Master of Science in Nursing

Online Nursing Degree

 

Overview:

The online nursing masters degree program builds on a bachelors in nursing foundation to advance prospective nurse practitioners, adult primary-care practitioners, and nurse educators. Our supportive online classes, built on Christian foundations, provide the skills necessary for ongoing personal and professional growth. From daily interaction with likeminded students and nursing professionals, to dedicated instruction on how to blend your Christian calling with your career, Concordia University Online will advance your knowledge in areas such as bioethics, pathophysiology, and counseling, among many others.

 

Area of Study Nursing
Next Start Date Varies
Credits
43 - 44
Cost/Credit
$662
Total Cost
$28,466 - $29,128
Higher Learning Commission of the NCACS
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to apply liberal education and scientific background information into practice
  • Experience in applying organizational and leadership principles to improve quality and patient safety
  • Willingness to translate scholarship into practice
  • Ability to utilize informatics and health-care technologies to improve patient care
  • Knowledge of health-care policy and ability to advocate for quality health care for all citizens
  • Practiced in communicating and collaborating in an inter-professional health care environment to improve patient and population health outcomes
  • Active understanding of clinical prevention and population health at the individual and group / aggregate / population level
  • Willingness to advance professionalism and professional values
  • Confidence to perform at the highest level nursing practice reflective of the educational preparation

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nurse Educator

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Master of Science - Nursing

Adult / Gerontology

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals (MSN 802) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals applies major ethical theories to clinical practice and health care dilemmas. The moral and religious dimensions of medical and health concerns/problems, especially those arising from the impact of new knowledge and technology, are considered. The principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice, as well grounded theory and alternate approaches to ethical decision making are applied to clinical situations. Topics include: informed consent, reproductive ethics and genetic technology, end-of-life dilemmas, trans-cultural ethics, health care reform, policy formation and research issues.
Health Care Systems in Context (MSN 830) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Health Care Systems in Context provides introductory information regarding the currently changing health care arena and the evolution of the role of advanced practice nurse (APN) . Content includes socio-economic, political and professional issues involved in the health care delivery process.
Nursing Theory (MSN 834) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Nursing Theory assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Nursing Research (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Nursing Research will analyze the research process at the master's prepared level. Critical analyses of current nursing research, including evaluation of appropriate theoretical bases and application of statistical methods, are addressed. Implementation of the research process, utilization, and communication of research findings are discussed. Research skills are developed utilizing computer searches of literature, critiquing published research and designing an appropriate primary health care-related nursing research study presented in proposal form.
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN 538) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Residency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.
Scholarly Project in Nursing (MSN 891) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Scholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.
Global Perspectives/Primary Care (MSN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Global Perspectives/Primary Care this course is designed to allow students to experience a cultural setting different from their own. The students will examine their own cultural beliefs and values in order to become more aware of what cultures consist of. APN's serve in diverse cultures so the need for cultural competence is important.

Cognates

Pathophysiology (BIO 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.
Pharmacology: Concepts for Integration into Nursing Education (MSN 842) - Credits: 2
No course description at this time.
Counseling Theories and Issues (COUN 843) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Counseling Theories and Issues provides both the historical and current perspectives of various theories of counseling, as well as introducing the student to the profession of counseling. The graduate counseling program requirements are introduced including portfolio requirements for school counseling candidates, APA writing style, and legal and ethical guidelines for counseling.
Family Development (COUN 880) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Family Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.

Clinicals

Advanced Nursing Practicum I AGNP (MSN 865) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum I AGNP develops and analyzes critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of health promotion and disease prevention concerns for individuals . The emphasis is on the five variables of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (BNSM) during history taking, physical examination and beginning discussion of addition data collection.
Advanced Nursing Practicum II AGNP (MSN 866) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum II AGNP assesses individuals presenting health challenges. Integration of pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics with prevention as nursing intervention and medical supervision will be undertaken. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of common types of needs/problems presented by clients in primary health care settings, and will utilize this knowledge to develop clinical intervention strategies for planning patient care. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.
Advanced Nursing Practicum III AGNP (MSN 867) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum III AGNP is the culminating practicum that includes the preventions as intervention of health promotion, wellness retention, and identification of illness and treatment of health problems . A community focus for primary and secondary prevention as an intervention modality will be discussed. The community may include the immediate surroundings of the individual’s residence, the city/jurisdiction of address, or a country of international description. Transcultural issues will include the environment for care delivery. The Advanced Primary Nursing Care focus will be on pediatric growth and development, pediatric wellness promotion, and health care delivery to pre-menopausal women.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals (MSN 802) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals applies major ethical theories to clinical practice and health care dilemmas. The moral and religious dimensions of medical and health concerns/problems, especially those arising from the impact of new knowledge and technology, are considered. The principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice, as well grounded theory and alternate approaches to ethical decision making are applied to clinical situations. Topics include: informed consent, reproductive ethics and genetic technology, end-of-life dilemmas, trans-cultural ethics, health care reform, policy formation and research issues.
Health Care Systems in Context (MSN 830) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Health Care Systems in Context provides introductory information regarding the currently changing health care arena and the evolution of the role of advanced practice nurse (APN) . Content includes socio-economic, political and professional issues involved in the health care delivery process.
Nursing Theory (MSN 834) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Nursing Theory assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Nursing Research (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Nursing Research will analyze the research process at the master's prepared level. Critical analyses of current nursing research, including evaluation of appropriate theoretical bases and application of statistical methods, are addressed. Implementation of the research process, utilization, and communication of research findings are discussed. Research skills are developed utilizing computer searches of literature, critiquing published research and designing an appropriate primary health care-related nursing research study presented in proposal form.
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN 538) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Residency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.
Scholarly Project in Nursing (MSN 891) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Scholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.
Global Perspectives/Primary Care (MSN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Global Perspectives/Primary Care this course is designed to allow students to experience a cultural setting different from their own. The students will examine their own cultural beliefs and values in order to become more aware of what cultures consist of. APN's serve in diverse cultures so the need for cultural competence is important.

