Master of Nursing Online Courses
The Online Master of Science in Nursing curriculum at the University of Saint Mary represents the very latest in nursing education online, integrating the Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This online MSN is structured around these new Essentials. Plus, our program puts you a step ahead should you decide to pursue a doctorate.
Below are the core courses required to earn your MSN and the concentration courses for both the Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator specializations. The online program consists of 35 credit hours and can be completed in about two years if you adhere to the recommended course schedule.
Earn your online MSN from the University of Saint Mary and start your journey to a better career right now by calling 877.307.4915 to speak with an Admissions Advisor.
Core Courses (6 courses, 15 credit hours)
NU 611 Informatics in Nursing (2 credits)
Examines concepts and processes that are driven by the technical world in health care today, including the interpretation and understanding and meaningful use of data. Student will explore how data is interpreted, organized, and structured to guide population and health management.
Systems thinking and work process flow are translated to direct best practice in various work flow environments.
NU 701 Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
Examines nursing as a profession and its role in a complex, dynamic health care environment. Explores advanced nursing practice, theoretical foundations of nursing, current issues of professional nursing, relationships between theory, research, and practice, as well as Nursing's Social Policy Statement: The Essence of the Profession, Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements, and Nursing: Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice. Introduces Sister Simone Roach's 5 Cs of caring: commitment, conscience, competence, compassion, and confidence. Promotes critical thinking through synthesis of the literature and scholarly writing. This course is to be taken during student's first term.
NU 703 Analysis and Utilization of Research (3 credits)
Focuses on critical analysis of nursing and health care research and their application to nursing practice, education, and/or administration/leadership. Addresses quantitative, qualitative, outcomes, and intervention-based research. Emphasizes research as the foundation for evidence-based practice via strategies to access data, to synthesize data, and to translate research into practice. Examines ethical issues in design, conduct, and utilization of research. Explores relationship between research and nursing care, healthcare policy, quality, safety, and quality improvement. Assesses literature for a select topic.
NU 705 Health Care Policy and Ethics (3 credits)
Provides an overview of the health care system in America. Examines the social, historical, economic, and political influences on American health care policy; impact of policy/regulations on accessibility, accountability, and affordability of health care. Explores health care delivery, financing, legal and quality issues; technologies/social medical; global impact of healthcare policy; ethical principles and vulnerable populations.
NU 741 Statistics for Health Care (1 credit)
Examines statistical concepts and procedures including statistical approaches to epidemiological data. Explores relationship between statistical methods and research questions. Provides opportunity to work with data and to evaluate results of healthcare related research.
NU 745 Nursing Practicum I (2 credits)
Implements role components of a nurse manager/administrator or educator in a healthcare organization. Opportunity to apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a nurse administrator or educator. Student will have a master’s or doctorate prepared preceptor.
NU 747 Nursing Practicum II (2 credits)
Continue to implement role components of a nurse manager/administrator or educator in a healthcare organization. Continued opportunity to apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a nurse administrator or educator. Student will have a master’s or doctorate prepared preceptor.
NU 749 Capstone Synthesis (3 credits)
Synthesizes theoretical knowledge and practice skills acquired from core and specialty focus courses. Recognizing the potential interplay of legal, economic, political, regulatory, and ethical factors, the student identifies a problem related to his/her specialty focus, educator or administrator that is amenable to an evidence-based intervention. Student develops, implements, and evaluates evidence-based intervention with the guidance of a master’s or doctorate prepared RN preceptor. Students will disseminate the process and outcomes in a scholarly paper and a presentation. Student also compiles a portfolio to substantiate achievement of MSN program and University outcomes. This capstone course is typically taken after all course work is completed.
One credit didactic; two credits (120 hours) practicum
Nurse Administrator Courses (5 courses, 16 credit hours)
Choose one course from MGT 701, MGT 750, or HCMGT 719
HCMGT 715 Communication and Relationship Building (3 credits)
Studies communication theory to provide a foundation for understanding how information and ideas are passed from person to person, the role of communication and relationship building in organizational change and transformation, and the methods of developing and strengthening relationships and trust in a diverse environment. Topics to be covered include conflict resolution, therapeutic communication processes and social support for relationships.
HCMGT 719 Topics in Health Care Management (3 credits)
Health Care Systems examines the evolution, current condition, and future environment of health care services in the United States. The course explores the various user, provider and resource demand/allocation components of health care as well as the structure and operation of the health care system. The course incorporates the role of emerging government and market forces, including managed care and other influential factors, to develop a comprehensive view of the American health care system.
