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MS in Nursing

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing is designed for those already working in the nursing field who seek to advance their administrative or clinical knowledge within this field. Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing at Kaplan University here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Nursing

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Students of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), have the opportunity to study nursing theories and advanced nursing practices while developing decision making and management skills. Core courses explore advanced nursing career options, nursing science, statistical procedures, nursing research methods, epidemiology, legal issues and ethics, and health care policy development. Upon completion of core requirements, students can choose from five specialization areas: Nurse Educator, Executive Leader, Informatics, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, or Family Nurse Practitioner. Students seeking to enter the program should be working as registered nurses.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

65 to 100 credits, depending on specialization. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Nursing:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • MN 501: Advanced Nursing Roles (5 credits)
  • MN 502: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing (5 credits)
  • MN 503: Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences (5 credits)
  • MN 504: Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice (5 credits)
  • MN 505: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Diverse Community (5 credits)
  • MN 506: Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System (5 credits)
  • MN 507: Health Policy, Financing, and Organization of Health Care Delivery Systems (5 credits)

Specialization Requirements

  • Nurse Educator
    • MN 508: Teaching and Learning Strategies (5 credits)
    • MN 509: Curriculum Design (5 credits)
    • MN 510: Implementing Technology - Enhanced Learning in Nursing Education (5 credits)
    • MN 511: Assessment and Evaluation (5 credits)
    • MN 519: Nurse Educator Practicum (5 credits)
    • MN 551: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (5 credits)
    • MN 552: Advanced Health Assessment (5 credits)
    • MN 553: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (5 credits)
    • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)
  • Executive Leader
    • MN 512: Leadership, Organizational Theory, and Behavior (5 credits)
    • MN 513: Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning, and Budgeting (5 credits)
    • MN 514: Human Resource Management (5 credits)
    • MN 515: Innovation in Health Care Information Technology - Administrative and Advanced Practice Priorities (5 credits)
    • MN 520: Executive Leader Practicum (5 credits)
    • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)
  • Informatics
    • MN 530: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the Informatics Nurse Specialist (5 credits)
    • MN 531: Innovations in Educational and Research Technologies (5 credits)
    • MN 532: Integration of Informatics into the Health Care Environment (5 credits)
    • MN 533: Health Systems Project Management (5 credits)
    • MN 534: Nurse Informatics Specialist Practicum (5 credits)
    • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
    • MN 550: Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (5 credits)
    • MN 551: Advanced Pathopharmacology Across the Lifespan (5 credits)
    • MN 552: Advanced Health Assessment (5 credits)
    • MN 553: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (5 credits)
    • MN 554: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum I (5 credits)
    • MN 555: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum II (5 credits)
    • MN 556: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum III (5 credits)
    • MN 560: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical I (5 credits)
    • MN 561: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical II (5 credits)
    • MN 599: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical III (5 credits)
    • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • MN 550: Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (5 credits)
    • MN 551: Advanced Pathopharmacology Across the Lifespan (5 credits)
    • MN 552: Advanced Health Assessment (5 credits)
    • MN 553: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (5 credits)
    • MN 554: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum I (5 credits)
    • MN 555: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum II (5 credits)
    • MN 556: Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum III (5 credits)
    • MN 557: Primary Care of the Pediatric Client (5 credits)
    • MN 560: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical I (5 credits)
    • MN 561: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical II (5 credits)
    • MN 562: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical - Pediatrics (5 credits)
    • MN 599: Advanced Practical Nurse Clinical III (5 credits)
    • MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project (5 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After completing Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing, graduates could pursue nursing management, administrative, or specialty nursing positions in a range of medical or health care environments. These environments could include hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or home care companies.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Administrator of nursing services
  • Hospital administrator
  • Nurse researcher
  • Clinical nurse specialist

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