MSN/Ed Curriculum


All students in the MSN program complete the core course requirements with students from various practice backgrounds along with integration of the three area concentrations in an interactive learning environment. Core courses are taken sequentially. The Nursing Department reserves the right to change curriculum requirements based on professional or accreditation recommendations.

  • NUR 510 Moral & Ethical Decision Making (residency) (3)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Course Descriptions

NUR 510 – Moral & Ethical Decision Making (residency) 
This course provides a meta-cognitive foundational approach to advanced nursing practice in the contemporary world. It explores worldview presuppositions with an emphasis on a Christian perspective and development of a consistent, conscious understanding of reality.

NUR 522 – Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Practice 
This course promotes examination, analysis and synthesis of a variety of conceptual frameworks, models and theories that provide a foundation for research and applied practice in the areas of nursing, business and education. Philosophical ideation, beliefs, scope and assumptions of select theories and models will be explored.

NUR 532 – Role Development & Leadership 
The focus is on understanding the professional role of the advanced practice nurse. The processes associated with role development, socialization and effective collaboration with diverse interdisciplinary partnerships will be examined.

NUR 551 – Applied Research Methods 
This course focuses on the significance of research to the development of a profession and the practical application of statistics to evidence-based outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on design, methodology and data collection relative to development of a research-based capstone project or thesis.

NUR 612 – Advanced Pathophysiology 
This course provides advanced knowledge and clinical application of normal and pathophysiologic mechanisms related to altered health status and disease processes. Diagnosis and treatment skills will be analyzed, interpreted and evaluated for changes in normal function seen during illness/disease and when assessing an individual’s response to treatment.

NUR 618 – Advanced Pharmacology 
This course will provide the advanced practice nurse with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, diagnose and manage pharmacologic agents, alternatives to pharmacological interventions and therapeutic modalities. Prescriptive authority, including responsibilities and legalities, will be discussed, including controlled substances and the potential for abuse.

NUR 602 – Advanced History & Physical Exam (residency) 
This practicum will prepare students with the core knowledge and competencies needed to complete a comprehensive assessment using client data to detect signs and symptoms of pathophysiological changes and psychosocial variation from an individual, family or community perspective. Effective strategies will be developed to address health care issues, including health promotion, communication and client-teaching skills using a holistic approach. The practicum will provide clinical opportunities to further refine and practice the history taking and physical examination skills necessary for competence as an advanced practice nurse.

NUR 693 – Population Health
The focus of this course is on integrating the learning from previous courses to design treatment and evaluate outcomes for the most vulnerable groups, particularly the systems of care that manage services for frail elderly, the chronically ill, and other similarly compromised patients.

NUR 683 – Health Policy 
The focus is on the knowledge of professional responsibility to support policy issues associated with humane health care that promotes dignity, respect and justice. Practical skills such as working with the media, product and service evaluation, advocating for the health care needs of vulnerable populations, and seeking program grants will be addressed.

NUR 625 – Educational Theory & Curriculum Design
This course utilizes learning theories to design a teaching/learning project. Strategic planning steps such as needs assessment, behavioral objectives, instructional design and delivery for non-traditional learners will be explored.

NUR 635 – Innovative Strategies 
Students will delve into the selection and application of instructional strategies for traditional and online learning environments. A variety of approaches for learning experiences in higher education, professional/staff development, and community programs for individuals or groups will be used.

NUR 650 – Education Practicum for Adult Learners 
The practicum provides individually supervised field experience in online and traditional settings that integrates adult learning theory with practical teaching situations.

NUR 690 – Capstone Project 
Individually designed teaching/learning capstone project. Students may elect to complete a thesis and register for additional credit as needed to complete.

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