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    1. Accelerated RN to MSN

      Accelerated RN to MSN Overview

      Accelerated RN to MSN Program

      Registered Nurses who are driven to expedite their professional mobility and who do not yet possess a BSN degree should consider our Accelerated RN to MSN online program. This program delivers an intensive, streamlined course of study that awards both a Bachelor of Science (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) upon completion of the entire program.

      The Accelerated RN to MSN online program:
      • Combines the curriculums of our RN to BSN and our Master of Science in Nursing degrees
      • Allows RNs to focus on a single course of study to help enable career prospects
      • Offers the flexibility and convenience of 24/7 access to classes, which helps working nurses pursue their educational goals while continuing their careers and meeting their personal and family responsibilities.

      Within the MSN portion of the program, in addition to our core courses, we are proud to offer three online specializations:

      Specialization in Nurse Educator

      Students in the MSN program will have the opportunity to focus on the Nurse Educator specialization. This specialization is designed for RNs who want to develop and train nurses to meet the challenges of a rapidly developing and continually changing healthcare environment.

      Specialization in Nurse Administrator 

      Graduates with a Nurse Administrator Specialization may be involved in the design of healthcare delivery systems, making policy and financial decisions, promoting patient safety and quality improvements in patient care, and incorporating technology, contemporary practice and ethics into delivery of health care.

      Specialization in Nursing Informatics 

      Technology is transforming modern healthcare by helping to create more efficient and higher quality outcomes. The specialization in Nursing Informatics is designed to prepare graduates to develop, implement and evaluate new operational data systems, train healthcare professionals in the use of computerized clinical information systems, and collect and analyze data for patient information and improvements of clinical care.

      Employment Opportunities

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, *faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.”

      Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm#
      *The average growth rate for all occupations is 14 percent.

      The RN to Master of Science in Nursing offered in only the online delivery format through the South University, Savannah campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120; http://www.aacn.nche.edu/; telephone: 202.887.6791.

      Academic Requirements

      To be admitted to the Accelerated RN to MSN degree completion program online at South University, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

      • An associate degree in nursing from an accredited collegiate institution, or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
      • Official transcripts from every college or university attended (submission within 10 weeks after initial start date).
      • Holds and maintains a valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US state or territory in which the student completes all assignments for the program.
      • Submit, along with your packet materials, three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form.  At least one of your references should hold a Master's in Nursing degree.
      • Submit an essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals, reasons for your choice of specialization, and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.
      • Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
      • Must meet core Performance Standards as described in the catalog. 

      Once enrolled in the program, students must meet the following criteria within the BSN course work before progressing to the MSN studies:

      1. Completion of a three-credit-hour undergraduate course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of B or better
      2. Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for all BSN-level courses

      After progressing to the graduate-level studies, students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in courses NSG5000, NSG5002, NSG5003. Students who are unable to maintain the minimum GPA requirements may exit to the South University RN to BSN completion program and may apply for graduate studies once they obtain a BSN.

      Accelerated RN to MSN - 213 Total Credits

      Students pursuing the Accelerated RN to MSN program are required to take a total of 213-217 credits as follows:

      • Area I: General Education Requirements - 90 credits
      • Area II: Foundation Requirements - 75 credits
      • Area III: Core Requirements - 48-52 credits

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      Area I: General Education Requirements - 90 Credits
      Students are required to take 70 credits as follows:

      BIO1011 - Anatomy and Physiology I

      This course is an introduction to the structures and functions of the human body, including the characteristics of life, homeostasis, organizational levels, basic metabolism, the cell, tissues, organs, organ systems, the organism, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and special senses.

      Prerequisite(s): AHS1001 ENG0099 MAT0099
      Credits: 4
      BIO1012 - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

      In this course students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, experiments, and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO1011.  BIO1012 must be taken concurrently with BIO1011.

      Prerequisite(s): AHS1001
      Credits: 2
      BIO1013 - Anatomy and Physiology II

      Anatomy and Physiology II is a continuation of BIO1011. It includes the endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, urinary system, fluids and electrolytes, reproductive systems, pregnancy, and growth and development.

