Wilkes University

Master of Science in Nursing

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN)

Purpose

The purpose of the distance education Master of Science in Nursing at Wilkes University is to prepare the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, Nursing Educator, and Informatics Nurse Specialist for advancing nursing practice. The demand is growing for master's degree nurses who are innovative and clinically focused. This multidisciplinary program provides a foundation for further study in nursing and continued professional development. Graduates are eligible for national certification in their respective concentration. 

Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Wilkes University prepares students to:

  1. Engage in lifelong learning in a constantly evolving and multicultural world.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the development of scientific inquiry relevant to clinical practice, administration, or education.
  3. Utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of patient and population health.
  4. Advance nursing practice by translating evidence in a variety of roles and areas of practice.
  5. Improve healthcare outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.
  6. Participate in lifelong learning as a part of advancing nursing practice.

Master of Science in Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Master of Science in Nursing program at Wilkes University will:

  1. Synthesize advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines for the development of advanced nursing practice in the roles of the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, and Nurse Educator.
  2. Develop expertise in the Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Executive, and Nurse Educator role to advance nursing practice.
  3. Develop skills and abilities to assume leadership roles in advanced nursing practice.
  4. Evaluate nursing research for its applicability to advance nursing practice.
  5. Evaluate applicable knowledge and concepts in nursing to deal with the complexities of a dynamic society.

Admission Requirements

Regular Acceptance

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate’s-(for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Admission is not guaranteed.
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of  clinical experience
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution.

Provisional Acceptance (collateral) *

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate’s- (for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Admission is not guaranteed.
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Unofficial transcript from degree-granting institution*.

*Official transcripts from degree-granting institution due prior to start of second course

Conditional Acceptance (academic) ** (NP students are not admitted under conditional acceptance)

  • GPA between 2.5-2.99 from an associate’s- (for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Admission is not guaranteed.
  • RN License
  • Completed application
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution.
  • Letter of Intent (must include reason for pursuing MSN degree and reason GPA is less than 3.0)
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be from supervisors and/or those who can attest to candidate’s ability to be successful in graduate nursing education)

** Admitted students must achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA in first two courses to move forward in program of study.

The Curriculum

Graduate Nursing Core (24 Credits).

MSN students complete the 24 credit core in addition to credits of their chosen concentration.

NSG-500

Advanced Health Assessment

3 credits

NSG-501

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science

3 credits

NSG-502

Advanced Nursing Research

3 credits

NSG-504

Advanced Role Development in Nursing

3 credits

NSG-505

Health Policy and Politics for Advancing Nursing Practice

3 credits

NSG-530

Advanced Pathophysiology

3 credits

NSG-533

Advanced Pharmacology

3 credits

NSG-590*

Scholarly Review

3 credits

*Students in the Post Graduate/APRN Certificate Programs have an option to complete (1) credit for national certification preparation.

Concentrations


Nurse Practitioner Student learning outcomes

Students in the Nurse Practitioner program at Wilkes University will:

  1. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge in providing comprehensive, evidence-based care.
  2. Perform comprehensive health history and physical examination to diagnose health conditions involving critical analysis, differential diagnosis, and data interpretation.
  3. Assume leadership roles in collaboration with other health professionals to achieve optimum patient health.
  4. Integrate health care policy as it impacts the decision-making ability to provide quality patient care.
  5. Negotiate healthcare delivery systems to promote quality health outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizational systems.
  6. Coordinate care for patients with complex conditions through referrals and collaboration.
  7. Participate in life-long learning through higher education, continuing education, certification and evaluation.

Adult - Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (16 Credits)

Total: 40  credits

NSG-550

Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners

2 credits

NSG-553

Adult Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations

2 credits

NSG-554

Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care I 

3 credits

NSG-555

Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care II

3 credits

NSG-506

Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I

3 credits

NSG-515

Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I

3 credits

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (18 Credits)

Total: 42  credits

NSG 526

Clinical Modalities in Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice

3 credits

NSG 527

Psychopathology, Theories, and Advanced Modalities

3 credits

NSG 535

Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I

3 credits

NSG 536

Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II

3 credits

NSG-550

Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners

2 credits

NSG-551

Mental Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse Rural, and Underserved Populations

2 credits

NSG-552

Psychopharmacology

2 credits

Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (19 Credits)

Total: 43  credits

NSG-560

Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners

2 credits

NSG-556

Health Perspective of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations

2 credits

NSG-554

Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care I

3 credits

NSG-555

Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care II

3 credits

NSG-548

Family Nurse Practitioner Role with Children and Families

2 credits

NSG-546

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I

3 credits

NSG-547

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II

3 credits

NSG-549

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical with Children and Families

1 credit

Nurse Executive (15 Credits)

Total: 39 credits

Students in the Nurse Executive program at Wilkes University will:

  1. Examine innovations for leadership and management to meet the challenges in delivering quality health care.
  2. Critically analyze the challenges and issues facing nurse executives for maintaining healthcare workforces.
  3. Discuss the role of the nurse executive as a leader in advancing nursing practice.
  4. Apply evidence based practice as an organizational leader in redesigning healthcare delivery systems.

