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Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 credits are required for the Master’s degree in Nursing. Required courses for all MSN students include:

  • NRS 600 Clinical Prevention: Assessment & Planning for Aggregates 
  • NRS 620 Integrated Theory and Knowledge Development
  • NRS 625 Healthcare Systems and Policy 
  • NRS 660 Translational Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice (pre-requirement: undergraduate or graduate statistics course)
  • NRS 725 Applied Translational Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice 
  • NRS 735 Nursing Practicum 

       Students completing the Administration Concentration will take the following additional courses:

  • NRS 615 Healthcare Financing and Regulatory Environments
  • NRS 635 Foundations of the Healthcare System
  • BUS 601 Executive Communication or NRS 636 Promoting Interpersonal Competency
  • NRS 645 Advanced Leadership Roles in the Healthcare System 
  • BUS 603 Organizational Development and Behavior
  • BUS 616 Business Ethics or IC 800 Ethics 

Students completing the Education Concentration will take the following additional courses:

  • NRS 636 Promoting Interpersonal Competency
  • NRS 640 Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing
  • NRS 650 Advanced Clinical Applications for Nurse Educators 1
  • NRS 655 Advanced Clinical Applications for Nurse Educators 2
  • NRS 675 Teaching Methodologies in Nursing Education
  • IC 800 Ethics 

Nursing Courses

NRS 600 Clinical Prevention: Assessment & Planning for Aggregates
Study of program planning processes for high-risk and under-served aggregates. Methods of population-focused health assessment are emphasized.

NRS 605 Teaching/Learning Theory in the Context of Nursing
Survey of major teaching/learning theories as the foundation for developing effective educational processes in a variety of healthcare and academic settings. Variations in learning needs and styles across the lifespan and with specific populations are addressed. 

NRS 615 Healthcare Financing and Regulatory Environments
Study of the financing, accounting and management of the US healthcare system. Regulations and reimbursement, accounting principles, analysis of financial statements, cost analysis, staffing, and budgeting are examined.

NRS 620 Integrated Theory and Knowledge Development
Examination of the development of knowledge and theory in nursing, including the relationship of theory to practice and research. Selected nursing theories are analyzed and evaluated.

NRS 625 Healthcare Systems and Policy
Study of organization and financing of healthcare. Students examine the impact of policies as they influence quality and cost effectiveness of healthcare.

NRS 635 Foundations of the Healthcare System
Study of the management of comprehensive nursing systems within a collaborative, interprofessional environment. Health services delivery, informatics, and quality improvement systems are examined.

NRS 636 Promoting Interpersonal Competency
Focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse as a facilitator of productive human relationships in the workplace. Students examine a variety of leadership models and assess strategies for team building, communicating effectively, conflict management, coaching, self-care, and crisis intervention.

NRS 640 Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing
Examination of the philosophical and historical influences in nursing education within a contemporary context for curricula development. Pedagogical frameworks for designing and implementing instructional experiences are used to develop curricular objectives, select and organize content, and plan program evaluation strategies.

NRS 645 Advanced Leadership Roles in the Healthcare System
Study of the roles of nurse leaders in managing resources within a nursing system to affect care delivery and outcomes. Issues and strategies for effective utilization of fiscal and human resources are emphasized.

NRS 650 and NRS 655 Advanced Clinical Applications for Nurse Educators I and II
Nurse educators play a significant role in teaching students, practicing nurses, clients, family members and communities, the principles of illness management.  This course integrates advanced knowledge, skills, and critical understanding of physical assessment, pathology, and pharmacology for nurse educators.  Representative topics are selected to provide a comprehensive understanding of physiologic dysfunctions, pharmacological management, and physical assessment.  Principles of evidence-based practice, teaching methodologies, and nursing informatics are integrated throughout the two semester course sequence.

NRS 660 Translational Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
Survey of program evaluation as a research methodology. Conceptual & methodological frameworks used in evaluation are examined.Students develop an evaluation proposal to be implemented in NRS 725. Most core and specialty courses should be completed prior to enrollment.

NRS 675 Teaching Methodology in Nursing Education
Study of role development and practical methods for effective teaching. The selection, application, and evaluation of teaching tools and strategies in the context of health education, continuing education,staff development; classroom and clinical instruction is examined.

NRS 725 Applied Translational Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
Research seminar in which individuals and groups of students implement their proposed evaluation of a healthcare program. Oral and written presentations of the program evaluation are required.
Prerequisite: NRS 660.

NRS 735 Nursing Practicum
This combined seminar and practicum is intended to bridge theory and research with actual practice. Students will collaborate with instructors and preceptors to design practicum experiences that further their professional development as advanced practice nurses. Consent of instructor required.

NRS 790 Independent Study
Supervised graduate-level project of readings, research, mentorship, or additional practicum experiences developed in cooperation with a graduate faculty advisor and approved by the Dean of the School of Nursing.


IC 800 Ethics
Examines ethical issues in the practice of professions in public life. Significant issues such as justice, honesty, and respect for persons are examined in study and dialogue as they emerge in human experience. Philosophical and religious perspectives regarding ethics are considered.


BUS 603 Organizational Development and Behavior
Organizational Development and Behavior is the study of both the human behavior in an organizational setting and the operations related to organizational design and development. The purpose of this kind of study is to equip organizational leaders with the insignt necessary to develop interpersonal relationships that will build teams, increase productivity, enhance the quality of work life, orchestrate change, improve employee retention, and augment communication. Topics in management including: Perception, Personality and Attitudes, Group Process: Building Teams, Communication, Orchestrating Change, Motivation, Empowerment, Leadership, Organizational Development, Quality Assurance, Performance Appraisals and Business.

BUS 616 Business Ethics
This interdisciplinary course explores and implements the critical thinking, communication, and managerial skills necessary for developing ethical organizations. The objective of this course is to design ethical organizations and create organizations of high integrity. In addition to learning book material about business ethics and social responsibility, students will explore the ethical performance of their own companies. The purpose of education is to transfer knowledge and develop ethical citizenry. Hopefully, both will be achieved.

BUS 601 Executive Communication
Theoretical and practical concepts underlying effective written and oral business presentations. Topics include key presentation skills, organizing an effective presentation, using audio-visual aids, responding to questions and objections, written reports and analysis, applications of group dynamics and use of the Internet.