MGT 701 Organizational Management (3 credits)
Explores the role of the manager in organizational settings. In-depth focus and examination of social systems and their influence on the motivation of individuals, the effect on work outcomes, emergent leadership and control of behavior in the workplace. Also explores important concepts that help students understand and respond to the influences and forces affecting the behavior of individuals in the work place. Among the individual topics examined are (1) motivation, (2) self-concept, (3) interpersonal dynamics, (4) conflict and resolution, (5) group dynamics, (6) leadership, and (7) change, as it affects the behavior of people in the workplace. The course extensively utilizes case studies of people and groups in actual work situations to help students develop diagnostic and effective tools for exercising leadership and management. Managers can only be effective when they understand the principles of human behavior in organizations and master the skills of management. These include how people learn, the factors that motivate them to put forth effort, the indicators and outcomes of stress, group dynamics, team building, and conflict management. At the graduate level, it is important for students to understand the theory that underlies practice. Thus the course will focus on the discipline of Organizational Behavior and relate theory and practice in that subject area to effective management and communication. The course explores how individual, group, and organizational processes and structure influence behavior in organizations.
MGT 750 Leadership (3 credits)
Focuses on the role of leaders in creating the vision necessary to change firm structures, motivate people, improve performance and position the company for the challenges of the future. The course will engage participants in identifying both good and poor leadership characteristics with an emphasis on cases, examples and relation to the participant's experience. Participants will be challenged to assess themselves as leaders and to identify traits necessary to improve their skills. Leadership will be analyzed and reflected through problems, observation, readings, case analysis and examples from culture.
NU 710 Human and Fiscal Resource Management (4 credits)
Examines human resource management, staffing the organization, and employee relations. Integrates human resource management and business principles including finances. Examines labor relations, employment laws, privacy laws, performance appraisal, and disaster preparedness. Topics include but not limited to recruitment, staffing and scheduling, performance appraisal, customer service, productivity, budgets, and quality and safety.
NU 712 Quality and Safety (3 credit hours)
Addresses the challenge of preparing advance practice nurses to continuously improve the quality and safety of the health care systems in which they work and manage. Essential features of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to continually evaluate patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, and informatics are explored.
NU 718 Delivery of Care in the Healthcare Environment (3 credit hours)
Current delivery of care systems are examined and evaluated as to their value in the modern healthcare environment. Levels of function and clinical integration are examined to determine the best models to meet the needs of the organization and society. Public implications of healthcare infrastructure are explored as it pertains to nursing and systems of care.
Nurse Educator Courses (5 courses, 16 credit hours)
NU 607 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion (3 credits)
Builds on previous knowledge and skills in health assessment, therapeutic communication, and patient teaching. Utilizes physiological, psychological, sociocultural, genetic, and developmental assessment skills across the lifespan as well as case studies to enhance learning. Develops a differential diagnosis based on assessment data. Explores patterns of disease or injury using epidemiological data and addresses analysis and documentation of findings via electronic health records (EHR). Utilizes culturally responsive patient teaching to promote health and prevent illness.
3 credit hours of which 0.5 credits (30 hours) are clinical application.
NU 610 Advanced Patho-Pharm for the Nurse Educator (4 credits)
Builds upon previous knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Examines basic principles of select categories of disease states and drugs including cellular responses. Provides opportunities to assess, diagnose, manage, and explore pharmacologic agents for common health problems. Analyzes relationship between pharmacologic agents and physiologic/pathologic responses. Explores issues affecting patients’ willingness to adhere to drug regimens as well as issues related to prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses.
NU 725 Foundations of Learning and Teaching (3 credits)
Examines pedagogies, adult learning theories, learning styles, legal and ethical issues, and evidence-based practice. Explores the role of the educator and student in creating an active learning environment. Differentiates instructional strategies for virtual, face-to-face, clinical, and simulation settings. Examines The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Explores effects of gender, generation, and culture on learning and teaching as well as legal and ethical issues related to nursing education.
NU 727 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3 credits)
Examines curriculum development. Analyzes influence of competencies, accreditation standards, NCLEX-RN test plan, institution and program mission and learning outcomes on curriculum. Examines strategies to assess learning. Explores legal and ethical issues related to academic performance.
NU 731 Teaching with Technology (3 credits)
Examines theories, trends, and research pertaining to the use of technology in nursing education. Analyzes use of technology and simulation to enhance learning. Incorporates technology into learning activities.
NU 743 Practicum Cognate (1 credit)
Affords student the opportunity to register to complete additional practicum hours.
NU 750 Capstone Synthesis Cognate (1 credit)
Affords student the opportunity to register for one credit to complete NU 750 Capstone Synthesis.
Student may enroll in NU 750 a maximum of twice.