Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Curriculum
The Chatham University Nursing Program offers a 33 credit Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN). The program prepares students to become world ready nurse leaders, informatics specialists, or educators. The Chatham University MSN program requires 18 credits of MSN Core courses and 15 credits in the Educator, Leadership, or Informatics tracks.
The MSN program at Chatham University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 463-6930.
The Chatham University MSN program is delivered as an online program. The program builds on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing foundation by preparing nurses to advance their practice as nurse educators, leaders, or informatics specialist in a variety of settings. Practical experiences are completed at approved practice experience sites with the guidance of an approved preceptor. Full-time and part-time cohorts for each track are admitted each Fall. An International MSN track is delivered in an on ground format consisting of the 18 core credits and 15 specialty track credits for full-time fall cohorts.
NUR501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
This course examines principles and processes of evidence based practice as a strategy to guide clinical decision making,initiate practice change and improve nursing practice, including translating, evaluating and disseminating the evidence. Course elements include gaining knowledge of research design, statistical concepts and search strategies.
3 NUR503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology
This course will assist students within the graduate program to develop a strong foundation of knowledge in understanding the impact technology and informatics has in the delivery of care across various settings. Students will be introduced to current and emerging technologies while exploring the impact on patient outcomes and staff satisfaction.
3 NUR504 Introduction to Organizational Leadership in Nursing
Emphasizing leadership decision making, this course includes an overview of theories, research, and applications that focus on managing organizational behavior, quality improvement, and systems leadership across health care delivery systems. Students will learn how patient care systems are structured, processes developed, and outcomes affected by actions of leaders and employees.
3 NUR505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan
This course provides an exploration of key concepts in pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacotherapy across the lifespan for the masters prepared nurse. The role of gender, genetics, and cultural influences in the context of health assessment and promotion will also be analyzed.
3 NUR506 Professional Role: Communication & Collaboration for Improving Pt. Outcome
This course will assist nurses to develop, analyze and apply skills in collaboration and communication, including the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's core competencies, effective communication strategies based on complexity and transformational leadership theory, skills of presentation and publication to improve patient care and advance nursing practice.
3 NUR507 Health Policy & Advocacy
In this course students analyze and synthesize innovative approaches to complex issues in health care delivery at the local, state, and federal levels. Concepts such as politics, policy, market forces, and advocacy are used to assess how system approaches can affect health care delivery.
NUR630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management
The Health Care Economics and Financial Management course focuses on examination and understanding of health care financing and reimbursement concepts preparing a world ready nurse leader to function in a variety of health care delivery settings. Content focuses on concepts of budget and leadership management, infuencing policy makers, and linking patient care outcomes to resource management.
3 NUR650 Leadership and Health Care Operations
This course provides an overview of three distinct and necessary areas of leadership knowledge with an emphasis on managerial decision-making including legal aspects of health care, human resource management, and health policy. Students will work through specific scenarios in each of these areas to identify legal, ethical, and political issues.
3 NUR640 Leadership for Change
This course focuses on the needs of health care leaders to take health care delivery into the future through creative, innovative design initiatives focusing on a consumer driven health care delivery system. Content includes: variables impacting health care delivery systems, reimbursement and funding for design change, managing competition, and managing human and financial resources.
+Nursing Informatics Track
NUR631 Integrating Technology into a Health Care Environment
This course will assist healthcare professionals within a graduate program to develop a strong foundation of knowledge in understanding the impact technology and informatics has in the delivery of care across various health settings. Students will be introduced to current and emerging technologies while exploring the impact on patient outcomes and staff satisfaction.
3 NUR651 Database Management for Evidence-based Decision making
This course is designed to assist the student in understanding the various database systems used within a healthcare setting. Key to this course is understanding how healthcare professionals can collect and extract data from database systems to assess the organizations performance and impact on patient outcomes.
