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Master of Science in Nursing: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

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Develop advanced nursing skills in research, informatics, theory, and health policy, and apply them as a nursing leader with one of three leadership tracks offered in the Queens University of Charlotte’s Master of Science in Nursing program.

Study under industry leaders who remain active and engaged in the field, and benefit from personal mentorship in small class sizes.

MSN coursework consists of 12 classes—six core classes followed by six classes specific to the Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, or Nursing Informatics track. Those interested in the RN-MSN option will take an additional two courses prior to the core courses. This online program can be completed in as few as two years.

Core Courses

Focuses on the development and analysis of knowledge within nursing theory as a foundation for nursing practice and the examination of nursing research.

Develops a comprehensive knowledge of how health policy is formulated and how it impacts clinical practice and healthcare delivery.

Focuses on developing an understanding of the concepts relevant to health care informatics and the use of information technology in healthcare organizations and explores the uses of computer applications to support clinical and administrative decision making.

Focuses on selecting statistical procedures for analyzing data and interpreting the statistics most commonly reported in health care literature. Also included will be data analysis techniques for qualitative data often seen in health care and educational settings.

Focuses on critical analysis of research reports, research methods, and the relationship between theory, research, and evidence-based practice.

Integrates advanced concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment within the contexts of individual, family, and populations through the use of exemplars in course content and precepted clinical experiences. (75 hours of clinical)

Clinical Nurse Leader Track

This course examines advanced concepts of administrative roles and functions in organizations.

Focuses on the theory and application of advanced nursing therapeutics and evaluation of their effectivenes in improving client health outcomes. Content includes pharmacotherapeutics, teaching and learning theory, risk anticipation analysis, and evidence supporting both traditional and complementary therapies. (3 didactic, 1 clinical; 25 hours clinical
practice.)

Focuses on the management of processes and resources within the clinical care environment with the goal of achieving optimal outcomes. The clinical components are designed to provide students with an opportunity to participate in clinical microsystems managements as part of a management team.

An immersion experience during which students practice implementing the Clinical Nurse Learder role. Working with preceptors, students will demonstrate leadership in managing the clinical outcomes of patients, and in managing the quality outcomes of the care environment. (300 hours clinical practice.)

Nurse Administrator Track

This course examines advanced concepts of administrative roles and functions in organizations.

This course prepares student to apply essentials of financial management to nursing leadership roles in varied systems.
Prerequisites: NUR 661.

This course examines the process of curriculum development in academic and practice settings, including methods of program evaluation.

This course examines the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of teaching, learning, and assessment in varied learning environments.

This course is an immersion experience during which students implement the nurse administrator role. (16 week course with 150 hours of clinical).

The Capstone is an individualized graduate nursing achievement that promotes a spirit of inquiry and provides evidence of knowledge, competencies and skills gained as a result of meeting MSN program outcomes.

Nurse Educator Track

This course examines advanced concepts of administrative roles and functions in organizations.

This course prepares student to apply essentials of financial management to nursing leadership roles in varied systems.
Prerequisites: NUR 661.

This course examines the process of curriculum development in academic and practice settings, including methods of program evaluation.

This course examines the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of teaching, learning, and assessment in varied learning environments.

This course is an immersion experience during which students implement the nurse educator role. (16 week course with 150 hours of clinical).

The Capstone is an individualized graduate nursing achievement that promotes a spirit of inquiry and provides evidence of knowledge, competencies and skills gained as a result of meeting MSN program outcomes.

Nursing Informatics Track

This course examines advanced concepts of administrative roles and functions in organizations.

This course prepares student to apply essentials of financial management to nursing leadership roles in varied systems.
Prerequisites: NUR 661.

This course examines systems design life cycle, workflow support/analysis, data collection, and application of technology to education, clinical simulation, workflow, and professional development. Prerequisites: NUR 662.

This course examines integration of systems, data warehousing, technical standards, archiving principles, backup processes, analysis, decision support systems, and project planning in varied environments. Prerequisites: NUR 665.

This course is an immersion experience during which students implement the nurse informaticist role. (16-week course with 225 hours of clinical). Prerequisites: NUR 666.

The Capstone is an individualized graduate nursing achievement that promotes a spirit of inquiry and provides evidence of knowledge, competencies, and skills gained as a result of meeting MSN program outcomes. Corerequisites: NUR 652, NUR 634, NUR 644, NUR 667, NUR 668, or NUR 669 depending on specialty track.

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