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Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

You’ve transformed the lives of your patients – now it’s time for you to take your experience and transform the future of healthcare.

With more than three million members, nurses represent the largest segment of workers in the U.S. healthcare workforce. Every nurse is in a unique position of leadership that impacts the direction and future of the healthcare system. With an aging population, increased access to insurance, and greater intersection between the fields of management, information technology, and healthcare, there is a real need for nurses who will rise up as leaders within the healthcare field as:

 

Specializations

  • Clinical Nurse Leaders: who will champion and improve patient care
  • Nurse Educators: who will raise up the next generation of leaders and caretakers in the nursing field.
  • Nurse Administrators: taking the lead in administration and management of healthcare facilities and teams
  • Nurse Informaticists:  streamlining communications and improving data collection for improved care and research

Join American National University’s Master of Science: Nursing program and:

Prepare for key leadership certifications in your specialization, marking your preparation, skills, and experience with distinction to employers across the nation.

Take courses online – in a timeline that fits your schedule, allowing you to continue working while you go to school.

Gain real world experience in a clinical practicum – in your specialization, giving you invaluable time spent working in your future career.

 

MSN Pathways


1
RN to MSN for a student with an associate degree in nursing, who will complete both a BSN and MSN.

2
RN to MSN program for a student with an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in another field

3
MSN program for a student who has a bachelor’s degree in nursing

 


 

Build a Strong Foundation in Leadership

At ANU you don't just earn a degree, you gain experience as a leader in your field.

ANU MSN Candidate Profile

The Master of Science: Nursing program at ANU welcomes nurses who are looking to take their career to the next level of leadership in the healthcare field. Whether your passion is in improving patient care, healthcare administration or to be instrumental in training up the next nurses as leaders in the field, the ANU MSN program looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Join the next graduating class of the ANU MSN program!

 

ANU MSN Candidate Profile

The Master of Science: Nursing program at ANU welcomes nurses who are looking to take their career to the next level of leadership in the healthcare field. Whether your passion is in improving patient care, healthcare administration or to be instrumental in training up the next nurses as leaders in the field, the ANU MSN program looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Join the next graduating class of the ANU MSN program!

  • Tell us about your passions and why you are pursuing an MSN at ANU:
    Submit a written essay of 300 words minimum (11 point font and 1.5 line spacing).
  • Submit proof of your RN License: proof of a current valid unencumbered RN License must be provided with your application
  • What is your current level of work experience as an RN?
    Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae and tell us about your experience in your career.
  • What are your academic achievements thus far?
    • Minimum educational obtainment for entry to the MBA program is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • Send in an official transcript from your accredited institution where you received your baccalaureate or associate’s degree. For colleges and universities outside of the U.S., transcripts must be evaluated by a private credential evaluation service who is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services).
    • Students may be officially admitted to a Master’s program with a cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher over the course of all undergraduate studies toward a Baccalaureate degree. For students who achieved below a 2.5 CGPA in their undergraduate studies, the Graduate Admissions Committee will condition continued enrollment beyond the first term on the achievement of a 2.75 GPA or higher in the first term, and strongly recommend that such students take a maximum of eight credits during the first term.

**Computers are integral tools in a master’s program classroom; therefore, students are required to own or have access to a computer and the internet.

There are Three Pathways into the MSN Program. Which of the following describes you?

I am…

… an RN with a BSN (click here +)

In addition to the MSN Application documents – please submit the following:

  • Your transcript should show successful completion of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  • You must have completed a statistics course that is equivalent to the ANU Math 419 course or take this course as a prerequisite

… an RN with an associate’s degree (click here +)

In addition to the MSN Application documents – please submit the following:

  • Your transcript should show completion of an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, including successful completion of courses in lab-based anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and algebra. 
  • Our admissions representatives will help you enroll in our online Bachelor’s of Science: Nursing program (BSN) – getting you started on the next step in your career!
    Our BSN provides students with the theory and knowledge required to be successful in our MSN program, while also preparing them for certification as a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML). Find out more >>

… an RN with a bachelor’s degree in another field (click here +)

In addition to the MSN Application documents – please submit the following:

  • Please include the transcript from an accredited institution of your successfully completed associate’s degree in nursing in addition to the transcript of your bachelor’s degree.
  • Your transcript should show evidence of completion of courses in lab-based anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and algebra.
  • You must have completed a statistics course that is equivalent to the ANU Math 419 course or take this course as a prerequisite.
  • Completion of the following BSN courses must be evident from your transcript, or will be required as a pre-requisite to enrollment in MSN courses:
    • A course in Community/Public Health Nursing or credit for work experience for documented work history in this field
    • A research methodology course
    • A course in management or credit for work experience with documented work history in management.