3 NUR661 Health Care Informatics Practicum
The practicum focuses on the role of the healthcare informatics professional within a healthcare environment. Students will work closely with healthcare professionals who are directly involved in improving quality of care, organizational processes, or safety, engaging in a learning experience that further integrates program content. Practicum includes a formal preceptorship.
3 NUR671 Healthcare Informatics Capstone
This capstone course focuses on the expanded role of the healthcare informatics professional in the healthcare environment. The student will facilitate the implementation of their capstone project developed in the practicum course. The student will work in a collaborative relationship with a preceptor and other identified healthcare professionals who are involved in their project.
3 HCI583 Virtual Engagement to Improve Health
This course introduces students to a virtual world where technology is driving change, impacting the way healthcare is delivered and managed through the use of the Internet, social media and mobile technologies. Students will engage in virtual activities that transform the traditional roles of interprofessional healthcare providers.
+Nursing Education Track
NUR632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education
This course focuses on the processes of curriculum development and evaluation that are critical responsibilities of nurse educators in schools of nursing, patient education programs, or staff development. Course goals include how the curriculum provides guidelines for program delivery and methods for evaluating program effectiveness.
3 NUR642 Professional Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator
The professional role and responsibility of the nurse educator course focuses on diverse roles and practice environments experienced by nurse educators. The course will provide novice and experienced nurse educators with guidelines for practice in classroom, clinical, staff development, and various educational settings. Academic and institutional policies, protocols and legal aspects will be explored.
3 NUR652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educator
This course will focus on strategies to develop knowledge and skill sets in pedagogy, teaching-learning theories, testing and measurement, and various educational technologies. An in-depth introduction to information technology that supports practice and improves patient care and outcomes will be explored.
3 NUR662 Healthcare Education Practicum
The practicum focuses on the role of the professional nurse in the healthcare environment. Students will work closely with healthcare professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in improving care quality, organizational processes, or safety engaging in a learning experience that further integrates program content. Practicum experience includes a formal preceptorship.
3 NUR672 Healthcare Education Capstone
This capstone focuses on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the healthcare environment. The student will facilitate the implementation of their capstone project developed in the practicum course. The student will work in a collaborative relationship with their preceptor and other identified healthcare professionals who are involved in their project.
+Practice Experience Requirements
The culminating learning experience of the MSN program includes a practicum course (3 credits, including a minimum of 60 required practice experience hours) and capstone course (3 credits, including a minimum of 60 required practice experience hours) in which students complete a project specific to the specialty track. A signed affiliation agreement and an approved preceptor must be in place prior to engaging in any practice experiences. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with agency requirements specific to physical examinations, immunizations, CRP certification, drug screening, criminal record background checks, and submit all associated documentation directly to the agency. For those MSN students wanting to pursue a DNP degree from Chatham University, they may choose to take NUR 697. This course is designed for those planning admission to Chatham University’s DNP program and lack the total required practice experience hours. A 1, 2, and 3 credit version of this course is available.
Transfer Credits: Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours of graduate level nursing courses into the program. All requests for transfer credits must be made in writing prior to enrollment. The nursing program’s Admissions and Progression Committee will review and determine if courses taken through another higher education institution can fulfill the requirements of any courses required for the MSN program. If transfer courses are accepted, a revised schedule planner will be developed and sent to the student outlining the courses still necessary to complete at Chatham University for degree completion.
+Deferral of Admission and Leave of Absence
Occasionally, a student wishes to defer their entrance into the MSN or DNP nursing program following their initial admission. Deferrals for enrollment from term to term will be largely discouraged unless they are requested due to a University decision/errors, or hardship such as military sickness, sickness or death in the family. Deferrals can only be applied to the next term of admission for the program. Students are always encouraged to submit a new application for each term for which they wish to enroll. Applications are at no cost to the student, so there is not a financial burden for application fees. The structure of the MSN program does not facilitate a leave of absence. This is due to the curriculum structure and course schedule. MSN courses are offered once per year. This means a student who takes a leave of absence may need to wait one full year in order to enroll in a required course. In the event that a medical leave of absence from the program is absolutely necessary, the student is required to speak with a representative of the Nursing Program regarding withdrawal from the program so they are made aware of the process for reapplying to the program.
