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Program Requirements

The MSN program at WKU provide the opportunity to complete specialty concentrations as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator. The Nurse Educator (40-47 credit hours required) and Nurse Administrator (33 credit hours required) concentrations are available 100% online. Requirements are listed below. For additional information on other concentration areas, please contact Beverly Siegrist at beverly.siegrist@wku.edu

Nurse Educator Concentration (40-47 hours)

This option prepares the registered nurse for the roles of nursing faculty in university or community college settings. One year of practice as a registered nurse is required prior to completing any clinical courses.

NURS 501 Nursing, Politics and Health Policy 2
NURS 503 Advanced Health Assessment 2
NURS 504 Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing 3
NURS 505 Advanced Health Assessment Clinical 1
NURS 510 Graduate Nursing Research 3
NURS 512 Research Applications 2
NURS 513 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators 2
NURS 519 Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators 2
NURS 522 Teaching in Schools of Nursing Internship 2
NURS 531 Clinical Teaching in Nursing Education 2
NURS 532 Teaching in Nursing: Roles and Professional Issues 2
NURS 560 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 2
NURS 561 Distance Education & Technology in Nursing 2
NURS 563 Teaching in Healthcare Organizations 2
NURS 564 Teaching in Healthcare Organizations Practicum (optional) 1
NURS 565 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 2
NURS 605 Leadership in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 606 Advanced Clinical Practice 1
NURS 662 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education 2
Select a Graduate Statistics course 3
Optional thesis 0-6
Total Hours 40-47
1

Students entering the AD to MSN Nurse Educator Option must first complete NURS 408 and NURS 430.

Nurse Administrator Concentration (33 hours)

This concentration prepares graduates for advanced practice as a nurse administrator or nurse manager in various health care settings.

NURS 501 Nursing, Politics and Health Policy 1 2
NURS 504 Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing 3
NURS 506 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 1
NURS 508 Advanced Issues in Professional Nursing 1
NURS 510 Graduate Nursing Research 3
NURS 512 Research Applications 2
NURS 528 Leadership and Management in Nursing Administration 2 3
NURS 530 Nursing Administration Practicum 3
Select a Graduate Statistics course 3
Select one Business Management/Finance course of the following: 3 3
Survey of Economic Theory  
Survey of Economic Theory  
Survey of Accounting Principles  
Managerial Finance for Health Services  
Fundamentals of Health Care Financial Management  
Select one Organizational Theory/Healthcare Systems course of the following: 3 3
Advanced Organizational Behavior  
Health Care Organization and Management  
Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior  
Decision Making in Health Care  
Effective Leadership Studies  
Select one Human Resource Management/Communication course of the following: 3 3
Health Care Human Resources Administration  
Elements of Public Administration  
Communication in the Nonprofit Sector  
Employee Communication  
Crisis Communication  
Applied Organizational Communication  
Organizational Communication  
Select one Health Care Ethics/Law course of the following: 3 3
Health Care Jurisprudence  
Health Care Quality and Accountability  
Human Values/Health Sciences  
Leadership Ethics  
Total Hours 33
1

Students entering the AD to MSN Nurse Administrator Option must first complete NURS 408 and NURS 430.

2

 It is recommended that students complete three to four of the support courses prior to enrolling in NURS 528.

3

Support Courses selected in the categories above are with advisor approval. Suggested courses are included in each category, but are not all inclusive.


 Please note, as they apply to specific concentration areas:
  • Clinicals may be done in home are
  • Teaching Internship may be done at any accredited school with preceptor and advisor approval
  • Nurse Administration Internship may be done at any accredited school with preceptor and advisor approval

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