      Prerequisite(s):
      AHS1001, BIO1011, and BIO1012 with a C or better.
      Credits: 4
      BIO1014 - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

      In this course students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, dissections, and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO1013.  BIO1014 must be taken concerrently with BIO1013.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Concurrent enrollment in BIO1013. BIO1011 and BIO1012 with grades of C or better
      Credits: 2
      BIO2070 - Microbiology

      Microbiology introduces the student to microorganisms with particular emphasis on their role in health, wellness and disease. Economic, social and cultural issues related to utilization, control, and research of the monera, protista, fungi, bacteria and viruses are also considered.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better. Co-requisite BIO2071
      Credits: 4
      BIO2071 - Microbiology Lab

      In this course, students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, experiments and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO2070. This course must be taken concurrently with BIO2070.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better. Co-requisite: BIO2070.
      Credits: 2
      CHM1010_S - Chemistry

      CHM1010 is a survey course of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental concepts and principles will be presented including atomic theory, bonding, nomenclature, solutions, acids and bases, and an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these topics in various health fields. This overview provides the healthcare worker the ability to appreciate physiological and therapeutic processes at the molecular level. The course will also explore the role of chemistry in society today by applying a problem solving approach to understanding chemistry.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT0099 and math elective
      Credits: 4
      ENG1100 - Composition I

      Students will be introduced to college-level writing processes, particularly planning, researching and writing essays. Emphasis will be placed on refining individual skills, writing styles and voices, types of essay and on effective writing procedures. Selected readings supplement the course and provide topics for discussion and writing assignments. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG0099 or exemption thereof
      Credits: 4
      ENG1200 - Composition II

      Focusing on the construction of effective, researched written arguments, this course refines composition techniques, develops abstract thinking processes, and promotes critical thinking. By locating and evaluating sources and incorporating appropriately vetted academic sources into their work, students will create well-supported arguments within appropriately documented academic essays. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100
      Credits: 4
      ENG1300 - Composition III/Literature

      In this course students write analytical and critical essays about fiction, drama, and poetry. Emphasis is placed on literal and figurative interpretations, structural analysis, and variations in thematic and critical reading approaches. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100 ENG1200
      Credits: 4
      ITS1000 - Computer and Internet Literacy

      This course is for students to obtain basic knowledge and skills in using computer office production software and internet features. A broad range of software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and internet usage concepts will be covered. Students will also use computer and communications technology to develop information literacy skills.

       

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      MAT1001 - College Algebra I

      The course is designed to develop the concepts needed for College Algebra II using graphs and applications to motivate students and provide real-world examples. The course covers the solution of systems of linear equations, exponents and polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, functions, and quadratic equations. MyMathLab or a comparable resource may be used for lecture, homework and assessment assignment delivery.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099 or Exemption
      Credits: 4
      MAT1500 - College Mathematics

      College Mathematics covers the fundamentals of several areas of mathematics, including set theory, logic, geometry, graph theory, probability, and statistics.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099
      Credits: 4
      MAT2058 - Statistics

      Statistics introduces the student to the terminology and techniques of Statistics including  levels of measurement, measures of central tendency and variance, random variables, linear correlation and regression, normal probability distributions, sampling distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, and hypothesis testing.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT1005, or MAT1001 and MAT1500
      Credits: 4
      NTR2050 - Nutrition

      This course surveys the principles necessary to promote optimum nutrition throughout the life cycle. Consideration is given to informed evaluation of areas of controversy, as well as influence of socioeconomic factors and culture on nutritional practices.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better.
      Credits: 4
      PSY1001 - General Psychology

      An introduction and overview of the major principles in the field of Psychology including: mental disorders, personality, social understanding, stress and coping, learning, memory, neuroscience, and consciousness. Students will also gain a broad understanding of how these areas are interconnected from a theoretical and practical worldview in addition to scientific modes of thought about behavior.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      PSY2022 - Human Growth and Development

      In Human Growth and Development, students will learn the normal developmental stages of the human life cycle. The stages of human development will be examined within the context of the biological, psychological, sociological, intellectual, and emotional processes. Relevant cross-cultural comparisons are used to illustrate the unity and diversity of human life.

