Graduate Nursing Program Classes

Master's in nursing courses

The graduate Nursing curriculum is designed to take RNs with a bachelor's degree to the next level of their careers. The MSN program curriculum is made up of 30 credits and can be completed in as few as 20 months part-time.

You don't have to wait for the MSN classes you need.

To make it even easier for working nurses, the MSN program classes are all available online, so you don't have to worry about crawling into class after a long shift — you can complete your work on your schedule.

There are financial aid opportunities available.

You may still be paying off student loans from your bachelor's degree, but you don't have to stress about tuition costs. We have a dedicated team of financial aid advisors who are trained to work with nurses seeking their MSN degrees. These advisors know exactly how to find financial aid opportunities to make your MSN degree a reality and understand what it's like for a working nurse trying to balance your priorities and resources. You may be eligible for grants and scholarships to help offset the cost of your MSN degree tuition.

MSN program curriculum

NUR 500
Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice and Leadership
This course provides the theoretical foundation for advanced professional nursing practice and development of a specialty focus. Concepts of self-awareness, creativity, vision, critical decision-making, communication, team building, and interprofessional collaboration are further explored for professional growth. Emphasis is placed on independent practice as well as interprofessional leadership for the future of the nursing profession. As the first course in the MSN Program, it serves as a transition course for new scholars and leaders.
NUR 505
Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course focuses on the application of pathophysiologic concepts of disease in the management of chronic and acute onset illnesses. Disease etiology, pathogenesis, and developmental and environmental influences including genomics are examined. Selected pathophysiology and symptomatology in the assessment and management of diverse individuals across the lifespan are examined in case study presentations
NUR 510
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced nursing practice is the focus of this course. Principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics are examined. An in depth understanding of classes of drugs related to administration in disease states are explored. Contemporary issues in prescribing such as formulary restrictions and avoidance of medication errors are included topics. Various cultural beliefs and practices related to medication management are analyzed and applied to complex case studies.
NUR 540
Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course builds upon health assessment skills developed by the professional nurse in the student's basic education program. It provides the student with the knowledge and proficiency to conduct a health assessment across the life span in diverse populations. This course places an emphasis on acquisition of relevant data facilitating the nurse's ability to develop a comprehensive and holistic assessment of the client. The analysis of this data allows the nurse to develop an appropriate care plan for the client and family with relevance to differential diagnoses.
NUR 610
Seminar in Nursing Research
This course develops the graduate students' proficiency in utilization of research-based evidence for professional nursing practice. Published research studies are critiqued. Emphasis is placed on identification of a clinical problem in the student's specialty area. An integrative review of the literature is accomplished to effect change, improve outcomes, and ultimately contribute to the advancement of nursing knowledge. Dissemination of research findings is explored.
NUR 620
Policy, Politics, and Organization of Healthcare
This course enhances the knowledge and understanding of the political and policy making process in order to serve as change agents in the healthcare system. The course explores the principles of policy development, political engagement, and advocacy in the context of issues and trends in the healthcare system. Emphasis is on the role and impact of nurse activists committed to improving the health of world citizens.
NUR 630
Theoretical Foundations of Population Health
In a transforming healthcare system, this course examines the theoretical foundations of population health management as a specialty for advanced nursing and interprofessional practice. Focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, concepts and models of healthcare distribution are explored. Case management, care transitions and coordination in a variety of health care settings are examined for their effects on public health policy, costs and quality of health care. Emphasis is placed on the planning of a special project for a case/disease management program that is completed in the capstone course.
NUR 640
Healthcare Quality: Communication and Informatics
This course provides an introduction and exploration of concepts and theories relevant to quality healthcare for diverse populations in relation to families, community and population health nursing. Quality improvement systems and strategies in health care transformation are explored. Point-of-Care technology, information exchanges in health care systems, data management and analytics are focal points in examining the advanced nursing role in producing positive health outcomes for populations.
NUR 695
Capstone: Clinical Applications in Population Health
This course focuses on the development of a comprehensive case/disease management program in the context of population health. Students will develop this special project depending on their own clinical specialty in population health settings. Concepts of interprofessional collaboration, leadership, clinical expertise, fiscal planning, computer information systems, system navigation and resource management are applied in project development with the course instructor and community mentors. Ninety clinical hours with a mentor are required.
OL 510
Leadership Practices in Organizational Communications
This course focuses on the persuasive techniques and strategies for effective communication to internal and external stakeholders by leadership. Case studies are used to examine communication successes and failures. The role of ethics in communications is integrated as part of the leaders' understanding and practice of sharing information with stakeholders.

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*90 clinical hours for special project with self-directed scope and focus.

Up to 6 graduate-level credits can be transferred into the program from an accredited graduate institution.

The credits earned in this degree will easily transfer into specialized MSN areas of practice or doctoral programs should you wish to continue your education after graduation.

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