Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) for RNs: Post-Licensure - Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
The RN-BSN-MSN program will sharpen students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they manage in the capacity of a healthcare professional.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is a competitive process.
Admission standards for RN-BSN-MSN include:
- Students must have earned a diploma or an Associate Degree in Nursing through an NLN/ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program.
- Current and Active Registered Nurse license.
- Documentation of the ability to meet the Essential Attributes of Nursing.
- If a student makes a C -/+ in NURS 500 Research (3 c.h.) or NURS 503 Managing Population Health (3 c.h.), the student is required to take the undergraduate equivalents course (NURS 225 Research in Nursing (3 c.h.) or NURS 445 Population Health (3 c.h.)) prior to retaking the graduate course for transcript adjustment.
- Prior to taking NURS 500 Research (3 c.h.), the student must successfully complete an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or above.
- Progression to the MSN program following BSN completion is dependent upon earning a grade of B- or higher in all graduate courses.
- If the student makes a D or less in either NURS 500 Research (3 c.h.) or NURS 503 Managing Population Health (3 c.h.), the student will be administratively dismissed from the RN-BSN-MSN program. He or she would remain eligible to continue in the RN-BSN program.
- Students in the RN to BSN to MSN track must maintain a GPA or 3.0 or higher. RN to BSN to MSN track students with GPA’s between 2.0 and 2.9 will admitted on caution, but should maintain a current GPA 3.0 or higher. If the student is unable to maintain this GPA, he or she may remain in the RN to BSN track if meeting RN to BSN progression policies.
- The gate course in the RN-BSN program in NURS 492 Advanced Concepts of Nursing Practice (3 c.h.) (capstone course). This course must be completed prior to taking any 500 or 600 level nursing class, except for NURS 500 Research (3 c.h.) and NURS 503 Managing Population Health (3 c.h.).
- NURS 220 Advanced Nursing Communication (3 c.h.) is the entry nursing course. Students will be informed that this is their chance to transfer to the dual degree, afterwards, the students will not be eligible to transition into the dual degree program.
- UG pre-reqs should be completed by NURS 492 Advanced Concepts of Nursing Practice (3 c.h.).
- MSN requirements will lead for admission and graduation.
- After completing NURS 492 Advanced Concepts of Nursing Practice (3 c.h.), progression policies of the Graduate School apply.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- View nursing as a ministry of demonstrating Christ’s love to hurting people of all religions, creeds, and cultures;
- Provide and coordinate nursing care for individuals, families, and groups within the community;
- Utilize critical thinking/problem solving skills in determining nursing interventions and applying therapeutic skills;
- Demonstrate leadership skills in collaboration with clients, other professionals and groups within the community for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, and restoring health;
- Apply a personal and professional Christian value system, based on biblical principles, to ethical issues related to the practice of professional nursing; and
- Value the need for ongoing personal and professional development through both formal and informal learning experiences.
- Foster professional level competencies in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy.
- Integrate research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice (AACN/CCNE I, IV, NLN 7, ANA-Admin. 10, 13, 15).
- Influence nursing practice by integrating policy criteria and advocacy skills (AACN/CCNE VI, NLN 8, ANA-Admin. 16).
- Employ quality improvement, safety standards, and outcomes management to support best practices in nursing (AACN/CCNE III, IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 7).
- Collaborate with members of interprofessional teams to promote culturally competent population health care and clinical prevention in a variety of settings (AACN/CCNE VII, VIII, ANA-Admin. 5b, 10, 11).
- Utilize innovative health care technologies in a variety of practice settings (AACN/CCNE V, NLN 1, ANA-Admin. 14).
- Apply Christian Worldview and ethical decision making to Advanced Nursing Practice (LU mission, AACN/CCNE IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 12).
- Demonstrate leadership in a variety of professional practice and educational settings (AACN/CCNE II, IX, NLN 5, 8, ANA-Admin. 3, 15).
Nurse Educator Concentration
The student will be able to:
- Design nursing curricula that reflects student learning needs, innovative teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes that support a positive learning environment (NLN competencies 3 and 4).