      Prerequisite(s):
      PSY1001 with a C or better
      Credits: 4
      SOC1001 - Introduction to Sociology

      This course introduces the study of human social development, social organizations and social institutions. Students will apply sociological perspectives to examine topics such as the development of self-concept, group dynamics, culture, social deviance, gender equality, social class, racial and ethnic relations, demography and population, the family, religion, and education.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG1001 (recommended)
      Credits: 4
      SPC1026 - Public Speaking

      This course is designed to prepare the student to develop and improve the ability to communicate. Self-expression, preparation of effective speeches, and development of speaking and listening skills will be emphasized.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Math and Science Electives
      Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:

      AHS1001 - Medical Terminology

      This course presents a study of basic medical terminology, based on the human body system approach. Prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are included in the content. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. This course is designed for health profession students who require study in the fundamentals of medical terminology as part of their professional curriculum.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG0099
      Credits: 4
      BIO2015 - Human Pathophysiology

      Human Pathophysiology is an introductory study of disease processes in humans. Etiology, clinical manifestations, complications, common treatments, and diagnostic findings are examined based on a body systems approach. This course emphasizes physiological alterations resulting in disease and illness.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013 and BIO1014 with grades of C or better
      Credits: 4


      Humanities Electives
      Students are required to take 8 credits from the courses listed below:

      ENG2002 - World Literature I

      Organized by period, genre and heme, this course explores global viewpoints as expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the period of the very first written texts up until the Middle Ages. Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      ENG2003 - World Literature II

      Organized by period, genre and theme, this course explores global viewpoints expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the late 17th century through to the present day.  Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      HUM1001 - Art History: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

      This course surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric/Tribal period and continuing through the Middle Ages. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      HUM1002 - History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

      This course surveys the history of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      PHI2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

      This course introduces students to critical philosophical thinking. Students will confront fundamental questions of self and identity, of freedom and determinism, of belief and truth, and of ethics and morality. Critical thinking activities will challenge students to incorporate philosophy into their daily lives by applying the questions of philosophy to themselves and their world.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4


      General Education Electives
      Students are required to take 8 credits from the courses listed below:

      BIO1020 - Biology I

      This is the first of a two-course sequence in biology.  This course introduces biology, scientific methods, biological chemistry, and energy for life.  This course also exposes students to the organization of humans and plants, basic genetics, and evolutionary concepts.  In addition, the student will complete writing assignments that serve to introduce scientific literature.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      BIO1021 - Biology II

      Biology II is the second in a two-course sequence in biology. This course continues the study of human biology with the roles of the endocrine and nervous systems in homeostatic regulation. Other topics covered are human reproduction, development, evolution, and advanced genetics. Ecological concepts are also discussed. The student will complete writing assignments that serve to increase knowledge of the scientific literature.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1020 with a grade of C or better Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      HUM1001 - Art History: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

      This course surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric/Tribal period and continuing through the Middle Ages. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      HUM1002 - History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

      This course surveys the history of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      PHI2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

      This course introduces students to critical philosophical thinking. Students will confront fundamental questions of self and identity, of freedom and determinism, of belief and truth, and of ethics and morality. Critical thinking activities will challenge students to incorporate philosophy into their daily lives by applying the questions of philosophy to themselves and their world.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4
      POL2076 - American Government

      This course introduces students to the American Government. By examining the struggle for power - the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas - this course introduces the students to the political strategies that drive democracy.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4
      UVC1000 - Strategies for Success

      Designed to help entering students develop a more effective approach to college success, this course emphasizes positive self-evaluation, goal-setting, and motivation; practical skills of successful students; effective use of the library and the many sources of information available; and the concepts and tools of critical thinking, and their applications.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Area II: Foundation Requirements - 75 Credits
      Students are required to take 71 credits as follows:

      BSNPRE - BSN Prerequisites
      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 45
      NSG3006 - Professional Nursing Practice

      This course provides an introduction to the theories, concepts, and knowledge necessary in professional nursing practice. Emphases are on professional role development; the value of lifelong learning and the trends, issues, values, and standards for advanced nursing practice. The student explores the application of five integral components of the nursing profession: Caring, Communication, Critical Thinking, Professionalism, and Holism in the professional practice role.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Admission to the Nursing program
      Credits: 2
      NSG3012 - Principles of Assessment for Registered Nurses

      This course builds on the physical assessment skills of the registered nurse. The course takes a systems approach to physical assessment and includes both normal and abnormal findings.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG3005 or NSG3006
      Credits: 4
      NSG3016 - Caring for a Multicultural Society

