Graduate Catalog
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Loewenberg School of Nursing

LIN ZHAN, Ph.D.
Dean
Billy Mac Jones Building
(901) 678-2003

GAYLE SHIBA, Ph.D., NP-C, RN
Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Studies

http://www.memphis.edu/nursing

I. The Loewenberg School of Nursing offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in (1) Nursing Administration, (2) Nursing Education, (3) Advanced Practice Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), 4) Nursing Informatics, and 5) Executive Leadership. A post-baccalaureate certificate is offered in Healthcare Informatics Leadership. A post-master's certificate is offered in the areas of Advanced Practice Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics.

In addition, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered through the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) and is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of ROCC courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The MSN Program Outcomes are as follows:

The MSN program prepares the graduate to: 

  1. Integrate knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into advanced nursing practice roles. 
  2. Translate best research evidence, informatics, and technologies into advanced nursing practice to improve health and provide safe, high quality, cost-effective care to diverse populations. 
  3. Practice advanced nursing independently and collaboratively with healthcare teams to address complex situations and coordinate care. 
  4. Employ advocacy strategies from an advanced practice perspective to shape policy that influences health and healthcare.

Students may not enroll for courses as graduate non-degree except by permission of the instructor and with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

II. MSN Degree
A. Admission

Because the University seeks to provide in as much as possible a reasonably safe environment for its health career students and their patients, students may be required during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain physical tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, so as not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability.

Core performance standards for admission and progression:

  1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  4. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
  7. Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
  8. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to both the Graduate School and the Loewenberg School of Nursing is required. Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants. Multiple criteria will be used when considering applicant admission including, but not limited to, letter of interest, undergraduate and graduate grade point averages, professional experience, applicant interview, and letters of recommendation. 

  1. Admission Requirements for all MSN Applicants:
    1. Admission to the University of Memphis Graduate School
    2. Admission to the Loewenberg School of Nursing graduate nursing program.
    3. An undergraduate minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
    4. Letter of interest which discusses prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
    5. Letters of recommendation from three persons qualified and familiar to judge the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.
    6. Interview with LSON graduate faculty if requested by Admissions Committee.
    7. Submission of current professional resume
    8. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score: paper based 550 or greater; internet based 79; or 213 computer based.
    9. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
    10. Students transferring from another graduate nursing program must submit a letter of good standing and transcript from the dean/director of the previous nursing program.
    11. The standardized admission test is successful completion of the NCLEX licensing examination.
    12. Successful completion of 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate statistics course.
  2. Admission Requirements for individuals with a BSN Degree
    1. Completion of BSN
    2. An unrestricted registered nursing license to practice in Tennessee or license to practice in the state in which clinical assignments are to be completed.
  3. Admission Requirements for Registered Nurse Applicants with a BA/BS non-nursing major 
    1. An unrestricted registered nursing license to practice in Tennessee or license to practice in the state in which clinical assignments are to be completed.
    2. Completion of a 12-unit RN/MSN nursing bridge sequence. RN/MSN graduates will not be awarded the BSN degree.
  4. Students admitted to MSN program, post baccalaureate certificate program, or post master's certificate programs must have and maintain while in the program:
    1. An unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in Tennessee or license to practice in the state in which clinical assignments are to be completed
    2. Current CPR certification
    3. Evidence of Heptavax, MMR, polio, and tetanus vaccination
    4. Rubella and varicella titers
    5. Freedom from tuberculosis as evidenced by a negative PPD or health provider examination
    6. Evidence of current professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $6,000,000 in the aggregate.

B. MSN Program Requirements- Students enrolled in the MSN program must complete 36-46 semester hours (based on concentration area) with the minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.

1. Nursing Administration Concentration (36 credit hours)

The Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Nursing Administration prepares nurses for leadership, management and executive positions in health care system settings. The Nursing Administration program integrates nursing, business and management, leadership, and healthcare principles to prepare nurses in this concentration.

  1. Core Curriculum (credit hours in parentheses)
    1. NURS 7001 Healthcare Policy (3)
    2. NURS 7002 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
    3. NURS 7990 Scholarly Synthesis (3)
  2. Nursing Administration Concentration Required Courses
    1. NURS 7000 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice (3)
    2. NURS 7003 Advanced Role Development (3)
    3. NURS 7301 Nursing Administration I (3)
    4. NURS 7302 Nursing Administration II (3)
    5. NURS 7305 Quality Management (3)
    6. Students must select one of the following course combinations:
      1. ACCT 7000 Fundamentals of Accounting (3) and ACCT 7010 Accounting Decision Making (3) or
      2. ACCT 7000 Fundamentals of Accounting (3) and NURS 7332 Resource Allocation in Nursing (3) or
      3. NURS 7303 Healthcare Finance (3) and NURS 7304 Human Resource Management (3)
    7. NURS 7307 Nursing Management Practicum (2) (120 clock hours)
    8. NURS 7309 Administrative Residency (4) (240 clock hours)

2. Nursing Education Concentration

The MSN with a concentration in Nursing Education prepares the student as a nurse educator to teach in schools of nursing programs and in various health care system settings. Among their course of study, students will learn about nursing and educational theories, learning strategies, curricular development, program planning and evaluation, and develop skills in different teaching methodologies.

