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SECOND


MASTER'S


DEGREE

The online Second Master’s Degree nursing program (formerly Post-Master’s Certificate) is designed for the Registered Nurse who already possesses a Master’s degree in Nursing but desires additional preparation in another specialty area. The program is structured to meet the needs and schedules of working Registered Nurses through the same distributive learning formats used in the MSN program.

Distinctive features of the Second Master’s Degree program are:

  • Instruction by caring faculty, many of whom continue to practice in their areas of specialization
  • Emphasis on Jesuit inspired values of knowledge, sensitivity, integrity, excellence, and justice
  • Pursuit of humanistic and ethical alternatives to solve contemporary nursing and health care problems
  • Critical reasoning vital to professional judgment and ethical decision making

Application Deadline:

  • Fall 2014 Application Deadline – August 3rd
    • Classes start Sept. 2nd

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PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students into any program from the following states: AR, AL, DE, and NC. In addition to these states, we are also not admitting Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner students from Minnesota (we will admit Nurse Educator and Health Systems Leadership students from MN). Also, we are only accepting students from the following states for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Second Master's Quick Facts

  • $900 per credit hour
  • Accredited
  • 8-Week MSN Core Sessions: Each semester contains two 8-week sessions taken one after another (fall and spring only). You can accelerate your progress through the program by taking more than one class in each eight week session. Practicum Session lengths may vary. Courses outside of the MSN Core are 16 weeks in length.
  • Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Rolling Admissions: Admission into the Second Master\’s program is on a space available basis.
  • Gonzaga determines the students progression plan after receiving the entire application package

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Second Master's Eligibility Criteria

The online Second Master’s Degree program (formerly Post-Master’s Certificate) is designed for the Registered Nurse who already possesses a Master’s degree in Nursing but desires additional preparation in another specialty area.

Prerequisite – A master’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college or university is required.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, NC, and MN (FNP and PMH-NP only). We are only accepting students from the following states for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Note: In special circumstances, individuals applying for admission may be permitted to take courses for one semester while the admission process is completed. The designated fee must accompany the application form. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s total profile and space available.

 

Second Master's Application Checklist

Applicants are able to upload all items listed below within the online application – except for transcripts which should be mailed in to the address listed below.

  1. A completed application form and non-refundable fee of $50 which can be paid at the end of your online application.
  2. Documentation of an earned master\’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  3. One official transcript from every college, university & nursing school attended which can be mailed to the address listed below.
  4. Current Registered Nurse license.
  5. MAT Test Score
    • You must take the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) and provide a copy of test scores to be admitted into this program. If you have taken the MAT within the last five years, you do not need to retake it, only provide a copy of your test scores. Gonzaga will also accept GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) scores.  Go to www.milleranalogies.com to find test information and testing centers.
  6. Current professional vitae.
  7. Typewritten statement describing:
    1. Interest in the Second Master\’s Degree program and what he/she hopes to gain from the degree
    2. Professional goals
    3. Strengths
    4. Professional experiences
  8. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant\’s leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking and judgment, and professional practice (e.g., supervisor, professional colleague, professor). Recommendation letters will be uploaded through the online application portal by the recommender.

If you would like to petition for transfer credits from another program, please download a “Permission to Transfer Graduate Credits” form and submit it with an accompanying syllabus or course descriptions and official transcripts.

Mail Transcripts to:

Virtual Campus Admissions
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-0068
509-313-6658509-313-6658

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Why Gonzaga Nursing?

  • Quality – Gonzaga’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates average 95% pass rate on the national nurse practitioner certification exams.

