MSN502 Foundations of Graduate Study
2 credits

This course introduces the graduate student to the essential skills and foundations of scholarly inquiry for the master’s prepared nurse. Students will learn how the Catholic tradition develops the whole person with Christian values for people of all faiths. Students will examine the PC values of Catholic traditions, learning communities, whole person education, education of distinction, and resourcefulness. The students will examine how graduate studies promote academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and leaders of social justice. The course will explore the history of nursing and how scholarship defines practice.

MSN503 Advanced Pathophysiology
3 Credits

This course examines the physiological and pathophysiological responses to disease and injury. The focus is on normal and deviations from normal in the biophysiological processes while examining scientific concepts of the disease process. Students will complete an in-depth examination of cellular and systematic functions, defense responses, and maintenance of vital functions to help maintain homeostasis. Students will gain the requisite knowledge to develop treatment plans for patients across the lifespan.

MSN512 Health Quality, Safety, and Informatics
2 Credits

This course is designed to examine the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project and information systems and technologies that support and improve patient care and outcomes. Students will examine the relationship between patient care and informatics to prepare for leadership roles that drive quality improvement and safety within complex healthcare systems.

MSN513 Advanced Practice Roles and Leaders of Social Justice
3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the advanced nursing practice roles and current professional issues to develop a deeper understanding of the role and scope of advanced nurses. This course will examine health care policies and politics including critical analysis of access to health care, quality, and costs as a leader of social justice. Students will also address key concepts for leaders in relation to health care systems including economics related to healthcare services.

MSN523 Advanced Pharmacology
3 Credits

Students in this course will develop a solid foundation in advanced concepts and principles of drug therapy and apply principles of advanced pharmacology, including pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The student will examine factors that influence medication effectiveness, safety, cost, complementary regimens, genetic and environmental influences, and client behaviors. Students will examine the management and treatment of acute and chronic diseases through pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies and an understanding of drug legislation and regulation for prescriptive authority.

MSN532 Rural Health Nursing
2 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the philosophy, health care systems, and epidemiology of rural health for the individuals, families, and specific aggregate groups. The student will examine the nursing process in rural community settings to promote, maintain and restore health. The diverse role of rural nursing and rural health is empirically examined using research and data to prepare health care leaders to practice in rural settings.

MSN533 Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning and Lab
3 Credits

Students will examine the client and families’ complex physical and emotional well-being by completing a comprehensive physical health assessment. The focus of this course will be on advanced concepts and skills needed to assess clients and create diagnostic reasoning, advanced communication, and advanced assessment skills in a systematic approach.

MSN543 Epidemiology and Advanced Clinical Diagnosis
3 Credits

This course examines epidemiology and advanced clinical diagnosis related to the patterns of disease and health-related problems in populations for health promotion and disease prevention to address health disparities. Students will apply principles and concepts related to epidemiology and examine the methodologies in their evaluation of health-related data and research of populations. The course will provide the students with a foundation to examine epidemiology related to their population of interest.

MSN566 Advanced Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Lab, and Practicum
6 Credits

This course will focus on health behaviors that impact the health and wellness including nutrition, exercise, smoking, and sedentary lifestyles that are inherent to common diseases. Students will complete a risk assessment, diagnose health problems related to lifestyle choices, and examine therapeutic techniques that creates healthy lifestyles. (3 credits clinic, 3 didactic).

MSN574 Nursing Theory, Scholarly Synthesis, and Research
4 Credits

This course will examine the theoretical underpinnings and how theories are integrated into practice. The course is designed to provide graduate students with the requisite principles of nursing theory, scholarly development, and research. This course will include an in-depth analysis of nursing theories, research concepts, ethics in research, scholarly synthesis, research designs, research methods, and data analysis. The course will assist students with a deeper understanding of how research, theory, evidence, and practice are integrated.

MSN591 Advanced Nursing Capstone I
1 Credit

This scholarly project provides students with the opportunity to complete a culminating scholarly synthesis of their graduate education. For Advanced Nursing Capstone I, students will work closely with their scholarly project chair to create the foundation for their project. This scholarly project fosters the dissemination of the evidence-based project findings (research project, evidence-based project, educational project, or grant application). Advanced Nursing Capstone I will begin the project identification of the theory, completion of a literature review, and begin the IRB process if applicable.

MSN605 Care of Acute and Episodic Client Conditions and Practicum
5 Credits

This course will examine care of the patient with acute and episodic conditions and focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, management, and patient education across the lifespan. The course emphasizes patient- centered evidence-based healthcare. The goal is to focus on the evaluation, intervention and treatment and emphasize the importance of normal aging and heathy living for acute and episodic conditions. (3 credits clinic, 2 didactic).

MSN615 Care of the Chronic and Complex Client Conditions and Practicum
5 Credits

This course will examine care of patients with acute or episodic conditions through the lifespan and focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, management, and patient education. The course will explore the care of patients with multiple co-morbidities. The goal is to focus on the evaluation, intervention and treatment and emphasizing the importance of quality of life, normal aging and health status of chronic and complex conditions. (3 credits clinic, 2 didactic).

MSN625 Care of Women and Pediatric Clients and Clinical
5 Credits

This course will explore care of women and pediatric clients and focuses on assessment, diagnosis, management, and patient outcomes. Students apply the advanced nursing role when providing care to children and their families. The goal of this course is to focus on the evaluation, intervention and treatment and emphasizing the importance of quality of life, normal aging and health status of women and children’s health problems within the family in primary, secondary, and tertiary care. The course will examine developmental differences related to screening, health promotion, and acute and chronic illnesses. (3 credits clinic, 2 didactic).

MSN691 Advanced Nursing Capstone II
1 Credit

Advanced Nursing Capstone III is the final section of the scholarly project. This scholarly project provides students with the opportunity to complete a culminating scholarly synthesis of their graduate education. Students will work closely with their scholarly project chair. The student will submit an abstract of the poster presentation prior to attending and presenting the scholarly project at the Presentation College final student research day.