To apply for the M.S.N. program, you must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school or its equivalent. You may be eligible to apply if you are a registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.
- Submit your application to Immaculata University
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred; Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.8 must submit acceptable scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school attended
- A one-page essay discussing your professional goals
- Two recommendations
- Current résumé
- Current R.N. license
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 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.
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. 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. You will select a question related to nursing practice and 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
- 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
- GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations (3)
- 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)
Once in the M.S.N. program, I applied for and was given a nurse manager position at my hospital. From there, I had an amazing opportunity to open a brand-new unit, and to grow and mentor one of my staff nurses to assume the nurse manager role when I moved to manage the critical care units. I have had tremendous growth as a nurse leader in my organization, but none of these opportunities would have been available to me without this M.S.N. program.Maureen Pisano '17 M.S.N.
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