  1. Core Curriculum (credit hours in parentheses)
    1. NURS 7001 Healthcare Policy (3)
    2. NURS 7002 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
    3. NURS 7990 Scholarly Synthesis (3)
  2. Nursing Education Concentration Required Courses:
    1. NURS 7000 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice (3)
    2. NURS 7003 Advanced Role Development (3)
    3. NURS 7103 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    4. NURS 7101 Advanced Health Assessment(3)
    5. NURS 7102 Advanced Health Assessment-Clinical (1)
    6. NURS 7104 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
    7. NURS 7204 Curriculum Design and Education Theory (3)
    8. NURS 7205 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
    9. One of the following clinical focus courses:
      1. NURS 7505 Adult Health Nursing (3)
      2. NURS 7525 Critical Care (3)
      3. NURS 7635 Pediatric Nursing (3)
      4. NURS 7515 Psych-Mental Health (3)
      5. NURS 7545 Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing (3)
    10. NURS 7207 Clinical Focus Practicum (2) (120 clock hours)
    11. NURS 7209 Education Residency (4) (240 clock hours)

3. Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The MSN with a concentration in Advanced Practice Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) prepares advanced practice nurses who deliver primary health care to all ages; individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. Among their course of study, students will be provided with knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses.

  1. Core Curriculum (credit hours in parentheses)
    1. NURS 7001 Healthcare Policy (3)
    2. NURS 7002 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
    3. NURS 7990 Scholarly Synthesis (3)
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Required Courses
    1. NURS 7000 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice (3)
    2. NURS 7003 Advanced Role Development (3)
    3. NURS 7101/02 Advanced Health Assessment (3)/Advanced Health Assessment Clinic (1)
    4. NURS 7103 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    5. NURS 7104 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
    6. NURS 7601/7602 Family Nurse Practitioner I (3)/ Family Nurse Practitioner I Clinic (2) (120 clock hours)
    7. NURS 7603/7604 Family Nurse Practitioner II (3)/ Family Nurse Practitioner II Clinic (4) (240 clock hours)
    8. NURS 7605/7606 Family Nurse Practitioner III (3)/ Family Nurse Practitioner III Clinic (2) (120 clock hours)
    9. NURS 7609 Advanced Practice Residency (4) (240 clock hours)

4. Nursing Informatics

The Masters of Science, Family in Nursing Informatics prepares students to be nursing informatics specialists. The nursing informatics program integrates nursing science, computer science and information science and is designed to assist in the management and processing of nursing data, information and knowledge to support the practice of nursing and the delivery of nursing.

  1. Core Curriculum (credit hours in parentheses)
    1. NURS 7001 Healthcare Policy (3)
    2. NURS 7002 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
    3. NURS 7990 Scholarly Synthesis (3)
  2. Nursing Informatics Concentration Required Courses
    1. NURS 7000 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice (3)
    2. NURS 7003 Advanced Role Development (3)
    3. NURS 7401 Informatics & Information Management (3)
    4. NURS 7402 Health Care Information Systems (3)
    5. NURS 7403 Analysis & Design of Health Care Information Systems (3)
    6. NURS 7404 Evaluation of Health Care Information Systems (3)
    7. NURS 7406 Health Care Data Analysis Techniques (3)
    8. NURS 7407 Informatics Applications (2)
    9. NURS 7409 Informatics Applications (2)
    10. NURS 7410 Informatics Practicum (4) (240 clock hours)

5. Executive Leadership (Executive MSN)

The Executive MSN program prepares nurses for management and executive nursing positions in various health care setting systems. The Executive Leadership MSN program is based upon well founded principles, including the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet® Recognition Program 5 Model Components. The American Organization of Nurse Executive (AONE) Competencies, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)Executive Nurse Fellows Program, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.  The program is an academic partner of the ANCC Magnet® Recognition Program.

  1. Core Curriculum (credit hours in parentheses)
    1. NURS 7001 Healthcare Policy (3)
    2. NURS 7002 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
    3. NURS 7990 Scholarly Synthesis (3)
  2. Executive Leadership Concentration Required Courses
    1. NURS 7007 Advanced Role Development for Nurse Executives (3)
    2. NURS 7901 Relationship Building for the Nurse Executive (3)
    3. NURS 7903 Accountability and Advocacy for Nurse Executives (3)
    4. ACCT 7080 Financial/Managerial Account Managers(3)
    5. NURS 7303 Health Care Finance (3)
    6. NURS 7904 Financial Management and Resource Allocation for Patient Care (3)
    7. NURS 7905 Improving Patient Care Delivery (3)
    8. NURS 7907 Evidence Based Leadership Practices (3)
    9. NURS 7909 Nurse Executive Practicum (4) (240 clock hours)