  • Ranking: Gonzaga University has been ranked one of the top universities in the West for 16 years by US News & World Report. In addition, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine have separately ranked us one of the nation’s best universities.
  • Accreditation: Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, Gonzaga University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
  • Practicing Faculty: Gonzaga nursing faculty walks the talk. All nurse practitioner faculty still actively work in health care and provide students access to current health care policy issues, evolving trends, and real-world challenges facing the industry.
  • Accessible and Flexible: You have complete access to professors as needed through online discussion boards, email, and scheduled phone or skype appointments. Your coursework can be accessed from anywhere thanks to a convenient online environment.
  • Jesuit: Gonzaga online nursing students experience the subtle, yet intentional infusion of the Jesuit mission of men and women for others. This humanistic approach creates a community that encourages an exchange of knowledge with and among each other—the faculty, the students, and the communities in which they live and work to impact change.
  • Systems thinking: Graduates of Gonzaga’s Nursing programs are prepared to engage in systems thinking to solve complex problems, translate evidence to improve health care practices and population health, lead quality improvement and change initiatives, and demonstrate effective intraprofessional collaboration.

Second Master's Tracks

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program will prepare you to provide a holistic approach to primary care for individuals and families of all ages and to manage a wide variety of acute and chronic health problems. Family Nurse Practitioners work in independent as well as collaborative practice settings, such as:

  • Private practices
  • Urgent care centers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Clinics
  • Health departments
  • Student health centers
  • Clinics for the homeless or uninsured

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting into the Family Nurse Practitioner Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Click here for Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum effective Fall 2014.

Pre-Fall 2014 Curriculum follows.

Family Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (10 credits) – 16 weeks in length

NURS 523 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.

NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority.  Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring. Prerequisites:  NURS 523

NURS 525 – Psychopharmacology (3 cr) (Optional)

The Psychopharmacology course is designed to prepare nurse practitioner students in the practice of prescribing psychiatric medications.  The course reviews the principles and theories of psychopharmacology, the neurochemical communication circuit, and the effects of various psychotropic drugs. The course examines the indications and actions of specific psychotropic medications in the management of the behavioral effect of mental illness. Recommended and required monitoring of medication effects and adverse effects will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS 523 N and NURS 524 Y

NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment: Nursing Practicum (4 credits)

This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. This course incorporates approximately 13 hours of supervised laboratory experience and 60 hours of precepted clinical experience. Laboratory and clinical components of the course focus on helping the student to develop communication, observation, and psychomotor skills and to document history and physical examination findings. Satisfactory progress in the clinical setting is required to pass the course. Two 2-day on-campus immersions required.  Prerequisites:  NURS 523 and NURS 524

NURS 601 — Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1)

This course is the practicum course paired with NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment. The focus is on the practice of advanced assessment skills within a primary care setting. Students must complete 60 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an NP or MD). Corequisite: NURS 600

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses (20 credits) – courses are 16 weeks in length each

NURS 653P — Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric I (4 cr)

This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis) and treatment, prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education, follow-up, co-management or referral. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 654P — Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric II (3 cr)

This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care and other settings. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive health assessment and treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education. The course also emphasizes the NP’s role when referring to other health care professionals, community resources, and interdisciplinary teams. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 671 — Care of Frail Elder (3 cr)

This course focuses on the clinical management of the elder in primary care. Emphasis is on principles of gerontological care, common syndromes, ethical issues, abuse/neglect, and care options within the long-term care (LTC) continuum. The course includes a clinical application experience in a LTC setting.

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum Courses (10 credits) – courses are 16 weeks in length each

NURS 633P — Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I (1-4 cr)

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric I.  It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum of 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care settings.

NURS 664P — Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II (1-4 cr)

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric II.  It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care and other settings.

NURS 665P — Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric III (2-3 cr)

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Care of the Frail Elder.  It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in a long-term care setting while caring for frail older adults. Students must complete a minimum of 120 clinical clock hours (2 credits) in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP).

NURS 683P — Primary Care Practicum Extension (1-3 cr) – may be repeated as many times as needed

This course is an independent clinical course.  It is not paired with a didactic course.   It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to continue to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in semesters following completion of the NP specialty didactic courses. Students will complete variable clinical clock hours in approved clinical settings while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the continuing development and refinement of skills in caring for any population with health concerns in primary care or other approved settings.

Immersion Details

6 Required Immersions (Campus visits)

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in one on-campus immersion during each of the four practicum courses and two on-campus immersions when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course.

