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 leaders, informatics specialists, or educators. 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. Full-time and part-time cohorts for each track are admitted each Fall. An International MSN track is delivered in an on ground format consisting of the 21 core credits and 15 specialty track credits for full-time fall cohorts.

Program Requirements

+ 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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

+ Nursing Leadership/Management Track

15 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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

+ Nursing Informatics Track

15 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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

+ Nursing Education Track

15 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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

+ Transfer 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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

+ Deferral of Admission and Leave of Absence

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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

+ Nurse Educator Certificate

Nurse Educator Certificate

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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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

+ RN to MSN Educator Track

RN to MSN Educator Track

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 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 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 Applied Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for Professional Practice

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
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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 651 Database Management for Evidence-Based Decision Making (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 641 Promoting Healthier Lifestyles in the Community using Innovative technology (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 – Schedule Planner by Specialty Track

Fall Admit (2 courses per semester over 2 years)

Required core courses plus the selected specialty track courses indicated.

+ Leadership Track

First Semester– Fall
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core)
NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (core)
Second Semester– Spring
NUR 504 Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership (core)
NUR 630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management (leadership)
Third Semester– Summer
NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core)
NUR 640 Leadership for Change (leadership)
Fourth Semester– Fall
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core)
NUR 650 Leadership and Health Care Operations (leadership)
Fifth Semester– Spring
NUR 505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (core)
NUR 660 Health Care Leadership Practicum (leadership)
Sixth Semester– Summer
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core)
NUR 670 Health Care Leadership Capstone (leadership)

+ Informatics Track

First Semester– Fall
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core)
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core)
Second Semester– Spring
NUR 504 Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership (core)
NUR 631 Integrating Technology into a Health Care Environment (informatics)
Third Semester– Summer
NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core)
NUR 651 Database Management for Evidence-Based Decision Making (informatics)
Fourth Semester– Fall
NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (core)
NUR 641 Promoting Healthier Lifestyles in the Community using Innovative Technology (informatics)
Fifth Semester– Spring
NUR 505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (core)
NUR 661 Health Care Informatics Practicum (informatics)
Sixth Semester– Summer
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core)
NUR 671 Health Care Informatics Capstone (informatics)

+ Education Track

First Semester– Fall
NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core)
NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (core)
Second Semester– Spring
NUR 504 Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership (core)
NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education (education)
Third Semester– Summer
NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core)
NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educators (education)
Fourth Semester– Fall
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core)
NUR 642 Professional Role Responsibility of the Nurse Educator (education)
Fifth Semester– Spring
NUR 505 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (core)
NUR 662 Health Care Education Practicum (education)
Sixth Semester– Summer
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core)
NUR 672 Health Care Education Capstone (education)