Nurse Executive (15 Credits)*
*Theory courses are 8 weeks and practicum courses are 16 weeks in length.

NSG-560

Healthcare Operations for the Nurse Executive

3 credits

NSG-561

Organizational Leadership for the Nurse Executive

3 credits

NSG-562

Advanced Leadership Topics for the Nurse Executive

3 credits

NSG-563

Nurse Executive Practicum I

3 credits

NSG-564

Nurse Executive Practicum II

3 credits

NURSING EDUCATION STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Nursing Education program at Wilkes University will:

  1. Analyze theoretical and evidence-based research specific to nursing education.
  2. Develop expertise in education assessment, teaching/learning strategies, evaluation and testing.
  3. Design a curriculum that addresses a dynamic complex nursing environment.
  4. Demonstrate leadership abilities through classroom and clinical teaching in a variety of community agencies.

Nursing Education (15 Credits)*

Total: 39 credits
All courses are 8 weeks length.

NSG 540

The Nursing Curriculum: Development and Implementation

3 credits

NSG 541

Teaching Methodologies and Strategies in Nursing

3 credits

NSG 542

Evaluation in Nursing Education

3 credits

NSG 544

Classroom Practicum in Nursing Education

3 credits

NSG 545

Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education

3 credits


Length of Program

The total number of credits to complete the Master of Science in Nursing program varies depending on the chosen program concentration. See the individual program descriptions for the specific credit requirements of each graduate nursing concentration.

Courses for the Nurse Practitioner program are 12 weeks in length. The Nurse Executive sequence is 8 week theory courses and 16 week practicum courses. The Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics sequences are 8 week courses. 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

An on-site residency is required for nurse practitioner students only, who are enrolled in NSG-500, Advanced Health Assessment, in order to demonstrate advanced physical assessment skills. In addition, nurse practitioner students in the following clinical courses may be required to complete an on-site residency, based upon the location of the clinical practice site. During residency, direct supervision and evaluation of the student will be completed by nurse practitioner clinical faculty at his/her designated clinical practice sites. Each course syllabus dictates the terms of the specific course residency.

  • NSG-506 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I
  • NSG-515 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical II
  • NSG-535 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I
  • NSG-536 – Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II
  • NSG-446 - Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I
  • NSG-547 - Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II
  • NSG-549 - Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical with Children and Families

Clinical Requirements

The student is responsible for arranging all clinical experiences. A preceptor from a practice setting that promotes attainment of course objectives is identified by the student. Further details of clinical requirements for each concentration area are provided to students in The Passan School of Nursing Graduate Program Student Handbook.

NURSING INFORMATICS STUDNET LEANRING OUTCOMES

Students in the Nursing Informatics program at Wilkes University will:

  1. Discuss the role of the informatics nurse specialist for advancing nursing practice.
  2. Apply informatics nurse specialist competencies as a nursing leader on healthcare organization, interprofessional teams.
  3. Integrate nursing knowledge and technology for improving patient quality of care.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to incorporate data analysis and management techniques for achieving efficiency and quality in healthcare organizations. 

Nursing Informatics (15 Credits)*

All courses are 8 weeks length.

NSG-565

Foundations of Nursing Informatics

3 credits

NSG-566

Data Management in Healthcare

3 credits

NSG-567

Nursing Informatics Leadership in Healthcare Systems and Project Designs

3 credits

NSG-568

Nursing Informatics Practicum I

3 credits

NSG-569

Nursing Informatics Practicum II

3 credits

 

RN TO MSN PROGRAM

 

Purpose

This distance education program is designed for the experienced, practicing registered nurse with a nursing-focused associate’s degree (AAN or ASN) who plans to earn a career-enhancing advanced nursing degree to the master’s level. The curriculum starts with two bridge courses totaling 10 credit hours, which brings the student to the baccalaureate level of study.  * A pass-through bachelor's degree in nursing is not granted as part of this program.After completing these bridge courses, students continue in completing a concentration for completion of the Master of Science in Nursing degree of their choice (see Master of Science in Nursing section of the Bulletin). Graduates are eligible for national board certification in their respective concentration at the end of the program.

Admission Requirements

See the Master of Science in Nursing admission requirements above.

Curriculum

Courses are completed in 8 week or 12 week sessions based upon the master’s concentration chosen.  The two bridge courses include:

  • NSG-410  Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing for the Graduate Nursing Student - 7 credits (6 Credits Theory; 1 Credit Clinical)
  • NSG-411  Leadership and Management Practicum for the Graduate Nursing Student - 3 credits (2 Credits Theory; 1 Credit Clinical)
  • Prerequisite: NSG-410
  • Students who are enrolled under conditional admit and fail NSG-410 will be automatically dismissed from the university.

Degree Requirements

The total number of credits required for completion of the RN to MSN degree is based upon the concentration chosen (see Master of Science in Nursing section of the bulletin). The total credits range between 49-53.

RN to MSN students  enter this program as graduate students of the university and follow the policies of the Passan School of Nursing graduate nursing program.

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