Nursing, Nursing Practice - Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nursing - Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN program is designed for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared nurses at all levels of experience who are seeking to move forward into advanced nursing practice. The program will appeal to registered nurses who prefer online flexibility in education, but who also desire some face-to-face instruction for high-level skills and advanced technology. Applicants must be BSN graduates (or anticipated graduation) from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited institution by the start of the MSN program.

The MSN program offers three tracks of study, with respective designation on transcripts. Courses will be delivered in an online format; however, each track will have at least one on-campus course requirement lasting 2 days. 

The Family Nurse Practitioner track will prepare graduates to become advanced practice providers with a primary care, family population focus. This track will require 45 credits, including 630 precepted clinical hours, and will prepare students to deliver evidence-based, culturally competent, primary health care to individuals within the context of family and community. Graduates will be eligible to sit for national Family Nurse Practitioner certification exams (AANP or ANCC).  

The Nurse Educator track will prepare nurses to develop curricula within changing healthcare systems, adapt and teach for diverse learners, develop clinical and classroom evaluation strategies, and adopt effective evidence-based practices in academics as well as clinical healthcare settings. Nurse Educator students will complete 33 credit hours, including a minimum of 210 precepted practicum hours. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Nurse Educator Certification exam and to teach at the university level as well as in clinical settings. 

The Nurse Executive Leadership track is designed to develop the knowledge, leadership abilities, and interpersonal and interprofessional skills to improve the healthcare system. Students in this track will complete 33 credit hours, including a minimum of 210 precepted practicum hours. Graduates will be prepared to lead in the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care, and to employ advocacy strategies to influence policy across the healthcare system. Graduates will also meet the education eligibility requirements to sit for certification exams in executive nursing leadership.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
NSG 642Individual and Organizational Leadership in Healthcare3
NSG 644Informatics, Quality & Safety in Healthcare3
NSG 646Clinical Prevention and Population Health3
NSG 648Research and Evidence-based Practice3
Family Nurse Practitioner (33 hours)
Advanced Pathophysiology for the APN
Advanced Pharmacology
Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostics
Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan
Healthcare Delivery Systems
Primary Care of Children and Adolescents
Primary Care of Adults I
Primary Care of Adults II
Primary Care Skills I: Diagnostics and Procedures
Primary Care Skills II: Billing, Coding, and Care Management
Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I
Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II
Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone Clinical III
FNP Synthesis
Nurse Educator (21 hours)
NSG 650
NSG 652
NSG 654
NSG 656
NSG 658
NSG 660
NSG 662
NSG 664
NSG 668
Nurse Executive Leadership (21 hours)
Healthcare Budgeting and Economics
Data, Health Analytics and Forecasting in Healthcare
Healthcare Delivery Systems
Human Resource Management in Healthcare
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare
Professional Partnerships and Communication Strategies
Nurse Executive Leadership Practicum I
Nurse Executive Leadership Capstone Practicum II
Nurse Executive Leadership Synthesis
Total Credit Hours33-45

Nursing Practice - Doctor of Nursing Practice 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed to build upon prior learning acquired through an MSN program. The focus of this DNP program is to prepare advanced practice nurses for roles in organizational/ systems leadership and innovative and evidence-based approaches for increasingly complex leadership roles. This program will be completely online with the exception of site-based practicum experiences. The program outcomes and curriculum are aligned with the current DNP Essentials developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the proposed DNP Essentials under consideration for adoption.

The DNP program requires 35-38 overall credits, which aligns closely with other DNP programs in the state of Ohio (State DNP alternatives attached). The DNP curriculum includes 18 credits of core courses including role seminars. Five credits are practicum courses, focused on comprehensive, systematic assessment of complex organizational environments with a focus on quality improvement and quality outcomes. Nine credits will be DNP Project courses, focusing on a Practice change initiative. Students will design, implement, and evaluate a quality improvement strategy to create and sustain change at the organizational and policy level. Three to six credit hours will remain for elective courses focused on a specialty area or additional clinical hours. 

Program Requirements

NSG 702Evidence-based Scholarly Practice and Inquiry3
NSG 704Planning, Managing, and Evaluating Programs and Projects3
NSG 706Organizational Systems, Outcomes, and Quality Management3
NSG 708Health Policy in DNP Practice3
NSG 710Finance and Economics in DNP Practice3
NSG 712DNP Role Seminar I1
NSG 714DNP Role Seminar II1
NSG 716DNP Role Seminar III1
NSG 718DNP Practicum I2
NSG 720DNP Practicum II3
NSG 722DNP Project I3
NSG 724DNP Project II3
NSG 726DNP Project III3
Elective Options3-6
DNP Elective: Independent Study Evidence-based Practice Project
NSG 650
Non-Nursing Graduate-level course
Total Credit Hours35-38