Master of Science in Nursing

Admissions Staff
Image of Dr. Kathleen Wisser, a instructor at Alvernia University
Mary Arbogast CST, RN, BS, CNOR
Nursing and Healthcare Outreach Coordinator

   Upland Center

MSN Advisor

Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator of MSN Program

   Nursing Resource Center, Rm 101

Course Descriptions

COR 510: Moral Leadership (3 credits)

A discussion and analysis of philosophies of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged leadership for the community, workplace, society and the global world. It will include the study of topics such as: theories of and approaches to moral leadership; the ideal relationship between leaders and followers; historical exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership.

COR 600: Organizational and Professional Ethics (3 credits)

A discussion and analysis of ethical issues in organizational environments and the professions. The course is designed to provide an understanding of the practical applications of ethical theory to diverse ethical issues in professional life. It will include the study of topics such as: major theories and principles of ethics; the nature of professional organizations and their contributions to society; the social responsibilities of professions, organizations and corporations; codes of ethics and standards of professional conduct; and decision procedures for resolving ethical dilemmas in the workplace. (To be taken with the final 12 credits.)

NUR 530: Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)                     

This course includes physical and psychological assessment of individuals across the lifespan, and strategies for health promotion. Comprehensive data collection includes history taking, assessment of signs and symptoms, and physical examination techniques. Critical thinking skills and transcultural nursing issues are integrated. Special attention is given to techniques used by nurse educators to teach assessment skill mastery to others.

Prerequisite: Basic health or physical assessment course or permission

Didactic: 40 hours

Laboratory: 3 hours                        

Clinical Hours: 6 hours in clinical practice setting assisting with physical assessment teaching and/or performance in various health care settings and/or undergraduate assessment teaching laboratory.

NUR 540: Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (3 credits)                       

Expands upon basic knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology to provide a more in-depth understanding of human responses to interventions. Integrates best current evidence for effective health care management. Students will demonstrate assimilation of technology and information literacy to access ever-changing research integration of best practices and apply findings to case studies or simulations.

NUR 550: Professional Nursing Theory and Research (3 credits)                       

Builds upon knowledge of basic quantitative and qualitative research methods to 
develop a more sophisticated ability to analyze scholarly literature in nursing and health care. Theories, concepts and ethical considerations driving contemporary health research are examined. Students will demonstrate a high level of information literacy in a synthesis of literature and research proposal.

Prerequisite: Basic undergraduate research course and statistics course.

NUR 560: Policy and Curriculum (3 credits)                                   

Introduction to curriculum development and analysis based on health trends and standards of care. Explores organizational, community and government contexts in which nursing education takes place. Analyzes effect of government and institutional policies on health care and nursing education. Prioritize health needs of diverse populations in curriculum development. Change theory is applied to nursing education through an application project.

Clinical: Approximately 6 hours in consultation with nurse leader/educator for application project

NUR 630: Measuring Educational Outcomes (3 credits)                       

Evaluation strategies for clinical, laboratory and classroom nursing education are explored. Comparison of various methods of measuring student safety in skills and clinical performance. An in-depth review of objective test construction using sound measurement principles is performed. Correlation of national standards for nursing education with appropriate program evaluation measures is performed. Students practice reflective self and peer evaluations in relation to professional role development as a nurse educator.

NUR 632: Evidence Based Clinical Practice: focus (3 credits)                       

Students select a clinical-practice area (adult health, maternal-child, behavioral health, etc.) as a focus for in depth exploration of best health care practices. Priority health outcomes in the specialty are identified and applied to the specialty practice education of nurses at pre and post licensure. National health goals and professional standards are evaluated. Strategies to maintain clinical competency as a nurse educator are explored.

Didactic: 30
Clinical: 15 hours in consultation with practice expert and specialty meetings/conferences

NUR 640: Evidence Based Teaching Practice (3 credits)                      

Introduces theoretical and evidence based approaches in nursing education. Pedagogical methods are explored to develop student thinking, clinical competence and professional behavior. Teaching strategies geared toward culturally and demographically diverse learner populations are integrated. Explores the role of nursing faculty in a variety of settings and prepares educators for integration of technology in teaching across the curriculum.

Didactic: 30 hours

Simulation Laboratory: 8 hours

Expert Teaching Observation: 12 hours

NUR 642: Teaching Strategies in Nursing: Practicum (3 credits)                       

Includes practicum experience in the classroom, simulation skills laboratory, clinical, and academic settings. Students will demonstrate skill in working with technology enriched pedagogical methods and apply current evidenced-based literature in nursing education to teaching practice. The student will recognize the influence of teaching styles, interpersonal interactions and cultural contexts on learner outcomes.

Seminar: 10 hours (4 group meetings throughout semester)               

Clinical: 100-hour practicum experience with current nurse educator(s)

NUR 650: Nurse Educator Role Synthesis: Capstone (3 credits)                       

A guided, multi-disciplinary, scholarly project beginning with a theoretical framework and comprehensive literature review, proceeding through an implementation phase, and concluding with an analytical outcome measurement. The paper/project is supported by the integration of principles from the disciplines of education and nursing. The final paper will be presented in a professional conference setting. The student works with a capstone advisor(s) and a seminar component is included. Course is taken in the final 12 credits of the MSN Program.

Seminar: 12 hours – minimum

Faculty Advisement: Minimum of 6 individual meetings

Project Implementation: Approximately 100 hours

Possible Electives (non-inclusive):

NUR 610: Coordinated School Health Design

NUR 620: At Risk School Environments: Emergency Planning and Response

MED 501: Foundations of Teaching in Cross-Cultural Settings

MED 610: School Law and Social Advocacy

MED 510: Assessment and Evaluation

MED 515: Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

MBA 500: Strategic Management

MBA 535: Crisis Management

MBA 540: Employment Law

MBA 635: Public Relations

LAS 500: The Evolution of Scientific Thought and Perceptions

LAS 510: The Biology of Behavior

LAS 520: Major Artists and Writers in their Milieus

LAS 600: Topics in Christian Ethics