The Master of Science in Nursing program provides innovative and accessible educational opportunities for working nursing professionals who wish to advance their career as a nurse leader or nurse educator.
Students entering the program select either the educator or leadership concentration. All students develop foundation knowledge which characterized graduate preparation in nursing. This knowledge base includes theoretical and philosophical perspectives in nursing, research, ethics, evidence-based practice and contemporary health issues. Upon completion of the foundation coursework, students move into courses designed for their selected concentration. Graduates will be able to practice and make contributions in a variety of educational and leadership positions based on theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge gained through this program.
About the Program
The MSN program follows a planned curriculum progression.
Classes accommodate busy RN schedules by generally meeting in the evening one night per week for about 2 and 1/2 years. Most classes are 3 credits and 8 weeks in length and are either blended or online. Some courses are 6 or 12 weeks.
All students will take MSN Core Curriculum and MSN Direct Care Core courses then matriculate into their chosen concentration.
Two practicum courses require time outside classroom meetings as arranged by the student and a preceptor.
The education practica allow students to apply principles and practices relevant to nursing education under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. The leadership practice allows students to engage in principles and practices of administration and leadership under the guidance of an experienced Nurse Leader.
A capstone project is completed in lieu of a thesis. The capstone project provides the student with the opportunity to explore and evaluate selected research relevant to the development of evidence-based practice in nursing education or leadership.
MSN Program Student Achievement Outcome Data
Prepare Today for Tomorrow’s demands in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing & Health Sciences, you'll find flexible scheduling and lots of one-on-one instruction. We offer a comfortable, supportive environment and quality academic programs, acute, long-term care, and community agencies. Learn from Leaders in Nursing and Health Sciences As the demands and requirements for workers in healthcare continue to evolve, we remain at the forefront of changes in the industry. The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences has a long history of staying ahead of the curve and providing cutting-edge education. Today, we continue to be a leading provider of creative, flexible programs that integrate theory and practice to meet emerging health education needs of clients and communities.Courses
NRS 502 - Theoretical and Philosophical Perspectives in Nursing
NRS 503 - Advanced Health Assessment
NRS 504 - Seminar in Contemporary Health Care
NRS 505 - Advanced Pharmacology
NRS 509 - Advanced Pathophysiology
NRS 511 - Nurse as Leader
NRS 512 - Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation
NRS 513 - Evaluation in Nursing Education
NRS 519 - Teaching and Learning Strategies
NRS 520 - Technology and Nursing Education Practicum
NRS 521 - Principles of Project Management
NRS 522 - Leadership in Nursing Practicum I
NRS 523 - Introduction to Organizational and Systems Leadership
NRS 524 - Healthcare Systems Leadership
NRS 525 - Financial and Human Resources in Healthcare
NRS 526 - Nursing Research
NRS 532 - Data Analysis Applied to Research Design
NRS 540 - Practicum - Educational Setting
NRS 541 - Leadership in Nursing Practicum II
NRS 552 - Evidence-based Nursing Project
The Master of Science in Nursing program uses a cohort model. To qualify for graduation from this program, students must:
Complete all required course and practicum hours (38 credit hours for Educator and 39 credit hours for Leadership).
Minimum of 29 (Educator) or 30 (Leader) hours of graduate credit earned at Stritch.
Maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout the program.
Complete degree requirements within seven (7) years from the time of entry.
Successfully complete and present the Master's Capstone Evidence-based Project
Meet all financial obligations due to the University.
Submit an application for graduation.
Student Learning Outcomes
Are you seeking to expand your nursing practice to education and leadership? Does the notion of returning to a regular weekday work schedule, with more personal and family time sound appealing to you? If so, our Master of Science in Nursing might be an excellent next step in your career. It prepares RNs for educational and leadership roles in academic, community and service settings. In 2014, we added the leadership concentration to meet the demands of employers seeking nurses with experience in management and administration.
Graduates of our program are able to:
Synthesize advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge to influence nursing and health care.
Utilize an evidence-based approach in advanced practice roles in nursing education and leadership.
Analyze contemporary social, economic, legal, ethical and political issues to lead and manage change in nursing and healthcare.
Design and implement strategies to successfully lead and educate nurses in a variety of settings.
Apply effective principles and practices in communication and collaboration with nurses and other health professionals.
Contribute to the body of knowledge on an evidence-based project in a selected field.
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