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Master of Science in Nursing Degree 100% Online

Master of Science in Nursing - 100% Online

Master of Science in Nursing Online Degree Program Overview

As a nurse, you are part of a growing field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow by nearly half a million people between 2016 and 2026. As those numbers rise, so will the need for nursing leaders, managers, and educators. As America’s healthcare system evolves ad changes, nursing leadership will be essential to the process.

If you enjoy your career, but are ready to take it to the next level, consider earning an online Master of Science in Nursing at ECPI University. Because this program is 100 percent online, you can prepare to advance in your career without having to sacrifice time on the job.

ECPI University’s online Master of Nursing program offers concentrations aligned with three high-demand career pathways: Health Systems Leadership and Nursing Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Each are guided by the core and population-specific competencies of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), and the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP).

 

The master's degree in nursing program at ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/).

Program Description

The Online Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree program builds on the skills and knowledge of a diverse population of registered nurses with a bachelor degree in nursing and preparing them to succeed in progressive roles in inter-professional health care and education settings.  The program assists future nurse leaders, educators, and practitioners in the advancement of their professional practice through scientific inquiry and other scholarly activities.

  • Graduates of the Health Systems Leadership concentration will be able to lead, change, collaborate, and transform nursing systems to improve healthcare outcomes and patient safety.
  • Graduates of the Nursing Education concentration will be prepared to educate nursing students and practicing nurses in academic and clinical settings.
Possible Career Track

MSN, Concentration in Health Systems Leadership

Graduates holding a master degree in health systems leadership will be eligible for positions in a variety of acute care and community settings such as:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Nurse Director or equivalent
  • Quality Improvement Director
  • Patient Safety Director

MSN, Concentration in Nursing Education

Graduates with a concentration in nursing education will be eligible for positions in a variety of health care and academic settings such as:

  • Patient Education
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Director of Professional Practice
  • Director of Staff Development
  • Nursing Faculty at the practical, associate or bachelor degree levels

MSN, Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduates holding a master degree in health systems leadership will be eligible for positions in a variety of community settings such as:

  • Provider Offices
  • Public Health Departments
  • Emergency Room/Urgent Care
  • Industrial Settings/Occupational Health
  • Hospitals
Curriculum

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a personal interview with admissions.

  2. Complete a graduate application for admission and enrollment agreement.

  3. Bachelor's degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  4. Undergraduate coursework. Applicants who do not have previous undergraduate coursework in statistics, health assessment, or research may be required to complete one or more prerequisite courses prior to acceptance in the graduate program.

  5. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

  6. Current resume and unencumbered RN license. Each applicant submits a current resume that indicates current nursing work experience in the field in the last 3 years.

Program Requirements

MSN – Concentration in Health Systems Leadership*

36 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR501 Transformational Leadership in Nursing 3
NUR511 Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 3
NUR531 Topics in Population Health 3
NUR541 Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 3
NUR561 Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 2
NUR581 Healthcare Technologies 3
NUR611 Health Systems Management 3
NUR621 Health Systems Finance 3
NUR631 Health Systems Quality Measurement & Management 3
NUR680 Health Systems Practicum I 2
NUR690 Health Systems Practicum II 2
NUR695 Nursing Synthesis 2
MTH551 Healthcare Statistics 3

*Curriculum Information DOES NOT include course listing for MSN program fields offered at Orlando/Lake Mary FL Campus Location

MSN – Concentration in Nursing Education*

36 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR511 Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 3
NUR520 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR541 Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 3
NUR561 Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR581 Healthcare Technologies 3
NUR601 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NUR602 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR650 Curriculum Planning and Development 2
NUR652L Nursing Education Practicum I 1
NUR660 Teaching & Learning Strategies 3
NUR660L Nursing Education Practicum II 1
NUR670 Assessing & Evaluating Nursing Education 2
NUR670L Nursing Education Practicum III 1
NUR695 Nursing Synthesis 2
MTH551 Healthcare Statistics 3

