Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Misericordia University’s MSN program prepare graduates and nursing professionals who are ready for an advanced practice role with an education that focuses on evidence-based practice; the policy, organization and financing of health care, ethics, professional role development, and considerations for human diversity and social issues.

* The MSN program will be offered in a predominantly online format with the clinical being available as both an online and face-to-face option as of the Fall 2017 semester.

Key Benefits and Highlights

  • Small faculty-to-student ratio
  • Tuition discount for Misericordia University alumni and select healthcare system partners
  • Seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate study
  • Predictable one day per week on-campus format with personal scheduling of clinical
  • Smooth transition to Misericordia's Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP)
  • Experienced graduate faculty with active clinical practice, research and scholarly inquiry

Future Employment Opportunities

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics projected growth rate of 30% or more through 2020
  • Positions that involve caring for individuals and families across the lifespan
  • Employment in primary care settings
  • Family practice centers, CRNP owned practices, rural health clinics, and nursing homes
  • Entrepreneur positions

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Admissions Requirements & Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are eligible for admission to the graduate nursing program if they have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or greater.

Applicants with a GPA between 2.85 an 2.99 may make themselves eligible for consideration for admission to the MSN program with successful completion of NSG 511 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits-fall semester) and NSG 519 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Science (2 credits-spring semester) with a grade of B or better in each course. Each course may be taken only once and must be taken in the consecutive semesters the are offered over one academic year. Successful completion of these courses is not a guarantee of admission, but it will make the student eligible for inclusion in the applicant pool. Admission to the MSN program is a competitive process. Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.85 are not eligible to apply to the MSN program.

Curriculum Guide

The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum consists of courses in three areas: the graduate nursing core, the advanced practice core, and the clinical and/or functional specialization. Read more about the MSN curriculum.

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Structure of the MSN Program

Core Graduate Nursing Courses (11 credits)
CoursesCredits
NSG 518 Advanced Practice Role Development1
NSG 519 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Science2
NSG 602 Policy, Politics, and Health Care Financing3
NSG 607 Research for Evidence Based Primary Care2
NSG 610 Research Seminar for Evidence Based Practice1
NSG 612 Evidence Based Primary Care Synthesis2
Core Advanced Practice (10 credits)
NSG 511 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Primary Care3
NSG 513 Advanced Physical Examination and Diagnostic Reasoning for Primary Care4
NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care3


Family Nurse Practitioner (24 credits)
NSG 523 Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care2
NSG 524 Clinical Management of Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care (135 clinical hrs)3
NSG 600 Family Health & Disease Management I2
NSG 601 Clinical Management of Family Health I (90 clinical hrs)2
NSG 603 Family Health & Disease Management II2
NSG 604 Clinical Management of Family Health II (90 clinical hrs)2

NSG 605 Family Health & Disease Management III

2

NSG 606 Clinical Management of Family Health III (90 clinical hrs)

2

NSG 608 Family Health & Disease Management IV

2

NSG 609 Clinical Management of Family Health IV (Women's) (90 clinical hrs)

2
NSG 611 Clinical Synthesis (135 clinical hrs)3
Sample course sequencing

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialization

The Family Nurse Practitioner option prepares students to function as principal providers of primary health care to families and individuals across the life span. The focus of this 45-credit program of study is the primary care management of acute episodic and chronic health problems of individuals and families. Students complete the graduate nursing core, the advanced practice core, and clinical specialization courses along with a minimum of 630 hours of direct clinical practice under the supervision of qualified nurse practitioner and physician preceptors. Graduates are eligible to take national family nurse practitioner certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Request more information or apply online to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialization.

Family Nurse Practitioner Option Course Sequence

Term 1 (Fall)Credits
NSG 511 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Primary Care

3
NSG 513 Advanced Physical Examination and Diagnostic Reasoning for Primary Care

4
NSG 518 Advanced Practice Role Development1
Term 2 (Spring)
NSG 519 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Science2
NSG 523 Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care

2
NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care

3
Term 3 (Summer)
NSG 524 Clinical Management of Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care (135 clinical hrs)

3
Term 4 (Fall)
NSG 600 Family Health & Disease Management I

2
NSG 601 Clinical Management of Family Health I (90 clinical hrs)

2
NSG 602 Policy, Politics, and Health Care Financing2
Term 5 (Spring)
NSG 603 Family Health & Disease Management II

2
NSG 605 Family Health & Disease Management III

2
NSG 607 Research for Evidence Based Primary Care3
Term 6 (Summer)
NSG 604 Clinical Management of Family Health II (90 clinical hrs)

2
NSG 606 Clinical Management of Family Health III (90 clinical hrs)

2
Term 7 (Fall)
NSG 608 Family Health & Disease Management IV

3
NSG 609 Clinical Management of Family Health IV (Women's) (90 clinical hrs)

2
NSG 610 Research Seminar for Evidence Based Practice1
Term 8 (Spring)
NSG 611 Clinical Synthesis (135 clinical hrs)

3
NSG 612 Evidence Based Primary Care Synthesis2
Total: 45 credits; and 630 clinical hours

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master Certificate

The family nurse practitioner certificate option provides the opportunity for nurses who already have an earned master’s degree in nursing in another clinical specialization to complete requirements to qualify for certification as a family nurse practitioner.

