The program outcomes of the MSN program are to provide graduate nursing students with the:
1. Critical thinking, interpersonal, and technical skills of a nurse leader with advance degree;
2. Academic foundation necessary to pursue doctoral education.
Based on the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and the Graduate-Level QSEN Competencies Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (AACN, 2012), the student learning outcomes for the Master of Science in Nursing Program are as follows:
- Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
- Explain the impacts of organizational and systems leadership on quality and safety of patient care.
- Develop leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective.
- Articulate methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality, as well as apply quality principles within an organization.
- Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as a change agent, and disseminate results.
- Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and uses communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care.
- Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
- Function as a member and leader of interprofessional teams and communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care.
- Apply and integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
- Understand nursing and relevant sciences, as well as integrate this knowledge into practice, including both direct and indirect care components.
- Develop professional goals that reflect a lifelong learning commitment and continued scholarship to the nursing profession.