Nursing - M.S.N.

College of Nursing
Henderson Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-7930
nursing@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/nursing


Description

The Master of Science in Nursing degree meets the educational eligibility requirements for national certification in the respective area of study. The degree program can be completed in four to five semesters (two full academic years) for full-time students. Part-time students typically take three to four years to complete the program. Completion of a thesis is optional.

The Nursing major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration provides a knowledge base for advanced nursing care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. Clinical practica occur in a variety of hospital settings such as specialty clinics, emergency departments and acute, sub-acute and intensive/critical care areas.
  • The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration fosters acquisition of the needed competencies to care for patients spanning the entire adult to older-adult spectrum. Class and clinical experiences focus on providing advanced nursing care across the health continuum, from wellness to acute care. Students develop competencies in direct care, consultation, systems leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, ethical decision-making, moral agency and advocacy.
  • The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration allows students to develop advanced practice nursing competencies in health promotion, risk detection, illness prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Clinical experiences involve direct care in collaboration with other health professionals to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services. Clinical practica include primary care offices, such as internal medicine and family practice clinics, managed care offices, emergency departments, free clinics and long-term care and occupational health settings.
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration allows students to acquire advanced practice nursing competencies to provide continuity of health care to persons across the life span, as well as to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services through collaboration with other health professionals. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics in primary care offices, including family practice, internal medicine, managed care offices, emergency departments, long-term care facilities and academic and occupational health settings.
  • The Nurse Educator concentration gives students the advanced nursing knowledge in curriculum development, instruction and evaluation for traditional and online learning in academic and staff development settings. Emphasis is placed on application of educational theories and principles in curriculum development and evaluation and acquisition of skills in role development as a nurse educator. Students engage in individualized practicum experiences with master educators to gain experience in their desired field of nursing education.
  • The Nursing Healthcare Management concentration integrates management and nursing knowledge for students to develop skills and competencies in management, health care leadership and advanced nursing.
  • The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration focuses on health promotion, illness prevention, risk identification and acute and chronic care of infants, children and adolescents. Practicum experiences take place in outpatient primary care and specialty settings; the experiences offer the opportunity for students to provide individualized and culturally competent advanced practice nursing care to children within the context of their families.
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration builds on core advanced practice nursing knowledge. The program focuses on knowledge and skill development in mental health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, prescribing and medication management and advanced therapeutic modalities such as individual, group and family psychotherapy.
  • The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares students to provide the highest level of primary nursing care for women involving health promotion and disease prevention. Students gain competency in advanced nursing management of common acute and chronic conditions. Students practice in direct care and in collaboration with other health care professionals. Practicum experiences foster development of clinical judgment and primary care skills through faculty mentorship and clinical preceptors in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics.

Fully Offered At:

  • Online (concentrations Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Nursing and Healthcare Management, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner)
  • Kent Campus (concentrations Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)

Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree is a selective process. Years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific M.S.N. concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's resume, along with GPA and intent for full-time study, will be considered in the selection process for applicants who meet all admission criteria.

  • An active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.
  • A bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program (an RN license with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on review of a portfolio submitted with the application).
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 point scale)1
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Completion of a two to three page admission essay describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and demonstrating clarity of professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score

Students selected for admission to the nursing program must meet the College of Nursing's Clinical Compliance Policy. For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website

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Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates from this program will be able to:

  1. Acquire educational eligibility to meet standards for advanced practice certification or other advanced professional distinction.
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume advanced roles in nursing and for leadership and career advancement, including doctoral study.
  3. Communicate, integrate and apply advanced nursing knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive nursing care and promote quality outcomes in nursing and health care.