 

International Student Admission Requirements »

In addition to the general requirements of the University, all international students must demonstrate proficiency in English and meet one of the following eight (8) requirements:

Core Courses

Program Core (Required) is 36 Credit Hours. Choose one of four  (20 Credit Hours).

MSN degree consists of 56 total credits/168 quality points. All courses are four credit hours unless otherwise listed.

 

Core Courses »

Course #

Course Title

MS500

Healthcare Informatics

This course includes concepts of computers and the internet, a review of the healthcare information systems, and the contribution of informatics to the foundation of knowledge in healthcare. Analysis of current and emerging trends in healthcare technology will be addressed. Concepts include administrative information systems, electronic security, telehealth, and research. Students explore the use of information technology to support decisions that promote safety and quality in patient centered care while addressing concerns about information protection in the use of electronic healthcare records.

MS510

Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course is structured to provide students with an in-depth view of epidemiology for advanced nursing practice from a local to global perspective. Nursing’s role in pandemics, emergency preparedness, and public health emergencies is examined. Aspects of cultural competence, health literacy, and linguistically appropriate services will be addressed.

 

Epidemiology of chronic and emerging infectious diseases will be addressed. Students are presented with epidemiologic models and study designs to assess the health of populations to prevent or control health problems.  The relationship of culture, genetics, and environmental aspects to epidemiology will be explored. Bio-statistical concept and their integration with epidemiology will be addressed.  Students study ethical, legal and economic principles influencing clinical prevention and population health.

MS520

Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing

Knowledge development, mid-range theories, ethical frameworks and personal beliefs are reviewed in this course. These elements are examined to develop and refine theory-guided nursing practice, ethical decision making, and a personal philosophy of nursing. Advanced Nursing roles will be explored and compared.

MS530

Health Policy, Regulations, and Politics for Healthcare

This course provides students with an in-depth view of healthcare policy and regulatory issues at the local, state, national, and global level for the advanced practice nurse and the healthcare administrator. Concepts examined include the regulatory agencies effect on patient care and scope of nursing and other healthcare professionals, implications of policy and legislative processes on healthcare delivery, and vulnerable populations. Policy and politics in the work environment, in the government, in associations and interest groups, in the community and related to quality and safety in healthcare will be included.

MS540

Healthcare Economics and Fiscal Management

This course is designed to introduce students to healthcare economics and the principles of fiscal management in the health care environment. Topics include financial and managerial accounting, cost analysis, budgeting, planning, and control.

MS550

Ethics and Legal Principles for Healthcare

This course gives a perspective on healthcare law and ethics for professionals in the healthcare industry. The principles and theories that guide ethical practice, ethical dilemmas that exist in a variety of settings, local and federal guidelines, end of life issues, and scarce healthcare resources will be addressed. Ethical issues for health services will be examined in a global perspective. Content includes legal principles, responsibilities of healthcare professionals, medical records management, liability and duties of a health care professional, informed consent, and workplace issues.

MS560

Healthcare Organizational Systems and Quality Improvement

This course studies the internal organization and management of health-care facilities including delivery models and roles of health care professionals in a variety of healthcare arenas including acute care and community based settings. The principles and theories of healthcare organizational systems and concepts of organizational behavior will be addressed. Topics include quality improvement to ensure patient safety, delivery of evidence based practices to improve patient care outcomes, and recognized benchmarks demonstrating delivery of higher-value care.

MS570

Nursing Leadership Development and Inter-Professional Collaboration

This course examines best practices of nurse leadership and the characteristics of effective leaders within the health care industry. The definition of leadership within the context of nursing practice and the leadership role of the graduate-level nurse will also be discussed. The topic of Inter-professional collaboration will be explored. The student will complete the beginning plan for their project and establish an externship.

MS670

Advanced Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods

This course discusses research methodology and examines the translation of current evidence into practice. Topics include identifying gaps and resolving practice problems to advance clinical practice. This course for the advanced practice nurse will expand upon the student’s understanding of evidence based practice and basic nursing research. 

 

Choose Specialization below

(20 Credit Hours Required)

Clinical Nurse Leaders »

Specialization for Clinical Nurse Leader – 20 Credit Hours

MS600

Advanced Health Assessment

This course covers the advanced concepts related to physical examination and history taking for the advanced practice nurse. The student will perform physical examinations and apply clinical reasoning to assessing patients. Regional physical examinations, general survey, and assessment of special populations of children, pregnant women, and the older adult will be addressed.