C. Progression and Retention Requirements

  1. Students in the Loewenberg School of Nursing graduate program must comply with all retention standards of the University of Memphis Graduate School.
  2. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA ("B"). Grades of "D" and "F" will not apply toward any graduate degree, but will be computed in the GPA. No more than 7 hours of "C-", "C," or "C+" will be applied towards meeting degree requirements.
  3. The grade "I" (Incomplete) may be assigned by the faculty member in any course in which the student is unable to complete the work due to extraordinary events beyond the individual's control that are acceptable to the faculty member. The "I" may not be used to extend the term for students who complete the course with an unsatisfactory grade. Unless the student completes the requirements for removal of the "I" within 90 days from the end of the semester or summer session in which it was received (see University Calendar), the "I" will change to an "F," whether or not the student is enrolled. The faculty member may grant up to a 45-day extension if sufficient extenuating circumstances exist. At the end of the extension period, the "I" grade will automatically revert to "F" if the student has not completed the requirements. The student will be certified for graduation only when all requirements are met, including the removal of "I" grades. If a student has an "I" in a course necessary to fulfill degree requirements in the semester in which he or she expects to graduate, the certification process and graduation will automatically be deferred to the next term. 
  4. Academic disqualification from the graduate nursing major will occur when the student:
    1. fails to maintain a 3.0 GPA in graduate school.
    2. fails to earn a grade of "B" (3.0) or better when repeating a course.
    3. willfully misrepresents patient data or clinical practice.
    4. willfully places any patient in physical or emotional jeopardy.
    5. is placed on probation by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
    6. fails to disclose a felony conviction.
    7. fails to disclose disciplinary action or diversion by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
    8. fails to complete all degree requirements within five years of entering graduate nursing coursework.
  5. Before being recommended for graduation, every candidate for the master's degree in nursing is required to either pass a final comprehensive examination or complete the oral defense of a thesis. The written examination will place emphasis on the student's area of concentration and will be administered by selected nursing faculty each semester. The candidate must be registered in the semester the comprehensive exam is taken.
  6. When the student elects to complete a thesis, the candidate must enroll for thesis credit each semester until the thesis is completed. Students must register for thesis credit in the semester in which they defend.
  7. Family Nurse Practitioner students must complete a minimum of 500 clock hours to meet the academic and practicum requirement for national certification.
  8. All requirements for the MSN degree must be completed in 5 calendar years.

III. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master's Certificate - The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for master's-prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. To be eligible to take the national certification exam students must "successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a master's nurse practitioner program through a formal graduate-level certificate or Master's level NP program in the desired area of practice." The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring a second master's degree. Click here to view corresponding gainful employment data.

  1. Prerequisites-The following prerequisite courses must be completed at the master's level with a grade of "B" or better prior to admission.
    1. Advanced Health Assessment, (3 semester hours)
    2. Advanced Health Assessment, Clinical or Lab (1 semester hour)
    3. Advanced Pathophysiology, (3 semester hours)
    4. Advanced Pharmacology, (3 semester hours)
  2. Program Admission
    Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

    Additional admission requirements for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program include:
    1. A Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
    2. Satisfactory completion of the following courses at the Master's level:
      1. Advanced Health Assessment : 3 semester hours
      2. Advanced Health Assessment - Clinical or lab : 1 semester hour
      3. Advanced Pathophysiology : 3 semester hours
      4. Advanced Pharmacology : 3 semester hours
    3. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
    4. Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    5. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score.
    6. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
    7. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.
  3. Program Requirements (21 credit hours total)
    1. NURS 7601/7602 Family Nurse Practitioner I (3)/Clinic (2) (120 clock hours)
    2. NURS 7603/7604 Family Nurse Practitioner II (3)/Clinic (4) (240 clock hours)
    3. NURS 7605/7606 Family Nurse Practitioner III (3)/Clinic (2) (120 clock hours)
    4. NURS 7609 Advanced Practice Residency (4) (240 clock hours)
  4. Retention
    Retention requirements are the same as for the MSN degree. All requirements for the post master certificate must be completed in 5 calendar years

IV. Nursing Education Post-Master's Certificate

The Nursing Education Certificate program provides a formal program of study for masters prepared nurses interested in obtaining a credential allowing them to teach in School of Nursing. The program provides them with content necessary to teach nursing students in a specific area of nursing. Once students complete the certificate, they would be eligible to sit for the national certification exam in this area.

A. Prerequisites -The following prerequisite courses must be completed at the master's level with a grade of "B" or better prior to admission.

    1. Advanced Health Assessment, (3 credit hours)
    2. Advanced Health Assessment, Clinical or Lab (4 credit hours)
    3. Advanced Pathophysiology, (3 credit hours)
    4. Advanced Pharmacology, (3 credit hours) 

B. Program Admission

Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Education Post Masters Certificate Program include:

  1. A Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Satisfactory completion of the following courses at the Master's level:
    1. Advanced Health Assessment : 3 semester hours
    2. Advanced Health Assessment - Clinical or lab : 1 semester hour
    3. Advanced Pathophysiology : 3 semester hours
    4. Advanced Pharmacology : 3 semester hours 
  3. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
  4. Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  5. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score.
  6. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  7. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.

