RN to MSN Bridge Program

The RN to MSN Bridge Program Program requires that you select a specialization in order to complete your degree. Most students select a specialization upon enrollment in the program. However, you may enroll in the RN to MSN Bridge Program Program and complete the following courses before selecting your specialization.

Program of Study:

  • Total Courses: 19
  • Total Credits: 57

Course List:


Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Administration and Management, (RN to MSN Bridge Program)


Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Forensic Nursing, (RN to MSN Bridge Program)


Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Informatics, (RN to MSN Bridge Program)


Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education, (RN to MSN Bridge Program)


Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Public Health, (RN to MSN Bridge Program)

Course Descriptions and Required Textbooks

N490 - Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing (3 credits)Return to Top

Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing analyzes the impact of economic, demographic and technological forces on health care delivery, and the concerns relating to ethical, legal, and social issues that influence nursing practice. A historical background gives perspective to current nursing problems, and future trends are considered in terms of their impact on roles and practice. Issues impacting professional nursing are examined within a framework set forth by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) five core competencies on quality and healthcare. The potential transformation of nursing practice in response to societal changes will be explored as well as the new opportunities these challenges have for career development.

Required Text Book:

  • Professional nursing practice: Concepts and perspectives - 978-0133801316
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed - 978-1433805615

N491 - Concepts and Theories in Nursing (3 credits)Return to Top

Concepts and Theories in Nursing provides an introduction to theory and reasoning in nursing. The significance of theory for nursing as a profession is explored, thus providing students with a foundation for professional nursing practice and research. This course provides an overview of theory, theory development, important nursing theories and nursing theorists, as well as a method for critiquing theory. Students are guided to develop a foundation of reasoning skills that are necessary to integrate the components of knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences into nursing practice.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Nursing theories: The base for professional nursing practice - 978-0135135839

N492 - Community Health Nursing I (3 credits)Return to Top

Community Health Nursing I provides a solid foundation in community and public health nursing concepts and interventions for individuals, families, and communities. Various roles of the nurse are explored in relation to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention with target populations across the lifespan. The impact of political, economic, social, environmental, and cultural concerns on the health of populations is examined. Health promotion and disease prevention concepts are integrated into the multifaceted role of population-focused, community-oriented nursing practice.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615

N493 - Community Health Nursing II (3 credits)Return to Top

Community Health Nursing II builds upon the foundation provided in N492 Community Health Nursing I. From a theoretical and scientific framework, the concepts of epidemiology and disease transmission, comprehensive assessment of risk factors and health problems, program planning and intervention, environmental health, and collaboration with the interdisciplinary team are explored. The clinical component focuses upon developing and evaluating health promotion programs, family assessment, community assessment, and community-based home care within the context of the community. The nursing process is applied with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. It is anticipated that sixty hours of community interaction will be required to complete this health promotion project.

Required Text Book:

  • Population and community health nursing - 978-0133859591
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615

N494 - Essentials of Nursing Research (3 credits)Return to Top

Essentials of Nursing Research introduces the steps of the research process and the role of research in the practice of professional nursing. The methods and analytical tools required to critically evaluate nursing research literature are emphasized. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are highlighted. The focus of this course is on accessing and analyzing current nursing research literature to enable the professional nurse to apply research to current practice and issues. The skills of using technology to locate research information are developed, and the essential role of databases is explored. An understanding of ethical research practices is explored. This course prepares students to be critical consumers of evidence based research, and serves as a foundation for graduate-level nursing research courses.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Foundations of Nursing Research - 978-0132118576

N495 - Health Assessment (3 credits)Return to Top

Health Assessment focuses on the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease in diverse patients across the life span. The process of health assessment is introduced, including: interviewing, history-taking, and physical assessment. Health assessment occurs within the context of the family and community and incorporates cultural and developmental variations and needs of the patient. Normal findings and cultural and age variations are emphasized. Incorporated throughout the course is the importance of communication and collaboration with patients and health care professionals. This course prepares the professional nurse to apply the concepts, knowledge and skills necessary to complete a health assessment for patients in all age groups, emphasizing the major elements, sequence and methodology of health assessment. This course also serves as a foundation for a graduate-level health assessment course.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615