MS605

Advanced Pathophysiology

This course covers the pathophysiologic alterations of organs and systems across the life span. Topics include the altered cellular and tissue biology, fluids, electrolytes, acids and bases, genetic diseases, mechanisms of self-defense, and the cellular proliferation of cancer.

MS610

Advanced Pharmacology

This course covers the principles and concepts of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of the broad categories of pharmacologic agents and delivery across the lifespan.

MS630

Clinical Outcomes and Care Environment Management-CNL Immersion I (2 Credit Hours)

This is the initial full course in the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the focus will be on illness and disease management including care management and client outcomes utilizing knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment and technology at the point of care. The student will address knowledge management and knowledge and skills related to epidemiology and management of client outcomes.  The student will focus on health promotion and disease reduction and prevention management utilizing the knowledge of risk assessment, health literacy, health education, and counseling while practicing evidence based practice, clinical decision making, critical thinking, problem identification, and outcome measurement.

MS635

Clinical Outcomes and Care Environment Management-CNL Immersion II (2 credit hours)

This is the continuation of the initial course in the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the focus will be on illness and disease management including care management and client outcomes utilizing knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment and technology at the point of care.  The student will focus on health promotion and disease reduction and prevention management utilizing the knowledge of risk assessment, health literacy, health education, and counseling while practicing evidence based practice, clinical decision making, critical thinking, problem identification, and outcome measurement. The student will additionally address the collaboration within the healthcare team.

MS640

Clinical Nurse Leadership CNL Immersion III (2 credit hours)

This is the continuation of the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the student will provide leadership in all aspects of the CNL role. There will be a continued focus will be on illness and disease management, knowledge management, and health promotion and disease reduction, and prevention management. The student will address healthcare financial issues, informatics, quality management, and management of change. The student will provide team coordination as they collaborate with other health care providers.

MS645

Clinical Nurse Leadership CNL Immersion IV (2 credit hours)

This is the final course in the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the student will provide leadership in all aspects of the CNL role. There will be a continued focus will be on illness and disease management, knowledge management, and health promotion and disease reduction, and prevention management. The student will address healthcare financial issues, informatics, quality management, and management of change. The student will provide team coordination as they collaborate with other health care providers. The capstone project will be completed in this course.

Nurse Administrators »

Specialization for Nurse Administrator – 20 Credit Hours

MS615

Health and Patient Safety Risk Management

This course is for health care professionals who require the knowledge and skills in the area of health care risk management, compliance, and patient safety. This content prepares administrators to reduce medical errors and control adverse events. The healthcare administrator will develop the skills for working effectively with the risk management department and various healthcare departments to ensure patient safety.

MS618

Human Resource Management for Healthcare

Examines the complexities and multiple issues involved in human resources management, which are due to the unique nature of health-care organizations that employ a highly regulated workforce with specific technical discipline based on expertise with continual educational development and involved in a business devoted to patient care. Offers health-care administrators the knowledge and tools to manage people in all aspects of their work from recruiting, to hiring, to compensation, and benefits, to training and development, to motivational strategies and performance appraisals, to promotions and terminations. Content includes the use of volunteers, employment laws, and the support provided the manager by the human resources professional.

MS620

Strategic Healthcare Planning and Management

This course addresses the essential strategic tasks of leading and managing health care organizations and advocates for the importance of strategic thinking and strategic planning of the management process from conceptualization and planning to development and management. Topics include marketing and the role of the marketing professional in researching and recommending market positioning.

MS650

Nurse Administrator Leadership I

This course provides the student with the initial externship in the nurse administrator role. Nurse administrator role students will examine the strategies for engagement of an organization and an individual.

MS655

Nurse Administrator Leadership II

This course provides the student with a capstone experience and externship in the nurse administrator role. A project providing evidence of meeting the competencies of the role of the nurse administrator will be completed.

Nurse Informaticists »

 

Specialization for Nurse Informaticist – 20 Credit Hours

MS625

System Design Life Cycle

This course covers the topic of system design for informatics. Topics include development of policy and procedures, analysis of system and strategic planning, quality outcomes, clinical information systems, human-computer interaction, usability, workflow, testing, implementing, and evaluating systems.

MS675

Data Management and Health Care Technology

This course covers the data management of healthcare information and the various healthcare technologies. Topics include databases, clinical devices, hardware (smart devices, tablets), and communication technologies.

MB611

Project Management Life Cycle

Students taking this course will examine the practices, processes, and concepts of project management.  Students will review the project life cycle areas including Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing projects.

MS680

Nurse Informaticist Leadership I

This serves as the initial externship for the nurse informaticist. Students will function in the role of the informaticist to obtain required competencies.

