Chatham University

RN to MSN (RN-MSN) Curriculum

The RN to MSN Integrated Degree Educator Track allows the student to complete two graduate degrees in 47 credits.  The BSN component prepares the registered nurse to improve leadership and management skills in the role of the clinical nurse.   The MSN educator track provides the student with the graduate level knowledge and skills to become leaders and educators to nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as patients in clinical, academic, medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, continuing education, and healthcare insurance settings.  A total of 260 practice experience hours will be completed.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements

47 credits including tutorial

RN-BSN Program (each course = 3 credits unless indicated)
IND175 Introduction to Nursing Resources

This course will teach students how to develop and apply skills in locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information from a variety of resources. Over the course of five weeks, students will complete five assignments that are specific to each week's topic. This work is to be completed outside of class and is designed to help complete projects and papers in NUR402.

1
NUR402 Health Policy and Finance

This course is designed to explore the role of Health and Public Policy, financial considerations, formulation and role of legislation and regulation, and ethical principles related to ANA Code of Ethics. Also addressed are topics including value-based purchasing, end-of-life care, living wills, advanced directives, social networking and Affordable Care Act.

3
Substitute:
NUR507 Health Policy & Advocacy

In this course students analyze and synthesize innovative approaches to complex issues in health care delivery at the local, state, and federal levels. Concepts such as politics, policy, market forces, and advocacy are used to assess how system approaches can affect health care delivery.

3
NUR403W Women's Health Nursing

This course will present an overview of issues relevant to women’s health nursing. Nursing assessment techniques specific to female clients will be explored. Specific nursing interventions to promote women’s health will be covered including: HIV, early detection of female cancers, reproductive health, mental health issues, osteoporosis, pharmacokinetics, nutrition, physical fitness.

3
Substitute:
NUR505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan

This course provides an exploration of key concepts in pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacotherapy across the lifespan for the masters prepared nurse. The role of gender, genetics, and cultural influences in the context of health assessment and promotion will also be analyzed.

3
NUR407 Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

This course will enable students to critically review nursing research, choose a relevant clinical issue to examine, explore literature, and utilize nursing research in clinical practice. Ethical principles of nursing research, particularly protection of human subjects and other ethical accountabilities focusing on research utilization and evidence-based practice will be explored. 

3
Substitute:
NUR501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

This course examines principles and processes of evidence based practice as a strategy to guide clinical decision making,initiate practice change and improve nursing practice, including translating, evaluating and disseminating the evidence. Course elements include gaining knowledge of research design, statistical concepts and search strategies.

3
NUR409 Clinical Prevention, Population and Environmental Health

This course provides a framework for the development of nursing interventions promoting population and environmental health for individuals and communities. Health promotion will be a significant focus of this course.

3
NUR412 Nursing Communication and Quality Improvement

This course will prepare the student for effective communication and collaboration amongst the interprofessional team with the goal of practicing high quality, safe, patient-centered care. Topics of quality improvement and interprofessional communication will be emphasized.

3
Substitute:
NUR506 Professional Role: Communication & Collaboration for Improving Pt. Outcome

This course will assist nurses to develop, analyze and apply skills in collaboration and communication, including the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's core competencies, effective communication strategies based on complexity and transformational leadership theory, skills of presentation and publication to improve patient care and advance nursing practice.

3
NUR410 Global Cultural Diversity and Specialty Population Nursing

This course is focused on various cultural and specialty populations. Multiple aspects of culture, vulnerability, and needs of individual populations will be analyzed and discussed. Content includes issues of ethics, social justice, health literacy, and barriers to care. (35 clinical hours required)

3
NUR411 Geriatric Nursing

Multiple aspects of geriatric health and the aging population will be explored. Specific nursing interventions to promote older adult health will be covered including pharmacological considerations, nutrition, elder abuse, sexuality, coping with loss and grief, health and wellness promotion and the continuum of care. (35 clinical hours required)

3
NUR499W Nursing Leadership and Professional Practicum

This culminating course encompasses various aspects of professionalism and leadership while shadowing multiple leaders in the clinical setting. Students will apply leadership concepts and decision making skills in the provision of high quality nursing care. (70 clinical hours required)

4
Subtotal BSN course credits: 14 credits
Note: If a student has not completed a total of 120 college-level credit hours after completing these core courses they will need to complete additional courses. Contact your academic advisor for further information or questions.
MSN Program (each course 3 credits)
NUR501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

This course examines principles and processes of evidence based practice as a strategy to guide clinical decision making,initiate practice change and improve nursing practice, including translating, evaluating and disseminating the evidence. Course elements include gaining knowledge of research design, statistical concepts and search strategies.

3
(count for both BSN and MSN)
NUR502 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Professional Practice

This course focuses on normal, acute, and chronic human physiological processes across the lifespan. Attention will be given to genetic/genomic content that may alter or result in an acute or chronic disease. Information gained in this course may assist the student in performing a physical health assessment based on the symptomatology of various acute and chronic illnesses.

3
NUR503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology

This course will assist students within the graduate program to develop a strong foundation of knowledge in understanding the impact technology and informatics has in the delivery of care across various settings. Students will be introduced to current and emerging technologies while exploring the impact on patient outcomes and staff satisfaction.

3
NUR504 Introduction to Organizational Leadership in Nursing

Emphasizing leadership decision making, this course includes an overview of theories, research, and applications that focus on managing organizational behavior, quality improvement, and systems leadership across health care delivery systems. Students will learn how patient care systems are structured, processes developed, and outcomes affected by actions of leaders and employees.

3
NUR505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan

This course provides an exploration of key concepts in pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacotherapy across the lifespan for the masters prepared nurse. The role of gender, genetics, and cultural influences in the context of health assessment and promotion will also be analyzed.