N496 - Nursing Leadership and Management (3 credits)Return to Top

Nursing Leadership and Management provides broad and comprehensive coverage of leadership and management theories and processes that are critical to the creation of a work environment that is efficient, cost-effective, and committed to quality nursing care. The emphasis is on understanding the key skills employed by highly successful nurse leaders/managers such as critical thinking, effective communication, conflict resolution, successful delegation, team building, controlling resources, quality improvement, stress management, utilization of information technology, and leading change.  Students are engaged with opportunities to participate in learning activities that integrate knowledge about the activities, roles, and responsibilities of nurse managers/leaders and enable students to practice conceptual, technical, and interpersonal management and leadership skills. This course prepares the student for an entry position into the professional nurse manager role, and serves as a foundation for graduate-level leadership and management courses.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Effective leadership and management in nursing - 978-0132814546

N502 - Health Care Systems (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course introduces students to the historical development, structure, operation, and current and future directions of the major components of the American health care delivery system. It reviews the historical evolution of the health care system's features and examines the ways in which health care services are organized and delivered, the influences that affect health care public policy decisions, factors that determine priorities for the allocation of health care resources, and the relationship of health care costs to measurable benefits. The course enables students to assess the role of organized efforts to influence health policy formulation, and the contributions of medical technology, research findings, and societal values on our evolving health care delivery system.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Health Care USA: Understanding its Organization and Delivery, 7th Edition - 9780763784584

N508 - Theory and Research (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course in theory and research for advanced nursing practice is designed to develop and refine the knowledge and skills necessary to critique theory and research from nursing and related fields. The focus of this course is on the examination of the research process with applicability to advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the critique, evaluation, and utilization of nursing and related research that applies to advanced nursing practice and a comprehensive approach to care. Ethical and technological aspects of scholarly inquiry are explored. This course supports the development of the research design, theoretical framework, methods of analysis, and creating an abstract for the capstone project proposal.

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N512 - Diverse Populations & Health Care (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course provides an in-depth study of cultural diversity, delineating ethnocultural congruent health-care practices in a pluralistic society. Assessment, planning, and interventions for health promotion and maintenance, illness and disease prevention, health restoration, and health policy are explored. The course examines the meanings of health and illness across ethnocultural groups and communities.

Required Text Book:

  • Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach, 4th Edition - 9780803637054
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615

N520 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course focuses on the legal and ethical rights, responsibilities, and obligations of the practicing nurse in a changing health environment. It is intended to provide graduate nursing students with the theory, knowledge and application necessary to deal with pressing legal and ethical issues in nursing practice. Learners will develop a framework for working through increasingly complex legal and ethical issues that affect nurses. This framework and broadened perspective will help practitioners recognize and respond to dilemmas within diverse health care settings and nursing roles. This course will provide an overview of regulatory action and the legislative and judicial processes, enabling learners to become familiar with changes affecting the health care system such as patient rights, technological advances, and managed care. Within an ethical framework, ethical and professional issues affecting the individual, the practice of professional nursing, and the profession will be explored.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing, 6th Edition - 9780133355871
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals - 3rd Edition - 9781449672119

N518 - Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate level course focuses on advanced health/physical assessment and includes the comprehensive history, physical, and psychological assessment of signs and symptoms, pathophysiologic changes, and psychosocial variations of the patient (individual, family, or community).  This course will prepare students by providing an in-depth knowledge of core general assessment content, in addition to geriatric, pediatric, genetic, social, cultural, and community-specific needs.  Appropriate screening and diagnostic testing methods will also be included.  Content knowledge will be reinforced through a series of virtual reality patient encounter simulations.  This will culminate with a precepted virtual reality comprehensive physical assessment. 

