A graduate degree from Saint Luke's College opens the door to career possibilities, opportunities for advacement and -- most importantly -- a better understanding of how to treat your patients.

We offer a range of programs designed to help students continue their education -- traditional master's degree programs for fulltime students, a special R.N. to M.S.N. program for current registered nurses, and certificate programs that focus on issues professional nurses need to stay on top of in an evolving healthcare system.

Cohort Model The graduate program is structured as "cohorts" -- an adult-oriented learning model built on the principle that people tend to learn better in groups where they can incorporate previous experience and apply their learning in context. The learning experience is interactive setting the stage for a dynamic educational experience. The cohort experience helps you develop relationships, make beneficial professional contacts and enjoy an overall learning support system. One of the great benefits of the cohort model is that you don't have to fight to find a place in the class you need. At Saint Luke's College, you'll know exactly when, what and where your classes will be during your program.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Core Courses:

  • N501 Professional Role Development & Scholarly Writing 3 credit hours
  • N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
  • N515 Policy, Organization, Finance & Healthcare Systems 3 credit hours
  • N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection & Disease Prevention 3 credit hours
  • N545 Advanced Healthcare Research 3 credit hours
  • N565 Advanced Pathophysiology & Disease States 3 credit hours
  • N575 Advanced Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics 2
  • N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis 3 credit hours

Fall

  • N501 Professional Role Development & Scholarly Writing 3
  • N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3
  • N515 Policy, Organization, Finance & Healthcare Systems 3
  • Total 9

Spring

  • N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection & Disease Prevention 3
  • N545 Advanced Healthcare Research 3
  • N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis 3
  • Total 9

Summer

  • N565 Advanced Pathophysiology & Disease States 3
  • N575 Advanced Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics 2
  • N577 Pharmacology & Prescriptive Action for the Nurse Practitioner 1
  • N790 Healthcare Informatics & Program Planning 3
  • Total 9

Fall

  • N580 Adult Acute Care I Diagnostics & Intervention 3
  • N582 Adult Acute Care I Diagnostics & Intervention Practicum 2
  • N690 Caring for the Culturally Diverse Client in the Acute Care Setting 1
  • Total 6

Spring

  • N680 Adult Acute Care II Diagnostics & Intervention 3
  • N682 Adult Acute Care II Diagnostics & Intervention Practicum 2 N695 Graduate Project 1
  • Total 6

Summer

  • N780 Adult Acute Care III Diagnostics & Intervention 3
  • N782 Adult Acute Care III Diagnostics & Intervention Practicum 2
  • N795 Graduate Project 1
  • Total 6

Total 45

Nurse Educator

Core Courses:

  • N501 Professional Role Development & Scholarly Writing 3 credit hours
  • N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
  • N515 Policy, Organization, Finance & Healthcare Systems 3 credit hours
  • N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection & Disease Prevention 3 credit hours
  • N545 Advanced Healthcare Research 3 credit hours
  • N565 Advanced Pathophysiology & Disease States 3 credit hours
  • N575 Advanced Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics 2
  • N577 Pharmacology & Prescriptive Action for the Nurse Practitioner* 1 credit hour
  • N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis 3 credit hours

Fall 2013

  • N501 Professional Role Development & Scholarly Writing 3
  • N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3
  • N515 Policy, Organization, Finance & Healthcare Systems 3
  • Total 9

Spring

  • N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection & Disease Prevention 3
  • N545 Advanced Healthcare Research 3
  • N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis 3
  • Total 9

Summer

  • N565 Advanced Pathophysiology & Disease States 3
  • N575 Advanced Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics 2
  • Total 5

Fall

  • N681 Educational Theories & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Education 3
  • N683 Curriculum Design & Instructional Strategies 3
  • N698 Teaching Practicum & Role Development for the Nurse Educator I 2
  • N697 Thesis 1
  • Total 9

