Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) Public Health Bridge
Prepare to Spark Public Health Innovation
Offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing) pathway allows experienced RN's with a non-nursing bachelor's degree to embark on the road to earning an MSN public health degree. Upon completing foundational nursing courses from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you will then enter the MSN program which offers an intensive introduction to key skills and concepts in public health analysis, planning and implementation.
What You Will Learn
As an MSN bridge pathway student, you will enroll in seven pre-requisite courses that will prepare you for coursework at the graduate level. You will learn to:
- Assess learning needs, create and implement a health teaching plan and evaluate student learning in both traditional and nontraditional settings
- Develop prevention, treatment and intervention methods for diverse populations
- Interpret statistics in order to make decisions
- Conduct research relevant to the nursing and healthcare industry
- Disseminate information related to health promotions to clients with differing backgrounds
- Utilize assessment techniques and knowledge of pathophysiology to enhance patient outcomes
Your Next Degree
The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing degree program provides you with the training to define, assess and resolve modern-day challenges in public health. You will have the opportunity to evaluate emergent research, education, policies and treatments that can spark changes to promote health and reduce human disease and illness globally, in local communities and within specialized populations. The MSN degree in public health culminates with a capstone practicum project allowing you to demonstrate your ability to solve a real-world public health issue.
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.
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 life span, community resources, and the teaching-learning process.
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. Students are required to document 25 indirect clinical practice hours in association with this course.
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.
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.
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.
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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