      This courses focuses on ways to assist the nurse to provide holistic care in a multicultural society. Theories related to culture and caring, holism and spirituality are used as a foundation for understanding our multicultural world. Specific cultural practices, beliefs and issues affecting the health of persons and communities are studied.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Admission to the Nursing program
      Credits: 2
      NSG3028 - Caring for the Community

      This course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community and public health. The community and public health focus includes caring for people in the home, school, workplace, health department, as well as various agencies. Content focuses on the environment, epidemiological issues, and vulnerable populations across the lifespan, communicable disease, and health promotion. Perspectives on healthcare and community oriented nursing, influences on healthcare delivery, and conceptual and scientific approach applied to community oriented nursing are also emphasized. The principles of professional nursing care to culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups are integrated throughout the health-illness continuum.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3012
      Credits: 4
      NSG4028 - Concepts of Teaching and Learning

      This course gives the registered nurse the opportunity to enhance his/her patient teaching skills and develop skills for staff education. Principles of learning, teaching strategies, communication, and preparation of continuing education programs will be included. Considerations for teaching and learning with a diverse population will be explored.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4029 - Leadership in a Diverse Society

      This course prepares the registered nurse, not only for a professional leadership role, but will enhance his/her ability to work with professionals of other cultures. This course emphasizes professional leadership while assisting to develop specialized nursing management skills.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4064 - Financial Management for Nurses

      This course explores nursing finance and budgeting issues. The course includes an overview of the healthcare system, ethics, leadership and budgeting strategies. The use of information technology is examined.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4070 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing

      This course analyzes professional ethical and legal issues with the ensuing nursing dilemmas integrating the factors of professional laws/standards, personal ethical stance, social, spiritual, transcultural, economic, institutional and political climate. Legal and ethical practice issues will be reviewed. Emphasis is given to the resolution of ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning and ethical and legal obligations in professional patient relationships.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG3005 or NSG3006
      Credits: 2


      Nursing Elective
      Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:

      NSG4065 - Complementary and Alternative Methods of Nursing

      This course explores complementary and alternative methods of healing. Principles of psychophysiology of healing are discussed. Alternative therapies such as energy healing, imagery, and music theory are examined.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4066 - Palliative Care

      In this course the student explores concepts and issues in end of life care. Students learn strategies to give optimum end of life care to the individual and the family. Symptom management, legal/ethical consideration, grief and death are covered.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4067 - Gerontological Care

      This course focuses on the care of the older adult. Pathophysiology of normal aging and common ailments will be discussed. The course examines the older adult in the community, long-term care and acute care.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4


      Area III: Core Requirements - 48-52 Credits
      Core
      Students are required to take 24 credits as follows:

      NSG5000 - Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice

      This course examines the role of the advanced practice nurse in the clinical, primary care, education, administration, health policy, and research arenas. The historical role of the nurse, change theory and leadership models are emphasized. Self-reflection, self-mastery, professional integrity, empowerment, and ethical decision making will be discussed to help the student transition from clinical nurse to the role of advanced practice nurse. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      NSG5002 - Advanced Theoretical Perspectives

      This course explores theories related to nursing, health care and learning. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and critique various theories. Students will demonstrate how theory is applied to research. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Admission to the Nursing program
      Credits: 4
      NSG5003 - Advanced Pathophysiology

      This course will examine common pathological conditions of the human. Pharmacologic, medical, and nursing interventions will be included. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      NSG6001 - Advanced Nursing Practice I

      In this course, the learner will synthesize content from physiology, pharmacology and nursing treatment modalities in order to develop expertise in nursing and collaborative practice. This course will focus on common health problems across the life span. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG5002 NSG5003
      Credits: 4
      NSG6002 - Advanced Nursing Practice II

      In this course, the learner will synthesize content from pathophysiology, pharmacology, genetics and genomics, and nursing treatment modalities in order to develop advanced practice skills in health promotion and disease prevention using national guidelines. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6001
      Credits: 4
      NSG6101 - Nursing Research Methods

      This course prepares the student to critique research studies, identify researchable problems within the clinical setting, and design research projects to generate and apply new knowledge. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs will be addressed. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG5000 NSG5002 NSG5003
      Credits: 4


      Nurse Administrator Specialization
      Students are required to take 28 credits as follows:

      MHC6306 - Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations

      Presentation of human resource management principles as applied in healthcare organizations. Examines the unique aspects of managing healthcare professionals including recruitment and retention; staff privileges; legal issues; job design and analysis; compensation; and labor relations.

