RN-BSN-MSN Program

Online Nursing Degree

 

Overview:

The medical field is growing so quickly that demand for skilled nurses and nurse practitioners is higher than ever. The online RN-BSN-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. Our program is also top ranked by the US News and World Report.

We are not accepting new students from Alabama, Alaska, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, South Dakota or Maryland. Additionally: Washington D.C. students are required to do clinicals in Virginia.

Area of Study Nursing
Next Start Date Varies

Credits: 121 for BSN, additional 27-29 for MSN

BSN Coursework:

85 credits (maximum credits to be transferred from previous undergrad degree)

21 credits at undergraduate rate of $483/ credit. ($10,143)

15 credits at graduate rate of $699/credit. ($10,485)

Total tuition to BSN only: $20,628

MSN Coursework:

Tuition Cost for Nurse Practitioner Degree
(29 credits at graduate rate: $20,271)

Tuition Cost for Nurse Educator Degree
(27 credits at graduate rate: $18,873)

Total RN-BSN-MSN-Nurse Practitioner tuition: $40,899

Total RN-BSN-MSN-Nurse Educator tuition: $39,501

 

 

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Goals / Objectives

  • Enact best practices in nursing education
  • Incorporate technology into curricula and educational programs
  • Use knowledge gained through clinical practice to maintain and improve nursing curricula
  • Use appropriate assessment, evaluation methods, and instruments to assess learning and achievement of course objectives and program outcomes
  • Develop curricula based on the mission, goals, framework and program outcomes of a program and institution

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nursing Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Nursing Administrator

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RN-BSN-MSN Program*

*Up to 85 credits may be accepted as transfer from accredited associate degree or diploma nursing programs. A minimum of 8 liberal arts credits must be taken through CUW to meet residency requirements.

Nursing Core Classes To earn the BSN are as follows:

Dimensions of Professional Nursing (NURS 301) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Basic Statistics for the Health Care Professional (MSN 820) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Nursing Research for RNs (NURS 336) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Population Health (NURS 342) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Population Health studies nursing responsibilities in assisting individuals, families, and groups to meet stressors and retain, attain, and maintain system stability within the community setting.
Leadership: The Future of Nursing (NURS 442) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Leadership: The Future of Nursing 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.
Health Care Policy and Issues (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.
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.
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.
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.

Additional Nursing Coursework to earn the MSN – NP Tracks

Nurse Practitioner Track requirements consisting of 29 credits:

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The student will gain increased understanding of various physiological systems and the pathophysiology of frequently encountered primary care conditions across the lifespan and in special populations. In-depth case analysis of risk factors, pathophysiological changes, and associated clusters of signs and symptoms are investigated. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research as a basis for advanced nursing practice are studied.
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.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Electives

Choose one of the following:

Global Perspectives in Health Care (MSN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine their own cultural beliefs, biases, and practices while learning about a culture different from their own. Graduate students will explore the opportunities and challenges present in underdeveloped nations and the beliefs, customs, and practices of the people who reside there in order to develop a global perspective of culture. Students may also have an opportunity to provide nursing care in various clinical settings in these countries.
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.

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Courses

Requirements for Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization:

Advanced Advanced Primary Care Clinical I (MSN 865) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the life span. The course emphasizes evidence-based practice, health promotion and disease prevention as well as illness.
Advanced Primary Care Clinical II (MSN 866) - Credits: 4

Course Description

The focus is to assess individuals presenting with 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 Clinical III (MSN 867) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the adult lifespan. Integration of theory, pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics for the older adult in the outpatient setting will be highlighted. This course emphasizes evidence based practice, health promotion and disease prevention.

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Courses

Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization:

Advanced Primary Care Clinical FNP (MSN 851) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the life span. The course emphasizes evidence-based practice, health promotion and disease prevention as well as illness.
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 Clinical III (MSN 853) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnoses, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the lifespan. Integration of theory, pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacotherapeutics for the pediatric and older adult population along with women’s health issues will be highlighted.  This course emphasizes evidence based practice, health promotion and disease prevention.

Additional Nursing Coursework to earn the MSN - NE Track

Nurse Educator Track requirements consisting of 27 credits:

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The student will gain increased understanding of various physiological systems and the pathophysiology of frequently encountered primary care conditions across the lifespan and in special populations. In-depth case analysis of risk factors, pathophysiological changes, and associated clusters of signs and symptoms are investigated. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research as a basis for advanced nursing practice are studied.
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.
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.
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.