- Construct a learning environment based on educational theory and evidence-based practice which promotes individual learner needs (NLN competency 1).
- Demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities in creating a learning environment that supports individual goals and diverse student needs (NLN competency 2).
Nursing Administration Concentration
The student will be able to:
- Demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to direct health care systems delivery of nursing services and professional practice (ANA-Admin. 5c, 11, 10).
- Provide health care systems management utilizing the nursing process to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resource management and evaluation of outcomes (ANA-Admin. 1-6, 14).
- Utilize evidence to create a culture of safety and quality based on nursing values, advocacy, current nursing practice, legal ethical and regulatory compliance (ANA-Admin. 7, 8, 9, 12)
Nursing Informatics Concentration
The student will be able to:
- Design nursing informatics solutions to reach a community need, resolve a heathcare issue, or improve an outcome in the healthcare setting (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1,4,5)
- Collaborate with key stakeholders in the healthcare setting to create strategies for informatics solutions (ANA-Nursing Inform. 6, 11, 13).
- Synthesize available data, information, evidence, and knowledge to create a culture of safety and quality based on legal, ethical, and regulatory compliance (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1, 7, 10, 15).
Graduation Requirements for RN-BSN-MSN
- Complete 151 hours.
- 120 Credit hours must be 100-400 level courses (NURS 500 Research (3 c.h.) & NURS 503 Managing Population Health (3 c.h.) included)
- 3.0 GPA
- 30 credit hours of undergraduate courses must be upper-level (300-400 level)
- Grade of ‘C’ minimum required for all undergraduate courses in the major
- Grade of ‘B’ or higher required for all graduate courses
- 46% of the undergraduate courses in majors must be taken through Liberty University
- 30 credit hours of undergraduate courses must be taken through Liberty University
- Coursework taken through Liberty University and is more than 5 years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
- Degree must be completed within 5 years.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Delivery Format: Online Only
- Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure & Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator (B.S.N. to M.S.N.) - Online
- Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration (B.S.N. to M.S.N) - Online
- Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Informatics (B.S.N. to M.S.N.) - Online
This course expands upon research knowledge acquired at the baccalaureate level and focuses on in-depth study of the research process, theory-based research, data collection and analysis methods, and application of nursing and related research findings to nursing practice. The importance of evidence-based practice is emphasized. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are examined.
This course examines policy decisions and related issues that shape the organization, financing, and implementation of health care services and delivery systems. Ethical, social, and political issues that affect the provision of health care, nursing services, communities, and society are critically analyzed. Dynamics related to the roles and influences of health care providers and consumers, government, and law are discussed. Advanced nursing practice and its impact on policy decision making and health care is emphasized.
Emphasis is placed on the critique, evaluation, and utilization of nursing and other relevant theories that apply to advanced nursing practice and a comprehensive approach to care. Professional role development, interdisciplinary relationships, and issues relevant to advanced practice are studied.
This course focuses on health behaviors of diverse populations and critical analysis of various theories of health promotion and clinical prevention. Health behaviors of different cultures and age groups are addressed, relevant nursing research on health promotion and clinical prevention are discussed, and new areas for nursing research are identified. Emphasis is placed on the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and environmental factors that impact health status. The importance of providing appropriate, individualized health care that is sensitive to the ethnic, racial, gender and age differences within and across diverse populations is stressed and the role of the advanced practice nurse is emphasized.
Online Prerequisite: (Research Met (NURS 225) with a score of 3 and Community Met (NURS 440) with a score of 3 and Ldr Management Met (NURS 490) with a score of 3 and Population Hlth Met (NURS 445) with a score of 3 and Nrs Management Met (NURS 491) with a score of 3 and NURS 505 and NURS 506) or (BSN Met with a score of 3 and NURS 505 and NURS 506)
This course is designed to expand the advanced practice student's knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics, which includes the cellular response level, for the management of individuals in the acute care and primary care setting. Broad categories of pharmacologic agents are examined. Skills to assess, diagnose, and manage a client's common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner are emphasized.
