M.S. in Nursing

 

Master of Science in Nursing


The Bachelor Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Cedar Crest College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000, http://acenursing.org.

This rigorous master program has been designed for professional nurses seeking to earn an advanced degree while maintaining a demanding work schedule. To that end, the program requires only one evening per week of classroom time and can be completed in two, three, or four years.

Program Highlights

  • ACCREDITED. Cedar Crest’s Master of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
  • PART-TIME, ONE-EVENING-PER-WEEK program designed for professional nurses.
  • CREDENTIALED faculty with nursing experience in a variety of settings and established research programs.
  • CLINICAL STUDY at some of the nation’s best teaching facilities.
  • STUDY ABROAD opportunities to spend a week in Central America, Ghana or Sweden.
  • ONSITE IN ALLENTOWN PA Wednesday, evening classes.
  • ONSITE IN READING PA Tuesday, daytime classes. Reading Hospital partners with Cedar Crest to offer MSN.

Program Overview

As a SAGE student in the Master of Science in Nursing program, you will choose to pursue one of the following specialties, depending upon your interests and goals:

Nurse Educator
This track will give you the skills to help prepare the next generation of nursing professionals, and to advance the knowledge of current nurses and health care consumers. You’ll learn to create effective learning environments for clients and students; evaluate how well they’re learning; formulate outcomes and design curricula; engage in scholarship; and function as a change agent and leader.

Nurse Administrator
In this track, you’ll learn to understand and evaluate the impact of nursing decisions; improve the effectiveness of your organization; lead and manage a diverse work force; develop collaborative relationships within your organization and community; and facilitate change.

In both tracks, our curriculum is built on “Evidence Based Practice” – in other words, we prepare you to investigate and integrate the practices in your specialty area that are most effective. In the final semester you’ll develop an Evidence Based Practice project under the guidance of an expert faculty adviser. The master’s program also has a strong clinical focus. You’ll gain real-world experience in a variety of settings including hospital, clinic, school and community.

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Faculty

At Cedar Crest College, all of our nursing courses are taught by highly experienced and credentialed professionals with experience and connections in a variety of settings. Our faculty members have been published and have presented regionally, nationally and internationally. All faculty who teach the master’s level nursing program courses hold doctoral degrees.
Our faculty members also serve as advisers and mentors to our nursing students. As a SAGE student, you will be paired with a faculty adviser who will guide and inform your decisions throughout your studies. You will also have the opportunity to develop professional connections that can assist you in growing your career after graduation.

Read full profiles of faculty members. »

Course Requirements

Students in this program will choose between a focus in Nursing Education and a focus in Nursing Administration. See requirements below.

* Visiting students may take these courses

Requirements:
NUR 510 Conceptual & Theoretical Foundations for Nursing *
NUR 512 Research for Evidence-based Nursing Practice *
NUR 514 Informatics & Technology in Nursing *
NUR 516 Issues & Trends Relevant to Nursing *
NUR 520 Vulnerable Populations: Nursing Perspectives *
NUR 522 Advances in Nursing Practice *
NUR 525 Clinical Nursing Practicum
NUR 558 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Preparation
NUR 559 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Translation

NURSE EDUCATOR TRACK
NUR 531 Curricula in Nursing Education
NUR 533 Teaching Strategies for the Nursing Educator
NUR 535 Nurse Educator Practicum

OR

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR TRACK
NUR 541 Nursing Care Delivery Systems
NUR 543 Resources for the Delivery of Nursing Care
NUR 545 Nurse Administrator Practicum

Elective Graduate Course (not required)
NUR 528 Nursing for a Global Community: A Study Abroad

Course Descriptions

NUR 510 Conceptual & Theoretical Foundations for Nursing
(Core/3 credits)
This course explores the epistemology of nursing science, including historical perspectives, current concepts pertinent to nursing, and impact of grand and midrange nursing theories on the future of nursing practice.

NUR 512 Research for Evidence-based Nursing Practice
(Core/3 credits)
This course is designed to develop the role of the professional graduate student as a competent research consumer. Students develop the skills needed to identify and critically appraise scientific evidence to evaluate the quality and applicability to clinical practice. The course content includes an overview of research concepts, ethical issues, literature searches and reviews, quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs, data collection, analysis and interpretation techniques. Students gain an understanding of the research process and the role of research in Evidence-based practice. Students develop a knowledge base needed to identify and format a researchable question or problem for further development in Nursing 558 and 559.

NUR 514 Informatics and Technology in Nursing
(Core/3 credits)
This course explores the impact of informatics upon Evidence-based practice, leadership, management, and education. Emphasis is placed on how informatics supports Evidence-based decision-making, and on how informatics and technology impact the delivery of nursing and health care.

NUR 516 Issues and Trends Relevant to Nursing
(Core/3 credits)
This course focuses on the nonclinical yet critical content necessary to practice safely in a competent professional nursing role. Topics explored include current international, national, state, and local trends affecting nursing such as health care/ illness care financing, bioterrorism, professional credentialing, ethical decision-making, bioethical dilemmas, federal and state laws, nursing’s professional organizations, and issues of interest based on nursing specialties.

NUR 520 Vulnerable Populations: Nursing Perspectives
(Practice/3 credits)
The elimination of health disparities has been identified as an area of research emphasis by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This course examines health determinates and health disparities within the United States as well as in the global community. The student will examine health disparities and the burden of disease within social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts using a systemic, multidisciplinary approach.