Required Text Book:

  • American Psychological Association (6th Edition) - 978-1-4338-0561-5
  • Bate’s guide to physical examination and history taking (11th Edition) - 9781609137625
  • Disaster nursing and emergency preparedness (3rd Edition) - 978-0-8261-0864-7

N522 - Modern Organizations and Health Care (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course contains both theoretical content as well as an examination of processes involved in human behaviors in the healthcare organizational setting. Students will become more aware of the dynamics of group processes and acquire skills (i.e., motivation and leadership skills, conflict management, negotiation skills, etc.) to improve their group performance. This course examines (1) individual behaviors, (2) leadership, and (3) intrapersonal and interpersonal issues. Specific areas included in this course are diversity, perceptions and attitudes, communications, decision-making, power, leadership, motivation, stress and conflict management. Additionally, we will discuss strategies for facilitating learning experiences in a multicultural environment.

Required Text Book:

  • (8 Week Course) Organizational Behavior, Theory, And Design In Health Care (2nd Edition) - 978-1284050882
  • (10 Week Course) Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Design in Healthcare (1st Edition) - 9780763742850
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615

N537 - Health Care Informatics (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course covers the history of healthcare informatics, current issues, basic informatics concepts, and health information management applications. Health informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health care settings. Health informatics tools include not only computers but also clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems. This course focuses on the application of health care informatics from a nursing perspective. Based on the Foundation of Knowledge model, this course demonstrates how nursing and healthcare informatics relate to knowledge acquisition, knowledge processing, knowledge generation, knowledge dissemination, and feedback, all of which build the science of nursing.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge - 978-1-4496-3174-1

N542 - Health Care Finance and Economics (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course will help nurse managers to understand and implement processes for management of financial issues in health care. Finance is a complicated and frequently confusing part of providing healthcare in the United States. Regulatory bodies, multiple payer sources, and complicated reimbursement schedules are just of few of the things that contribute to the state of healthcare finance in the 21st century. This course will introduce the concepts of reimbursement based on meeting the needs of the client rather than meeting the bottom line. Budgetary considerations, cash flow, cost to benefit analysis, and salaries are discussed in a forthright and comprehensive manner. Understanding how clients view healthcare and then understanding the role of healthcare payment will assist nursing leaders to make quality decisions that will benefit the patient and the facility. This course will assist the nurse manager to implement financial considerations into quality patient care.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar, 2nd Edition - 9780763757137

N510 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course focuses on developing advanced knowledge of human pathophysiological functions and responses to altered conditions, and includes integration of this knowledge into evidenced-based nursing practice. The focus is on frequently encountered primary care conditions across the general lifespan and for special populations. This course will prepare students to function in advanced practice and nurse educator roles by providing an in-depth understanding of pathophysiologic processes, enabling the student to predict clinical manifestations, select evaluative studies, initiate appropriate therapies, and anticipate potential complications. Insights into the underlying disease process will prepare the practitioner and educator for integration of new and innovative interventions, pharmacotherapeutics, analysis of risk factors, and associated signs and symptoms. Appropriate screening and diagnostic testing methods will also be included. Emphasis will be placed on important pathophysiological concepts needed to support the goals of Healthy People 2020 to improve clients’ quality of life and reduce health disparities. Additionally, this course will address the pathophysiologic needs of communities and individuals in emergency and disaster settings.

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CIS515 - Management of Information Systems (3 credits)Return to Top

This course imparts valuable insight into the planning, organizing, and controlling of user services. Managing the essential technologies as well as the management of the traditional information systems development process is explored. This course also incorporates investigation into organizational learning curves, dealing with vendors, budgeting, accounting, management reporting, and legal considerations of information systems (IS). Each module in this course melds textbook material with additional content from external resources. This course addresses issues and strategies enabled through creative exercises and brief research projects designed to help students synthesize new learning and apply the concepts presented. Each encourages critical thinking about the subject matter. A broad range of analysis and synthesis skills, such as inference, recognition of assumptions, deduction, evaluation of arguments, and interpretation are enlisted through such project-oriented assignments. Investigating articles and case studies that present timely and different approaches to information systems management assists in emulating real MIS challenges. Discussion questions afford online interactive students the opportunity to exchange ideas with peer learners on current topics concerning this dynamic field.

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N511 - Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate level course focuses on developing advanced knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacologic responses. A deeper look will be taken at cultural, social, genetic, and other issues that impact patient decisions regarding pharmacologic treatment. Students will be prepared to address common herbal and alternative therapies utilized by patients. Also included in the course is a discussion of the role of the nurse in the process of approvals for new pharmacologic treatments and in the coordination of medication distribution. Application will be made to disaster and emergency management and the role of the nurse in the multidisciplinary team under these circumstances.