Registration Restrictions: BSN, RN, or RN with bachelor's degree in another discipline
Online Prerequisite: (BSN Met with a score of 3 and Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3) or (Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3 and Research Met (NURS 225) with a score of 3 and Community Met (NURS 440) with a score of 3 and Ldr Management Met (NURS 490) with a score of 3 and Population Hlth Met (NURS 445) with a score of 3 and Nrs Management Met (NURS 491) with a score of 3)
This course focuses on comprehensive physical assessment which includes in-depth health history, physical and psychological signs and symptoms, developmental stages, pathophysiologic changes, and psychosocial and cultural characteristics of the individual, family, and community as client. Enhancement of communication and observational skills are emphasized along with the development of sensitive and refined interviewing techniques. Students must obtain a master's prepared nurse preceptor who will proctor their final exam which is a comprehensive head-to-toe physical assessment.
Registration Restrictions: BSN, RN, or RN with bachelor degree in another discipline
Online Prerequisite: BSN Met with a score of 3 or (Research Met (NURS 225) with a score of 3 and Community Met (NURS 440) with a score of 3 and Ldr Management Met (NURS 490) with a score of 3 and Population Hlth Met (NURS 445) with a score of 3 and Nrs Management Met (NURS 491) with a score of 3) or (EXSC 510 and EXSC 525)
System-focused content addresses the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease that serve as the foundation for advanced clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. Physiologic changes are compared and contrasted over the life span and developmental physiology, normal etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of commonly found/observed altered health states and responses to illness and treatment modalities are examined.
This course focuses on advanced nursing skills and assessment related to common developmental, health, and illness changes of adults. The effects of acute illness on the individual and family are also analyzed. In addition, pharmacological, nutritional, and psychosocial management options are examined. Role development as a clinical nurse specialist is discussed. With the assistance of faculty and selected preceptors students design practicums tailored to their individual preferences, professional goals, and objectives for future practice as clinical nurse specialists. Students who choose to focus on teaching based on advanced practice knowledge and expertise within the acute care specialty are guided to integrate specific goals and objectives congruent with the role of nurse educator into their practicums. A clinical contract is developed and established with an approved MSN preceptor; and clinical practicum hours are initiated.
The focus of this course is to explore the multifaceted role of caring for the patient who has reached the end of life. Particular attention is given to providing sufficient knowledge to assure that the student will be prepared to facilitate the patient's comfort and quality of life. Other areas include ethical / legal issues, cultural perspectives on death and dying, grief, and death. Course content emphasizes the respectful treatment of the entire individual and the delivery of care with the love of Christ. (Elective course)
Online Prerequisite: (NURS 501 and BSN Met with a score of 3 and Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3) or (NURS 501 and Hlth Assessment Met (NURS 210) with a score of 3 and Research Met (NURS 225) with a score of 3 and Community Met (NURS 440) with a score of 3 and Ldr Management Met (NURS 490) with a score of 3 and Population Hlth Met (NURS 445) with a score of 3 and Nrs Management Met (NURS 491) with a score of 3)
This course prepares students for the rapidly evolving world of health care by addressing topics affecting practice and issues facing future nurse leaders and educators. Changing reimbursement models and their effect on nursing practice will be discussed. Topics related to technology such as tele-health and nursing informatics will be examined. Quality improvement, patient safety, and other topics relevant to contemporary nursing will be explored.
This course will allow students to explore the concepts that support a sound approach to managing performance. Performance management is a proactive and ongoing process which strives to align individual, unit, and/or team performance with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the organization. When organizational goals are established, performance metrics are created along with a methodical measurement process that will support analysis of performance. Performance management also implies that leaders are managing their individual staff through relationship and rapport building, investment in the ongoing growth of employees, goal setting, motivating and rewarding staff, and giving feedback at regular intervals.
