Bridge: MSN in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Bridge Pathway

Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety)

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality bridge pathway was created to support registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing. Created by the College of Nursing and Health Care professions, this bridge pathway helps students gain foundational knowledge and allows them to prepare for their MSN degree in a timely and convenient manner.

Lead the Future of Patient Quality and Safety

Enrolling in GCU’s MSN in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality bridge pathway is a great way for registered nurses to improve the quality and safety of nursing. In this pathway, students will examine ways to improve patient outcomes and health care quality from all aspects. Students will explore the quality improvement process, examine models used to improve health care quality and learn about change management.

What You’ll Learn in GCU’s MSN in Health Care Quality and Safety Bridge Pathway

In GCU’s bridge pathway for the Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality, students complete seven courses and focus on differentiated nursing practice competencies, methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, critical thinking and more. To complete this bridge pathway, students must pass the following courses:

  • Professional dynamics
  • Health assessment
  • Concepts in community and public health
  • Pathophysiology and nursing management of clients’ health
  • Applied statistics for health care professionals
  • Introduction to nursing research
  • Professional capstone and practicum

Degree and Career Outlook

GCU’s MSN in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality bridge pathway is perfect for registered nurses without BSNs looking to set themselves apart and further their careers. Students who complete this bridge pathway typically go on to enroll in GCU’s MSN in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety program. Once students have completed their MSN program, they are prepared for roles including: 

  • Quality and patient safety coordinator
  • Director of risk and quality
  • Director of nursing
  • Patient safety officer
  • Regional director of quality management
  • Vice president of care coordination
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Total Credits: 24
Online: 5 weeks
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Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Online: $485 per credit [More Info]

Course List

24 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
24 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a bridge course for the RN who is returning to formal education for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course focuses on differentiated nursing practice competencies, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, and critical thinking. The course also emphasizes writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Description

This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, documentation, and health promotion strategies. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, health patterns across the lifespan, community resources, and the teaching learning process.

Course Description

This course focuses on the community as a large system of people of varying cultures, spiritual values, geographic norms, and economic conditions, all influenced by social-legal-political variables that impact individual and community health. Particular attention is paid to vulnerable subgroups in the community. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis, using epidemiological data and functional health pattern assessments to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion and disease prevention.

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the working RN’s existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.

Course Description

This is an introductory course on concepts of statistics, emphasizing applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare learners to understand concepts of statistics and the appropriateness of statistical methods used in published research papers and a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include an introduction to the statistical analysis concepts of variable/reliability factors; P values; experimental design; descriptive statistics, including mean, median, and mode; sampling methods; and power analysis.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: HLT-362V.

Course Description

This is a writing-intensive course. The course combines scholarly activities with clinical practice experiences designed to synthesize learning into the practice environment and impact health outcomes. Learners participate in planned, clinical experiences that refine professional competencies at the baccalaureate level and enable learners to integrate new knowledge and higher level skills to advance nursing practice. Clinical practice hours will be dedicated to learning objectives in leadership and in community health. The professional capstone project offers learners the opportunity to propose a resolution to an issue or problem significant to nursing practice within a clinical environment. Learners identify, design, and propose an evidence-based solution within a health care organization with guidance from faculty and a preceptor in the field. The proposal must reflect synthesis and integration of course content and professional practice. Development of the capstone project is guided by the baccalaureate program learner learning outcomes. Clinical hours: 100. Combined ; 50 hours in leadership and 50 hours in community health. Prerequisites: NRS-430V, NRS-429VN, NRS-434VN, NRS-428VN, HLT-362V, NRS-433V, PHI-413V, NRS-451VN, NRS-410V, and NRS-440VN.


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* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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