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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum

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Curriculum for Nursing Graduate Programs

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Capstone Experience

MS: Nursing Program Capstone

All students who elect to be awarded a master’s degree after the third year of the FNP curriculum are required to complete an Alternate Plan Paper (NURS 695). Students who elect to continue on for their DNP will instead complete a Clinical Inquiry / Capstone Project (NURS 741, 742, and 743) and a final clinical practicum (NURS 712) as measures of Curriculum Outcome achievement.

MS: Nurse Educator Capstone

Thesis credits are an optional addition if the student desires this experience or requires it in preparation for a doctoral degree.

Please refer to the University's Graduate Bulletin for the most current information each academic year.

Progression

All students must complete the program within six years of taking the first course that applies to the nursing science major. Students are admitted in a cohort with classes starting in fall semester and take two to three courses (5-8 credits) each semester in a prescribed curricular plan. The NE track at 37 credits is completed in seven semesters (includes two summers); the FNP master's step out at 53 credits is completed in nine semesters (includes three summers); the FNP DNP at 81 credits can be completed in 14 semesters (includes four summers); and the post-masters DNP at 30 credits can be completed in five to ten semesters (includes one to three summers).

 


Courses

MS: Nursing Program

Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the Graduate Bulletin page.

The BSN to DNP curricular model is comprised of three components: 1) Family Nursing Science; 2) Evidence-Based Nursing Practice; and 3) Advanced Nursing Practice.

I. Family Nursing Science Courses

  • NURS 640 – Family Nursing Science (3)
  • NURS 705 –  Family Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 707 –  Family Mental Health Nursing (3)
  • NURS 710 --  Genetics and Genomics for Family Nursing (3)

II. Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Courses

  • NURS 601 – Nursing Science Theory (3) ^
  • NURS 602 – Ethical, Legal, and Professional Dimensions of Nursing (3) ^
  • NURS 604 – Evidence-Based Practice for APNs (3) ^, ^^
  • NURS 622 -- Advanced Nursing Actions (3)
  • NURS 663 – Health Promotion for Individuals, Families, and Communities (2) ^
  • NURS 695 -- Alternate Plan Paper (2) ^^^
  • NURS 708 -- Quality Improvement, Safety, and Risk Management for APNs (3)
  • NURS 709 -- Health Care Informatics and Data Management (3)
  • NURS 711 -- Health Care Policy and Organizational/Systems Leadership (3)
  • NURS 741 -- Clinical Inquiry/Capstone Project I (3)
  • NURS 742 -- Clinical Inquiry/Capstone Project II (3)
  • NURS 743 -- Clinical Inquiry/Capstone Project III (3)

III. Advanced Nursing Practice Courses

  • NURS 552 – Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NURS 553 – Advanced Pharmacology (3) ^
  • NURS 554 – Advanced Pathophysiology (3) ^
  • NURS 556 -- Diagnostics and Procedures for APNs (1)
  • NURS 641 – Adult and Older Adult Health I (3)
  • NURS 642 – Child and Adolescent Health (3)
  • NURS 643 – Reproductive Health (2)
  • NURS 644 – Adult and Older Adult Health II (3)
  • NURS 646 – Pediatric Health Clinical (3)
  • NURS 652 – Adult Health Clinical (4)
  • NURS 653 -- Family Health Clinical (4)
  • NURS 662 -- Women's Health Clinical (2)
  • NURS 712 -- DNP Clinical Internship (3)

^ Courses which are available to non–degree seeking students.

^^Prerequisite: Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B (HLTH 575 or equivalent) and an undergraduate research course.

^^^Only for students who stop out with the MSN/FNP.


MS: Nurse Educator Program

Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the Graduate Bulletin page.

The nurse educator program and post–master's certificate program are dedicated to developing nurse educators who advance nursing clinical practice, education and research in academic and practice settings. Graduates are eligible for national certification as academic nurse educators (CNE) through the National League for Nursing. The MS is the minimum degree of preparation appropriate for the clinical nursing faculty member in academic and practice settings.

The new Nurse Educator Curriculum is composed of four components: 1) Family Nursing Science, 2) Evidence-based Nursing Practice, 3) Advanced Nursing Practice and Education, and 4) Supportive Field courses. 

I. Family Nursing Science Courses

  • NURS 640 – Family Nursing Science (3) 

II. Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Courses

  • NURS 601 – Nursing Science Theory (3) ^
  • NURS 602 – Ethical, Legal, and Professional Dimensions of Nursing (3) ^
  • NURS 604 – Evidence-Based Practice for APNs (3) ^, ^^
  • NURS 620 -- Processes Influencing the Human Health Experience (3)
  • NURS 622 -- Advanced Nursing Actions (3)

III. Advanced Nursing Practice and Education Courses

  • NURS 656 – Pedagogies for Teaching Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment (3) 
  • NURS 657 – Pedagogies for Teaching Family and Societal Nursing (4) 
  • NURS 658 -- Direct Care Practice Teaching Practicum (4)
  • NURS 659 -- Joining the Academic Community Capstone (2)

IV. Supportive Field Courses

  • KSP 676 – Adult Development and Learning (3)
  • KSP 678 – Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Evaluation (3)
Thesis credits are an optional addition if the student desires this experience or requires it in preparation for a doctoral degree.

^ Courses which are available to non–degree seeking students.

^^Prerequisite: Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B (HLTH 575 or equivalent) and an undergraduate research course.

^^^Only for students who stop out with the MSN/FNP.