Spring

  • N700 Teaching Practicum and Role Development for the Nurse Educator II 2
  • N783 Educational Assessment & Evaluation Methods 3
  • N787 Thesis 1 
  • Total 6

Summer

  • N793 Advanced Instructional Strategies & Program Planning 3
  • N797 Thesis 1
  • Total 4

Program Total 42

 

Graduate Program Mission

The Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences is an educational leader serving exceptional students pursuing a graduate nursing degree. An institution of higher learning affiliated with Saint Luke’s Health System, the college is committed to preparing leaders and advanced practice clinicians and to meet the health care needs of diverse individuals in a complex health care environment. The graduate program focuses on discovery, scholarship and practice that reflect societal needs for complex nursing services in a variety of settings.

The graduate student will experience a vigorous academic setting and benefit from rich and varied clinical opportunities to manage patients across the continuum of care. With access to stellar academic and clinical resources, clinical sites and faculty, the graduate student will develop and apply assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills for patients receiving care in a fast-paced health care setting.

Graduate students choose between three areas of concentration: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. The program offers flexibility in selecting a clinical placement option that coincides with your educational and career goals.

Through specific coursework, graduate students are prepared to practice in numerous acute care clinical settings and serve in nursing faculty and/or clinical leadership roles. Students may choose part-time or full-time enrollment. Upon graduation, master's prepared nurses will qualify to take the national specialty certification and credentialing examinations.

Learning Outcomes

Editor’s Note: Saint Luke’s College faculty wrote ten student learning outcomes aligned with “The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing” the American Association of Colleges of Nursing published in their March, 2011 report. The parenthetical reference at the end of each learning outcome refers to the “essential” which is the basis for our learning outcomes.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes 

At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

1.    Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial disciplines, genetics, public health, quality and safety improvement, and organizational sciences that focus on the continual improvement of nursing practice across diverse settings. (E1)

2.    Demonstrate organizational and system leadership skills that are critical to the management of quality and safe patient care and are based on ethical and critical decision making and encouraging effective relationships.(E2)

3.    Use a variety of methods, instruments, performance measures and standards to apply quality principles in diverse organizational systems. (E3)

4.    Apply research outcomes in practice settings, discover resolutions to practice problems, and work as a change agent by disseminating findings. (E4)

5.    Demonstrate knowledge of efficient and effective uses of technology to deliver, coordinate, and enhance patient care. (E5)

6.    Advocate for patients, influence health and health care through policy development and implementation. (E6)

7.    Lead or participate on interprofessional teams through collaboration, communication, and consultation to facilitate care for individuals and populations in diverse settings. (E7)

8.    Integrate broad, organizational, client-focused and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, management, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention to individuals, families, and vulnerable populations. (E8)

9.    Use evidence-based interventions that reflect an advanced level of understanding of relevant sciences for both direct and indirect care to influence health care outcomes. (E9)

R.N. to M.S.N. Program

The R.N. to M.S.N. program is designed for Registered Nurses who are returning to the classroom for an advanced degree. Students in this program take the M.S.N. Graduate Core of 24 credit hours, a 4-credit hour Bridge Course to prepare them for graduate work and then they select a track from the following: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nursing Informatics. Course sequencing for each track follows. Students in this program option will earn a M.S.N. degree, but not a B.S.N. degree.

Graduate Course Descriptions

N501 Professional Roles and Scholarly Writing for the Advanced Practice Nurse: 3 Credit Hours

This introductory course examines healthcare professionalism of advance practice nurses as influenced by social, cultural, political, and economic forces interacting with complex client systems. Issues that develop in the changing healthcare environment and impact health and solutions are explored in relation to ethical and legal parameters. Innovative practice methods and skills essential for the advanced practice nurse to flourish in the healthcare environment are developed in a seminar or laboratory settings. Using a learning through-discussion model, students will examine the context of professional practice, the evolution of nursing as a profession, and revolving roles of contemporary practice. In addition, development of scholarly writing skills, with an emphasis on APA format, is emphasized to promote professional communication and enhance professional image. Students will have the opportunity to analyze their own and others’ writing to improve their written communication. Writing skills are practiced and developed by critiquing published articles, and by preparing written memorandums, letters, abstracts, and a manuscript. Legal and ethical issues related to the publication process are explored. The course is offered as a hybrid (face-to-face and online).

