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Program Components

This 36 credit program consists of core graduate courses (24 credits), with additional concentration in the areas of nursing administration (12 credits) or nursing education (12 credits). The program is designed to allow students to maintain an active nursing practice while attending classes on campus one half-day per month. Courses are offered through a “hybrid” learning model, using a combination of a traditional classroom environment and online instruction. In addition, class sizes are intentionally small to allow for dynamic interaction between students and faculty. Internship hours are arranged at times and locations convenient to students and preceptors.

Program of Study

Core Courses

(24 credits)

These are foundational courses of the program and are required of all candidates. Courses focus on the policies which shape the organization and financing of health care and the influence of such policies on access, quality and affordability of health care services to specific populations at the local, state, national and international level; theories and concepts related to health, leadership, and education; research methodology and the utilization of research to inform practice and improve the quality of health care; issues and trends related to health care technology and informatics; community health service or education program planning and development to improve quality and access to health care; the legal, ethical, political, and social environments that influence health care policy and decision-making for health care professionals; and leadership/management strategies designed to improve the quality of care and professional practice environments.

NSG 604 Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education...3
NSG 606 Advanced Theoretical Foundations...3
NSG 608 Research Designs and Methodology...3
NSG 610 Policy, Law, and Ethics in Nursing...3
NSG 612 Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education...3
NSG 614 Global Perspectives on Population - Based Health...3
NSG 616 Leadership and Financial Management Strategies...3
NSG 690 Nursing Elective...3

Nursing Administration Concentration

(12 semester hours to include one three-hour elective)

The Nursing Administration concentration courses expand and build on the core courses.  One course is dedicated to human resource managment strategies in nursing and health care; elective coursework is tailored to the student’s interests and career goals.and may include such topics as financial management / analysis, marketing,organizational strategic planning, or community health systems / policy development. Students are encouraged to pursue electives in the M.B.A. program at Thomas University.

An internship provides opportunities to apply management principles, theories, and strategies in a variety of health care settings. The capstone experience is the directed research project in nursing administration / leadership, which entails the development, implementation, and evaluation of one or more strategies to enhance the quality of care and patient outcomes; effectively manage human and/or financial resources associated with the provision of care; and/or improve the professional practice setting in which care is provided.

NSG 632 Human Resource Managment for the Nurse Administrator...3
NSG 644 Nursing Administration Internship...3
NSG 646 Capstone Project in Nursing Administration...3
NSG 690 Administrative Elective...3

Nursing Education Concentration

(12 semester hours)

Courses focus on the process of curriculum planning, development, and program evaluation, as well as teaching, learning, and assessment strategies.

An internship in nursing education provides an opportunity to implement teaching and learning strategies in an academic setting. The capstone experience is the directed research project in nursing education, which entails the development, implementation, and evaluation of one or more approaches to improve or enrich nursing education programs and/or academic settings.

NSG 620 Teaching Strategies in Nursing...3
NSG 622 Curriculum Development, Assessment, And Evaluation in Nursing Education...3
NSG 640 Nursing Education Internship...3
NSG 642 Capstone Project in Nursing Education...3

Education that Engages... Empowers... TRANSFORMS

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