SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

SBU College of Nursing and Health Sciences

MSN Program Requirements

Students are eligible to graduate after fulfilling the requirements described below. Students who enroll in another college or university without prior permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies are considered to have withdrawn from SBU. Students wishing to transfer work from another institution and not withdraw from SBU must obtain prior approval from the Director of Graduate Studies within the College of Business and Computer Science.

Comprehensive Examination

Each student is required to pass a comprehensive examination at the end of the study for the degree and must be completed at the conclusion of the course during the last semester of study.. The examination will test the extent to which the student can analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply that which has been learned from the various graduate study experiences. Responses on the examination will be evaluated by a committee of graduate faculty. The examination will be administered by the College of Nursing faculty.

Program of Study and Academic Regulations

The MSN degree program will consist of 36-39 credit hours. The direct care specialty of nursing education will be 39 hours. The MSN program is based on the belief that graduate education builds on previous knowledge, experience and degrees. The following plan of study provides the MSN student with core knowledge and concepts from which to build a specialty practice in nursing education and administration.

MSN Core Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing Core Classes (15 hours)

Course Hours
NUR 5013 Nursing Science 3
NUR 5033 Concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 5043 Ethics and Policy Issues in Advanced Practice 3
NUR 5083 Nursing Research 3
NUR 5123 Information Systems 3

Master of Science in Nursing Education (24 hours)

Course Hours
NUR 5053 Foundational Perspectives of Education 3
NUR 5213 Teaching and Learning Principles of Nursing Education . 3
NUR 5223 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
NUR 5313 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 5323 Advanced Health Assessment & Promotion 3
NUR 5333 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 5503 Clinical Practicum 3
NUR 5523 Project/Practicum in Nursing Education 3


Nurse Education Specialty Outcomes

  1. Utilize critical thinking skills to integrate education theories, technology, and professional standards into the design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum
  2. Determine interventions to evaluate learning and curricular outcomes in nursing education
  3. Analyze ethical, political, organizational, cultural, technological, and professional influences on nursing
    education
  4. Develop research based educational strategies for multicultural diverse students
  5. Integrate the principles of Christian discipleship and a Christian worldview into the development of
    nursing education systems

Master of Science in Nursing Administration (21 hours)

Course Hours
NUR 5023 Health Care Finance 3
NUR 5073 Human Resource Management in Health Care 3
NUR 5093 Organizational Analysis and Innovation 3
NUR 5103 Health Care Systems 3
NUR 5113 Advanced Health Care Leadership & Administration 3
NUR 5153 Quality and Safety in Health Care 3
NUR 5523 Practicum in Nursing/Administration 3


Nursing Administration Specialty Outcomes

  1. Utilize critical thinking skills to determine effective strategies that stimulate change within nursing that
    lead to a more effective management of health care delivery systems
  2. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams using advance communication to promote health care systems
    growth and effectiveness for diverse populations
  3. Apply the principles of nursing and leadership theories, economic and finance principles, business
    management practices, and cultural competency to the delivery of health care
  4. Demonstrate leadership qualities and administrative expertise in making value based accountable decisions in the management, coordination, and delivery of nursing care
  5. Integrate the principles of Christian discipleship and a Christian worldview into the management of
    personnel, health care resources, and access to care and attention to vulnerable populations