RN to MSN programs in Kansas City and Online

Courses

Bachelor's Course Descriptions

Explores various nursing roles and the need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Links basic nursing courses with baccalaureate courses to begin to build new knowledge on prior experiences. Discusses methods for RN-BSN program success.

Explores the nursing theory, research, practice connection. Examines the concepts of professional nursing by integrating the five general education outcomes of the University as defined by the School of Nursing. These outcomes are faith integration, formational thinking, discovering creation, communication and self-expression, and global citizenship. A variety of experiences help students understand how these concepts and outcomes are integral to the baccalaureate level of nursing practice.

Provides a foundation of holistic nursing knowledge, understanding and insight to promote patient- and family-centered holistic care. Explores methods to support self and patients through the holistic caring process with particular attention to wellness, varying cultural values, and spiritual needs.

Incorporates community health nursing as an aspect of nursing care across the lifespan. Knowledge and skills are developed to help assist individuals, families, and communities make responsible decisions that promote optimal physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual wellness. Community care in underdeveloped countries is examined.

Cultivates students’ development as designers, managers, and coordinators of care in professional nursing. Encourages students to explore their roles in the profession as leaders, and to be instrumental in the healthcare of the future. Integrates current issues in healthcare with the nursing profession.

Develops students’ knowledge of the research process, including the significance of nursing research and evidence-based practice. Educates students to become astute consumers of nursing research and to apply research to nursing practice. Computer applications that facilitate the research process, such as literature reviews, are used.

Integrates quality and safety concepts presented in professional healthcare standards. Further develops knowledge, skill, and attitudes needed by nurses in effective, contemporary practice.

Explores emerging concepts believed to impact the future of nursing in a changing healthcare environment. Investigates education requirements, practice issues, partnerships, policy-making, leadership development, and data collection and analysis for effective workforce planning.

Master's Course Descriptions

Graduate Nursing Core Curriculum Taken by All Master's Students

Prepares graduates with the knowledge necessary to assume leadership roles in the management of human, fiscal, and physical health care resources. The organization of health care delivery systems and the resulting impacts are evaluated from historical, political, ethical, and economic viewpoints. Healthcare reimbursement and potential changes in payment structures are explored. The procedures and processes for policy development at the national through facility level are analyzed. The students are challenged to explore their personal value systems and to analyze how these values shape their professional practices.

Identifies and explores the influence of biologic, environmental and societal factors on health and wellness of individuals, families and communities. Emphasizes the study of personal and community-based interventions and strategies to influence the goal of health promotion and disease prevention. Considers the use of theory, research, resources, social policies and regulatory requirements as avenues to promote health from a personal, community and global perspective. Included in this course is the role of spirituality as a component of health promotion and holistic nursing practice. Students are introduced to practical applications and tools for spiritual formation, while exploring the idea of professional nursing as ministry through vocation. The student is encouraged to appreciate a multi-faceted workforce in health care organization and delivery to stimulate positive societal and global outcomes. Related issues associated with the rapidly expanding aging population, human diversity, cultural sensitivity and global awareness are also included.

Emphasizes the necessity of research as the basis of scholarly nursing inquiry which produces evidence-based practice. Compares qualitative and quantitative research methodology from the perspectives of purpose, design, method and analysis, focusing on quantitative design. Discusses informed consent and ethical issues related to research. Prepares students to evaluate research design, scientific merit, findings, and potential application to practice. Since an expectation of scholarship is to disseminate knowledge, the student will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the evaluation of research findings for the development of evidence-based practice. ​

Presents the study and application of theory as the foundational guide to scholarly nursing practice, while introducing the nesting relationships between theory, research and practice. A wide range of theories (nursing as well as others) are presented to encourage the development of a comprehensive and holistic Christian approach to health care. The nature of nursing’s unique scientific body of knowledge will be emphasized.

Direct Care Core Curriculum Taken by Nursing Education and Public Health Track Students

Provides a systematic and holistic approach of advanced assessment skills to evaluate physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual conditions of individuals across the lifespan. This course builds upon basic health assessment knowledge and skills, emphasizing advanced assessment skills, laboratory work interpretation, validation, documentation, and analysis of assessment findings.

Focuses on the development of an in-depth scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiological conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on linking this advanced knowledge base to the formulation of clinical decisions needed in primary health care management as related to diagnostic tests, pharmacotherapeutics, and the initiation of therapeutic regimens.

Nursing Education Functional Area Content Courses

Explores the roles of both educator and student in the creation of an effective learning environment. Frameworks for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, adult learning theories, ethical/legal issues, research, and professional values related to nursing education are examined. The incorporation of Christian teachings into nursing education and various other teaching strategies are explored. Also presented are the influences of accreditation and/or certification requirements, as well as the implementation of innovations and technologies in nursing education.

