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Graduate Programs of Study

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

RN-MSN Preparatory Courses- For students with an Associates Degree in Nursing

(Course sequence presented here is based on traditional fall admission with part-time enrollment)

Fall 1 NURS 3435 Health Assessment 4 credits (skills demonstration required)
  NURS 4318 Nurse as a Research Consumer 3 credits
  NURS 4324 Nurse as a Caregiver 3 credits
Spring 1 NURS 4560 Community Nursing 5 credits (community practicum)
  NURS 4671 Leadership and Management 6 credits (portfolio development)
Summer 1 NURS 5302 Nursing as a Discipline and Profession 3 credits
Fall 2 Graduate Courses Begin in FNP Leadership or Nurse educator  

 

RN-Bridge Preparatory Courses- For students with an Associates Degree in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in another subject area

(Course sequence presented here is based on traditional fall admission with part-time enrollment)

Fall 1 NURS 3435 Health Assessment 4 credits (skills demonstration required)
  NURS 4318 Nurse as a Research Consumer 3 credits
  NURS 4324 Nurse as a Caregiver 3 credits
Spring 1 NURS 4560 Community Nursing 5 credits (community practicum)
  NURS 4671 Leadership and Management 6 credits (portfolio development)
Fall 2 Graduate Courses Begin in FNP Leadership or Nurse educator  

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner- For students with a BSN or completed preparatory courses (above)

(Course sequence presented here is based on traditional fall admission with part-time enrollment)

Fall 1 NURS 5310 Science in Nursing 3 credits
  NURS 5314 Research Design in Nursing 3 credits
Spring 1 NURS 5315 Diverse Health Care Environments 3 credits
  NURS 5316 Introduction to Advanced Practice Role 3 credits
Summer 1 NURS 5323 Finance for Nurse Practitioner 3 credits
  NURS 5341 Wellness and Health Promotion 3 credits
     
Fall 2 NURS 5322 Advanced Pharmacological Concepts 3 credits
  NURS 5326 Advanced Physiology with Pathophysiological Applications 3 credits
Spring 2 NURS 5624 Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis 6 credits (90 clinical hours)
Summer 2 NURS 5644 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I 6 credits (135 clinical hours)
     
Fall 3 NURS 5645 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II 6 credits (135 clinical hours)
Spring 3 NURS 5746 Integrated Clinical Practice:FNP (capstone) 7 credits (270 clinical hours)

MSN Leadership in Nursing Systems - For students with a BSN or completed preparatory courses (above)

(Course sequence presented here is based on traditional fall admission with part-time enrollment)

Fall 1 NURS 5310 Science in Nursing 3 credits
  NURS 5314 Research Design in Nursing 3 credits
Spring 1 NURS 5315 Diverse Health Care Environments 3 credits
  NURS 5316 Introduction to Advanced Practice Role 3 credits
Summer 1 NURS 5331 Nursing Informatics 3 credits
  NURS 5362 Leadership Theories in Nursing Practice 3 credits (45 clinical hours)
     
Fall 2 HCAD 5320 Health Economics and Policy 3 credits
  NURS 5360 or HCAD 5325 Healthcare Financial Management 3 credits
Spring 2 HCAD 5330 Health Law and Ethics 3 credits
  NURS 5364 Organizational Design and Behavior in Nursing Practice Environments 3 credits
Summer 2 NURS 5365 Quality and Outcomes Management 3 credits
  NURS 5469 Patterns of Care Delivery (capstone course) 4 credits (135 clinical hours)

A thesis option is available to students interested in pursuing scholarly investigation of a topic relevant to nursing. Students would should enroll in NURS 5399 Thesis ONLY after discussing their interests with the Graduate Nursing Department Chair.

 

MSN-Nurse Educator - For students with a BSN or completed preparatory courses (above)

(Courses are delivered one-at-a-time in a 7 week format)

Fall 1 Fall A  
  Fall B NURS 5310
Spring 1 Spring A NURS 5314
  Spring B NURS 5315
Summer 1 Summer A NURS 5316
  Summer B NURS 5322
     
Fall 2 Fall A NURS 5326
  Fall B NURS 5324
Spring 2 Spring A NURS 5352
  Spring B NURS 5354
Summer 2 Summer A NURS 5354
  Summer B NURS 5355
     
Fall 3 Fall A NURS 5459

Total Credit Hours = 37

Total Clinical laboratory hours = 180 clinical contact hours

Post-Master’s Certification

Certification will allow registered nurses who have earned their MSN degree to expand their scope of practice beyond the role or population focus currently possessed. Students who have earned an MSN from an accredited program will be considered as having met the core requirements for graduate nursing degrees. Except in special cases, they will be exempt from taking the TAMUCC CONHS core courses: NURS 5310, NURS 5314, NURS 5315, or NURS 5316. All transcripts will be reviewed to verify that these requirements were met in the MSN program prior to enrollment in any post-masters certification program.

Students admitted to the Post-Masters Certification in FNP specialty should refer to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program of Study. Courses would start with Summer 1 semester.

Students admitted to the Post-Masters Certification in Leadership in Nursing Systems specialty should refer to the Leadership in Nursing Systems Program of Study. Courses would start with Summer semester.

The courses within the Education Post Masters Certificate program prepare nurses for teaching positions in academic and clinical education. Emphasis is on instruction in curriculum, program and course design, development, and evaluation. Focus is also placed on theory and concepts for the development of the nurse educator role. A laboratory experience consisting of teaching instruction in the academic or clinical area provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to classroom or clinical environments. The education minor meets the curricular requirements for students to sit for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Certification Examination certification@nln.org .

Students admitted to the Post-Masters Certification in Nursing Education can enroll in any nursing education course offered during a semester EXCEPT for the capstone course NURS 5459-Applications of Instructional Methods and Strategies in Teaching of Nursing. No education courses are offered in the summer; courses can only be delivered when there is sufficient enrollment in each course.

Nurse Educator Certificate Program of Study

NURS 5352 Nursing Curriculum Planning and Development 3 credits
NURS 5353 Theory and Concepts for Nurse Educator 3 credits
NURS 5354 Classroom and Clinical Evaluation for Nurse Educator 3 credits
NURS 5459 Application of Instructional Methods and Strategies in Teaching of Nursing 3 credits (135 clinical hours)

 

Health Care Administration Program of Study

(Course sequence presented here is based on integration of HCAD courses with graduate nursing courses)

Summer 1 HCAD 5312 The Health Care System 3 credits
Fall 1 HCAD 5320 Health Economics and Policy 3 credits
  HCAD 5325 or NURS 5360 Healthcare Financial Management 3 credits
Spring 1 HCAD 5330 Health Law and Ethics 3 credits
  HCAD 5390 Health Care Selected Topics 3 credits

A Certificate in Health Care Administration may be earned through completion of five of six courses. Several of these courses are required for the Leadership in Nursing Systems program of study and students may choose to a sixth course for this certificate.

Expected Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the health care delivery system from a historical, comparative, economic, cultural, and ethical perspective.
  • Employ a variety of business and management skills and techniques including marketing, financial management, law, and information management to effectively and efficiently advance the goals of the organization.
  • Demonstrate creativity in defining, negotiating and solving problems.
  • Communicate and educate, using the most current information and communication technology.

Students should work with their Academic Advisor in the MPA and MBA programs to create a degree plan before starting classes. Post-Master's Certification students should contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to create their plan of study. Courses will only be offered when there is sufficient enrollment.


 
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