C. Program Requirements (15 credit hours total)

  1. NURS 7204 Curriculum Design And Education Theory (3)
  2. NURS 7205 Evaluation in Nursing Education(3)
  3. NURS 7207 Clinical Focus Practicum(2)
  4. NURS 7209 Nursing Education Practicum(4)
  5. One course from the following:
    1. NURS 7505 Adult Health Nursing(3)
    2. NURS 7525 Critical Care(3)
    3. NURS 7635 Pediatric Nursing(3)
    4. NURS 7515 Psych-Mental Health (3)
    5. NURS 7545 Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing (3)

D. Retention

Retention requirements are the same as for the MSN degree. All requirements for the post master certificate must be completed in 5 calendar years

V. Nursing Administration Post-Master's Certificate

The Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Administration provides a formal program of study for students who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree in another specialty. The program provides them with content that provides a strong foundation in complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice. 

A. Program Admission
Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Administration Post-Master’s Certificate Program include:

    1. A Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
    2. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
    3. Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    4. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score.
    5. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
    6. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse. 

B. Program Requirement (21 credit hours total)

    1. NURS 7301 Nursing Administration I (3)
    2. NURS 7302 Nursing Administration II (3)
    3. NURS 7303 Health Care Finance (3)
    4. NURS 7304 Human Resources Management (3)
    5. NURS 7305 Quality Management in Nursing & Health Care (3)
    6. NURS 7307 Nursing Management Practicum (3) (120 contact hours)
    7. NURS 7309 Nursing Administration Practicum (4)

 C. Retention
Retention requirements are the same as for the MSN degree. All requirements for the post master certificate must be completed in 5 calendar year

VI. Nursing Informatics Post-Master's Certificate

Nursing informatics integrates information science, computer science and more.  A Master’s prepared nurse who engages in nursing informatics is an informatics nurse specialist.  Nurses with a specialty in informatics identify, collect, process and manage data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education, research, and the expansion of nursing knowledge.  The Nursing Informatics Post-Master’s Certificate program provides a formal program of study for masters prepared nurses interested in obtaining a certificate in Nursing Informatics. 

A. Program Admission

Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Informatics Post Masters Certificate Program include:

  1. A Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
  3. Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  4. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score.
  5. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  6. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse. 

B. Program Requirements (23 credit hours total)

  1. NURS 7401 Informatics and Information Management(3)
  2. NURS 7402 Healthcare Information Systems & Technology   Integration (3)
  3. NURS 7403 Analysis and Design of Health Care Information Systems (3)
  4. NURS 7404 Implementation and Evaluation of Health Care Information Systems (3)
  5. NURS 7406 Healthcare Data Analysis (3)
  6. NURS 7407 Informatics Application I (2)
  7. NURS 7409 Informatics Application II (2)
  8. NURS 7410 Informatics Practicum (4)

C. Retention

Retention requirements are the same as for the MSN degree. All requirements for the post master certificate must be completed in 5 calendar years.

VII. Graduate Certificate (post baccalaureate) in Healthcare Informatics Leadership

The purpose of this interdisciplinary post baccalaureate certificate is twofold: to provide education training to individuals who are presently working in the area of healthcare information technology; and/or prepare a workforce of individuals to meet the industry’s movement towards electronic healthcare documentation. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in medical and health informatics is expected to increase by 16 percent through the year 2016. That’s faster than the average for all occupations in the United States. Therefore, the Loewenberg School of Nursing and School of Public Health have collaborated to design and provide a course of study that prepares this unique group of professionals.

A. Program Admission:

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants. Students must:

  1. Complete admission to The University of Memphis and Loewenberg School of Nursing or School of Public Health
  2. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score.
  3. A minimum of a BSN or BS/BA in a related healthcare field with a cumulative GPA 2.8 on a 4.0 point scale.

B. Program Requirements:

Completion of 18 semester hours distributed as follows:
Required courses:

  • NURS/HADM 7401, Informatics and Information Management (3)
  • HADM 7110, Health Management Leadership (3)
  • NURS/HADM 7402, Healthcare Information Systems and Technology Integration (3)
  • NURS/HADM 7403, Analysis and Design of Healthcare Information Systems (3)
  • NURS/HADM 7404, Evaluation and Implementation of Healthcare Information Systems(3)
  • NURS/HADM 7406, Healthcare Data Analysis (3)

C. Graduation Requirements:

  1. The student must complete all six required courses with an average grade of B (3.0) or higher.
  2. All courses towards certification must be completed within 5 years.

In the semester of graduation, the student must submit the Intent to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.

VIII. Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered through the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC), a collaborative effort among Colleges and Schools for Nursing in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to educate and fill nursing shortages in the healthcare industry.   This program and courses are delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of ROCC courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Courses are offered each semester (fall, spring, and summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities. The program requires completion of 34-46 semester credit hours depending on the concentration. For more information, please visit http://www.org/degree-programs-courses/masters/masters-science-nursing-.

A. Program Admission Requirements

All candidates must apply to the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) and deemed eligible before applying to the home school (University of Memphis). Applicants MUST wait for notification of eligibility and designation of the University of Memphis as the home campus assignment before applying to the Graduate Division and Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis.  The ROCC application can be found at the ROCC homepage (www.rodp.org).