Emphasizes curriculum development, outcomes, and competencies while focusing on effective teaching strategies. Evaluates the faculty role, the social responsibility of program curricular design, and pedagogies in meeting consumer and community needs, as well as professional nursing standards. Presents best practices and research-based strategies to promote various learning styles and encourage the creation of active learning environments that increase student retention and learning success for diverse student populations.

Provides students with an opportunity to compare, question, and analyze various assessment and evaluation concepts, models, and frameworks for their applicability in the quality assurance process of curriculum and program development. Explores techniques to evaluate learner knowledge and competence. Methods of curricula and program evaluation are explored. Students consider innovations in the area of evaluation based on current theories and practice.

Explores the unique aspects of clinical teaching, as well as theories and trends that support the use of technology for the enhancement of learning. Focuses on developing the education specialist’s skill set to be able to select and implement appropriate instructional technologies, including simulation and the electronic health record, to enhance learning in a variety of settings.

Provides students the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a particular area of nursing that includes graduate-level clinical practice content and experiences.  This practicum encompasses the delivery of safe, quality nursing care to diverse populations in a variety of settings and incorporates engaging client and caregiver, managing symptoms, education and prompting self-management, and collaborating and coordinating care.  Students advance their clinical knowledge in a selected specialty to prepare them to fulfill the roles of the nurse educator.

Integrates the knowledge, skills, and specialty expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study in a cumulative practice experience designed to further advance the graduate's role and skill set at the Master's level.  Working in collaboration with a Faculty Adviser and Preceptor, students formulate individualized learning objectives, engaging in applying theory to better understand a specialization role within the context of an organization. Emphasis is on the implementation of evidence-based practice, effective communication, and the demonstration of the skills necessary to enter the specialty practice field. The practicum includes a minimum of 90 hours that are reflected in a cumulative journal.

Integrates knowledge, skills and specialty expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study to culminate in a theoretical application experience designed to further advance the graduate’s role and skill set.  Students are prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice interventions.  Emphasis is on the understanding and value of evidence-based practice, effective communication, and the demonstration of the research-related skills necessary to enter the specialty area.  This course is completed during the student’s final module of the MSN matriculation. ​

Healthcare Administration Functional Area Content Courses

Presents leadership concepts and theories, as well as an orientation to organizational structures and dynamics in health care delivery systems. Students examine theories and analyze environmental and societal determinants that influence an organization’s capacity for change and quality improvement. The complementary qualities of leadership and management are examined and their impact on organizational effectiveness and corporate success is analyzed. Interventions that advance and strengthen the organizational mission and vision are explored.

Analyzes leadership roles in relation to decision-making with particular emphases on human resource management. Evidence-based staffing models are developed for the purpose of projecting and accurately documenting human resource requirements. Interviewing, hiring, orientation, and competency rubrics are examined and developed while the guidelines and statutes governing these human resource issues are explored. Conceptual aspects of control, problem solving/decision-making, effective communication, conflict resolution, progressive disciplinary action, delegation, and team building are applied to a variety of situational contexts.

Introduces the concept of a strategic plan and the importance of linking this with an organization’s mission and ethos. Basic principles associated with program, project, and service line fiscal management, price-setting, budget preparation, return on investment, cost-benefit analysis, managed care contracting, and value-based purchasing are discussed and applied. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a financial vocabulary to communicate with various stakeholders. Financial reports such as balance sheets, budget forms, and expense reports are studied and formulated.

Integrates the concepts of outcomes management and research as the basis to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care organizations. Program evaluation, performance improvement, and other methods of measuring outcomes are examined for their utility within the health care setting. Systematic approaches for analyzing and evaluating processes of care delivery and their impact on client populations, organizational processes, and communities are considered. National quality databases and national benchmarking is explored. Accreditation and/or regulatory requirements will be presented. Through readings, projects, and various interactions students develop an informed basis for leading quality improvement efforts in various healthcare settings.

Provides an overview of healthcare informatics and its current use by both public and private healthcare agencies. Teaches students to navigate and enter data into complex healthcare databases using the principles of database management including the ability to conduct population studies through the use of databases. Explores the interpretation and evaluation of quality indicators within databases to maximize reimbursement in a variety of settings.

Examines laws associated with healthcare facility operations in the 21st century including those that directly impact governing boards, physicians, directors/administrators, investors, and the public. Methods to assure compliance with corporate auditing accountability regulations, financial disclosures, investor protection statutes, anti-kickback laws, healthcare provider self-referral, and governing board legal responsibilities are explored. Investigates Omnibus Reconciliation Acts; their content and stipulations affecting the provision of healthcare.

