Master of Science in Nursing

Program Director: Paulette Thabault
Program Coordinator: Janice Hansen

Norwich University offers the Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in Healthcare Systems Leadership, Nursing Informatics, and Nursing Education. The program is fully approved by the Vermont State Nursing Board and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Beginning in the December 2020 term, Norwich University will revising its existing curriculum. The new curriculum will require students to l take two, three-credit seminars each term or, for those enrolled in a specialty Nurse Practitioner track, two, two-credit seminars or clinicals. The revised program will offer concentrations in Healthcare Systems Leadership, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Education as well as Nurse Practitioner tracks in: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology (ACNP-AG), and Psychiatric and Mental Health. Each Nurse Practitioner track is a 45 credit-hour program of study. 

The Norwich University Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Healthcare Systems Leadership is a 36 credit program that provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as nurse leaders in a variety of health care settings.

The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Informatics is 36 credit program that prepares the graduate to function in a variety of information systems leadership roles and to sit for the national certification examination.

The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Education is a 40 credit program that prepares the graduate to assume roles in formal academic settings or in staff development positions. 

Mission

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares visionary nurse leaders who demonstrate advanced critical thinking, communication, and decision making skills to ensure quality outcomes within the complex systems of the health care continuum. Graduates initiate and effectively utilize research findings to improve outcomes, as well as utilize knowledge of health promotion, health care policy and systems, change and finance to effectively manage available resources in the changing health care environment. Masters prepared nurses utilize this knowledge base integrated with theories from nursing and related disciplines to create and implement ethical practices and policies to improve the environment in which health care is delivered.

The Masters prepared nurse engages in an expanded scope of practice that is characterized by critical analysis of problems and creative problem solving, and application of theories in the decision making process. The graduate manages change effectively and utilizes effective communication skills and technologies to create collaborative partnerships within nursing and across health care disciplines. Graduate education prepares the nurse to identify and evaluate personal and organization values and to implement ethical decisions and strategies to improve outcomes.

Program Outcomes

  • Initiate and effectively utilize research findings to improve outcomes across the spectrum of nursing environments.
  • Integrate knowledge of health promotion, health care policy and systems, change and finance to effectively manage available resources in the nursing environment.
  • Integrate theories from nursing and related disciplines to create and implement ethical practices and policies to improve nursing practice.
  • Critically analyze problems and demonstrate theory based problem solving in making decisions across a variety of nursing settings.
  • Plan and manage change effectively.
  • Incorporate the knowledge and skills related to informatics and technology to effectively improve nursing practice.
  • Implement effective communication skills to create collaborative partnerships within nursing and across health care disciplines.  
  • Apply the principles of translational science and implementation/improvement science, advocacy and appreciative inquiry in the context of the advanced nursing role.
Nurse Practitioner Core Curriculum
NR 548Advanced Pathophysiology3
NR 552Advanced Pharmacology3
NR 523Healthcare Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Advanced Nursing Roles3
NR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NR 553Advanced Physical Assessment3
NR 524Health Policy, Advocacy, and Economics in Healthcare3
NR 533Quality Improvement and Patient Safety3
NR 534Informatics & Healthcare Technologies3
NR 593Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice3
NR 595Residency0
Total Cr.27
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track
NR 590Advanced Pharmacology - Population Focus: Family2
NR 611Family Nurse Practitioner I (adult and geriatric)2
NR 612Family Nurse Practitioner I Clinical2
NR 613Family Nurse Practitioner II (adult and geriatric)2
NR 614Family Nurse Practitioner II Clinical2
NR 615Family Nurse Practitioner III (women and children)2
NR 616Family Nurse Practitioner III Clinical2
NR 617Family Nurse Practitioner IV (women and children)2
NR 618Family Nurse Practitioner IV Clinical2
Total Cr.18
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology (ACNP-AG) Track
NR 591Advanced Pharmacology--Population Focus: Adult and Geriatric2
NR 621Adult Geriatric Acute Care I2
NR 622Adult Geriatric Acute Care 1 Clinical2
NR 623Adult Geriatric Acute Care II2
NR 624Adult Geriatric Care II Clinic2
NR 625Adult Geriatric Acute Care III2
NR 626Adult Geriatric and Acute Care III Clinical2
NR 627Adult Geriatric Acute Care IV2
NR 628Adult Geriatric and Acute care IV Clinical2
Total Cr.18
Psychiatric and Mental Health NP Track
NR 592Advanced Pharmacology--Population Focus: Mental Health2
NR 631Psychiatric and Mental Health NP I2
NR 632Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical I2
NR 633Psychiatric and Mental Health NP II2
NR 634Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical II2
NR 635Psychiatric and Mental Health NP III2
NR 636Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical III2
NR 637Psychiatric and Mental Health NP IV2
NR 638Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical IV2
Total Cr.18
Core Curriculum for Healthcare Systems Leadership
NR 523Healthcare Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Advanced Nursing Roles3
NR 524Health Policy, Advocacy, and Economics in Healthcare3
NR 533Quality Improvement and Patient Safety3
NR 593Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice3
NR 534Informatics & Healthcare Technologies3
NR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NR 595Residency0
Total Cr.18

Healthcare Systems Leadership  Concentration (18 credits)

NR 581 Leadership in Healthcare Organizations                                                       3 Credits

Students explore organizational science and its application to healthcare and analyze the principles of leadership and leadership science including theory, styles as well as contemporary approaches and strategies. The course emphasizes system science and integration, change theory and social change theories, and healthcare systems and organizational relationships. The student has the opportunity to address an organization’s challenges specific to healthcare delivery within the contemporary financial and social environment.  *This course has not been approved by the University Curriculum Committee,

