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  Jan 18, 2018
 
 
    
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog

Nursing MS


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The Masters of Science (MS) in Nursing program is a 39 credit degree program delivered in a fully asynchronous online format. Six (6) of these credits may be taken at UMass Dartmouth prior to matriculation. A total of six (6) credits may be transferred from another graduate program following the appropriate review and approval. One of these transferred courses may include a required elective.

The goal of the MS in Nursing program is to prepare the nursing graduate to be a leader in nursing education and/or in global heath.

The nursing and healthcare education concentration prepares the individual for the nurse educator role in academic, cliical, or staff development settings. The concentration reflects the nurse educator and professional development competencies developed by national organizations. The graduate is prepared to design, implement, evaluate, and revise academic and continuing education programs for nurses.

The global public health concentration prepares the socially accountable individual to apply skills and knowledge using an ecological framework to improve health outcomes of families, groups, and populations. The graduate is prepared to work in various domestic and global settings, with diverse individuals, families, and populations, to improve healthcare outcomes through illness prevention, health promotion and health policy.

Both concentrations provide the student with the foundation knowledge of healthcare systems, healthcare policy, nursing research methods, and healthcare informatics. Advanced courses in the concentration allow the application of knowledge to be applied in various practice settings. The final capstone project prepares the student for a career using advacned nursing skills.

The Nursing MS program prepares the nurse leader who:

1.  Synthesizes specialized and diverse knowledge for application in nursing practice.

2.  Applies principles of organization and system leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care to individuals, families, groups and populations.

3.  Applies quality principles within an organization.

4.  Uses evidence to guide nursing practice, address patient problems and disseminate results.

5.  Interprets information from a variety of healthcare technologies to integrate and coordinate care.

6.  Influences health system and health policy to shape care delivery to individuals, families, groups and populations across the lifespan.

7.  Engage in inter-professional collaboration to promote health, guide clients through the illness experience and improve the health system.

8.  Applies the principles of culturally appropriate care to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate healthcare to individuals, families, groups and populations.

9.  Influences healthcare outcomes through nursing practice by integrating advanced scientific, clinical and systems knowledge.

 

Clinical Practicum

The clinical practicum course is an essential componet of the MS program. Practicum experiences offer the best opportunity to apply new knowledge and specialized skills in each concentration option. The student is required to complete a minimum of 112 hours of supervised practice in the final semester of their program of study. Clinical placements are determined by agency/ preceptor availability and student learning needs. It should be noted that the appropriate clinical preceptors are typically only available during weekdays (although some exceptions do occur). The student is responsible for securing their practicum preceptor.

 

Masters in Nursing, Nursing and Healthcare Education


The nursing and healthcare education concentration prepares you to be a nurse educator in an academic, clinical, or staff development setting. The cirriculum integrates core master’s level concepts, advanced clinical foundations, and education- focused courses. It culminates in an intensive, individualized practicum, with a minimum of 112 practicum hours. Each student collaborates with an experienced educator to implement the role. The concentration is based on the nurse educator and professional development competencies developed by national organizations. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to design, implement, evaluate, and revise academic and continuing education programs for nurses.

Prior to Year 1 (Summer) - 3 credits


Year One (Fall, Spring) -12 credits


Year Two (Fall, Spring) -12 credits


Year Three (Fall, Spring) -12 credits


Masters in Nursing, Global Public Health


The global public health concentration prepares you to apply skils and knowledge using an ecological framework to improve health outcomes in domestic and global settings. The curriculum itegrates core master’s level concepts, advanced clinical foundations, and global health-focused courses. It culminates in an intensive, individualized practicum  with a minimum of 112 practicum hours. Each student collaborates with experienced professional to implement the role. The graduate is prepared to work with diverse individuals, families, and populations, to improve healthcare outcomes through illness prevention, health promotion, and health policy.

Prior to Year 1 (Summer) - 3 credits


Year One (Fall, Spring) -12 credits


Year Two (Fall, Spring) -12 credits


Year Three (Fall, Spring) -12 credits


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