  • These immersions are two days in length.
  • Students also have at least one site visit from clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses.  Additional site visits are arranged as needed.
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment: Nursing Practicum Two 2-day on- campus immersions
NURS 663P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I (1-4) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 664P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II (1-4) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 665P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric III (2-3) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 683P Primary Care Practicum Extension (1-3) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*

*All students will have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during two or more of the practicum courses.

PLEASE NOTE:  For the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track, we are not admitting nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Gonzaga University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Health Systems Leadership (HSL) Program incorporates knowledge from business, organizational behavior, quality improvement, health care law, and nursing to teach you how to devise innovative solutions to today’s complex health care problems.

The online MSN Health Systems Leadership Track prepares registered nurses to assume leadership and administrative positions in inpatient, outpatient, community-based, and academic settings. Students gain knowledge and competency in financial and human capital management, as well as strategies for responding to the ethical and legal issues encountered in administrative roles.

 

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting into the Health Systems Leadership Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, and NC.

Health Systems Leadership Core

NURS 641A Nursing Leadership Development (3 credits)

This course advances the student’s understanding of concepts introduced in the common core with a focus on the role of the nursing leader within the complexity of healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on the development of a professional plan and portfolio that reflect the intentional selection of a personal model of nurse leadership. Consideration is given to the use of change management theories in promoting organizational as well as personal and professional changes.

NURS 642A Information and Quality Management (3 credits)

This course focuses on the information management skills essential for effective nursing leadership in complex healthcare settings. Topics to be addressed include clinical information systems, benchmarking, and quality monitoring.

NURS 643A Communication and Relationship Management (3 credits)

This course addresses the role of the nurse as a health care systems leader in developing and sustaining relationships with employees and other health care providers within complex health care environments. Course content will address communication strategies, relationship management, conflict management, and negotiation skills, and evaluation. Concepts related to legal, regulatory, and ethical aspects of employee hiring, performance evaluation, and termination will be reviewed. Consideration will be given to succession management.

NURS 644A Health Care Management: Financial Stewardship and Decision Support/Strategies (3 credits)

This course focuses on the financial management skills essential for effective nursing leadership in complex health care settings. Topics to be addressed include financing, administrative, financial and cost accounting systems, and budget development and oversight.

NURS 645A Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Health Care Environments (3 credits)

This course addresses the role of the nurse as a health systems leader in legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations in health care environments. Complex adaptive systems is used as the framework for examining legal and regulatory constraints that affect care delivery, patient and employee rights and responsibilities, and quality management, including patient safety and risk management. Tension between legal and ethical guidelines will be explored.

Health Systems Leadership Practicum: 6 Credits (360 hours)

NURS 631A Health System Leadership Practicum I (1-3 credits)

This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting.

NURS 632A Health System Leadership Practicum II (1-3 credits)

This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting. Prerequisite:  NURS 631A

NURS 633A Health System Leadership Practicum III (1-3 credits)

This practicum integrates knowledge from the didactic courses in the health organization setting. Prerequisite:  NURS 632A

Immersion Details

There is a required two-day, on-campus immersion during the last practicum course. Practicum experiences are arranged by the student to meet identified learning needs.

NURS 631A Health System Leadership Practicum l No on-campus immersions
NURS 632A Health Systems Leadership Practicum llPrerequisite: NURS 631A No on-campus immersions
NURS 633A Health Systems Leadership Practicum lllPrerequisite: NURS 632A One 2-day, on-campus immersion

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Our online MSN Nurse Educator program will prepare students to work as a nursing educator in the following positions/settings:

  • Staff development in a healthcare facility
  • Patient educator in a healthcare agency
  • Nursing faculty in an academic setting

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting into the Nurse Educator Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, and NC.

Nurse Educator Direct Care Core – 16 weeks in length

NURS 601E – Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Assessment I (3 credit)

This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of concept-based pathophysiological problems with emphasis on assisting learners in understanding the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles of its pharmacological treatment and the refinement of physical assessment skills used to form the basis for critical thinking and decision-making when treating individuals with various pathophysiological problems.

