Nursing (MSN)

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program builds upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience to prepare them to advance in their careers.  The program requires the successful completion of 30 semester hours, including transfer credits, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for all courses completed at Schiller.  

Offered at the following campuses:
Online

SPECIALIZATIONS

  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities, informatics and technologies, and evidence based research findings as a foundation for advanced nursing roles (Nursing, Excellence).
  2. Analyze and critique outcome data using critical thinking, systematic inquiry, and sound judgment to develop strategies that support advanced practice nursing care across the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments (Nursing, Environment, Excellence).
  3. Promote legal and ethical principles, professional values, and standards of safe advanced nursing practice to improve health outcomes and services to individuals, families, and populations (Health, Person, Environment, Caring, Integrity).
  4. Advocate for health policy and financing that promote, preserve, and restore public health, particularly for diverse, vulnerable and underserved populations (Nursing, Health, Caring, Diversity). 
  5. Design strategies that promote professional role development in advanced nursing and lifelong learning for continued professional growth (Nursing, Integrity, Excellence).
  6. Evaluate cultural, ethnic and socially diverse concepts to improve availability, delivery and outcomes of health care in a multi-cultural environment (Nursing, Person, Caring, Diversity).
  7. Employ advanced knowledge and skills in leadership, collaboration and communication to develop strategies that influence continuous quality improvement and safety in health care organizations and systems (Nursing, Environment, Diversity, Excellence). 

Additional Admissions Requirements: NURSING – MASTERS (MSN) PROGRAM:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education
  • A cumulative APA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A current, unrestricted RN license in the US which must be maintained throughout the program

Program Outline with Specialties

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
  Core Classes  
MSN505 Theoretical Basis & Role Development for Advanced Nursing 3
MSN510 Advanced Research, Inquiry, and Evidence-Based Practice 3
MSN515 Health Care Policy, Law, and Ethics 3
MSN520 Leadership in Health Care Environments 3
MSN525 Health Care Informatics and Technology 3
MSN599 Capstone 3
                                                                     Total   18
  SPECIALIZATION: NURSING ADMINISTRATION  
MSN550 Organizational Behavior and Workforce Management 3
MSN555 Finance and Economics for Nursing Leadership 3
MSN560 Complex Health Systems Planning and Resource Management 3
MSN565 Population Health Management, Quality Improvement, and Safety 3
                                                                   Total   12 
  SPECIALIZATION: NURSING EDUCATION  
MSN570 Curriculum and Program Development 3
MSN575   Instructional Methods and Strategies in Teaching and Learning 3
MSN580 Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation in Nursing Education 3
MSN585 Educational Technology 3
     
     
     
     
     
  TOTAL: 30

Course Descriptions

MSN505 – Theoretical Basis & Role Development for Advanced Nursing                              (3 credits) 

This course extends the student’s knowledge of nursing theory and other disciplines as a foundation for advanced nursing with individuals and groups in an increasingly global, multicultural society. Roles, responsibilities and trends in professional nursing are explored, and socialization into the role of advanced practice nurse is emphasized. Interdisciplinary collaboration and relationship building are integral parts of this course. 

MSN510 – Advanced Research, Inquiry, and Evidence-Based Practice                                    (3 credits) 

This course focuses on research processes as a foundation for evidence-based practice. There is an emphasis on inquiry within the framework of the scientific method to solve problems and make decisions in nursing. Topics include quality management and outcomes evaluation. 

MSN515 – Health Care Policy, Law and Ethics                                                                                     (3 credits) 

This course surveys current and emerging influences of the law, legislative and regulatory processes, and ethical issues on health care and nursing practice. Health care delivery models, as well as new federal and state laws, including the Affordable Care Act are discussed. Students analyze legal, political and ethical issues, and examine personal and professional values as they affect legal, political and ethical choices. Case studies are used to integrate ethics with personal and legal accountability, and to encourage reflection on connections between law, policy and ethics.

MSN520 – Leadership in Health Care Environments                                                                        (3 credits) 

This course integrates theoretical and practical knowledge of leadership to prepare students to manage the delivery of nursing and health care services across the spectrum of health care environments. Practical communications, problem solving, and team building skills are emphasized. Topics include initiating and maintaining effective working relationships; respectful communication; delegation; conflict resolution, and negotiation. 