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

49 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR503 Advanced Health Assessment for Providers 3
NUR511 Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 3
NUR520 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR531 Topics in Population Health 3
NUR541 Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 3
NUR561 Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR581 Healthcare Technologies 3
NUR606 Advanced Pharmacology For Prescribers 3
NUR610 Advanced Procedures and Diagnostic Reasoning (Residency I) 1
NUR615 Primary Care: Adults/Older Adults 3
NUR615L Primary Care: Adult/Older Adult Practicum I 1
NUR616L Primary Care: Adult/Older Adult Practicum II 1
NUR620L Primary Care: Care of the Family Practicum 1
NUR625 Primary Care: Children/Adolescents 3
NUR625L Primary Care: Children/Adolescents Practicum I 1
NUR626L Primary Care: Children/Adolescents Practicum II 1
NUR635 Primary Care: Women & Families 3
NUR635L Primary Care: Women & Families Practicum I 1
NUR636L Primary Care: Women & Families Practicum II 1
NUR655 Role Development and Clinical Leadership 2
NUR675L Primary Care Synthesis Practicum 1
NUR696L Nursing Synthesis - FNP (Residency II) 2
MTH551 Healthcare Statistics 3

Program Requirements (Orlando/Lake Mary FL)

MSN – Concentration in Nursing Education (Orlando/Lake Mary FL)

54 quarter credit hours | 4 quarters / 12 months

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR512 Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 4.5
NUR542 Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 4.5
NUR562 Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 4.5
NUR582 Healthcare Technologies 4.5
NUR604 Advanced Physical Assessment 4.5
NUR605 Advanced Pharmacology 4.5
NUR603 Advanced Pathophysiology 4.5
NUR651 Curriculum Planning and Development 3
NUR651L Nursing Education Practicum I 1.5
NUR661 Teaching & Learning Strategies 4.5
NUR661L Nursing Education Practicum II 1.5
NUR671 Assessing & Evaluating Nursing Education 3
NUR671L Nursing Education Practicum III 1.5
NUR696 Nursing Synthesis 3
MTH552 Healthcare Statistics 4.5

MSN – Concentration in Health Systems Leadership (Orlando/Lake Mary FL)

54 quarter credit hours | 4 quarters / 12 months

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR502 Transformational Leadership in Nursing 4.5
NUR512 Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 4.5
NUR532 Topics in Population Health 4.5
NUR542 Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 4.5
NUR562 Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 4.5
NUR582 Healthcare Technologies 4.5
NUR612 Health Systems Management 4.5
NUR622 Health Systems Finance 4.5
NUR632 Health Systems Quality Measurement & Management 4.5
NUR682 Health Systems Practicum I 3
NUR692 Health Systems Practicum II 3
NUR696 Nursing Synthesis 3
MTH552 Healthcare Statistics 4.5
Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate evidence-based nursing practice and related sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care to individuals, families, and communities. (AACN Essential #1)
  • Perform as a member, educator, and leader of nursing by developing and implementing patient safety measures and quality improvement initiatives as part of an interprofessional team using appropriate theories, communication skills, and effective group dynamics. (AACN Essential #2)
  • Apply systematic quality management models that meet patient safety goals and initiatives and improve nursing care and patient outcomes. (AACN Essential #3)
  • Act as a change agent by substantiating and applying research outcomes in practice and education settings to resolve nursing practice problems; and translate and disseminate resulting nursing knowledge. (AACN Essential #4)
  • Ethically utilize current technologies to communicate with the interdisciplinary team, improve and coordinate care across the continuum, strengthen the delivery and outcomes of nursing education, leadership, and advanced practice, and analyze healthcare data. (AACN Essential #5)
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing by using the broad determinants of health (psychosocial, economic, and cultural factors), and the legal and ethical foundations of nursing. (AACN Essential #6)
  • Implement current standards of practice and healthcare policies to design, deliver, manage and evaluate culturally appropriate, evidence-based education and nursing care for select populations. (AACN Essential #8)
  • Analyze various roles of graduate-level nursing and synthesize personal philosophies of nursing within the changing education or healthcare environments. (AACN Essential #9)
  • Demonstrate role development by performing in the role of nurse educator, leader or advanced practitioner by integrating the concepts related to the area of practice demonstrating expertise, evidence-based practice, and the appropriate competencies. (All MSN Concentrations)

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found by clicking here and for Family Nurse Practitioner here.