The BSN 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.
Department of Nursing Mission, Vision, Core Values
- Adapt and expand lifelong learning skills into broad areas of practice expertise across interdisciplinary healthcare settings, organizational systems, policy, and advocacy.
- Lead evidence-based practice initiatives to promote quality, safety, and improve health outcomes across diverse populations and systems.
- Utilize theories, models, and guidelines to evaluate existing processes and to design innovative and effective practices in nursing and healthcare delivery.
- Engage in imaginative, holistic, transformational thinking designed to support innovative research and practice in nursing.
- Apply ethical decision making and principles of social justice to guide nursing care delivery and organizational leadership.
- Demonstrate therapeutic and effective communication, including the use of technology, to facilitate patient engagement, enhance patient knowledge of health and wellness, and promote satisfaction.
- Engage with collaborative, interprofessional healthcare teams to provide quality care across settings.
- Utilize political competence and attributes of advocacy to improve health outcomes across diverse populations and improve quality of healthcare delivery systems.
- Integrate patient-centered and culturally responsive concepts into the design and delivery of evidencebased clinical prevention and population care in healthcare services regionally, nationally, and globally.
- Promote a culture of quality, safety, and health literacy through competency in health information technology, clinical judgement, and creative thinking.
- Exhibit organizational and systems leadership skills to integrate care across complex and global healthcare systems.
- Demonstrate competencies in leadership and health information technology to transform evidence into quality practice.
- 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.
Focus of Study Options
The Nurse Administration focus of study will prepare the nurse leader to model organizational and systems leadership skills that asserts ethical and critical decision making, collaborative inter-professional relationships, responsible fiscal stewardship, and principles of quality improvement. The nurse leader will be prepared to impact health policy at the micro and macro systems levels. The program will foster competencies in leadership and the use of technology and information systems to support quality improvement and outcomes. (200 Hour Practicum Experience Required)
The Nurse Educator focus of study will prepare the nurse to model leadership in the role of nurse educator while implementing quality improvement and change in academic and clinical education practice settings. The nurse educator will be prepared to design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies appropriate to the learner, setting, and achievement of desired outcomes. The program will foster competencies in leadership, role of the educator, and use of technology to support optimal learner outcomes and quality improvement in educational systems. (200 Hour Practicum Experience Required).
Course List (31 Semester Credits)
Nursing Courses (15 semester credits)
Choose a 5-course Focus of Study (16 semester credits)
Nurse Administration Focus Study
Nurse Educator Focus of Study
- The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing offered by American College of Education are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for advanced licensure in any state.
- Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.