Integrates the knowledge, skills, and specialty expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study in a cumulative practice experience designed to further advance the graduate's role and skill set at the Master's level.  Working in collaboration with a Faculty Adviser and Preceptor, students formulate individualized learning objectives, engaging in applying theory to better understand a specialization role within the context of an organization. Emphasis is on the implementation of evidence-based practice, effective communication, and the demonstration of the skills necessary to enter the specialty practice field. The practicum includes a minimum of 90 hours that are reflected in a cumulative journal.

Integrates knowledge, skills and specialty expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study to culminate in a theoretical application experience designed to further advance the graduate’s role and skill set.  Students are prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice interventions.  Emphasis is on the understanding and value of evidence-based practice, effective communication, and the demonstration of the research-related skills necessary to enter the specialty area.  This course is completed during the student’s final module of the MSN matriculation. 

Healthcare Quality Management Functional Area Content Courses

Presents leadership concepts and theories, as well as an orientation to organizational structures and dynamics in health care delivery systems. Students examine theories and analyze environmental and societal determinants that influence an organization’s capacity for change and quality improvement. The complementary qualities of leadership and management are examined and their impact on organizational effectiveness and corporate success is analyzed. Interventions that advance and strengthen the organizational mission and vision are explored.

Provides an overview of healthcare informatics and its current use by both public and private healthcare agencies. Teaches students to navigate and enter data into complex healthcare databases using the principles of database management including the ability to conduct population studies through the use of databases. Explores the interpretation and evaluation of quality indicators within databases to maximize reimbursement in a variety of settings.

Examines the history and trends of risk management in the United States. Provides education on achieving a risk-intelligent enterprise including oversight of regulatory requirements, compliance risk, understanding financial/business risk, advising organizational leaders on the management of new and existing risk, and assisting leaders with value protection and value creation. Presents methods of risk mitigation such as risk management, risk retention, risk modification, risk transfer, and error recovery to reduce risk. Incorporates the requirements necessary for healthcare organizations to achieve high-reliability status.

Defines interventions, and their employment, to drive change to proactively maintain patient safety within healthcare organizations. Identifies themes and patterns while examining organizational systems and processes for potential points of failure. Presents plans to implement guidelines and goals from national organizations including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Quality Forum (NQF), and The Joint Commission (TJC) to enhance and assure patient safety throughout the care continuum.

Examines laws associated with healthcare facility operations in the 21st century including those that directly impact governing boards, physicians, directors/administrators, investors, and the public. Methods to assure compliance with corporate auditing accountability regulations, financial disclosures, investor protection statutes, anti-kickback laws, healthcare provider self-referral, and governing board legal responsibilities are explored. Investigates Omnibus Reconciliation Acts; their content and stipulations affecting the provision of healthcare.

Integrates knowledge, skills and specialty expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study to culminate in a theoretical application experience designed to further advance the graduate’s role and skill set.  Students are prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice interventions.  Emphasis is on the understanding and value of evidence-based practice, effective communication, and the demonstration of the research-related skills necessary to enter the specialty area.  This course is completed during the student’s final module of the MSN matriculation. 

Integrates the knowledge, skills, and specialty expertise gained throughout the MSN course of study in a cumulative practice experience designed to further advance the graduate's role and skill set at the Master's level.  Working in collaboration with a Faculty Adviser and Preceptor, students formulate individualized learning objectives, engaging in applying theory to better understand a specialization role within the context of an organization. Emphasis is on the implementation of evidence-based practice, effective communication, and the demonstration of the skills necessary to enter the specialty practice field. The practicum includes a minimum of 90 hours that are reflected in a cumulative journal.

Integrates the concepts of outcomes management and research as the basis to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care organizations. Program evaluation, performance improvement, and other methods of measuring outcomes are examined for their utility within the health care setting. Systematic approaches for analyzing and evaluating processes of care delivery and their impact on client populations, organizational processes, and communities are considered. National quality data bases and national benchmarking is explored. Accreditation and/or regulatory requirements will be presented. Through readings, projects, and various interactions students develop an informed basis for leading quality improvement efforts in various healthcare settings.​

Additional Requirements

Up to 12 hours of these courses may be taken concurrently with the core nursing courses. Many of these classes may be evaluated for transfer to MNU. It is highly likely that you will qualify for transfer of credit. Please check with one of our enrollment specialists.

  • Probability & Statistics*
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Biblical Perspectives
  • Microbiology or Chemistry
  • Ethical Issues in Healthcare

*These courses can be taken from MNU's Center for Accelerated & Professional Education (CAPE).

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