Master of Science in Nursing – Curriculum and Course Descriptions

The UCA School of Nursing MSN program is accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The curriculum is guided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) publication, Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing Practice (2011). The curriculum is evaluated every five years.

The Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty Track
The Nurse educator track is guided by the National League of Nurses (NLN) publication, The Scope and Practice for Academic Nurse Educator, (2012).

Plan of Study:

  • Fall Year One (6)
    • NURS 6306 – Research Methods
    • NURS 6420 Integrated Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
  • Spring Year One (7)
    • NURS 6315 – Advanced Health Assessment
    • NURS 7365 Population Health (45 hrs field work)
  • Summer Year One (6)
    • NURS 6360 Philosophy & Theory
    • NURS 6345 Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Fall Year Two (6 or 7)
    • NURS 6340 Clinical Specialty (180 hrs)
    • NURS 6348 – Instruct Design & Teaching Strategies
  • Spring Year Two (6)
    • NURS 6349 – Teaching Practicum (270 hrs)
    • NURS 6350 Curriculum

 

The Clinical Nurse Leader Track
The CNL track is guided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) publication Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice, (2013).

Plan of Study:

  • Fall Year One (6)
    • NURS 6306 – Research
    • NURS 6420 Integrated Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
  • Spring Year One (7)
    • NURS 6315 – Health Assessment
    • NURS 7365 Population Health (45 hours fieldwork)
  • Summer Year One (6)
    • NURS 6360 Philosophy & Theory
    • NURS 7330 Informatics (45 hours fieldwork)
  • Fall Year Two (6 or 7)
    • NURS 6327 – Healthcare Quality & Leadership
    • NURS 6470 CNL Practice (100 clinical hours)
  • Spring Year Two (6)
    • NURS 6332 Health Policy (45 hours fieldwork)
    • NURS 6371 CNL Immersion (300 clinical hours)