       

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation Courses
      Credits: 4
      NSG6005 - Pharmacology

      In this course the student reviews and comprehends the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses of the adult.  Emphasis is on the therapeutic decision-making in drug selection and monitoring therapeutic responses for culturally diverse patients.  Patient education, legal, ethical and economic issues are reviewed.  A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6002
      Credits: 4
      NSG6601 - Managing Complex Healthcare Systems

      This course examines the role of the nurse executive within complex health care environments, focusing on the conceptual frameworks of systems theory, complexity science, appreciative inquiry and organizational learning theory, as well as nursing administration models of organizational management.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Core coursework
      Credits: 4
      NSG6605 - Quality Outcomes and Financial Management in Healthcare Organizations

      This course provides an overview of quality, safety and performance improvement, including an analysis of care processes through evidence based practice, research and translation of innovation. In addition, this course provides an overview of healthcare financing and financial management for the nurse executive. Topics may include financial accounting, cost accounting, budgeting, capital expenditures, and reimbursement systems.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Core coursework
      Credits: 4
      NSG6620 - Practicum I: Quantitative Skills in Nursing Administration

      This course is the first course in a two-course series which synthesizes content from the specialty administrative courses into a culminating “clinical” nursing administrative experience. In both courses the learner enacts the role of the nurse administrator. Content will include didactic and clinical administrative experiences. The course involves obtaining a local mentor and practicing the administrative role under guided mentorship. The majority of didactic course work includes practical experience with budgets, developing and honing leadership style and expertise, initiating collaborative practice and teambuilding, as well as working with change and motivational theories. The learner will incorporate the five pillars of the conceptual framework into administrative experiences. The majority of clinical time will be spent in an administrative organizational setting. The practicum course will consist of 120 hours in the clinical setting. Online time will be used to analyze and evaluate this experience. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6601 NSG6605
      Credits: 4
      NSG6630 - Practicum II: Qualitative Skills in Nursing Administration

      This course is the second in the set of two culminating administrative curricular experiences. It expands on previous didactic and clinical coursework, through didactic work in management, patient care outcomes, and measurement of healthcare outcomes. Emphasis is placed on long-term and strategic planning, incorporating personnel management tactics such as performance.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6620
      Credits: 4
      NSG6999 - Graduate Project in Nursing

      The capstone project is a synthesis and application of advanced nursing knowledge, scholarship, and research in the area of specialization. The student's inquiry is focused in the area of the specialty concentration. The student develops a scholarly project that will either demonstrate an application of evidence to practice for a substantive change, or generate a proposal for new nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on application of evidence-based research methodology, scholarly writing, and critical thinking. These scholarly projects are presented in both written and oral form. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG6101 and successful completion of at least one graduate practicum in Nursing. Taken in the last quarter of the Master of Sciene in Nursing program and the RN to Master of Science in Nursing program
      Credits: 4


      Nurse Educator Specialization
      Students are required to take 24 credits as follows:

      NSG6003 - Teaching and Learning Strategies

      This course provides content to assess and motivate learners. Classroom, clinical, simulation and other technology methods will be addressed. The emphasis is on developing the creativity of the nurse educator. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6001
      Credits: 4
      NSG6102 - Evaluation of Educational Outcomes in Nursing

      This course covers content relevant to testing and evaluating learners in classrooms, skills labs, and clinical practice settings. Content includes test construction and design; performance based assessment, assessment of critical thinking and standardized testing. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG5000 NSG5002 NSG5003
      Credits: 4
      NSG6103 - Curriculum Design & Evaluation in Nursing Education

      This course prepares the learner to design, examine, revise, and evaluate nursing curriculum. Connecting nursing curricula content to philosophy, outcomes, and outcomes will be analyzed. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG5002 NSG5003
      Credits: 4
      NSG6201 - Practicum in Nursing Education I

      In this course the learner enacts the role of the nurse educator. The focus of this course is health across the life span. Content will include both didactic and clinical teaching experiences. This course involves obtaining a local mentor and practicing the role of the nurse educator. The learner will synthesize caring and holism into teaching experiences. The majority of course time will be spent in an educational setting mutually agreed upon by the instructor and the student. Online time will be used to analyze and evaluate this experience. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6003 NSG6102 NSG6103
      Credits: 4
      NSG6202 - Practicum in Nursing Education II

