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Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

The demand for Advanced Practice Nurses is ever-increasing in the Cleveland Area.

Advanced Practice Nurses will play a critical role in healthcare reform. Ursuline College’s Graduate Nursing Program provide students the opportunity to become leaders in the nursing field. In fact, CNBC ranks the nurse practitioner as number 1 of fastest-growing careers for college graduates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth of 35% is expected for NPs and other advanced practice registered nurses from 2014 to 2024.

The Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College offers a Master of Science degree in Nursing. The program’s mission is to transform the health of the community through reflection and healing interaction with individuals and organizations. Nurses may select from the following areas of study:

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Palliative Care Subspecialty Concentration
  • Nursing Education Subspecialty Concentration
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NEW for Fall 2017!)

The demand for Advanced Practice Nurses is ever-increasing in the Cleveland Area.

Advanced Practice Nurses will play a critical role in healthcare reform. Ursuline College’s Graduate Nursing Program provide students the opportunity to become leaders in the nursing field. In fact, CNBC ranks the nurse practitioner as number 1 of fastest-growing careers for college graduates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth of 35% is expected for NPs and other advanced practice registered nurses from 2014 to 2024.

The Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College offers a Master of Science degree in Nursing. The program’s mission is to transform the health of the community through reflection and healing interaction with individuals and organizations. Nurses may select from the following areas of study:

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Palliative Care Subspecialty Concentration
  • Nursing Education Subspecialty Concentration
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NEW for Fall 2017!)

Through the advanced practice core, students develop the knowledge and skills to become advanced practice nurses.

Ursuline College MSN graduates:

  • Are leaders in nursing and function in both independent and interdependent roles as colleagues of other health care professionals in a variety of settings
  • Value healing interaction as central to practice by integrating the human experience of health, illness and healing
  • Make decisions and take action based on the integration of a strong knowledge base; personal and professional values; and diverse cultural, religious, spiritual and ethical perspectives
  • Are advocates for a just society including the promotion of high quality, cost-effective health care for all

Gainful Employment
Federal regulations require institutions to disclose to prospective and current students certain information about Gainful Employment Programs. A “Gainful Employment” program is a certificate program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.  Ursuline College currently offers some certificate programs that meet the Gainful Employment definition. Information about this certificate program, including related occupations, graduation rate, median loan debt for program completers, on-time completion rate and other pertinent facts is available on the following document:

Graduate nursing courses are presented in Ursuline’s value–based framework and emphasize the critical components of advanced practice nursing. All students enrolled in the program take the take the master’s core courses to enhance clinical reasoning and utilize evidence–based practice. Through the core, students develop the knowledge and skills to become advanced practice nurses.

  • NR 532 Introduction to Evidence-based Practice
  • NR 533 Application of Evidence Based Practice
  • NR 535 Health Care Informatics
  • NR 540 Advanced Physiology/Pathology
  • NR 541 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NR 542 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NR 620 Health Promotion, Maintenance & Restoration
  • NR 650a Health Care Policies
  • NR 650b Health Care Organizations and Finance
  • NR 650c Advanced Practice Ethical and Legal Responsibilities
  • NR 650d Advanced Practice Roles and Responsibilities with Social Justice (Diversity) with a culminating project

 

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program
An Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (ANP) provides primary care either independently or as part of an adult care team. There is an emphasis on health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling and patient education. The courses for the ANP are listed below:

  • NR 615 APN – Adult Health I (Diagnostics)
  • NR 636 APN – Adult Health Disease Managment
  • NR 635 APN – Focused Populations: Gender Specific Health Issues, Geriatrics and Adolescents
  • NR 616, 617, 618, 619 Clinical Management Courses

With Palliative Care Concentration

  • NR 633 Palliative Care I (+ 150 practice hours)

Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track builds on the content from the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner course work and prepares students to provide primary health care to individuals and families across the life cycle. The FNP student must complete all course work for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse in addition to the following course:

  • NR 638 APN – Pediatric with Clinicals

With Palliative Care Concentration

  • NR 633 Palliative Care I (+ 150 practice hours)

 

Adult–Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) practices in any setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, high-intensity nursing intervention, or continuous nursing vigilance within the range of high-acuity care. Coursework, clinical experience, and research utilization provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles.

  • NR 644 Acute Care Management
  • NR 645 Focused Populations for Acute Care Practitioners)

 

Palliative Care Subspecialty Concentration
Palliative care represents an approach to care that provides a combination of active and compassionate therapies intended to comfort and support patients and families who are living with life-threatening illness. The nurse learns to emphasize sensitivity to and respect for the religious, cultural and personal beliefs, values and traditions of those patients with critical illness.

  • NR 633 Foundations of Palliative Care

Nursing Education (39 Credits)
The Nursing Education subspecialty is offered for students preparing to be an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist. A Post Master’s nurse may also take the education courses to receive a nurse educator certificate. The Courses required for the Nurse Educator subspecialty are listed below:

  • NR 639 Curriculum
  • NR 640 Teaching and Evaluating
  • NR 641 Student Teaching (minimum of 250 practicum hours)

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
This track incorporates all the core courses of the MSN with three specialty courses in Adult Health Management, Disease Management and Teaching and Evaluation. Graduates are prepared to assume roles as Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists (AGCNS) to integrate care across the continuum while working to continuously improve patient outcomes and nursing care.

  • NR 601 Adult Health Management
  • NR 636 Adult Health Disease Management
  • NR 640 Teaching and Evaluation
  • NR 611, 612,613, 614 Clinical Management Courses / Practicum

Post Master’s Certification
A post master’s certificate may be obtained as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator or Palliative Care Subspecialty. To obtain a post master’s certificate a student must take the associated specialty courses. In addition, a student must document completion of advanced practice Core Courses (Advanced Physiology, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology) and the required Health Promotion, Maintenance and Restoration course.

  • Janet Baker
  • Connie Beal
  • Tina Butt
  • Leighanne Hustak
  • M. Murray Mayo, Ph.D.
  • Sandy Stratman
  • Teresa Washington
  • Mary Beth Zeni

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