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Online M.S. in Nursing Curriculum

Fast-track your future by earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in less than two years. Miami University’s online MSN program features three tracks designed to prepare you for the next step in your career: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Executive Leadership.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Become an advanced practice provider with a primary care, family population focus.

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (Full-Time Program Sequence)
Year Fall Spring Summer

Year 1

NSG 602 (3 credit hours) Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

NSG 606 (3) Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostics

NSG 642 (3) Individual and Organizational Leadership

NSG 604 (3) Advanced Pharmacology 

NSG 612 (3) Primary Care of Children and Adolescents

NSG 648 (3) Research and Evidence-based Practice

NSG 614 (3) Primary Care of Adults I

NSG 618 (1) Primary Care Skills and Diagnostic Procedures I
**On-campus workshop in June

NSG 622 (2) FNP Clinical I (210 hours)

NSG 646 (3) Clinical Prevention and Population Health

Year 2

NSG 616 (3) Primary Care of Adults II

NSG 624 (2) FNP Clinical II (210 hours)

NSG 620 (1) Primary Care Skills and Diagnostic Procedures II 

NSG 644 (3) Informatics, Quality and Safety in Healthcare

NSG 610 (3) Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan

NSG 626 (2) FNP Capstone Clinical III (210 hours)

NSG 674 Healthcare Delivery Systems

NSG 630 (1) FNP Synthesis

 

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (Part-Time Program Sequence)
Year Fall Spring Summer

Year 1

NSG 602 (3 credit hours) Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

NSG 606 (3) Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostics

NSG 604 (3) Advanced Pharmacology

NSG 648 (3) Research and Evidence-based Practice

NSG 646 (3) Clinical Prevention and Population Health

Year 2

NSG 642 (3) Individual and Organizational Leadership

NSG 612 (3) Primary Care of Children and Adolescents 

NSG 610 (3) Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan

NSG 614 (3) Primary Care of Adults I

NSG 618 (1) Primary Care Skills and Diagnostic Procedures I
**On-campus workshop in June

NSG 622 (2) FNP Clinical I (210 hours)

Year 3

NSG 644 (3) Informatics, Quality and Safety in Healthcare

NSG 616 (3) Primary Care of Adults II 

NSG 624 (2) FNP Clinical II (210 hours)

NSG 620 (1) Primary Care Skills and Diagnostic Procedures II 

NSG 626 (2) FNP Capstone Clinical III (210 hours) 

NSG 630 (1) FNP Synthesis

NSG 674 Healthcare Delivery Systems

 

Nurse Educator Track

Share your expertise and give back to the next generation of nurses.

MSN - Nurse Educator (Full-Time Program Sequence)
Year Fall Spring Summer

Year 1

NSG 652 (3 credit hours) Innovations and Foundations in Nursing Education 

NSG 654 (3) Emerging Nursing Education Teaching Methods 

NSG 642 (3) Individual and Organizational Leadership

NSG 650 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Assessment

NSG 648 (3) Research and Evidence-based Practice

NSG 658 (3) Contemporary Curriculum in Nursing Education

NSG 660 (3) Innovations in Clinical Simulation and Teaching
**On-campus workshop in June

Year 2

NSG 646 (3) Clinical Prevention and Population Health 

NSG 644 (3) Informatics, Quality and Safety in Healthcare

NSG 662 (1-3) Exploring the Roles of Nurse Educator (Direct Care Clinical: 105 hours)

NSG 664 (1-3) Nurse Educator Capstone Practicum (Indirect Care Practicum: 105 hours) 

NSG 668 (1) Nurse Educator Synthesis

NSG 656 (3) Evaluation and Assessment Strategies in Nursing Education

 

MSN - Nurse Educator (Part-Time Program Sequence)
Year Fall Spring Summer

Year 1

NSG 642 (3) Individual and Organizational Leadership 

NSG 652 (3) Innovations and Foundations in Nursing Education

NSG 650 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Assessment

NSG 658 (3) Contemporary Curriculum in Nursing Education

 

Year 2

NSG 646 (3) Clinical Prevention and Population Health 

NSG 654 (3) Emerging Nursing Education Teaching Methods

NSG 648 (3) Research and Evidence-based Practice

NSG 656 (3) Evaluation and Assessment Strategies in Nursing Education

NSG 660 (3) Innovations in Clinical Simulation and Teaching
**On-campus workshop in June

Year 3

NSG 662 (1-3) Exploring the Roles of Nurse Educator (Direct Care Clinical: 105 hours)

NSG 644 (3) Informatics, Quality and Safety in Healthcare

NSG 664 (1-3) Nurse Educator Capstone Practicum (Indirect Care Practicum: 105 hours) 

NSG 668 (1) Nurse Educator Synthesis

 

Nurse Executive Leadership Track

Change things for the better as a strong leader in the field.