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CIS525 - Information Systems Strategic Planning (3 credits)Return to Top

In this course we will provide you with both a strong foundation for understanding what is meant by information technology and the business side of managing it. We will explain information technology in the context of organizations and their use of it. This course focuses on business pressures and the strategies used to counter them, especially through the use of Web-based strategic information systems.

Required Text Book:

  • Management: Digital strategies for Insight, Action, and Sustainable Performance (10th Edition) - 978-1118897782

N680 - Overview of Public Health Nursing (3 credits)Return to Top

Public health nurses are part of an exciting future with the potential of solving many of the health and psychosocial ailments currently affecting the population. The underlying assumption of this course is that public health nurses, who comprise a major part of the public health workforce, must take a leadership role in improving the health of our nations’ residences. Information on the use of population data and how it is used to assess, plan, monitor and evaluate is included. This course includes content on the diverse knowledge of complex health systems public health nurses must have to be able to function independently. The public health nurse must have knowledge of the impact of environment or a disaster on health. Content on the influence of policies, regulations and governmental programs is interwoven throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on the multitude of other disciplines and how the nurse must collaborate at every level to promote population health. The role of the public health in serving patients in a variety of settings is examined. A focus on how nursing serves the vulnerable or selected specific populations is also included.

Required Text Book:

  • Population-based nursing: Competencies and concepts for advanced practice - 978-0826106711
  • Disaster nursing and emergency preparedness (2nd Edition) - 978-0826108647
  • Epidemiology For Public Health Practice (5th Edition) - 978-1449665494
  • **(Supplemental Text-Recommended, Not Required)** Population and Community Health Nursing (6th Edition) - 978-0133859591
  • American Psychological Association (6th Edition) - 978-1-4338-0561-5

N580 - Issues in Nursing Education (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate level course explores foundational principles of the scholarship of teaching as the basis for examining the role of the nurse educator in academic, clinical, and community settings. Characteristics of learners with diverse learning styles and backgrounds are explored, with emphasis on assessing learning style preferences, critical thinking abilities, and literacy. Current trends in nursing education are examined, including the evolving role of technology, the influence of demographics, and educational policies that impact the learner, the teacher, and the learning environment. This course concludes with an analysis of legal and ethical issues that relate to client/staff education as well as the academic performance of students.

Required Text Book:

  • Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice - 9781449697501
  • Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty, 4th Edition - 9781455705511
  • National League for Nursing, The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators - 9781934758175
  • Theory and Research for Academic Nurse Educators: Application to Practice - 9780763774134

N560 - Forensic Nursing (3 credits)Return to Top

This course provides an introduction to forensic nursing science, and the role the forensic nurse plays in the bridge between medical and legal components. The course presents the evolution of forensic nursing and explores the various roles and responsibilities of the forensic nurse in a variety of healthcare and non-traditional settings. The forensic nursing specialty has evolved in part from society’s need to reduce and prevent interpersonal violence and criminal behavior. In both criminal and non-criminal incidents requiring investigation, there is a gap between the medical/forensic medical information and law enforcement/investigative agencies and the criminal justice system. This course will provide the framework for bridging this gap and students will uncover the potential for nurses to apply forensic nursing expertise in variety of settings and multidisciplinary environments.

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CJ585 - Advanced Corrections (3 credits)Return to Top

This course will provide students with an understanding of the American correctional system. It covers various topics including the history and law of corrections, punishment and rehabilitation of offenders, correctional practices ranging from probation to prison, and correctional trends. To begin, this course provides an overview of corrections, including the early history of correctional thought. Later, correctional law and the punishment of offenders will be examined, including the various types of correctional clients. Correctional practices including jails, probation, and intermediate sanctions and community corrections are explored. Corrections also covers incarceration, including the prison experience for men and women. This course reviews issues related to institutional management and programs; as well as once offenders are released from incarceration. This course explores supervision of offenders in the community, as well as corrections for juveniles. It also covers various trends including incarceration, race and ethnicity, and the death penalty. Finally, surveillance and control in the community are discussed, as well as community justice. The discussion will conclude with a look at the future of corrections.

