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

Director of Master of Science in Nursing
Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D., MSN, CNE
PH 402.552.2776  TF 800.647.5500
himmelberg@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 75 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.

Program Specific Competency Goals

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:

  • Design educational strategies to improve culturally appropriate caring practices for clients, families, communities, and populations. (Diversity, Communication, Technology)**
  • Synthesize complex knowledge of nursing to advocate for holistic client centered care for individuals, families, communities and populations. (Diversity, Critical Thinking)**
  • Generate policies through teamwork and collaboration in the complex roles of educator, administrator or advanced clinician. (Diversity, Communication, Professionalism)**
  • Construct health care strategies using evidence-based theoretical, scientific and contemporary knowledge. (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to improve client health outcomes, facilitate change in health care systems and appraise ethical-legal dilemmas. (Diversity, Critical Thinking, Technology, Professionalism)**
  • Create systems to promote safety and minimize risks of harm to clients and providers. (Communication)**
  • Use information technology to interpret data, communicate and evaluate decision making. (Critical Thinking, Technology)**
  • Advocate for professional behaviors that advance the profession and improve health care. (Communication, Professionalism)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Admissions office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

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 = four semester hours

Program requires Health and Safety – View Health and Safety Information

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.

Required Courses for Master of Science in Nursing

Core Requirement Courses for Nursing Health Care Administration, Nursing Education, Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner
Courses Semester Hours
GR 798 - Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 799 - Role Transition 1
GR 847 - Applied Statistics 3
NS 800 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 2
◊ NS 803 - Health Care Delivery Systems and Managed Care 2
NS 805 - Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing 2
◊ NS 808 - Nursing Law and Ethics 3
NS 812 - Research Design and Methods 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
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 21
Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Health Care Administration

(42 total hours = 17 hours core + four hours evidence-based practice research project + 21 hours option)

Courses 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 810 - Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
NS 898 - Nursing Health Care Leadership Practicum 3
MB 823 - Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing OR
MB 815 - Informatics and Analytics for Healthcare Professionals
3
3
Total Semester Hours 21
Specialty Option Courses in Nursing Education

(39 total hours = 17 hours core + four hours evidence-based practice research project + 18 hours option)

Courses 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 Semester Hours 18
Specialty Option Courses in Family Nurse Practitioner**

(47 total hours = 17 hours core + four hours evidence-based practice research project + 26 hours option)

Courses Semester Hours
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 843 - Behavioral Health Care for Practitioners 2
NS 844 - Primary Health Care II 3
Total Semester Hours 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 = 17 hours core + four hours evidence-based practice research project + 26 hours option)

Courses Semester Hours
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 831 - Primary Care of the Adult-Gerontology Client 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 842 - Primary Care of Women 3
NS 843 - Behavioral Health Care for Practitioners 2
NS 844 - Primary Health Care II 3
Total Semester Hours 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.

Last updated: 08/28/2018