Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a major in nursing administration or nursing education. The MSN in nursing administration prepares nurses for unit, department, service line, or system-level leadership. The MSN in nursing education prepares nurses to teach patients, families, healthcare consumers, nurses, and nursing students.

Accreditation

The MSN program at Tarleton State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Curriclum

The MSN curriculum consists of courses in the core (identified in the table as field of study courses), each major (identified in the table as concentrations), and degree completion options. All students take the course courses. Concurrently, students complete the courses in their selected major. Following completion of 12 credit hours in the program, students select a degree completion option. The Comprehensive Exam Review is a course in which students prepare to take the written comprehensive exam. The Completion Project course is when a student works closely with a faculty advisor to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate a nursing intervention related to the major. A thesis is a research project in which the student works closely with a faculty advisor to plan, conduct, analyze, and report on a research question related to the major.  All three degree completion options are a synthesis of the concepts, theories, principles, roles, and skills learned in the MSN program and satisfy the College of Graduate Studies requirement for a comprehensive assessment.

The Master of Science in Nursing

Field of Study Courses
NURS 5300Nursing Theory3
NURS 5303Advanced Nursing Role Development3
NURS 5206Nursing Informatics2
NURS 5398Nursing Research3
Other Required Courses
Degree Completion Options - Choose one:
NURS 5380Completion Project3
NURS 5388Thesis3
NURS 5181Comprenhesive Exam Review (1) (plus one 3 credit hour elective)1
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Administration
NURS 5310Leadership Development3
NURS 5322Healthcare Change and Communication3
NURS 5301Organizational Behavior3
NURS 5302Human Resource Management3
NURS 5320Healthcare Finance3
NURS 5324Outcomes & Eval Healthcare3
NURS 5328Administrator Role I3
NURS 5329Administrator Role II3
Education
NURS 5312Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 5414Advanced Pharmacology and Pathophysio4
NURS 5311The Adult Learning Environment3
NURS 5330Instructional Strategies and Methods3
NURS 5332Curriculum Development3
NURS 5334Outcomes and Evaluation Education3
NURS 5338Clinical Focus Role3
NURS 5339Educator Role3

Course Delivery Method

Nursing courses in the MSN program are delivered using a hybrid or blended learning approach which combines face-to-face classroom and online learning activities through Tarleton's learning management system. Simluation is also used.

Locations

Coursework for the MSN program is offered at the Stephenville and Fort Worth campuses.

Admission Requirements

The student must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Note: The GRE is not required for admission into the MSN program.

Department of Nursing Requirements
  1. Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from an accredited program of nursing (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing [ACEN] or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE] program of nursing)
  2. Hold a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States and be eligible for unencumbered licensure in Texas. Proof of unencumbered current Texas license must be demonstrated by the start of course work
  3. Basic statistics course with grade of “C” or better
  4. Three letters of recommendation  (a Reference Form is available from the website www.tarleton.edu/nursing)
  5. Resume
  6. International students to have one year experience as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States
Deadlines

June 1 to start in the fall semester (one time per year admission).

Alternate Entry

The Department of Nursing offers an alternate entry RN to MSN option to registered nurses who desire to obtain a bachelor of science (BSN) and MSN degree. In this option, students are streamlined from the BSN to the MSN without duplication of paperwork or extra fees. First, students complete the courses as outlined in the RN to BSN entry (located in the undergraduate section of this catalog). Once the degree is awarded, students are re-classified as graduate students and continue at Tarleton taking master's courses without interruption. Refer to the RN to BSN entry in the undergraduate section  of this catalog for application deadlines and more information.

Courses

NURS 5086. Problems in Nursing. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0-6 Hours, Lab: 0-6 Hours).

Independent study focused on an area in nursing. Together with the faculty, the student formulates learning objectives and a plan for the course. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program and approval of the Department Head.

NURS 5181. Comprenhesive Exam Review. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Purpose of the course is to prepare students for the comprehensive examination which is a synthesis of the concepts, theories, principles, roles, and skills learned in this graduate program. Course is pass/fail grading.

