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The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Davenport University offers an advanced level of graduate study expanding on the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired at the baccalaureate or entry-level nursing education program. The core curriculum for this program reflects the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and the Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Master’s Programs in Nursing (National League of Nursing, 2010).

Admission to the MSN program is competitive. We seek highly motivated nurses who have obtained their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and desire to further professional development to advance their career. Once students have been admitted into the program, they become members of a cohort. This means that the same group of students goes through the program together. The cohort experience provides the students with the opportunity to develop a sense of community with their classmates as they study, network, and support each other in the graduate learning experience. The cohort learning experience begins with a two day residency at the Grand Rapids W.A. Lettinga Campus and ends with another two day residency for the NURS795 MSN Special Project or NURS799 MSN Thesis.

The MSN Program is a 28-month program that begins once a year. Courses within the program are delivered entirely online except for the practicum component of NURS765/NURS765C and NURS797/NURS797C. Practicum sites for the NURS765C and NURS797C will be arranged for students based on students’ geographic locations.

*Students, in consultation with their MSN advisor, will choose two 3 credit graduate-level elective courses. An overall grade of B- or better must be achieved in these two courses.

**Upon discussion with MSN Advisor, Student will elect to conduct either a Special Research Project (NURS795) or do the traditional thesis (NURS799).

Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2018-2019 Recommended Program Sequence for Nursing, MSN and printable pdf download

Foundations of Advanced Nursing9 cr.
NURS600Theoretical Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice3 cr.
NURS601MSN Orientation Seminar0 cr.
NURS640Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3 cr.
NURS670Transforming Nursing Practice Role through Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy3 cr.
Advanced Nursing Core9 cr.
NURS735Advanced Pathophysiology3 cr.
NURS738Advanced Pharmacology3 cr.
NURS740Advanced Health Assessment2 cr.
NURS740VAdvanced Health Assessment Lab (Virtual)1 cr.
Advanced Nursing Role10 cr.
HINT730Information Management in Health Care3 cr.
NURS765Concepts of Advanced Nursing Practice2 cr.
NURS765CConcepts in Advanced Nursing Practice Clinical2 cr.
NURS780Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning3 cr.
MSN Electives* - Select two courses from the following:6 cr.
Simulation Electives(6) cr.
NURS782Introduction to Simulation in Nursing Education3 cr.
NURS783Simulation Design, Development, and Evaluation3 cr.
Business Electives(6) cr.
BUSN520/BUSN610Management and Marketing3 cr.
HCMG630Health Care Organizations3 cr.
HCMG730Ethical and Legal Perspectives In Health Care3 cr.
HRMG700Managing Human Resources3 cr.
HRMG750Organizational Development and Training3 cr.
Thesis/Capstone3 cr.
NURS797Advanced Generalist Capstone1 cr.
NURS797CAdvanced Generalist Capstone Clinical1 cr.
NURS795 or NURS799MSN Special Project or MSN Thesis1 cr.