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The Master of Science in Nursing program consists of a set of core, advanced competence and role concentration courses for a total of 33 semester hours. The program offers a choice of three areas of concentration in Clinical Leadership in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator or Nursing Administration.

Clinical Leadership in Nursing
Area of Concentration: Clinical Nurse Leader
8.25 credits (33 semester hours)
This study option prepares the graduate for a leadership role at the point of care to achieve optimal clinical outcomes for individuals and populations. Core courses provide the student with a framework for clinical leadership in an advanced role in nursing. Advanced competence courses provide the foundation for the role of leader in the care environment and in management of outcomes. Concentration courses focus on knowledge and skills for leadership in clinical practice with interprofessional teams. Clinical residency develops depth in practice as a clinical leader in the care environment. Upon completion of this concentration, students will be eligible to sit for Clinical Nurse Leader certification.

Graduate Nursing Core
NRS 501 Theories in Nursing and Clinical Leadership
NRS 502 Health Care Systems: Organization, Policy and Finance
NRS 503 Applied Research for Clinical Leadership
NRS 504 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Practice
NRS 523 Clinical Leadership Role Development

Advanced Competence
NRS 521 Foundations for Advanced Clinical Role NRS 524 Practicum: Advanced Clinical Role
NRS 532 Technology for Health Care Education and Practice NRS 538 Management of Clinical Outcomes
Role Concentration
NRS 540 Residency: Clinical Leadership in the Care Environment (1.50 credits; 6 semester hours)

Clinical Leadership in Nursing
Area of Concentration: Nurse Educator

8.25 credits (33 semester hours)
This study option prepares the graduate for a clinical leadership role as a nurse educator in a variety of settings. Graduates may assume roles as clinical faculty in schools of nursing as well as nurse educators in staff development and continuing education departments in health care agencies. Core courses provide the student with a framework for clinical leadership in an advanced role in nursing. Advanced competency courses provide the foundation for the role of leader in clinical care and management of outcomes. Concentration courses focus on knowledge and skills in curriculum design, implementation and evaluation. A clinical residency with a master teacher provides teaching experience in academic and/or health care settings.

Graduate Nursing Core
NRS 501 Theories in Nursing and Clinical Leadership
NRS 502 Health Care Systems: Organization, Policy and Finance
NRS 503 Applied Research for Clinical Leadership
NRS 504 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Practice
NRS 523 Clinical Leadership Role Development

Advanced Competence
NRS 521 Foundations for Advanced Clinical Role
NRS 524 Practicum: Advanced Clinical Role
NRS 532 Technology for Health Care Education and Practice
NRS 538 Management of Clinical Outcomes

Role Concentration
NRS 533 Curriculum Development and Evaluation for Nurse Educators
NRS 534 Residency: Clinical Leadership in Nursing Education

Clinical Leadership in Nursing
Area of Concentration: Nursing Administration
8.25 credits (33 semester hours)
This study option prepares the graduate for a leadership role in nursing administration. Core courses provide the student with a framework for clinical leadership in an advanced role in nursing. Advanced competence courses provide the foundation for the role of leader in administration or management. Clinical residency develops depth in practice as an administrator. Upon completion of this concentration, students meet the academic requirements to be eligible to sit for a nurse administrator certification examination.

Graduate Nursing Core
NRS 501 Theories in Nursing and Clinical Leadership
NRS 502 Health Care Systems: Organization, Policy and Finance
NRS 503 Applied Research for Clinical Leadership
NRS 504 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Practice
NRS 523 Clinical Leadership Role Development

Advanced Competence
NRS 524 Practicum: Advanced Clinical Role
NRS 532 Technology for Health Care Education and Practice
NRS 535 Topics in Nursing Administration and Management
NRS 538 Management of Clinical Outcomes

Concentration
NRS 536 Advanced Topics in Nursing Administration and Management
NRS 537 Residency: Clinical Leadership in Nursing Administration

Course Sequencing
Students may complete the program in two years. Other sequencing options allow for up to three years for program completion. Most courses are offered in an eight-week format. Courses are supplemented with an online format to promote efficient time management.

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