New Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes

The outcomes for the Registered Nurse to Master of Science in nursing program will change for all students enrolled on or after October 1, 2012:

  1. Integrates nursing's scope of practice, professional standards, and specialty knowledge to implement the role of the master's prepared nurse across healthcare settings.
  2. Applies concepts and theoretical frameworks to guide thinking, improve performance, analyze policy, and allocate resources.
  3. Establishes collaborative partnerships with diverse constituencies and interprofessional teams to address needs and influence change.
  4. Translates research evidence to promote safe, cost-effective, quality practice.
  5. Develops approaches to the delivery of healthcare that address the ethical, legal, cultural, social and policy needs of diverse stakeholders and populations.
  6. Designs strategies using information technology to inform decisions and improve outcomes.
  7. Uses effective communication strategies with multiple stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
  8. Integrates principles and concepts of leadership in professional practice environments.

Changes to the Registered Nurse to Master of Science in nursing Program Requirements

The following changes to the Registered Nurse to Master of Science in nursing program will affect all students enrolled on or after October 1, 2012:

  • Upper level Ethics will be required.*
  • Information Literacy (1 credit) will be required.
  • Prerequisites - The Written English requirement, Expository Writing, Upper Level Ethics, and Information Literacy must be complete before registering for any nursing courses or exams.
  • Statistics will be a prerequisite and no longer a co-requisite to the course Nur 513: Research and Evidence-Based Practice.
  • No Depth Requirement.
  • The Bachelor's component including all general education must be complete before starting Phase I of the Master's component.
  • Nurx 420 Management in Nursing exam will be administered for the last time in August, 2012. Nur 422 Nursing Leadership and Management course will replace Nurx 420 and begin September 1, 2012. It will be a 15-week course.
  • Nur 436 Professional Transitions and Nur 446 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society changed from a 15 to an 8-week session.
  • Nur 502 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice will change from a 15 to an 8-week session beginning November 2012.
  • Nur 512 Professional Role Development and Ethics (4 semester credits) will be change to Nur 514 Professional Role Development (3 credits) effective November, 2012.
  • Enrolled student who already completed Nur 512 will not be required to complete Nur 514.

* Enrolled students who completed Ethics at the lower level and applied it to the Registered Nurse to Master of Science in nursing program degree prior to October 1, 2012 will not be required to complete upper level Ethics.

If you enroll prior to October 1, 2012 and successfully complete the Bachelor's component of the Registered Nurse to Master of Science in nursing program by September 30, 2012, you will not be subject to these changes.

If you enroll prior to October 1, 2012 and do not successfully complete the Bachelor's component of the RN-MS in nursing program by September 30, 2012 you will be subject to these changes.