Online Accelerated RN to MSN Option

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Keep your momentum and reach your goals faster with SNHU’s Accelerated RN to MSN online option, which enables registered nurses to complete the bachelor’s and master’s in Nursing online without a break in continuity.

The Accelerated RN to MSN online option saves tuition and time – up to 20 weeks. Graduate-level course work is woven into two courses in the BSN, resulting in two courses being waived at the graduate level.

Accelerated RN to MSN Curriculum

The advanced BSN courses you’ll take:

Upon acceptance into the online Accelerated RN to MSN option, you’ll perform graduate-level work in two BSN courses, eliminating two graduate-level courses and saving you substantial time and money.

NUR-350AP: Community and Population Health AP
In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local, regional, and global conditions which affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. Diverse environmental, disease treatments, and health care policy strategies will be the goal for prevention.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program and must be an
NUR-440AP: Research & Evidence-Based Practice AP
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidenced-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is place on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills, and behaviors to retrieve and understand published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program and must be an

The MSN courses you’ll waive:

IHP-501: Global Health and Diversity
Global Health and Diversity is a problem-based course designed to give students an overview of health promotion issues, explore selected current topics in health and health policy from a national and global perspective, and investigate the consequences these issues have for the health status of international populations and society. This course will provide the theoretical foundation to allow the practitioner to design interventions that promote health and behavior change in a target population. The concepts of health literacy, consumer advocacy, and their impact of health promotion will be explored.
NUR-506: Evidence-Based Practice
Graduate students will build upon previous learning of nursing research and evidence-based practice in order to become proficient in critiquing, generating, and translating research evidence into nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on identifying researchable clinical questions, analysis of research findings for evidence-based practice, ethical issues in nursing research, and the selection of methods that may be used to generate research evidence for practice.
Prerequisites:
Take NUR-515;

Bachelor's in Nursing Required Courses

(please visit the BSN curriculum for a complete listing of bachelor's degree requirements and additional course information)

HCM-420: Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.
HCM-450: Healthcare Management and Finance
This course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a Health Information Management Department. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance (payer mix, investment, bond rating, capitalization), bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.
NUR-300: Scholarly Inquiry
This course is designed to introduce the licensed registered nurse to the role of the Bachelor's prepared nurse in complex health care setting. The Transformational model of learning will be the foundation to develop scholarly inquiry in order to improve practice. Skill development in critical reflection, assessing evidence, professional writing, study habits, and work-life balance will be essential for success. The goal is to provide a knowledge base in nursing theory to improve nursing practice. The role of the Bachelor's prepared nurse as a patient advocate, clinical expert and a leader in evidence-based practice and transformation of health care will be emphasized. The course will discuss the capstone course and development of a project.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-305: Information Management and Patient Care Technologies
This course explores patient care technologies, information systems, telecommunication technologies, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. Topics covered include standardized terminology; electronic health record, patient portal, meaningful use, and pay for performance; data integrity, abstraction and mining; use of clinical decision support tools to promote patient safety, and ethical and legal issues related to information technology.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-315: Pathophysiology for Nurses
This course introduces the student to common health problems in individuals. Adult conditions will be reviewed. Cellular disruptions resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress conditions will be analyzed. The understanding of nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan and implement treatments for disease processes will serve as the foundation for decision-making and management. Diagnostic evaluations and holistic management of selected disease processes will be explored
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program and have taken
NUR-325: Patient Assessment and Health Literacy
The student will analyze health assessment methods and communication strategies for diverse populations across the continuum of care in this course. An overview of assessment techniques and patient education will be explored in order to support informed health care decisions. Development of interpersonal effectiveness and cultural competence will be the focus of competency for the student. The goal of health literacy will be to develop verbal and written communication strategies that nurses can use to effectively meet the individualized needs of the patient to promote health and address illness. The student will review standards of care and regulations which oversee the provision of safe and effective care.
Prerequisites:
Take NUR-315; and must be enrolled in Nursing prog
NUR-400: Systems Leadership for Continuous Quality Improvement
This course will explore organizational and systems leadership within the complex clinical microsystems to promote high quality patient care utilizing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote care coordination, negotiation, change management, team building and collaboration within the interdisciplinary team. Topics will include quality improvement and safety concepts using structure, process and outcome measures, and performance improvement methodologies to promote quality outcomes for diverse populations.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-490: Transformational Capstone
The Transformational Capstone course will utilize a seminar process to establish the expectations for the project. The Capstone project will demonstrate the achievement of four stages of personal development as outlined in the Transformational model for education. .Expectations for the project will be addressed to demonstrate application of knowledge in a complex health environment. In conjunction with the faculty member, the student will design an individual experience to apply skills to effectively promote a positive change in complex health systems. The Capstone project will represent the culmination of achievement in the RN-BSN program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program

