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:
- Critical thinking
- Cultivation of character
- Development of professional skills
- Life of compassionate nursing leadership
- Enhancement of patient health in complex healthcare system
By the time students complete the program they will have developed the following competencies:
- Plan and manage budgets for a health care unit or agency.
- Direct diverse groups of health care workers toward agency goal attainment.
- Efficiently assess the health care needs of elderly clients.
- Plan community-based projects.
- Effectively use technology to provide and present health information to clients and students.
- Conduct a health needs assessment for a given and specific population.
- Develop, implement and evaluate a health care program or course.
- Maintain legal and ethical guidelines in all aspects of nursing practice.
- Prepare to assume senior leadership/management position in a healthcare setting.
- Prepare to assume the role of educator in a variety of health care agencies or college settings.