NR 582 – Healthcare Resource Management – Financial Resources                        3 Credits

Students explore all aspects of finance related to healthcare systems including operating budgets and capital requests.  Calculation of revenue, direct and indirect costs as well as cost benefit calculations are considered. *This course has not been approved by the University Curriculum Committee,

NR 583 Healthcare Resource Management – Human Resources                              3 Credits

Students examine the critical aspects of human resource management in the context of healthcare systems. Human resource management includes confronting the nursing shortage through recruitment and retention, staffing management, performance appraisal and marketing. Prevention of workplace violence and disaster preparedness are also explored as opportunities and challenges for nurse leaders in managing the healthcare workforce. *This course has not been approved by the University Curriculum Committee,

NR 584 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Healthcare                                           3 Credits

The student is introduced to definitions and concepts that pertain to innovation, including different types of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as individual-level, organizational and institutional factors that impact the healthcare innovation process. The course examines how entrepreneurs and healthcare organizations create and capture value through sustainable innovation that meet consumer and societal needs. It explores various approaches employed by entrepreneurial healthcare organizations and considers the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in today’s competitive and global environment.  *This course has not been approved by the University Curriculum Committee,

NR 585 Strategic Planning in Healthcare                                                                  3 Credits

The seminar emphasizes strategic planning in healthcare, business planning and conceptual analysis of role. Discussion focuses on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) for strategic planning and for practice as a nurse leader across traditional and non-traditional healthcare setting. *This course has not been approved by the University Curriculum Committee,

NR 586 The Nurse Leader’s Role in Healthcare Systems                                         3 Credits

This practicum experience expands and refines the leadership and management skills related to the administrative nurse leader role. Working with a nurse leader acting as a manager/administrator in a selected care environment, the student focuses their chosen leadership role, with a focus on quality, risk management and processes of managing health care delivery. The student attends agency organization and management meetings and works collaboratively to design and create a health care project appropriate to the student’s practice setting. *This course has not been approved by the University Curriculum Committee,

Core Curriculum for Nurse Education
NR 523Healthcare Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Advanced Nursing Roles3
NR 524Health Policy, Advocacy, and Economics in Healthcare3
NR 533Quality Improvement and Patient Safety3
NR 593Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice3
NR 534Informatics & Healthcare Technologies3
NR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NR 595Residency0
Concentration Courses
NR 548Advanced Pathophysiology3
NR 552Advanced Pharmacology3
NR 553Advanced Physical Assessment3
*NR 563 (Curriculum Design in Nursing)3
*NR564 (Innovations in Teaching and Learning)3
*NR 565 (Assessment and Evaluation Strategies)3
*NR 568 (Advanced Nursing Practicum)2
*NR 569 (Implementing the Nurse Educator Role)2
* courses have not yet been developed or approved by University Curriculum Committee
Total Cr.40

The September 2020 start date will be the last enrollment for this curriculum map. Students entering the MSN program in December 2020 or later should consult the Revised MSN Curriculum Map.

Curriculum Map 

Term 1
NR 512
6
Term 2
Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice6
Term 3
Quality Improvement, Informatics & Healthcare Technologies6
Term 4
Concentration course(s)
6
Term 5
Concentration course(s)
6-10
Term 6
Concentration course(s)
6
Residency 10
Total Cr.36-40


Curriculum Requirements

The program’s first three seminars (18 credits) are common core content seminars and provide the foundation for specialization, addressing the study of health care delivery systems, ethical issues, and theoretical bases for nursing, leadership, and research. The remaining seminars (18 credits) address the specific content essential for either the concentration in nursing administration or in nursing education. 

Core Courses (18 credits)

NR 5126
NR 522Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice6
NR 532Quality Improvement, Informatics & Healthcare Technologies6
Culminating Academic Requirement
NR 595Residency0
Total Cr.18


Concentrations (18 - 22 credits)

Healthcare Systems Leadership Concentration
NR 546Leadership in Healthcare Organizations6
Select two of the following
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Healthcare6
Healthcare Resource Management6
Healthcare Management6
NR 566Strategic Planning and Management in Healthcare6
Total Cr.18
Nursing Informatics Concentration
NR 547Theoretical and Practice Foundations of Nursing Informatics6
NR 557Strategic Planning and Practice Applications in Nursing Informatics6
NR 567Using Informatics to improve Nursing Practice6
Total Cr.18
Nursing Education Concentration
NR 541Clinical Concepts: Advanced Pharmacology3
NR 542Clinical Concepts: Advanced Health Assessment3
NR 543Clinical Concepts: Pathophysiology for Disease Management4
Students may substitute the following for NR 543
ClinicalConceptsADV Pathophys11
ClinicalConceptsADV Pathophys21
ClinicalConcept ADV Pathophys31
ClinicalConceptsADV Pathophys41
NR 551Theoretical Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction6
NR 561Scholarship of Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation6
Total Cr.22


One-Week Residency

All degree candidates of the Master of Science in Nursing are required to attend a one-week Residency Conference on the Norwich University campus, during which they may attend professional presentations, participate in roundtable discussions with faculty, and present papers. The one-week residency is a degree requirement.

Faculty Member Institution at which highest degree was earned
Jonathon Brown, DNP George Washington University
Janet Dupont, PhD Capella University
Betty Fair, PhD University of Texas
Emily Gessner, DNP Northeastern University
Jean Gordon, DBA Nova Southeastern University
Jo Anne Grunow, PhD Rush University
Lisa Hawthorne, PhD University of San Diego
Nancy Kupka, DNS Rush University
Mario Ortiz, PhD Loyola University
Linda Tjiong, DBA University of Sarasota
Richard Watters, PhD University of Western Australia
Hope Williamson, DNP University of Miami