Required Text Book:

  • (8 Week Course) American Corrections - 11th Edition - 978-1305093300
  • (10 Week Course) Cengage Advantage Books: American Corrections, 10th ed - 978-1111841638

N547 - Health Care Strategic Management and Planning (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate-level course provides in-depth coverage of strategic thinking, strategic planning, and managing the strategic momentum. This course demonstrates how strategic managers can become strategic thinkers with the crucial skills to evaluate the changing environment, analyze data, question assumptions, and develop new ideas. Students will be introduced to methods to develop and document a plan of action through strategic planning and illustrate how, as managers attempt to carry out the strategic plan, they evaluate its success, learn more about what works, and incorporate new strategic thinking into future planning. Diverse strategic situations will be presented in case study format, which enhances the applicability of the concepts.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations (7th ed.) - 9781118466469

N682 - School Nursing (3 credits)Return to Top

This course addresses the role of the school nurse in the school and the community, including public health, other health providers, and the family. The profession of nursing, development of preschool-adolescent students, evidence-based care, care of children with common conditions, intellectual disabilities, and high-risk behavior will be examined, with respect to cultural and legal considerations. The role of the school nurse with regards to disaster planning will also be discussed.

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N582 - Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate level course introduces the principles of teaching and learning among a diverse population of learners in academic and clinical environments. A variety of strategies to facilitate learning in cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains will be explored. Students will develop learning activities for the traditional, non-traditional and online learning environments in academic and clinical settings, utilizing evidence-based resources to support teaching and learning. Integrating educational technology within the learning environment is also a component of the course. Various methods for designing, conducting, and analyzing assessments and evaluations of learning outcomes will be appraised.

Required Text Book:

  • Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice - 9781449697501
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions - 9781284030990
  • Teaching strategies for nurse educators - 9780131790261

CIS605 - Customers, Markets, and Technology (3 credits)Return to Top

The relationship between technology-based products and the consumers of these products comes under investigation in this course. This course also teaches methods for designing, developing, and delivering technology-based products that can solve real-world problems. Students will examine best practices for integrating technology solutions and metrics managers can apply to measure the return on an IT investment. Throughout the course, students will learn skills they can use to increase their own creative skills.

Required Text Book:

  • The Management of Technology and Innovation: A Strategic Approach - 978-0538478229

N584 - Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate level course focuses on designing nursing curriculum in diverse learning environments using evidence-based theories and concepts as well as relevant standards and criteria for evaluation. The relationship of nursing curriculum to the parent institution’s mission and philosophy is analyzed. Development, implementation and evaluation of a continuing education program for staff, patient or public education also is emphasized.

Required Text Book:

  • Curriculum Development and evaluation in nursing, 2nd Edition - 9780826107220
  • Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty, 4th Edition - 9781455705511
  • Curriculum Development in Nursing Education, 2nd Edition - 9780763755959

N538 - Advanced Health Care Informatics (3 credits)Return to Top

This course will build on previous informatics knowledge to apply problem-solving skills to complex nursing informatics problems. Healthcare organizations face many issues that will be covered in this course including interoperability, integration, health information exchange, and electronic health records. Applying successful solutions through the lens of quality, meaningful use, education, public health and evidence-based practice will be emphasized. Additional emphasis on underserved populations also be a thread throughout this course.

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N684 - Case Management and Home Health Services (3 credits)Return to Top

This course provides a solid foundation in case management strategies and home health nursing concepts and interventions for individuals and targeted populations. The leadership roles of the nurse in case management and home health are explored. The impact of political, economic, social, environmental, and cultural concerns on the health of populations is examined. Standards and principles of practice for both of these specialty areas is explored. Innovation in care delivery is discussed. This course demonstrates the core functions of public health and is designed to demonstrate competency in each of the practice domains of Advanced Public Health Nursing as defined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Required Text Book:

  • Scope and standards of practice: Home health nursing (2nd Edition) - 978-1558102828
  • Population and Community Health Nursing (6th Edition) - 978-0133859591