NURS 602E – Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Assessment II (3 credit)

This course is a continuation of NURS 601E and provides students with an in-depth analysis of concept-based pathophysiological problems with emphasis on assisting learners in understanding the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles of its pharmacological treatment, and the refinement of physical assessment skills used to form the basis for critical thinking and decision-making when treating individuals with various pathophysiological problems. Prerequisite: NURS 601E

NURS 603E – Advanced Clinical Practicum: Acute Care (1cr/60hours)

Students complete 60 hours of direct care activities with a master’s prepared nurse in an acute care setting.  Particular emphasis is placed on safety, quality of care, and quality improvement activities.  Students are provided with the opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and develop proficiency in a focused area of acute care clinical nursing. Prerequisites: NURS 601E  OR NURS 602E

NURS 604E –Advanced Clinical Practicum: Population-Focused (1cr/60hours)

Students complete 60 hours of direct care activities with a master’s prepared nurse in a community setting.  Particular emphasis is placed on safety, quality of care, and quality improvement activities.  Students are provided with the opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and develop proficiency in a population-focused area of clinical nursing. Prerequisite: NURS 565 and  NURS 601E  OR 602E

Nurse Educator Core – 16 weeks in length

NURS 651E Curriculum Development (3 credits)

This course addresses strategies for developing curricula, ranging in scope from individual teaching sessions, to courses, to complete programs of study. Emphasis is given to developing a curriculum that is congruent with institutional and program mission, philosophy, and goals; professional standards; needs and expectations of an educational program’s communities of interest; contextual variables; and learner characteristics.  Students are introduced to “backward design” principles, the concept of “threading” content, strategies for sequencing content, using a theoretical/conceptual framework to inform a curriculum, and principles of curriculum evaluation, focusing on both content validity and outcomes achievement. Legal, ethical, and accreditation issues related to curriculum content also will be considered.

NURS 652E Teaching Learning Strategies (3 credits)

This course explores strategies for teaching in classroom, online, clinical and community settings and emphasizes linking teaching-learning strategies to desired learning outcomes. Theoretical frameworks for teaching-learning, assessing and accommodating learning styles, preferences, and readiness to learn will be considered. The course also addresses adapting content and teaching strategies for different groups of learners (e.g., students, health care consumer/patients, professional colleagues) and learners with different characteristics. A two-three day on-campus immersion focusing on simulation technologies is required. The course will explore strategies to enhance interprofessional collaboration through the educational process. Students will use their clinical specialty area as context for course assignments. (The course includes a two-three day on-campus immersion)

NURS 653E Assessment of Student Learning and Evaluation (3 credits)

This course examines the basic principles of evaluation and provides practical guidelines for evaluation of learning in academic, clinical, and community settings. The course includes content on test construction and evaluation, developing and using rubrics, developing and grading written assignments, evaluating clinical performance, and evaluating personal teaching effectiveness. The course also addresses program evaluation and accreditation. Legal and ethical considerations related to evaluation and grading will be discussed. (One day test writing seminar included in the NURS 646E on-campus capstone immersion)

Nurse Educator Practicum: Total of 4 credits between two courses – 16 weeks in length.

NURS 645E Nurse Educator Practicum in Clinical Setting (1-3cr/60-180 hours)

Students complete 60-180 of the required 240 hours of precepted teaching experience in an approved clinical setting providing student, patient and/or staff education. The experience will include classroom teaching, as well as supervised evaluation of participant learning and performance. The course includes on-line clinical conferences.

NURS 646E – Nurse Educator Practicum in Academia (1-3cr/60-180 hours)

Students complete 60-180 of the required 240 hours of precepted teaching experience in an approved academic setting.  The experience will include classroom and clinical teaching, as well as supervised evaluation of student work and performance. The course includes on-line clinical conferences. (Three day on-campus capstone immersion focusing on issues of professional development, transition to the nurse educator role, legal and ethical issues inherent in academic and service settings. A one day test writing seminar is included during this immersion)

Immersion Details

During their practicum courses, students learn strategies for teaching in the classroom, online, simulations, and in the clinical setting. Two on-campus immersions are required (2-3 days each).

