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Master of Science in Nursing

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Master of Science in Nursing

Earn your graduate degree in nursing online at Ottawa University and gain the skills you need to improve patient care quality and your career options.

About Ottawa’s 100% Online MSN Nursing Degree Program

Ottawa University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program lets you customize your education with your choice of two nursing track options: nurse educator specialization or nurse leadership specialization. Depending on which track you choose, you’ll learn how to advance your career with courses covering teaching strategies, curriculum design and instructional technology … or systems management, business concepts and legal and ethical issues.

Either way, you’ll gain the tools you need to take your place as a nursing educator or nursing leader within your organization and community.

Nursing Career Outlook
With the projected shortage of RNs in concert with the aging population, the demand for well-trained nurse educators and nursing leaders is projected to continue to experience rapid growth. According to the American Nurses Association Fast Facts report (2014), 79,659 qualified applicants were turned away from nursing baccalaureate and graduate programs in 2012 alone due to high nursing faculty vacancy rates.

In addition, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 15% growth in registered nursing professionals by 2026. (And, with 2017 median annual salaries of $70,000, these positions pay pretty well, too.) This increase will place a larger emphasis on nurses who are prepared for leadership roles. Ottawa University’s MSN program addresses this growing need within the nursing profession as well as the healthcare industry as a whole.

Education and Qualifications

This MSN program is designed for the registered nurse who has graduated from an accredited program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. A current, unrestricted RN license (obtained in the U.S.) is required, in addition to:

  • The successful completion of a criminal background check.
  • A current resume.
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation.
  • A Career Statement of professional experience and goals in nursing.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (per 4.0 scale) on previous coursework.
Accreditation Update:  
The master's degree program in nursing at Ottawa University is pursuing initial accreditation by the
 
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 
202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 

Ottawa University Nursing will host an on-site accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for initial accreditation of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program on March 18, 19 & 20 of 2019.

CCNE provides the opportunity for program constituents (students, faculty, alumni, employers, health care institutions and the public) to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation status. Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation.

You are invited to share your comments regarding the Ottawa University MSN program to CCNE by February 25, 2019. CCNE shares third-party comments only with the evaluation team. At no time during the review process are these comments shared with the hosting program. If you would like to submit a third-party comment regarding the Ottawa University MSN program, please submit to: thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org

Or, if you prefer, comments can be mailed to:
 
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001



For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

For more details about program, go to www.ottawa.edu/MSN.

 

Core Courses

All Master of Science in Nursing students take these six required core courses.

Transition to the Graduate Nursing Role | NRSG 7000
Assists the nursing student with transition to graduate study at Ottawa University in order to enhance opportunities for success in the program. Historical perspective of the scientific and theoretical basis of nursing at the graduate level of practice is explored. Emphasis is placed on standards for scholarly writing and linkages between theory, practice and research in advanced nursing practice. Core competencies vital to all advanced practice roles and health care in complex systems are addressed. In addition, students explore the complex ethical responsibilities that are faced by today’s nursing leaders.

Advanced Pathophysiology | NRSG 7100
Focuses on advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the life span with emphasis on clinical decision-making when caring for patients with acute and chronic diseases. Disease prevention and health promotion are also emphasized.

Advanced Pharmacology | NRSG 7200
Focuses on advanced pharmacotherapeutics across the life span with emphasis on clinical decision-making when caring for patients with acute and chronic diseases. Current issues and best practices in pharmacology are included.

Advanced Health Assessment | NRSG 7300
Builds upon the student’s previous health assessment knowledge and experience. Emphasis will be placed on holistic assessment, intervention and evaluation using a family-centered approach as well as an exploration of evidence-based strategies for prevention and management.

Research to Improve Quality and Safety for Graduate Nursing Roles | NRSG 7400
Builds upon statistics and expands understanding of research methods and critical analysis of the literature as a foundation for evidence-based practice at the graduate level. There is a focus on the evaluation of outcomes and risk analysis to ensure the improvement of safety and quality in the care of diverse populations.
Prerequisite:  Undergraduate Statistics (Statistics for Social Sciences or equivalent statistical course approval)

Cultural Diversity, Policy and Advocacy within Population Health | NRSG 7500
Uses the principles of epidemiology to evaluate disease prevention and health promotion data when advocating for health care policies that meet the needs of diverse population groups. In addition, there is a deeper exploration of cultural diversity and cultural humility with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations.


MSN students choose from one of two specializations: Nurse Educator or Nurse Leadership.

