Curriculum 

Full-Time or Part-Time

  • Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two calendar years. 

  • Part-time students can complete the program in approximately three calendar years. 

Online, hybrid and in-class courses

  • Students will have the option to complete core core courses completely online or in a hybrid format

  • Students will complete advanced core and specialty/clinical courses in a hybrid format

Clinical placements coordinated by the University

  • Student placements are arranged by the Clinical Liaison and Clinical Faculty in nationally ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond

Core Courses

Completion of the MSN core courses is required of all students seeking the MSN degree. These courses should be taken prior to or concurrent with the Advanced Core courses, and prior to the Specialty and Clinical courses. Core courses include:

  • NU 522: Health Policy, Organization, and Financing (3 credits)

  • NU 530: Applied Research (3 credits)

  • NU 534: Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)*

  • NU 536: Clinical Prevention in Population Health (3 credits)

  • NU 538: Health Informatics, Quality and Safety (3 credits)

*Not required for the MSN/MBA or PMHNP degrees

Advanced Core Courses

Completion of the Advanced Practice Core Courses is required of all Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist students. These courses should be completed prior to the Specialty and Clinical courses. Advanced Practice Core courses include:

  • NU 622: Advanced Physical Assessment (4 credits; 75 hours clinical lab)

  • NU 626: Pathophysiology (3 credits)

  • NU 628: Advanced Pharmacology (4 credits)

Specialty and Clinical/Practicum Courses

Completion of the MSN specialty and clinical/practicum courses is required of all students seeking the MSN degree. These courses should be taken after completion of the Core and Advanced Core courses. Courses toward the dual MSN/MBA degree are offered through both the Department of Nursing and Health and the Master of Business Administration programs. Additionally, students must complete NU 799: Capstone Portfolio which is taken concurrently with the final clinical/practicum course.

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Clinical Requirements

Students must meet health requirements for the Department of Nursing and Health, as well as for the clinical agencies where they are assigned for patient care experiences.  The cost of all health and criminal clearances is the responsibility of the student. Each year nursing students receive a letter from the Clinical Liaison of the Department of Nursing and Health providing direction for completing health requirements. Failure to submit completed health requirements as advised will result in a student not being allowed to attend clinical experiences.

Student health and clearance records are maintained in locked files.  These health requirements and clearances, which must be updated yearly, include:

Physical Examination
Polio
Rubella
Rubeola (Measles)
Mumps
Hepatitis B vaccine
Hepatitis C antibody
Hepatitis History
Chickenpox
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
TB
Influenza
Certified Nationwide Background Check, including PA State Police Criminal Record Check
Child Abuse History Clearance
FBI Fingerprint Check
Urine Drug Screening

Additionally, students must submit the following documentation:

health care provider CPR certification
automobile insurance
medical insurance
liability insurance

 
Students may be required to complete additional health, criminal, and/or orientation clearances at the discretion of individual clinical sites.  Students are required to comply with any additional standards which may be set forth by the clinical agencies before entering the clinical space.


Graduation Requirements

The MSN degree is awarded to candidates who have satisfied the following requirements:
1. Completion of the approved course of graduate study
2. A GPA of at least 3.0 for all course work related to the degree
3. Demonstration of grades at the level of “B” or better in all clinical and specialty courses
4. No more than two grades at the “B-” level or below
5. Submission of all preceptor, site, and self-evaluation forms
6. Resolution of all Incomplete grades 
7. Resolved financial obligations to the University
8. Payment of the graduation fee

Learning Outcomes

The graduate programs in nursing focus on preparing professional nurses as collaborative colleagues in delivering, planning, policy making, and directing of health care. Students will gain an advanced core of knowledge in the areas of primary, secondary, and tertiary care, as well as in health care administration.

The M.S.N. program prepares graduates who:

  1. Exemplify Christian humanism through practice excellence in the arenas of quality, safety, direct and indirect care, and professional accountability.

  2. Model ethical behaviors and apply ethical principles to clinical decisions, team collaboration and conflict resolution.

  3. Engage in scholarly activities through the implementation of evidence based practice to improve health outcomes.

  4. Apply innovation strategies for delivering population-based care for vulnerable and diverse populations.

  5. Participate in policy development to influence health and health care.

  6. Apply leadership strategies to create collaborative relationships with patients, interprofessional teams, the healthcare system, and professional organizations.

  7. Integrate advanced nursing skills into improvement of clinical outcomes, ensuring inclusion of patients and family members as part of the team.

  8. Integrate the use of information systems and health care technologies to support and improve clinical outcomes.

  9. Integrate improvement science and interdisciplinary theories to support culturally sensitive and evidence-grounded practice decisions.

  10. Apply communication theory and skills to promote high quality, safepatient care.

  11. Create a personal philosophy and professional development plan for future practice that acknowledges intentions for life-long learning.

Upon successful completion of the MSN programs of study, students are eligible to become certified in their specialty area through examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.