NURS 625E Nurse Educator Practicum in Clinical Setting (60-180 hours) One  2-3 day, on-campus immersion
NURS 646E Nurse Educator Practicum in Academia (60-180) One 2-3 day, on-campus immersion

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program will prepare you to:

  • Provide the full range of services that comprise primary mental health care in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients
  • Provide clinical and professional leadership
  • Facilitate system improvements

Clinical practice focuses on persons of all ages with diagnosed psychiatric disorders and individuals, families, or populations at risk for mental illness.

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting students into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track from the following states WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

 

Click here for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum effective Fall 2014.

Pre-Fall 2014 Curriculum follows.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (10 credits) – 16 weeks in length

NURS 523 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.

NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring. Prerequisites: NURS 523 N

NURS 525 Advanced Psychopharmacology - optional (3 credits)

The Psychopharmacology course is designed to prepare nurse practitioner students in the practice of prescribing psychiatric medications.  The course reviews the principles and theories of psychopharmacology, the neurochemical communication circuit, and the effects of various psychotropic drugs. The course examines the indications and actions of specific psychotropic medications in the management of the behavioral effect of mental illness. Recommended and required monitoring of medication effects and adverse effects will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS 523 N and NURS 524 Y

NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment: Nursing Practicum (4 credits)

This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Online master’s degree in nursing students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. This course incorporates approximately 13 hours of supervised laboratory experience and 60 hours of precepted clinical experience. Laboratory and clinical components of the course focus on helping the student to develop communication, observation, and psychomotor skills and to document history and physical examination findings. Satisfactory progress in the clinical setting is required to pass the course. Two 2-day on-campus immersions required. Prerequisites: NURS 523 and NURS 524

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty  Courses (12 credits) – 16 weeks in length

NURS 621M Dynamic Care Formulation (3 credits)

This course is designed as an induction into advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing. The scope of practice and the advanced practice nursing roles are examined. Major emphasis is placed on understanding, assessing, and diagnosing major psychiatric disorders and other phenomena requiring clinical intervention, considering variations across the lifespan. Selected theories of human development and adaptation across the lifespan and as a basis for psychiatric disabilities are analyzed. The biological bases of psychosocial behavior and their implications in psychiatric care are explored. Concepts, principles, and clinical approaches to assessment, mental health promotion, and diagnostic decision-making in advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing are stressed. Completing clinical assessments and formulating diagnoses using ICD, DSM-IV, and nursing systems are emphasized. Integration of concepts and application in one\’s personal practice are stressed. Prerequisites: NURS 524 and NURS 600

NURS 642M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts I (3 credits)

This course focuses on the diagnosis and management of acute and episodic mental health issues. The course will have an emphasis on psychotherapy interventions and introduces the use of psychobiological interventions. Research findings related to therapeutic relationships and interpersonal processes in psychotherapy are examined. Theoretical models for psychotherapy and nursing theories are analyzed for their application in individual therapy and presenting issues in therapy situations of patients/clients of varying ages and diagnoses are emphasized. Self awareness; continuing development of knowledge and skill in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; and integration of theories and techniques of psychotherapy for application in one’s personal practice are stressed. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

NURS 643M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts II (3 credits)

Focuses psychobiological interventions building upon the knowledge and skills gained in NURS 621M Dynamic Care Formulation. The course will introduce and examine various psychobiological and non-psychobiological interventions for people suffering mental illness. Strategies for establishing differential diagnoses and the bases for treatment are emphasized. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as the bases for biological interventions are reviewed; concepts and principles of psychopharmacology extend existing knowledge gained in NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology. The challenges of treating co-occurring disorders are considered. The indications for and selection of appropriate theoretical models, diagnostic strategies, and/or intervention techniques, and issues in treatment situations of patients/clients across the age span are emphasized. Group psychotherapy across the age span will be explored and the various theoretical models for delivering and implementing this modality will be reviewed. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

NURS 644M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Concepts III (3 credits)

Builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in NURS 621M Dynamic Care Formulation. This course is divided into four areas of study: 1) Child/adolescent psychiatric mental health, 2) Geriatric psychiatric mental health, 3) Family and couple therapy, and 4) Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in a complex health care system. This course will introduce and examine various theories to care for vulnerable populations suffering from mental and emotional distress, including child/adolescent and geriatric populations. The most common psychiatric disorders within these populations will be covered as well as various psychotherapeutic approaches and the most common psychiatric medications used to manage the illnesses in order to restore health. Concepts and principles of psychopharmacology extend existing knowledge gained in NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology. Various theories of family and couple therapy will be analyzed. The role of Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse will be examined regarding system and organizational transformation. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum: 10 Credits (600 hours) – 16 weeks in length

NURS 601M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice I (1 credit)

Designed to provide opportunities for learners to begin practice as advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses. Emphasis is on utilizing the theories, concepts, and skills necessary to assess and diagnose major psychiatric disorders and other phenomena requiring clinical intervention gained in NURS 621M Dynamic Care Formulation in the clinical setting. One 2-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 600

NURS 631M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice II (2-3 credit)

Builds on NURS 601M Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I and is designed to provide the practice of psychotherapy as advanced practice nurses in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Emphasis is on continuing to refine skills in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; applying the theories and techniques of psychotherapy and nursing. Therapeutic use of self and developing one’s personal style and theoretical model are stressed. One 2-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

NURS 632M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice III (2-3 credit)

Builds on NURS 601M Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I and is designed to provide the practice of psychotherapy as advanced practice nurses in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Emphasis is on continuing to refine skills in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; applying the theories and techniques of psychotherapy and nursing. Therapeutic use of self and developing one’s personal style and theoretical model are stressed. One 2-day on-campus immersion required.

NURS 633M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice IV (2-3 credit)

Builds on NURS 601M Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I and is designed to provide the practice of psychotherapy as advanced practice nurses in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Emphasis is on continuing to refine skills in assessment, diagnosis, and care formulation; applying the theories and techniques of psychotherapy and nursing. Therapeutic use of self and developing one’s personal style and theoretical model are stressed. One 2-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 621M

6 Required Immersions (Campus visits)

Immersion Details

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in one on-campus immersion during each of the four practicum courses and two on-campus immersions when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course.

  • These immersions are two days in length.
  • Students also have at least one site visit from clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses.  Additional site visits are arranged as needed.
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment: Nursing Practicum Two 2-day on- campus immersions
NURS 601M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice l One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 631M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice ll One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 632M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice lll One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 633M Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice lV One – day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*

*All students will have one site visit from a clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses.

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting students from the following states for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner option (1st and 2nd master’s degree): WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, and AZ.

Second Master's Eligibility

The online Second Master’s Degree program (formerly Post-Master’s Certificate) is designed for the Registered Nurse who already possesses a Master’s degree in Nursing but desires additional preparation in another specialty area. The program is structured to meet the needs and schedules of working Registered Nurses through the same distributive learning formats used in the MSN program.

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting students from the following states for Second Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, and AZ

Distinctive features of the Second Master’s Degree program are graduate level academic credits for professional men and women nurses; integration of MSN and Second Master’s Degree learners in most courses; emphasis on Jesuit inspired values of knowledge, sensitivity, integrity, excellence, and justice; pursuit of humanistic and ethical alternatives to solve contemporary nursing and health care problems; critical reasoning vital to professional judgment and ethical decision making; and study of health care ethics from the perspectives of both an individual and an organization. The curriculum is dynamic and changes may occur on a yearly basis.

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Adult/Geriatric Nurse Nurse Practitioner (A/GNP) Program prepares students to:

  • Provide the full range of services that comprise adult/geriatric health care in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients
  • Provide clinical and professional leadership
  • Facilitate system improvements

This track prepares nurses to care for young adults to frail elders. A/GNPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as:

  • private practices
  • clinics
  • nursing homes
  • long-term care facilities

PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students into the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (10 credits)

NURS 523 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.

