2020-2021 Catalog

Master of Science (MSN) Nursing Curriculum

Students in any of the graduate programs must have computer access and utilize a campus email address while enrolled in the program. Communication between faculty and students by email is continuous. They also must have Professional Liability Insurance. For more information on how to obtain the insurance contact the Nursing Department Compliance Coordinator.

Student performance in clinical practice courses is appraised using a “pass” or “fail” system. Student achievement in all other courses in the master’s programs is based on the established grading system of the University.

The clinical experiences take place at sites negotiated by the Clinical Coordinator on one to two days a week over the final four semesters of the FNP option. All FNP students who are admitted will obtain clinical experiences for the required number of hours of clinical practice and every attempt is made to place students in a suitable site close to their homes, and to have faculty site evaluators travel to the students’ clinical sites rather than having students travel long distances to obtain clinical placements. On occasion, students may have to travel to a clinical site if no appropriate experience is available closer to home. Students also are sometimes delayed in progressing through their clinical curriculum if they are unable to accept available sites due to their personal schedules or ability to travel, or if a specific experience with a particular population is required.

These features of the program allow employed nurses with demanding work schedules to pursue graduate education while preserving the traditional educational environment of faculty/student interaction and support.

Typically, classes convene once a month (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for the MSN degree with two additional Saturday morning classes for the MBA degree in a semester format. Instruction by highly qualified faculty in an environment using state-of-art technology makes this program a must for those interested in a quality education with a faculty committed to its students. Usually the MSN and MBA degree program can be completed in just 24 months. The MSN/MBA program requires the undergraduate BSN degree as a prerequisite.

See the section entitled “evaluation” in this catalog for a description of the grading system.

Learning Outcomes

  • Caring
  • Leadership
  • Advocates for social justice
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and diverse cultures
  • Safe quality care
  • Knowledgeable of healthcare environment
  • Exhibit leadership

Core MSN Courses (except for Primary Care FNP option students)

In addition to the core courses, students must choose an Option and take the courses required for that Option.  ADN to MSN students must also take the prerequisite and bridge courses for that track (listed here).

Master's degree core curriculum (16 units)

16 units

NURS 211The Theoretical Basis and Philosophical Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NURS 212Health Law and Ethics

3

NURS 215Role Transition of Graduate Nurse

3

NURS 216Social Impact of Healthcare Economics in a Changing Healthcare Environment

3

NURS 217Capstone

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Administration/Management Nursing Option

MSN Nursing Administration prepares graduates for the advanced role of nursing and health care management. This specialty track is designed to prepare nurses at the graduate level to manage the delivery of nursing and health care services across the spectrum of health care settings. Graduates will gain management knowledge and skills in decision making, planning, finance, human resource and project management.

Students in the program must have computer access and utilize a campus email address while enrolled in the program. Communication between faculty and students by email is continuous. They also must have Professional Liability Insurance. For more information on how to obtain the insurance contact the Nursing Department Compliance Coordinator. Student performance in clinical practice courses is appraised using a “pass” or “fail” system. Learning Outcomes -Caring -Advocates for social justice -Clinical reasoning -Communication -Collaboration and Diverse cultures -Safe quality care -Leadership -Knowledgeable of healthcare environment

Classes are held on a monthly, weekend-intensive schedule.

After completion of 38 units (18 units core courses and 20 units nurse administration specialty courses) the graduate receives a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree as an administrator. The MSN degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

20 units

NURS 220Concepts and Theories of Nursing Administration/Management

3

NURS 223Finance and Budgeting in Healthcare

3

NURS 224Human Resource Management and Development

3

NURS 225Organization Theory

3

NURS 234AManaging Healthcare Delivery for Diverse Populations in a Community-Based Environment: Role Development I

4, Pass/Fail

NURS 234BManaging Healthcare Delivery for Diverse Populations in a Community-Based Environment: Role Development II

4, Pass/Fail

Total Credit Hours:20

Nurse Educator Option

The Nurse Educator option is designed to address the growing need for nurse educators in the private and public sectors. This specialty track prepare nurses at the graduate level to the role of educator in practice settings and faculty positions in undergraduate nursing programs. Graduates will gain management knowledge and skills required to facilitate learning as well as design and evaluate curriculum.

