The Master of Science in Nursing program consists of 39 credits and offers two degrees: Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Master of Science in Nursing Education. Students take nursing core courses, nursing administration or education focused courses, and an elective in their area of specialization. Practicum experiences in selected courses provide opportunities for students to apply their newly acquired knowledge in their chosen area of specialization. All students complete a culminating scholarly project.
All candidates for the Master of Science in nursing must fulfill the following requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 39 credit hours that apply to the degree.
- Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Achievement of a minimum of B- in each required course or equivalent by the second completed attempt.
- Removal of all incompletes, deferred grades, and special credit course grades in nursing courses by three weeks prior to the end of the student’s last semester before graduation.
- Completion of all coursework within four years after the enrollment in nursing courses.
- Application for the degree according to published IU Southeast deadlines.
At the completion of the program, MSN graduates will achieve the following MSN Program Learning Outcomes:
- Model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex health care system.
- Conduct advanced nursing practice within ethical–legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
- Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing.
- Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
- Frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes, and measure achievement of outcomes while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality health outcomes.
- Use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage and transform data that inform clinical practice.
- Systematically apply evidence from research findings to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems, and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
- Demonstrate collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
- Articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
- Engage in life-long learning activities that contribute to professional development as well as to the advancement of nursing.