Year 1    
Fall (12 Credits) Spring (11 Credits) Summer (9.5 credits)

First five weeks of the semester:

NURS 688 Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr, 2.5 lecture; 0.5 cr. lab, 21 lab hours) 


Second 10 weeks of the semester: 

Foundations (3 cr., 2 didactic; 1 lab, 42 lab hours)


All semester:

NURS 644 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3 cr )

NURS 651 Advanced Pharmacology (3cr)

Adult Health I Lecture (3cr)

Adult Health I Clinical (2cr, 84 clinical hours)

NURS 725 Quality Effectiveness, Safety in Organizational Systems & Informatics (3 cr online)

Current Trends in Healthcare (3cr)








First half of summer:

Mental Health Nursing Lecture (2cr)

Mental Health Nursing Clinical (1.5cr clinical, 63 clinical hours)


Second half of summer:

Perinatal Nursing Lecture (2 cr.)

Perinatal Nursing Clinical (1cr. 42 clinical hours)


NURS 622 Statistics for Health & Biological Sciences (3 cr online)

                Year 2


Fall (12.5 credits) Spring (11 credits) Summer (10 credits)

Adult Health II Lecture (3cr)

Adult Health II Clinical (2cr., 84 clinical)

Public & Community Health Lecture (2cr)

Public & Community Health Clinical (1.5 cr., 63 clinical)

NURS 604 Evidence-Based Practice: Evidence Synthesis for Practice (3cr online)

MSN Seminar I (1 cr)

Adult Health III Critical Care Lecture (3 cr)

Adult Health III Critical Care Clinical (2 cr., 84 clinical hours)

Health Systems Leadership & Management Lecture (2 cr.)

NURS 610 Healthcare Policy & Advocacy (3cr online)

MSN Seminar II (1 cr.)

First half of summer:

Nursing Care of the Child Lecture (2cr)

Nursing Care of the Child Clinical (1cr. 42 hours)

Health systems management Clinical (3 cr. =126 hours clinical)

Transition to Professional Nursing (2cr)

MSN Seminar III (2 cr.)


MSN Course Descriptions

Year 1


NURS688 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3 credits) Meets program competencies: 1, 2,3,6,7. This course provides knowledge and skills necessary for the master’s prepared and advanced practice nurse to synthesize concepts from nursing and biopsychosocial sciences in the comprehensive health assessment of adults and children. The diagnostic reasoning process, differential diagnoses, advanced health evaluation techniques, laboratory tests, diagnostic studies and interpretation and evaluation of findings are incorporated into the course. Students will provide advanced health assessment with individuals across the lifespan in interprofessional clinical settings. Comprehensive health histories and physical examination techniques will be used to complete a database to formulate differential diagnoses and make advanced clinical decisions.


NURS644 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3 credits) Meets program competencies: 1, 3, 7. This course provides in-depth discussion of complex physiologic and pathophysiologic concepts essential for advanced clinical nursing courses in the care of adults and older adults. Physiologic and pathophysiologic processes related to the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems; cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems; hematopoiesis, inflammation, immunity, microcirculation, neuromuscular synapse, skeletal and smooth muscle, and acid-base balance are discussed at biochemical, cellular, organ, system, and human organism levels. Hormonal regulation is integrated with various physiologic and pathophysiologic processes. Emphasis is on integration of concepts as a basis for understanding interrelationships among complex physiologic and pathophysiologic processes.


Advanced Nursing Pharmacology (3 credits) Meets program competencies: 1, 3, 7. This theory course introduces the study of pharmacology as an understanding of the interactions between drugs and the physiological, psychological and pathological processes. Major drug classifications and individual drugs are studied with an emphasis on the application of pharmacologic principles to the delivery of safe nursing care in the administration and prescription of medications in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease conditions. The course also focuses on the implications of pharmacological therapy for the advanced practice nurse including the legal implications related to prescriptive authority and prescribing patterns related to clinical practice guidelines. 


Foundational Nursing Practice (3 credits-2 didactic/1 lab) Meets program competencies: 1,2,3,6,7. This course builds on knowledge gained through the liberal arts and sciences to introduce the concepts of nursing practice to promote and/or maintain health in the context of the experience of the individual in a variety of settings. This course establishes the nursing process, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and patient centered care as foundational concepts for the provision of quality and safe nursing practice with individuals and their families. Nursing skills related to physiologic health process, mobility, comfort, infection, protection, fatigue, sleep, oxygenation, and elimination are emphasized. The course introduces the student to the professionalism of nursing practice. 



Quality Effectiveness, Safety in Organizational Systems & Informatics (3 credits) Meets program competencies: 1, 2, 4,5, 7. This course prepares students to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based quality health care practices for patient populations (individuals and aggregates) in acute, home and community settings. Organizational theory and models within the health care industry are examined. Working as partners in inter professional teams, students will assess organizational culture, gather safety information, apply the principles of data analytics, and translate findings into changes in micro and macro systems through action learning experiences within their own organizations. Evaluation of innovation and sustainability of system change will be emphasized. 



