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.

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

  1. Demonstrate advanced performance in critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the role of the nurse leader and educator through a faith-based nursing education.
  2. Promote character development and spirituality through the integration of truth, virtue and service.
  3. Develop professionalism as a patient advocate, nurse educator, and leader.
  4. Synthesize evidence-based practice to promote optimal outcomes in select groups and populations.
  5. Advocate for policy changes that enhance the care of diverse patients in complex healthcare systems.
  6. Evaluate the use of technologies, as a nurse leader and educator, to improve and enhance healthcare outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Advocate for health policy changes that enhance population health and promote professional nursing practice.
  2. Utilize emerging technologies to provide credible health information to clients, nurses, and students.
  3. Perform assessments focusing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of culturally diverse individuals.
  4. Develop curriculum/teaching plan.
  5. Support legal and ethical guidelines in all aspects of nursing practice.
  6. Develop a thesis project using research, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice principles.
  7. Prepare to assume a senior leadership/management position and/or the role of educator in a health care agency or college setting.

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