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the the Graduate Division admission requirements from the designated home school.  Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing Regents Online Degree Program include:

  1. Admission to the University of Memphis Graduate School
  2. Admission to the Loewenberg School of Nursing graduate nursing program.
  3. An undergraduate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Letter of interest which discusses prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  5. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.
  6. Interview with LSON graduate faculty if requested by Admissions Committee.
  7. Submission of current professional resume
  8. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score:  paper based 550; internet based 79; or computer based 213.
  9. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
  10. Students transferring from another graduate nursing program must submit a letter of good standing and transcript from the dean/director of the previous nursing program.
  11. The standardized admission test is successful completion of the NCLEX licensing examination.
  12. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate statistics course.

B. Progression Standards - MSN-RODP

  1. Students in graduate nursing programs must meet the same requirements of the University of Memphis Graduate Division and the Loewenberg School of Nursing MSN students.  See “Progression and Retention” above. 

C. Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the Nursing Administration specialty must satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Students in the Nursing Informatics specialty must complete 38 credit hours.  Students in the Nursing Education specialty must complete 40 credit hours and students in the Advanced Practice specialty must complete 46 credit hours. Specific courses are required of students who plan to take a national certification examination. All students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination or satisfactorily complete culminating experience in the final semester of the program.

Courses are selected and approved in conjunction with the student’s advisor.

D. Concentrations

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing - Regents Online Degree Program (MSN-RODP) will complete courses as indicated for their selected concentration.

1. NURSING ADMINISTRATION CONCENTRATION

  • NURS 7000 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 7001 - Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 7002 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 7003 - Advanced Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 7990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3 credits)
  • NURS 7301 - Nursing Administration I (3 credits)
  • NURS 7302 - Nursing Administration II (3 credits)
  • NURS 7303 - Health Care Finance (3 credits)
  • NURS 7304 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • NURS 7305 - Quality Management in Nursing and Health Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 7309 - Nursing Administration Practicum (4 credits) 

2. NURSING INFORMATICS CONCENTRATION 

  • NURS 7000 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 7001 - Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 7002 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 7003 - Advanced Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 7990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3 credits)
  • NURS 7401 - Informatics and Information Management (3 credits)
  • NURS 7402 - Health Care Information Systems (3 credits)
  • NURS 7403 - Analysis and Design of Health Care Information Systems (3 credits)
  • NURS 7404 - Evaluation of Health Care Information Systems (3 credits)
  • NURS 7405 - Health Care Data Analysis Techniques (3 credits)
  • NURS 7407 - Informatics Applications I (2 credits)
  • NURS 7409 - Informatics Applications II (2 credits)
  • NURS 7410 – Informatics Practicum (4 credits)

3. NURSING EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

  • NURS 7000 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 7001 - Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 7002 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 7003 - Advanced Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 7990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3 credits)
  • NURS 7101 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NURS 7102 - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical (1 credit)
  • NURS 7103 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 7104 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 7204 - Curriculum Design and Educational Theory (3 credits)
  • NURS 7205 - Evaluation Methods of Nursing Education (3 credits)
  • NURS 7207 Clinical Focus Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS 7209 – Nursing Education Practicum (4 credits)

Choose one course from the following 3 credit hour courses:

  • NURS 7505 - Advanced Adult Health Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 7515 - Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 7525 - Advanced Critical Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 7545 - Advanced Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 7635 - Advanced Pediatric Nursing (3 credits)

4. FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER CONCENTRATION

  • NURS 7000 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 7001 - Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 7002 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 7003 - Advanced Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 7990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3 credits)
  • NURS 7101 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NURS 7102 - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical (1 credit)
  • NURS 7103 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 7104 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 7601 - Family Nurse Practitioner I (3 credits)
  • NURS 7602 - Family Nurse Practitioner I Clinical (2 credits)
  • NURS 7603 - Family Nurse Practitioner II (3 credits)
  • NURS 7604 - Family Nurse Practitioner II – Clinical (4 credits)
  • NURS 7605 - Family Nurse Practitioner III (3 credits)
  • NURS 7606 - Family Nurse Practitioner III – Clinical (2 credits)
  • NURS 7609 - Advanced Practice Residency (4 credits)
 

NURSING (NURS)

In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses:
NURS 7810-7820. Special Topics in Nursing. (3). Topics are varied and announced in online course listings.


NURS 6110 - Rsrch/Evd Based Prctice (3)
Overview of nursing research: components of research, critiques of existing studies, emphasis on interpretation and applications of research findings. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN program.

NURS 6120 - Contempry Issues/Trends (3)
Factors that influence nursing and health care; promotes integration and synthesis of knowledge from previous nursing and general education courses to explore societal and political components that affect delivery of health care. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN program.

NURS 6317 - Population Focused Nursing/RNs (3)
Overview of community based health care delivery system at local, state, and national levels; theories and principles of nursing care of communities and aggregrates in public health and home health care settings; expands role of RN student to coordinator of care. May be repeated once. PREREQUISITE: NURS 3108, 3201, 3410, 3420, and unencumbered current RN license.

NURS 6326 - Global Perspectives on Nursing (3)
This study abroad program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in increasing their understanding of international health care issues as they relate to nursing.

