BSN to MSN Nursing (Concentration in Nurse Executive)
Based on the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011), the MSN Program with Concentration in Nurse Executive is designed to prepare future nurse executives with competencies that include expertise in building accountable organizations through transformational leadership, interprofessional collaboration and relationship management, healthcare systems management, quality management, financial management, evidence-based practice and measurement, healthcare informatics, and health policy. The program will be offered through blended delivery mode. Didactic course content will be delivered primarily via an asynchronous online format using the Moodle Learning Management System (Moodle LMS) to provide flexibility and to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Course materials and assignments emphasize collaboration, critical thinking, research, and student accountability. To prepare students for a nurse executive role, the proposed program affords students the opportunity to develop professional competencies in practice settings aligned to the educational preparation. The curriculum includes planned clinical practice experiences that enable students to integrate new knowledge and demonstrate attainment of program outcomes and are supervised and evaluated by faculty. With blended delivery mode, clinical practice experiences involve activities that are designed to ensure students are competent to enter nursing practice at the maser’s level with concentration in nurse executive. The design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical practice experiences will be aligned to student and program outcomes. The program cumulates with a capstone course which is designed to broaden students’ perspectives and provide an opportunity for the integration of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum.
The Master of Science in Nursing program with Concentration in Nurse Executive aims to be delivered in four consecutive quarters of full-time enrollment with a part-time option available. Full-time MSN students may complete the program in four (4) quarters. Part-time MSN students may complete the program in eight (8) quarters.
Online or distance-based education comprises 89% of the overall curriculum for the MSN with Concentration in Nurse Executive program, including 42 didactic credits and 6 clinical credits. Direct human interface or human learning experience during clinical practicum comprises 11% of the overall curriculum for the MSN with Concentration in Nurse Executive program, including 6 clinical practicum credits. Students may choose to have their clinical practicum hours completed at one of their existing clinical affiliates; additional clinical sites for practicums may be obtained, as the student need requires. Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program with Concentration in Nurse Executive will be able to tailor learning to their long-term objectives and interests through selection of topics in course papers and projects while taking their core and specialty courses. The practicum course provides a unique opportunity to apply leadership and management theories and principles in implementation of the nurse executive role. The role will be implemented, applied, and analyzed in a clinical, community, or academic practice setting, in collaboration with a nurse executive mentor. Transformational leadership and evidence-based practice will be applied during the practicum experience. The capstone course will provide graduating students an intensive experience in critical analysis, designed to broaden students’ perspectives and provide an opportunity for the integration of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum.
The curriculum provides a balance of theoretical and practical coursework that further develops the critical thinking and analytical skills needed in today’s competitive and evolving healthcare environments. Students will be challenged through coursework and collaborative interaction with faculty and fellow students to identify, develop, and enhance their understanding in traditional and cutting-edge nursing graduate courses relating to the challenges of managing in healthcare environments.