Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Curriculum
At Benedictine University, we're preparing our students to fill the nursing jobs of the future in the rapidly growing healthcare industry. It all starts with our comprehensive curriculum, which offers extensive training in the most relevant and pressing issues facing healthcare and nursing today. Coursework promotes an in-depth understanding of advanced nursing practices and topics that is required to move to high-level positions.
The CCNE-accredited curriculum is comprised of 15 credits of foundation courses followed by concentration courses. Students may choose to complete either the Nurse Educator Concentration (24 credits) or the Nurse Executive Leader Concentration (21 credits).
Foundation Courses (15 credits)
NRHL 501 Health Promotion and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 Credits)
This course provides an in-depth review of approaches to health promotion as well as effective collaboration among members of the healthcare community. Students explore the problems and issues in using behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and data to inform health promotion and health education research and interventions. The course emphasizes developing appreciation for the diversity of expertise in interprofessional collaborative teams as well as establishing basic concepts of effective teamwork.
NRHL 502 Ethical and Culturally Competent Healthcare Professional (3 Credits)
This course draws upon philosophy, ethics, and the social sciences to examine key concepts of professional practice that form the foundations for leadership, including professional obligations, duties, rights, and cultural competence. Coursework leads to an increased understanding of interplay among socio-cultural contexts, ethics, and cultural beliefs about health and illness. Basic principles of epidemiology, community-based assessment and evaluation, issues of equity, and the risks to vulnerable populations are explored. Students also study the role of the educator, administrator, and social change agent to explore what it means to be a culturally competent, ethical healthcare professional and leader in health systems or education.
NRHL 503 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Research and Process Improvement (3 Credits)
This course provides students with skills required to systematically research and evaluate current nursing knowledge to promote evidence-based nursing practice. Coursework emphasizes critical analysis of the current literature and proposed research methods, including quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to research, sampling procedures, data collection methods, and data analysis planning. Research topics such as ethical and cultural issues, methodological procedures associated with scientific investigation, and potential barriers to evidence-based practice are also course themes. Students are encouraged to critically analyze differing research paradigms as well as current issues surrounding evidence-based research.
NRHL 505 Healthcare Policy and Advocacy (3 Credits)
This course provides an overview of healthcare policy, organization, and financing with emphasis on current industry trends. Students assess the atmosphere in which policy is created and how compromise and bargaining shape policy decisions. Current policy initiatives involving healthcare delivery as well as nursing are analyzed. Coursework emphasizes the role of the nurse as a healthcare leader and advocate in the healthcare policy formation process.
NRHL 506 Quality Improvement and Safety in Healthcare Systems (3 Credits)
This course analyzes problems caused by the varying levels of healthcare quality and strategies for improving them using models of evaluation and process improvement. Students learn to apply principles of quality and regulatory management with an emphasis on defining, measuring, and evaluating outcomes within organizations and systems to become effective leaders and change agents. Students are expected to participate in the development of actual quality measures and explain how such measures could be used in a defined health or educational system.