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Further Your Career in Nursing in 18 months or less!

Master of Science in Nursing Degree - Nurse Leader Program Option 

At College of Saint Mary, you can complete your master of science in nursing degree in a nurse leader program option in under 18 months.  Our program is designed for actively practicing RNs with a BSN.  You will receive individualized mentoring and support throughout the program.  The nurse leader option is in response to the need in the healthcare industry to provide nurse leaders who have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes base and skill set to thrive in a contemporary healthcare environment.  

Program Completion Rate

College of Saint Mary strives to ensure success academically and professionally to each of our students. In addition, our national accreditor expects a high degree of success. One way to measure this success is through our program completion rates. Program completion rates are calculated by finding the percentage of students who graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.  College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement for program completion to be that 80% of our students will graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first course.

CSM Nursing Program Outcomes

Year Aggregate Rate Nurse Educator Option Nurse Leader Program
2018 88% 88% Not Available – first cohort graduation May 2020
2017 86% 86% Not Available – first cohort graduation May 2020
2016 88% 88% Not Available – first cohort graduation May 2020

 

Job Placement Rate

College of Saint Mary recognizes the importance for our graduates to begin their MSN careers shortly after graduation. The graduation rate is the percentage of graduates employed in a position for which the program prepared them.  Job placement rates are calculated 6-12 months after each cohort graduation.  College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement for job placement to be that 70% of graduates will be employed in a position for which the program prepared them within 12 months of graduation.

Graduation Year Job Placement Rate
2018 TBD
2017 100%
2016 72%
2015 100%

 

Master of Science in Nursing Degree - Nurse Educator Program Option 

At College of Saint Mary, you can complete your master of science in nursing degree with a focus on healthcare education in as little as four semesters! Our program caters to working nurses who have a passion for the profession and for working with nursing students, patients or nursing staff.  Our flexible format allows you to balance your educational goals with your personal and professional responsibilities. You will receive individualized mentoring and support throughout the program. Nurse educators find employment in a variety of healthcare and education settings including schools of nursing, continuing education, patient education and staff development. 

Last admission date August 2016. No longer admitting into this program option. Last graduation set for May 2019.

Scholarships

Nurse Leader Plan of Study

Semester 1: Spring 

NUR 541: Advanced Professional Roles and Inter-professional Collaboration

This course provides an overview of the roles of the master’s prepared nurse though an analysis of ethical, professional, and legal concepts.  Students will develop an understanding of advanced professional roles in health care delivery systems, as well as an understanding of how effective inter-professional collaboration and communication enhance the health care delivery system.(3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 545: Nursing Practice and Information Systems

This course addresses how technology and informatics are used to support evidence-based decision making and to improve the delivery of nursing practice and health care.  It provides students with the foundational understanding of nursing informatics theory, practice, and its applications.(2 credit hrs.) 

NUR 546: Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice

This course focuses on the examination and critical appraisal of nursing research and methods of inquiry which guide evidence-based practice. Emphasis will be placed on research process and methods and their application to related organizational culture, resources, health care delivery models, and patient outcomes. (3 credit hrs.) 

Semester 2: Summer 

NUR 540: Nursing Leadership in a Global Community

This course examines human diversity and healthcare through a global perspective.  Issues related to nursing practice and leadership, as well as social justice and allocation of resources across populations are examined. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 542: Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care Delivery

This course focuses on the nurses’ role in examining and integrating health information and technologies necessary to promote continuous quality health care and improve health care outcomes. (3 credit hrs.) 

Semester 3: Fall

NUR 543: Organizational Systems Leadership in Health care

This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of organizational leadership throughout diverse health care environments. Coursework is designed to explore the critical role leadership plays in effective health care organizations. Students learn the components of effective leadership, how to build teams within a culturally diverse workplace, and how to build, motivate and lead in an ever changing health care environment. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 544: Health Policy in Nursing Practice

This course examines the nurse leader’s role in understanding health care trends, forces, and issues that shape health care policy. Characteristics of the current health care environment, health planning, and economic management of health care at the global, national, state and local levels will be explored. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 547: Strategic Planning in the Emerging Health Care Environment

This course provides a conceptual foundation to understand strategic planning and resource allocation needed for the advancement of health care organizations. (3 credit hrs.) 

Semester 4: Spring

NUR 671: Practicum

This course (completion of 135 hours of practicum) provides students a guided experience in a setting specific to their program option (nursing leadership).  In this practicum, students will be expected to synthesize nursing research, evidence-based practice, and theoretical principles gained throughout their coursework into practice.  Students continue in their select practicum setting under the supervision of the course faculty and selected preceptor and will develop a project (capstone) that demonstrates their cumulative learning and professional growth in the MSN program. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 690: Capstone

This course encompasses a scholarly project designed by the student, with the approval and mentoring of a faculty advisor and preceptor, at each student’s selected practicum setting. The purpose of the capstone course is to give students the opportunity to synthesize evidence-based practice, nursing research, and theoretical principles gained throughout their coursework. (4 credit hrs.) 

Nurse Educator Plan of Study 

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree with Nurse Leader program option, you must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours as listed in the curriculum tab. The Nurse Educator program option requires you to complete a minimum  of 36 credit hours. 

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The master’s in nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, 404-975-5000.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed College of Saint Mary graduate program application
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Official transcripts with the graduation date of undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA from BSN program.
  • Resumé
  • Current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse.
  • Non-Nebraska residents meet State Authorization to practice as a registered nurse.
  • Two letters of professional references by qualified persons acquainted with applicant’s achievements and potential for leadership.

