Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

The Master of Science in Nursing is offered in one of three areas of concentration: academic, business or clinical. All students will take MSN program core courses their first year.

MSN Program Core Courses

  • NUR 510 Moral & Ethical Decision Making (residency) (2)
  • NUR 522 Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Practice (3)
  • NUR 532 Role Development & Leadership (3)
  • NUR 551 Applied Research Methods (3)
  • NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR 618 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR 602 Advanced History & Physical Exam (residency) (3)
  • NUR 693 Population Health (3)
  • NUR 683 Health Policy (3)

MSN/NP Program Courses

  • NUR 685 Advanced Practice in Primary Care I (3)
  • NUR 686 Advanced Practice in Primary Care II (3)
  • NUR 680 Clinical Practicum (8)
  • NUR 681 Capstone Project (3)

RN-MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner Track Additional Courses

  • NUR 633 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3)
  • NUR 645 Family Systems and Clinical Management of the Child Bearing Family (3)
  • NUR 687 Advanced Practice in Primary Care II (3)

RN-MSN/Adult-Gerontology, Nurse Practitioner Track Additional Courses

  • NUR 632 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (3)
  • NUR 642 Chronic Disease and Complex Problems in Older Adults (2)

MSN/Ed Program Courses 

  • NUR 625  Educational Theory & Curriculum Design (3)
  • NUR 635  Innovative Strategies (3)
  • NUR 650  Education Practicum for Adult Learners (3)
  • NUR 690  Capstone Project (3)

MSN/MBA Program Courses

  • MBA 601 Leadership and Business Ethics (3)
  • MKT 661 Managerial Marketing (3)
  • MIS 624 Information Technology and Project Management (3)
  • ACC 631 Financial Accounting for Decision Makers (3)
  • MBA 602 Business Decision Making and Analysis (3)
  • IBS 607 International Business (3)
  • MBA 691 – MBA 699 Living Case Study (9)

Management concentration

  • FIN 602 Managerial Finance (3)
  • MGT 606 Management and Human Resource Development (3)
  • STL 602 Strategic Planning and Management (3)

Organizational Consulting concentration

  • ORG 602 Organizational Psychology (3)
  • ORG 603 Groups and Teams in Organizations (3)
  • ORG 604 Organizational Culture and Strategy (3)

Healthcare Administration concentration

  • HCA 602 Healthcare Finance (3)
  • HCA 603 Quality in Healthcare (3)
  • STL 602 Strategic Planning and Management (3)

Human Resource Development concentration

  • HRM 601 Workplace Learning and Development (3)
  • MGT 606 Management and Human Resource Development (3)
  • ORG 602 Organizational Psychology (3)

Strategic Leadership concentration

  • ORG 604 Organizational Culture and Strategy (3)
  • STL 601 Strategic Leadership HCA 602 Healthcare Finance (3)
  • STL 602 Strategic Planning and Management (3)

Program Description

The MSN programs provide comprehensive academic instruction in an interactive online community. In addition to the online community of learners approach, students come together with faculty and fellow nurses in a one-week, 3-credit hour residency each academic year on the main campus in Spring Arbor, Michigan. The residency is designed to provide personalized learning opportunities that prepare students for successful online interaction and clinical or practicum experiences.

The preceptored practicum associated with application level learning takes place in the student’s respective communities. The MSN program offers graduate nursing education in one of three areas of concentration: Academic, Business, or Clinical.

Academic – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN/Edu) – A 38-credit hour, two year degree program that includes a 3-credit hour educational practicum in both traditional and distance teaching methodologies, as well as a 2-credit hour project thesis. The concentration prepares students to apply principles of the educator in various settings related to health care whether it is in a school of nursing, in-service education, or community health. Courses focus on core nursing concepts, teaching/learning theories and principles, and practical application of curriculum design, assessment, and instruction using a variety of delivery approaches.

Business – Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) – A 63-credit, three year program that leads to two separate degrees and includes a 6-credit hour living case study: final thesis. The concentration prepares students to apply both nursing and management theories in complex health care decision-making and to possess knowledge of health care, finance, and business administrative skills in a variety of health-related environments. The MBA degree incorporates entrepreneurial, leadership, and international elements as well as a Christian worldview in forming decisions and ethical considerations. Students in the MBA program must demonstrate preparatory learning in the areas of accounting and math skills. (Refer to MBA section of the catalog for program specifics). Students in the combined MSN/MBA are expected to complete all program requirements within the three-year program format. Any exceptions must be approved by both the School of Business and Nursing Department.

Clinical – Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner in Adult/Gerontology (MSN/NP ) – A 62-credit, three year program designed for working nurses that includes 8-credit hours of clinical practice (2-credits = 125 clinical hours for a total of 500 clinical hours) in a preceptored format with a capstone thesis or applied learning project. The concentration prepares students to function in an autonomous manner as advanced practice nurses and is designed for graduates to be qualified to take the Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner National Certification Examination. (Note: Graduation does not guarantee certification).

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to complete all Spring Arbor University General Admission Requirements (see general admission portion of graduate catalog). The MSN specific program requirements are:

A BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program (CCNE or NLN)

Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended

A cumulative 3.0 GPA for previous college credits

An unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the state or country in which the nurse practices (Note: License must remain current throughout program)

Copy of photo ID, driver’s license or other government issued picture identification

Two reference letters (one from nursing professional; one either character or academic related)

Approved college-level essay

Successful admission interview

About SAU Online

Since 1873, Spring Arbor University has helped students pursue wisdom by offering an education grounded in the Christian faith. What began as a small elementary and secondary school in the late 1800s has evolved into a premier private Christian university that offers engaging online programs designed to meet the unique needs of busy, working adults. While we’re not the only university to offer online degree programs, our distinction lies in our total commitment to providing educational excellence within a Christ-honoring and supportive online community.

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