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Master of Science in Nursing

 

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing* program at the University of Mount Olive provides nurses who want to assume positions as a nurse educator or nurse administrator the ability to complete their degree online. The entire MSN program is 100% asynchronous online allowing a working RN with varying shifts the ability to complete their coursework when their schedules will allow. No GRE or MAT assessment required.

The program offers a dual concentration in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration and can be completed in as few as four consecutive semesters or 15 months. During your studies, you will receive a head start in your professional preparation with the opportunity to co-author and publish a peer-reviewed journal article with your collaborative mentor and nursing professor. You will have a unique four course nursing research sequence along you to research, write, and publish your thesis.

Upon completion of the MSN program, you will be academically prepared for all three nursing certification exams:

  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • Nurse Executive Advanced Certification (NEA-BC)
  • Nursing Professional Development Certification (RN-BC)

Classes are limited to 15 students, allowing personal attention from experienced nurse educators with nursing administration experience. Admission is offered year-round with spring, summer, and fall semesters. Your personal Admissions Representative, Nursing Faculty Advisor, and Financial Aid Advisor will walk you through everything from your first course through graduation.

*To assure the MSN program meets the rigorous requirements for today’s nursing professionals, the University of Mount Olive MSN program is preparing for CCNE programmatic accreditation and SACSCOC approval. Our initial accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is scheduled for September 2017.

Program Format:

  • Complete your coursework online at the time and place that is convenient for you.
  • The 100% online nursing community offers a community of learners, including alumni, who serve as mentors.
  • Students take two classes at a time with a built in week-long break in the middle of each semester.
  • Students are required to attend one “Residency Day” at the main UMO campus each semester. This is a great opportunity to meet your classmates and faculty, learn about new resources, address questions, and network.

To learn more about the MSN program, please call (919) 299-4930 or email grad@umo.edu.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Submit a free application online at www.umo.edu/apply.
  • Submit official BSN transcripts to the Dean of Graduate Studies, 634 Henderson Street Mount Olive, NC 28365.
    • If you are a graduate of the UMO BSN program,  transcripts are not required.
  • Must have a BSN from an accredited nursing program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit a collaborative mentor form with your application. Click here to download the form. You will choose a collaborative mentor who is currently working as a nurse educator or nurse administrator, who has a MSN degree (minimum), and has an active unencumbered RN license to practice in the state of North Carolina.
  • Submit a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) via email to grad@umo.edu.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (click here for standardized reference form to be completed by reference) sent directly from reference via email to grad@umo.edu. One of the letters of recommendation needs to be from your current employer.
  • Submit writing samples as a Word document using APA 6th edition citations and formatting with your application, discussing the following in 1000-1200 words:
    • What is your professional goal after completion of the MSN degree program: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, or a combination of these two areas of advanced practice?
    • What personal attributes and professional values will help you be effective in your choice of future career path?
    • What is your current idea for your Masters Thesis Research Study?  Support your specific idea selection with an explanation of the current "gap" in the literature surrounding your topic of interest.
    • Describe how you will manage your current work, family, and other personal and professional obligations while working on the courses in the MSN curriculum and your Masters Thesis Research Project.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Semester 1

NUR 600 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Nursing (1 sh) – 5 weeks (Session A) This course provides MSN students with an introduction to strategies for success in the program. Topics include: (1) the mission, vision and philosophy of the University of Mount Olive and the nursing division; (2) MSN program standards and objectives; (3) The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011); (4) written communication at the graduate student level utilizing APA formatting guidelines; (5) locating, evaluating, and citing scholarly resources within the University library databases; (6) the role of today’s nurse educator and nurse administrator, and the issues for both disciplines in today’s healthcare environment, and (7) purposes and use of the nursing emersion experience through a faculty-guided research proposal, small exploratory research study and thesis process, in collaboration with nursing mentor. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 610 Principles of Adult Education Theories in Nursing (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session D) This course examines the psychological physical, intellectual, and other characteristics affecting adults and their ability to learn. Adult development and learning theories, motivation, barriers to participation and the implications for the education of adults in a variety of learning situations will be discussed. Foundational principles of the scholarship of teaching as the basis for examining the role of the nurse educator in academic, clinical, and community settings are examined. Characteristics of students 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 instructional technology, the influence of demographics, and educational policies that impact the student, the nurse educator, and the learning environment. This course concludes with an analysis of legal and ethical issues that relate to patient/staff education as well as the academic performance of students. Prerequisite: MSN students only

