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At Kaplan University, we are committed to better preparing our nursing graduates for the demands of the profession today and the challenges of tomorrow. Our advanced degree programs are designed to enhance your professional opportunities throughout the entire course of your career. Kaplan University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is a prime example of this unique partnership.
Our online MSN is designed for nurses who desire to advance to the next level in their careers and take advantage of a growing range of opportunities for professional and personal fulfillment—especially in management and advanced practice positions.*
The Master of Science in Nursing program offers:
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Executive Leader/Nurse Administrator Concentration
Family Nurse Practitioner Population Focus Area
Nurse Educator Concentration
Nursing credentials demonstrate your adherence to a higher standard and may be a condition for employment in nursing.†‡
Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing allows you to study online
and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative,
education staff development, and advanced practice roles.§ The
Master of Science in Nursing is also a foundation for future doctoral studies.#,**
Specialized educational degrees in a particular area of nursing can help you increase your opportunities in today's competitive health care field. Our concentration and population focus areas are designed to provide you with specific knowledge and skills to help advance your nursing career.‡
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Nov 11, 2015
Online Start Date
Dec 09, 2015
If you are interested in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner or family nurse practitioner specialization and are a resident of Alabama, Delaware, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Washington, contact an Admissions Advisor for additional information on state-specific curriculum. To view the degree plan for this program, click here.
This course explores skills and strategies essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation. Analysis of existing and emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an individual advanced role specialization and an individual career development plan. Emphasis will be on the articulation of issues specific to the advanced nurse role in practice, administration, education, and informatics.
Total Program Credits: 60
This course explores the evolution of nursing, social science, education, and behavioral science theories and their contribution to the care of individuals, families, and the community. The utility of conceptual models are examined for application to executive, education, and practice leadership.
This course presents an evidence-based approach to promote high-value, safe, and effective health care. The focus is on the assessment of levels of evidence to evaluate emerging health issues, develop competencies in analysis, translate evidence into practice, and explore evidence-based practice innovations. Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry and associated statistical analyses are identified. Strategies to create an environment for the integration of evidence-based practice to support executive, education, and practice leadership are identified.
This course incorporates theoretical and
empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion,
and risk reduction of diverse populations. Principles from the
Healthy People initiative, epidemiology, biostatistics, and
cultural competence guide comparisons of groups and inference
development. Strategies and benefits of health promotion
interventions are emphasized.
This course provides an opportunity to analyze major ethical theories and those principles underlying direct and indirect care of individuals, families, and communities. Selected concepts, principles, and cases involving legal aspects of care within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles will be examined. The development and influence of health policy issues on the health care of individuals, families, and populations will be analyzed.
The course will focus on the dynamic, complex, and integrated health care system and organizational imperatives to deliver high-value, safe and effective health care based on industry standards, key outcome indicators, and cost-quality imperatives. The organization and delivery of health care is explored, including business aspects of health care systems and pertinent financial issues in the relationship between policy and health care system reform. Strategies to develop leadership roles in professional nursing organizations, legislative bodies, and community/consumer organizations will be identified. Various health care delivery systems and reimbursement models will be presented.
Total Program Credits: 60
This course exposes students to organizational
theory and behavior and competencies essential for successful
leadership and management roles in a global health care delivery
system. There is emphasis on self-analysis and strategies for
best practice to effectively implement key leadership and
management concepts in dynamic health care
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
Executive Leader Concentration
Total Program Credits: 60
Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
This course examines macro- and microeconomics
in profit and nonprofit health care organizations for
nonfinancial managers. An analysis of decision making and
strategic planning focuses the nursing leader toward plans that
effectively promote success in dynamic health care environments.
Conceptual and descriptive approaches are utilized to provide an
overview of current practices and notable advances in strategic
management. A budget is created within a case study model,
allowing analysis of potential and actual budget
This course presents a managerial overview of
various aspects of personnel management in a fiscally responsible
environment. Activities are designed to familiarize students with
recruiting, training, and retaining the best employees; ensuring
high performance; and conforming practices to various
regulations. Exercises designed to develop ability in personnel
policy development and implementation are
This course focuses on the strategic application of information technology in health care organizations by administrative and advanced practice nursing leaders. Students will explain the role of executive-level practitioner management in planning and operationalizing technologies to enhance health care technology data efficiency; evaluate the challenges of virtualization management models and the requirements for innovative and effective alternatives in health care reform; and critique the legal and ethical oversight responsibilities of the executive nurse when engaging and managing a comprehensive, systematic electronic medical record project.
This practicum (90 hours), which will take place between this course and MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal, provides the student with a mentored learning experience in the content area and site selected by the student and approved by the Practicum Coordinator.
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses
who have successfully completed the core and specialization courses have a theoretical
base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, finance, and organization
of the health care delivery system. Students also have a theoretical base in advanced
practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics.
