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Gain a Competitive Edge by Getting Your MS in Nursing

If you are a nationally certified nurse practitioner with recent clinical experience thinking about earning your master's degree in nursing, Regis University has a program to help you get your next credential and advance your career options!
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M.S. in Nursing Completion

Degree Overview

So, you're out in the field and doing what you love but feel there is yet something more to be accomplished? The Master of Science Completion Option (MSCO) is designed specifically for certified nurse practitioners who wish to earn a master's degree without changing their clinical specialty.

Students are required to earn a minimum of 39 semester hours to complete this graduate degree in nursing and a thesis is often optional. The curriculum for the various specializations consist of three major areas emphases and include areas that promote the principles of an MS master's degree, including theoretical frameworks, ethics, policy and research.

You’ve got a head start on your master’s degree in nursing already. You are already on your way. Why not round out your experience with the Master of Science Completion Option and Regis University! We're ready for you!

Next Step:  Contact us to evaluate your educational background and determine what it would take to complete your MS in Nursing.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 30.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

MS in Nursing: Completion Option for CNP

Graduate Elective

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Graduate Elective (600-level)

HCE 604 - Ethics for Nurse Leaders

Examines ethical and moral reasoning relevant to professional nursing practice and health care delivery in today's society. Explores philosophical and faith-based foundations, including Catholic moral tradition, socio-cultural influences, professional codes, organizational and personal ethical norms. Ethical issues are examined with emphasis on advanced practice nursing, leadership roles and models of health care delivery. Introduces skills in analyzing ethical dilemmas and evaluating ethical practice using ethical theory, moral argument, and case studies. NOTE: This course was previously titled Ethics and Society.

Cross listing(s): NR 690E NR 604.

Master's Thesis

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OPTIONAL THESIS (36 credit hour program if thesis selected)
Take NR 697A- Master's Thesis I
and
Take NR 697B- Master's Thesis II

NR 601 - Theoretical Frameworks

Examines the theoretical basis of nursing which guides advanced nursing practice. Critiques and evaluates theories from nursing and related fields such as the natural, social, organizational, and biological sciences. Analyzes the usefulness and applicability of theory in nursing practice, research, education, and administration. Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions and the Loretto Heights School of Nursing mission and goals are discussed. Service Learning is introduced in this course in the campus-based MS program.

NR 602 - Adv Apps of Research for Evidenced-Based

Addresses best practices for evidence-based nursing practice. Quantitative and qualitative research designs and analytical procedures are compared. Methodologies for implementing evidence-based practice are examined and ethics associated with research are appraised.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): NR 690F.

NR 605 F/N - Adv Physio/Patho Across Lifespan

Building on basic anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, this science-based course utilizes a comprehensive approach to address the underlying principles of disease processes across the lifespan. Etiology, epidemiology, and theories related to pathogenisis are examined. The focus is on the differentiation of physiological and pathophysiological findings and identification of treatment modalities for a variety of frequently presenting problems of clients in primary care across the lifespan. Note: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

NR 607 F/N

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Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

NR 608 - Health Care Policy/ Issues in Practice

Focuses on health policy formation and evaluation. Learning activities will facilitate student?s opportunities to learn about change in the context of public policy and politics. Public health care policy will be examined with emphasis on its relationship and application to advanced practice nursing, leadership roles in management and education, and models of health care delivery. Topics include history, trends, and issues in health care systems; legal issues; legislation and regulation; funding, planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care services to individuals and populations; and accessibility, quality and outcome issues. Advocacy as part of service learning will be explored. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): HCA 408 HSA 608.

NR 630/NR 652

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NR 630-Advanced Health Assessment of the Family
OR
NR 652-Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

NR 640 - Adv Practice Roles/Concepts

Addresses a variety of concepts essential to advanced nursing practice. History and role development within advanced nursing practice and primary care are examined. Family theory and dynamics integral to advanced nursing practice are explored. Standards of advanced practice nursing are defined and practiced.

NR 651 - Professional Integration

Integrates core concepts in nursing for the nurse practitioner. Builds on the skill set essential for independent practice.

Pre-requisite: NR*601 NR*602 NR*604 NR*608 NR*640

NR 699 - Comprehensive Eval/Master of Science

A comprehensive evaluation of the student's achievement of Regis University and LHSON MS Program outcomes. Students provide a presentation reflecting on the Regis University and LHSON MS Program Outcomes with provision of evidence of this achievement. NOTE: All MS coursework must be completed or student must be in NR 623 to register for this course. Pass/No Pass grading only.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.

May 2014-April 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $695
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Summer (May 5, 2014-August 21, 2014)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$652
$1,102
$1,102
Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

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