Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Program Description

Description
The Master of Science in Nursing program offers an advanced nurse generalist focus which provides contemporary professional skills and knowledge for leadership in the healthcare system. The program encourages nurses to develop scholarly practice to deliver health care that is caring, holistic, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. Opportunities are offered for working professionals to concurrently integrate educational principles into direct practice. The program vision is to inspire nurses to develop a lifelong commitment to nursing scholarship and leadership advancing nursing into the future. This program aims to fulfill the recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) guidelines as prescribed in the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing for professional Nursing practice (AACN, 2011).

Prerequisites for Core Courses

  • Bachelors degree in nursing from an accredited college
  • Current Professional Registered Nurse License from Resident State Board of Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher

NOTE: Courses in the MSN program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. Capstone course is eight-weeks in length. Clinical practice hours will be required for academic synthesis of course content and will be threaded throughout the program.  Practicum site and hours may include community agencies, conferences approved by instructor, work site capstone development, approved volunteer activities, interagency site visits, technological field trips, simulation labs, preceptor training, leadership activities, professional meetings, and interdepartmental study in current employment system.  Practicum hours will not be awarded for current salaried employment.

Program Outline
Students take eleven core courses totaling 33 credit hours, which include 3 credit hours for evidenced based capstone outcomes project.

To receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree must earn 33 graduate semester credit hours.  Transfer of graduate credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Twenty eight program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

Master of Science in Nursing Major Core Courses (33.0 credit hours)

Leadership and Professional Development in Nursing

3.0 credit hours

Nursing Theory for Research and Practice

3.0 credit hours

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3.0 credit hours

Health Systems, Policy, and Resource Management

3.0 credit hours

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

3.0 credit hours

Human Diversity, Global Health, and Social Issues

3.0 credit hours

Advanced Pathophysiology for Practice

3.0 credit hours

Principals of Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

3.0 credit hours

Advanced Health Assessment for Best Practice

3.0 credit hours

Research for Evidenced-Based Practice and Outcome Management

3.0 credit hours

Translating Research into Practice: Outcomes Management

3.0 credit hours