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Program Information

Important information about the MSN & Nurse Practitioner Programs

For MSN & NP Students

  • Clinical Requirements

    DeSales University students must comply with general health and background safety checks that are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and by individual clinical agencies. These requirements may change over time. Students are expected to remain in compliance with all of these health and safety requirements or risk being unable to practice clinical and progress in the program.

    Each year nursing students receive a letter from the Graduate Clinical Liaison of the Department of Nursing and Health providing direction for completing health requirements. The financial costs associated with clearances, immunizations, and examinations are the responsibility of the student. 

    Student health and clearance records are retained in separate, securely locked files in the Department of Nursing and Health, maintained by the Graduate Clinical Liaison. These health requirements and clearances include, but are not limited to the following:

    • 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 documentation, criminal, clearances, drug screen clearances, certification requirements, and/or orientation clearances as set forth by the Department of Nursing and Health and/or affiliating clinical agencies.
  • Specialty and Clinical/Practicum Courses

    Completion of the MSN specialty and clinical/practicum courses is required of all students seeking the MSN and MSN/MBA degrees. These courses must 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. Courses toward the MSN in Forensic Nursing degree are offered through both the Department of Nursing and Health and the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice programs. Courses toward the dual MSN in Nursing Informatics degree are offered through both the Department of Nursing and Health and the Master of Science in Information Systems programs. Additionally, students must complete NU 799: Capstone Portfolio which is taken concurrently with the final clinical/practicum course.
  • Advanced Core Courses

    Completion of the Advanced Core Courses is required of all Adult CNS, AGACNP, PMHNP, FNP, and Forensic Nursing students. These courses must 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)

  • Core Courses

    Completion of the MSN core courses is required of all students seeking the MSN and MSN/MBA degrees. These courses must 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 PMHNP , Forensic Nursing, Nursing Informatics, and the MSN/MBA degrees

     
  • 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 MSN program prepares graduates who:

    • Exemplify Christian humanism through practice excellence in the arenas of quality, safety, direct and indirect care, and professional accountability.
    • Model ethical behaviors and apply ethical principles to clinical decisions, team collaboration and conflict resolution.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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.

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