MSN Comprehensive Program

We offer two tracks to reach your education and professional goals of obtaining your Masters in Nursing Comprehensive. You can chose to either complete the Master of Science Comprehensive or continue to add the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)- Leadership degree as well.

The advantage to Edgewood College’s program structure is that after receiving the MSN Comprehensive, you can seek certification and work in that capacity while continuing on with your doctoral level coursework to complete your DNP.

The Comprehensive concentration is designed for individuals who are, or are planning on becoming, nurse leaders, educators, or advanced practice nurses. Coursework focuses on health care policy, nursing delivery systems, resource management, teaching strategies, advanced practice concepts, informatics, and program evaluation

 

 

MSN-Comprehensive

MSN-Comprehensive AND DNP-Executive Leadership

MSN Information Session

Join us to learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing program at Edgewood College and the seven concentration options.

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Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a nursing program accredited by a national nursing accreditation body with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation from nursing supervisors, and/or colleagues who can focus on the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school.
  5. Submit a written statement, no more than 500 words, addressing your ambition to be admitted specifically into Edgewood College’s MSN program. Please also comment on your past educational and professional experiences that will foster your growth and success in this program.
  6. Currently hold a license as a registered professional nurse.
  7. Prior to beginning the MSN program’s practicum requirements, students will be required to complete a health form, criminal background check, and proof of a current RN license from the state/country in which they plan to complete their practicum.

Application Deadlines:

  • August 1st for fall
  • January 1st for spring
  • May 1st for summer

**Note application process exception for candidates who already have an Edgewood College BSN: Those who have earned a BSN from Edgewood College within the past 3 years, received at least a 3.0 GPA, and have obtained the registered nurse license are guaranteed admission into the MSN program upon application. No further application materials need be submitted. If a candidate has not met the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement, he/she must apply and meet all of the admission requirements to be considered for admittance.

Course Requirements

MSN-Comprehensive Curriculum

NRS 600 Clinical Prevention: Assessment & Planning 
Study of community health promotion program planning processes for high risk and underserved aggregates. Population-focused health assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation methods are explored and applied.  

NRS 612 Theoretical Foundations of Role Development for the Nurse Leader
Introductory course addressing attributes of organization and systems leadership including communication and decision-making, systems theory and change, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and operational and human resource management.

NRS 625 Healthcare Systems & Policy 
Study of local, state, and federal policy on health services and payment organization of the U.S. health care system. Legal, regulatory and legislative influences are discussed. Access to care, identified gaps and professional advocacy strategies are examined.

NRS 630 Curriculum, Instruction, and Methodology in Nursing Education
This course aims to provide graduate-level nursing students with an overview of the philosophical and historical influences on nursing education as well as contemporary teaching methods. Pedagogical frameworks for designing and implementing instructional experiences are used to develop curricular objectives, select and organize content, and plan program evaluation strategies across a variety of populations, settings and contexts. The selection, application, and evaluation of teaching tools and strategies in the context of health education, continuing education, staff development, simulation, and classroom and clinical instruction are also explored.  

NRS 645 Advanced Leadership Roles in the Healthcare System
Study of advanced practice and nurse leader roles in managing individual role development and resources within a health system to affect optimal care delivery and outcomes. Strategies for collaborative inter-professional team care coordination for individuals and populations are emphasized.

NRS 665 Applied Statistics
Instruction focuses upon the application of statistical methods and data analysis in the healthcare professions related to evidence-based practice.

NRS 670 Evidence-Based Practice
This seminar serves as an introduction to program evaluation, quality improvement, and research methodology. Conceptual & methodological frameworks used in evaluation are examined. As part of this course, students develop a proposal to evaluate a health care program. 

NRS 700 Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, & Pharmacology
This course integrates advanced pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacological principles to aid graduate-level nursing students’ promotion of quality patient outcomes. 

NRS 735 Nursing Practicum
This combined seminar and practicum bridges theory and research with practice. Students will collaborate with instructors and preceptors to design practicum experiences that further their professional development as advanced practice nurses. Consent of instructor required.

NRS 830 Health Systems Informatics
Examining the optimization of information management and communication to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals. Frameworks include regulatory, legislative, workflow, electronic health record, billing, and telehealth. Application in professional development, translational research, and bioinformatics (genomics) are explored. 