The certificate program consists of courses from the advanced practice nursing core, graduate core, and the clinical specialization area. Additional credits in pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment/diagnostic reasoning may be required based on evaluation of previous university and professional experiences. A review of official transcripts will determine the student's course of study. Post-master’s certificate program students must complete the requisite number of clinical hours necessary for licensure eligibility by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PASBON).

Program Scheduling
All master's level nursing options are available in a part-time format. Selected courses may be offered in an online or accelerated format. All MSN-FNP courses are scheduled for Thursdays.

Request more information or apply online to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master Certificate.

FNP Post-Master's Certificate Option Course Sequence

Semester 1 (Fall)Credits
NSG 513 Advanced Physical Examination and Diagnostic Reasoning for Primary Care4
Semester 2 (Spring)
NSG 523 Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care2
Semester 3 (Summer)
NSG 524 Clinical Management of Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care (135 clinical hrs)3
Semester 4 (Fall)
NSG 600 Family Health & Disease Management I2
NSG 601 Clinical Management of Family Health I (90 clinical hrs)2
Semester 5 (Spring)
NSG 603 Family Health & Disease Management II2
NSG 605 Family Health & Disease Management III2
Semester 6 (Summer)
NSG 604 Clinical Management of Family Health II (90 clinical hrs)2
NSG 606 Clinical Management of Family Health III (90 clinical hrs)2
Semester 7 (Fall)
NSG 608 Family Health & Disease Management IV2
NSG 609 Clinical Management of Family Health IV (Women's) (90 clinical hrs)2
Semester 8 (Spring)
NSG 611 Clinical Synthesis (135 clinical hrs)3
Total: 28 credits*; and 630 clinical hours**


* Note: Credit hours will vary based on graduate nursing courses transferred

** Note: Post-master’s certificate program students must complete the requisite number of clinical hours necessary for licensure eligibility by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PASBON).

Scholarships

Charlotte Newcomb Scholarship
Numerous Charlotte Newcomb Awards are given annually to female students who are 24 years old and older, enrolled in either a full-time or part-time graduate or undergraduate nursing program. To be eligible for this award one-half of your intended program must be completed.

  • The Dr. Marcie Jones Award is an award that is conferred annually to a graduate nursing student in good academic standing who demonstrates living the mission of the college: mercy, justice, hospitality and service.
  • Clinical Education Policies

    Clinical Education Requirements
    Accepted students must submit the following documentation prior to the start of the program:

    • FBI Background Check
    • State Background Check
    • Child Abuse Clearance
    • Health Physical to include documentation of immunizations, Tuberculin test and Hepatitis B vaccination (form provided)
    • CPR certification for health care providers through the American Heart Association, Red Cross or an organization approved by the program
    • Proof of Medical Insurance Coverage
    • HIPAA education

    Individual clinical sites may require additional documentation, such as drug screening which varies in the time frame of being tested and entering the clinical setting; thus, the clinical coordinator will inform you as to when to have the test done. Clinical education requirements are at the expense of the student.

    College of Health Sciences Clinical Education Policies
    (reviewed/revised 6/2015)

    Course Descriptions

    NSG 511 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Primary Care, 3 credits

    Concepts of physiology and pathophysiology, essential to the diagnosis and management of health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan, are the focus of this course.

    Emphasis is placed on genetic, cellular and biochemical pathophysiology. A body systems approach is used to explore the etiology, pathophysiology, prevalence, and clinical manifestations of commonly occurring disease states managed by clinicians in the primary care setting.

    Graduate status or permission of the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

    NSG 513 Advanced Physical Examination and Diagnostic Reasoning for Primary Care, 4 credits

    (3 credits of didactic, 1 credit laboratory) This course focuses on comprehensive physical examination of individuals across the lifespan. The process of diagnostic reasoning, hypothesis formulation and differential diagnosis of disorders commonly seen in the primary care setting is stressed. Students learn to interpret diagnostic and laboratory findings and use effective communication skills to develop clinical hypotheses.