Academic Description

Further Your Career in Nursing in 18 months or less!

Master of Science in Nursing Degree - Nurse Leader Program Option 

At College of Saint Mary, you can complete your master of science in nursing degree in a nurse leader program option in under 18 months.  Our program is designed for actively practicing RNs with a BSN.  You will receive individualized mentoring and support throughout the program.  The nurse leader option is in response to the need in the healthcare industry to provide nurse leaders who have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes base and skill set to thrive in a contemporary healthcare environment.  

Program Completion Rate

College of Saint Mary strives to ensure success academically and professionally to each of our students. In addition, our national accreditor expects a high degree of success. One way to measure this success is through our program completion rates. Program completion rates are calculated by finding the percentage of students who graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.  College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement for program completion to be that 80% of our students will graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first course.

CSM Nursing Program Outcomes

Year Aggregate Rate Nurse Educator Option Nurse Leader Program
2018 88% 88% Not Available – first cohort graduation May 2020
2017 86% 86% Not Available – first cohort graduation May 2020
2016 88% 88% Not Available – first cohort graduation May 2020

 

Job Placement Rate

College of Saint Mary recognizes the importance for our graduates to begin their MSN careers shortly after graduation. The graduation rate is the percentage of graduates employed in a position for which the program prepared them.  Job placement rates are calculated 6-12 months after each cohort graduation.  College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement for job placement to be that 70% of graduates will be employed in a position for which the program prepared them within 12 months of graduation.

Graduation Year Job Placement Rate
2018 TBD
2017 100%
2016 72%
2015 100%

 

Master of Science in Nursing Degree - Nurse Educator Program Option 

At College of Saint Mary, you can complete your master of science in nursing degree with a focus on healthcare education in as little as four semesters! Our program caters to working nurses who have a passion for the profession and for working with nursing students, patients or nursing staff.  Our flexible format allows you to balance your educational goals with your personal and professional responsibilities. You will receive individualized mentoring and support throughout the program. Nurse educators find employment in a variety of healthcare and education settings including schools of nursing, continuing education, patient education and staff development. 

Last admission date August 2016. No longer admitting into this program option. Last graduation set for May 2019.

Scholarships

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The master’s in nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, 404-975-5000.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed College of Saint Mary graduate program application
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Official transcripts with the graduation date of undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA from BSN program.
  • Resumé
  • Current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse.
  • Non-Nebraska residents meet State Authorization to practice as a registered nurse.
  • Two letters of professional references by qualified persons acquainted with applicant’s achievements and potential for leadership.

Curriculum

Nurse Leader Plan of Study

Semester 1: Spring 

NUR 541: Advanced Professional Roles and Inter-professional Collaboration

This course provides an overview of the roles of the master’s prepared nurse though an analysis of ethical, professional, and legal concepts.  Students will develop an understanding of advanced professional roles in health care delivery systems, as well as an understanding of how effective inter-professional collaboration and communication enhance the health care delivery system.(3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 545: Nursing Practice and Information Systems

This course addresses how technology and informatics are used to support evidence-based decision making and to improve the delivery of nursing practice and health care.  It provides students with the foundational understanding of nursing informatics theory, practice, and its applications.(2 credit hrs.) 

NUR 546: Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice

This course focuses on the examination and critical appraisal of nursing research and methods of inquiry which guide evidence-based practice. Emphasis will be placed on research process and methods and their application to related organizational culture, resources, health care delivery models, and patient outcomes. (3 credit hrs.) 

Semester 2: Summer 

NUR 540: Nursing Leadership in a Global Community

This course examines human diversity and healthcare through a global perspective.  Issues related to nursing practice and leadership, as well as social justice and allocation of resources across populations are examined. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 542: Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care Delivery

This course focuses on the nurses’ role in examining and integrating health information and technologies necessary to promote continuous quality health care and improve health care outcomes. (3 credit hrs.) 

Semester 3: Fall

NUR 543: Organizational Systems Leadership in Health care

This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of organizational leadership throughout diverse health care environments. Coursework is designed to explore the critical role leadership plays in effective health care organizations. Students learn the components of effective leadership, how to build teams within a culturally diverse workplace, and how to build, motivate and lead in an ever changing health care environment. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 544: Health Policy in Nursing Practice

This course examines the nurse leader’s role in understanding health care trends, forces, and issues that shape health care policy. Characteristics of the current health care environment, health planning, and economic management of health care at the global, national, state and local levels will be explored. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 547: Strategic Planning in the Emerging Health Care Environment

This course provides a conceptual foundation to understand strategic planning and resource allocation needed for the advancement of health care organizations. (3 credit hrs.) 

Semester 4: Spring

NUR 671: Practicum

This course (completion of 135 hours of practicum) provides students a guided experience in a setting specific to their program option (nursing leadership).  In this practicum, students will be expected to synthesize nursing research, evidence-based practice, and theoretical principles gained throughout their coursework into practice.  Students continue in their select practicum setting under the supervision of the course faculty and selected preceptor and will develop a project (capstone) that demonstrates their cumulative learning and professional growth in the MSN program. (3 credit hrs.) 

NUR 690: Capstone

This course encompasses a scholarly project designed by the student, with the approval and mentoring of a faculty advisor and preceptor, at each student’s selected practicum setting. The purpose of the capstone course is to give students the opportunity to synthesize evidence-based practice, nursing research, and theoretical principles gained throughout their coursework. (4 credit hrs.) 

Nurse Educator Plan of Study 

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree with Nurse Leader program option, you must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours as listed in the curriculum tab. The Nurse Educator program option requires you to complete a minimum  of 36 credit hours.