The online M.S.N. program is for nurses with a baccalaureate degree in any field that have an RN license. The program offers the following programs of study: nursing education, advanced family nurse practitioner and health systems leadership. While the core M.S.N. courses remain constant, courses for each track are specific to the area of interest and are provided by the appropriate schools. The program director is available for individualized program advisement. The practicum and clinical courses allows the student to apply synthesized knowledge gained from all prior courses to an individualized practice.
The M.S.N. education track prepares nurses for career paths in staff development, vocational-technical or community college education. This degree serves as a foundation for doctoral study for those interested in teaching in B.S.N. or higher programs. 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses are taken online with students in all M.S.N. tracks. An additional 21 semester hours of nursing education courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of online nursing education practicum that provides a mentored educational experience. These courses are taught online by nursing department faculty members with advanced preparation and extensive experience in higher education. Thus, a total of 36 semester hours are required to complete the M.S.N. education track.
The M.S.N. Health Systems Leadership track is for a working registered nurse and that holds a bachelor's degree in any field. This track prepares nurses for career paths in health care leadership. All students in M.S.N. tracks take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online. An additional 21 semester hours of health systems leadership courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of online nursing health systems leadership practicum that provides a mentored leadership experience. Thus, a total of 36 semester hours are required to complete the M.S.N. health systems leadership nursing track.
The MSN nursing informatics track prepares nurses for a career in nursing informatics which focuses on the data analysis as it relates to complex health care systems. Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. Students in the MSN tracks take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online. An additional 21 semester hours of nursing informatics courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of online nursing informatics practicum that provides a mentored experience. Thus, a total of 36 semester hours are required to complete the M.S.N nursing informatics track.
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