Select one of the following:

NUR-350: Community and Population Health
In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local, regional, and global conditions which affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. Diverse environmental, disease treatments, and health care policy strategies will be the goal for prevention.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-350AP: Community and Population Health AP
In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local, regional, and global conditions which affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. Diverse environmental, disease treatments, and health care policy strategies will be the goal for prevention.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program and must be an

Select one of the following:

NUR-440: Research & Evidence-Based Practice
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidenced-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is place on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills, and behaviors to retrieve and understand published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-440AP: Research & Evidence-Based Practice AP
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidenced-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is place on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills, and behaviors to retrieve and understand published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program and must be an

Required Master's in Nursing Courses

HCM-500: Healthcare Informatics
Students will learn the history and current state of healthcare and how the industry uses information systems. Throughout the course students will discuss types of information systems, such as the electronic medical record (EMR), laboratory and radiology systems and more. Students will also study trends in new practices, such as telemedicine and home healthcare, and how they function in various healthcare settings. Finally, students will explore how these and other industry trends, with the use of technology, can improve patient care.
IHP-504: Healthcare Policy and Financing
Developed for the health care administrator and providers, this course prepares students with a full understanding of financial planning, control measures and financial management to effectively examine and address the complex financial challenges within the healthcare sector. Analysis and identification of healthcare financial trends, finance sources and reimbursement models will be addressed.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in MSN program
IHP-505: Leadership in Clinical Microsystems and Process
This course covers clinical microsystem concepts, tools, techniques, and processes within the context of a clinical or supporting microsystem. This course will use current theories to approach issues related to the redesign of healthcare services to improve quality, add value, reduce variation and improve morale, by empowering frontline caregivers. This course builds upon the Dartmouth Hitchcock Microsystem Improvement Curriculum and the QSEN Graduate Nursing Competencies.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in MSN or MSM program
NUR-500: Advanced Nursing Concepts
In this course students analyze historical and evaluate current nursing concepts and theories. Students will examine the linkages of empirical, aesthetic, ethical, personal, and sociopolitical patterns on knowing with the conceptual models and paradigms of nursing. Students will explore the components of conceptual-theoretical-empirical structures for theory-generating and theory-testing research.
NUR-502: Teaching and Learning in Nursing
This course covers instructional frameworks, learning environments, and classroom and student management and motivation techniques. Learners explore theories associated with optimizing the teaching experience and student outcomes and gain an understanding of the teaching, learning, communication, and motivation strategies used for specific learning situations and student populations. Learners identify various learning barriers and formulate appropriate teaching strategies to address them, including acknowledging and using emotional intelligence. As part of this course, learners are required to teach in an online course room. Must be enrolled in MSN program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in MSN program
NUR-680: Nursing Capstone Seminar
Students critical analyze proposals for healthcare quality and safety plans, or clinical problems as developed by student participants. To be taken concurrently with NUR-681
Prerequisites:
Senior standing (30 credits or more)
NUR-681: Nursing Capstone Project
Students design and analyze a healthcare issue, proposal of policy options, recommendations for action or an evaluation strategy for a selected healthcare setting. Students are evaluated according to criteria, negotiated in advance, that demonstrate current industry best practices. To be taken concurrently with NUR-680.
Prerequisites:
Senior standing (30 credits or more)
QSO-640: Project Management
This course includes the study of concepts, tools, and practices of project management. The course adopts a managerial process approach to Project Management, which consists of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the project. Major topics will include project scope, project time, project cost, project quality, project risk, project resources, project communications and how to be an effective project manager. Cases are utilized to integrate the learning in the course and provide decision- making experience for the student.
Prerequisites:
MBA-501

Note: The MBA 501 prerequisite is waived.

As an Accelerated RN to MSN student, you can choose a concentrated focus or opt for no specialized concentration at all.

Accelerated RN to MSN Admission Requirements

If you’re interested in SNHU’s online Accelerated RN to MSN, you must first be accepted into the online RN to BSN program. You must have graduated from an accredited ADN or diploma school of nursing with a GPA of 2.5 or better and hold an unencumbered registered nursing license by the end of the first SNHU nursing course. You must complete the BSN segment of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to progress to the MSN.

CCNE Accredited Nursing Program

 

The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).