Overview: The medical field is growing so quickly that demand for skilled nurses and nurse practitioners is higher than ever. The online RN-MSN program is offered to those students who currently hold an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited school, are currently working as an RN, or are licensed as an RN in the state in which they reside. Take the most direct track to a master’s of nursing degree using a seamless academic progression from RN to BSN to MSN all in one program, and receive a huge time and cost savings. The online RN-BSN-MSN degree program at Concordia University Online will help you to increase your expertise and candidacy for competitive jobs involving health-care systems and policy. Area of Study Nursing Next Start Date November 1, 2015 Credits: 126 113 credits at undergraduate rate of $457/ credit. 13 credits at graduate rate of $662/credit. Total cost of Program: $60,249 “I’m always available to answer questions, and I work very hard to give students the support they need.” CUW Online faculty Goals / Objectives Ability to analyze current nursing research Capable of making clinical decisions of significant gravity regarding client well being Well-developed research skills utilizing literature and design of an appropriate primary health care-related research study Understanding of the moral and religious dimensions of medical and health concerns arising from the impact of new knowledge and technology Understanding of the principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice in relation to ethical decisions Grasp of issues in the currently changing health-care arena and the role of the advanced nurses in regards to socio-economic, political, and professional issues involved in the health-care delivery process Career Outlook Nurse Practitioner Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Anesthetist Nurse Midwife Nursing Consultant Researcher Nursing Administrator Want to see salary averages for your career? 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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. Basic Statistics for the Health Care Professional (MSN 820) - Credits: 3 No course description at this time. Community Wellness (NURS 342) - Credits: 6 Course Description Community Wellness studies nursing responsibilities in assisting individuals, families, and groups to meet stressors and retain, attain, and maintain system stability within the community setting. 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. 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. Complex Nursing Systems (NURS 442) - Credits: 5 Course Description Complex Nursing Systems explores the principles of effective leadership/management skills in managing the health needs of individuals, groups and peers within the role of the professional nurse. Theology - 6 Credits Required. Must be taken through CUW. Gospel of Luke (REL 383) - Credits: 3 Course Description Gospel of Luke surveys foundational principles and techniques in biblical interpretation using the Gospel of Luke. Varieties of Belief (REL 388) - Credits: 3 Course Description Varieties of Belief provides a framework for knowing about the teachings, practices, organization, and historical development of world religions and various Christian communities. Emphasis is also placed upon the Christian living in relation to the peoples of other faiths, especially in the North American context, with compassion, biblical confession and a missional intention. Theology (AL 210EL) No course description at this time. Humanities - 6 Credits Required. Lib Arts for Health Care Prov. (LA 107) - Credits: 3 Course Description This course is designed to give students an overview of the Humanities and a basic definition of them. The course will help students to improve their critical thinking skills in the areas of literature, art, and music, and will suggest means of growth and application both professionally and personally. Worldviews: History (AL 161EL) No course description at this time. Music (AL 103EL) No course description at this time. Literary Visions (AL 136EL) No course description at this time. Social Science - 3 Credits Required. Social psy. for the workplace (AL 271EL) No course description at this time. Women’s Health (SOC 343EL) No course description at this time. Mathematics - 3 Credits Required. Accepted in Transfer if completed in last four years. Business Statistics (BUS 315) - Credits: 3 Course Description Business Statistics will provide students with a working knowledge of statistics, which will be help them make proper business decisions under uncertain conditions . Areas to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability, inferential statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and regression analysis. Chemistry - 3 Credits Required Must be transferfed or taken on compus. Chemistry With Lab Communications - 3 Credits Required. Interpersonal Communication (AL 180EL) No course description at this time. Intercultural Communication (AL 270EL) No course description at this time. Life Span Development - Possible to earn credits for through a CLEP test. Applying for "RN-BSN-MSN Program" at Concordia Online is quick and easy. Apply Online Now!