MSN Online Program

Program Options

Benedictine's Online MSN program offers a dynamic curriculum designed to get you ready for the nursing jobs of the future.

Foundation Courses (18 semester hours)
NRHL 501: Health Promotion and Interprofessional Collaboration

This course provides an in-depth review of approaches to health promotion as well as effective collaboration among members of the health care community. Students explore the problems and issues in using behavioral and social science theories, concepts and data to inform health promotion and health education research and interventions. The course emphasizes developing appreciation for the diversity of expertise in interprofessional collaborative teams as well as establishing basic concepts of effective teamwork. This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of "B". Cross listed with NRHL 381. 3 semester hours.

NRHL 502: Ethical and Culturally Competent Health Care Professional

This course draws upon philosophy, ethics and the social sciences to examine key concepts of professional practice that form the foundations for leadership, including professional obligations, duties, rights and cultural competence. Coursework leads to an increased understanding of interplay among socio-cultural contexts, ethics and cultural beliefs about health and illness. Basic principles of epidemiology, community-based assessment and evaluation, issues of equity and the risks to vulnerable populations are explored. Students also study the role of the educator, administrator and social change agent to explore what it means to be a culturally competent, ethical health care professional and leader in health systems or education. This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of "B". Cross listed with NRHL 382. 
3 semester hours

NRHL 503: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Research and Process Improvement

This course provides students with skills required to systematically research and evaluate current nursing knowledge to promote evidence-based nursing practice. Coursework emphasizes critical analysis of the current literature and proposed research methods, including quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to research, sampling procedures, data collection methods and data analysis planning.  Research topics such as ethical and cultural issues, methodological procedures associated with scientific investigation, and potential barriers to evidence-based practice are also course themes. Students are encouraged to critically analyze differing research paradigms as well as current issues surrounding evidence-based research. This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of "B". Cross listed with NRHL 383. 
3 semester hours

NRHL 504: Health Care Informatics and Emergent Technologies

This course teaches nurses to consider technical, user and environmental factors in the selection and use of clinical information systems that support nursing care and decision-making processes in various settings. Students gain an understanding of technology, data, human processing and standards related to clinical information systems, and how these elements are used to make evidence-based decisions in health care systems and services. This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of "B". Cross listed with NRHL 384. 3 semester hours

NRHL 505:  Health Care Policy and Advocacy

This course provides an overview of health care policy, organization and financing with emphasis on current industry trends. Students assess the atmosphere in which policy is created and how compromise and bargaining shape policy decisions. Current policy initiatives involving health care delivery as well as nursing are analyzed. Coursework emphasizes the role of the nurse as a health care leader and advocate in the health care policy formation process. This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of "B". Cross listed with NRHL 385.  3 semester hours

NRHL 506: Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care Systems

This course analyzes problems caused by the varying levels of health care quality and strategies for improving them using models of evaluation and process improvement. Students learn to apply principles of quality and regulatory management with an emphasis on defining, measuring and evaluating outcomes within organizations and systems to become effective leaders and change agents. Students are expected to participate in the development of actual quality measures and explain how such measures could be used in a defined health or educational system. This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of "B". Cross listed with NRHL 386. 3 semester hours

NRHL 507: Advanced Health Assessment

This course builds upon the student's previous health assessment experience to provide the foundation for advanced roles in nursing.  The course emphasizes physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and functional assessment among diverse populations. Advanced assessment topics include focused health histories, advanced physical assessment techniques, differentiation of assessment findings, and health assessment documentation standards. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506.  3 semester hours 

NRHL 508: Advanced Pathophysiology

The course focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of the complex physiological functions and pathophysiological processes to the care of individuals with health care problems. Course content examines alterations in function as well as adaptive, integrative and regulatory mechanisms at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels. The course is designed to enable the graduate nursing student to recognize and analyze these physiological changes, and to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of clinical settings. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506. 
3 semester hours
 

NRHL 509: Advanced Pharmacology

This course provides the graduate nursing student with the necessary knowledge to develop a greater understanding of pharmacology and application. The course content builds upon the student's current understanding of pharmacology. Students will explore the principles of pharmacology as they apply to various disease processes with consideration of medication selection factors, client adherence, and ethical implications. Clinical application of pharmacological management, adverse reactions, and patient education implications are presented through case studies and scenarios. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506, Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: NRHL 508.  3 semester hours 

NRHL 621: Instructional Strategies in Nursing Practice

This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies in nursing education. Students examine frameworks for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, adult learning theories, ethical issues and professional values related to nursing education, as well as the integration of new technology in instructional design and delivery. The course emphasizes best teaching practices for nurse educators. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506.  3 semester hours

NRHL 625: Learning and Curriculum Development in Nursing Practice

This course focuses on curriculum development and the role of the nurse educator through the examination of a variety of conceptual frameworks relating to curriculum and instructional design. Students investigate the process of curriculum development, program evaluation, regulatory and accreditation standards and curriculum trends. The components of course development, including course objectives, learning activities, teaching strategies and course evaluation are examined. The course includes 30 hours of a practicum experience.  Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506, NRHL 507, NRHL 508, NRHL 509, Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: NRHL 621.  3 semester hours 

