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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative or advanced practice roles.* If you possess a bachelor’s degree and apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must enroll in this program. Successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path is required to move on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.The online Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).At this time, the program is available only in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Our online nursing program allows you to
continue working while you study at your convenience, day or night, from
virtually anywhere you have access to the Internet. The Master of Science in
Nursing program offers:
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clinical practicum requirement.
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conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that, on average, the
weekly earnings of full-time employees with a master's degree are nearly 20
percent more than those who hold a bachelor's degree.†
Specialization in a particular area of nursing could help you build your niche in today's competitive health care field. Our specializations 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.
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Jun 11, 2014
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Aug 27, 2014
This course explores skills and strategies
essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation, as
well as graduate program completion. Analysis of existing and
emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an
individual advanced role specialization and an individual career
Total Program Credits: 90
This course explores the evolution of nursing
theory and its contribution to advanced nursing science. There is
an emphasis on the historical and philosophical foundation of
theory development and its impact on nursing practice. Conceptual
models are explored relative to nursing administration,
education, and practice.
This course explores the application of statistical methods in research related to nursing and the health professions and serves as a foundation for research and evidence-based practice. The purpose, assumptions, selection, and interpretation of selected statistical procedures will be explored. Techniques include exploratory, descriptive, comparative, correlational, and inferential statistics. Parametric and nonparametric techniques are presented. Statistical methods in selected research studies will be critiqued.
This course focuses on using an evidence-based
approach to provide high-quality health care, initiate change,
and improve nursing practice by nurses in advanced roles. The
focus is on assessing current and relevant research for
delineating issues, translating research, developing competencies
in analysis and evaluation of relevant research, practice
innovations, and evidence-based practice. Qualitative and
quantitative methods of inquiry are explored.
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 introduces major ethical theories and provides an opportunity to analyze the ethical principles underlying nursing administration, education, informatics, and advanced practice health care. Students examine selected concepts, principles, and cases involving ethics and law within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles.
This course provides students with an
understanding of health care policy formation and evaluation,
facilitated by opportunities to investigate public policy and
politics. The organization and delivery of health care is
explored, including financial aspects of health care systems and
pertinent issues in the relationship between policy and health
care system change. Specific focus is placed on the leadership
role of the nurse in current system dilemmas and
This course prepares
the registered nurse to transition into advanced nursing practice by examining
the role of the advanced practice nurse within the context of the United States
health care delivery system. Students will discuss the scope and standard of
practice for advanced practice nurses. Students will investigate the
regulatory, legal, and legislative issues affecting the advanced practice nurse
Completion of all core courses
Total Program Credits: 90
course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across
the life span 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 life span. Disease processes and
symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based
This course provides
the student with the skills and knowledge to conduct a focused and comprehensive
health history, and a functional, physical, and psychosocial assessment. Relationships
between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the
healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. 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
course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics,
pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the life span and prepares the advanced
practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. Students
will apply client history and physical examination findings, together with
laboratory and imaging studies, in the evidence-based selection of the correct prescriptive
and nonprescriptive medications for therapy. Students 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
first course in a series of three examines the range of illnesses and
conditions experienced by clients and presented to the advanced practice nurse
in primary care settings. Students will develop a consistent approach to the
evaluation and management of illnesses and conditions frequently encountered.
Content builds upon previous diagnostic knowledge and clinical reasoning skills
in the development of differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic workups.
Age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based plans of care are created.
The course explores health promotion and health maintenance approaches and strategies
that incorporate individual health beliefs and practices intended to encourage
the client’s participation and adherence.
MN 552 and MN 553
second course in a series of three examines the range of illnesses and
conditions experienced by clients and presented to the advanced practice nurse
in primary care settings. Illustration of a consistent approach to the evaluation
and management of these illnesses and conditions are emphasized. Students expand
their 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. Students can determine the diagnostic workup with greater ease
based on the differential diagnoses formulated. Students formulate
evidence-based management plans that address clients’ health beliefs, developmental
and family life cycle stages, health promotion, and health maintenance behaviors.
final course in a series of three integrates the evaluation and management
plans of clients who present an acute, episodic, or chronic state of illness to
the advanced practice nurse. Generating an inclusive differential diagnosis reflecting
clinical reasoning from a cost-effective diagnostic workup is highlighted. Designing
age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based plans of care based
on sound diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment is emphasized. Conditions
considered to be office emergencies and the evaluation and management
strategies specifically designed to treat or stabilize them are evaluated.
Strategies used to support and promote individual, family, and community health
promotion and health maintenance activities are explored.
MN 554 and MN 555
This clinical (185 hours) course focuses on the student applying interviewing and physical examination techniques to obtain accurate historical and physical data. Students apply clinical reasoning to the formulation of differential diagnoses and evaluation and management of acute episodic and chronic diseases across the adult age continuum. Students will have the opportunity to implement the role of the nurse practitioner with adults in a family and community context. Students are expected to assess and manage common acute episodic and chronic health illnesses and conditions in consultation with their clinical preceptor. Initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities with individuals and groups is stressed.
MN 554 and MN 555; Corequisite: MN 556
This clinical (185 hours) course provides the student with opportunities to refine interview and physical examination techniques. Students will develop a comprehensive list of differential diagnoses and order cost-effective diagnostic and laboratory tests for the client’s symptoms and diseases. Applying diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment, students will develop and evaluate individualized management plans that consider the numerous factors affecting client adherence to prescribed treatment plans such as health beliefs and cultural practices.
This final clinical (185 hours) course provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the role of the primary care nurse practitioner. Applying the principles of clinical judgment and diagnostic reasoning to the evaluation and management of clients with acute episodic and chronic illness, the nurse practitioner student will practice more independent decision-making skills while using the preceptor as a clinical resource. Students will explore the impact of regulatory, legislative, and legal factors on the implementation of the nurse practitioner role in primary care. Students will develop a stronger identity as an advanced practice nurse as they implement all aspects of the role, such as provider and educator, and demonstrate a commitment to ensuring quality of care through consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and self-reflection. The student may also begin a project that is to be completed in MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal.
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
Total Program Credits: 65
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
Total Program Credits: 65
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
Total Program Credits: 100
Total Program Credits: 100
course uses a developmental framework to explore the evaluation and management
of the most common health problems encountered by children from birth through
early adolescence. Building on previously obtained knowledge and skills, the
student develops new knowledge and applies concepts to assist children and families
in managing acute episodic illness as well as stable chronic disease. Concepts
of health promotion and health maintenance are integrated throughout the
This clinical (120 hours) course provides the student with opportunities to apply advanced interviewing and examination techniques and utilize clinical judgment and diagnostic reasoning when evaluating and managing primary care health issues for children (0 to 12 years of age). Implementation of the role of the nurse practitioner with children and their families in the community occurs under the guidance of an experienced preceptor. The student initiates health promotion and health maintenance activities with pediatric clients and their families and/or caregivers. Collaborative, interdisciplinary practice is emphasized as students evaluate and manage the range of common illnesses and conditions in pediatric patients.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, 2012 http://www.bls.gov/emp/emptab7.htm. Data are 2012 annual averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. National salary figures may not reflect local salary conditions and are not a guarantee of any particular salary.
‡ 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).