MSN - Nurse Executive Leadership (Full-Time Program Sequence)
Year Fall Spring Summer

Year 1

NSG 670 (3) Healthcare Budgeting and Economics

NSG 642 (3) Individual and Organizational Leadership in Healthcare

NSG 680 (3) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare

NSG 648 (3) Research and Evidence-based Practice 

NSG 672 (3) Data, Health Analytics and Strategic Planning in Healthcare 

NSG 674 (3) Healthcare Delivery Systems

NSG 678 (3) Human Resource Management in Healthcare
**On-campus workshop in June

Year 2

NSG 644 (3) Informatics, Quality and Safety in Healthcare

NSG 646 (3) Clinical Prevention and Population Health

NSG 684 (1-3) Nurse Executive Leadership Practicum I (105 hours)

NSG 686 (1-3) Nurse Executive Leadership Capstone Practicum II (105 hours)

NSG 688 (1) Nurse Executive Leadership Synthesis

NSG 682 (3) Professional Partnerships and Communication Strategies

 

MSN - Nurse Executive Leadership (Part-Time Program Sequence)
Year Fall Spring Summer

Year 1

NSG 642 (3) Individual and Organizational Leadership in Healthcare 

NSG 680 (3) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare

NSG 648 (3) Research and Evidence-based Practice

NSG 674 (3) Healthcare Delivery Systems

 

Year 2

NSG 670 (3) Healthcare Budgeting and Economics

NSG 646 (3) Clinical Prevention and Population Health

NSG 672 (3) Data, Health Analytics and Strategic Planning in Healthcare  

NSG 682 (3) Professional Partnerships and Communication Strategies

NSG 678 (3) Human Resource Management in Healthcare
**On-campus workshop in June

Year 3

NSG 644 (3) Informatics, Quality and Safety in Healthcare

NSG 684 (1-3) Nurse Executive Leadership Practicum I (105 hours)

NSG 686 (1-3) Nurse Executive Leadership Capstone Practicum II (105 hours)

NSG 688 (1) Nurse Executive Leadership Synthesis

 

Course Descriptions

Total credit hours: 36

Required Core courses for all MSN tracks

Course Number Course Title # of Credits

NSG 648 

Research and Evidence-based Practice. This course provides an in-depth consideration of qualitative and quantitative research designs in nursing and health care, including strategies for ensuring the reliability and validity of results. Students examine the processes of evidence-based practice and quality improvement, including the use of organizational models for EBP. Students initiate work on their own major MSN project through the completion of a significant literature review and analysis.

NSG 642

Individual & Organizational Leadership in Healthcare. Provides an in-depth exploration and application of individual and organizational leadership factors, theories, approaches, and strategies as they occur in a range of healthcare and educational environments and situations. Students prepare to effectively take on leadership roles in organizations through self-examination and critical thinking regarding complex situations.

3

NSG 644

Informatics, Quality, and Safety in Healthcare. This course provides a comprehensive survey of informatics, quality, and safety in healthcare, including quality improvement methodologies focused on optimizing patient safety, eliminating waste, improving health outcomes, and enhancing the care experience. Students examine health care data dashboards using statistical techniques. The important role of informatics in supporting safe, effective, and evidence-based care is considered.

3

NSG 646

Clinical Prevention and Population Health. Clinical prevention and population health will be explored across four domains: foundations of population health, clinical prevention services and health promotion, clinical practices and population health, and health systems and health policy. Emphasis is placed on health disparities of vulnerable populations, ethical implications, and the role of nurses in advanced practice roles in equitable distribution of resources.

3

Total Required Core course credits

12

Required courses for Family Nurse Practitioner track

Course Number Course Title # of Credits

NSG 602

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse. This course focuses on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on safety and the development of clinical reasoning skills as they relate to specific diseases. Attention is given to etiology, pathogenesis, biological and environmental factors in clinical disease manifestation

3

NSG 604

Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse. This course focuses on prescriptive knowledge for primary care practice across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on safety and the development of clinical reasoning skills as they relate to specific diseases and pharmacologic agents. Attention is given to etiology, pathogenesis, biological and environmental factors in clinical disease manifestation as well as correct dosing, toxicity, side effects, drug interactions, contraindications, and client education.