NUR 522 Advances in Nursing Practice
(Practice/3 credits)
Overarching strategic issues of significant importance to the nursing profession, as identified by the National Institute of Nursing Research, will be investigated and explored in this seminar style offering. This course provides a platform for student s of diverse clinical specialties and backgrounds to share personal exemplars with an audience of peer scholars. Integral topics such as , a holistic nursing paradigm, health promotion and disease management, caregiving, quality of life an end-of-life care are relevant to all nursing specialty areas and are keystone elements that make up the unique knowledge of the nursing discipline. These seminal concerns will be proved and elucidated within the context of universal nursing care

NUR 525 Clinical Nursing Practicum
(Practice/4 credits; 84 clinical hours)
This course explores the variety of decision-making approaches that are frequently used by nurses. Multiple decision-making methods are explored including the effects of current evidence, history, tradition, and other ways of knowing on nurses and their ability to make decisions within the complex healthcare milieu. Legal, spiritual, cultural, and political factors that influence nurse’s consideration of the patient, family and community needs will be discussed as well as emotional intelligence and its impact on clinical decision-making. The student will complete 84 hours (2 credits) in a clinically based nursing setting and 28 hours (2 credits) in classroom seminars.

NUR 528 Nursing in a Global Community: A Study Abroad
(Elective/2 credits)
Course description: This course will provide a unique opportunity for students to be part of an international general medical and public health multidisciplinary team. While experiencing clinical work first hand, students will examine the socio-cultural and economic dimensions of health and illness and systems for delivering health care in a selected country. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing cultural awareness and sensitivity as well as developing cultural competence in nursing. Students will examine cultural differences and similarities through observation and interaction with patients, community members, and health care professionals. The class will begin on campus for discussion of reading material and preparation for travel. The course will end with an on-campus class to reflect on lessons learned.

NUR 531 Curricula in Nursing Education
(Role/3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce the student to traditional and contemporary considerations for curriculum planning and design as applied to nursing education. The primary focus is the process of curriculum development and program evaluation. Historical, social, and theoretical issues related to curricula planning will be examined.

NUR 533 Teaching Strategies for the Nurse Educator
(Role/3 credits)
This course presents the facilitation process necessary to motivate change in learners. Effective teaching strategies and materials to maximize learning in academic and clinical settings are emphasized. Measurement and evaluation techniques that are essential to effective teaching in academic and clinical practice settings are explored.

NUR 535 Nurse Educator Practicum
(Role/5 credits; 84 clinical hours)
This course will give students the opportunity to apply concepts and develop skills in curriculum development, classroom and clinical teaching, and evaluation methods in an educator role within the student’s area of specialization. The student can choose from a variety of opportunities in clinical settings with patients or staff nurses or with nurse educators in clinical or academic settings. Students will gain experience interfacing with faculty, administrators, and support service personnel in the institution(s) of their choice. The student will complete 84 hours (2 credits) of clinical experience in an educator role and 42 hours (3 credits) in classroom seminars.

NUR 541 Nursing Care Delivery Systems
(Role/3 credits)
This course will introduce the student to leadership and management theory, the roles of the nurse administrator, the organizational structure of health care delivery systems, care delivery models, the planning process, program evaluation methods, and the effects of national and international health care policy on institutions.

NUR 543 Resources for the Delivery of Nursing Care
(Role/3 credits)
This course will introduce the student to health care economics, budgeting and financial management, health care reimbursement, business plans and grants, and development and management of human resources

NUR 545 Nurse Administrator Practicum
(Role/5 credits; 84 clinical hours)
This course will introduce the student to professional ethics, health care laws and regulations, collective bargaining, institutional and individual credentialing, professional and institutional liability, contract administration, and the role of politics and power in nursing and health care. The student will have the opportunity to apply concepts learned in NUR541 and 543 in a managerial role within the student’s area of clinical specialization. The student will complete 84 hours (2 credits) of clinical experience in an administrator role and 42 hours (3 credits) in classroom seminars.

NUR 558 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Preparation
(EBP/3 credits)
In this course, students will builds on the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the Master of Science in Nursing curriculum to develop an innovative evidenced-based practice project to address and answerable clinical question. The purpose of this culminating project is to prepare nurse leaders for designing and implementing Evidence-based practice initiatives for purposes of healthcare policy and practice in diverse healthcare settings. The student will examine the interaction of theory, research, and clinical expertise in the development of Evidence-based nursing practice. The student will develop the skills necessary to delineate their individual clinical question, integrate critically appraised extant knowledge, and design a document that transforms empirically developed information for use in nursing practice.

NUR 559 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Translation
(EBP/2 credits)
In this course, students will extend their understanding of the process of moving from evidence to action through the translation of evidence synthesis. Under the direction of a nursing faculty mentor, students will focus on the use and dissemination of evidence by proposing a method to implement and evaluate an Evidence-based practice project for use in a selected practice setting that is appropriate to the learner and learning goals. The student will complete the project by submitting an extensive portfolio of the project’s conception, development, and implementation and evaluation plan.

Two-, Three-, or Four-Year Degree Completion
This program offers the convenience of one or two classes per week within two, three or four year options.  See Progression Charts here for each option.

Your SAGE adviser will assist you in developing a schedule of studies that works best for you.

Apply now for this graduate program.


Next Steps

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Call 610-740-3770
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Tuition and Fees
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