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MSN Outcomes and Competencies

MSN Degree Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for experienced nurses with a BSN degree who are independent learners and who want the convenience and flexibility an online program can offer. The MSN degree requires a minimum of 36 credits consisting of different combinations of courses: core, direct care core, electives, specialty, and Practicum. Two years experience in nursing is recommended and a BSN degree from an accredited program is required.

Three areas of nursing specialty are offered: Nurse Educator, Nursing Informatics and Nursing Administration.

The Nurse Educator program prepares graduates for teaching roles in healthcare and academic settings. The Nursing Informatics program prepares graduates to function as a nursing informatics specialist. The Nursing Administration program prepares graduates for the role of nurse administrator in healthcare settings. A certificate in the selected area of specialty is awarded along with the MSN degree. Learn more

MSN Degree Program Outcomes

On completion of the MSN degree program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of scholarly inquiry to evaluate current knowledge from nursing theory, nursing science and related disciplines to inform and/or initiate change in nursing practice;
  2. Apply ethical decision making to nursing practice;
  3. Analyze the effect of health policy, finance, technology and the organizational context on the development and implementation of quality nursing practice;
  4. Demonstrate the use of leadership strategies that advance the design, implementation and evaluation of nursing practice;
  5. Analyze the effect of sociopolitical, cultural and global influences on nursing practice;
  6. Utilize interprofessional communication to improve healthcare outcomes; and
  7. Integrate advances in technology into healthcare.