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MSN - Degree Requirements

The MSN-FNP program will is comprised of a 48 credit hour curriculum (24 didactic and 18 credit hours blended learning didactic and clinical, and 6 hours for clinical practice internship). The total number of clinical hours upon completion of the program is 720. Prior to admission to clinical, students will need to complete their basic MSN-FNP courses: NRSOL510, NRSOL520, NRSOL530, NRSOL 532, NRSOL550, NRSOL590, NRSOL592, and NRSOL594 (all offered on an 8 week bi-term schedule). Students will experience a blended learning approach with both didactic online classwork in the addition of completion of 120 clinical hours per course in the courses NRSOL670, NRSOL672, and NRSOL674. The course NRSOL 690 will provide a 360 clinical hour concentrated clinical internship. A listing of course titles and credit hours per course is listed below.

 

Course Descriptions

 
NRSOL 510 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 hours)
This course examines the theoretical foundation of nursing practice, research, and evidence based-practice. The course explores the philosophies, theories and history of the science of nursing. Significance is placed on examination of a variety of theories and frameworks, including nursing and ethical theories, as a basis for advanced nursing practice. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 520 Issues in Advanced Practice (3 hours)
In this course students will evaluate how policy shapes healthcare systems, determines accessibility, affordability, and access to care and impacts health outcomes. Students will examine advocacy, professional issues, and the advanced practice role in the improvement of safety and quality delivery of care. Professional issues and the advanced practice role will be addressed. Additional topics will include recognition of how organizational and systems leadership foster promotion of high quality and safe patient care across the lifespan. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 530 Epidemiology (3 hours)
In this course students will study the distribution/determinants of disease, injury, and disease surveillance. Implementation of clinical prevention and population health activities will be addressed along with the core competencies in health promotion and disease prevention in the individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 532 Healthcare Technologies and Informatics in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 hours)
This graduate level course introduces healthcare professionals to the use of information technology, data, and systems in health care delivery. The objective of the course is to give healthcare professionals a practical understanding of current technology in the evolving discipline of health informatics. Emphasis is placed on developing technology and information literacy competency and the advanced nursing practice role. The student should gain a solid understanding of health informatics so as to maximize the use of information and systems in the delivery of efficient, high quality healthcare outcomes. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 550 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 hours)
The course focuses on the research process and the analysis and evaluation of research. Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis provide the basis for research utilization and evidence based practice. Emphasis is on the identification of clinical issues/questions, synthesis of evidence, and translation of current evidence into practice. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 590 Advanced Pharmacology (3 hours)
In this course Family Nurse Practitioner students will learn appropriate application of pharmacologic and therapeutic principles and skills to the treatment and management of various health conditions across the patient lifespan. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 592 Advanced Health Assessment (3 hours)
In this course the student will master knowledge and clinical skills in health history and physical examination of diverse individuals including: infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant females and geriatric clients across the lifespan in the primary care setting. The comprehensive course covers how to obtain subjective data (client's health history), and perform objective data (physical examination skills, health promotion techniques, and clinical assessment tools). It enables students to practice critical thinking and therapeutic communication as well as assessment and psychomotor skills. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 594 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 hours)
In this course students will study the advanced concepts of pathophysiology and their application to the identification and treatment of illness and disease across the lifespan within the scope of practice of an advanced practice registered nurse. Pre-Requisite: Admission to the MSN program


NRSOL 670 FNP Advanced Practice I (6 hours)
This course provides the theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of culturally diverse individuals/families across the life span. The course will focus on health promotion, disease prevention, minimization of risk to patients, and management of common health problems. Emphasis will be placed on the clinical areas of women's health and mental health in the primary care setting. A total of 120 clinical hours will be completed during this course. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program, NRSOL510, NRSOL520, NRSOL530, NRSOL532, NRSOL550, NRSOL590, NRSOL592, NRSOL594, Note: This course follows the traditional 16 week schedule.


NRSOL 672 FNP Advanced Practice Il (6 hours)
This course provides the theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of culturally diverse individuals/families across the life span. The course will focus on health promotion, disease prevention, minimization of risk to patients, and management of common health problems. Emphasis will be placed on the clinical areas of neonatal and pediatric health in the primary care setting. A total of 120 clinical hours will be completed during this course. Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program, NRSOL510, NRSOL520, NRSOL530, NRSOL532, NRSOL550, NRSOL590, NRSOL592, NRSOL594, NRSOL 670, Note: This course follows the traditional 16 week schedule.


NRSOL 674 FNP Advanced Practice Ill (6 hours)
This course provides the theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of culturally diverse individuals/families across the life span. The course will focus on health promotion, disease prevention, minimization of risk to patients, and management of common health problems. Emphasis will be placed on the clinical areas of Adult Gero and Family/Across the Lifespan in the primary care setting. A total of 120 clinical hours will be completed during this course. Prerequisite:
Admission to MSN program, NRSOL510, NRSOL520, NRSOL530, NRSOL532, NRSOL550, NRSOL590, NRSOL592,
NRSOL594, NRSOL670, NRSOL672,
Note: This course follows the traditional 16 week schedule.


NRSOL 690 FNP Advanced Practice Internship (6 hours)
This course serves as the program capstone course and allows demonstration of the synthesis of theoretical, diagnostic, and clinical knowledge in care of patients across the lifespan in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the FNP role which includes preventative healthcare as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative healthcare for individuals and families across the lifespan. Pre-Requisites: NRSOL670, NRSOL672, NRSOL674

For a full list of course offerings or more program specific information, visit our Academic Catalog page.