NRHL 630: Evaluation Strategies and Methods in Nursing Practice

Students focus on the theories and strategies of measurement and evaluation as they apply to nursing education. Content includes strategies to assess and evaluate learning in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Topics such as test construction, evaluation of personal teaching effectiveness, program evaluation and accreditation processes are addressed, as well as ethical and legal issues related to student evaluation. The course includes 30 hours of a practicum experience.  Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506, NRHL 507, NRHL 508, NRHL 509, NRHL 621, NRHL 625.  3 semester hours 

NRHL 635: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Capstone Project

In this capstone course, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned through the program into practice. They further develop the role components of the nurse educator or nurse executive with the guidance of a preceptor within a selected practicum setting. With the assistance of the faculty and preceptor, each student develops a project that demonstrates their cumulative learning, teaching abilities and professional growth. The project should demonstrate the student's ability to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills acquired to real-world issues and problems. This final project validates a student's ability to think critically and creatively, to solve practical problems, and demonstrate mastery of the application of leadership or education skills. The capstone course requires 60 hours of a practicum experience with a selected preceptor.  NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506, NRHL 507, NRHL 508, NRHL 509, NRHL 621, NRHL 625, NRHL 630.  3 semester hours 

NRHL 620: Building Effective Communications and Relationships

This course covers knowledge and skills related to effective communication and relationship-building across various health care settings. Students study communication strategies to address nursing and organizational issues and conflicts, as well as advanced communication skills related to diversity in the workplace, generational benefits, recruitment and retention, collaborative decision-making and shared governance. Building trust and credible organizational relationships with key stakeholders is also emphasized. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506. 
3 semester hours
 

NRHL 622: Professionalism and Executive Career Development

Students focus on the knowledge, skills and tools to effectively coach and further the professional development of others within the healthcare organization. Coursework emphasizes the concepts of professionalism, personal and professional accountability, transparency, advocacy and ethical standards.  Students complete a comprehensive executive leadership career assessment, conduct a gap analysis and develop an executive career plan for the future.  Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506.  3 semester hours

NRHL 624: Advanced Knowledge of Health Care Systems

This course explores the skills and knowledge nurse executives need to effectively lead in a variety of health care systems. Students study the unique needs of health care settings such as hospitals, ambulatory facilities, community-based services, long-term care and private practice as well as financial, operational, regulatory and clinical aspects of management specific to a range of healthcare systems. Factors such as reimbursement, technology, staffing, leadership, organizational design and complexity and for-profit and not-for-profit aspects of the system will also be addressed in the context of nursing leadership strategies. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506. 
3 semester hours 

NRHL 626: Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking

This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership and the skills required for nurse executives to function effectively in complex health care environments. Students develop leadership self-awareness and investigate leadership traits necessary to effectively lead organizational change, build strong cultures, develop effective teams and resolve conflicts. The course examines change processes in contemporary health care organizations, as well as the evolving roles of management and transformational leadership. The course includes 30 hours of a practicum experience. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506, NRHL 620, NRHL 622, Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: NRHL 624.  3 semester hours 

NRHL 628: Financial Management and Resource Allocation in Health Care Systems

Students will learn how to contribute to the ethical financial decisions of health care organizations. Topics include strategic financial planning, financial statement analysis, budgeting and financial decision-making strategies. Students also explore issues with funding sources and constraints, reimbursement, cost containment and marketing. The course includes 30 hours of a practicum experience. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506, NRHL 620, NRHL 622, NRHL 624, NRHL 626.  3 semester hours 

NRHL 635: Evidence-Based Nursing Capstone Project

In this capstone course, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned through the program into practice. The role components and functions of nurse executives are further developed with the guidance of a preceptor within a selected practicum setting. With the assistance of the faculty and preceptor, each student develops a project that demonstrates their cumulative learning, leadership abilities and professional growth. The project should demonstrate the student's ability to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills acquired to real-world issues and problems. This final project validates a student's ability to think critically and creatively, to solve practical problems, and demonstrate mastery of the application of leadership or education skills. The capstone course requires 60 hours of a practicum experience with a selected preceptor. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRLH 504, NRHL 505, NRHL 506, NRHL 620, NRHL 622, NRHL 624, NRHL 626, NRHL 628.  3 semester hours

 

Department of Nursing and Health
Benedictine University
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Lisle, College of DuPage, Morton College and Triton College cohorts:

Janet Eggenberger,
File Processing Coordinator

By mail
Benedictine University
Lownik Hall, Room 067
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

E-mail: jeggenberger@ben.edu

Phone: (630) 829-6300

Fax: (630) 829-4301

Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. M-F

Springfield and Decatur cohorts:

Janet Richter, M.A.
Director of Development for Adult and Graduate Programs

By mail
Benedictine University at Springfield
Becker Library: L-29
1500 North 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

E-mail: jrichter@ben.edu

Phone: (217) 525-1420 x 3555

Fax: (217) 528-9871

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