In this capstone course, students demonstrate their depth of knowledge by working
with a mentor to identify a problem in the student’s concentration area
amenable to an evidence-based solution showing mastery of the program outcomes.
Students integrate diverse content areas and submit an evidence-based practice project
proposal that addresses the identified problem.
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses; students may not concurrently register for MN 519, MN 520, MN 534, or MN 599
This course introduces students to the field
of health care informatics and information and communication
technology. The theories, models, frameworks, and competencies
that shape informatics are explored. The course provides content
on informatics terminology and the system life cycle. Specific
focus is placed on Internet technologies, hardware and software
applications, and networked environments.
Total Program Credits: 60
This course will explore the technology that
prepares the nurse informatics specialist to develop innovative
teaching strategies based on sound pedagogical principles.
Students are introduced to conferencing tools, mind mapping,
virtual worlds, interactive games, and simulations. The use of
voice, videos, animation, and graphics are covered. The student
will explore databases and guidelines used to support
evidence-based research and other research
MN 530 and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
This course further develops the nurse
informatics specialist's knowledge and skills necessary to
integrate technology, communication devices, and information
systems into the health care setting. The student will explore
the nurse's role related to the application of information system
MN 530, MN 531, and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
This course explores the role of a nurse
leader in strategic information technology system planning and
administration with an analysis of the role of project
management. Legal and ethical policies and procedures that ensure
privacy and confidentiality will be evaluated. Regulatory and
accreditation issues will be analyzed. The course will prepare
the student to be a leader in planning, implementation, and
evaluation of information systems in health care. The emphasis
will be on analysis of project management.
MN 530, MN 531, MN 532, and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
practicum (200 hours), which will take place between this course and the
evidence-based proposal course, allows students the opportunity to apply
concepts of nursing informatics in a health care setting selected by the
student and approved by course faculty. Students will work closely with a
mentor and contract to work on agency-designated projects. Students begin an
evidence-based project proposal that is to be completed in MN 600:
Evidence-Based Practice Project.
MN 530, MN 531, MN 532, MN 533, and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
This course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan and the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse. Function and dysfunction of organ systems are analyzed from the cellular level through the integrated organ level. Students will examine the pathophysiological factors that influence the incidence and manifestations of acute, episodic, and chronic diseases in populations across the lifespan. Disease processes and symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based approach. Influences of gender, genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables of human disease are analyzed.
Completion of all MSN core courses
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Population Focus Area
Total Program Credits: 90
This course addresses the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced physical assessment and history-taking throughout the lifespan. Relationships between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. Emphasis is on developing critical diagnostic thinking through interpretation of subjective and objective data, identification of normal and abnormal conditions, and the systematic reporting of summative findings. Clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills are used in establishing differential diagnoses. Students will learn to address variables such as age, culture, ethnicity, and developmental stages into their differential diagnosis and evaluation and management plans.
MN 551 and MN 553
This course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the lifespan and prepares the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. You will examine ethical, legal, regulatory, and cost-effective prescribing practices of the advanced practice nurse. Communication plans for the interdisciplinary team, clients, and/or families for both prescriptive and nonprescriptive drug therapies will be explored.
Prerequisite: MN 551; can be taken as a corequisite.
This first course in a series of three examines the range of acute and chronic conditions experienced by clients in the primary care setting which are within the scope of practice of the primary care nurse practitioner. Students will develop a consistent approach to screening, assessment, utilization of diagnostic procedures, diagnosis, symptom management, disease treatment, and health promotion activities. Content builds upon previous diagnostic knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in the development of differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic workups. Age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based plans of care are created. Communication skills and cooperative relationships with patients, families, and an intradisciplinary health care team approach are emphasized. The course explores health promotion and health maintenance approaches and strategies that incorporate individual health beliefs and practices.
Prerequisite: MN 552; can be taken as a corequisite.
This course will focus on the primary care of clients from age 12 to late adulthood. The focus will be on gaining competence in understanding acute and chronic illnesses and their management. Health promotion, screening, and risk management is presented as integral to the primary care focus. Interdisciplinary team building for the care of the client is introduced.
Prerequisite: MN 566
This clinical course introduces beginning skills in assessing, diagnosing, and treating common acute and chronic health conditions in the client aged 12 years through adulthood. The focus will be on pharmcologic and nonpharmcologic interventions as well as health promotion, screening, and lifestyle modification techniques.
MN 572; course may also be taken as a corequisite
This course will focus on primary health care specific to female clients. Focus will be on reproductive health maintenance, pregnancy prevention and management, care of the menopausal woman, and the assessment, diagnosis, and management of conditions specific to the female. Contemporary trends and issues that impact women's health status will be discussed.
MN 566; course may also be taken as a corequisite
This clinical course will focus on the unique needs of women across the lifespan. The unique care of women will be approached with attention to the psychosocial, ethnic, and cultural influences that affect physical and mental health. A collaborative approach to care will be employed.