Nurse Educator (NE) Electives

Choose one of the following:

Global Perspectives in Health Care (MSN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine their own cultural beliefs, biases, and practices while learning about a culture different from their own. Graduate students will explore the opportunities and challenges present in underdeveloped nations and the beliefs, customs, and practices of the people who reside there in order to develop a global perspective of culture. Students may also have an opportunity to provide nursing care in various clinical settings in these countries.
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.

Nurse Educator Specialization Courses

Nurse Educator 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.

Liberal Arts Coursework

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) - Credits: 3

Course Description

THEOLOGY challenges the student to think theologically, yet concretely. Biblical, doctrinal, moral, and practical theology will be surveyed. This course will draw from various traditions, but a biblical foundation in the Christian tradition will be most prominent. Theological principles are applied to contemporary social and cultural issues.
Heritage of Faith (AL 159EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

HERITAGE OF FAITH examines the faith stance of various biblical personalities as well as various literary forms used by biblical authors to enable the student to read the Bible with a more profound grasp of its message as well as a deeper appreciation of its role in the literature of the Western world.
Christian Care Giving (REL 287) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Care Giving offers the student preparing for full-time church work opportunity to understand and apply the theology of the cross and the practice of the church in Christian care giving.

Humanities - 6 Credits Required.

Liberal Arts for Health Care Providers (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) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Music (AL 103EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

MUSIC will prepare students for appreciating the experience, structure, and cultural influence of Western classical music. With a focus on the sociocultural background of composers and musical eras, provides students with appropriate terminology and insight so they may critique and discuss classical musical compositions and performance. Opportunity to apply learning to a live musical event, which does not need to be classical.
Literary Visions (AL 136EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

LITERARY VISIONS brings literature to life with dramatizations of individual works and readings of literary passages. This introduction to literature incorporates both contemporary and traditional works in its selection of literary texts. It also places a strong emphasis on writing about literature as a way for students to learn and use advanced compositional techniques.
American Cinema (AL 206EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

AMERICAN CINEMA introduces basic issues related to the phenomenon of American cinema. It looks at American film history from the 1890’s through the 1990’s, but it does not explore this history in a purely chronological way. It is a cultural history which focuses on topics and issues more than on what happened when. It also explores how Hollywood films work technically, aesthetically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge America’s national self-image.
Art of the Western World (AL 208EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ART OF THE WESTERN WORLD relates the history of the Western visual tradition from the Classical period to the present time. Through lectures, visualization, and personal readings, students will learn to understand the principles behind the various periods and movements.

Social Science - 3 Credits Required.

Social Psychology in the Workplace (AL 271*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE introduces students to the study of persuasion, conformity, and social influence through exploration of perception, cognition, selfjustification, and small group behavior. The course uses the workplace as the context in which these concepts are explored. Students learn how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by others and learn methods social scientists use to study human behavior.
Eldercare (AL 342EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Eldercare is an in-depth study of the challenges facing elders in American society, the services available to them, and a critical evaluation of public policy. Specifics include a life course perspective on aging that makes this course applicable and meaningful for people to study, provides an examination of the meaning of old age, explains how the body, mind, spirit and soul are affected by the decline of age. Students are expected to spend 16 to 18 hours per Session on academic work for this course.
Abnormal Psychology (AL 424 EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY examines the complex factors that cause behavioral disorders, looks at biological, psychological, and environmental influences, and demonstrates psychological, biological, and social approaches to the treatment of abnormal behaviors.
Criminology (JPP 103EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Criminology studies causations of crime, including sociological, psychological, biophysiological and free will theories.

Cross Cultural - 3 Credits Required.

Faces of Culture (AL 286EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

FACES OF CULTURE features dramatic and unique film footage from around the world, embracing cultures from all continents, highlighting major lifestyles, and illustrating human adaptation to environment from the beginnings of the human species to the present. An expanded study guide and the most recent edition of a widely accepted cultural anthropology text complement the prize-winning programs.
Intercultural Communication (AL 270EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills necessary for a diverse workforce. In this course students come to understand intercultural communication by discussing language, stereotypes, behavior and patterns. Students develop the ability to apply cultural concepts to modern business situations and relate across cultures within that setting

Communications - 3 Credits Required.

Interpersonal Communication (AL 180) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION focuses on the role of self-concept, perception, nonverbal behaviors, listening, self-disclosure, power, gender, and conflict within relationships in the workplace, community and home. Everyday negotiation skills are developed within the context of interpersonal conflict management.
Intercultural Communication (AL 270*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills necessary for a diverse workforce. In this course students come to understand intercultural communication by discussing language, stereotypes, behavior and patterns. Students develop the ability to apply cultural concepts to modern business situations and relate across cultures within that setting

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