Master’s Degree in Nursing – Nurse Informatics and TeleHealth

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Science in Nursing program allows the registered nurse to continue their education to become an advanced practice nurse and specialize in one of three (3) concentration areas: (1) Nursing Informatics, (2) The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and (3) Nurse Educator.

✓ Nursing Informatics

The Informatics curriculum teaches you to interpret, analyze and use electronic health record technology, as well as empowers you to be more efficient and effective in healthcare practices. Coursework includes the practice of nursing informatics, management of data and information, healthcare information workflow and project management.

✓ The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program provides sufficient didactic and clinical experiences to prepare graduates with the competencies delineated to focus on acute patient care needs with “physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or are highly vulnerable to complications across the continuum of care settings that require frequent monitoring and intervention.”

✓ Nurse Educator

Master of Science in Nursing Educator specialty track is designed to provide the tools to educate future and current nurses by utilizing teaching-and-learning theories and strategies within an academic and clinical practice setting. The Program will focus on curriculum development, student assessment, and evaluation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

At the completion of the program the student will demonstrate:

  • Clinical leadership for patient-care practices and delivery, including the design, coordination, and evaluation of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  • Participation in the identification and collection of health care outcomes.
  • Accountability for evaluation and improvement of point-of-care outcomes, including the synthesis of data and other evidence to evaluate and achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Risk anticipation for individuals and cohorts of patients.
  • Lateral integration of care for individuals and cohorts of patients.
  • Design and implementation of evidence-based practice(s).
  • Team leadership, management, and collaboration with other health professional team members.
  • Information management or the use of information systems and technologies to improve health care outcomes.
  • Stewardship and leveraging of human, environmental, and material resources.
  • Advocacy for patients, communities, and the health professional team; and,
  • Leadership in delivering competent and safe patient care to individuals and groups in a variety of settings based on liberal arts and the natural sciences.

EXPLANATION OF COURSE DELIVERY

Synchronous (live and in real-time)

The instructor meets with students at regularly scheduled intervals, just like in an ordinary class. Some students may be in a classroom on campus, while others may participate in the same classroom via live web-based technologies. All participants can see, hear, and interact with each other and have access to the same tools, lectures, and slides. The students in the live virtual classroom must meet the same rigors as those on-site.

Asynchronous (not live or in real-time)

Students access course materials that are compiled into the learning management system’s course room. Asynchronous learning allows the learners to pace themselves and master the course contents within specified periods of time. Contact with instructors usually takes place via phone, e-mail, or by video conference, as scheduled. Students and faculty correspond regularly via scheduled discussion posts and other instructor-led peer or group activities.

Course Delivery Methods

Residential

The traditional method wherein students and faculty meet in person or as a group for regularly scheduled class sessions on campus.

Hybrid (Blended)

Instruction is delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Students in Hybrid courses are expected to be present part of the term for face-to-face didactic learning in a virtual or physical classroom at regularly scheduled intervals and may include clinical and laboratory activities. All quizzes, tests, regular exams, mid-term exams, final exams, course exit exams, and other specified exams are scheduled and proctored live. In addition to live, traditional learning experiences, Hybrid courses have asynchronous learning components such as online discussion boards, research papers, and, or other instructor-driven learning activities.

Online/Distance Education

All course activity is conducted online utilizing a Learning Management System with limited, or no, required live, or face-to-face, sessions.

Course Grid Explanation

Each possible mode of delivery is identified in the program’s course grid on a per-course basis. For example, BSC 101, depicted below, can be delivered on ground or through a hybrid mode as depicted by the check mark: ✓

Course Number Course Title Total MODE
Clock Hours RESIDENTIAL HYBRID ONLINE
BSC 101 PN-Anatomy and Physiology 84

Point of Entry MSN Program Explanation

The two (2) points of entry into the MSN program are as follows:

  • RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN to MSN)
  • RN with an associate degree (RN to MSN)

Courses the student must take are based on Two (2) Points (1) the point of entry and (2) the MSN track the student pursues. Each course the student must take and depicted below, by the check mark: ✓

Students from all MSN tracks are required to take MSN Core Courses before taking courses for their specific track.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING – NURSE INFORMATICS AND TELE HEALTH TRACK MODE POINT OF ENTRY INTO MSN
COURSE NUMBER BRIDGE- COURSES CREDIT HOURS THEORY CLOCK HOURS LAB CLOCK HOURS CLINICAL CLOCK HOURS RESIDENTIAL HYBRID ONLINE RN TO MSN BSN TO MSN
NRG3007 Advanced Fundamentals and Community Nursing 6 70 30 36
NRG3008 Preceptor Guided Physical Exam & Assessment and Lab 6 70 30 36
NRG4008 Theory, Research and Evidence Based Practice for Nursing 4
NUR4009 Capstone Survey: Management in Nursing Examination Survey 4 60
COURSE NUMBER MSN CORE COURSES CREDIT HOURS THEORY CLOCK HOURS LAB CLOCK HOURS CLINICAL CLOCK HOURS RESIDENTIAL HYBRID ONLINE RN TO MSN BSN TO MSN
NRG5000 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 45
NRG5001 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning and Lab 3 45
NRG5002 Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics and Telehealth 3 45
NRG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 45
NRG5004 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology Fundamentals 3 45
NRG5005 Concepts in Nursing Leadership 3 45
COURSE NUMBER NURSE INFORMATICS AND TELE HEALTH CREDIT HOURS THEORY CLOCK HOURS LAB CLOCK HOURS CLINICAL CLOCK HOURS RESIDENTIAL HYBRID ONLINE RN TO MSN BSN TO MSN
NRG5006 Health system and Information Technology Infrastructure Mod 6 60 30
NRG5007 Database Management in Nursing Informatics Mod 6 60 30
NRG6002 Informatics Nurse Specialist Practicum 3 135
NRG6003 Nursing Informatics Concluding Graduate Survey 6 90
RN TO MSN TOTALS: 59 680 120 207
BSN TO MSN TOTALS: 37 480 69 135