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Master of Science in Nursing

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  • Curriculum

    The curriculum includes graduate core courses, specialty track advanced practice courses, other nursing and support courses, clinical practica, and either a master's project or thesis. Students collaborate with their advisors to select practica that fit their particular areas or populations of interest. Clinical practica may take place in the students' home area if appropriate.


  • Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator (NED)

    The Nurse Educator (NED) Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate prepares BSN nurses at the certificate level in nursing education within the academic and clinical arenas. The certificate is built upon the art and science of nursing education within the changing contexts of health care, nursing, higher education, and evidence-based practice. The NED Certificate provides students with a basic understanding and evidence-based application of the nurse educator role. Credits earned can be applied toward the Master's of Science with a Major in Nursing, NED Emphasis for students who would like to earn a graduate degree. Certificate contact information: Dr. Tracy Wright, wrighttr@mnstate.edu.

    Admission Information

    1. BS or BA in nursing from an NLN, ACEN or CCNE accredited university.
    2. Documentation of current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US.
    3. Total cumulative GPA (not including transfer credits) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses from institution awarding baccalaureate nursing degree.
    4. Completed Graduate School Online application.
    5. Completed Nursing Application including
      1. 500 word essay describing professional experience and future professional goals.
      2. Three letters of recommendation (from professional colleagues).
       
    6. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
    7. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    8. Three letters of recommendation (two from professional colleagues, 1 from personal; see provided nursing forms).
    9. 500 word essay describing professional experience and future professional goals.
    10. Non-Minnesota applicants are not fully admitted until the Department of Higher Education in the applicant's state of residence has approved distance education/online programs from the state of Minnesota.
        

    Requirements (14 Credits)

    NURS 622 Teaching Technology & Information Management (3)
    NURS 608 Transcultural and Social Perspectives (3)
    NURS 623 Nurse as Educator (3)
    NURS 627 Program Curriculum Design and Evaluation (Pre-req: NURS 623) (3)
    NURS 642P Advance Nurse Educator Practicum I (2)
    OR
    NURS 643P Advance Nurse Educator Practicum II (2)

     

    Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems in Leadership (NAOSL)

    The Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate prepares early career and current nurse leaders in the areas of nursing and healthcare leadership.. The certificate program emphasizes the key areas of leadership essential to successfully navigating complex healthcare systems while in a leadership role. Credits earned can be applied toward the Master's of Science with a Major in Nursing, NAOSL emphasis for students who would like to earn a graduate degree. Certificate contact information: Dr. Tracy Wright, wrighttr@mnstate.edu

    Admission Information

    1. BS or BA in nursing from an NLN, ACEN or CCNE accredited university.
    2. Documentation of current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US.
    3. Total cumulative GPA (not including transfer credits) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses from institution awarding baccalaureate nursing degree.
    4. Completed Graduate School Online application.
    5. Completed Nursing Application including
      1. 500 word essay describing professional experience and future professional goals.
      2. Three letters of recommendation (from professional colleagues).
       
    6. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
    7. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    8. Three letters of recommendation (two from professional colleagues, 1 from personal; see provided nursing forms).
    9. 500 word essay describing professional experience and future professional goals.
    10. Non-Minnesota applicants are not fully admitted until the Department of Higher Education in the applicant's state of residence has approved distance education/online programs from the state of Minnesota.
        

    Requirements (15 Credits)

    NURS 605 Healthcare Quality and Safety (3)
    NURS 606 Healthcare Delivery Systems, Policy, Financing, & Leadership (3)
    NURS 706 Organizational and Systems Leadership (4)
    NURS 644P NAOSL Practicum I (2)
    OR
    NURS 645P NAOSL Practicum II (2)
    MHA 638 Health Information Systems (3)

    Master of Science in Nursing

    Program Coordinator: Tracy Wright, PhD
    213 Lommen Hall, (218) 766-2336
    wrighttr@mnstate.edu or nursing@mnstate.edu

    School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SNHL)

    SNHL includes Nursing and Health Services Administration programs. The incorporation of the multiple programs into a single School represents an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of health fields with the integration of nursing services, management practice, and leadership programming.

    Master of Science with Major in Nursing

    The Master of Science with a major in Nursing is designed to prepare registered nurses holding a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing for an advanced nursing role. The degree builds upon the general baccalaureate nursing competencies, is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Essentials, and provides curricula necessary to meet the education needs relative to the student’s specific emphasis choice. Graduates will be better able to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice.

    Accreditation

    The graduate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Guidelines from national and specialty organizations were used to develop a curriculum that prepares graduates for roles in nursing education and nursing administration/organizational systems leadership . MSU Moorhead is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools at the Master’s degree level.

    Degree Requirements

    Core Courses for all Emphasis (20 Credits)

    NURS 600 Theoretical Perspectives of the Discipline (3)
    NURS 603 Introduction to Research, Data Analysis and Informatics (2)
    NURS 604 Advanced Nursing Research and EBP* (4)
    NURS 606 Health Care Delivery Systems, Policy and Financing and Leadership (3)
    NURS 608 Transcultural and Social Perspectives (3)
    NURS 610 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)
    NURS 689 Thesis/Project Seminar I (1)
    NURS 691 Thesis/Project Seminar II (1)
    Specialty Courses for Nurse Educator Emphasis (25 Credits)
     

    NURS 614 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I (4)
    NURS 616 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (3)
    NURS 612 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment (3)
    NURS 622 Teaching: Technology and Information Management (3)
    NURS 623 Nurse as Educator (3)
    NURS 627 Program/Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
    NURS 642P Advanced Nurse Educator Practicum I (2)
    NURS 643P Advanced Nurse Educator Practicum II (2)
    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1)
    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1)
    Specialty Courses for Nurse Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership
    Emphasis (25 Credits) 
     

    MHA 618 Healthcare Law and Ethical Decision-Making (3)
    MHA 638 Healthcare Information Systems (3)
    ECON 610 Healthcare Economics (3)
    NURS 605 Healthcare Quality and Safety (3)
    MBA 641 Human Resources Management (3)
    NURS 706 Organization and System Leadership (4)
    NURS 644P (Nursing Adm & Org Systems Leadership Practicum I (2) (100 clinical hours)
    NURS 645P (Nursing Adm & Org Systems Leadership Practicum II (2) (100 clinical hours) (Foci: Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care, Ambulatory, or Public Setting)
    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1) OR NURS 696 Project for Nursing (1)
    NURS 699 Thesis for Nursing (1) OR NURS 696 Project for Nursing (1)

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