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Master of Science in Nursing

Program Coordinator: Tracy Wright, Ph. D
Murray Commons 202, (218) 766-2336
wrighttr@mnstate.edu

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SNHL) includes Nursing, Community Health, and Health Services Administration programs. The incorporation of the three programs into a single School represents an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of health fields with the integration of nursing services, management practice, and community health programming.

The SNHL faculty members believe that health is the maximized potential and well-being of individuals, communities, and societies. SNHL’s goal is to prepare students to promote optimal health along the continuum of life, from birth to death. Students seeking a career in the health care and service professions will have access to excellent programs and experienced faculty who prepare students for full professional roles.

The MSUM Nursing Program offers a Master of Science (MS) with a major in nursing. This degree prepares registered nurses for practice as nursing educators or nurse leaders. The program builds upon the general baccalaureate nursing competencies and provides the specialty education necessary to meet the education needs of nursing students and practicing nurses, providing skills for the expanded nursing care for adults with complex health care needs. Graduates will be better able to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and to collaborate for clinical practice and research partnerships in education and service settings.

The MS with a major in nursing provides a choice of two emphases, Nursing Education or Nursing Administration and Organizational System Leadership.  The Masters classes are offered online with monthly synchronous meetings using a virtual platform. Clinical practica may take place in the student’s home area if appropriate. Students collaborate with their advisors to select practica that fit their particular areas or populations of interest and the course objectives.

ACCREDITATION
The graduate nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Guidelines from national and specialty organizations were used to develop a curriculum that prepares graduates for certification examinations. MSU Moorhead is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools at the Master’s degree level.


CURRICULUM COMPONENTS

The curriculum includes graduate nursing core courses, specialty track advanced practice courses, clinical practica, and thesis. The program includes a choice of two specialty emphases:

  • Nursing Administration and Organizational System Leadership
  • Nurse Educator

Master of Science in Nursing

Description
Master of Science in Nursing with emphasis in either Nurse Educator or Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership. 45 credits

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

Hold a BS or BA in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited university.

  1. a. CCNE “Board [has] acted not to accredit international programs housed entirely in foreign countries at this time” (CCNE Achieving Excellence in Accreditation, p. 32, retrieved 2014.06.11 from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne- accreditation/accredited-programs
    b. ACEN-International programs accredited by ACEN (formerly NLNAC) include Guam, Puerto Rico, Scotland, and Virgin Islands. (retrieved 2014.04.02 from http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm )
  2. Document current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US (does not need to be MN) (Photocopy acceptable).
  3. Have a total cumulative local GPA (not including transfer credits) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses at the last institution where the baccalaureate nursing degree awarded.

Post-Admission Requirements

  1. Active and unencumbered RN license from a state within the US.
  2. If clinical practica will occur in a state other than MN or ND, the student must have an unencumbered RN license in the state where practica will be completed.
  3. Criminal background check on admission (ACI) and annually (MN DHS) each indicating ability to provide direct patient care.
  4. Evidence of current immunizations and TB testing required. See Handbook section, "Health, Education, and Licensure Records."
  5. Professional liability insurance. (Some clinical intra-agency contracts require students to have personal professional liability coverage in addition to the liability insurance coverage by the state instituion).
  6. Current CPR certification (healthcare provider or professional level).
  7. An inferential statistics course at the undergraduate upper division or graduate level must be taken within three years of the student registering for NURS 603. This is to assure the students recollection of statistics is timely and useful as he/she begins application of the knowledge in studying the research process within his/her own thesis or project work.
  8. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to continue and graduate from the program. If the GPA falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation for the next semester in which courses are taken. If the GPA remains below 3.0 at the end of the next semester, the student is withdrawn from the program. No more than two courses with a grade of C (including C+ and C-) may be applied to the program of study.

Core Requirements ( 21 credits )

NURS 600 Theoretical Perspectives of the Discipline (3)
NURS 603 Introduction to Research, Data Analysis and Informatics (3)
NURS 604 Advanced Nursing Research and EBP (4)
NURS 606 Healthcare Delivery Systems, Policy and Financing & Leadership (3)
NURS 608 Transcultural and Social Perspectives (3)
NURS 610 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)
NURS 689 Thesis/Project Seminar 1 (1)
NURS 691 Thesis/Project Seminar 2 (1)

Program Requirements

  • All students must complete the program within 7 years.
  • Student progress at a part-time rate. Most students are also working in nursing practice; therefore, the program is geared for part-time progression.
  • A maximum of 9 graduate semester credits from nursing, all of which must be related to the program, may be transferred from other appropriately accredited colleges or universities with the consent of the Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator. The transfer credits must be no older than seven years by the time of curriculum completion and carry a grade of B or better.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to continue and graduate from the program.  If the GPA falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation for the next semester in which courses are taken. If the GPA remains below 3.0 at the end of the next semester, the student is withdrawn from the program. No more than two courses with a grad of C (including C+ and C-) may be applied to the program of study.
  • Successful oral examination of the student by the candidate’s committee based upon and following completion of the thesis/project and the majority of required coursework.

Detailed information on these requirements and department policies and procedures may be obtained from the Nursing Graduate Program Coordinator or from Nursing Program Handbook.

Emphasis in Nurse Educator

Program Requirements

Nurse Educator Emphasis (NED) [Core courses (21 credits) plus NED emphasis courses (25 credits)=46 total credits]

NURS 614 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (4)
NURS 616 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (3)
NURS 612 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment (3)
NURS 622 Teaching Technology and Information Management (3)
NURS 623 Nurse as Educator (3)
NURS 627 Program/Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
NURS 642P Advanced Nurse Educator Practicum I (2)
NURS 643P Advanced Nurse Educator Practicum II (2) 
NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (2)  


Emphasis in Nurse Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL)

Program Requirements

Nurse Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) [Core courses (21 credits) plus NAOSL emphasis courses (25 credits)=46 total credits]

ECON 610 Healthcare Economics (3)
MBA 641 Human Resources Management (3)
MHA 618 Healthcare Law and Ethical Decision Making (3)
MHA 638 Health Information Systems (3)
NURS 605 Healthcare Quality and Safety (3)
NURS 706 Organization and System Leadership (4)
NURS 644P NAOSL Practicum I (2) *100 clinical hours
NURS 645P NAOSL Practicum II (2) *100 clinical hours
NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (2) or
NURS 696 Project (2)