3

NSG 606

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostics. Provides advanced practice nurses with tools to perform advanced comprehensive health assessments on clients across the lifespan. It builds on existing knowledge and skills for advanced health assessment, history taking, physical exam and emphasizes diagnostic reasoning at an advanced practice level.

3

NSG 674

Healthcare Delivery Systems. This course provides an overview of the complex organizational and delivery aspects of many levels of health care, including primary care, mental health, long-term care, and hospital-based care. It explores the unique aspect of different systems and strategic planning within current and potential systems that affect health outcomes.

3

NSG 610

Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan. Examines foundational knowledge of women's health management. Screening, assessment, diagnosis, and standards of care for common gynecologic conditions will be discussed. Essential concepts for basic, well-woman prenatal, pregnancy, and postpartum care will also be examined. Health promotion and education will be explored as a means of managing care throughout the lifespan.

3

NSG 612

Primary Care of Children and Adolescents. Primary prevention, health maintenance, and common health problems in the children and adolescent populations are examined. The course reviews theory and evidence-based practice guidelines for safe and effective management of care. Special attention will be given to developmental needs within this population and to developing partnerships with families for person-centered care.

3

NSG 614

Primary Care of Adults I. Provides a comprehensive overview of primary prevention, common health problems, and health maintenance strategies in the adult and older adult population. The course reviews theory and evidence-based practice guidelines for safe, effective management of care. It also focuses on behavioral health strategies for person-centered primary care management.

3

NSG 616

Primary Care of Adults II. Building on content learned in NSG 614 focusing on primary prevention, common health problems, and health maintenance strategies in the adult and older adult population. The course reviews theory and evidence-based practice guidelines for safe, effective management of care. It also focuses on behavioral health strategies for person-centered primary care management.

3

NSG 618

Primary Care Skills: Diagnostics and Therapeutics I. This course will provide hands-on procedure training and evaluation for FNP students. Diagnostics and skills will focus on skills and procedures relevant to emerging practice, as well as diagnostic and reimbursement coding principles.

1

NSG 620

Primary Care Skills: Diagnostics and Therapeutics II. This course continues work completed in NSG 618. It will provide diagnostic skills in procedure training and evaluation for FNP students. Diagnostics and skills will focus on skills and procedures relevant to emerging practice. In addition, practice management approaches are considered, including emerging models of family practice.

1

NSG 622

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I (210 practicum hours). The first in a series of three, this clinical course allows the student to provide primary health care focused on patients across the lifespan, including pediatrics, adolescents, women, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings. The student is guided and mentored by preceptors and faculty in activities expected of an advanced nurse practitioner.

2

NSG 624

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II (210 practicum hours). The second in a series of two, this clinical course allows the student to provide primary health care focused on patients across the lifespan, including pediatrics, adolescents, women, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings. The student is guided and mentored by preceptors and faculty in activities expected of an advanced nurse practitioner.

2

NSG 626

Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone Clinical III (210 practicum hours). The third in a series of three, this clinical course allows the student to provide primary health care focused on patients across the lifespan, including pediatrics, adolescents, women, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings. The student is guided and mentored by preceptors and faculty in activities expected of an advanced nurse practitioner.

2

NSG 630

Seminar: FNP Synthesis. Students will synthesize knowledge from the MSN with a capstone project. It also in synthesizes program outcomes in preparation for national certification and initiation of practice.

1

Total Required FNP Track course credits

33

Total Core + FNP Track course credits

45

Required courses for Nurse Educator track

Course Number Course Title # of Credits

NSG 650

Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Assessment. Provides an advanced survey of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment that serves as a foundation for the education of nurses. Students apply advanced concepts in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment to the preparation of learning materials for nursing students.

NSG 652

Innovations and Foundations in Nursing Education. Provides students with an understanding of contemporary educational theories underlying the design of curricula and the process of teaching and learning for adults; focusing on cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. Students will explore the process of professional development for self and students. The roles and methods of faculty today (teaching, research/scholarship, and service) are considered.

3

NSG 654

Emerging Nursing Education Teaching Methods. Explores the evolving use of a variety of teaching methodologies to facilitate learning and professional development. Students will explore and practice use of current technologies that support and enhance the teaching-learning environments.

3

NSG 656

Evaluation and Assessment Strategies in Nursing Education. Examination of the wide array of strategies to monitor and evaluate nursing programs, curricula, and student learning outcomes, and use this data in a continuous improvement process. Students will learn to monitor, assess, and evaluate teaching and learning methods in a variety of settings including classroom, clinical practice, laboratory, and simulation.

