Master of Science in Nursing

Dean of Nursing & Director of
Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership

Aubray Orduña, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6118 TF 800.647.5500 orduna@clarksoncollege.edu

Director of Graduate Nursing &
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Patricia Coyle-Rogers, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.-B.C.
PH 402.552.3310 TF 800.647.5500 coylerogers@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

Clarkson College offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree that provides five options to meet specific professional goals of graduate students. Four online options include: Nursing Health Care Administration, Nursing Education, Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. The fifth option, Nurse Anesthesia, is a hybrid program combining traditional and distance education.

In order to complete a MSN at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete 38 to 73 graduate semester hours. Each of the options has a different set of credit hour requirements; however, they all require coursework to be taken from nursing core, option and evidence-based practice research project areas. Up to nine semester hours of current graduate-level courses may be transferred from another accredited institution with the approval of the Director of the Graduate Nursing program. No credit hours may be transferred into the NP Certificate option.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSN requirements for Nursing Health Care Administration, Nursing Education, Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner, the graduate will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Generate policies through teamwork and collaboration in the complex roles of educator, administrator or advanced clinician.
  2. Construct health care strategies using evidence-based theoretical, scientific and contemporary knowledge.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skill to improve client health outcomes, facilitate change in health care systems and appraise ethical-legal dilemmas.
  4. Create systems to promote safety and minimize risks of harm to clients and providers.
  5. Use information technology to interpret data, communicate and evaluate decision making.
  6. Advocate for professional behaviors that advance the profession and improve health care.

Curriculum Requirements

The Clarkson College MSN program requires completion of:

  • Core Requirement Courses = 21 semester hours
  • Specialty Option Courses (selecting one of the concentrations) = 18 to 57 semester hours
  • Evidence-Based Practice Research Project = three semester hours

Specialty Option Courses

Each of the five specialty options has a set of courses required for completion of the MSN. All courses identified for each of the options must be completed. 

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Core and designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required courses for Master of Science in Nursing: Traditional Option

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Core Requirement Courses for Nursing Health Care Administration, Nursing Education, Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner (21 semester hours) Semester Hours
GR 798 Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 799 Role Transition 1
NS 847 Applied Statistics 3
NS 801 Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 1
NS 803 Health Care Delivery Systems and Managed Care 2
NS 804 Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 3
NS 808  ◊ Nursing Law and Ethics 3
NS 812 Research Design and Methods I 3
NS 910 Evidence-Based Practice Research Project I 1
NS 911 Evidence-Based Practice Research Project II 2
NS 912 Evidence-Based Practice Research Project III 1
    Total 21
Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Health Care Administration (42 total hours = 18 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 21 hours option) Semester Hours
MB 808  ◊ Health Care Leadership 3
MB 851 Health Care Economics 3
MB 836 Health Care Project Management 3
MB 827 Finance for Health Care Leaders 3
MB 823 Health Care Strategic Planning & Marketing 3
MB 810  ◊ Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
NS 898 Nursing Health Care Leadership Practicum 3
    Total 21
Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Education
(39 total hours = 18 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 18 hours option)
Semester Hours
NS 806 Theories of Learning for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 822  ◊ Curriculum Development for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 823 Evaluation Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 826 Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and Health Assessment Overview for Nurse Educators 3
NS 827 Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 894 Nursing Education Practicum 3
    Total 18
Specialty Option Courses in Family Nurse Practitioner***
(47 total hours = 18 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 26 hours option)
Semester Hours
NS 828 Primary Care of the Geriatric Client 2
NS 830 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 Primary Health Care I 3
NS 834  ◊ Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 836 Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 840 Primary Care of Children and Adolescent 3
NS 842  Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 Primary Health Care II 3
    Total 26

***The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through clinical courses. Though the program may be com­pleted online, students are required to attend on-campus weekends for specified clinical courses. Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Specialty Option Courses in Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner*** (47 total hours = 18 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 26 hours option) Semester Hours
NS 828 Primary Care of the Geriatric Client 2
NS 830 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 Primary Health Care I 3
NS 834  ◊ Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 836 Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 841 Behavioral Health Care for Practitioners 3
NS 842  Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 Primary Health Care II 3
    Total 26

***The Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through clinical courses. Though the program may be com­pleted online, students are required to attend on-campus weekends for specified clinical courses. Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.