 260
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
DETAILS
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

NRS 403-60
NURSING ASSESSMENT FOR RN'S
DETAILS
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.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 447-60
COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
DETAILS

This course analyzes leadership and management theories in relation to trends in nursing and healthcare. The concepts of change, power, collaboration, gender dynamics, interdisciplinary teamwork, and advocacy are examined and applied to the practice of nursing. Quality improvement, healthy workplace, civility, change management, and health care reform will also be a focus.  Using a global perspective, students will analyze, evaluate, and create possible solutions to nursing and population healthcare issues.

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

NRS 478-60/478-60C
POPULATION CENTERED CARE IN THE COMMUNITY
DETAILS

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

SSC 370
RESEARCH METHODS
DETAILS
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.

Prerequisites: Determined by major

Required

NRS 500
MSN STUDENT ORIENTATION
DETAILS
This course provides an orientation for new MSN students to the Masters of Science in Nursing program at Nebraska Methodist College. Emphasis is placed on program expectations and student resources essential for success in the MSN program. Students will learn how to navigate our virtual learning platforms, access research materials, and engage with faculty and peers.

Prerequisites: Admission to MSN program

NRS 502
Leadership in an Advanced Nursing Specialty Role
DETAILS

In this course, students explore the transition of the nurse into the advanced nursing specialty role. This course will promote an understanding of how a nurse in an advanced nursing specialty role acclimates to new leadership responsibilities by influencing change, responding to chaos/crisis and managing conflict. The significance of teambuilding and interdisciplinary collaboration will be explored. Students begin to develop their professional portfolio based on program outcomes. 

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 504
ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY & PHARMACOLOGY
DETAILS

In this course, students synthesize advanced concepts of pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology across the lifespan for the advanced nursing specialty role to complete an accurate health database, including history and holistic assessment, across the lifespan. Physiologic changes, clinical manifestations, and drug therapy are integrated to facilitate critical analysis to support clinical decision-making. Virtual clinical experiences allow for practical application of course theory.

Prerequisite: NRS 502, or by permission

NRS 506
Introduction to Informatics and Information Technology
DETAILS

In this course, students examine nursing roles in informatics and information technology within the healthcare system. The history, theoretical models, and best practices of nursing informatics are explored. Students investigate ethical, legal, and regulatory standards and workplace policies. Exploration of digital health literacy will be performed. Students examine the consequences of using information and communication technology on the quality of care, efficiency of communications, and connections between the healthcare team, patients, and consumers.

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 507
Population Health in a Global Society
DETAILS

In this course, students explore concepts of population health and social determinants of health. Students will investigate issues that contribute to understanding population health and health inequities. Emphasis is placed upon the analysis of a population health assessment in informing strategies to advance health outcomes. Students will explore population-focused interventions to address health risks and disparities across selected health care delivery settings. Critical analysis of population health concepts and implementation of management strategies in a community-based practice setting will be examined. The practicum experience allows for practical application of course theory. 

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 510
Health Policy & Systems-based Practice
DETAILS

In this course, students investigate the impact of local, regional, national, and global systems and regulations on the safety and quality of care for individuals and diverse populations. The relationship between healthcare economics, health policy, and the complex health system will be explored. Students will examine legislation on current health policies and factors shaping policy development. Students will explore factors of cost containment, resource allocation, risk benefit analysis, quality, advocacy, interprofessional collaboration, and developing and implementing systems solutions in systems-based thinking.

NRS 502 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.

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

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 572
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

NRS 574
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 578
Fundamentals in Care Coordination Practice
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 579
Practicum in Care Coordination
DETAILS

In this course, students synthesize care coordination strategies into the advanced nursing practice specialty role. Students will select a nurse care coordinator/nurse navigator/care manager who will serve as a preceptor in a healthcare setting. Collaborative opportunities within the practicum setting will be explored. Students will develop a plan of care project
centered on individual/population health and efficient health care oversight. The precepted experience allows for practical application of the care coordinator role.

All program coursework except NRS 592 and NRS 594, 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 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

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Additional Information

MSN Program Outcomes

Graduates of MSN program will be able to

  1. Integrate scholarly inquiry into nursing practice to improve outcomes in healthcare.
  2. Demonstrate attributes of a professional, transformative, and visionary nurse leader in an advanced specialty role.
  3. Embrace life-long learning to advance personal growth, the nursing profession, and health outcomes.
  4. Foster interprofessional collaboration through mutual respect, effective communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
  5. Address the impact of social, political, legal, and ethical influences on diverse populations, health policies, and nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate competence in an advanced specialty role using knowledge, skills, and professional judgment to promote evidence-based nursing practice.
  7. Advocate for compassionate person-centered care in the planning, coordination, and evaluation of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  8. Engage in emerging technologies and information systems to optimize the multifaceted healthcare environment and nursing practice.
  9. Navigate complex systems to improve cost-effectiveness, quality, and safety initiatives that support health care outcomes and systemic equality.

Online Technology Requirements

Program Handbook

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?