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Earn your MSN at HU with experienced faculty who give you the tools to lead change for future generations of nurses!

Course offerings in this online master’s program will give students a broad understanding of diverse topics in current trends in nursing. These include the promotion of evidence-based practice, the strengthening of interprofessional communication and an overall mindset of professional development. This online program will prepare nurses for careers in clinical and non-clinical healthcare settings. The program rereviews concepts related to the content of the exams and competencies.

Program Goals

A successful student of the program gains the following skills (varies according to the degree/concentration taken):

Admission Requirements for the Online MSN 

The following are requirements in addition to those that are part of the general graduate admissions requirements:

Program Concentrations

Clinical Nurse Leader/Expert

The clinical nurse leader concentration is designed for students with a passion for improving individual and populations’ health and well-being. Courses empower students to be a frontline leader and change agent utilizing best practices in nursing and science. Students also focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating quality and process improvement to achieve the desired outcome.

Nurse Educator

The nursing education concentration is designed for students with a passion for teaching and leading nursing peers in various settings. Students will learn innovative teaching methods, curriculum development, and evaluation techniques using evidence-based practices paired with population health practices.

Program Lead

 Nancy  Mimm, DNP

Nancy Mimm, DNP Assistant Professor of Population Health Nursing

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Corporate Faculty

Full Time Faculty

Nirmal Ahuja, DrPH

Instructor – Population Health and Health Equity

Program Courses

This program requires a total of 36 semester hours: 18 semester hours from the core courses, 6 semester hours of experiential courses, and 12 semester hours of Clinical Nurse Leader or Nurse Educator concentration courses. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

HCIN 500 – Healthcare Informatics (3 credits)

This is the survey course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. The student is exposed to the full range of healthcare informatics as it is employed in today’s workplace. This course discusses issues, trends, challenges, and applications related to the role of the Informaticist in Healthcare Systems and Institutions including big data management, electronic medical records systems, eHealth, data governance and data sharing. Casebased and project-based approaches are used for discussion and assignments. The student does not require academic healthcare system knowledge beyond that contained in ISEM541 Healthcare Systems, although clinical experience facilitates more rapid assimilation of content material and a deeper understanding of the overall curriculum. The overall goal of the course is familiarity with the potential contributions of informatics to both health outcomes and business operations so that successful learners return to their workplaces with sufficient knowledge to immediately function more effectively and efficiently as Informaticists.

NURS 510 – Found Concepts Master Prep Nurses (3 credits)

Description:This course is the first course in the core curriculum for Master of Science in nursing. It provides an overview of the theory in advanced nursing to prepare the graduate with a broad knowledge and practice expertise that builds and expands upon their entry-level nursing practice. After the completion of this course, the student will have a deeper understanding of the discipline of nursing to engage an advanced level of nursing practice and leadership in a variety of settings with the commitment to the lifelong learning philosophy.

NURS 515 – Quality and Safety (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to the quality and process improvement methodologies within different healthcare settings. After the completion of this course, the student will have a deeper understanding of nursing’s role in quality and processes improvement. The student will delve into the foundations of quality and process improvement practice through different standpoints, histories, frames of reference and interpretations of different views of the best practices.

NURS 520 – Healthcare Policy (3 credits)

This course will build upon the student’s current knowledge in healthcare policy and advocacy. This course will discuss theories and perspectives of the nursing Framework to support Population, communities, individuals to improve health outcomes. The student will draw on the policy and advocacy science literature; the course will present students with overviews of theories of information, action, sociality, conflict, and interaction within traditional and digital environments. Through readings and examples, the course includes attention to sociotechnical theories around communities of practice, online communities, social media, and enterprise knowledge management. This seminar course offers the student a better understanding of the advanced practice nurse responsibility in healthcare policy and advocacy.

NURS 540 – Adv Res Methods & Evidenced-Based (3 credits)

This course builds upon the nurse’s knowledge of research theories and methods and evidence-based practices. This course will have some strong focus and data analytics and evaluation. Throughout readings, case studies and the application of data the student will have practical experience evaluating evidence-based solutions to improve the health outcomes of an individual or population.

NURS 550 – Adv Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (3 credits)

This course builds upon the nurse’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathology in the disease process, pharmacology, and health assessment associated with the human body systems. This course is an integrated approach to health assessment.

NURS 695 – Nursing Practicum I (3 credits)

This experiential course synthesizes the key concepts of the program extending and applying these concepts to real-life practical problems or research investigation.

NURS 699 – Nursing Practicum II (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of the experiential component. The course synthesizes the key concepts of the program extending and applying these concepts to real-life practical problems or research investigation.

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The University is home to more than 5,000 international students representing 110 countries.

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