Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate research knowledge and skills essential for evidence-based practice.

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  • Evaluate research studies, applying selected findings to nursing practice or education.
  • Examine and analyze current health care issues and communicate with health professionals to effect health care changes at institutional, local, regional, and/or national levels.
  • Identify, analyze, and assume accountability for ethical dilemmas in practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced competence in a specialized area of functional and/or clinical nursing practice in each of the advanced practice roles.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, accountability, and commitment to lifelong learning that characterizes a professional person.
  • Implement leadership roles and participate in expanded professional nursing roles that are responsive to health needs of society.
  • Utilize theoretical and empirical knowledge as foundational to advanced nursing practice roles.
  • Demonstrate competency in serving a culturally and ethnically diverse society.
  • Serve as an advocate for clients and families including the enhancement of access to and coordination of health care services.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills foundational to doctoral studies.

* Based on the MSN Essentials (2011) and NONPF criteria (2012)

 MSN-FNP Program Outcomes

These guiding concepts/strands are foundational to all courses. The MSN FNP program outcomes are based on integration of the concepts derived from the:

  • University and College of Nursing and Health Sciences Mission and Vision (2012)
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Core Competency (2012)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Masters in Nursing Education (2011)
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nursing Graduate Competency (2012)

All course outcomes are linked directly to these program outcomes. Some courses may not include all elements.

The MSN-FNP graduate will:

  1. Advanced Clinical Practice
    • demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment to independently provide direct patient care that incorporates assessment, diagnosis and treatment across the life span (geriatrics, adult, women's and pediatrics) within a variety of settings.
  2. Evidence-Based Practice
    • synthesize the evidence based practice guidelines, critical thinking, and reflection to provide appropriate care as the foundation to practice.
  3. Transformational Leadership
    • demonstrate transformational leadership in the nursing profession.
  4. Professionalism/Ethics
    • practice as an independent provider ethically bound to operate within the guidelines, standards and scope of practice.
  5. Quality Improvement and Safety
    • integrate current evidence to improve the quality of clinical practice and promote safe care.
  6. Health Care Informatics
    • incorporate knowledge of clinical decision support tools to assist in charting, decision making, research and scholarship.
  7. Health Policy and Advocacy
    • appraise the interdependence of health policy to act as an advocate of policy that promotes access to care, equity, quality and cost efficancy.
  8. Interprofessional Collaboration
    • collaboratively practice with other professionals in the health care system.
  9. Transcultural Care
    • maximize the client's health and wellbeing within the parameters of the client's own cultural traditions and beliefs.