N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing: 3 Credit Hours

This course is an introduction to the theoretical foundations of advanced practice nursing. Key content to be covered includes the philosophical basis of science and knowledge within the structure, development and application of theory in advanced practice nursing. Theoretical frameworks addressing the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of the human condition related to the individual, family, community, and systems are explored. In addition, students will investigate various learning theories as they pertain to individuals across the lifespan. The student will have the opportunity to identify a theory to guide their research

N515 Policy, Organization, Finance and Health care Systems: 3 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is twofold: (1) to understand how health policy impacts the delivery of health care; and (2) to understand how principles of health care economics affect the management of financial resources. Emphasis will be placed on professional development, the policy process, and the organization and financing of complex health care systems. The course is organized to examine the intricacies of health policy, finance and budgeting, and the health care environment (organizations). Case studies and participative learning activities related to relevant issues are incorporated.

N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection & Disease Prevention: 3 Credit Hours

This course requires the advance practice nursing student to use various theories and well developed practice skills in the collection of subjective and objective health-related data of adults. Therapeutic communication and psychomotor skills are further developed. The students learn to comprehensively assess physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions as a basis for advanced nursing practice. The theory and supervised practice guide the student in recognizing normal and abnormal physiological states and understanding their significance to client health and nursing interventions. The students will also integrate the use of appropriate laboratory and chemistry findings into their overall assessment. The concepts of health protection and health promotion as they relate to the adult client are emphasized both in the classroom and laboratory. The advance practice nursing student will identify appropriate patient-centered and culturally responsive clinical prevention and health promotion interventions for the adult client.

N545 Advanced Health care Research: 3 Credit Hours

Nursing research is presented as an inherent component in the development of nursing theory and advanced practice. Critical thinking, critical reasoning, and critiquing processes are introduced and related to research-based advance practice. Methods of conducting research and evaluating findings for use in practice setting are explored. Research that focuses on health risks of client systems, practice guidelines, therapeutic management, and cost and outcomes are explored. Emphasis is placed on generating research questions from theory and practice.

N565 Advanced Pathophysiology and Disease State: 3 Credit Hours

This course uses a systems approach to advanced physical assessment, pathophysiology, principles of hemodynamic monitoring, electrocardiography, pulmonary airway monitoring, and neuromuscular monitoring in the evaluation of the acutely ill and/or surgical patient. Emphasis will be on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neurological systems and their relation to the assessment and monitoring practices of the health care provider. The analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of pathophysiological processes related to the disease state and alteration in homeostasis of the critically ill adult are examined. Relevant research is integrated into the delivery of evidenced-based nursing practice.

N575 Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics: 2 Credit Hours

General principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are discussed in preparation to prescribe. The principles for decision-making about drug selection, use and monitoring are examined. In addition, the use of alternative and complementary therapeutics is presented. Additionally, the legal and ethical principles that accompany prescriptive authority and implications are explored.

N577 Pharmacology and Prescriptive Action for the nurse practitioner: 1 Credit Hour

The principles for decision-making about drug selection, use and monitoring are examined. In addition, the use of alternative and complementary therapeutics is presented. Additionally, the legal and ethical principles that accompany prescriptive authority and implications are explored.

N580 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I Diagnostics and Intervention: 3 Credit Hours

This course provides didactic content to prepare the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health for all populations. The didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including the appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course.

