Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing Overview
You enjoy making a difference in the lives of your patients, families, and colleagues and want to continue your education with a master’s in nursing. With the healthcare climate changing at lightning speed, having the skills and knowledge to lead high-performing organizations or nursing education programs is critical. Nurses are leading the way toward an improved health care system in the U.S. by advancing degrees and practicing at the full extent of their education. Be one of these nurses!
ECPI University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program encompasses two distinct and high-demand concentrations: Health Systems Leadership and Nursing Education. The concentrations are guided by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), and the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) competencies throughout the curricula.
MSN - Health Systems Leadership
Health systems leadership and management is a rapidly growing career field projected to grow 23% between 2012 and 2022, well above the average across all industries.* You’re inspired to advance healthcare quality, safety, efficiency, and best practices, therefore the MSN degree in Health Systems Leadership is the right program for you!
The Health Systems Leadership concentration lays the groundwork for your success as a nurse leader. You apply the theoretical foundations of leadership, policy and politics of healthcare, statistics, healthcare technology, systems management, and finance to case studies, role-plays, classroom discussion, and real-world experiences. The Health Systems concentration supports the up and coming nurse leader to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of a transformational leader in healthcare today. The Health Systems Leadership concentration focuses on hot topics in healthcare such as Evidence Based Practice, Quality Management and Safety. Lead the future of nursing with this degree! Learn more about MSN - Health Systems Leadership here.
MSN - Nursing Education
Have you been told you are a great teacher, you know how to talk to students, or you are a terrific preceptor for nursing students? Are you looking for a career that advances the profession and makes a difference one nursing student at a time? If so, the MSN degree in Nursing Education is a perfect fit for you!
In the Nurse Educator concentration, you apply the theoretical foundations of education, policy and politics of healthcare, statistics, healthcare technology, curriculum planning/development, and teaching and learning strategies in the online or hybrid classroom and in practicum settings. You will use current technologies such as iPads, apps, Wikiis, and blogs to learn and share your knowledge. Learn more about MSN - Nursing Education here.
Whether you are a bedside nurse looking toward career advancement or a nursing leader seeking advanced knowledge and skills, the Master’s in Nursing Program at ECPI can help propel your career forward. Nursing is moving toward advanced education due to forces such as the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing (2010)**, hospitals striving to be centers of excellence, and consumers asking for higher standards and better outcomes. Nurses no longer advance through the ranks and aspire to change the world of nursing without being educated to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to lead the change. Nursing, as any other business, has now become data driven where outcomes are measured and strategic plans for improvement are written, implemented, and evaluated. ECPI University’s Master’s in Nursing Program will prepare you to lead the way.
If the nursing profession is calling you, consider ECPI University’s College of Nursing, Medical Careers Institute (MCI). Through MCI’s year-round program, you can earn a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a concentration in Health Systems Leadership or Nursing Education in just 15 months.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers
** Institute of Medicine (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Available at: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx
- Program Description
The 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.
- Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration will be able to provide primary care and/or specialty nursing in ambulatory, acute, and long-term care 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
- Complete a personal interview with admissions.
- Complete a graduate application for admission and enrollment agreement.
- 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).
- Undergraduate coursework. Applicants who do not have previous undergraduate coursework in statistics, health assessment, research, or computer applications may be required to complete one or more prerequisite courses prior to acceptance in the graduate program.
- Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Current resume and unencumbered RN license. Each applicant submits a current resume that indicates current RN work experience in the field in the last 3 years.
MSN – Concentration in Nursing Education
36 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits NUR511 Theoretical Foundations: A Multidisciplinary Approach 3 NUR541 Policy, Politics and Advocacy in Healthcare 3 MTH551 Healthcare Statistics 3 NUR561 Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice 3 NUR581 Healthcare Technologies 3 NUR600 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 NUR601 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 NUR602 Advanced Pharmacology 3 NUR650 Curriculum Planning and Development 2 NUR650L 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
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 MTH551 Healthcare Statistics 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
- Complete a personal interview with admissions.
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)
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