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CURRICULUM

MSN ORGANIZING FRAMEWORK

The MSN faculty have utilized the ANA Standards of Professional Performance, within a holistic framework , that flows from the College of Nursing philosophy and the MSN program mission, p​hilosophy, goals, vision, and program outcomes to develop the organizing framework.

PROGRAM CONCEPTS

  • Information Literacy
  • Diversity
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • Ethical decision making
  • Evidence-based practice

EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS AND COMPETENCIES

Nursing Education Option

The nursing education option is developed to prepare nurses at the master’s degree level for educational leadership in teaching traditional and non-traditional nursing programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population.  It has been developed to meet professional standards and guidelines of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The graduate  nursing education option area of study provides students with a foundation of knowledge and experiences in the following areas:

  • principles of nursing education and conceptual models of nursing
  • organization and administration of educational programs
  • strategies to work with culturally diverse nursing education groups
  • development and evaluation of nursing education  programs
  • applied nursing education research

The graduates will be able to:

  • participate as a leader in the development and administration of nursing education programs
  • utilize a variety of teaching strategies and educational resources to facilitate learning in the classroom and clinical areas
  • participate knowledgeably in the development, implementation, and evaluation of nursing curricula and nursing programs
  • analyze the issues and trends in higher education, and specifically in education, and their impact on the development of nursing education

Nursing Administration Option

The nursing administration option is developed to prepare nurses at the master’s degree level for nursing administration for leadership in traditional and non-traditional health care settings to meet the needs of a changing health care system.  It has been developed to meet professional standards and guidelines of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The graduate nursing administration option area of study provides students with a foundation of knowledge and experiences in the following areas:

  • principles of nursing administration and conceptual models of nursing
  • organization and administration of nursing organizations and departments
  • strategies to work with culturally diverse nursing groups
  • development and evaluation of nursing administration
  • applied nursing administration research

The graduates will be able to:

  • identify nursing administration’s role in strategic planning, resource management and development of supportive practice environment for staff
  • promote the inclusion of a culturally diverse staff and provide culturally sensitive client care
  • apply nursing and organizational theories and strategies to enhance the delivery of quality, cost-effective nursing care to clients
  • promote an evidence based practice, nursing and interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities for staff

PREREQUISITE

An undergraduate Statistics course is a prerequisite to taking graduate level nursing courses.

TRANSITION TO GRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM

Registered nurses who have an earned Baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may qualify for application to the MSN program by completing the Transition to Graduate Nursing course.

NURS 5600   Transition to Graduate Nursing

COURSE SEQUENCING

Nursing courses are offered in the semester sequence as outlined in the required curriculum.

MSN Foundation/Core Courses:

NURS 6322   Moral and Ethical Issues in Nursing
NURS 6323   Theories and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice
NURS 6333   Research in Nursing 

NURS 6354   Advanced Community Nursing
NURS 6351   Nursing Leadership in a Changing World
NURS 7300   Professional Scholarship in Nursing Practice

                   and a 3 credit elective

NURS 7301   Nursing Thesis I and
NURS 7302   Nursing Thesis II

Total Credit Hours: 21

 

Nursing Education Option:

NURS 6362   Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education
NURS 6363   Curriculum Development in Nursing
NURS 6464   Teaching Roles and Strategies
NURS 6365   Educational Evaluation in Nursing
NURS 6366   Instructional Design and Online Teaching in Nursing

Total Credit Hours:  16

Nursing Administration Option:

NURS 6382   Evidence-Based Practice 
NURS 6374   Clinical Leadership in Nursing 

                   AND

Nursing Administration Pathway:

NURS 6370   Nursing Administration Concepts and Theory
NURS 6371   Health Care Change, Negotiation, and Conflict Management
NURS 6372   Health Care Finance

                   OR

Clinical Nursing Leadership Pathway:

NURS 6383   Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6384   Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 6385   Advanced Pharmocotherapeutics 

Total Credit Hours for each pathway:   15 

Click here for Graduate Course Descriptions.
For comments or more information, contact msn@utb.edu.​

CONTACT INFORMATION

Master of Science in Nursing
College of Nursing
Office: LHSB 2.720
Telephone: 956-882-5070
Fax: 956-882-6827​

Toll free: 1-800-591-1631

 

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