Nurse Educator Specialization

Foundations for Nurse Educator Practice | NRSG 7601
Introduces the theoretical and research base for nurse educator practice in a variety of settings. The nurse educator roles of teaching, service and scholarship are explored and include an emphasis on nurse educators as leaders and change agents who pursue continuous quality improvement within the educational environment. In addition, there is an emphasis on domains of learning and adult learning theory from a learner-centered philosophy. The goal of this approach is to facilitate learner achievement of desired outcomes.
Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of CORE MSN Courses or Approval by Program Coordinator &/or Director/designee

Teaching Strategies for Today’s Nurse Educator | NRSG 7602
Emphasizes the theoretical and evidence base for effective teaching in nursing education. Students will examine and evaluate a variety of traditional and innovative teaching/learning strategies used in didactic, lab and clinical settings and identify best practices. There is an emphasis on creating a learner-centered environment that fosters student engagement, clinical reasoning and critical thinking. Techniques to assess student achievement of learning outcomes are highlighted.

Curriculum Design and Assessment Techniques in Nursing Education | NRSG 7603
Explores models for curriculum design, development and evaluation within the context of organizational mission, philosophy, goals, and desired learning outcomes and competencies. There is a focus on internal and external factors influencing the curriculum. Also explores key strategies to enhance critical thinking in the development of instructional design, as well as test construction and item analysis. Analysis of assessment and evaluation data is addressed to facilitate student learning and enhance program effectiveness.

Instructional Technology and Simulation in Nursing Education | NRSG 7604
Examines current and emerging instructional technologies and simulation used in a variety of nursing educational settings and e-learning environments, including online. Application, implementation and evaluation of instructional technologies and simulation concepts are explored to enhance understanding of evidence-based interactive learning practices for direct and indirect patient-care roles.

Nurse Educator Practicum | NRSG 7605
Comprises the nursing education practicum in selected organization(s) with opportunities to apply educational knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided and transformational context in nursing education. Validation of advanced clinical expertise in a selected nursing specialty area is required as a significant value for nurse educators.  An evidence-based practice approach is used to guide the scholarly project developed in this course and completed in the capstone.
Prerequisite:  Approval by Program Coordinator &/or Director/designee is required for enrollment.


Nurse Educator Capstone | NRSG 7606
Focuses on the integration of knowledge with advanced nursing practice competencies in the role of nurse educator to demonstrate attainment of program outcomes. The scholarly project provides validation of the student’s ability to translate evidence into practice, improve quality outcomes, advance interprofessional collaboration, embrace diversity, and lead change in nursing education.
PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of all MSN nursing courses or Approval by Program Coordinator &/or Director/designee is required for enrollment.

Nurse Leadership Specialization

Foundations for Nurse Leader Practice | NRSG 7701
Introduces the theoretical and research base for nurse leader practice in a variety of settings. There is an emphasis on nurse leaders as scholars and change agents who pursue continuous quality improvement within the health care environment. Professional communication skills such as conflict management and negation are addressed. There is a focus on human resource management in health care organizations, including the unique challenges encountered related to staffing, unionism, productivity, and performance evaluation in today’s complex health care delivery settings.
Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of CORE MSN Courses or Approval by Program Coordinator &/or Director/designee


Health Information and Systems Management as a Nurse Leader | NRSG 7702
Examines the essential components of healthcare information systems and patient-care technology in complex healthcare settings. A systems approach is used to evaluate health care delivery modes and work design in order to improve key performance metrics.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Nurse Leaders | NRSG 7703
Explores salient legal and ethical issues faced by nurse leaders. There is a focus on professional accountability, interprofessional communication, advocacy, embracing diversity, and promoting access to healthcare. In addition, evidence-based practice that is based on outcomes measurement and research is addressed.

Business Concepts for Nurse Leaders | NRSG 7704
Provides opportunities to examine critical business acumen needed by nurse leaders. Healthcare economics, strategic planning, and financial management topics are explored to enhance the effectiveness of the nurse leader in today’s complex health care environments.

Nurse Leader Practicum | NRSG 7705
Comprises the nurse leadership practicum focusing on management of outcomes for individuals and populations. An evidence-based practice approach is used to guide the scholarly project developed in this course and completed in the capstone. Strategies to change practice for optimal outcomes are explored.
Prerequisite:  Approval by Program Coordinator &/or Director/designee is required for enrollment.


Nurse Leader Capstone | NRSG 7706
Focuses on the integration of knowledge with advanced nursing practice competencies in the role of nurse leader to demonstrate attainment of program outcomes. The scholarly project provides validation of the student’s ability to translate evidence into practice, improve quality outcomes, advance interprofessional collaboration, embrace diversity, and facilitate change as a nurse leader.
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of all MSN nursing courses or Approval by Program Coordinator &/or Director/designee is required for enrollment.

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