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.

Concordia University Wisconsin has been recognized by BestColleges.com for its outstanding online MSN program.

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Area of Study Nursing
Next Start Date Varies
Credits
39 - 41
Cost/Credit
$682
Total Cost
$26,598 - $27,962
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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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Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Core Courses

Health Policy and Issues in Advanced Nursing (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration 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.
Evidence Based Nursing Practice (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Nursing Practice 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 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 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.
Pharmacotherapeutics (BIO 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.
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.
Role Transitions for Advanced Practice Nursing (MSN 845) - Credits: 2

Course Description

MSN 845 explores the history of the advanced practice nurse and the role of the nurse practitioner in providing high-value primary health care and their role as community leaders. This course explores the transition of the student from registered nurse to the advanced practice nurse role with topics that include, family-focused care, clinical education, case presentations, clinical placement, professionalism, ethics and reimbursement.
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (MSN 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by  healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.
Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology For Advanced Nursing Roles (BIO 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a review of the basic concepts in the structure and function of cells and how the breakdown of these functions lead to human disease. Students will learn how central genetics is to understanding human health and disease and will gain new insights into the role and interactions between microorganisms and the human immune system.

Choose one of the following:

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.
Culturally Congruent Care for Advanced Nursing (MSN 835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare advanced nurses in education and practice with strategies for providing culturally congruent nursing care to a multi-cultural society posing diverse beliefs, values and practices that impact the health of individuals, families, and groups. The course integrates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011) cultural competencies for master's prepared nurses teaching in academia and working in practice. Theoretical models, cross-cultural communication, culturally competent education, research, resources, assessment tools, and experiences are examined to provide advanced nurses with a rich background for delivering effective culturally congruent information and practice.

Specialization Courses

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

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum I AGPCNP 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 AGPCNP (MSN 866) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum II AGPCNP 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 AGPCNP (MSN 867) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Advanced Nursing Practicum III AGPCNP 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

Core Courses

Health Policy and Issues in Advanced Nursing (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration 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.
Evidence Based Nursing Practice (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Nursing Practice 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 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 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.
Pharmacotherapeutics (BIO 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.
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.
Role Transitions for Advanced Practice Nursing (MSN 845) - Credits: 2

Course Description

MSN 845 explores the history of the advanced practice nurse and the role of the nurse practitioner in providing high-value primary health care and their role as community leaders. This course explores the transition of the student from registered nurse to the advanced practice nurse role with topics that include, family-focused care, clinical education, case presentations, clinical placement, professionalism, ethics and reimbursement.
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (MSN 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by  healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.
Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology For Advanced Nursing Roles (BIO 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a review of the basic concepts in the structure and function of cells and how the breakdown of these functions lead to human disease. Students will learn how central genetics is to understanding human health and disease and will gain new insights into the role and interactions between microorganisms and the human immune system.

Choose one of the following:

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.
Culturally Congruent Care for Advanced Nursing (MSN 835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare advanced nurses in education and practice with strategies for providing culturally congruent nursing care to a multi-cultural society posing diverse beliefs, values and practices that impact the health of individuals, families, and groups. The course integrates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011) cultural competencies for master's prepared nurses teaching in academia and working in practice. Theoretical models, cross-cultural communication, culturally competent education, research, resources, assessment tools, and experiences are examined to provide advanced nurses with a rich background for delivering effective culturally congruent information and practice.

Specialization Courses

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.

Nurse Educator

Core Courses

Health Policy and Issues in Advanced Nursing (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration 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.
Evidence Based Nursing Practice (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Nursing Practice 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 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 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.
Pharmacotherapeutics (BIO 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.
Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Educators (MSN 839) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Development of advanced health history and physical assessment skills for Nurse Educators. This advanced assessment core course is designed utilizing online didactic/theory content and the Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experience (DCE) which provides the examination of digital standardized patients. Within a holistic framework, students learn how to systematically collect, analyze, synthesize and document subjective and objective findings. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal findings, including aging, from variations from normal and recognizing actual and potential health problems.
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (MSN 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by  healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.
Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology For Advanced Nursing Roles (BIO 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a review of the basic concepts in the structure and function of cells and how the breakdown of these functions lead to human disease. Students will learn how central genetics is to understanding human health and disease and will gain new insights into the role and interactions between microorganisms and the human immune system.

Choose one of the following:

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.
Culturally Congruent Care for Advanced Nursing (MSN 835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare advanced nurses in education and practice with strategies for providing culturally congruent nursing care to a multi-cultural society posing diverse beliefs, values and practices that impact the health of individuals, families, and groups. The course integrates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011) cultural competencies for master's prepared nurses teaching in academia and working in practice. Theoretical models, cross-cultural communication, culturally competent education, research, resources, assessment tools, and experiences are examined to provide advanced nurses with a rich background for delivering effective culturally congruent information and practice.

Specialization Courses

NEI – 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.
NEII – Instructional Design in Nursing Education: 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.
NEIII – Instructional Design in Nursing Education: Clinical Teaching (MSN 874) - 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.
Nurse Educator Capstone (MSN 875) - Credits: 1

Course Description

The capstone course is a two-semester culminating experience that provides the student with an opportunity to synthesize and apply new knowledge gained from theoretical and practicum experiences in the MSN Nurse Educator program. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students are expected to write a substantive scholarly literature review on a question or problem of their choice related to nursing education or practice.   During the final semester of the program, the student develops an e-Portfolio that demonstrates achievement of MSN program outcomes and NLN Nurse Educator competencies.
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.

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