This course addresses the physical and psychosocial health and function of the frail elderly adult. Biologic, psychosocial, and social theories of aging will be explored. Strategies to promote health, minimize disability, and maximize quality of life within the context of independent living, assisted living environments, and skilled care facilities will be introduced. Alternatives to institutionalized care will be explored. Assessment and management of acute and chronic health conditions specific to the frail elderly will be discussed. Palliative care for terminal conditions will be addressed. Financial issues specific to the frail elderly will be analyzed.
MN 577; can be taken as corequisite
This clinical course will provide opportunity for students to assess, diagnose, and manage treatment of acute and chronic disease in the frail elderly. Adaptive interventions to meet the complex needs of the frail elderly arising from normal changes in the developmental stages of aging, multiple system dysfunction, psychosocial, and financial issues will be utilized. Optimizing a collaborative relationship with the client, caregiver, and other members of the health care team will be discussed.
MN 584; course may also be taken as a corequisite
This course completes the summative process for students to design and develop their individual role as an advanced practice nurse in primary care. Various careers available to the advanced practice registered nurse will be explored. Professional advocacy activities will be demonstrated. The student will differentiate between supervised, collaborative, and independent practice models. Malpractice and scope of practice issues specific to the primary care nurse practitioner role will be analyzed. Entrepreneurial opportunities for primary care nurse practitioners will be explored.
Final term and MN 581 or MN 585
This clinical course focuses on the clinical application of assessment, differential diagnosis, symptom management, and disease treatment in the primary care setting. You are expected to assess and manage common acute episodic and chronic health illnesses across gender and age span in consultation with your clinical preceptor. Initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities with individuals and groups is stressed. This final clinical experience enables you to synthesize skills and knowledge gained across the curriculum.
Family Nurse Practitioner Population Focus Area
Total Program Credits: 90
This second course in a series of three examines the range of illnesses and conditions experienced by clients across the lifespan and gender in primary care settings. Illustration of a consistent approach to the evaluation and management of these illnesses and conditions are emphasized. You will expand your diagnostic and clinical reasoning and differential diagnoses abilities through continued application of new and previously acquired knowledge and skills in caring for clients who present acute, episodic, and chronic illness and conditions. You will formulate evidence-based management plans that address client health beliefs, developmental and family lifecycle stages, health promotion, screening, and health maintenance behaviors. Collaborative relationships with the client, family, and intradisciplinary health care team are emphasized. Oral and written skills using advanced technology are emphasized.
This introductory course will provide students with the foundation of critical thought process in differential diagnosis. Common acute and chronic illness across the lifespan will be discussed. Common risk assessment, screening, and lifestyle modification will be presented. Introduction to paper and computerized documentation in the primary care setting will begin. Students will begin to develop collaborative skills involving the client, family, and the intradisciplinary health care team.
MN 568; course may also be taken as a corequisite
The course will focus on the primary health care of individuals from birth to age 21 years. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of common acute and chronic health care issues will be explored. Health maintenance, screening, and anticipatory guidance with a focus on involving and educating parents, as appropriate, will be included. Assessment skills learning will include physical, psychosocial, mental health, and genetic/familial issues.
This clinical course will allow the student nurse practitioner opportunity to assess, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic health care issues in the pediatric and adolescent population in a primary care setting. Health maintenance, screening, and anticipatory guidance activities will take place in collaboration with the preceptor. Collaboration, communication, and referral with other health care and social service organizations will be conducted as part of a team approach to management.
Total Program Credits: 75
Total Program Credits: 75
This course examines theories and
teaching/learning strategies relating to the development of
effective educational experiences. Factors affecting the learning
environment are explored in relation to staff development,
patient education, and nursing education. Strategies for
developing the educator role are included.
MN 551, MN 552, and MN 553; completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
Nurse Educator Concentration
Total Program Credits: 75
This course emphasizes the foundations of
curriculum design and the application of these foundations to the
development of courses, groups of courses, and programs.
Integration of nursing philosophy, conceptual framework,
objectives for programs, and competencies/standards is also
included. This course provides content and learning experiences
that enable students to understand all phases of the curriculum
This course investigates and defines the role of the nurse educator as a leader, mentor, and change agent. The topics examined include professionalism, past and current issues, trends, and the use of technology in clinical and nursing education. You will also explore the role of the nurse educator within diverse communities and institutions.
This course explores the principles and
practices involving evaluation methods integral to nursing
education. Concepts related to assessment, measurement, and
evaluation in nursing are developed and analyzed. The process of
analysis and modification of educational programs is emphasized
to promote compliance with relevant standards, criteria for
evaluation, and accountability.
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* The online Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
† Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.
§ Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
# While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
** At this time, the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner specialization is available only in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note: International Students are not eligible to enroll for this specialization.
†† At this time, the family nurse practitioner specialization is available only in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note: International Students are not eligible to enroll for this specialization.
‡‡ Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state’s Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The online Master of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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