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.
The program is designed to help students develop in the following areas:
- Demonstrate advanced performance in critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the role of the nurse leader and educator through a faith-based nursing education.
- Promote character development and spirituality through the integration of truth, virtue and service.
- Develop professionalism as a patient advocate, nurse educator, and leader.
- Synthesize evidence-based practice to promote optimal outcomes in select groups and populations.
- Advocate for policy changes that enhance the care of diverse patients in complex healthcare systems.
- Evaluate the use of technologies, as a nurse leader and educator, to improve and enhance healthcare outcomes.
By the time students complete the program they will have developed the following competencies:
- Advocate for health policy changes that enhance population health and promote professional nursing practice.
- Utilize emerging technologies to provide credible health information to clients, nurses, and students.
- Perform assessments focusing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of culturally diverse individuals.
- Develop curriculum/teaching plan.
- Support legal and ethical guidelines in all aspects of nursing practice.
- Develop a thesis project using research, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice principles.
- Prepare to assume a senior leadership/management position and/or the role of educator in a health care agency or college setting.