 

NUR 620 Principles of Business and Finance in Healthcare for Nurses (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session E) This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the financial structure, market forces, controls and techniques used in the healthcare financial management and the perspectives of the various interest groups involved (i.e., providers, insurers, policy makers, patients and the general public). It will also provide students with a foundation in the use of financial tools and methodologies that will enable them to better understand the healthcare financial literature, and perform effective analysis within the healthcare system. Effective business communication in healthcare will be explored. Operational structures and processes such as managing human capital; budget development and planning; organizational mission, vision, and goals development; policy development; business concepts; organizational structure; marketing; reimbursement issues; resource utilization; financial management; productivity; partnerships; and community resources and needs assessment will be discussed. An in-depth analysis and synthesis of forces, issues, and challenges of select topics impacting healthcare, finance, socioeconomic principles, and leadership are analyzed. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 700 MSN Practice Immersion I: EBP Research Proposal (3 sh) – 15 weeks (Session T) The MSN practice immersion four-course sequence requires students to synthesize and expand the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program by applying evidence-based methods to practice through a faculty-guided graduate thesis. Students use the nursing practice immersion, while partnered with a collaborative nursing mentor from the practice of nursing education or nursing administration, to help them achieve the MSN program outcomes and competencies, and the learning objectives related to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). This first course, in the four-course sequence, is a graduate research course that reviews qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, focusing on the use of a body of nursing knowledge in the practice of the specialty roles of nurse educator and/or nurse administrator. Students will: (1) develop an understanding of evaluating healthcare research and integrating the results into professional practice through the design of an evidence-based practice, faculty-guided, research proposal of a small exploratory research study, to address a problem or concern in the nursing practice of education or administration; (2) complete their human subject research NIH training; and (3) submit their research proposal of their small exploratory research study to the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval. Prerequisite: MSN students only

Semester 2

NUR 630 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session D) This course focuses on the critical components of contemporary nursing knowledge, including concepts, statements, metaparadigms, philosophies, conceptual models, and theories. Students evaluate the variety of ways to organize nursing knowledge and explore the implications of their application. Students will demonstrate the clinical application of the course content, and examine the use of theory and nursing knowledge in professional environments. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 640 Influencing the Future of Nursing and Healthcare (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session E) The role of nursing educators and nursing administrators in today's healthcare environment provides numerous opportunities and responsibilities. Nursing's potential for improving the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities is examined. Strategies for involvement in shaping healthcare policy are developed. Health disparities, healthcare equity, social determinants of healthcare, cross-cultural and global health issues, and public health issues will be discussed. The future of nursing, through the perspective lens of shaping nursing education from entry level into practice through doctoral level preparation, will be explored. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 710 MSN Practice Immersion II: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Methods (3 sh) – 15 weeks (Session T) The MSN practice immersion four-course sequence requires students to synthesize and expand the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program by applying evidence-based methods to practice through a faculty-guided graduate thesis. Students use the nursing practice immersion, while partnered with a collaborative nursing mentor from the practice of nursing education or nursing administration, to help them achieve the MSN program outcomes and competencies, and the learning objectives related to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). This second course, in the four-course sequence, is a graduate research course that will review both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods will be reviewed focusing on the development of the knowledge and skill required to evaluate numerical data in support of an evidence-based environment for nursing administration and nursing education. Skills related to utilization of parametric and non-parametric methods of statistical analysis of quantitative data will be emphasized. Students will: (1) complete data collection for their evidence-based practice, faculty-guided, small exploratory research study upon receipt of permission for the University’s IRB, and (2) continue the development of their faculty-guided thesis components. Prerequisite: NUR 700