N582 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum: 2 Credit Hours

The focus of this course enhances clinical competency with an emphasis on evidence based practice in adult acute/critical healthcare settings. Within the course is the integration of theory, assessment and advanced treatment modalities in high acuity patient clinical settings. Students will be expected to successfully complete comprehensive clinical assessments including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Clinical preceptors will provide supervision to the student as they manage the acute health problems of selected clients. Clinical placements will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas including, but not limited to CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology.

N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis: 3 Credit Hours

Building upon basic health assessment, knowledge and skills for advanced clinical practice are discussed, described, and demonstrated. The student will have the opportunity to master the advanced practice content and skills and apply in multiple clinical settings. Content on special adult populations in the acute care setting is presented followed by directed laboratory and simulated experiences. The concept of clinical decision making for differential diagnosis is introduced and applied to patient-focused data

N680 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II Diagnostics and Intervention: 3 Credit Hours

This course continues to scaffold on the first of three didactic content courses designed to prepare the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health for all populations. The didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including the appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course.

681 Educational Theories and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Education: 3 Credit Hours

This course examines major concepts and theories related to teaching/learning in nursing education and practice, including behaviorist, cognitive, and humanistic psychology theories: Andragogy and pedagogy models; and strategies for educators.

N682 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum: 2 Credit hours

The course is designed to scaffold content in the first of three offerings to enhance clinical competency with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical healthcare settings. Within the course is the integration of theory, assessment and advanced treatment modalities in high acuity patient clinical settings. Students will be expected to successfully complete comprehensive clinical assessments including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Clinical preceptors will provide supervision to the student as they manage the acute health problems of selected clients. Clinical placements will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas including, but not limited to CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology.

N683 Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies: 3 Credit Hours

Curriculum design and evaluation procedures are introduced. This course assists the learner in applying theory, accreditation criteria, and group techniques in the design, evaluation, and revision of nursing curricula. The learner will investigate various conceptual frameworks, organizational frameworks; program outcomes, level outcomes, course outcomes, content selection; teaching strategies; and evaluation methods.

N690 Caring for the Diverse Client in the Acute Care Setting: 1 Credit Hour

This course focuses on ways to design care for the acutely ill patient with diverse cultural and healthcare needs. The concepts of culture, assimilation, acculturation, and cultural differences are threaded throughout the course. The student will have opportunities to inculcate non-prejudicial attitudes toward clients. In addition the graduate student will have the opportunity to identify various types of diversity and explore the challenges and benefits of each. Additionally the student will design learning experiences to develop specific knowledge, concepts, understanding and facts pertaining to caring for members of a culturally diverse population. The student will be challenged. to develop insight into their cultural values, as well as sensitivity to values different from their own.

N695 & 795 Graduate Project: 2 Credit Hours

The graduate project, completed in two one hour credit courses, is a culmination of the knowledge gained in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner courses. The project is an opportunity to demonstrate an analytical approach to programmatic, administrative, policy or clinical issues in a format that supports the synthesis, transfer and utilization of knowledge. By completing this project the student demonstrates identification and resolution of a practice problem through the scholarship of application and integration. The graduate project, depending on the student’s clinical area of interest, might include the evaluation of a program or intervention, an analysis of a health care policy, an in-depth case study, a gap analysis, a comprehensive systematic review for determination of best practice, or the development of a strategic plan for the delivery of healthcare. The project is completed under the tutelage of a Ph.D. prepared Saint Luke’s College Of Health Sciences faculty member who will serve as Project Committee Chair selected by the student during their first Graduate Project course. One additional project committee member is selected by the student from their clinical practice area. The additional project committee member must be approved the Project Committee Chair.

N697 Thesis: 1 Credit Hour; N787 Thesis: 1 Credit Hour; N797 Thesis 1 Credit Hour

The student begins working on the thesis after they have completed two semesters and the required nursing research. The student will enroll in N 697. N 787 and N 797 as the thesis is completed.

