The Master's Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) track is designed for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree and are interested in entering the nursing field. The track consists of an intensive, fast-paced curriculum delivered in the classroom and clinical and practical settings five days a week for 30 continuous months, providing the opportunity for entry-level nursing practice into the graduate level. Successful students are conferred an MSN degree upon graduation and are prepared to take the professional registered nurse licensure exam (NCLEX_RN) as well as the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam.
MSN - Master's Entry to Nursing Program
Pre-requisite: College Graduate from 4-year institute
Organic Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology 1, Anatomy & Physiology 2
Microbiology, Principles of Psychopathology (Abnormal Psychology), Graduate Level Statistical Methods, Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development (Human Development)
Curriculum: Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice: Pre-Licensure Curriculum
MSN Master's Entry to Nursing Practice Core Class Descriptions:
NU 501: Nursing Foundations (3 credits)
This course will provide the student with essential therapeutic nursing knowledge, skills, and values to provide patient-centered care within a systems environment. Students will be introduced to evidence-based practice as a foundation for quality, safe care across the life span. The value of professional standards, life-long learning, accountability, and professional behaviors will be integrated throughout the course. The student will apply nursing concepts including communication, patient safety, and informatics in the delivery of health care.
NU 504: Care of Adults I (4 credits)
This course will provide the student with basic health-assessment techniques and technologies, pharmacology, and the pathophysiogical basis of disease in diverse adult populations. Beginning principles of nursing and intraprofessional communication will be utilized to deliver patient-centered care. Students will develop knowledge and skills for using information technologies to enhance their own knowledge base as well as provide and document patient care. Nursing leadership concepts within the healthcare Microsystems will be introduced.
NU 514: Care of Adults II (4 credits)
This course builds on NU 504: Care of Adults I and continues to develop student knowledge and skills in health-assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and nursing informatics. Students will monitor safety and quality indicators and design and provide evidence-based care for diverse populations. Students will explore opportunities for nursing leadership in delivering patient-centered care.
NU 524: Mental Health Nursing I (4 credits)
This course will focus on development of theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care to individuals and groups with mental health problems across the lifespan. Students will apply intra- and inter-professional communication skills to develop leadership abilities. Students will participate as a member of the multi-disciplinary team to manage the care environment within the microsystem. Development of the professional nursing role will be based on principles of communication, cultural and human diversity, critical thinking, and professional accountability, and will be demonstrated in application of the nursing process.
NU 534: Mental Health Nursing II (4 credits)
This course builds on NU 524: Mental Health Nursing I. The student will integrate theoretical and clinical knowledge to design and provide care for clients with mental health problems. Ethical and legal issues related to care of those with mental impairment will be analyzed as students serve as patient advocates. Students will enhance leadership skills for patient care and resource management in the context of quality improvement within the health care system.
NU 543: Advanced Care of Adults I (4 credits)
This clinical course focuses on progressively complex medical-surgical problems of diverse adult patients within the healthcare system. Students provide care through interdisciplinary collaboration using effective communication. Emphasis is placed on integration of evidence-based practice, quality and safety improvement, and informatics to provide the foundation for best practices in patient-centered care. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, students will demonstrate leadership to analyze, design, implement, and evaluate ethical care.
NU 546: Advanced Care of Adults II (4 credits)
This clinical course continues to develop nursing skills from NU 543: Advanced Care of Adults I to care for progressively complex problems of diverse adult patients within the healthcare system. Students will demonstrate leadership skills in providing care through interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination. Synthesis of evidence-based practice, quality and safety improvement initiatives, and informatics form the foundation for implementing best practices in patient-centered care. Students will demonstrate leadership to analyze, design, implement, and evaluate ethical care.
NU 531: Care of Women and Newborns (4 credits)
This clinical nursing course prepares students to plan and provide evidence-based nursing care to women and newborns within a variety of healthcare micro-systems. Principles of human genetics, ethical decision-making, and social justice will be explored as they relate to care of women and newborns. Emphasis is placed on high quality family-centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership, quality improvement, and outcomes management.
NU 541: Care of Infants, Children, & Adolescents (4 credits)
This clinical course prepares students to plan and provide high quality evidence-based nursing care to infants, children, adolescents, and their families across the continuum from wellness to acute and chronic illness. Emphasis is placed on family-centered care, leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and outcomes management. Students will demonstrate advocacy for the developmental and psychosocial needs of pediatric patients and their families.
NU 549: Public Health Nursing I (4 credits)
This course is designed to assist the student to develop the role professional nurse within the public health system. The foci are on professional ethics, health education, anticipatory guidance, coordination of present and emerging systems of care, and the efficient use of resources using primary, secondary and tertiary strategies. The student incorporates theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities, natural (including ecology and epidemiology), social, and nursing sciences in the context of the community as client. The student will develop an awareness of community assets and opportunities and analyze state and national public health concerns. Practice includes investigation and application of theoretical concepts while the student is engaged in a variety of partnerships with individuals, families, and aggregates as subsystems of the community. Diversity and social justice are valued within the broad context of community needs to promote health.
NU 551: Public Health Nursing II (4 credits)
Building on knowledge and skills gained in NU 549: Public Health Nursing I, this course encourages the student to further develop as a professional nurse advocate and provider within the public health system. In collaboration with diverse clients, aggregates and populations, the student will continue to design, manage, coordinate and provide evidence-based care to promote positive health outcomes. Students will analyze the social, legislative, and political activities that influence public health. Leadership strategies and social justice advocacy will be implemented to improve health outcomes.
NU 569: Nursing Leadership (4 credits)
This course focuses on advancing the nurse's leadership role in a variety of environments. Students will synthesize key concepts and principles of effective, ethical leadership in complex, evolving health care systems. Business and management principles will be applied in developing leadership skills. Students will demonstrate intraprofessional and interprofessional communication skills to manage resources and facilitate safe, quality care and improve patient outcomes.