NURS 5206. Nursing Informatics. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explores nursing informatics, its value, impact, and application to nursing practice, research, and education. Advances in information technology, healthcare information systems, and tele-health are expanded. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5300. Nursing Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explores the relationships among theory, knowledge, science, and evidence-based nursing practice. The student will develop an appreciation of the process of theory development in nursing, compare and contrast various theoretical perspectives, and apply nursing theory. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5301. Organizational Behavior. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of individual and group dynamics in the business environment. Specific emphasis is given to leadership, motivation, communication, employee supervision, and morale. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5302. Human Resource Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Presents the fundamental principles and techniques of personnel management and examines the management of human resources from the point of view of the personnel officer, the operational manager and the employee. Examines the responsibilities of organizational leadership for incorporating human resource issues in strategic planning and initiatives. Emphasis is placed on current legal considerations, issues and research. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5303. Advanced Nursing Role Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Course introduces general and specific roles as a master's prepared nurse. Students are expected to incorporate the values of ethical comportment, lifelong learning, and professional development. The local, state, and national healthcare policies and issues will be investigated. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5310. Leadership Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Leadership is explored through the process of developing oneself as a leader while developing followers. Emphasis is placed upon learning the skills necessary to lead through the ethical use of influence in order to achieve organizational strategic goals. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5311. The Adult Learning Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines learning patterns, interests and participation among adults, with implications for training and development programs. Particular attention is given to the joint responsibility for learning between trainer and adult participants. Course fee $50.

NURS 5312. Advanced Health Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on enhancing previously learned nursing skills and techniques used in comprehensive health assessment. Facilitates the development of critical thinking and advanced communication skills using various modalities. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5320. Healthcare Finance. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Offers an introduction to decision making in healthcare settings using accounting and finance theories, principles, concepts and techniques most important to managers. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5322. Healthcare Change and Communication. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines change theory, team building, negotiation, and managing conflict in the healthcare habitat. Also addresses foundational principles of strategic planning. Evidence-based communication processes and orchestrating change in complex healthcare systems will be discussed. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5324. Outcomes & Eval Healthcare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on healthcare outcomes management and planning using the biopsychosocial spiritual approach of healthcare delivery. The course will also examine a number of different measuring methodologies and their strengths and weaknesses as they apply to healthcare outcomes management and planning. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5328. Administrator Role I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Course is an applied synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, and roles learned in previous and concurrent core and administration courses. Students are actively engaged with faculty and clinical preceptor to plan experiences to meet course objectives. Students will gain firsthand experience with the operational, administrative, and strategic issues of concern to middle management. Clinical is supervised. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5329. Administrator Role II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Continuation course of applied synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, and roles learned in previous and concurrent core and administration courses. Students are actively engaged with faculty and clinical preceptor to plan experiences to meet course objectives. Students will gain firsthand experience with the operational, administrative, and strategic issues of concern to executive management. Clinical is supervised. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5330. Instructional Strategies and Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is on assessment, self-awareness, and effective learning design. Implementation of several instructional methods in more than one setting will be explored. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5332. Curriculum Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on curriculum development in nursing education and practice settings. Includes curriculum leader, faculty, and staff development, assessment of contextual factors, and curriculum design and process. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5334. Outcomes and Evaluation Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Course describes assessment, outcomes, and evaluation in nursing education; the process for collecting data and making decisions; and how to construct meaningful evaluation instruments. Social, ethical, and legal responsibilities and implications of decisions are presented. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5338. Clinical Focus Role. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Course begins with a discussion between the student and faculty and then student and preceptor to design an individualized clinical experience to meet the course objectives. During this supervised clinical experience, the student will integrate advanced nursing knowledge to implement nursing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations or systems. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5339. Educator Role. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Course is an applied synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, and roles learned in prior and concurrent education and core courses. Students are actively engaged with faculty and clinical preceptor to plan experiences to meet course objectives. Clinical is supervised. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5370. Scholarly Writing in Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Intensive nursing scholarly writing course emphasizing elements and techniques of credible, scholarly writing, and critical thinking utilizing American Psychological Association (APA) format and style. Student evolution in writing will be developed through sequential papers and faculty/peer feedback. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program.

NURS 5380. Completion Project. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is implementation of approved project proposal. Students are expected to synthesize the concepts, theories, principles, roles, and skills learned in this graduate program. Course must be repeated for project completion. Student will receive pass/fail credit in the course during the semester the project is completed.

NURS 5388. Thesis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin thesis. No credit until thesis is complete. Thesis will be completed following the guidelines from the College of Graduate Studies. Prerequisites: Nursing 598 and approval of Thesis Chair or Department Head. Course fee $50.

NURS 5398. Nursing Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Prepares students to explore, appraise, synthesize, and utilize appropriate research findings to address nursing problems and improve outcomes. Introduces research and knowledge generation in nursing. Course Fee $50.

NURS 5414. Advanced Pharmacology and Pathophysio. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Dual focus on the role of the nurse in management of pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan and the analysis and evaluation of physiologic and pathologic changes. Course Fee $50.

Dr. Susan M. Rugari, Department Head
Department of Nursing
Nursing Building
Box T-0500
Stephenville, T 76402
(524) 968-9139
rugari@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/nursing