NURS 7000 - Theoretical Foundations (3)
Exploration of theory development in nursing; analysis of selected nursing and related theories; relevance of theory to practice, education, research, and administration; includes process of theory development. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

NURS 7001 - Health Care Policy (3)
Primary focus on analysis of health-care systems; examines public and private health-care delivery systems; explores future challenges and processes to improve systems. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7002 - Adv Nursing Research (3)
(7016). Systematic examination and application of the research process; critically examines concept of evidenced-based practice and its application to nursing. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7003 - Adv Role Development (3)
(7050). Provides an in-depth understanding of the legal, historical, political, social, and ethical aspects of advanced nursing; examines traditional and emerging roles for advanced nursing. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN program or permission of instructor

NURS 7007 - Adv Role Dev for Nurse Execs (3)
Provides an in-depth understanding of the legal, historical, political, social, and ethical aspects of advanced nursing; examines traditional and emerging roles for advanced nursing; and critically review theories and conceptual models from nursing for use in nurse executive roles. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Executive Leadership MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7008 - Global Persp Nurs/Hlth Policy (3)
This study abroad program is designed for graduate nursing students interested in increasing their understanding of international health care issues as they relate to nursing practice and global health policy. The course intent is to braoden the student's worldview and global perspective of health care and nursing. PREREQUISITE: Admission to an approved graduate school of nursing or permission of the faculty.

NURS 7059 - Adv Practice Residency (4)
Supervised full-time advanced clinical practice in a primary care setting with immersion into role of Family Nurse Practitioner; allows for role synthesis and application of concepts in the practice setting. PREREQUISITES; NURS, 7030, 7039, ECON 7710; PRE- OR COREQUISITE: NURS 7050.

NURS 7101 - Adv Health Assessment (3)
Focuses on development of diagnostic reasoning skills, emphasizing application of these skills in the presence of abnormal findings uncovered during physical examination of individuals across the lifespan. PREREQUISITE: Undergraduate course in health assessment; admission to MSN Advanced Practice program COREQUISITE: NURS 7102.

NURS 7102 - Adv Health Assmt/Clinic (1)
This clinical course emphasizes application of techniques to perform targeted and comprehensive advanced health assessment of the adult client; develops synthesis, critical analysis, interpretation of physical assessment data, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical judgment. COREQUISITE NURS 7101

NURS 7103 - Adv Pathophysiology (3)
(7013). Exploration of theoretical foundations of phenomena that alter health status across the life span; provides foundation for practitioner courses related to diagnosis and treatment of disease processes. PREREQUISITE: Undergraduate course in pathophysiology. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7104 - Adv Pharmacology (3)
Focus on pharmacological actions of drugs commonly prescribed in primary care settings; emphasizes pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of drugs, side effects, therapeutic dosages, and drug interactions; integrates legal, ethical, and economic factors of prescriptive authority. PREREQUISITE: Undergraduate pharmacology course; admission to MSN Advanced Practice. PREREQUISITE NURS 7103 or permission of instructor.

NURS 7110 - Independent Study (1-3)
Independent study of research problems or directed readings and activities in selected area of nursing administration, nursing education, nursing informatics, advanced practice nursing. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Associate Dean, Graduate Nursing Programs

NURS 7201 - Theories Nurs Eduction (3)
Explores major research-based theories of adult and nursing education and applies them to a variety of settings and/or levels of education.

NURS 7202 - Tchn Strat/Eval Mthds (3)
Provides knowledge necessary for competent classroom and clinical teaching; explores methods of teaching at university, community college, and health-care settings in classroom, seminar, and electronic formats; includes evaluation methods for classroom and clinical instruction.

NURS 7203 - Curr Design In Nursing (3)
(7240). Principles of developing and organizing curriculum designs for multiple health-care settings and nursing education systems; includes analysis and comparison of associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and service-based nursing curricula. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN Nursing Education or permission of instructor.

NURS 7204 - Curriculum Design & Ed Theory (3)
The course introduces the student to traditional and contemporary considerations for curriculum planning and design as applied to nursing education. An emphasis is placed on curriculum designs and explores major research based theories of adult and nursing education. These concepts will be applied to a variety of settings and/or levels of education. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN Nursing Education or permission of instructor.

NURS 7205 - Evaluation Mthds in NursingEdu (3)
Pre-requisite: NURS 7204

NURS 7207 - Clinical Focus Practicum (2)
Use of theory, clinical concepts, and nursing research in delivery of care to specific patient populations from a social, cultural, psychological, physical, spiritual, and economic perspective for the advanced practice nurse.

NURS 7209 - Nursing Education Practicum (4)
Integrates theory in a reality context; provides opportunities to participate in all phases of teaching and to experiment with different teaching methods.

NURS 7242 - Ed Strategies For Nurs (3)
Instructional strategies relevant to teaching across selected nursing and health-care settings; analysis of instruction and teaching practices including classroom, seminar, and electronic formats. PREREQUISITE: Admission to MSN Nursing Education.

NURS 7244 - Eval Methods Nurs Educ (3)
Analysis of testing, benchmarking, and evaluation methods in the clinical practice of nursing across classroom, seminar, and electronic formats; includes evaluation methods to ensure competency in the clinical area. PREREQUISITES NURS 7240, 7242.