NURS 524 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring.

NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment: Nursing Practicum (4 credits)

This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. This course incorporates approximately 13 hours of supervised laboratory experience and 60 hours of precepted clinical experience. Laboratory and clinical components of the course focus on helping the student to develop communication, observation, and psychomotor skills and to document history and physical examination findings. Satisfactory progress in the clinical setting is required to pass the course. Two 2-day on-campus immersions required.

NURS 635P Primary Health Care I (3 credits)

Introduction course for MSN student enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option. Focus of the course is on the development of knowledge about the FNP role. Emphasis is on the role of the FNP in the care of individuals throughout the lifespan who present with select common and acute health problems in the primary care setting. The importance of performing comprehensive advanced-level health assessments, use of diagnostic reasoning, and the selection of appropriate diagnostic tests and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies is stressed. Incorporates content related to health promotion, family health, and practice management.

NURS 636P Primary Health Care II (3 credits)

Continues learning initiated in previous courses for MSN students enrolled in the FNP option. Emphasis continues on the role of the FNP in the care of individuals with select common and acute health problems in the primary care setting. The importance of performing comprehensive advanced-level health assessments, use of diagnostic reasoning, and the selection of appropriate diagnostic tests and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies is stressed. A focus on health promotions, family health, and practice management continues from the previous semester.

NURS 637P Primary Health Care III (3 credits)

Role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the care of individuals with chronic and complex health problems who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the FNP\’s role in performing comprehensive health assessments (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning, and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to individuals throughout the life span. Incorporates content related to advanced health assessment, health promotion, and family health. Consideration is given to the preparation of FNPs for practice, medical-legal issues, and concepts of practice management.

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: 10 Credits (600 hours)

NURS 605P Practicum in Primary Health Care I (2-4 credits)

This primary care practicum course requires the completion of 120-180 practicum hours with supervision by an approved Nurse Practitioner, physician, or Physician\’s Assistant-Certified. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts as well as on collaboration with a preceptor to analyze patient data, select appropriate diagnostic tests, develop a comprehensive treatment plan, and prepare legally sound documentation for individuals who present for care with common and acute healthcare problems. Requires attendance at two 2-day on-campus immersions.

NURS 606P Practicum in Primary Health Care II (2-4 credits)

This primary care practicum course requires the completion of a pre-determined number of practicum hours (120, 180, or 240) with supervision by an approved Nurse Practitioner, physician, or Physician\’s Assistant-Certified. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts from Family Nurse Practitioner didactic courses and the development of increasing independence in analyzing patient data, selecting appropriate diagnostic tests, developing comprehensive treatment plans, and preparing legally sound documentation for individuals who present for care in a family practice setting. Requires attendance at two 2-day on-campus immersions.

NURS 607P Practicum in Primary Health Care III (2-4 credits)

This primary care practicum course requires the completion of a pre-determined number of practicum hours (120, 180, or 240 corresponding to 2, 3 or 4 credits respectively) with supervision by an approved Nurse Practitioner, physician, or Physician\’s Assistant-Certified. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts from Family Nurse Practitioner didactic courses and the development of increasing independence in analyzing patient data, selecting appropriate diagnostic tests, developing comprehensive treatment plans, and preparing legally sound documentation for individuals who present for care in family practice setting. Requires attendance at two 2-day on-campus immersions.

8 Required Immersions (Campus visits)

Immersion Details

When student begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in two-on campus immersions during each of the three practicum courses and when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course. These immersions are two days in length.

  • Students residing in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana also have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during each practicum course.
  • Students living outside of this four-state region are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.
  • For students living outside of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana, one (of the two) on-campus visits will be 3 days instead of 2 in order to provide an alternative to an on-site faculty visit.
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment Nursing Practicum Two 2-day on-campus immersions
NURS 605P Practicum in Primary Health l Two 2-dayon- campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty
NURS 606P Practicum in Primary Health ll Two 2-day* on- campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty
NURS 607P Practicum in Primary Health lll Two 2-day* on- campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty