Course Requirements

Accessibility & Flexibility

Master’s students attend courses full-time (9 credit hours) for four semesters of study. Course instruction is organized and delivered in a flexible hybrid format, which combines face-to-face classes with online learning. Students attend campus sessions three (3) times per semester. With the hybrid teaching model, graduate students must be highly motivated and recognize that the online learning portion of the learning process requires additional commitment, time, and work. 

A capstone project and nursing residency are completed during the final semesters of study. The nursing residency consists of an educator or administrator track internship. The residency experience requires a total of 85 contact (clock) hours, or approximately 6-7 hours per week.

Program Details

MSN Prerequisites

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
  • Current Utah RN license or eligibility for license without restriction in the state of Utah
  • Advanced college writing course (English 3210 or 3200)
    • Applicants can apply to the program prior to completion of the professional writing course.
    • Applicants that have an advanced writing course completed by the March 1 Priority Application deadline will be awarded extra points in the applicant rating process.
    • An advanced professional writing course at another institution is accepted, but requires prior authorization by either the Director of Admissions or MSN Program Director.
  • Working knowledge of statistics as utilized in research or administrative functions such as budgets, staffing, etc. Completion of an undergraduate statistics course or BSN Research/Statistics course within the past 5 years strongly recommended (Psych, Soc or Geron 3600).

MSN Curriculum Pattern

Core Courses (15 credits - all students regardless of concentration)

MSN 6100 Research Methods (3 cr)
MSN 6120 Research and Statistics (3 cr)
MSN 6141 Advanced Nursing Theory (3 cr)
MSN 6160 Evidence-Based Practice I (3 cr)
MSN 6180 Improving Patient Care & Nursing Practice through Information Systems and Technology (3 cr)

Administration Track (21 credits)

MSN 6200 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Administration (3 cr)
MSN 6300 Quality Improvement, Patient Safety & Risk Issues in Patient Care Delivery (3 cr)
MSN 6324 Financial Issues in Nursing Administration (3 cr)
MSN 6340 Compliance with Legal & Regulatory Systems in Patient Care Delivery (3 cr)
MSN 6360 Scope and Practice of Nursing Administration (3 cr)
MSN 6380 Retaining and Developing a Competent Workforce in Nursing (3 cr)
MSN 6400 Nursing Administrator Residency - 85 hours (3 cr)

Education Track ( 21 credits)

MSN 6500 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education (3 cr)
MSN 6520 Curriculum Development for Nursing Educators (3 cr)
MSN 6540 Measurement of Competence & Outcomes in Nursing Education (3 cr)
MSN 6560 Socialization in the Role of Nursing Educator (3 cr)
MSN 6580 Clinical Nursing Instruction in Higher Education & Community Settings (3 cr)
MSN 6600 Nursing Instruction in Higher Education & Community Settings (3 cr)
MSN 6700 Teaching Residency - 85 hours (3 cr)

Masters' Project

MSN 6800 MSN Project Development & Implementation (4 cr) 




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