Immaculata University’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program is designed to prepare professional nurses as leaders in administration and education in a variety of organizations. The competencies acquired through an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary model of education prepares the M.S.N. student to practice in a complex and dynamic professional milieu.
The program of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing is a 39-credit program, available on Immaculata's campus or at various off-site locations. Students may choose one of two areas of specialization: nursing administration or nursing education.
The administration track educates practicing nurses who are interested in becoming entry- or middle-level managers in nursing administration or advanced management roles. The curriculum prepares the graduate for the ever-changing arena of health care by providing a sound understanding of how organizations run. Specific strategies will be identified and discussed so that there will be a smooth transition from staff nurse to nurse manager. Completion of this track plus two years of full-time employment in a nursing administrative position enables students to submit their credentials for eligibility to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certified Nurse Executive Exam (formally known as the Nursing Administration).
The nursing education track examines the current and future roles of nursing education in a variety of settings. The curriculum prepares graduates to teach nursing in a college setting, to provide health care counseling and teaching to a patient population, and to function in a staff development role, educating nurses on new procedures or assisting recent nursing graduates in making the transition from nursing student to registered nurse. Completion of this track plus two years of full-time employment in an academic faculty role enables students to submit their credentials for eligibility to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Exam.
Prepare students for successful passage of certification examinations
Provide a foundation for doctoral studies
Promote a commitment to lifelong learning
Promote critical analysis of theory, research, policy and organizational systems
Develop leaders and change agents
Enhance collaboration skills
Critically seek, evaluate, and develop an expanding knowledge of nursing
Use leadership abilities, moral and ethical principles, and professional standards to guide one's own nursing practice and that of others
Impact nursing practice through scientific inquiry and the dissemination of research findings
Integrate concepts, models, and theories from nursing science and related disciplines into advanced nursing practice
This 39-credit program consists of courses in the following categories:
For more information, see the M.S.N. Student Handbook.