N550 - Nursing Administration Practicum I (3 credits)Return to Top

This practicum experience focuses on the analysis, synthesis, and application of principles and theories related to nursing administration and leadership. It is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate theory in a context of the nurse executive’s role. During the precepted practicum experience, students observe, analyze, and participate in the role of the nurse executive in a designated health care delivery system. Experiences are designed and arranged by the student and approved by the faculty to provide executive level exposure to nursing administration operations and local business health policies and procedures. Within the asynchronous classroom environment, students will explore concepts pertinent to enactment the nurse executive role, with an emphasis on application of leadership/management theory, effective supervision, problem solving, organizational theory and structure, personnel and operations management, and communication. 80 practicum hours are required.

Required Text Book:

  • Scope and Standards for Nursing Administrators, 3rd Edition - 9781558102675
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators, 6th Edition - 9781449614928
  • Beyond Leading and Managing: Nursing Administration for the Future - 9780323028776

N564 - Advanced Forensic Nursing (3 credits)Return to Top

This course builds upon the introductory content mastered in N560 Forensic Nursing. In this course participants will have the opportunity for in-depth exploration of current issues driving the evolving forensic nurse role.  Participants will gain additional specialized knowledge and skills required for current and evolving forensic nursing practice.  Examples of topics covered in this course include human trafficking; sexual violence; at risk and vulnerable populations; violence in the workplace; prevention and education; organizational and community consultation; policy/laws/regulation; advocacy; the nurse as expert witness; terrorism and torture; self-care and compassion fatigue prevention for the forensic nurse.

Learning activities are designed to guide discovery of knowledge, evaluation and application of research, and the development of innovative strategies for incorporation into Forensic Nursing practice. Course participants will have the opportunity to select and interact with preferred target populations within the broader module foci to provide for a richer, more diverse collaborative, interactive learning experience.   

Required Text Book:

  • Forensic nursing: Scope and standards of practice - 978-1558102651
  • Forensic nursing: A handbook for practice (2nd Edition) - 978-0763792008
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) - 978-1-4338-0561-5

N552 - Nursing Administration Practicum II (3 credits)Return to Top

This practicum experience focuses on the analysis, synthesis, and application of principles and theories related to nursing administration and leadership. It is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate theory in a context of the nurse executive’s role. During the precepted practicum experience, students observe, analyze, and participate in the role of the nurse executive in a designated health care delivery system. Experiences are designed and arranged by the student and approved by the faculty to provide executive level exposure to nursing administration operations and local business health policies and procedures. Within the asynchronous classroom environment, students will explore concepts pertinent to enactment the nurse executive role, with an emphasis on application of leadership/management theory, effective supervision, problem solving, organizational theory and structure, personnel and operations management, and communication (Minimum 80 practicum hours for N550, and 100 practicum hours for N552).

Required Text Book:

  • Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators, 6th Edition - 9781449614928
  • Beyond Leading and Managing: Nursing Administration for the Future, 1st Edition - 9780323028776
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • Scope and Standards for Nursing Administrators, 3rd Edition - 9781558102675

N586 - Nursing Education Practicum (3 credits)Return to Top

This graduate level course focuses on the implementation of the nurse educator role through the application of theoretical teaching and learning concepts and strategies for a selected learner population in an academic or clinical setting. Emphasis is on effective communication and sensitivity to varying needs of the learner based on cultural and educational background. The nurse educator role will be analyzed and applied in collaboration with a master's prepared nurse educator preceptor. Evidence-based teaching strategies will be developed into a comprehensive teaching plan to engage learners in active learning and implemented to meet mutually determined outcomes. 180 hours will be required.

Required Text Book:

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) - 9781433805615
  • National League for Nursing, The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators - 9781934758175

N599 - Nursing Capstone (3 credits)Return to Top

The purpose of this individualized learning experience is to enable you to develop an original comprehensive nursing research project on a topic of professional or personal interest. This project-based course is intended to enable you to research, design and develop a substantial original applied project of your own authorship. This project is intended to encourage the application of theories, principles, and processes that you have studied in the Aspen graduate courses to an actual nursing related problem or issue of interest and relevance to you in your professional activities.