Online Prerequisite: NURS 521
The course focuses on financial and resource management for the nurse leader. The course provides students the skills and knowledge to perform a variety of functions related to financial and resource management including budgetary functions such as operating, expense, revenue, capital, and performance budgets, planning, controlling, management of costs associated with staff/skill mix, and cost analysis. Key concepts such as strategic management, reimbursement and payor mix, forecasting economic and marketing factors are explored for decision making. Students will be required to perform financial and budgeting operations and spread sheet analysis using Microsoft® Excel.
Online Prerequisite: NURS 523
This course is designed for students who desire to develop skills in the areas of leadership and management who plan to utilize their selected area of advanced practice and knowledge as nurse leaders within healthcare organizations. Students will investigate content areas that will build knowledge and expertise in working with systems theories, high performing work teams, information systems, change theories and theories of organizational behavior. Leadership styles and innovations styles will be explored.
Registration Restrictions: Admission to the MSN program
This course will cover various formative and summative evaluation strategies for assessment of student learning outcomes in the classroom, clinical, and laboratory settings. Attention will be given to social/legal/ethical issues, students with disabilities, and cultural diversity.
Provides the student with clinical opportunities to apply theories and community health models of care to families and community groups. Emphasis is on the development of the advanced practice role of clinical nurse specialist. Economic, ethical, and political issues relevant to health care delivery to multicultural populations within a variety of community settings are examined. Theoretical and evidence-based practice, collaboration, and current health care climate are addressed. Clinical practicum hours continue.
This course provides the student advanced health assessment skills within a selected population. Biopsychosocial, cultural, spiritual, physical, ethical concepts, and systems theory will be integrated into managing advanced health care needs of the client. Students will apply the nursing process and focus on improving patient outcomes. The theoretical framework for simulation design for nursing education, the nursing process, collaborative learning and guided reflection will be explored to create student-centered educational experiences for attainment of clinical skills and critical thinking. An educational site affiliation agreement with a student selected approved facility is secured and a practicum contract is developed and established with an approved nurse educator preceptor prior to enrollment in this course; advanced clinical application practicum hours are initiated in NURS 617. Students must meet all pre-practicum requirements prior to enrollment in NURS 617; refer to Graduate Nursing Handbook for pre-practicum requirements.
Registration Restrictions: Admission to the MSN program
This course provides students with a variety of teaching strategies and evaluative approaches designed to promote a productive and effective learning environment. Selected teaching learning theories are examined and applied to the role of nurse educator and nursing education practice. Students establish nurse education practicum goals and objectives and are required to obtain a nurse educator preceptor. Practicum hours involve practical observational and hands-on experiences in both the clinical and classroom environments. An educational site affiliation agreement with a student selected approved facility is secured and a practicum contract is developed and established with an approved nurse educator preceptor prior to enrollment in this course; practicum hours are initiated in NURS 618. Students must meet all pre-practicum requirements prior to enrollment in NURS 618; refer to Graduate Nursing Handbook for pre-practicum requirements.
Online Prerequisite: NURS 618
This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and requisite skill set needed to effectively design, develop, implement, and evaluate nursing education focused curricula. Current trends in nursing education and accreditation are discussed; philosophies, conceptual frameworks, development of learning goals and objectives are examined and applied. Practicum hours continue.
Online Prerequisite: NURS 619
This course is designed for students who elect to utilize their selected area of advanced practice knowledge and related practicum experiences by serving as nurse educators. Students are guided to continue working with preceptors to fulfill clinical and educational objectives that were developed and initiated in NURS 618. A research project that leads to the writing of a scholarly paper suitable for publication is required.
Note: Students admitted in the program prior to Fall 2012, follow the prior Nurse Education track and the course/practicum hours for those students is 6 hours.
The practicum course will provide the student an opportunity to explore the role of the nurse administrator within today's health care organizations. Students will examine organizational structure, management theory, professional ethics, and policy, legal and ethical and regulatory issues as a foundation to create a culture of excellence, quality and safety. Students will examine decision making and the role of the nurse administrator within the context of political and power structures, the practice, institutional and physical environments of the organization and external factors. An educational site affiliation agreement with a student selected approved facility is secured and a practicum contract is developed and established with an approved nurse leader preceptor prior to enrollment in this course; nursing administration/leadership practicum hours are initiated in NURS 623. Students must meet all pre-practicum requirements prior to enrollment in NURS 623; refer to Graduate Nursing Handbook for pre-practicum requirements.