      This course gives the learner the opportunity to choose an area of nursing education. The learner will obtain a local mentor and enact the role of the chosen nurse educator. The learner will synthesize the conceptual framework pillars of caring, communication, critical thinking, professionalism, and holism into clinical teaching experience. This course will run concurrent with NSG6999. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG6201; Co-requisite: NSG6999
      Credits: 4
      NSG6999 - Graduate Project in Nursing

      The capstone project is a synthesis and application of advanced nursing knowledge, scholarship, and research in the area of specialization. The student's inquiry is focused in the area of the specialty concentration. The student develops a scholarly project that will either demonstrate an application of evidence to practice for a substantive change, or generate a proposal for new nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on application of evidence-based research methodology, scholarly writing, and critical thinking. These scholarly projects are presented in both written and oral form. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG6101 and successful completion of at least one graduate practicum in Nursing. Taken in the last quarter of the Master of Sciene in Nursing program and the RN to Master of Science in Nursing program
      Credits: 4


      Nursing Informatics Specialization
      Students are required to take 28 credits as follows:

      ITS5010 - Information Technology Infrastructure
      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits:
      NSG6005 - Pharmacology

      In this course the student reviews and comprehends the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses of the adult.  Emphasis is on the therapeutic decision-making in drug selection and monitoring therapeutic responses for culturally diverse patients.  Patient education, legal, ethical and economic issues are reviewed.  A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6002
      Credits: 4
      NSG6650 - Introduction to Nursing Informatics

      This course explores the role of the nurse informaticist using the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Informatics. Informatics theories, including Rogers Theory of Diffusion of Innovation, the Technology Acceptance Model, and Locsin’s Technology Competence as Caring in Nursing will be examined.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS5010
      Core coursework
      Credits: 4
      NSG6652 - Issues and Trends in Nursing Informatics

      This course examines issues and trends in nursing informatics from sources such as professional and governmental regulations, technology developments, academic and professional literature, and case studies. Topics may include the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, meaningful use, and Health Level 7, with an emphasis on how these issues affect nursing informaticists and their current and future roles.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6650
      Credits: 4
      NSG6670 - Practicum I: Database Management in Nursing Informatics

      This course is the first course in a two-course series which synthesizes content from the specialty informatics courses into a culminating “clinical” nursing informatics experience. In both courses the learner enacts the role of nursing informatics professional. Content will include didactic and clinical informatics experiences. The course involves obtaining a local mentor and practicing the informatics role under guided mentorship. The didactic portion of this course will involve setting up and maintaining a database to address current challenges in nursing informatics. Data will be collected, stored, and analyzed using database software. The majority of clinical time will be spent in an informatics organizational setting mutually agreed upon by the instructor, the mentor, and the student. The practicum course will consist of 120 hours in the clinical setting. Online time will be used to analyze and evaluate this experience. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6652
      Credits: 4
      NSG6680 - Practicum II: Project Management in Nursing Informatics

      This course is the second course in a two-course series which synthesizes content from the specialty informatics courses into a culminating “clinical” nursing informatics experience. In both courses the learner enacts the role of nursing informatics professional. Content will include didactic and clinical informatics experiences. The course involves obtaining a local mentor and practicing the informatics role under guided mentorship.  The didactic portion of this course will involve managing a nursing informatics project through the life cycle using project management software. The majority of clinical time will be spent in an informatics organizational setting mutually agreed upon by the instructor, the mentor, and the student. The practicum course will consist of 120 hours in the clinical setting. Online time will be used to analyze and evaluate this experience. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6670
      Credits: 4
      NSG6999 - Graduate Project in Nursing

      The capstone project is a synthesis and application of advanced nursing knowledge, scholarship, and research in the area of specialization. The student's inquiry is focused in the area of the specialty concentration. The student develops a scholarly project that will either demonstrate an application of evidence to practice for a substantive change, or generate a proposal for new nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on application of evidence-based research methodology, scholarly writing, and critical thinking. These scholarly projects are presented in both written and oral form. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG6101 and successful completion of at least one graduate practicum in Nursing. Taken in the last quarter of the Master of Sciene in Nursing program and the RN to Master of Science in Nursing program
      Credits: 4


      Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll into an internship, externship, practicum, or field experience course. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

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