    Co-requisites: NSG 511

    NSG 513 Advanced Physical Examination and Diagnostic Reasoning for Primary Care, 4 credits

    (3 credits of didactic, 1 credit laboratory) This course focuses on comprehensive physical examination of individuals across the lifespan. The process of diagnostic reasoning, hypothesis formulation and differential diagnosis of disorders commonly seen in the primary care setting is stressed. Students learn to interpret diagnostic and laboratory findings and use effective communication skills to develop clinical hypotheses.

    Co-requisites: NSG 511

    NSG 518 Advanced Practice Role Development for Primary Care, 1 credit

    This course facilitates the transition to the advanced practice clinician role in primary conceptualizations, role development, and the core competencies of advanced practice nursing are examined within the context of the provision of integrated primary care services for families and communities.

    Graduate status or permission of the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

    NSG 519 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Science, 2 credits

    The course utilizes the critical reasoning process to examine the elements of nursing as a discipline and as a science. Emphasis is placed on the structure of nursing knowledge and the use of theory as a framework for advanced nursing practice in the primary care setting.

    Graduate status or permission of the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

    NSG 523 Family Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Primary Care, 2 credits

    The course addresses the integration and synthesis of concepts associated with health promotion and disease prevention for families across the lifespan. Family theory and family assessment are introduced as a framework for primary care. Concepts of epidemiology, population focused care, and the accessibility of preventative services for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations in primary care are emphasized. Current research in health promotion is used as the basis for identifying appropriate screening recommendations and interventions used by clinicians in the primary care setting.

    Co-requisites: NSG 526

    NSG 524 Introduction to Clinical Management of Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 3 credits

    (135 Clinical Hours, 129 preceptor hours, 6 post-conference hours) Students will apply advanced physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning knowledge and skills with families in primary care. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for assessment and management of family health promotion needs and disease prevention services.

    Pre-requisite: NSG 523

    NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care, 3 credits

    Major principles of pharmacology are examined in the context of advanced practice nursing across the lifespan. The use of protocols, prescription writing, legal, ethical and economic issues in prescribing and/or monitoring pharmacologic therapies are explained. Emphasis is placed on age appropriate content related to pharmacokinetics, dosages, expected outcomes and side effects of selected drug categories of chronic and acute health problems across the lifespan. Emerging issues in pharmacoinformatics such as pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics, and E-prescribing are reviewed.

    NSG 590 Special Topics, 1-3 credits

    The nursing department features a series of one-two-and three-credit courses which deal with special topics of interest to graduate nursing students. They are taught by respected and expert faculty who are leaders in their field. Special Topics may be used as electives within the graduate nursing program.

    NSG 596 Independent Study, Variable credits

    Allows students to investigate a topic of interest, complete their research, or implement a special project with the guidance of a faculty. Topics/projects/thesis must be approved in advance.

    NSG 600 Family Health and Disease Management I, 2 credits

    This course focuses on disease management of adults and older adults. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common acute and episodic health problems, the provision of comprehensive, coordinated care, and the stabilization of emergent clinical situations in the primary care setting.

    Pre-requisites: NSG 523, NSG 524 Co-requisite: NSG 601

    NSG 601 Clinical Management of Family Health I, 2 credits

    (90 clinical hours- 84 preceptor hours, 6 post-conference hours)

    Students will apply advanced physical examination and diagnostic reasoning knowledge and skills with adults and older adults in primary care. Emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis and management of acute/episodic health problems and stabilization of emergent conditions. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching, and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for the comprehensive, integrated management of acute/episodic health problems in adults and older adults in primary care settings.

    Pre-requisites: NSG 523, NSG 524 Co-requisite: NSG 600

    NSG 602 Policy, Politics, and Healthcare Financing in Primary Care, 2 credits

    The critical analysis of legal, ethical, public policy, and healthcare financing issues affecting the collaborative approach to primary care practice is the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed on the examination, analysis, and critique of current issues in the media and the professional literature. Critical reasoning forms the basis for examination and analysis of selected issues related to integrated primary care, accessibility of primary care services, and clinician accountability in primary care. Oral presentation and writing skills are emphasized.

    NSG 603 Family Health and Disease Management II, 2 credits

    This course focuses on the integrated disease management of adults and older adults. Emphasis is placed on common and co-morbid health problems and their exacerbations in the primary care setting. The concepts of chronicity and chronic care models are examined.

    Prerequisites: NSG 523, NSG 524

    NSG 604 Clinical Management of Family Health II, 2 credits

    (90 clinical hours, 84 preceptor hours, 6 post-conference hours)

    This course focuses on the integrated clinical management of chronic health problems and their exacerbation in adults and older adults in primary care settings. Coordination of care and facilitating linkages to community health resources will be covered. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching, and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for assessment and management of the chronically ill adult.

