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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Curry College’s Master of Science in Nursing is designed for nurses who want to enhance their practice with cutting-edge knowledge and skills. Among the program features are:

  • Convenient campus locations

  • A superb nursing faculty committed to excellence in nursing education

  • A cohort based model where students will stay together as a group throughout the program

  • A 2- or 3-year commitment

  • Extensive clinical immersion at a range of clinical sites

Application for Admission

Curry accepts applications on a rolling basis and space in the cohort is limited. Admissions decisions are normally made within two weeks of the receipt of all application materials. We encourage applicants to complete their applications two months before the upcoming cohort. After that time, applications will be considered on a space available basis.

Cohort Enrollment Policy

Curry College’s MSN is a cohort program completed over 6 semester options. Students entering Curry’s MSN degree program commit to continuous enrollment with the same group of students. Therefore, once enrolled, changing cohorts is not an option, except for extraordinary reasons. Extraordinary reasons, for example, are documented health or family emergencies.

Any student who requests to delay continuous enrollment in their cohort must make a formal request in writing to the Graduate Director of the MSN Program. The request must include documentation of the ‘extraordinary’ reason for changing the cohort sequence. The Director may request further information. Decisions are made by the Director of the MSN Program.

All decisions are final.

Length of Time to Complete Program

All course work and program requirements must be completed within six years.

Grades and Academic Standing

The minimum passing grade in each course is a B- (80) and is necessary for progression in the program. A grade of C+ or lower in any course is cause for academic review. A course can only be repeated once. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing. Academic review will take place if the GPA falls below a 3.0. Students must also maintain a satisfactory rate of progress measured by cumulative attempted credits.

A student is making satisfactory progress when at least 67% of attempted credits have been completed with a passing grade.

The complete Graduate Academic Standing policy can be found in the Graduate Studies Policies section of this Catalog. Additional policies and information for the MSN program are in a nursing policy and information booklet.

6 Semester Curriculum Plan

Full-time students will attend Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters to complete the program in 2 years.

Part-time students will attend Fall and Spring semesters only to complete the program in 3 years.

Semester 1

Term I: MSN 6600 Informatics and Health Information Management (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 6200 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Semester 2

Term I: MSN 6000 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 6500 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

Semester 3

Term I: MSN 6040 Advanced Evidence-based Research and Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 6300 Nursing Theory, Science and Evidence- based Practice (3 credits)

Semester 4

Term I: MSN 6450 Health Policy, Systems and Financing (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 6460 Curriculum Theory, Design, Frameworks Development & Evaluation Methods (Nursing Education)* (3 credits)

or

MSN 6470 Organizational Leadership in Health Care (Nursing Administration)* (3 credits)

Semester 5

Term I: MSN 6760 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation Methods (Nursing Education)* (3 credits)

or

MSN 6770 Quality Improvement Science & Risk Management in Healthcare (Nursing Administration)* (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 6100 Leadership (3 credits)

Semester 6

Full Term: MSN 7982 Capstone Seminar (2 credits)

Full Term: MSN 7863 Practicum in Nursing Education – 130 hours (Nursing Education)* (3 credits)

or

MSN 7873 Practicum in Nursing Administration -130 hours (Nursing Administration)* (3 credits)

Curriculum Requirements

The MSN program is comprised of 35 credits including these core graduate nursing courses.

 

Credits

MSN 6000 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

3

MSN 6040 Advanced Evidence-Based Research and Statistical Analysis

3

MSN 6100 Leadership

3

MSN 6200 Advanced Pathophysiology

3

MSN 6300 Nursing Theory, Science and Evidence-Based Practice

3

MSN 6450 Health Policy, Systems and Financing

3

MSN 6500 Advanced Pharmacology

3

MSN 6600 Informatics and Health Information Management

3

MSN 7982 Capstone Seminar

2

Four courses in the Nursing Education concentration may be taken separately, if students want to earn a Nursing Education Certificate. The Nursing Education Certificate can be earned post-master’s for professional development. With the agreement of the MSN Program Director and acceptable preparation, the courses could be taken post-baccalaureate and the credits could be transferred to the MSN degree program. The course, MSN 6100 Leadership, is required as part of the Certificate curriculum.

Accelerated Entry Masters in Nursing (AE-MSN)

Curriculum Plan

Semester 1

Term I: MSN 5000 The Art and Science of Nursing (3 credits)

MSN 5010 Concepts and Competencies Across the Lifespan I (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 5020 Pathophysiology Pharmacology I (3 credits)

MSN 5030 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

Full Term: MSN 5035 Clinical Health Populations (3 credits)

semester 2

Term I: MSN 5040 Evidence-Based Research, Theory and Practice (3 credits)

MSN 5050 Management of Chronic Disease Care: Top 10 Health Problems (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 5060 Quality Improvement and Risk Management for Nursing Practice (3 credits)

MSN 5070 Family Centered Care (3 credits)

Full Term: MSN 5055 Clinical: Developmental Conditions and Chronic Disease Care (3 credits)

semester 3

Term I: MSN 5080 Complex Care (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 5090 Population Health (3 credits)

Full Term: MSN 5085 Clinical: Acute-Chronic Complex Care (3 credits)

semester 4

Term I: MSN 6450 Health Policy, Systems and Finance in Healthcare (3 credits)

MSN 6030 Concepts and Competencies Across the Lifespan II (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 6050 Informatics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics for Nursing Practice (3 credits)

MSN 6020 Pathophysiology Pharmacology II (3 credits)

Full Term: MSN 6035 Clinical: Palliative/Support Care (3 credits)

semester 5

Term I: MSN 6060 Leadership and Management (3 credits)

Term II: MSN 6070 Transitions to the Advanced Generalist Role (3 credits)

Full Term: MSN 6982 Capstone (3 credits)

MSN 6985 Clinical: Capstone Clinical Immersion (3 credits)

Curriculum Requirements

The AE-MSN program is comprised of 66 credits including these core graduate nursing courses.

Credits

MSN 5000

The Art and Science of Nursing

3

MSN 5010

Concepts and Competencies Across the Lifespan I

3

MSN 5020

Pathophysiology Pharmacology I

3

MSN 5030

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan      

3

MSN 5035

Clinical Health Populations

3

MSN 5040

Evidence-Based Research, Theory and Practice

3

MSN 5050

Management of Chronic Disease Care: Top 10 Health Problems

3

MSN5060

Quality Improvement and Risk Management for Nursing Practice

3

MSN 5070

Family Centered Care    

3

MSN 5055

Clinical: Developmental Conditions and Chronic Disease Care

3

MSN 5080

Complex Care

3

MSN 5090

Population Health

3

MSN 5085

Clinical: Acute-Chronic Complex Care

3

MSN 6450

Health Policy, Systems and Finance in Healthcare

3

MSN 6030

Concepts and Competencies Across the Lifespan II

3

MSN 6050

Informatics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics for Nursing Practice

3

MSN 6020

Pathophysiology Pharmacology II

3

MSN 6035

Clinical: Palliative/Support Care

3

MSN 6060

Leadership and Management

3

MSN 6070

Transitions to the Advanced Generalist Role

3

MSN 6982

Capstone

3

MSN 6985

Clinical: Capstone Clinical Immersion

3