Nursing, M.S.N.
Graduate Studies

Immaculata University’s Division of Nursing contributes to advanced nursing practice by preparing its graduates to lead and teach.

Designed for graduates of accredited BSN programs and other bachelor’s degrees, Immaculata’s 39-credit Master of Science in Nursing will prepare you to keep pace with the changing demands of health care. You will work with inspiring mentors to solve real- world challenges.

With its foundation in theory, health care policy, and research, this 13 course program will expand your knowledge and develop your leadership abilities to guide your own nursing practice and that of others. Immaculata’s M.S.N. will broaden your job mobility, expand your professional network, increase your satisfaction, and provide opportunities for higher earnings.

 

Nursing Administration Track

Lead and Engage

Responding to the clinical, organizational and fiscal challenges faced by American’s evolving health care industry requires a more sophisticated health care leadership. The MSN prepares nurse administrators with strong communication skills, financial knowledge, personnel management organization theory and negotiations skills, which add up to a strong business acumen. You will be prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certified Nurse Executive Exam.

Nursing Education Track

Touch the Future–Teach!

Combining adult learning theory with hands on teaching experiences, ensure you have the instructional skills and mastery of content to teach future nurses or current practitioners in clinical or academic settings. This program is designed to prepare you for academic settings or the professional setting in a health care system. You will be prepared to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Exam.

Program Highlights

  • Some courses are available online or in a hybrid format that seamlessly blends face-to-face and online delivery.
  • You will attend classes as part of a cohort, which creates a professional learning community to enhance student interaction and support. The Master of Science in Nursing is available on Immaculata’s campus or at Pottstown Hospital, Lankenau Hospital, or Montgomery County Community College’s campus in Blue Bell, PA.
  • Practicums help you hone your knowledge and skills through mentorship from preceptors. You will complete a clinical practicum that focuses on trends in a nursing specialty area, and an administrative or educational practicum, depending on your track within the program.
  • You will analyze and reflect on a nursing practice issue in your capstone course, and you will present your research to a professional audience.

Accreditation

In fall 2011, the master’s degree in nursing was granted 10-year re-accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a master’s program at Immaculata University, the minimum admission standards for the Division of Nursing include:

  • Current R.N. license
  • B.S.N. degree from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited school
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale
  • Acceptable scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are not required to submit test scores.
  • Goals statement: a one-page essay discussing your professional goals and how graduate study at Immaculata University will enable you to achieve those goals
  • A current professional résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation appraising your personal and professional qualities as well as capability for graduate study. References must be completed by academic professors or employers and forwarded directly to the College of Graduate Studies.
  • A formal interview with the director of the M.S.N. Program

R.N. to M.S.N. Bridge Program (For R.N.s who hold a non-B.S.N. degree)

If you are an R.N. who graduated from an accredited nursing school with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree, you may be admitted. You must meet B.S.N.-equivalent competencies in nursing leadership, research, and community health. These competencies may be validated through a professional portfolio (a three-credit course) or collegiate coursework after admission. Immaculata’s R.N. to M.S.N. bridge program allows you to complete the B.S.N.-equivalent competencies that demonstrate knowledge foundational for M.S.N. study.

Course Preview

General Education Requirements (9 credits)

  • †GEN 501 Human Development (3) 
    or †GEN 505 Adult Human Development (3)
  • GEN 502 Methods of Research (3)
  • GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations (3)

 

†MSN students may elect a cross-disciplinary course in lieu of Human Development or Adult Human Development. Student chooses one course with advisement based on academic background, practice, and area of specialization.

Specialization Core (15 credits)

  • MML 603 Managing Organizational Effectiveness (3)
  • NURS 670 Nursing Administration (3)
  • NURS 672 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
  • NURS 681 Clinical Practicum (3)
  • NURS 684 Administration Practicum (3)

(15 credits)

  • NURS 621 Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 625 Healthcare Policy and Politics (3)
  • NURS 640 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NURS 655 Nursing Research (3)
  • NURS 690 MSN Capstone (3)

Specialization Core (15 credits)

  • NURS 645 Advanced Pathopharmacology (3)
  • NURS 660 Seminar for Nurse Educators I (3)
  • NURS 661 Seminar for Nurse Educators II (3)
  • NURS 681 Clinical Practicum (3)
  • NURS 683 Education Practicum (3)

Practicum

You will complete two practicums in the M.S.N. program. Each practicum experience is paired with theory and a seminar class. The clinical practicum will increase your understanding of health care and current trends in a specialty area (medical-surgical, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health, maternal and child health, or community/public health). Your second practicum will be specific to your track within the program to help you meet your professional and educational goals. In the administration practicum, you will focus on professional development, quality outcome management, and legal, regulatory and ethical issues in relation to selected administrative functions of nurse administrators. Each student will develop competencies of a nurse administrator under the guidance of a preceptor, who holds a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing. In the education practicum, you will examine the theory and methods of effective classroom and clinical teaching in nursing, and you will gain experience as a nurse educator.

In your capstone course, action research is presented as a methodology to critically analyze and reflect on practice, selecting a question to critically analyze which is related to nursing practice. You will present your capstone project to a professional audience at course end. Recent projects have covered topics such as educating nurses on the hazards of surgical smoke, increasing retention of new pediatric acute care nurses, and improving oral care compliance in ventilated patients.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Program Goals

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Required Curriculum

General Core

  • GEN 501 Human Development (3) or GEN 505 Adult Human Development (3)
  • GEN 502 Methods of Research (3)
  • GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations (3)

Nursing Concentration

  • NURS 621 Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 625 Healthcare Policy and Politics (3)
  • NURS 640 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NURS 655 Nursing Research (3)
  • NURS 690 MSN Capstone (3)

Nursing Administration Track

  • MML 603 Managing Organizational Effectiveness (3)
  • NURS 670 Nursing Administration (3)
  • NURS 672 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
  • NURS 681 Clinical Practicum (3)
  • NURS 684 Administration Practicum (3)

Nursing Education Track

  • NURS 645 Advanced Pathopharmacology (3)
  • NURS 660 Seminar for Nurse Educators I (3)
  • NURS 661 Seminar for Nurse Educators II (3)
  • NURS 681 Clinical Practicum (3)
  • NURS 683 Education Practicum (3)

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