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The master of science in nursing program offers a choice of three areas of concentration in clinical leadership in nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator.

Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration
33 semester hours
This option prepares the graduate for a leadership role at the point of care to achieve optimal clinical outcomes for individuals and populations. Core courses provide a framework for clinical leadership in an advanced role in nursing. Advanced competence courses provide the foundation for the role of leader in the care environment and in management of outcomes. Concentration courses focus on knowledge and skills for leadership in clinical practice with interdisciplinary teams. Clinical residency develops depth in practice as a clinical leader in the care environment. Upon completion of this concentration, students will be eligible to sit for Clinical Nurse Leader certification.

Graduate Nursing Core
NRS 501 Theories in Nursing and Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 502 Health Care Systems: Organization, Policy and Finance (3 semester hours)
NRS 503 Applied Research for Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 504 Clinical Prevention and Population-based Practice (3 semester hours)
NRS 523 Clinical Leadership Role Development (2 semester hours)

Advanced Competence
NRS 521 Foundations for Advanced Clinical Role (4 semester hours)
NRS 524 Practicum: Advanced Clinical Role (3 semester hours)
NRS 532 Theories, Principles and Methods of Education for Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 538 Management of Clinical Outcomes (3 semester hours)
Role Concentration
NRS 540 Residency: Clinical Leadership in the Care Environment (5 semester
hours)

Nurse Educator Concentration
33 semester hours
This study option prepares the graduate for a clinical leadership role as a nurse educator in a variety of settings. Graduates may assume roles as clinical faculty in schools of nursing as well as nurse educators in staff development and continuing education departments in health care agencies. Core courses provide a framework for clinical leadership in an advanced role in nursing. Advanced competency courses provide the foundation for the role of leader in clinical care and management of outcomes. Concentration courses focus on knowledge and skills in curriculum design, implementation and evaluation. A clinical residency with a master teacher provides teaching experience in academic and/or health care settings.

Upon completion of this concentration, students will have me the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator examination.

Graduate Nursing Core
NRS 501 Theories in Nursing and Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 502 Health Care Systems: Organization, Policy and Finance (3 semester hours)
NRS 503 Applied Research for Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 504 Clinical Prevention and Population-based Practice (3 semester hours)
NRS 523 Clinical Leadership Role Development (2 semester hours)

Advanced Competence
NRS 521 Foundations for Advanced Clinical Role (4 semester hours)
NRS 524 Practicum: Advanced Clinical Role (3 semester hours)
NRS 532 Theories, Principles and Methods of Education for Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 538 Management of Clinical Outcomes (3 semester hours)

Role Concentration
NRS 533 Curriculum Development and Evaluation for Nurse Educators (3 semester hours)
NRS 534 Residency: Clinical Leadership in Nursing Education (3 semester hours)

Nursing Administration Concentration
33 semester hours
This study option prepares the graduate for a leadership role in nursing administration. Core courses provide a framework for clinical leadership in an advanced role in nursing. Advance competence courses provide the foundation for the role of leader in administration or management. Clinical residency develops depth in practice as an administrator. Upon completion of this concentration, students meet the academic requirements to be eligible to sit for a nurse administrator certification examination.

Graduate Nursing Core
NRS 501 Theories in Nursing and Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 502 Health Care Systems: Organization, Policy and Finance (3 semester hours)
NRS 503 Applied Research for Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 504 Clinical Prevention and Population-based Practice (3 semester hours)
NRS 523 Clinical Leadership Role Development (2 semester hours)

Advanced Competence
NRS 524 Practicum: Advanced Clinical Role (3 semester hours)
NRS 532 Theories, Principles and Methods of Education for Clinical Leadership (3 semester hours)
NRS 535 Topics in Nursing Administration and Management (4 semester hours)
NRS 538 Management of Clinical Outcomes (3 semester hours)

Concentration
NRS 536 Advanced Topics in Nursing Administration and Management (3 semester hours)
NRS 537 Residency: Clinical Leadership in Nursing Administration (3 semester hours)

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