Nursing at Immaculata

General Core Requirements


NURS 500 Professional Portfolio (3 credits)

This course validates B.S.N. equivalent competencies in nursing leadership, research and community health as outlined in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008). In this course, the R.N. students (who do not have a B.S.N. degree) present a completed professional portfolio to demonstrate knowledge foundational for M.S.N. study.

(Prerequisite: R.N. with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree).


Required Courses - 9 credits

Based on students' academic background, practice, and area of specialization, advisers will assist students in choosing either GEN 501, GEN 505, or a cross-disciplinary elective

GEN 501 Human Development * (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to understand and appreciate the developmental experiences of all people across the lifespan. This course includes: development theories related to the human growth process, and salient biological and environmental factors which affect the process of human growth and development.

GEN 502 Methods of Research (3 credits)

This course is designed to examine comprehensive methodological approaches to qualitative and quantitative research. Rudiments of basic research process, skills in evaluating the research outcomes as valid, reliable and useful and application of this knowledge and skill in the creation of a simulated study are included. (Prerequisite: statistics course). Students who receive a grade of B- or below in Methods of Research at the master’s level will be required to repeat the course.

GEN 503 Interpersonal Relationships (3 credits)

This course is a study of the meaning of interpersonal relationships, focusing on key concepts; raising the level of one’s self-awareness, and developing a basic framework for understanding person-to-person and group interactions.

GEN 505 Adult Human Development * (3 credits)

This course focuses on human development as a lifelong process of interaction between the individual and the environment within particular contexts with objectives to study and appreciate one’s own and others’ adult developmental process. Seminal adult development scholars and their theories are presented and discussed. Cognition, emotions, and values are seen as influencing behavior and the role people play in their own development.


* M.S.N. students may choose a cross-disciplinary course in lieu of Human Development or Adult Human Development. Students may choose one cross-disciplinary course, with the assistance of an advisor, based on students' academic background, practice, and area of specialization.