Cognates

Pathophysiology (BIO 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.
Pharmacology: Concepts for Integration into Nursing Education (MSN 842) - Credits: 2
No course description at this time.
Counseling Theories and Issues (COUN 843) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Counseling Theories and Issues provides both the historical and current perspectives of various theories of counseling, as well as introducing the student to the profession of counseling. The graduate counseling program requirements are introduced including portfolio requirements for school counseling candidates, APA writing style, and legal and ethical guidelines for counseling.
Family Development (COUN 880) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Family Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.

Clinicals

Advanced Nursing Practicum I FNP (MSN 851) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum I FNP develops and analyzes critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of health promotion and disease prevention concerns for individuals . The emphasis is on the five variables of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (BNSM) during history taking, physical examination and beginning discussion of addition data collection. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.
Advanced Nursing Practicum II FNP (MSN 852) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum II FNP assesses individuals presenting health challenges. Integration of pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics with prevention as nursing intervention and medical supervision will be undertaken. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of common types of needs/problems presented by clients in primary health care settings, and will utilize this knowledge to develop clinical intervention strategies for planning patient care.
Advanced Primary Care Nursing III (MSN 853) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Primary Care Nursing III is the culminating practicum that includes the preventions as intervention of health promotion, wellness retention, and identification of illness and treatment of health problems. A community focus for primary and secondary prevention as an intervention modality will be discussed. The community may include the immediate surroundings of the individual's residence, the city/jurisdiction of address, or a country of international description. Transcultural issues will include the environment for care delivery. The Advanced Primary Nursing Care focus will be on pediatric growth and development, pediatric wellness promotion, and health care delivery to pre-menopausal women.

Educator

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals (MSN 802) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals applies major ethical theories to clinical practice and health care dilemmas. The moral and religious dimensions of medical and health concerns/problems, especially those arising from the impact of new knowledge and technology, are considered. The principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice, as well grounded theory and alternate approaches to ethical decision making are applied to clinical situations. Topics include: informed consent, reproductive ethics and genetic technology, end-of-life dilemmas, trans-cultural ethics, health care reform, policy formation and research issues.
Health Care Systems in Context (MSN 830) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Health Care Systems in Context provides introductory information regarding the currently changing health care arena and the evolution of the role of advanced practice nurse (APN) . Content includes socio-economic, political and professional issues involved in the health care delivery process.
Nursing Theory (MSN 834) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Nursing Theory assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Nursing Research (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Nursing Research will analyze the research process at the master's prepared level. Critical analyses of current nursing research, including evaluation of appropriate theoretical bases and application of statistical methods, are addressed. Implementation of the research process, utilization, and communication of research findings are discussed. Research skills are developed utilizing computer searches of literature, critiquing published research and designing an appropriate primary health care-related nursing research study presented in proposal form.
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN 538) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Residency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.
Scholarly Project in Nursing (MSN 891) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Scholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.
Global Perspectives/Primary Care (MSN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Global Perspectives/Primary Care this course is designed to allow students to experience a cultural setting different from their own. The students will examine their own cultural beliefs and values in order to become more aware of what cultures consist of. APN's serve in diverse cultures so the need for cultural competence is important.

Cognates

Pathophysiology (BIO 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.
Pharmacology: Concepts for Integration into Nursing Education (MSN 842) - Credits: 2
No course description at this time.
Curriculum Development and Design (EDG 507/807) - Credits: 3

Course Description

CURRIC ULUM DEVELOPMENT considers the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. This course is required for the Curriculum and Instruction, Education Administration, and Reading programs and has no prerequisites.
Human Learning & Motivation (EDG 821) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Human Learning & Motivation examines the nature of contrasting theories of learning . Emphasis will be placed on major contemporary learning theories and their respective approaches to motivation . The primary objective is to provide in-service graduate students, as well as other school personnel, with a comprehensive picture of current major educational learning theories and issues and to develop their implication for the teaching process . This is a required course in the graduate program in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction; it has no prerequisites
Evaluations and Testing in Nursing (MSN 877) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evaluations and Testing in Nursing describes concepts of measurement, evaluation, and testing in nursing education. Issues in test planning, writing, and assembling of items, and analysis of results are discussed. The course includes topics in the evaluation of critical think and performance in the assessment of clinical competencies. Ethical and legal issues involved in the evaluation process are discussed. The course is useful for teachers in any setting who are involved in evaluating students, nurses, or other health care professionals.

Clinicals

Advanced Specialty Nursing Practice for Nurse Educators (MSN 871) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Advanced Specialty Nursing Practice for Nurse Educators focuses on the development of advanced nursing practice knowledge and skills in a nursing specialty area such as medical-surgical, pediatrics, community health, as well as beginning the role development as a nurse educator . The class format is seminar style with each student presenting current, evidence-based concepts in the field. The presentations will be videotaped and teaching behaviors analyzed. A minimum of 12 hours per week will be spent in clinical with a master’s prepared clinician preceptor to learn advanced nursing content.
Instruction Design in Nursing Education A: Classroom Teaching (MSN 872) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Student-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.
Instruction Design in Nursing Education B: Clinical Teaching (MSN 874) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Student-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.

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