The Master of Science in Nursing is a dynamic way for nursing professionals to gain upward mobility in the health care environment.
Florida Southern’s MSN program focuses on three vital areas within contemporary health care:
Become a specialist in the growth of organized and coordinated health care services. This curriculum track prepares you to take the certification exam for Clinical Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Gain the ability to practice autonomously, diagnose and treat patients, and direct primary or acute care. This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Combine your passion for teaching with top-notch clinical experience. This curriculum track prepares you for the Certified Nurse Educator examination offered through the National League of Nursing.
MSN students in each of these three curriculum tracks receive personalized attention from faculty who are accessible, full-time, and impressively credentialed. Courses and coursework are conveniently arranged around the working professional.
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Applicants must meet the requirements below and submit the following materials:
NUR 512 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE ROLE
Three hours. Prerequisite: Admission to nursing graduate program. Roles of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) are examined with a focus on scope of practice, regulatory issues, professional standards of care, and effective communication. Topics include evidence based practice, professional advocacy, ethical decision making, cultural competence, teaching-coaching and scholarly writing.
NUR 515 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512. In this course the student analyzes the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults. Emphasis is on therapeutic decision-making in drug selection and monitoring therapeutic response for culturally diverse patients. Patient education, legal, ethical, and socio-economic issues are addressed. Practice and regulatory elements of APRN prescribing is included.
NUR 520 ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512. This course prepares the student to understand the underlying mechanisms of changes in physiology by a systematic examination of disease. The advance practice nursing student will compare and contrast differential diagnosis within physiological systems of sub-cellular and cellular origin, biochemical, and anatomical changes across the life span.
NUR 522 ADVANCED PRACTICE HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512. Pre/co-requisite: NUR 520. The student is provided a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for APRN practice. The focus of the course is on the diagnostic reasoning process as it relates to building a clinical database regarding individual patients. History taking, physical examination skills, laboratory, and diagnostic modalities are included in the course content.
NUR 525 NURSING THEORY & RESEARCH
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512. Pre/co-requisite: MAT 510. Research processes, including quantitative and qualitative research designs, are reviewed. Students examine researchable problems in nursing practice, explore ethical and legal issues related to nursing research and learn to apply a theoretical model in designing a research study.
NUR 535 HEALTH CARE POLICY
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512. This course exposes students to health care policy, health care finance and the organization of health care delivery systems. Emphasis is placed on the role of the advanced practice nurse in the policy making process and the impact of health policy, finance and organization on advanced nursing practice, consumers’ health and health care options.
NUR 606 CURRICULUM DESIGN AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Four hours: Pre/co-requisite: NUR 512. The focus in this course is on preparing the advanced practice nurse for a role in higher education or peer education. Required elements of course and curricula design and program outcome assessment are presented, along with roles of faculty and administrators in these processes. Classroom teaching technologies are introduced.
NUR 611 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE I
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512, NUR 515, NUR 520, NUR 522. In this practical experience, the student functions in the role of advanced practice nurse in settings focused on the care of the acutely ill client. Content focus is on attaining competencies in the domains of advanced nursing practice addressing clients, nurses and organizations. This course includes 168 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.
NUR 612 NURSE EDUCATOR IN CLINICAL SETTING
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512, NUR 515, NUR 520, NUR 522, NUR 606. In this practical experience, the student functions in the role of advanced practice nurse educator in a clinical setting. Content focus is on attaining competencies as a nurse educator. This course includes 175 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.
NUR 616 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512, NUR 515, NUR 520, NUR 522. In this practical experience, the student functions in the role of advanced practice nurse in settings focused on care of the client with chronic illness. Management of the healthcare needs of selected populations are addressed incorporating the principles of prioritization, community collaboration and outcomes measurement. Principles of cost-effective patient outcomes and evidence-based practice are stressed. This course includes 168 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.
NUR 621 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE III
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 611, NUR 616. The advanced practice nurse student will develop expertise in a specialty role defined by a client population or practice setting. The focus of this capstone clinical experience is adult health nursing practice. This course includes 168 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.
NUR 625 RESEARCH HOURS
One to four hours (variable). Prerequisite: NUR 525 and consent of the instructor. Independent research hours provide the student the opportunity to be mentored in the pursuit of an individual scholarly project. Prior to registering, the student must establish a learning contract with a nursing faculty member. In lieu of a letter grade, the student is awarded a grade of Pass/Fail for research credit hours.
NUR 631 NURSE EDUCATOR IN ACADEMIC SETTING
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 512, NUR 515, NUR 520, NUR 522, NUR 606. In this practical experience, the student will engage in classroom and clinical teaching in an academic setting. This course includes 175 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.
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