Master's in Nursing Online Classes

Three Program Entry Points

Entry Degree Process to Enter Credits Required for MSN
UB RN to BSN (Internal) Direct Entry after BSN conferred 30-39
BSN (External) Admission Requirements 39
AD/Diploma & non-nursing Bachelor’s Degree (Bridge) Admission Requirements (no BSN degree conferred)* 45

*Requires co-requisites

Curriculum Constructs - 39 credits

Direct Care Core Graduate Level Nursing Courses required by AACN (6 credits):

Course Credits
NURS 550
Advanced Pharmacology

This course is designed to advance the student's knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, and pharma-co-therapeutics, in the management of health and disease states across the lifespan (SLO1 & 8).

3 (15-weeks)
NURS 560
Advanced Pathophysiology & Health Assessment

This course provides students with advanced anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of systems in relation to an individual's health across the lifespan. The application of this knowledge is combined with the acquisition of advanced health assessment and clinical reasoning skills.

Students apply the diagnostic (clinical) reasoning process to develop a comprehensive plan of care for patients in a variety of settings throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and risk assessment (SLO 2 & 4)

3 (15-weeks)

Graduate Nursing Core (9 credits):

Course Credits
NURS 540
Theory and Evidenced Based Practice

Scholarly inquiry begins in analyzing the nature and purpose of theoretical thinking and critical evaluation of research. The review of research methodologies, hypothesis, research questions and research design, in the persistent search for truth, is emphasized throughout the course. Exercises in the literature review for evidenced-based practice and decision-making are implemented to investigate clinical and educational best practice (SLO’s 2 & 3).

3 (7-weeks)
NURS 575
Quality, Safety & Policy

This course examines health care policy and politics as it relates to the quality and safety of nursing practice. Historical, ethical, political and economic factors are discussed and the nurse’s responsibility and role in health care policy are explored. A project facilitates application of principles addressed in the course.

3 (7-weeks)
NURS 590
Nursing Informatics

Healthcare policy and ethical issues examined from the perspectives of leaders and educators driven to utilize big data to extract best practice care models. Legal, ethical and pragmatic methods of choosing technologies and information-based software are incorporated in order to provide efficiency, confidentiality, and efficient ethical decision-making (SLO’s 5, 7 & 8).

3 (7-weeks)

Functional Level Core Leadership/Education Courses (18 credits):

Course Credits
NURS 602
Curriculum Development and Design

Graduates integrate learning theory, philosophy of education with an organizations mission and values, including specific learning outcomes. Students design and develop a curriculum focused on social implications and organizational assessments (SLO 6 & 7).

3 (15-weeks)
NURS 604
Teaching Assessment and Evaluation of Outcomes

This course provides a background on effective teaching strategies including activities that promote student learning and student engagement. Students present and map assessment and evaluation of outcomes that foster student learning of the instructor’s and/or of the institution’s educational objectives. Various approaches are offered for evaluating and interpreting teaching effectiveness and achievement of outcomes including student ratings, self-reviews, peer evaluations, and objective criteria such as student performances (SLO 1, 3 & 4).

3 (15-weeks)
NURS 606
Resource Management and Finance

This course presents an introduction to U.S. accounting regulations and practices. Students are expected to interact effectively with the accounting and finance departments and create a business proposal including a budget. Several key concepts of business accounting are the emphasis (SLO 4).

3 (15-weeks)
NURS 608
Organizational Leadership

The student will explore the universal principles of leadership and management that form the basis of change theory in healthcare and academic environments. Building knowledge through the study of theory and change processes for contemporary healthcare and healthcare education. Evolving roles of managers, leaders, and educators are discussed with a focus on leading and managing transitions, encouraging teamwork, fiscal management, planning etc. (SLO 1, 3, 5).

3 (15-weeks)
NURS 610
Education Practicum

The practicum course will integrate all education courses in a practicum that is student-driven, focused on problem-solving in the education domain and produces new knowledge for the profession of nursing. Students may develop a thesis on the basis for a doctoral program. Requires 64 hours of practicum (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8).

3 (15-weeks)
NURS 612
Leadership Practicum

The culmination of learning is demonstrated in the practicum experience through hands-on activities in the organization of choice that permits students to analyze, apply, and integrate learned knowledge and skills through the exercise of problem-solving, resource management, interdisciplinary collaboration, and effective communication. The experiential role is with a leader in nursing for 64 hours (SLO 1, 3 & 4, 8).

3 (15-weeks)

Elective courses - 2 required (6 credits):

Course Credits
ACCT 505
Managerial & Cost Accounting

This course provides an introduction to managerial and cost accounting used by management in conducting daily operations, planning future operations, and developing overall business strategies. The objective is to gain an understanding of the role of accounting in the management process of planning, directing, controlling, and improving the organization's objectives (goals) and to translate those objectives into a course of action. This course includes a comprehensive review of the following topics: basic managerial accounting concepts; job order cost accounting; process cost accounting; break-even point and target profit; budgeting; and standard cost variances.

EDUC 566
Contemporary Problems in Nursing Education

Students research current problems in nursing education and research evidenced based alternatives and solutions under the advisement of the School of Education faculty member. Extensive reading, assessment and evaluation.


Arrangements for RN to BSN Students

Students entering the RN to BSN program may express an interest in and conditionally be accepted into the MSN pending successful completion of RN to BSN coursework and up to 3 MSN bridge courses (NURS 540, NURS 575, NURS 590).

Upon admission of UB RN to BSN students into the Accelerated MSN Program:

  1. MATH203 is a required pre-requisite unless taken as part of the undergraduate nursing program.
  2. Prior to starting these courses, students may request permission to take up to 3 graduate level MSN courses in place of the undergraduate RN to BSN courses:
    • NURS 540 for NURS 301 (3cr) Theory and Evidenced Based Practice
    • NURS 575 for NURS 306 (3cr) Quality, Safety & Policy
    • NURS 590 for NURS 307 (3cr) Nursing Informatics
  3. If students apply to the MSN after completion of the RN to BSN, the 3 graduate level courses must be taken- NURS 540, NURS 575, NURS 590

View all courses offered and read full course descriptions in our online course catalog system.

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