Online MSN Nursing Curriculum
The Queens University of Charlotte online Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to prepare you as an interprofessional, collaborative nursing leader, offering three specializations to best prepare you for your next role.
If you follow a course plan, combining 8-week and occasional 16-week courses, you can earn your MSN in two years. View the CNL course plan, the nurse educator course plan, or the nurse administrator course plan.
NUR 612 Theoretical Foundations – 3 hrs.
This course examines the development and analysis of knowledge within nursing theory as a foundation for nursing practice and the examination of research.
NUR 624 Health Policy – 3 hrs.
Students develop a comprehensive knowledge of how health policy is formulated, and how it impacts clinical practice and healthcare delivery.
NUR 628 Informatics in Health Care – 3 hrs.
This course focuses on developing an understanding of the concepts relevant to healthcare informatics and the use of information technology in healthcare organizations. Students study the use of computer applications to support clinical and administrative decision making.
NUR 630 Data Interpretations – 3 hrs.
This course focuses on selecting statistical procedures for analyzing data and interpreting the statistics most commonly reported in health care literature. Data analysis techniques for qualitative data often seen in health care and educational settings are also included.
NUR 632 Research Methods – 3 hrs.
This course focuses on critical analyses of research reports, research methods and the relationship between theory, research, and evidence-based practice. Students will also focus on development of a quantitative research project.
NUR 657 Integrative Clinical Concepts & Practicum – 4 hrs.
Integrates advanced concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment within the contexts of individual, family, and populations through the use of clinical exemplars and precepted clinical experiences. (75 hours of clinical).
Clinical Nurse Leader
The online Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) MSN at Queens provides students with advanced knowledge in nursing theory, research, informatics, and health policy. Through the CNL nursing curriculum, students learn to care for patients with complex conditions, and work with interdisciplinary teams to improve quality outcomes and efficiency of care for patients. The Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program is 38 credits total; the program will total 37 credits beginning fall 2018 enrollment.
CNL Nursing Courses
NUR 661 Leadership Principles and Practices – 3 hrs.
This course examines advanced concepts of administrative roles and functions in organizations.
NUR 652 Management of Clinical Outcomes – 4 hrs.
Students study the theory and application of advanced nursing therapeutics and evaluation of their effectiveness in improving patient health outcomes. Coursework covers pharmacotherapeutics, teaching and learning theory, risk anticipation analysis and evidence supporting both traditional and complementary therapies. (3 credits online, 1 credit clinical; 75 clock hours of clinical*). Prerequisites: NUR 612, NUR 624, NUR 628, NUR 630, NUR 632, NUR 651, NUR 653, NUR 657
* For students admitted in fall 2018 and afterward, NUR 652 will require 25 clinical practice hours
NUR 653 Management of the Care Environment – 4 hrs. **
This course focuses on the management of processes and resources within the clinical care environment with the goal of achieving optimal clinical and business outcomes. The clinical component provides students with an opportunity to participate in clinical microsystems management as part of a management team. (3 hours online, 1 hour clinical; 75 clock hours of clinical practice). Prerequisites: NUR 612, NUR 624, NUR 628, NUR 630, NUR 632, NUR 657
** For students admitted in fall 2018 and afterward, NUR 653 will be 3 credit hours and will not require clinical practice hours
NUR 654 Clinical Nurse Leader Residency – 6 hrs.
This course is an immersion experience during which students practice the Clinical Nurse Leader role. Working with preceptors, students will demonstrate leadership in managing the clinical outcomes of patients, and in managing the quality outcomes of the care environment. Students will be responsible for finding a qualified preceptor in their local area to complete this component (300 clock hours of clinical practice). Prerequisites: NUR 612, NUR 624, NUR 628, NUR 630, NUR 632, NUR 657
NUR 670 Nursing Capstone Project – 2 hrs.
In this individualized learning experience, students conduct a scholarly evidence-based nursing project. Must be within 6 or fewer credit hours of graduation to enroll. Students must complete a total of 2 credits to meet degree requirements. Capstone Projects must be completed in 4 semesters. This course is pass/fail. Prerequisites: NUR 612, NUR 624, NUR 628, NUR 630, NUR 632, NUR 657
Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator Integrated Coursework
MSN integrated coursework in the Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator specializations expands your career opportunities. You may complete the second degree specialization residency for a post-master’s certificate, qualifying you to work towards either career at a point in time you choose. These nursing courses total 37 credits.
NUR 661 Leadership Principles and Practices – 3 hrs.
This course examines advanced concepts of administrative roles and functions in organizations. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses. Offered spring and fall; first offered spring 2018.
NUR 662 Financial Management for Nurse Leaders – 3 hrs.
This course prepares student to apply essentials of financial management to nursing leadership roles in varied systems. Prerequisites: NUR 661. Offered spring and fall; first offered spring 2018.
NUR 663 Principles of Curriculum and Evaluation – 3 hrs.
This course examines the process of curriculum development in academic and practice settings, including methods of program evaluation. Prerequisites: NUR 662. Offered spring and summer; first offered summer 2018.
NUR 664 Educational Principles & Practices – 3 hrs.
This course examines the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of teaching, learning, and assessment in varied learning environments. Prerequisites: NUR 663. Offered spring and summer, first offered summer 2 2018.
NUR 667 Nurse Administrator Residency (150 residency hours) – 4 hrs.
This course is an immersion experience during which students implement the nurse administrator role. Prerequisite NUR 664. 16 week course with 150 hours of clinical. Offered summer and fall; first offered fall 2018.
NUR 668 Nurse Educator Residency (150 residency hours) – 4 hrs.
This course is an immersion experience during which students implement the nurse educator role. Prerequisites: NUR 664. 16 week course with 150 hours of clinical. Offered summer and fall; first offered fall 2018.
NUR 670 Graduate Nursing Capstone– 2 hrs.
The Capstone is an individualized graduate nursing achievement that promotes a spirit of inquiry and provides evidence of knowledge, competencies and skills gained as a result of meeting MSN program outcomes. Co-requisites: NUR 652, NUR 634, NUR 644, NUR 667, or NUR 668 depending on specialty track.
Take charge of the health of your patients and the wellness of your organization with the Queens online Master of Science in Nursing program. Learn more about our MSN specializations. Call us at 866-313-2356 to speak with an admissions representative, or request more information.