    Pre-requisites: NSG 523, NSG 524, NSG 603

    NSG 605 Family Health and Disease Management III, 2 credits

    This course focuses on health promotion and disease management of common health concerns of children and adolescents in the primary care setting. Normal growth and development of well child and adolescent care are included. The use of appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic clinical therapeutics in the management of children and adolescents experiencing acute and chronic illness is stressed.

    Pre-requisites: NSG 523, NSG 524

    NSG 606 Clinical Management of Family Health III, 2 credits

    (90 hours; 84 preceptor hours, 6 hours post-conference)

    Students will apply advanced physical examination and diagnostic reasoning knowledge and skills to children and adolescents in primary care. Comprehensive, integrated care of pediatric patients, their health promotion needs, evaluation of growth and development, family and cultural dynamics, physical and psychosocial status are covered. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching, and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for the comprehensive, integrated management of acute/episodic and chronic health problems of children and adolescents in primary care settings.

    Pre-requisites: NSG 523, NSG 524, NSG 605

    NSG 607 Research for Evidence-Based Primary Care, 3 credits

    This course builds upon undergraduate statistics and nursing research courses and prepares advanced practice students to use the evidence-based information to critically appraise practice innovations for their relevance and appropriateness to primary care practice. Emphasis is placed on identifying appropriate focused clinical questions to address health problems of individuals and families in the primary care setting; locating, critically appraising and synthesizing best evidence; and applying relevant theoretical frameworks for translating research evidence into practice

    Pre-requisites: Basic Statistics; Undergraduate Nursing Research; NSG 601

    NSG 608 Family Health and Disease Management IV, 2 credits

    This course focuses on the integrated healthcare management of gynecological and reproductive health concerns of women throughout the lifespan. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to health maintenance, illnesses and life transitions in women. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive, coordinated care in the primary care setting.

    Co-requisite: NSG 609

    NSG 609 Clinical Management of Family Health IV, 2 credits

    (90 clinical hours- 84 preceptor hours, 6 post-conference hours)

    Students will apply advanced physical assessment and diagnostic reasoning knowledge and skills to the gynecologic and reproductive health care needs of women. Emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis and management of common health concerns of women throughout the lifecycle. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching, and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for assessment and management of the health of women.

    Pre-requisites: NSG 523, NSG 524 Co-requisite: NSG 608

    NSG 610 Research Seminar for Evidence-Based Practice, 1 credit

    This seminar provides students with the opportunity to advance the use of integrated Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) as a framework for advanced nursing practice in the primary care setting. The focus of the seminar is on advancing work on the student’s Population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcomes (PICO) question; establishing the clinical significance of the identified health problem; measurement of outcomes; and devising a plan for implementation and evaluation of the protocol designed to manage common acute and chronic health problems encountered in primary care.

    Pre-Requisites: NSG 607

    NSG 610 Research Seminar for Evidence-Based Practice, 1 credit

    This seminar provides students with the opportunity to advance the use of integrated Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) as a framework for advanced nursing practice in the primary care setting. The focus of the seminar is on advancing work on the student’s Population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcomes (PICO) question; establishing the clinical significance of the identified health problem; measurement of outcomes; and devising a plan for implementation and evaluation of the protocol designed to manage common acute and chronic health problems encountered in primary care.

    Pre-Requisites: NSG 607

    NSG 611 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Synthesis, 3 credits

    (135 clinical hours- 121 preceptor hours, 14 hours post-conference)

    This clinical course serves as a culminating experience in the primary care family nurse practitioner clinical specialization. Students work with clinical preceptors to integrate and apply previously acquired knowledge and skills. The capstone clinical experience focuses on demonstration of competency in the areas of: management of client health/illness status; nurse-client relationship; teaching-coaching function; professional role; managing and negotiating the delivery of health care within a system; and monitoring and ensuring quality of health care practices. Independent clinical management of acute and chronic health problems across the life span is emphasized. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, time management, and entry into advanced practice nursing is stressed.

    Pre-requisites: NSG 511, NSG 513, NSG 518, NSG 519, NSG 523, NSG 526, NSG 524, NSG

    600, NSG 601, NSG 602, NSG 603, NSG 605, NSG 604, NSG 606, NSG 608, NSG 609 (MSN

    FNP Students only-all courses above and NSG 607, NSG 610, NSG 612)

    NSG 612 Evidence-Based Practice Synthesis for Primary Care, 2 credits

    Knowledge of integrated evidence-based practice is synthesized as students carry out a capstone EBP project, in collaboration with their clinical preceptors in the primary care setting. Using a small-group seminar approach, students are guided through the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of results.

    Pre-Requisites: NSG 607, NSG 610 Co-Requisites: NSG 611

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