MSN in Advanced Care Management and Leadership Program: Nursing Education Leadership in the Digital World

Course Descriptions (40 credit hours - hybrid program)



Fall Semester I

NURS 7736: Advanced Health Assessment (2-3-3)
This course is designed to develop the student’s skill and critical appraisal of the history and physical examination of clients of appropriate age groups. Health promotion, risk screening and disease prevention are emphasized while clinical strategies and interventions are critiqued utilizing research and theoretical data. A clinical practicum provides experiences in health promotion and health maintenance allowing students to develop their assessment, interpretive and diagnostic competencies. (45 clock hours of practicum)

NURS 7745: Theoretical Foundations, Research Applications & Outcome Evaluation I [online course] (4-0-4)
This course extends foundational competencies in research methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics. The focus is on examining research designs, methodology, data measurement and analysis, the ethics of research, and outcome evaluation for relevant problems encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Theories from health care, nursing, and related fields will be analyzed and critiqued from the perspective of theory development and utilization during inquiry. Students will analyze relevant scientific studies and begin development of the scientific proposal process in a particular area relevant to advanced nursing practice.


NURS 7765: Advanced Pathophysiology (2-0-2)
This course is designed to provide the experienced professional nurse with advanced content concerning normal and abnormal human physiologic responses to pertinent pathophysiologic conditions. Emphasis is placed on the clinical manifestations of these conditions may successfully intervene in a variety of advanced practice clinical settings.                                      


Spring Semester (11 credit hours)


NURS 7747: Theoretical Foundations, Research Applications & Outcome Evaluation II [online course] (3-0-3)
This course continues the instruction begun in Nursing 7745 (Theoretical Foundations, m   Research Applications and Outcome Evaluations I) with emphasis on data collection, database development, and use of software programs for various research. In addition, the course explores the analyses and interpretation relevant for specific research problems encountered in advanced nursing practice. Students obtain approval from the appropriate Institutional Review Board and implement the scientific proposal developed in NURS 7745. This is the second course required for students completing a master’s thesis project.                                                                                                                


NURS 7751: Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3-0-3)
This course is designed to provide the advanced practice nurse with the theoretical underpinnings of curriculum development, design, and evaluation.  The knowledge gained can be applied to the educator role in a variety of diverse academic nursing programs, in health care agencies, or in corporate settings with a health care focus.  


NURS 8873: Nurse Educator Practicum I (1-9-4)
This course is designed to introduce students to the nurse educator role in a setting with a preceptor who has expertise in clinical simulation pedagogy and learning environments. Advanced educational concepts and principles, and standards of best practice for simulation methodologies are the focus of the course. Practice standards developed by INACSL (International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning) form the basis for the series of three practicum courses that focus on clinical simulation pedagogy. Students will explore all standards and include a comprehensive study and application of the first three standards during the first practicum course related to design, development, and preparation of simulation events in nursing education along with advanced educational concepts and principles, practice guidelines, evidence based practice, health literacy, culture, and ethics as they apply to the nurse educator.                


Summer Semester (9 credit hours)


NURS 7737: Health Policy and Vulnerable Populations (3-0-3)
This course focuses on health policy and appropriate health care to selected vulnerable populations.  Health policy, such as advocacy, policy development and analysis, and health care delivery systems will be explored.  The concepts of vulnerability, diversity, determinants of health, and health care disparities provide the foundation of caring for vulnerable populations.  The issues related to the role of nursing leaders in being active in policy making that can influence vulnerable populations are explored.


NURS 7752: Instructional Methods & Outcome Measurement in Nursing Education (3-0-3)
This course is designed to assist the advanced practice student in nursing education to understand innovative teaching methods and outcome measurement. Principles of teaching, learning, and evaluation are addressed as these apply to the development and implementation of educational courses, seminars, workshops, or community programs. Students will apply best practice strategies in the development of instructional plans, including the use of technology to enhance or present content.


NURS 7753: Technology in Nursing Education and Practice (3 -0-3)
This course is designed to assist students in preparing to teach in a technology rich environment. This course includes the use of emerging technology in education and nursing practice. Content includes the use of technology and information systems (electronic health records, telecommunications, informatics) for decision making in the provision of safe, effective care; and distance learning.  Online course development, tele-health/tele-medicine, and other technology based instructional methods will be included.


NURS 8874: Nurse Educator Practicum II (1-6-3)
This course is a continuation of the practicum experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and utilize increasingly complex education concepts and principles related to clinical simulation pedagogy with the guidance of an appropriate preceptor. Students will explore Standards 4 and 5 of the INACSL practice standards as a facilitator of clinical simulation along with issues related to communication theory and skills, leadership in the teaching environment, group dynamics, and conflict management.


Fall Semester II (11 credit hours)


NURS 7754: Technology in Nursing Education and Practice II (3-0-3)
This course is the second in the two part series of courses assisting students preparing to teach nursing in a technology rich environment. Addressing emerging technology that affects practice and education, this course includes the use of social media, virtual reality, wearable and smart devices in practice and education, remote monitoring, podcasting, and legal and ethical issues related to technology. The use of technology in educational programs to more fully integrate the clinical experience with the classroom environment is explored.

NURS 7755: Advanced Pharmacology (2-0-2)
This course expands the experienced professional nurse’s understanding of pharmacological principles, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the knowledge necessary to improve client care outcomes.


NURS 8875: Nurse Educator Practicum III (1-9-4)
This course is the capstone of the practicum experience. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize elements of their acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation of clinical simulation in nursing education under the guidance of a preceptor. Students will study standards emphasizing debriefing and evaluation in clinical simulation in settings that further develop students’ knowledge and skills as nurse educators. Competence in advanced nursing education is an expectation with proficiency in best practice standards in simulation.


NURS 8863: Thesis/Research Project (variable credits; 0-3)
This course will allow students to complete their thesis/research project under the supervision of a graduate faculty member. Competencies related to implementation of nursing research and the scientific analytical processes required for completion of a thesis/research project relevant to nursing will be included.




Numbers after course titles (ie., 3-0-3) designate number of class hours per week, number of lab hours per week, and semester hours of credit for the completed course.


For complete course description, please consult the KSU Graduate Catalog.