Nursing (MSN)

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed for registered nurses with a BSN who wish to pursue advanced knowledge necessary for one of two roles: educatior or leader. In addition to specific courses relevant to nursing leadership or education students take core courses in nursing theory, nursing research, policy and politics, population health, organization and systems leadership, and quality and safety. All students complete a synthesis project.

Graduates of the MSN program are prepared for positions in nursing education or leadership roles in a variety of settings. The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours for a Nurse Leader focus and 42 credit hours for a Nurse Educator focus. Courses are scheduled in an eight-week format. It is designed to be a part-time program that students can complete in three years.

The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000. The program is available at the St. Louis and Kansas City campuses.

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MSN Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

    • Apply organizational and systems leadership skills to promote quality health care.
    • Apply quality and safety principles within an organization.
    • Analyze evidence and research for improvement of practice.
    • Evaluate information and health care technologies to coordinate care.
    • Apply knowledge of policy and advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
    • Collaborate with other health professionals to coordinate care.
    • Apply prevention and population health concepts to implement culturally relevant care.
    • Integrate advanced knowledge and skills in a practice role.

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Program Curriculum

The following core courses must be completed for the MSN:

  • NURN 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing (Requisite Course) (3 hours)
  • NURN 5050 Policy and Politics in Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURN 5550 Advanced Nursing Research (3 hours)
  • NURN 5340 Population Health I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5350 Population Health II (3 hours)
  • NURN 5360 Organization and Systems Leadership (3 hours)
  • NURN 5370 Quality and Safety in Healthcare (3 hours)
  • NURN 6000 Integrated Studies in Nursing (3 hours)

In addition, the degree-seeking student must complete one of the following options:

Educator Focus

Students planning to pursue a position in nursing education and selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5210 Instructional Methods in Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURN 5220 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3 hours)
  • NURN 5380 Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment for Nurse Educators I
  • NURN 5390 Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment for Nurse Educators II
  • NURN 5230 Teaching Practicum in Nursing I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5240 Teaching Practicum in Nursing II (3 hours)

Leader Focus

Students planning to pursue a position in nursing leadership and selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5410 Leadership in Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURN 5420 Financial Issues for Nurse Leaders (3 hours)
  • NURN 5440 Leadership in Nursing Practicum I (3 hours)
  • NURN 5450 Leadership in Nursing Practicum II (3 hours)

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General Requirements

The student in this graduate program is subject to the policies and procedures for graduate studies and the MSN program.

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Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSN program is based on intellectual capacity, academic record, professional performance, clarity of goals, initiative, and other qualities appropriate to graduate study in nursing. These qualities are difficult to measure in absolute terms, and the decision to offer admission is based on appraisal of the total application record.

The requirements for admission to the MSN program are as follows:

  • A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission/Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Missouri;
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better;
  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience in nursing;
  • Completion of the MSN program application along with the application fee and official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and schools of nursing;
  • Three academic and/or professional recommendations;
  • A curriculum vitae describing scope, responsibilities, and function of all work experience;
  • A brief essay (500 words or less) clearly describing the applicant’s educational and professional objectives for graduate study;
  • A personal interview

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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Continuous Enrollment

Students in the MSN program must maintain continuous and consecutive enrollment in this program at Webster University. Students who do not enroll for three or more consecutive eight- or nine-week terms will be withdrawn from the program. The student may request a waiver of this requirement.

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Practicum Evaluation

In courses with a clinical/practicum component, students must receive a grade of “Satisfactory” in the clinical/practicum portion to pass the course. Unsatisfactory completion of the clinical/practicum component of the course results in automatic failure of the course.

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