Master of Science in Nursing

Clinton P. and Caryl F.
Clinton P. and Caryl F. Class of 2019

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Program Overview

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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. In keeping with the standards for graduate education for advanced practice nursing delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nurses, the purpose of the MSN program is to prepare students to assume leadership roles in their particular specialization. Master’s-level nursing education is the appropriate level of education for nursing professionals who are seeking roles that require advanced practice skills in order to function as providers and organizers of the health care delivery process. Students must complete one of the specializations listed in the University catalog.

This graduate degree in nursing program is approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing education (CCNE).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Implement appropriate theories, models, frameworks, and concepts from nursing and non-nursing disciplines when designing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, to evaluate fiscally appropriate healthcare delivery systems that integrate research and clinical expertise to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care.
  • Evaluate economic, policy, environmental, and social forces that impact nursing practice, health care delivery and quality of health care.
  • Participate in the analysis, implementation and evaluation of strategies for improving nursing practice through the implementation of health information systems and technologies.
  • Demonstrate a professional commitment to creating an environment of lifelong learning for patients, families, communities, and other healthcare practitioners.

Program Highlights

  • Monthly online meetings
  • Minimal on-campus requirements
  • Degree can be completed in as little as 12-18 months
  • 12-week courses
  • Specializations include Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics
  • Board certification review course for nurse practitioner specialties
  • Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificates available to students who already hold an MSN

Prerequisite Courses

(2 courses; 9 quarter units)

  • MTH 210 Probability and Statistics
    • Prerequisite: Accuplacer test placement evaluation or MTH 12A and MTH 12B
  • NSG 422 Nursing Research
    • Prerequisite: BST 322

Core Requirements

(6 courses; 27 quarter units)

Students must take all core courses in sequence.

  • NSG 600 Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NSG 620 Theory in Advanced Practice
  • NSG 623 Biomedical Statistics
  • NSG 606 Health Policy & Finance
  • NSG 622 QI & Project Management
  • NSG 607 EBP for Advanced NSG Practice

Students must pass all core courses before beginning specialization courses.

Choose One of the Following Specializations

(5 courses; 22.5 quarter units or 12 courses; 55.5 quarter units)

Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner

Required Preparation for Specialization
(2 courses; 5 quarter units)

These two (2) courses must have been completed within five (5) years, or successfully pass a department approved competency-based exam.

  • NSG 212 Health Assessment (3 quarter units)
    • Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program and completion of required general education preparation with a minimum GPA 2.75, Corequisite: NSG 212A
  • NSG 212A Health Assessment Clinical (2 quarter units)
    • Corequisite: NSG 212

Specialization Requirements
(12 courses; 55.5 quarter units)

Students must pass all MSN Core Courses before beginning any specialization courses.

  • NSG 681 Advanced Physical Assessment (6 quarter units)
  • NSG 682 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG 641 Advanced Pharmacology I
  • FNP 642 Advanced Pharmacology II
  • FNP 683A Primary Care of Adult and Aged
    • Corequisite: FNP 683B
  • FNP 683B Care of Adult & Aged Practicum
    • Corequisite: FNP 683A
  • NSG 680 Diversity Issues in APN
  • FNP 684A Primary Care-Women & Children
    • Corequisite: FNP 684B
  • FNP 684B Women and Children Practicum
    • Corequisite: FNP 684A
  • FNP 685A FNP Residency
    • Corequisite: FNP 685B
  • FNP 685B FNP Residency Practicum
    • Corequisite: FNP 685A
  • FNP 689 FNP Capstone

Specialization in Nursing Administration

Specialization Requirements
(5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)

Students must pass all MSN Core Courses before beginning any specialization courses.

  • HCA 600 U.S. Healthcare System
  • HCA 620 Health Organization Management
    • Prerequisite: COH 602
  • HCA 624 Healthcare Planning & Marketing
    • Prerequisite: COH 611
  • HCA 670 Healthcare Leadership
    • Prerequisite: HCA 624
  • HCA 692 Healthcare Capstone
    • Prerequisite: HCA 691 or permission by instructor.

Please Note: COH and HCA prerequisites are NOT required for students in the Specialization in Nursing Administration.

Specialization in Nursing Informatics

Specialization Requirements
(5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)

Students must pass all MSN Core Courses before beginning any specialization courses.

  • HTM 552 EHR Meaningful Use
  • HTM 660 System Management and Planning
  • HTM 520 Health Information Exchange
  • HTM 680 Health Informatics Case Study
    • Prerequisite: HTM 520, HTM 552 and HTM 660
  • HTM 692 Health Informatics Capstone
    • Prerequisite: HTM 680

Specialization in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Lifespan

Required Preparation for Specialization
(2 courses; 5 quarter units)

These two (2) courses must have been completed within five (5) years, or successfully pass a department approved competency-based exam.

  • NSG 212 Health Assessment (3 quarter units)
    • Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program and completion of required general education preparation with a minimum GPA 2.75, Corequisite: NSG 212A
  • NSG 212A Health Assessment Clinical (2 quarter units)
    • Corequisite: NSG 212

Specialization Requirements
(12 courses; 55.5 quarter units)

Students must pass all MSN core courses before beginning any specialization courses.

  • NSG 681 Advanced Physical Assessment (6 quarter units)
  • NSG 682 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG 641 Advanced Pharmacology I
  • MNP 643 Psychopharmacology in MH Care
  • MNP 694 MH Care: Adults/Aging Adults
  • MNP 696A Adults/Aging Adults Practicum
    • Corequisite: MNP 694
  • MNP 687 MH Care: Children/Adolescents
  • NSG 680 Diversity Issues in APN
  • MNP 696B Children/Adoles Practicum
    • Corequisite: MNP 687
  • MNP 688A Introduction to Psychotherapy
    • Corequisite: MNP 688B
  • MNP 688B Intro Psychotherapy Practicum
    • Corequisite: MNP 688A
  • MNP 697 PMHNP Capstone

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Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing requires 49.5-91.5 quarter units of graduate credit, with 45 of those units completed at National University. A total of 4.5-13.5 units of graduate credit may be granted for graduate work completed at another institution as it applies to this program and provided the units were not used to earn another advanced degree. Refer to the General Catalog section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and evaluation. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must maintain a B average (84%) in all core and specialty courses.

FNP and PMHNP Area of Specializations carry additional program fees.
Program Fees: $11,325

NA and NI Area of Specializations carry additional program fees.
Program Fees: $475

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