The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing Degree is to offer a dual track program for the working, baccalaureate prepared nurse. Emphasis focuses on the development of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the areas of nursing/patient/staff education and leadership. In lieu of a thesis, the student will complete a faith-based thesis project that addresses a geographical health need. The Program consists of 40-42 units that can be completed in a minimum of six semesters.

Program Goals

The program is designed to help students develop in the following areas:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Cultivation of character
  3. Development of professional skills
  4. Life of compassionate nursing leadership
  5. Enhancement of patient health in complex healthcare system

Learning Outcomes

By the time students complete the program they will have developed the following competencies:

  1. Plan and manage budgets for a health care unit or agency.
  2. Direct diverse groups of health care workers toward agency goal attainment.
  3. Efficiently assess the health care needs of elderly clients.
  4. Plan community-based projects.
  5. Effectively use technology to provide and present health information to clients and students.
  6. Conduct a health needs assessment for a given and specific population.
  7. Develop, implement and evaluate a health care program or course.
  8. Maintain legal and ethical guidelines in all aspects of nursing practice.
  9. Prepare to assume senior leadership/management position in a healthcare setting.
  10. Prepare to assume the role of educator in a variety of health care agencies or college settings.

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