Registration Restrictions: Admission to MSN program
This practicum course will provide students with an opportunity to apply theories of leadership and use of self to develop the leadership and managements skills required of the nurse leader. Students will obtain knowledge, skills and abilities to lead and manage a diverse workforce in a complex healthcare environment. Particular emphasis will be on team building, managing conflict, expanding opportunities for effective communication and dealing with change. The role of the leader as a transforming influence will be integrated into the practicum experience that fosters a vision for developing innovations that support positive patient and organizational outcomes.
This practicum course will provide the student an opportunity to apply legal, regulatory and ethical considerations in the management of resources. Management of human resources will include topics such as relationship management, staff development, professional performance appraisals, motivation, personnel policies and procedures. Principles of financial, material, and technological resource management will be utilized through collaborative learning opportunities.
Online Prerequisite: NURS 625
This practicum course provides students an opportunity to demonstrate competencies in key elements of the Nurse Administrator role and apply the advanced practice role to a variety of professional practice settings. Students will integrate standards of professional nursing performance, ethical, legal and regulatory compliance to practice during a capstone project and experience.
The HP I practicum is designed to provide the student already employed in a healthcare organization with exposure to executive management, leadership, and policy- making processes and activities. Typically, the student will complete the practicum at their employing organization.
The Health Policy Leadership II practicum is designed to provide the student already employed in a healthcare organization with exposure to executive management, leadership, and policy- making processes and activities.
The Health Policy Leadership III practicum is designed to provide the student already employed in a healthcare organization with exposure to the policy- making processes and activities within the local and/or state levels.
Course description: This capstone course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of the nursing informatics field (ANA, 2015) through identification of a problem, issue, or need in professional practice. A community assessment will be performed to identify the problem, issue or need at hand. Through consultation with their professor, the graduate student will then create an evidence-based project, to address this area of need through synthesis of advanced knowledge and skills, resulting in a nursing informatics deliverable as a means to foster improved outcomes.
This practicum course is designed to engage the practicing nurse in community health nursing with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. This course recognizes that community health practice is responsible to the community as client with services provided to individuals, families and groups to promote health and prevent disease. Students will apply knowledge and skills regarding comprehensive community assessment and diagnosis, evidenced-based nursing theory and community practice models, analysis of population data, and priority setting. Emphasis is placed on biblical worldview, culturally relevant care and interdisciplinary teamwork. Clinical opportunities within the community setting are initiated.
This practicum course is designed to build on practicum experiences from NURS 631 and expand the practicing RN's engagement within the community setting by considering community concepts and addressing the social determinants of health; with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. RN's will apply knowledge and skills from nursing practice, nursing courses, and public health sciences to broaden their understanding of caring for a community's health.
This course completes community health practicum experience that continues to build on community focus to include community based management, formulates community goals and objectives, concentrating on evidence-based program planning while expanding population-oriented preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative models of care.
This informatics course will provide graduate students the opportunity to design, appraise and modify data sets using data mining software. Management of data will be supported by nursing informatics framework to meet the scope and standards of practice for Nursing Informatics (ANA, 2015). Knowledge discovery through the data mining process will be applied to the final capstone project.
This capstone course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of the nursing informatics field (ANA, 2015) through identification of a problem, issue, or need in professional practice. A community assessment will be performed to identify the problem, issue or need at hand. Through consultation with their professor, the graduate student will then create an evidence-based project, to address this area of need through synthesis of advanced knowledge and skills, resulting in a nursing informatics deliverable as a means to foster improved outcomes.
This capstone course is designed for health/wellness majors who are in the last semester of their Health Services graduate degree program. With guidance from the course professor, students will develop a health-oriented educational program, based on current research.
Note: Students must be in the final semester of their Health Services degree program.