Jun 20, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Program Description

The RN to MSN program offers a seamless learning experience for those seeking advanced nursing knowledge and expanded professional skills appropriate for a global and increasingly complex healthcare system. Designed to expand competencies in practice, evidence-based decision making, informatics and technological communication skills, and innovative thinking, the degree promotes professional expertise in patient-centered care among diverse and vulnerable populations. The dynamic connection between research, theory and practice prepares students to engage in problem-solving in micro and macro systems and to ensure quality care and patient safety. As leaders, graduates are expected to become change agents to improve people’s health.


The ACE department of nursing will be recognized as a provider of high quality, affordable, innovative nursing education and a purpose driven force for good committed to advancing health and quality care.


The Mission of the ACE department of nursing is to educate and inspire nursing students to become exceptional health care providers, educators and leaders who use forward thinking, evidence-based innovation, and collaboration to transform health outcomes, organizations and systems within a global society.

ACE Department of Nursing Core Values

  • Excellence- We influence the profession of nursing, systems of care, and health outcomes through achievement of our mission and promotion of our values.
  • Passion- We display caring and concern for others and strive to make a difference.
  • Collaboration- We promote the sense of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Social Responsibility- We strive to treat all with respect and embrace social justice, advocacy, and servant leadership.
  • Innovation- We use forward thinking, evidence based approaches to advance the ACE Mission, Vision and to achieve National and International goals for nursing and health.
  • Integrity- We display ethical, trustworthy, and authentic behavior in actions with students, colleagues, and communities.

BSN Outcomes

  1. Provide individualized, comprehensive, culturally competent care based on theories and principles of nursing, bio-psychosocial, and organizational sciences to individuals, families, and communities across systems of care. (BSN Essential I, IX) (AO II)
  2. Demonstrate leadership and inter-professional collaboration with members of the health care team and consumers when providing care for health promotion, illness prevention, health restoration, health maintenance, and rehabilitative activities across systems of care. (BSN Essentials ll, VI, and Vll) (AO VII)
  3. Communicate effectively with health care providers and patient populations in managing the healthcare of individuals, families, and communities. (BSN Essential VI) (AO IV)
  4. Utilize clinical judgment in professional decision making and implementation of the nursing process. (BSN Essential Vll, lX) (AO I)
  5. Demonstrate the spirit of inquiry and evidence of lifelong learning by taking responsibility for continued personal and professional development through enrollment in graduate education, continuing education programs, and participation in professional organizations and community service. (BSN Essential I, Vlll) (AO III and VI)
  6. Implement professional nursing standards by practicing within the legal definitions of nursing practice and acts in accordance with the nursing code of ethics and American Nurses Association (ANA) standards of practice. (BSN Essential Vlll, lX) (AO V)
  7. Practice in established professional roles consistent with entry-level BSN graduates to provide evidence-based, cost-effective, culturally competent quality care to health consumers across all health care environments. (BSN Essentials lll, V, lX) (AO VII)
  8. Incorporate basic knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based practice in the provision of professional nursing care to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities to promote health outcomes. (BSN Essential III, V, VII) (AO V and I)
  9. Integrate informatics and health care technologies to deliver care, enhance inter-professional communication and promote safety. (BSN Essentials ll, IV, VI) (AO IV)
  10. Apply leadership and quality improvement concepts in the provision of high quality nursing care and to quality improvement initiatives across care settings. (BSN Essentials II, IX) (AO VII)

MSN Program Outcomes

  1. Adapt and expand lifelong learning skills into broad areas of practice expertise across interdisciplinary healthcare settings, organizational systems, policy, and advocacy. (MSN Essential IX) (AO III and VI)
  2. Lead evidence-based practice initiatives to promote quality, safety, and improve health outcomes across diverse populations and systems. (MSN Essential II, III, IV) (AO VII)
  3. Utilize theories, models, and guidelines to evaluate existing processes and to design innovative and effective practices in nursing and healthcare delivery. (MSN Essential I) (AO II)
  4. Engage in imaginative, holistic, transformational thinking designed to support innovative research and practice in nursing. (MSN Essential IV) (AO I and III)
  5. Apply ethical decision making and principles of social justice to guide nursing care delivery and organizational leadership. (MSN Essential II) (AO III)
  6.  Demonstrate therapeutic and effective communication, including the use of technology, to facilitate patient engagement, enhance patient knowledge of health and wellness, and promote satisfaction. (MSN Essential II, VII) (AO IV)
  7. Engage with collaborative, inter-professional healthcare teams to provide quality care across settings. (MSN Essential VII) (AO IV)
  8. Utilize political competence and attributes of advocacy to improve health outcomes across diverse populations and improve quality of healthcare delivery systems. (MSN Essential II, VI) (AO V)
  9. Integrate patient-centered and culturally responsive concepts into the design and delivery of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care in healthcare services regionally, nationally, and globally. (MSN Essential VIII) (AO V)
  10. Promote a culture of quality, safety, and health literacy through competency in health information technology, clinical judgement, and creative thinking. (MSN Essential V) (AO IV)
  11. Exhibit organizational and systems leadership skills to integrate care across complex and global healthcare systems. (MSN Essential II) (AO V and VII)
  12. Demonstrate competencies in leadership and health information technology to transform evidence into quality practice. (MSN Essential IV) (AO VII and IV)
  13. Analyze contributing financial and human resources related to the development, delivery, reimbursement, and evaluation of patient-centered care including professional development, understanding of systems thinking, and continuous improvement. (MSN Essential II) (AO VII)

Graduate Courses (must be completed to earn MSN)

Nursing courses (15 semester credits - 6 taken as part of the BSN)

Choose a 5-course Focus of Study (16 semester credits)

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