N698 Teaching Practicum and Role Development for the Nurse Educator I: 2 Credit Hours

The student will have the opportunity to apply theories and principles that support a variety of evidence-based teaching strategies. Personal and professional teacher attributes that demonstrate positive role-modeling are presented. Major topics include a toolbox of instructional strategies, effective communication, reflective thinking, student interactions, and student engagement. The goal of nurse educators is to develop a learning environment that supports student success.

N700 Teaching Practicum and Role Development for the Nurse Educator II: 2 Credit Hours

The student will have the opportunity to deliver didactic and clinical instruction to students enrolled in the school of nursing of their parent institution. Under the tutelage of experienced nursing faculty, the student will engage in the development and delivery of didactic content to students. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to provide clinical instruction to a group of BSN student in the clinical practice area.

N780 Adult Acute Care III Diagnostics and Intervention: 3 Credit Hours

This final course of three concludes the didactic content necessary to prepare the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health for all populations. The didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including the appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course.

N782 Adult Acute Care III Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum: 2 Credit Hours

This final course of three concludes with a demonstration of clinical competency with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical healthcare settings. Within the course is the integration of theory, assessment and advanced treatment modalities in high acuity patient clinical settings. Students will be expected to successfully complete comprehensive clinical assessments including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Clinical preceptors will provide supervision to the student as they manage the acute health problems of selected clients. Clinical placements will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas including, but not limited to CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology.

N783 Educational Assessment and Evaluation Methods: 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the nursing education trends, policies, issues, and approaches in assessment and program evaluation. Students will have the opportunity to focus on analyzing and appraising current nursing education practice as well as supporting the formation of future practice.

N790 Health care Informatics and Program Planning: 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on information technologies and the application thereof in the complex health care environment. The use of media, multimedia, and computer based technologies to care for patients with complex healthcare needs by the advanced practice nurse in the clinical setting are explored. Processes for program planning, evaluation and selection of the most appropriate technology are presented. Technology that supports the clinical processes of tracking patient healthcare activities, implementation of EMRs in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and patient health education modalities are examined. Students will have the opportunity to use online information resources, presentation systems, information storage systems, and the integration of technology, and evolving technology in real time to support their clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. Legal and ethical considerations related to technology and the repositories of sensitive health care information are considered.

N793 Advanced Instructional Strategies and Program Planning: 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the most current instructional strategies based on scientific evidence. The student will have the opportunity to identify innovative ways to deliver information in the classroom and clinical setting. The student will have the opportunity to collaborate with multidisciplinary colleagues in the planning and implementation of educational offerings such as nursing education content, continuing education, and staff education to name just a few.

N795 Graduate Project: See course N695 for description N787 Thesis, N797 Thesis: See course N697 for description Informatics courses currently under development...

N7xx Ethical Challenges of Healthcare Informatics: 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to explore the technological impacts creating the ethical and legal dilemmas facing health care practitioners today such as data access (HIPAA), data ownership and storage. A case-based "collaboratory" is the primary learning strategy designed to foster understanding and facilitate deliberation over ethical issues. The collaboratory consists of students interacting asynchronously to develop and apply appropriate ethical frameworks for the challenging health care informatics cases. This approach empowers the student's ability to deliberate over ethical issues.

N7xx Management Information for Decision Support: 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the identification, acquisition, analysis, interpretation and application of data, databases and decision making strategies for healthcare. Using a consultant’s lens, the student will engage in organizational analysis to determine the best decision support system for implementation based on the needs of the clinicians within their chosen organization. Further, the student determines an implementation approach and plan, and identifies goals while evaluating the effectiveness of the selected system. The course delves into knowledge management and artificial intelligence and its impact on clinical decision making and safety.

N7xx Computer Applications in Public Health: 3 Credit Hours

Public health surveillance has benefitted from informatics analyses and solutions. This course will analyze the study and description of complex systems, focusing on the identification of opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health systems through innovative data collection and use of information. The course also addresses the challenges of finding efficient and effective ways of combining multiple sources of complex data and information in order to utilize the information for meaningful and actionable knowledge.