3
(count for both BSN and MSN)
NUR506 Professional Role: Communication & Collaboration for Improving Pt. Outcome

This course will assist nurses to develop, analyze and apply skills in collaboration and communication, including the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's core competencies, effective communication strategies based on complexity and transformational leadership theory, skills of presentation and publication to improve patient care and advance nursing practice.

3
(count for both BSN and MSN)
NUR507 Health Policy & Advocacy

In this course students analyze and synthesize innovative approaches to complex issues in health care delivery at the local, state, and federal levels. Concepts such as politics, policy, market forces, and advocacy are used to assess how system approaches can affect health care delivery.

3
(count for both BSN and MSN)
NUR632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education

This course focuses on the processes of curriculum development and evaluation that are critical responsibilities of nurse educators in schools of nursing, patient education programs, or staff development. Course goals include how the curriculum provides guidelines for program delivery and methods for evaluating program effectiveness.

3
NUR642 Professional Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator

The professional role and responsibility of the nurse educator course focuses on diverse roles and practice environments experienced by nurse educators. The course will provide novice and experienced nurse educators with guidelines for practice in classroom, clinical, staff development, and various educational settings. Academic and institutional policies, protocols and legal aspects will be explored.

3
NUR652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator

This course will focus on strategies to develop knowledge and skill sets in pedagogy, teaching-learning theories, testing and measurement, and various educational technologies. An in-depth introduction to information technology that supports practice and improves patient care and outcomes will be explored.

3
NUR662 Healthcare Education Practicum

The practicum focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the healthcare environment. Students will work closely with healthcare professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in improving care quality, organizational processes, or safety engaging in a learning experience that further integrates program content. Practicum experience includes a formal preceptorship.

3
NUR672 Healthcare Education Capstone

This capstone focuses on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the healthcare environment. The student will facilitate the implementation of their capstone project developed in the practicum course. The student will work in a collaborative relationship with their preceptor and other identified healthcare professionals who are involved in their project.

3
Subtotal MSN additional courses to complete MSN degree: 36 credits
Total RN-BSN to MSN Dual Degree Program credits: 50 credits
Note: RN-BSN Program = 26 credits and MSN Nurse Educator Program = 36 credits
Taken separately = 62 credits, RN-BSN 2 semesters, MSN 4 semesters
RN to MSN Dual Degree Track – 5 semesters
 

RN to MSN Educator Schedule Planner

RN-BSN to MSN Students
(BSN courses 7 wks; MSN courses 14 wks) Full Time

Semester 1 - Fall - 10 credits (+ 6/9 general ed credits = 16/19 credits)
IND 175 Introduction to Nursing Resources (session 1)
NUR 410 Global Cultural Diversity and Specialty Population Nursing (practice experience hours/session 3)
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice  
NUR 502 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Professional Practice  
Semester 2 - Spring 1 - 12 credits (+ 3/6 gen ed credits = 15/18 credits)
NUR 411 Geriatric Nursing (practice experience hours/session 1)
NUR 409 Clinical Prevention, Population and Environmental Health (session 3)
NUR 507 Health Policy & Advocacy
NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education
Semester 3 - Summer 1 - 10 credits (+ 6/9 elective credits = 16/19 credits)
NUR 499 Nursing Leadership and Professionalism Practicum (practice experience hours/session 3)
NUR 505 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice
NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator  
Semester 4 - Fall 2 - 9 credits *
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication & Collaboration for Improving Pt. Outcome
NUR 642 Professional Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator
NUR 662 Healthcare Education Practicum (not currently offered in fall semester)
Semester 5 - Spring 2 - 9 credits **
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology  
NUR 504 Organizational, Quality & Systems Leadership  
NUR 672 Healthcare Education Capstone (not currently offered in spring semester)

*End of 4th semester can graduate with BSN degree or if able to take 13 nursing credits in 3rd semester, student can take NUR 506 in 3rd semester and graduate with BSN then. All courses through the end of the 4th semester may be able to be billed at undergraduate rate and qualify for undergraduate financial aid (if not at 120 credit hours).

**End of 5th semester with MSN degre



RN-BSN to MSN Students
(BSN courses 7 wks; MSN courses 14 wks) Part Time

Semester 1 - Fall 1 - 7 credits (+ 6/9 general ed credits = 16/19 credits)
IND 175 Introduction to Nursing Resources (session 1)
NUR 410 Global Cultural Diversity and Specialty Population Nursing (practice experience hours/session 3)
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice  
Semester 2 - Spring 1 - 6 credits (+ 6/9 gen ed credits = 15/18 credits)
NUR 411 Geriatric Nursing (practice experience hours/session 1)
NUR 409 Clinical Prevention, Population and Environmental Health (session 3)
Semester 3 - Summer 1 - 7 credits (+ 3/6 elective credits = 16/19 credits)
NUR 499 Nursing Leadership and Professionalism Practicum (practice experience hours/session 3)
NUR 507 Health Policy & Advocacy
Semester 4 - Fall 2 - 6 credits
NUR 502 Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Professional Practice
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication & Collaboration for Improving Pt. Outcome
Semester 5 - Spring 2 - 6 credits *
NUR 505 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice  
NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education  
Semester 6 - Summer 2 - 6 credits
NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator
NUR 662 Healthcare Education Practicum
Semester 7 - Fall 3 - 6 credits
NUR 642 Professional Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator
NUR 672 Healthcare Education Capstone
Semester 8 - Spring 3 - 6 credits **
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology  
NUR 504 Organizational, Quality & Systems Leadership  

*End of 5th semester can graduate with BSN degree. All courses through the end of the third semester get billed at undergraduate rate and qualify for undergraduate financial aid.

**End of 8th semester with MSN degree