3

NSG 658

Contemporary Curriculum Design and Accreditation. Prepares nurse educators to design, implement, monitor, and manage curricula grounded in sound, contemporary educational models and evidence-based teaching practices. The course will focus on curricular mechanisms that facilitate achievement of learning outcomes. The role of and standards in state and national accreditation and approval processes in nursing education are considered.

3

NSG 660

Innovations in Clinical Simulation and Teaching. This course prepares nurse educators for teaching in the simulation environment, fully incorporating the INACSL standards for simulation. Evidence-based teaching strategies for simulation in nursing education are examined. The course includes a required, 2-day on-campus workshop.

3

NSG 662

Exploring the Roles of a Nurse Educator: Clinical (105 clinical hours). This direct care clinical course provides students the opportunity to implement the nurse educator role in a clinical setting, under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced nurse educator or advanced practice nurse. Students will plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of teaching/learning in patient education situations. At least one credit is required for all Nurse Educator students. This course may be taken for 1-3 credits (105 hrs, 210 hrs, or 315 hrs) in order to earn hours towards DNP hour requirements.

1-3*

NSG 664

Nurse Educator Capstone Practicum (105 practicum hours). This culminating, experiential clinical course provides students the opportunity to implement the nurse educator role in an academic setting, under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced nurse educator. Students will plan, implement, and evaluate a teaching plan in both the didactic and clinical learning environments. At least one credit is required for all Nurse Educator students. This course may be taken for 1-3 credits (105 hrs, 210 hrs, or 315 hrs) in order to earn hours towards DNP hour requirements.

1-3*

NSG 668

Nurse Educator Synthesis. Students will synthesize knowledge from the MSN with a capstone project. It also synthesizes program outcomes in preparation for national certification and initiation of practice.

1

Total required Nurse Educator track course credits

21

Total required Core + Nurse Educator track course credits 

33

Required courses for Nurse Executive Leadership track

Course Number Course Title # of Credits

NSG 670

Healthcare Budgeting and Economics. Comprehensively examines budgeting, economics, and financial aspects of healthcare delivery such as population health, reimbursement, healthcare finance, market drivers, and the role nurse leaders play in managing the production, consumption, and distribution of services within a variety of settings.

NSG 672

Data, Health Analytics and Strategic Planning in Healthcare. Provides an introduction to analytics and decision support in healthcare management using applied quantitative methods. Financial aspects of multiple areas of healthcare operations management is considered. Financial, budgetary, and strategic planning methods are included. 

3

NSG 674

Healthcare Delivery Systems. This course provides an overview of the complex organizational and delivery aspects of many levels of health care, including primary care, mental health, long-term care, and hospital-based care. It explores the unique aspect of different systems and strategic planning within current and potential systems that affect health outcomes.

3

NSG 678

Human Resource Management in Healthcare. Provides an overview of personnel management in healthcare settings. Laws and practices for effective hiring, recruiting, training, and retaining employees are examined. This course includes a 2-day on-campus workshop.

3

NSG 680

Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare. This course explores strategic leadership for creating an inclusive organizational culture for patients, employees, business partners, and the community. Topics include workforce demographics, education, pipeline development, diversity initiatives, and cultural competence.

3

NSG 682

Professional Partnerships and Communication Strategies. Examines effective strategies for intra- and interprofessional partnerships, including leadership, communication, and collaboration. Professional partnerships for improved healthcare outcomes are explored.

3

NSG 684

Nurse Executive Leadership Practicum I (min. 105 practicum hours). This leadership practicum provides students the opportunity to implement the nurse leader role in an organizational setting under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced nurse leader, conducting one or more projects relevant to the organizational setting.

At least one credit is required for all Nurse Executive Leadership students. This course may be taken for 1-3 credits (105 hrs, 210 hrs, or 315 hrs) in order to earn hours towards DNP hour requirements.

1-3*

NSG 686

Nurse Executive Leadership Capstone Practicum II (min. 105 practicum hours). This culminating, capstone course provides students the opportunity to synthesize leadership skills under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced healthcare leader within a healthcare setting. Students will also complete a capstone project to demonstrate cumulative knowledge. At least one credit is required for all Nurse Executive Leadership students. This course may be taken for 1-3 credits (105 hrs, 210 hrs, or 315 hrs) in order to earn hours towards DNP hour requirements.

1-3*

NSG 688

Nurse Executive Leadership Synthesis. This course provides the opportunity for students to synthesize knowledge from the MSN with a capstone project. It also in synthesizes program outcomes in preparation for national certification and initiation of practice.

1

Total required NEL track course credits

21

Total Core + required NEL track course credits

33