NURS 7301 - Nursing Admin I (3)
(7330). Comprehensive analysis of concepts required for effective performance of the nurse executive's role in organizations with varied environments; management as a sub-function of the total organization; systems interacting with objectives, planning, and control; organizational designs and interpersonal relationships. PREREQUISITES: Admission to MSN Administration program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7302 - Nursing Admin II (3)
(7331). Synthesis of concepts used for effective performance of nurse executive's role; analyzes use of human and financial resources and organizational development with application to nursing executive positions; includes theories and concepts related to intra- and entrepreneurial principles and skills for advanced nursing role; examines role of nurse executive as consultant to health-care organizations. PREREQUISITE: NURS 7301.

NURS 7303 - Health Care Finance (3)
Introduction to accounting and financial management, focusing on health-care industry; includes understanding financial reports, cost behavior and profit analysis, cost allocation, pricing and servicing decisions, managerial accounting, planning and budgeting, time value analysis, and financial risk. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Executive Leadership MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7304 - Human Resources Mgmt (3)
Personnel and human resource issues, including labor management in nursing and health care settings.

NURS 7305 - Quality Management (3)
(7334). Analysis of quality management system models in nursing and health care, including problem and documentation, development of strategies for improvement, intervention and evaluation; focus on quality improvement process in relation to organizational outcomes. PREREQUISITE: NURS 7301 or permission of instructor.

NURS 7307 - Nursing Management Practicum (2)
This practicum experience integrates theory into a reality context of the nurse manager's role. Students will participate in various functions and phases of the nurse manager role. Students, faculty, and preceptors will evaluate the student's strengths and weaknesses related to the skills and competencies of nursing management. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 120 clinical hours during the course. Prerequisites: NURS 7000, NURS 7001, NURS 7002, NURS 7003, NURS 7301, NURS 7302, NURS 7303, NURS 7304. Co-requisite or pre-requisite: NURS 7305

NURS 7309 - Nursing Admin Pract (4)
Integrates theory into reality context of the administrator's role; provides opportunities to participate in all phases of the executive role in different administrative settings.

NURS 7332 - Rsrce Alloc Nsg/Hlth Care (3)
Assesses fiscal environment of health-care organizations: critiques financial management processes; analyzes costing and budgeting; compares financial statement analysis, cost analysis, resource planning, and resource control; evaluates management of health-care organizations' financial resources. PREREQUISITES: All core courses; NURS 7331, 7334; ACCT 7000, 7110.

NURS 7401 - Intro Healthcare Informatics (3)
Overview of nursing informatics and theoretical foundation for information management within health-care setting; explores impact of automated data management through advances in information technology, health-care information systems, and tele-health.

NURS 7402 - Health Care Info Sys & Tech (3)
Introduces concepts upon which health-care information systems are developed, implemented, and maintained; addresses operating systems, networking concepts, security issues, workstation design, and evaluation related to the health-care environment.

NURS 7403 - Proj Mgt Dec-Anlys HC Info Sys (3)
Provides knowledge and skills to analyze and design health-care information systems; discusses informatic models, conceptual frameworks, and practice activities. PREREQUISITE: NURS 7407

NURS 7404 - Proj Mgt Imp & Eval HC Inf Sys (3)
Provides advanced knowledge and skills for implementing and evaluating health-care information systems in practice; emphasizes emerging technologies. PREREQUISITE: NURS 7409

NURS 7405 - Hlth Care Data Analysis (2)
Presents concepts related to complex data analysis in health-care environment; covers principles of data collection, organization, and statistical analysis and interpretation; provides opportunity to review complex applications for data mining and reporting within the health-care environment.

NURS 7407 - Informatics Applications I (2)
Practicum builds upon concepts and technology introduced in related informatics course work to provide experiences in informatics applications in health-care settings.

NURS 7409 - Informatics Applications II (2)
Provides additional experiences in informatics applications in health-care settings; students will explore a variety of informatics applications and identify specific informatics applications based on their practice interests.

NURS 7501 - Adv Adult Hlth Nurs I (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the role of a professional nurse educator in adult health settings.

NURS 7503 - Adv Adult Hlth Nurs II (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the leadership role of the professional nurse educator in the adult healthcare setting.

NURS 7505 - Advanced Adult Health Nursing (3)
Pre- or Co-Requisites: NURS 7101, 7102, 7103, 7104

NURS 7511 - Psychiatric Nurs Care I (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the role of a professional nurse educator in psychiatric and mental health settings.

NURS 7513 - Psychiatric Nurs II (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the leadership role of the professional nurse educator in psychiatric and mental health settings.

NURS 7515 - Adv Psych/Mentl Health Nursing (3)
Pre-Requisites: NURS 7101, 7102, 7103, 7104

NURS 7521 - Adv Concpts Crit Care (3)
Focuses on advanced concepts related to multi-organ/system function and dysfunction; addresses physiology, assessment, pathophysiology, system failure, and clinical management of endocrine and defense systems; uses detailed overviews of multi-system dysfunction in shock, trauma, and burns to integrate core concepts with more complex pathophysiology and advanced treatment modalities.

NURS 7522 - Critical Care I (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the role of a professional nurse educator in critical care settings.

