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

Concentrations:

Nurse Educator Concentration Courses (21 semester hours)

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Nurse Executive Leader Concentration Courses (18 semester hours)

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MSN/MBA Dual Program

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Department of Nursing and Health
Benedictine University
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Lisle, College of DuPage, Morton College and Triton College cohorts:
Hicela Woods,
Associate Director of Non-Traditional Programs

By mail
Benedictine University
Lownik Hall, Room 068
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

E-mail: hwoods@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6637
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) 718-5276
Fax: (217) 528-9871
Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. M-F