MSN525 – Health Care Informatics and Technology                                                                        (3 credits) 

This course explores the important uses of health information systems in relation to organization functioning, nursing practice, and patient care. Topics include systems analysis, database management, data communications, privacy, information security, trends in information technology, e-health and health care at a distance, social networking, e-portfolios, and ergonomics. 

MSN550 – Organizational Behavior and Workforce Management                                             (3 credits) 

This course provides a survey of strategic workforce management in health care organizations. Organizational culture and concepts of conflict and change management are discussed in terms of enhancing organizational performance. The role of the nurse administrator in developing and sustaining relationships with employees and other healthcare providers is addressed. Employee recruiting, hiring, motivating, evaluating, retaining, and terminating are explored in depth. Additional topics include effective communication strategies and human resource principles. 

MSN555 – Finance and Economics for Nursing Leadership                                                           (3 credits) 

This course presents business principles of finance and economics in the context of modern health care delivery. Topics include labor markets and competition; market assessment and marketing; revenue and expense analysis; quality improvement; productivity, cost measurement and forecasting; and capital budgeting. Students will examine how health care financing influences access, quality of care and sustainability of the health care system. Applied financial management, management control systems, strategic planning, and staffing are evaluated. 

MSN560 – Complex Health Systems Planning and Resource Management                           (3 credits)

This course addresses the role of the nurse administrator as a healthcare systems leader, with an emphasis on planning, managing and evaluating complex health systems. Course content includes alignment of financial and human resource management practices and an organization’s strategy and mission, as well as nursing standards and practice policies. Topics include financial goals and operational efficiency, cost-benefit priorities, organizational pressures, and diversity.

MSN565 – Population Health Management, Quality Improvement and Safety                   (3 credits) 

This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve in leadership roles to achieve sustainable mitigation, quality improvement and safety through population health management. Planning and preparedness practices that affect the health of individuals, families, and communities are examined. There is an emphasis on accessing, coordinating, and evaluating health options and services that reduce risks, promote optimum health, and lower costs. 

MSN570 – Curriculum and Program Development                                                                           (3 credits) 

This course addresses the principles of curriculum and program development, design, implementation, evaluation and revision in nursing education. An emphasis is placed on program and curriculum organizing frameworks; development of learning goals, objectives and outcomes; implementation strategies; and the relationship of nursing curriculum to the parent institution’s mission and philosophy. 

MSN575 Instructional Methods and Strategies in Teaching and Learning                              (3 credits) 

This course addresses the principles of curriculum and program development, design, implementation, evaluation and revision in nursing education.  An emphasis is placed on program and curriculum organizing frameworks; development of learning goals, objectives and outcomes; implementation strategies; and the relationship of nursing curriculum to the parent institution’s mission and philosophy.

MSN580 – Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation in Nursing Education                        (3 credits) 

This course focuses on the improvement of student learning outcomes through assessment.  Issues of accreditation, standards of professional nursing practice, and legal/ethical issues are analyzed within the context of program and curriculum development and evaluation.  Integral components of this course include current trends in nursing education; differences in instructional assessments; curriculum-based measurement; criterion-referenced and norm-referenced testing; clinical performance evaluation; and the social, ethical and legal ramifications of testing and evaluation.

MSN585 – Educational Technology                                                                                                          (3 credits) 

Technologies such as digital and online teaching, virtual worlds and media environments, computerized testing and evaluation, and simulations are reshaping the learning experience in nursing education. This course provides an overview of current technologies used for instructional design, delivery and evaluation. The focus is on the appropriate use of current technologies to effectively engage learners and improve the quality of learning experiences in the classroom, clinical and online educational settings. Students explore best practices in learning design in nursing education.

MSN599 – Capstone                                                                                                                                       (3 credits) 

For the capstone course, students complete a scholarly project on a significant issue or problem related to nursing administration or nursing education. The project requires the student to systematically search, analyze, and synthesize relevant evidence-based literature, and to formulate useful conclusions and recommendations for future studies. This project is to encourage the application of theories, principles, and processes that students have studied and learned in the program to an actual issue or problem in the professional activities of the nurse administrator or nurse educator.