* All courses are 3 credits each

DNP Curriculum

NRS 800A and NRS 800B Applied Research Methods (1 and 2)
In this 2-course sequence, quantitative and qualitative research methods are presented in conjunction with data analyses, interpreting results from data analysis, and quality improvement methods. Course work supports applying research findings to evidence-based practice; leading and conducting quality improvement initiatives; and developing the DNP project. 

NRS 802A and 802B Introduction to the DNP: Role, Residency, and Project (1 and 2)
In this two-course sequence (NRS 802A and 802B), students will self-assess and reflect upon their individual strengths and opportunities for executive leadership development. In collaboration with the course instructor, action plans for professional growth during the DNP program are established. In the online seminar portion, students will virtually attend weekly seminars and participate in a multitude of didactic activities. Students will explore foundations of the DNP degree and the DNP role. Students will also work with the course professor to identify preceptors to design their residency experience; culminating in the accumulation of 1000 hours of residency towards the DNP degree. Finally, students will work with the course professor to develop a relevant clinical problem/issue as the foundation for the DNP scholarly project, complete an outline of the DNP scholarly project, and draft a review of literature to support the DNP scholarly project. 

NRS 803A and 803B DNP Residency (1 and 2)

This two-course sequence (NRS 803A and 803B) is specifically focused on advancing students' executive leadership knowledge and skills through residency hour experiences. In the online seminar portion, students will virtually attend weekly seminars and participate in a multitude of didactic activities. Students will continue to work with the course professor and preceptors to refine their residency experience; which will culminate in the accumulation of 1000 hours of residency towards the DNP degree. Developing expertise in collaboration within interprofessional teams will be a foundation in addressing individual, group, community, or population needs in the context of a systems network in a U.S. healthcare organization.   

NRS 805 Healthcare Finance and Regulatory Environments
Study of the financing and fiscal management of the U.S. Health Care system. Policy, regulatory, health care economics and market influences are examined. Budgeting and accounting principles are reviewed. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN or DNP program.

NRS 810 Population Health and Health Policy
Population health is explored to critically examine epidemiological statistics on determinants of health; and strategies to promote health, reduce health risks at multiple levels, and promote a culture of health among diverse populations. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN or DNP program.

 

NRS 820 Health Care Service and Clinical Quality
The focus of this course is to understand and apply methods and practices that clinical practitioners, administrative managers and leaders of health systems deploy to measure and assure continuous improvement in patient safety and clinical quality. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN or DNP program.

NRS 830 Health Systems Informatics

Examining the optimization of information management and communication to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals. Frameworks include regulatory, legislative, workflow, electronic health record, billing, and telehealth. Application in professional development, translational research, and bioinformatics (genomics) are explored. Prerequisite: admission to the MSN or DNP program.

NRS 845 Leadership Capstone 1
The DNP Project is designed to equip nurse leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply relevant and current evidence to a quality improvement project working with stakeholders and resources within a practice or community system. In Capstone 1 students complete the first 3 sections of their DNP Project including review of literature, project purpose and scope, proposed quality improvement method(s) and IRB application. Prerequisite: admission to the DNP program. Prerequisite: Completion of NRS 800, 805, 810, 820, and 830.

NRS 850 Leadership Capstone 2

The DNP Project is designed to equip nurse leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply relevant and current evidence to a quality improvement project working with stakeholders and resources within a practice or community system. In Capstone 2 students complete the last 2 sections of their DNP Project including review of the quality improvement process, implications for practice and system changes, as well as dissemination plan. Prerequisite: NRS 845.

NRS 855 Leadership Capstone 3 (if needed) 
Capstone 3 is available if student projects require an additional semester to complete. 

NRS 860 Leadership Residency 3 (if needed) 
Residency 3 is available if the student requires an additional semester to complete hours.

*All courses are 3 credits each with the exception of NRS 801 A, B being 1.5 credits each.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your graduate degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace. Remember, completing your Master's in Nursing or DNP degree is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.

Financing your Edgewood College Degree

Graduate tuition for the 2022-23 year is $1072 per credit (effective Summer 2022).  You can expect that cost to rise in the future. Most graduate students are working professionals who take courses part-time. The Master of Science in Nursing Administration degree requires completion of a total of 30 credits. Typically, a part-time student completes their MSN in 2-3 years.

The Master of Science in Nursing Administration and DNP requires completion of 60 credits.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

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