Feb 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin

Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education (MSN)

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Master of Science in Nursing

The College of Nursing and Health Professions at USI strives to ensure our graduate students are successful in their professional, personal, and academic careers. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are able to integrate critical thinking, independent judgment, provide leadership, synthesize knowledge, and promote the essential values of caring in their professional and personal lives.

The graduate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington D.C. 20036, 202/887-6791.

MSN Curriculum

To achieve the Master of Science in Nursing degree, all students complete nursing core courses and clinical core courses. Students select one of the following specialty areas:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nursing Education (NED)
  • Nursing Management and Leadership (NML)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Graduate nursing clinical practice requirements may be completed in the student’s own geographic area. Each student is responsible for identifying preceptors and clinical sites. Approval of each preceptor and clinical site must be obtained from faculty prior to beginning clinical hours. A written agreement with each agency is required prior to initiating clinical experiences. Students may be required to visit campus in order to demonstrate clinical competency. Faculty also will validate clinical competency through site visits and/or conference calls with preceptors and students.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Science in Nursing program are to prepare nurses at an advanced practice level who demonstrate professional leadership and foster a research climate in the practice of nursing. The graduate of the master’s degree program is a clinician, administrator, or educator who can:

  1. Synthesize knowledge and concepts from nursing, the sciences, and humanities as a foundation for advanced nursing practice;
  2. Integrate critical thinking and independent judgment to manage and provide advanced nursing practice with diverse populations;
  3. Participate in systematic inquiry and applied research to improve nursing care and enhance nursing as a profession;
  4. Integrate knowledge of the legal, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and ethical forces that affect patient care and the healthcare environment into the role of the advanced practice nurse;
  5. Function as an advocate, leader, and change agent to plan, implement, and evaluate healthcare in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, consumers, and policy makers; and
  6. Provide leadership in maintaining and promoting the professional values of caring, integrity, accountability, competence, collegiality, and lifelong learning.
  7. Integrate data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
  8. Integrate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.

Graduate Studies Admission Criteria and Application Process

Refer to the Admission  section of the bulletin for information about Graduate Studies admission criteria and the online application process.

MSN Program Admission Requirements

The MSN program offers admission for fall, spring, or summer. Refer to www.usi.edu/online-learning/online-programs/master-of-science-in-nursing for application deadlines. Applications are not reviewed until all materials have been received. Both full-time and part-time study options are available based upon course availability. MSN-specific admission requirements include:

  • a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school;
  • minimum baccalaureate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • satisfactory completion of a course in undergraduate statistics;
  • unencumbered RN license;
  • One year of full time employment or equivalent as a registered nurse is strongly recommended.

Nursing Education (NED) 42 hours

The Nursing Education specialty prepares the nurse to be an educator in schools of nursing or healthcare institution with skills in curriculum development and implementation, teaching strategies for the classroom and clinical setting, and measurement of student and program outcomes. There are a total of 42 hours in the specialty.

The nursing education graduate is prepared to

  • integrate the roles of faculty scholarship, teaching, and service;
  • formulate learning objectives, learning strategies, and activities in relationship to theories of teaching and learning;
  • facilitate relationships between students and clinical agencies demonstrating an expertise in nursing and the ability to influence change;
  • advocate for students and develop mutual respect through advising, counseling, understanding diversity, conveying a sense of caring and serving as a preceptor and role model;
  • integrate into the role of a faculty member participation in institutional committees and leadership to the school, institution, and the profession;
  • disseminate knowledge of teaching expertise through publication and presentation of innovative teaching methods and outcomes of scholarly work; and
  • integrate innovative and creative teaching strategies that consider increasing use of technology in education, changing perspectives on teaching and learning, and the needs of a global society.

Clinical Core Courses (9 hours)

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