Mental Health Nursing (3 credits- 2 didactic/1 clinical) Meets program competencies: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. This didactic and clinical course focuses on the care of individuals across the lifespan with psychiatric mental health disorders and chemical dependence. The psychopathology of mental disorders on individuals and their families are examined. The treatment of mental health disorders is studied emphasizing an interprofessional team approach. Emphasis is on the therapeutic use of self with individuals, families, and groups in an acute psychiatric care setting. Communication skills, mental health assessment, and various therapeutic interventions are utilized by students in various clinical placements throughout the community.


Perinatal Nursing (3 credits-2 didactic/1 clinical) Meets program competencies: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. This course provides a foundation of nursing knowledge for family-centered care for the childbearing woman and the newborn. This includes women’s health throughout the lifespan, pregnancy, labor and birth, the postpartum period, the newborn, childbearing at risk, and the newborn at risk. Perinatal nursing theory and clinical provide a foundation of nursing knowledge for family-centered care in all phases of the perinatal period. 


NURS622 Statistics for Health and Biological Sciences (3 credits) Meets program competencies: 1, 7. This course covers a wide range of statistical methods used in health care research. Descriptive statistics, probability distributions (binomial and normal), sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis are included. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality nursing practice. Students are asked to relate the material to their own practice and use SPSS statistical software for assignments. The course provides support for students to conduct statistical analyses for their Capstone project and other evidence-based projects. 


Year 2


Public Health (2 credits-1didactic/1 clinical) Meets program competencies: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. This theory and clinical course examine the promotion of health and prevention of illness across populations in a community setting as well as to critically analyze the health of selected populations in a community. Emphasis is placed on increasing the student's self-awareness, communicating effectively, and meeting the community health needs of individuals, families and groups. Health education, health promotion, and illness prevention are stressed as strategies for meeting the health needs of population aggregates. Presentation of the health care delivery system includes the impact of political, legal, social, and cultural influences on the health of individuals. Public health nursing issues, such as communicable disease, environmental hazards, and occupational exposures are discussed. 


NURS604 Evidenced-Based Practice: Evidence Synthesis for Practice (3 credits) Meets program competencies: 1,2,4,5,7. This course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions. Emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address practice change, quality improvement and safety in a variety of nursing practice roles. This course focuses on the leadership opportunity for the use of innovative approaches for the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice change. Students will also engage in a critical examination of the social value and the impact of the implementation of translational research findings into practice change at the individual, family, organizational system, and population levels. This course will support the beginning development of the master’s prepared student’s scholarly project. 


MSN Seminar I (1 credit) Meets program competencies: 1,2,4,5,6,7. In the first of a series of seminars, this course introduces and develops the role of the masters prepared professional nurse. The course builds upon the scientific basis of evidenced-based practice to help students begin to identify and develop their focus of a scholarly project. Students will partner with a local healthcare agency on a quality improvement or informatics focus to help improve the delivery of nursing care in that institution.




Health Systems Leadership & Management (5 credits- 2 didactic/3 clinical) Meets program competencies: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. This didactic and clinical capstone course introduces the student to leadership theories and concepts of management within the nursing profession through clinical and seminars. Theories of leadership are examined as they pertain to systems-based healthcare. The ability to analyze and apply the concepts of leadership and management are provided through clinical experiences. Nursing leadership skills of delegation, priority setting, clinical judgement, clinical reasoning, and time management are emphasized throughout the course. The student also continues to collaborate with the inter-professional team in the care of multiple patients during the clinical time. This course also examines the QSEN competencies as a means of providing patient centered nursing care. Students further refine their professional nursing identity through self-reflection and self-evaluation of their clinical performance as they transition from student to professional nurse.


MSN Seminar II (1 credit) Meets program competencies: 1,2,4,5,6,7. In the second of a series of three seminars, this course continues to foster the scholarly development of the master’s prepared nurse. The focus of the course is the continuation of the student’s scholarly project developed in partnership with a healthcare agency through the synthesis and analysis of the literature review. The student will critically appraise the literature and identify gaps in the literature. Through the literature review, the student will identify the area of improvement for the delivery of safe and quality nursing care or the improvement of patient outcomes.



Nursing Care of the Child (3 credits-2 didactic/1 clinical) Meets program competencies: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. This course provides a foundation of nursing knowledge for family-centered nursing care of the child. Child health nursing focuses on assessment and management of well, acutely ill and chronically ill children and their families. The effect that childhood illness has on the family in the hospital and in the community is emphasized. The care of the child includes acute and chronic illnesses from newborn to adult. In the care of the child, the principles of growth and development, nutrition, pharmacology, and ethics are reinforced and expanded throughout the course.


Transition to Professional Nursing (2 credit) Meets program competencies: 1,2,4,7. This course focuses on the transition of the master’s prepared student to the role of professional nurse. The student will develop a resume and cover letter in preparation for employment after graduation. The student will develop an ePortfolio for professional practice. The course will also include preparation for taking the licensure examination which includes a standardized comprehensive examination.


MSN Seminar III (2 credits) Meets program competencies: 1,2,4,5,6,7. In the third of the seminar series, this course culminates with the implementation and evaluation of the scholarly project aimed at an improvement in the delivery of nursing care or patient outcomes with the partnering healthcare agency. The student develops a poster of their project and presents their work to their partnering healthcare agency.