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MSN Program ContentMSN Program Outcomes

  • Facilitate Learning
  • Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization
  • Use Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
  • Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes
  • Function as a Change Agent and Leader
  • Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role
  • Engage in Scholarship
  • Function within the Educational Environment

MSN Program length is 2 years over 4 semesters for full-time study. Students have the choice to attend full-time or part-time.

Year One *Core Curriculum Classes
Fall Credits Spring Credits

NUR 531
NUR 562*
EDU 642


NUR 568*
NUR 569
PHL 624*
Year Two
NUR 621
NUR 632
NUR 637
NUR 655
NUR 659
EDU 723 or EDU 643
Core Curriculum

EDU 642: Research Statistics   
Course Description: This graduate level course prepares the graduate student to utilize statistics within a major research project. Descriptive and inferential statistics are studied. Topics include probability theory, various distributions, data description, confidence intervals, sampling designs, quality control and hypothesis testingincludingz test; t test; correlation and regression; Chi-square; F test and Analysis of Variance; and nonparametric statistics.

EDU 643: Legal Issues in Education
Course Description: This graduate level course introduces the legal system and various sources of law that impact educational institutions and their relationships with students, faculty, employees, governing bodies and corporate partners. Students learn to find and analyze education law including judicial decisions, state and federal statutes, state and federal constitutional provisions, and administrative regulations. Readings and cases cover the development of the rights and responsibilities of public and private institutions, evolving theories of academic freedom, student admissions, faculty employment and tenure, due process of law, separation of church and state and conflict resolutions. Students are encouraged to choose an issue of interest for concentrated research and study.   

PHL 624:  Academic Integrity
Course Description: This applied ethics course examines the implications of several influential philosophical theories for a broad range of questions bearing on research, teaching, role expectations, the allocation of health care resources, and contemporary biomedical dilemmas in organizations of higher education, continuing education, staff development or patient education.   

NUR 531: Directed Readings in Nursing Education
Course Description: This graduate level course requires the student to do scholarly and research literature specific to a selected aspect of nursing education. Each student will conduct a thorough literature review with depth and breadth. There is the potential that this course can be useful in defining and designing the literature review for the capstone project or thesis. Topics will be selected in conjunction with the graduate faculty.   

NUR 562: Research Methods  
Course Description: Evidenced-based inquiry processes will provide the student with tools for conducting a major research project. Topics include conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings. Application of research methods to higher education, continuing education, staff development or patient education is expected.  

NUR 568: Theories and Critical Issues in Nursing   
Course Description: This course examines theories and concepts that are foundations of nursing and health care.  A wide-range of theories from nursing and other disciplines will be analyzed in relation to their applicability to evidenced-based practice.  Critical issues affecting health care delivery and outcomes will also be examined.    
NUR 569:  Nursing Education: Teaching and Learning Theories and Concepts  
Course Description: This graduate level course examines the role of the nurse as educator through the application of teaching and learning theories and concepts across a variety of settings in nursing education, health care and the community.  Evidence-based teaching strategies to engage learners in inquiry and overt, active learning will be foundational in creating a stimulating learning environment to meet mutually determined outcomes for the individual learner, group or organization.  

NUR 655: Nursing Education: Teaching and Learning Practicum
Course Description: This graduate level course focuses on the implementation of the nurse educator role through the application of teaching and learning theories and concepts for a chosen learner population in nursing higher education, staff development, continuing education or patient education.  The role will be analyzed and applied in collaboration with a master's prepared nurse educator preceptor. Evidence-based teaching strategies will be developed into a comprehensive teaching plan to engage learners in inquiry and overt, active learning and implemented to meet mutually determined outcomes for the individual learner, group or organization.  

NUR 621:  Curriculum Design and Program Planning  
Course Description: This graduate level course focuses on designing nursing curriculum in diverse learning environments using evidence-based theories and concepts as well as relevant standards and criteria for evaluation.  Development, implementation and evaluation of a continuing education program for staff, patient or public education also is emphasized.   

NUR 632:  Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Education
Course Description: This graduate level course focuses on best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in higher education, continuing education, staff development and patient education. Various methods for designing, conducting, and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes on multiple levels including individual student, class, course, curriculum, program and educational organization will be appraised. 

NUR 637:  Teaching Strategies and Technology in Nursing Education
Course Description: This course focuses on the application of evidence-based student-centered teaching strategies in diverse learning settings. Integrating educational technology within the learning environment also is a component of the course.   

NUR 659:  Major Project in Nursing Education   
Course Description: The major project provides the opportunity for the student to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MSN program. The student will develop, implement, and evaluate a substantial educational endeavor related to nursing education, staff development, continuing education or patient education within the context of an organization.  Evidence-based practice and research will be utilized throughout the program.  

EDU 723:  Leadership in Educational Organizations  
Course Description: This graduate level course characterizes best practices of leadership in higher education institutions. Systems theory and organizational best practices form the framework for this course. Concepts such as accreditation, governance, strategic planning, higher education law and academic quality improvement processes will be studied in a variety of academic organizations to include higher education, staff development, continuing education and patient education.




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