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Master of Science in Nursing


Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program builds on the knowledge and competencies of baccalaureate education. Graduate courses focus on the development of scholarly, critical thinkers and leaders who develop the skills necessary to transform knowledge into advanced practice. Two specialty areas are offered: Nursing Administration or Nursing Education.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply for admission to the graduate program in nursing. Applicants must show evidence of meeting the following minimum criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC- or AACN-accredited program, or proof of equivalent from an international institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or resume support.
  • Current licensure to practice nursing in a state or territory of the U.S.
  • 1 year of nursing practice experience is required.
  • Two letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study. At least one of these references should be from an academic source.
  • A statement of personal goals demonstrating congruence with the purpose of the program and the specific area of study. The statement must demonstrate appropriate writing skills.
  • A faculty member responsible for the specialization of interest will interview the candidate.

International students with English as a second language may apply for admission to the La Roche College MSN Program after completing one-two years of clinical work experience in a U.S. healthcare agency prior to or concurrent with the educational program.

Prospective students must have one-two years experience in a U.S. healthcare agency.

Master of Science in Nursing: Core Courses -- 18 credits

NURG5002 Nursing Theory & Research
NURG5013 Role Development of the Nurse Administrator & Nurse Educator
NURG5020 Health Policy
NURG5033 Nursing Informatics for Nurse Administrators & Nurse Educators
NURG5035 Human Diversity & Social Issues in Nursing Administration & Nursing Education
NURG6000 Capstone Research Experience

Nursing Administration: Concentration Courses -- 18 credits

NADM5000 Health Care Finance
NADM5017 Nursing Administration I:Theory, Concepts & Principles
NADM5020 Nursing Administration II
NADM5025 Nursing Administration II: Seminar & Practicum
NADM6000 Nursing Administration III
NADM6025 Nursing Administration III: Seminar & Practicum

Nursing Education: Concentration Courses -- 16 credits

NEDG5000 Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation of Learners
NEDG5002 Teaching & Learning: Strategies for the Classroom and Clinical Nursing Education
NEDG5004 Curriculum Design I: Development of Curriculum
NEDG5006 Curriculum Design II: Evaluation & Revision of Curriculum
NEDG5008 Nursing Education Teaching Practicum

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