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RN to MSN (RN-MSN) Curriculum

The RN to MSN Educator Track allows the student to acquire two degrees and expand their opportunities as nurse educators.

Through the BSN component, the registered clinical nurse improves leadership and management skills. The MSN component provides the student with the knowledge and skills to become leaders and educators for nurses, other healthcare professionals, and patients in settings including clinical, academic, medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, continuing education, and healthcare insurance. A total of 260 practice experience hours are acquired throughout the dual degree.

By combining both graduate degrees, nurses can earn their BSN and MSN at a lower cost and in less time. Instead of 62 credits if taking the programs separately, nurses can complete both degrees with 50 credits, by substituting BSN courses with MSN courses that meet the BSN program outcomes.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements

50 credits including tutorial

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
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
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 practice experience 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 practice experience hours required)

3
NUR499 Nursing Leadership and Professionalism 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
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
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
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
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
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
 

RN to MSN Educator Schedule Planner

RN-MSN Track Planner - FT
47 credits

Semester 1 - Fall 1
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 505 Healthcare Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan  
Semester 2 - Spring 1
NUR 411 Geriatric Nursing (practice experience hours/session 1)
NUR 409 Clinical Prevention, Population and Environmental Health (session 3)
Semester 3 - Summer 1 *
NUR 499 Nursing Leadership and Professionalism Practicum (practice experience hours/session 3)
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication & Collaboration for Improving Pt. Outcome
NUR 507 Health Policy & Advocacy
Semester 4 - Fall 2
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology
NUR 642 Professional Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator
Semester 5 - Spring 2
NUR 504 Organizational, Quality & Systems Leadership  
NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education
NUR 662 Healthcare Education Practicum (practice experience hours)
Semester 6 - Summer 2 **
NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator  
NUR 672 Healthcare Education Capstone (practice experience hours)

*End of 3rd semester graduate with BSN degree if a minimum of 120 college-level credits to earn a bachelor degree have been completed. Cannot enroll in remaining MSN classes until BSN degree is conferred.

**End of 6th semester graduate with MSN degree.



RN-MSN Track Planner - PT
47 credits

Semester 1 - Fall 1
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
NUR 411 Geriatric Nursing (practice experience hours/session 1)
NUR 409 Clinical Prevention, Population and Environmental Health (session 3)
Semester 3 - Summer 1
NUR 499 Nursing Leadership and Professionalism Practicum (practice experience hours/session 3)
NUR 507 Health Policy & Advocacy
Semester 4 - Fall 2 *
NUR 505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan
NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication & Collaboration for Improving Pt. Outcome
Semester 5 - Spring 2
NUR 504 Organizational, Quality & Systems Leadership  
NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education  
Semester 6 - Summer 2
NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator
NUR 662 Healthcare Education Practicum
Semester 7 - Fall 3
NUR 642 Professional Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator
NUR 672 Healthcare Education Capstone
Semester 8 - Spring 3 **
NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology  

*End of 4th semester graduate with BSN degree if a minimum of 120 college-level credits to earn a bachelor degree have been completed. Cannot enroll in remaining MSN classes until BSN degree is conferred.

**End of 8th semester graduate with MSN degree.