Program Requirements

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-AGCN]

Major Requirements
NURS 60010ADVANCED NURSING INFORMATICS 3
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60025HEALTH POLICY AND ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60101THEORETICAL BASIS FOR NURSING PRACTICE I 3
NURS 60110ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST I 3
NURS 60210ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST II 3
NURS 60310ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST III 3
NURS 60403METHODS OF INQUIRY 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING 3
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61192ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62192ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST II PRACTICUM 3
NURS 63192ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST III PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:40

Nurse Educator Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-NUED]

Major Requirements
NURS 60010ADVANCED NURSING INFORMATICS 3
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60025HEALTH POLICY AND ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60101THEORETICAL BASIS FOR NURSING PRACTICE I 3
NURS 60403METHODS OF INQUIRY 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING 3
NURS 60592NURSING EDUCATION PRACTICUM 3
NURS 60601CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN NURSING EDUCATION 3
NURS 60602ROLES AND EVALUATION FOR NURSING EDUCATION CURRICULA 3
NURS 60604CLINICAL NURSING AND EDUCATION ISSUES IN A SPECIALTY AREA 2
NURS 60605NURSING EDUCATION WITH TECHNOLOGY 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:34

Nursing and Healthcare Management Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-NHCM]

Major Requirements
NURS 60010ADVANCED NURSING INFORMATICS 3
NURS 60014LEADERSHIP IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT 3
NURS 60020LEGAL AND REGULATORY MANAGEMENT FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS 3
NURS 60024HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND BEHAVIOR 3
NURS 60025HEALTH POLICY AND ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60101THEORETICAL BASIS FOR NURSING PRACTICE I 3
NURS 60315BUDGETARY AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT FOR NURSES 3
NURS 60403METHODS OF INQUIRY 3
NURS 64002PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS 3
NURS 64202NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT I SEMINAR 2
NURS 64292NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 64302NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT II SEMINAR 2
NURS 64392NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT II PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:35

Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60010ADVANCED NURSING INFORMATICS 3
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60025HEALTH POLICY AND ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60101THEORETICAL BASIS FOR NURSING PRACTICE I 3
NURS 60403METHODS OF INQUIRY 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING 3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:20-26
Minimum Total Credit Hours:41-47

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-AGPN]

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60120ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I 3
NURS 60130ADULT GERONOTLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE 1
NURS 60230ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I 4
NURS 60330ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER II 2
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61292ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER II PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-APNP]

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60120ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I 3
NURS 60125FAMILY AND ADULT GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE 1
NURS 60220PRIMARY CARE II: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 3
NURS 60320ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE III 3
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61292ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61892FAMILY AND ADULT/GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE PRACTICUM 1
NURS 62292PRIMARY CARE II PRACTICUM: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 2
NURS 63692ADULT GERONTOLOGY COMPREHENSIVE PRIMARY CARE III PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:20

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-FNPR]

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60120ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I 3
NURS 60125FAMILY AND ADULT GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE 1
NURS 60160PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS 3
NURS 60220PRIMARY CARE II: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 3
NURS 60325PRIMARY CARE: FAMILY HEALTH AND CHRONIC ILLNESS 4
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61292ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61692PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61892FAMILY AND ADULT/GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE PRACTICUM 1
NURS 62292PRIMARY CARE II PRACTICUM: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 2
NURS 63292PRIMARY CARE: FAMILY HEALTH AND CHRONIC ILLNESS PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:26

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-PPNP]

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60170PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENT FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE 3
NURS 60270PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER I 3
NURS 60370PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER II 1
NURS 60372ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF THE CHRONICALLY ILL CHILD 3
NURS 60470PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER III 2
NURS 61792PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENT FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62792PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63792PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER II PRACTICUM 1
NURS 63992ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF THE CHRONICALLY ILL CHILD PRACTICUM 2
NURS 64792PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER III PRACTICUM 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:20

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-PMNP]

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60012ADVANCED MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 4
NURS 60051NEUROBIOLOGY AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY OF MAJOR PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS 4
NURS 60151INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY 3
NURS 60251FAMILY AND GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY 3
NURS 60353INDIVIDUAL, ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION 3
NURS 61592INDIVIDUAL THERAPY PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62592MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63592FAMILY AND GROUP THERAPY 2
NURS 64592PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICUM IV: NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:25

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

[NU-MSN-NURS-WHNP]

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60140WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I 2
NURS 60240WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER II 2
NURS 60340WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER III 1
NURS 60440WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER IV 2
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 60540WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER V 2
NURS 61492WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62492WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER II PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63492WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER III PRACTICUM 1
NURS 64892WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER IV PRACTICUM 2
NURS 65892WOMENS HEALTH CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER V PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21