Chatham University

Nursing (MSN) Curriculum

The Chatham University Nursing Program offers a 36 credit Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN). The program prepares students to become world ready nurse educators, leaders, or informatics specialist. The Chatham University MSN program requires 21 credits of MSN Core courses and 15 credits in the Educator, Leadership, or Informatics tracks.

The MSN program at Chatham University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791.

Program Structure
The Chatham University MSN program is delivered as an online program. The program builds on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing foundation by preparing nurses to advance their practice as nurse educators, leaders, or informatics specialist in a variety of settings. Clinical experiences are completed at approved clinical sites with the guidance of an approved preceptor. A full-time and part-time cohort is admitted each Fall.

Program Requirements

+ Degree Requirements

36 credits

Core courses (21 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
NUR502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

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 Organizational, Quality & Systems Leadership

The course content includes theories, research, and applications that focus on managing organizational behavior, quality improvement, and systems leadership within and across all aspects and of integrated health care delivery system. This course provides an overview of these topics with an emphasis on leadership decisions making.

3
NUR505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion

This course focuses on health assessment of the adult, child, and infant. Concentration is focused on physical assessment techniques and taking a thorough health history in order to improve and ensure quality patient care. Genetic/genomic content will be reviewed accordingly with each physical system assessed as well as use of a pedigree for the family history portion of a health history.

3
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
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

+ Clinical Requirements

Additional Clinical Hours
For those students wanting to pursue a DNP degree, they may choose to take NUR 697 Nursing Clinical Practicum (3 credits, including 250 clinical hours) in addition to their MSN required curriculum. This course is designed to ensure a total of 500 clinical hours needed for acceptance into a DNP program

+ Leadership Track

Track courses (15 credits)

NUR630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management

The Health Care Economics and Financial Management course focuses on examination and understanding of health care financing and reimbursement concepts preparing a world ready nurse leader to function in a variety of health care delivery settings. Content focuses on concepts of budget and leadership management, infuencing policy makers, and linking patient care outcomes to resource management.

3
NUR650 Leadership and Health Care Operations

This course provides an overview of three distinct and necessary areas of leadership knowledge with an emphasis on managerial decision-making including legal aspects of health care, human resource management, and health policy. Students will work through specific scenarios in each of these areas to identify legal, ethical, and political issues.

3
NUR640 Leadership for Change

This course focuses on the needs of health care leaders to take health care delivery into the future through creative, innovative design initiatives focusing on a consumer driven health care delivery system. Content includes: variables impacting health care delivery systems, reimbursement and funding for design change, managing competition, and managing human and financial resources.

3
NUR660 Health Care Leadership Practicum

The Leadership Seminar focuses on relevant and timely health care leadership issues confronting today's health care leaders. Topics will include how to become a better leader, getting support in a leadership role, mentoring others, being a role model, identifying resources for success in a leadership role.

3
NUR670 Healthcare Leadership Capstone

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

3

+ Education Track

Track courses (15 credits)

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 preceptor ship.

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

+ Informatics Track

Track Courses (15 credits)
NUR631 Integrating Technology into a Health Care Environment

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

3
NUR651 Database Management for Evidence-based Decision making

This course is designed to assist the student in understanding the various database systems used within a healthcare setting. Key to this course is understanding how healthcare professionals can collect and extract data from database systems to assess the organizations performance and impact on patient outcomes.

3
NUR641 Promoting Healthier Lifestyles in the Community using Innovative Technology

This course is designed to assist health professionals in understanding the impact technology has on patients/consumers living within the community. Students will be encouraged to think creatively in order to understand how technology can be used to further extend healthcare services within the surrounding community through internet and web-based platforms.

3
NUR661 Health Care Informatics Practicum

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

3
NUR671 Healthcare Informatics Capstone

This capstone course focuses on the expanded role of the healthcare informatics professional 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 a preceptor and other identified healthcare professionals who are involved in their project.

3
 

MSN Program Planner

Full Time MSN - Fall Admit (3 courses per semester over 16 months)

Required core courses plus the selected specialty track courses indicated.
First Semester – Fall
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core)
NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (core)
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core)
Second Semester – Spring
NUR 504 Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership (core)
NUR 505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (core)
NUR 630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management (leadership)
NUR 631 Integrating Technology into a Health Care Environment (informatics)
NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education (education)
Third Semester – Summer
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core)
NUR 640 Leadership for Change (leadership)
NUR 660 Health Care Leadership Practicum (leadership)
NUR 641 Promoting Healthier Lifestyles in the Community using Innovative technology (informatics)
NUR 661 Health Care Informatics Practicum (informatics)
NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educators (education)
NUR 662 Health Care Education Practicum (education)
Fourth Semester - Fall
NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core)
NUR 650 Leadership and Health Care Operations (leadership)
NUR 670 Health Care Leadership Capstone (leadership)
NUR 651 Database Management for Evidence-Based Decision Making (informatics)
NUR 671 Health Care Informatics Capstone (informatics)
NUR 642 Professional Role Responsibility of the Nurse Educator (education)
NUR 672 Health Care Education Capstone (education)

Part Time MSN – Fall Admit (2 courses per semester over 2 years)

Required core courses plus the selected specialty track courses indicated.
First Semester– Fall
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core)
NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (core)
Second Semester– Spring
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core)
NUR 504 Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership (core)
Third Semester– Summer
NUR 505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (core)
NUR 630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management (leadership)
NUR 631 Integrating Technology into a Health Care Environment (informatics)
NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education (education)
Fourth Semester– Fall
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core)
NUR 640 Leadership for Change (leadership)
NUR 641 Promoting Healthier Lifestyles in the Community using Innovative Technology (informatics)
NUR 642 Professional Role Responsibility of the Nurse Educator (education)
Fifth Semester– Spring
NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core)
NUR 660 Health Care Leadership Practicum (leadership)
NUR 661 Health Care Informatics Practicum (informatics)
NUR 662 Health Care Education Practicum (education)
Sixth Semester– Summer
NUR 650 Leadership and Health Care Operations (leadership)
NUR 651 Database Management for Evidence-Based Decision Making (informatics)
NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educators (education)
NUR 670 Health Care Leadership Capstone (leadership)
NUR 671 Health Care Informatics Capstone (informatics)
NUR 672 Health Care Education Capstone (education)