+Professional Nurse Educator Certificate
+RN-to-MSN Educator Track
MSN Program Planner
Full Time MSN - Fall Admit (3 courses per semester over 16 months)Required core courses plus the selected specialty track courses indicated.
|First Semester – Fall|
|NUR 501||Scientific Underpinnings for Practice||(core)|
|NUR/HCI 503||Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology||(core)|
|NUR 505||Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan||(core)||Second Semester – Spring|
|NUR 504||Organizational Quality and Systems Leadership||(core)|
|NUR 630||Health Care Economics and Financial Management||(leadership)|
|HCI/NUR 631||Integrating Technology into a Health Care Environment||(informatics)|
|NUR 632||Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education||(education)|
|HCI/NUR 651||Database Management for Evidence-Based Decision Making||(informatics)|
|Third Semester – Summer|
|NUR 506||Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes||(core)|
|NUR 640||Leadership for Change||(leadership)|
|NUR 660||Health Care Leadership Practicum||(leadership)|
|NUR 661||Health Care Informatics Practicum||(informatics)|
|NUR 652||Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educators||(education)|
|NUR 662||Health Care Education Practicum||(education)|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|NUR 507||Health Policy and Advocacy||(core)|
|NUR 650||Leadership and Health Care Operations||(leadership)|
|NUR 670||Health Care Leadership Capstone||(leadership)|
|NUR 671||Health Care Informatics Capstone||(informatics)|
|NUR 642||Professional Role Responsibility of the Nurse Educator||(education)|
|NUR 672||Health Care Education Capstone||(education)|
|Fifth Semester - Spring (INFORMATICS TRACK ONLY)|
|HCI/NUR 583||Virtual Engagement to Improve Health|
Part Time MSN – Schedule Planner by Specialty Track
Fall Admit (2 courses per semester over 2 years)
Required core courses plus the selected specialty track courses indicated.
+ Leadership Track
First Semester– Fall NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core) NUR 505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan (core) Second Semester– Spring NUR 504 Introduction to Organizational Leadership in Nursing (core) NUR 630 Health Care Economics and Financial Management (leadership) Third Semester– Summer NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core) NUR 640 Leadership for Change (leadership) Fourth Semester– Fall NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core) NUR 650 Leadership and Health Care Operations (leadership) Fifth Semester– Spring NUR 660 Health Care Leadership Practicum (leadership) Sixth Semester– Summer NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core) NUR 670 Health Care Leadership Capstone (leadership)
+ Informatics Track
First Semester– Fall NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core) NUR/HCI 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core) Second Semester– Spring NUR 504 Introduction to Organizational Leadership in Nursing (core) HCI/NUR 631 Integrating Technology into a Health Care Environment (informatics) Third Semester– Summer NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core) Fourth Semester– Fall NUR 505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan (core) Fifth Semester– Spring NUR 583 Virtual Engagement to Improve Health (informatics) HCI/NUR 651 Database management for Evidence-Based Decision Making (informatics) NUR 661 Health Care Informatics Practicum (informatics) Sixth Semester– Summer NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core) NUR 671 Health Care Informatics Capstone (informatics)
+ Education Track
First Semester– Fall NUR 501 Scientific Underpinnings for Practice (core) NUR 505 Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan (core) Second Semester– Spring NUR 504 Introduction to Organizational Leadership in Nursing (core) NUR 632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education (education) Third Semester– Summer NUR 507 Health Policy and Advocacy (core) NUR 652 Teaching Strategies and Information Technology for the Nurse Educators (education) Fourth Semester– Fall NUR 503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology (core) NUR 642 Professional Role Responsibility of the Nurse Educator (education) Fifth Semester– Spring NUR 662 Health Care Education Practicum (education) Sixth Semester– Summer NUR 506 Professional Role: Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Outcomes (core) NUR 672 Health Care Education Capstone (education)