17 units

NURS 238Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

4

NURS 240Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 240LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab

1, Pass/Fail

NURS 260Learning Theories and Teaching Strategies

3

NURS 263Evaluation and Test Construction

3

NURS 264Curriculum Development

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Nurse Informatics Option

The MSN nursing informatics track prepares nurses for a career in nursing informatics which focuses on data analysis as it relates to complex health care systems. Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing, computer science, data management that leads to information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. Nurse informaticists support healthcare facilities by assessing and developing processes to maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of patient care.

19 units

NURS 220Concepts and Theories of Nursing Administration/Management

3

NURS 225Organization Theory

3

NURS 236Health Information Technology (HIT)

3

NURS 239Nursing Informatics Concepts and Principals

3

NURS 237Technology and Innovation

4

NURS 233Data Management in Healthcare

3

Total Credit Hours:19

Care Transition Management Option

Care Transition Management (CTM) refers to the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine and Accountable Care Act for highly educated nurses to be primary coordinators of care. In the context of a partnership guided by patients’ and families’ needs and preferences, the CTM registered nurse is integral to patient satisfaction and care quality, as well as the efficient use of health care resources. Patient-centered care coordination is a core professional standard and competency for all nursing practice. Nurses design, implement, and participate in care coordination projects and practices that seek to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs, frequently demonstrating the effectiveness of nurse-led and patient-centered care coordination.

19 units

NURS 223Finance and Budgeting in Healthcare

3

NURS 225Organization Theory

3

NURS 226Chronic Care Management

2

NURS 240Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 240LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab

1, Pass/Fail

NURS 266ACare Transition Management Practicum

2, Pass/Fail

NURS 266BCare Transition Management Capstone

3,

NURS 267Care Transition Management

3

Total Credit Hours:20

Core Courses, Primary Care FNP Program Option

A graduate of the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program will be prepared to care for individuals and families across their lifespan.

 

The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum includes preventative healthcare, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative health care for individuals and families. Family nurse practitioners demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance of the family’s identified community as it relates to the delivery of care.

 

The MSN degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Family Nurse Practitioner program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Successful completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner program satisfies the Board of Registered Nursing requirements for active, licensed RNs to use the title of Nurse Practitioner in California.

18 units

NURS 271Theoretical Basis and Philosophical Foundation for Nurse Practitioner

3

NURS 272Health Law and Ethics for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

3

NURS 274Health Promotion and Risk Reduction of Diverse Populations Across the Life Span

3

NURS 276Healthcare Economics in a Changing Healthcare Environment for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

3

NURS 277AScientific Inquiry in Nursing for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

3

NURS 277BPrimary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone Course

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Requirements for Primary Care FNP Option

30 units

NURS 241Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span I

4

NURS 242Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span II

4

NURS 243Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NURS 244Advanced Pharmacology

3

NURS 251Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development I

1, Pass/Fail

NURS 251LPrimary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development I Lab

3 Units pass/fail

NURS 252Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development II

1, Pass/Fail

NURS 252LPrimary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development II Lab

3 Units Pass/Fail

NURS 253Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development III

1, Pass/Fail

NURS 253LPrimary Care of the Family Trough the Life Span: Role Development III Lab

3 Pass/Fail

NURS 270Advanced Health Assessment for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

3

NURS 270LAdvanced Health Assessment for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:30

Successful completion of the core courses and the option courses is required for graduation. Evaluation of clinical experiences occurs 1-2 times a semester and is determined by assigned faculty in consultation with the student’s preceptor.