Master of Science in Nursing

Online Graduate Degree

Take your Nursing Career to the Next Level

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to prepare and help professional nurse leaders fulfill their advanced practice nursing roles as family nurse practitioners, adult/gerontology primary care NP , and nurse educators with a graduate nursing degree. Graduates will reflect the critical thinking and professional skills needed for future nurse leaders in both the clinical as well as the academic areas. Graduate level scholarly inquiry based on theoretically or clinically directed research will provide the foundation for fulfillment of the professional standards and core competencies of advanced practice graduate nursing.

Program Highlights

  • CCNE accredited.
  • Our advanced health assessment course provides cutting edge opportunities for learning with experts.
  • Clinical faculty members are involved in clinical practice and bring current practice to the classroom.
  • Our global perspectives course allows students to participate in experiences that enhance cultural competency and provide service to others.
  • Courses are built on a Christian foundation.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
MSN 802Bioethics for Health Care ProfessionalsBioethics 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.3
MSN 830Health Care Systems in ContextHealth 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.2
MSN 834Nursing TheoryNursing 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.2
MSN 840Nursing ResearchNursing 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.3
MSN 538
On Campus
Advanced Health AssessmentResidency 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.3
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology 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.3
BIO 842PharmacotherapeuticsPharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.4
COUN 843Counseling Theories and IssuesCounseling 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.3
Clinicals
MSN 851Advanced Nursing Practicum I FNPAdvanced 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.4
MSN 852Advanced Nursing Practicum II FNPAdvanced 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. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4
MSN 853Advanced Nursing Practicum III FNPAdvanced Nursing Practicum III FNP 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. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4
Electives - Select One of the Following
EDG 883Selected Issues in Family LifeSelected Issues in Family Lifeexplores 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, psychosocial, and spiritual development.3
COUN 880Family DevelopmentFamily 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.3
Select Either
MSN 890ThesisThesis is the culminating research experience.6
Or
MSN 891Scholarly Project in NursingScholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.3
MSN 892Global Perspectives/Primary CareGlobal 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. This course involves a 10-day trip abroad.3


Adult-Gerontology Primary-Care NP

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
MSN 802Bioethics for Health Care ProfessionalsBioethics 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.3
MSN 830Health Care Systems in ContextHealth 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.2
MSN 834Nursing TheoryNursing 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.2
MSN 840Nursing ResearchNursing 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.3
MSN 538
On Campus
Advanced Health AssessmentResidency 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.3
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology 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.3
BIO 842PharmacotherapeuticsPharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.4
COUN 843Counseling Theories and IssuesCounseling 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.3
Clinicals
MSN 865Advanced Nursing Practicum I AGNPAdvanced 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. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4
MSN 866Advanced Nursing Practicum II AGNPAdvanced 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.4
MSN 867Advanced Nursing Practicum III AGNPAdvanced 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. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4
Electives - Select One of the Following
EDG 883Selected Issues in Family LifeSelected Issues in Family Lifeexplores 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, psychosocial, and spiritual development.3
COUN 880Family DevelopmentFamily 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.3
Select Either
MSN 890ThesisThesis is the culminating research experience.6
Or
MSN 891Scholarly Project in NursingScholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.3
MSN 892Global Perspectives/Primary CareGlobal 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. This course involves a 10-day trip abroad.3


Nurse Educator

43 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
MSN 802Bioethics for Health Care ProfessionalsBioethics 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.3
MSN 830Health Care Systems in ContextHealth 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.2
MSN 834Nursing TheoryNursing 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.2
MSN 840Nursing ResearchNursing 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.3
MSN 538
On Campus
Advanced Health AssessmentResidency 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.3
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology 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.3
MSN 842Pharmacology: Concepts for Integration into Nursing Education2
EDG 807Curriculum DevelopmentCurriculum 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.3
EDG 821Human Learning & MotivationHuman 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.3
MSN 877Evaluation and Testing in NursingEvaluation 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.3
Clinicals
MSN 871Advanced Specialty Nursing Practice for Nurse EducatorsAdvanced 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.3
MSN 872Instruction Design in Nursing Education A: Classroom TeachingStudent-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.3
MSN 874Instruction Design in Nursing Education B: Clinical TeachingStudent-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.4
Select Either
MSN 890ThesisThesis is the culminating research experience.6
Or
MSN 891Scholarly Project in NursingScholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.3
MSN 892Global Perspectives/Primary CareGlobal 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. This course involves a 10-day trip abroad.3