Nursing, M.S.N. Specialization Options

Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers the following options:

Nursing Education

The curriculum, designed to build on the students’ previous education and experience, prepares nurses for professional nursing education practice. Major areas of emphasis include the nurse educator role, cultural competencies, theories, technology, curriculum, research and evidence-based practice, and issues in nursing education. Graduates are prepared to teach in diploma, licensed practical, associate, and baccalaureate degree nursing programs.

Nursing Education Specialization Curriculum

Core Courses

Nursing Education Specialization Courses

  • Nurse Educator Role Development
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Facilitating Learning

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Administrative Leadership in Nursing

The curriculum, designed to build on the students’ previous education and experience, prepares nurses for practice in complex and multi-faceted health care settings as an administrative leader. Major areas of emphasis include the advanced professional nursing role, cultural competencies, theories, organizational systems leadership, human resources, and healthcare finance and economics. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles as directors of nursing, chief nursing officers, nursing supervisors, and department managers.

Administrative Leadership in Nursing Specialization Curriculum

Core Courses

Administrative Leadership in Nursing Specialization Courses

  • Leadership Development for the Advanced Nursing Professional
  • Organization & Systems Leadership in Nursing
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Healthcare Finance & Economics

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Nursing Informatics

The curriculum, designed to build on the students’ previous education and experience, prepares nurses for practice in nursing informatics. Major areas of emphasis include the advanced professional nursing role, cultural competencies, theories, data management, healthcare technology, and system designs. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in nursing informatics and work as consultants in public, private or corporate settings.

Nursing Informatics Specialization Curriculum

Core Courses

Nursing Informatics Specialization Courses

  • Leadership Development for the Advanced Nursing Professional
  • Foundations of Nursing Informatics Practice
  • Data Management & Healthcare Technology
  • System Design & Life Cycle

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Requirements for all Specialization Options

Curriculum Core Courses

  • Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Research & EBP for Health Care Professionals
  • Cultural Perspectives: Regional & Global Implications
  • Policy, Ethics, & Quality in Professional Nursing Practice
  • Issues & Trends in Professional Nursing Practice

Practicum

Students will work with a mentor to develop and practice competencies in their selected nursing specialization. 120 hours of field work is required. Students may select preceptors in their own communities, provided the preceptor and agency meet specific criteria.

Nursing Practice Capstone

The capstone experience is an academic activity in which the student demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and attitudes attained during the MSN program. It goes beyond required coursework and is completed by the end of the program. The capstone allows the student to develop a project which addresses a problem in their specialization area. The project is developed in the practicum course and defended in the capstone course.

MSN Program Statistics

  • Licensure Exam pass rates: not applicable
  • Certification Exam: Certified Nurse Educator
  • Number of students attempting the test = 4
  • Number of students passing the test = 3

Expected Level of Achievement

Seventy percent of the students completed the program within six months.

Number of Graduates Graduation Year Program Completion Rate
6 2016-2017 83%
13 2015-2016 77%
9 2014-2015 67%
5 2013-2014 100%
6 2012-2013 86%

Job Placement Rates

Number of Graduates Returning Survey Graduation Year Working Full-Time as Nurse Educator Working Part-Time as Nurse Educator Working Full-Time or Part-Time, but not as Educator
6 2016-2017 50% 50% 0%
13 2015-2016 62% 30% 8%
9 2014-2015 22% 77.7% 0%
5 2013-2014 86% 14% 0%
6 2012-2013 83.3% 16.6% 0%

Accreditation

ACEN Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing–Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

For more information about the accreditation contact:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Fax: 404-975-5020
Phone: 404-975-5000

For more information about the MSN program visit the Course Catalog.