Semester 3

NUR 650 Developing and Evaluating Educational Programs (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session D) Identifying learning needs provides the foundation for designing healthcare educational programs for individuals, families, groups, or communities. Students select and develop teaching strategies, and explore ways of monitoring and evaluating teaching methods and student outcomes. Roles of nurse educators in organizations, communities, and higher education settings are examined. The processes of program development, planning, implementation and evaluation in healthcare and health promotion are examined. Critical analysis of research and other current evidence focuses on study design, methodological issues, and evaluation of program outcomes. Strategies for patient education, marketing, ethical resource allocation, and formative and summative evaluation techniques are analyzed and applied in today nursing practice. Statistical methods used to evaluate program outcomes are analyzed. Nursing educational program and residency accreditation standards will be explored. Instruction and instructional technology methods, innovative curriculum and program design, strategies to facilitate student learning, test construction and item analysis in nursing education will be examined. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 660 Executive Leadership & Management in Healthcare (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session E) Ways of using leadership and management concepts, principles, theories, and models in nursing executive roles are explored. Skills that facilitate collaborative relationships, change management, succession planning, marketing, human resources management, knowledge of the healthcare environment and decisions consistent with stewardship of resources are examined. Program planning for health systems and multicultural communities, organizational theory for integrated health care delivery, issues in biomedical and healthcare informatics, and managing complex health care systems will be explored. Students articulate a personal vision of leadership and ways of providing direction within today’s complex healthcare system. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 720 MSN Practice Immersion III: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods (3 sh) – 15 weeks (Session T) The MSN practice immersion four-course sequence requires students to synthesize and expand the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program by applying evidence-based methods to practice through a faculty-guided graduate thesis. Students use the nursing practice immersion, while partnered with a collaborative nursing mentor from the practice of nursing education or nursing administration, to help them achieve the MSN program outcomes and competencies, and the learning objectives related to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). This third course, in the four-course sequence, is a graduate research course that will continue to review both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods will continue to be reviewed focusing on the development of the knowledge and skill required to evaluate numerical data in support of an evidence-based environment for nursing administration and nursing education. Skills related to utilization of parametric and non-parametric methods of statistical analysis of quantitative data will continue to be emphasized. Students will: (1) complete data analysis for their evidence-based practice, faculty-guided, small exploratory research study, and (2) continue the development of their faculty-guided thesis components. Prerequisite: NUR 710

Semester 4

NUR 670 Ethical, Legal & Regulatory Issues in Healthcare (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session D) Ethical principles and decision-making models are used to address and understand complex healthcare issues. Legal concepts and regulatory agency and other public policies influence the direction and financing of healthcare. 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, education and administration. Issues surrounding a professional nurses well-being and a healthy nursing work environment will be explored. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 680 Measuring Performance Standards (3 sh) – 7 weeks (Session E) Quality improvement initiatives rely upon data from monitoring program implementation and evaluating program outcomes to determine achievement of program objectives. The processes of developing and revising monitoring and outcome measures are used to help determine progress toward meeting accreditation and regulatory standards in both nursing education and nursing administration. Students will learn to assess and evaluate nursing education as well as the issues of nursing administration in various healthcare settings – acute care, community care, long-term care, healthcare clinics, etc. Prerequisite: MSN students only

NUR 730 MSN Practice Immersion IV: Graduate Thesis (3 sh) – 15 weeks (Session T) The MSN practice immersion four-course sequence requires students to synthesize and expand the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program by applying evidence-based methods to practice through a faculty-guided graduate thesis. Students use the nursing practice immersion, while partnered with a collaborative nursing mentor from the practice of nursing education or nursing administration, to help them achieve the MSN program outcomes and competencies, and the learning objectives related to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). This final course, in the four-course sequence, is a graduate research course that will conclude the MSN nursing immersion experience through the completion of their graduate thesis and dissemination of their results through presentation and publication. Students will: (1) complete their evidence-based practice, faculty-guided, small exploratory research study, and thesis; (2) present their thesis; (3) submit their thesis for publication coauthored with their faculty member and collaborative nursing mentor, and (4) submit to have their thesis published with ProQuest. Prerequisite: NUR 720