Advanced Pathway Online RN to MSN Option

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Advanced Pathway Online RN to MSN Option

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

The Advanced Pathway online RN to MSN option saves tuition and time – up to 22 weeks. Graduate-level course work is woven into two courses in the BSN, resulting in two courses being waived at the graduate level.

Advanced Pathway Online RN to MSN Option Curriculum

Students accepted into the Advanced Pathway online RN to MSN option perform graduate-level work in two BSN courses, thus eliminating two courses from the curriculum for a substantial savings of time and money.

RNs seeking to earn a BSN and continue on to earn an MSN will complete graduate-level assignments in the following BSN courses:

NUR-330: Research and Evidence-Based Practice
This course introduces students to the application of research and information technology in the nursing and evidence-based practice. Students identify the ways information systems and patient care technologies have contributed to improved patient outcomes; evaluate the safeguards, secure practices, and ethical standards needed to promote and support data security, patient confidentiality, and regulatory requirements; and explore effective use of patient care technologies, communication systems, and information systems across the health-illness continuum. Students also examine ethics in nursing research and scholarship and the relationships among theory, research, and behavior in the application of evidence-based nursing practice.
NUR-410: Community and Global Health
In this course, students focus on developing the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to function as effective team members in public- or community serviced-based health care settings. Students consider collaborative and innovative strategies for enhancing and improving current health care system approaches based on national and global holistic needs assessments and identify ways to advocate for quality patient and community outcomes and apply tribal, community, and global wellness strategies to professional practice. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program

RN to BS to MSN students may then waive the following MSN courses:

NUR-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 individuals, populations and society. This course will provide the theoretical foundation to allow the practitioner to design interventions that promote health and behavior change in the individual client within the community setting. The concepts of health literacy, consumer advocacy and their impact of health promotion will be explored.
NUR-506: Evidence-Based Practice
Emphasis in this course is on theory-guided and evidence-based research to prepare students to become proficient in translating research into practice, using research as a tool to improve practice. Students will gain the skills to identify clinically focused issues and evaluate the best design to resolve the issue. Critical analysis of qualitative and quantitative research findings in order to apply best evidence to clinical problems will be emphasized, while analyzing the ethical conduct of clinically focused research. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to conduct a systematic review of the literature and synthesize research related to a clinical problem.

Bachelor's in Nursing Required Courses

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

NUR-310: Nursing Leadership and Management
This course explores the complex structures of organizations and the roles of nurses within health-care organizations. The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how healthcare organizations are formed and how current and emerging factors influence the structure and function of the organization. The course will also integrate nurse leadership and management theories and skills. The emphasis will be on the nurse functioning within a complex organizational system to influence and improve organizational outcomes. Students will have the opportunity to develop leadership and management skills, including areas of critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, change and conflict management, teamwork and collaboration, delegation and competency, power and influence, resource management (planning, budget, staffing, and culturally diverse workforce), and career development. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-320: Patient-Centered Assessments
In this course, students analyze effective health assessment methods, communication strategies, and interdisciplinary collaboration techniques used in a variety of health care settings. Students conduct comprehensive evidence-based health assessments encompassing environmental, genetic, multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors and consider the skills members of collaborative interdisciplinary teams need to promote evidence-based quality care for individuals, groups, communities, and diverse populations. Students also explore ways of adapting their communication style to meet the specific needs for their audience. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-330: Research and Evidence-Based Practice
This course introduces students to the application of research and information technology in the nursing and evidence-based practice. Students identify the ways information systems and patient care technologies have contributed to improved patient outcomes; evaluate the safeguards, secure practices, and ethical standards needed to promote and support data security, patient confidentiality, and regulatory requirements; and explore effective use of patient care technologies, communication systems, and information systems across the health-illness continuum. Students also examine ethics in nursing research and scholarship and the relationships among theory, research, and behavior in the application of evidence-based nursing practice.
NUR-410: Community and Global Health
In this course, students focus on developing the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to function as effective team members in public- or community serviced-based health care settings. Students consider collaborative and innovative strategies for enhancing and improving current health care system approaches based on national and global holistic needs assessments and identify ways to advocate for quality patient and community outcomes and apply tribal, community, and global wellness strategies to professional practice. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-480: Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulation
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in professional, healthcare practice. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the healthcare environment through the lens of the professional discipline. Students evaluate the impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care access disparities and examine ways to articulate the needs of individuals, communities, and vulnerable populations to consumers and appropriate officials. Students also focus on the importance of cultural competence and ethical decision-making within healthcare delivery systems. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program

Master's in Nursing Required Courses

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-503: Nursing Informatics
This graduate level nursing course will build upon student competencies related to computer skills, informatics skills, and informatics knowledge. Application of information theory and electronic technology skills is directed towards improving the organization and the delivery of patient-centered care to multi-cultural populations at the primary, secondary and tertiary points of care. Students will understand the power of using technology for optimizing the collection, verification and utilization of data that relates to generating knowledge that informs best practices and leadership across healthcare settings. Special attention will be given the ways in which information systems and data collection can highlight and address disparities in health care services.
NUR-504: Healthcare Policy and Financing
This course focuses on providing the present and future nurse leaders with an understanding of health policy, finance, and legislation on health care. Political advocacy and the health policy change process will be explored. The issues of access and equity of healthcare will be examined within the context of healthcare policy and financing.
NUR-505: Leadership in Clinical Microsystems
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 moral, by empowering frontline caregivers.
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: NUR 506 Evidence-Based Practice I and NUR 501 Global Health and Diversity are waived from the MSN for those advancing onto the Advanced Pathway RN to MSN option. The MBA 501 prerequisite is waived.

Select a concentration:

Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
Nursing: Patient Quality and Safety

Advanced Pathway RN to MSN Online Option Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the Advanced Pathway online RN to MSN option must first be accepted into the online RN to BSN program. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited ADN or diploma school of nursing with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Applicants also must hold an unencumbered registered nursing license by the end of the first SNHU nursing course. Students in the RN to BSN to MSN option must complete the BSN segment of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to progress to the MSN.

Applicants who graduated from the Community College System of New Hampshire after January 2012 are eligible to apply under the conditions of our nursing partnership agreement.

Current CCSNH nursing students should contact their current advisors for specific information.

Accreditation

SNHU is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Our online nursing programs were created based on Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation requirements. SNHU is a provisional member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is seeking CCNE accreditation.