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:
- Advocate for health policy changes that enhance population health and promote professional nursing practice.
- Select technology to provide and present health information to clients and students.
- Conduct a comprehensive health assessment for culturally diverse individuals and selected aggregate(s).
- Design a health care course or program.
- Support legal and ethical guidelines in all aspects of nursing practice.
- Develop a thesis project using research, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice skills.
- Prepare to assume a senior leadership/management position and/or the role of educator in a health care agency or college setting.
- Integrate faith and lifelong learning in personal an dprofessional life.