The MSN faculty have utilized the ANA Standards of Professional Performance, within a holistic framework , that flows from the College of Nursing philosophy and the MSN program mission, philosophy, goals, vision, and program outcomes to develop the organizing framework.
EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS AND COMPETENCIES
Nursing Education Option
The nursing education option is developed to prepare nurses at the master’s degree level for educational leadership in teaching traditional and non-traditional nursing programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population. It has been developed to meet professional standards and guidelines of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The graduate nursing education option area of study provides students with a foundation of knowledge and experiences in the following areas:
- principles of nursing education and conceptual models of nursing
- organization and administration of educational programs
- strategies to work with culturally diverse nursing education groups
- development and evaluation of nursing education programs
- applied nursing education research
The graduates will be able to:
- participate as a leader in the development and administration of nursing education programs
- utilize a variety of teaching strategies and educational resources to facilitate learning in the classroom and clinical areas
- participate knowledgeably in the development, implementation, and evaluation of nursing curricula and nursing programs
- analyze the issues and trends in higher education, and specifically in education, and their impact on the development of nursing education
Nursing Administration Option
The nursing administration option is developed to prepare nurses at the master’s degree level for nursing administration for leadership in traditional and non-traditional health care settings to meet the needs of a changing health care system. It has been developed to meet professional standards and guidelines of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The graduate nursing administration option area of study provides students with a foundation of knowledge and experiences in the following areas:
- principles of nursing administration and conceptual models of nursing
- organization and administration of nursing organizations and departments
- strategies to work with culturally diverse nursing groups
- development and evaluation of nursing administration
- applied nursing administration research
The graduates will be able to:
- identify nursing administration’s role in strategic planning, resource management and development of supportive practice environment for staff
- promote the inclusion of a culturally diverse staff and provide culturally sensitive client care
- apply nursing and organizational theories and strategies to enhance the delivery of quality, cost-effective nursing care to clients
- promote an evidence based practice, nursing and interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities for staff
An undergraduate Statistics course is a prerequisite to taking graduate level nursing courses.
TRANSITION TO GRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM
Registered nurses who have an earned Baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may qualify for application to the MSN program by completing the Transition to Graduate Nursing course.
NURS 5600 Transition to Graduate Nursing
Nursing courses are offered in the semester sequence as outlined in the required curriculum.
MSN Foundation/Core Courses:
NURS 6322 Moral and Ethical Issues in Nursing
NURS 6323 Theories and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice
NURS 6333 Research in Nursing
NURS 6354 Advanced Community Nursing
NURS 6351 Nursing Leadership in a Changing World
NURS 7300 Professional Scholarship in Nursing Practice
and a 3 credit elective
NURS 7301 Nursing Thesis I and
NURS 7302 Nursing Thesis II
Total Credit Hours: 21
Nursing Education Option:
NURS 6362 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education
NURS 6363 Curriculum Development in Nursing
NURS 6464 Teaching Roles and Strategies
NURS 6365 Educational Evaluation in Nursing
NURS 6366 Instructional Design and Online Teaching in Nursing
Total Credit Hours: 16
Nursing Administration Option:
NURS 6382 Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 6374 Clinical Leadership in Nursing
Nursing Administration Pathway:
NURS 6370 Nursing Administration Concepts and Theory
NURS 6371 Health Care Change, Negotiation, and Conflict Management
NURS 6372 Health Care Finance
Clinical Nursing Leadership Pathway:
NURS 6383 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6384 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 6385 Advanced Pharmocotherapeutics
Total Credit Hours for each pathway: 15
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