NURS 7523 - Core Conc Crit Care II (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the leadership role of the professional nurse educator in critical care settings.

NURS 7541 - Maternal Child Nurs I (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the role of a professional nurse educator in maternal-child settings.

NURS 7543 - Maternal Child Nurs II (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the leadership role of the professional nurse educator in maternal-child settings.

NURS 7545 - Adv Womens Hlth/Perinatal Nurs (3)
Pre- or Co-Requisites: NURS 7101, 7102, 7103, 7104

NURS 7601 - Family Nurse Practnr I (3)
(7020). Focuses on advanced practice nursing and health-care management of women in diverse populations; includes biopsychosocial interactions affecting women throughout the lifespan. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Family Nurse Practitioner program; NURS 7101, 7102, 7103; COREQUISITE: NURS 7602.

NURS 7602 - Family Nurs Prac I/Clin (2)
(7029). Focuses on delivery of advanced nursing care to women; employs various clinical settings with diverse populations for clinical practice. COREQUISITE: NURS 7601.

NURS 7603 - Family Nurs Practnr II (3)
(7030). Focuses on advanced practice nursing and health-care management of adults and older adults in diverse populations; includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses, and life transitions. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Family Nurse Practitioner program; NURS 7101, 7102, 7103; PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: NURS 7104.

NURS 7604 - Family Nurs Pract II/CLN (4)
Provides opportunities to deliver advanced nursing care to adults and older adults; student completes health assessments of adults and older adults and develops comprehensive plans of care. COREQUISITE: NURS 7603.

NURS 7605 - Family Nurs Pract III (3)
(7039). Focuses on advanced practice nursing and health-care management of children and adolescents; includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses, and developmental transitions within the family context. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Family Nurse Practitioner program; NURS 7101, 7102, 7103; PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: NURS 7104.

NURS 7606 - Family Nurs Prac III Cln (2)
Provides opportunities to deliver advanced nursing care to children and adolescents in families and communities; employs various primary care settings for clinical practice in collaboration with nursing faculty and clinical preceptors. COREQUISITE: NURS 7605.

NURS 7633 - Pediatric Nurs II (3)
Focuses on application of educational theory and principles to develop the leadership role of the professional nurse educator in pediatric settings.

NURS 7635 - Advanced Pediatric Nursing (3)
Pre- or Co-Requisites: NURS 7101, 7102, 7103, 7104

NURS 7901 - Comm/Rel Bldg Nurse Exec (3)
Imparts skills to effectively communicate, manage relationships, influence bahaviors, support diversity, implement shared decision making, support community involvement, manage medical-staff relations, and support academic relations. COREQUISITE: NURS 7902. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Executive Leadership MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7902 - Dev Organizational Ldrshp (3)
Creates nurse executive skills including foundational thinking skills, personal journey disciplines, systems thinking, succession planning, and change management. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Executive Leadership MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7903 - Accountability,Advocacy,Ethics (3)
Teaches skills to promote accountability, develop career planning paths, integrate high ethics into organizational culture, mentor others in using evidence-based management practices, advocate patient care as organization core, ensure nursing involvement in organizational decisions, and promote participation in professional organization(s). PREREQUISITES: admission to Executive Leadership MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7904 - Fin/Hum Rsrcs Patient Care (3)
Imparts skills required to articulate business models for health-care organizations, utilize accounting principles, analyze financial statements, manage financial resources by developing business plans, establish accurate charging mechanisms, and educate others on financial implications of patient care decisions. PREREQUISITES: ACCT 7080 AND NURS 7303 or permission of instructor.

NURS 7905 - Improving Patient Care Del (3)
Creates skills to interpret clinical practice knowledge; analyze delivery models/work designs; explain payer mix, CMI, and benchmark data; and effectively represent nursing to the organization's governing body. PREREQUISITES: Admission to Executive Leadership MSN program or permission of instructor. COREQUISITE: NURS 7904.

NURS 7907 - Evidenc-Based Ldrshp Pract (3)
Creates skills to implement stratgeic management; analyze marketing opportunities; utilize hospital databases, decision support, and expert system programs to plan operational processes and systems; evaluate utility of information systems; involve nursing in planning, designing, choosing, and implementing information systems; and analyze benchmarking, financial, and occupational data. PREREQUISITES: Admission to Executive Leadership MSN program or permission of instructor.

NURS 7909 - Nurse Executive Practicum (4)
Student collaborates with Nurse Executive mentor to enhance competency in communication/relationship building, knowledge of health-care environment, leadership, professionalism, and business skills. PREREQUISITES: NURS 7001, 7002, 7007, 7901, 7903, 7904, 7905, 7907, ACCT 7080. COREQUISITE: NURS 7990 or permission of instructor.

NURS 7990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3)
Students will complete a synthesizing activity as a culminating experience. Student may choose one of the following scholarly activities: 1) design a program, 2) write a grant proposal, 3) complete a scholarly project, 4) submit a manuscript for publication, or 5) present at a national or regional research conference. PREREQUISITE: Course to be taken within the last two semesters of the program.

NURS 7996 - Thesis (1-3)
Directed study in the completion of the thesis. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

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