MS685

Nurse Informaticist Leadership II

This serves as the capstone course for the nurse informaticist specialty.  Students will complete their final externship and become eligible for the RN-BC Nursing Informatics exam.

Nurse Educators »

Specialization for Nurse Educator – 20 Credit Hours

MS600

Advanced Health Assessment

This course covers the advanced concepts related to physical examination and history taking for the advanced practice nurse. The student will perform physical examinations and apply clinical reasoning to assessing patients. Regional physical examinations, general survey, and assessment of special populations of children, pregnant women, and the older adult will be addressed.

MS605

Advanced Pathophysiology

This course covers the pathophysiologic alterations of organs and systems across the life span. Topics include the altered cellular and tissue biology, fluids, electrolytes, acids and bases, genetic diseases, mechanisms of self-defense, and the cellular proliferation of cancer.

MS610

Advanced Pharmacology

This course covers the principles and concepts of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of the broad categories of pharmacologic agents and delivery across the lifespan.

MS660

Educational Theory, Curriculum Development, and Teaching Methodologies

This course addresses educational theory applicable to the nurse educator role. The process of curriculum development will be covered including the design of courses and programs, writing measurable objectives, and program outcomes. Topics include teaching methodologies, strategies, the learning environment, cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning, and evidence based resources to support teaching.

MS665

Nurse Educator Leadership and Evaluation           

This course provides the capstone for the nurse educator role. Students will function in an educational environment, teaching and evaluating courses and/or programs. Topics include learner assessment, curriculum revision, and course and program evaluation.


Specializations

Clinical Nurse Leaders: who will champion and improve patient care.

   View Courses »

Specialization for Clinical Nurse Leader – 20 Credit Hours

MS600

Advanced Health Assessment

This course covers the advanced concepts related to physical examination and history taking for the advanced practice nurse. The student will perform physical examinations and apply clinical reasoning to assessing patients. Regional physical examinations, general survey, and assessment of special populations of children, pregnant women, and the older adult will be addressed.

MS605

Advanced Pathophysiology

This course covers the pathophysiologic alterations of organs and systems across the life span. Topics include the altered cellular and tissue biology, fluids, electrolytes, acids and bases, genetic diseases, mechanisms of self-defense, and the cellular proliferation of cancer.

MS610

Advanced Pharmacology

This course covers the principles and concepts of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of the broad categories of pharmacologic agents and delivery across the lifespan.

MS630

Clinical Outcomes and Care Environment Management-CNL Immersion I (2 Credit Hours)

This is the initial full course in the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the focus will be on illness and disease management including care management and client outcomes utilizing knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment and technology at the point of care. The student will address knowledge management and knowledge and skills related to epidemiology and management of client outcomes.  The student will focus on health promotion and disease reduction and prevention management utilizing the knowledge of risk assessment, health literacy, health education, and counseling while practicing evidence based practice, clinical decision making, critical thinking, problem identification, and outcome measurement.

MS635

Clinical Outcomes and Care Environment Management-CNL Immersion II (2 credit hours)

This is the continuation of the initial course in the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the focus will be on illness and disease management including care management and client outcomes utilizing knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment and technology at the point of care.  The student will focus on health promotion and disease reduction and prevention management utilizing the knowledge of risk assessment, health literacy, health education, and counseling while practicing evidence based practice, clinical decision making, critical thinking, problem identification, and outcome measurement. The student will additionally address the collaboration within the healthcare team.

MS640

Clinical Nurse Leadership CNL Immersion III (2 credit hours)

This is the continuation of the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the student will provide leadership in all aspects of the CNL role. There will be a continued focus will be on illness and disease management, knowledge management, and health promotion and disease reduction, and prevention management. The student will address healthcare financial issues, informatics, quality management, and management of change. The student will provide team coordination as they collaborate with other health care providers.

MS645

Clinical Nurse Leadership CNL Immersion IV (2 credit hours)

This is the final course in the Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion and the student will provide leadership in all aspects of the CNL role. There will be a continued focus will be on illness and disease management, knowledge management, and health promotion and disease reduction, and prevention management. The student will address healthcare financial issues, informatics, quality management, and management of change. The student will provide team coordination as they collaborate with other health care providers. The capstone project will be completed in this course.

Nurse Administrators: taking the lead in administration and management of healthcare facilities and teams.

   View Courses »

Specialization for Nurse Administrator – 20 Credit Hours

MS615

Health and Patient Safety Risk Management

This course is for health care professionals who require the knowledge and skills in the area of health care risk management, compliance, and patient safety. This content prepares administrators to reduce medical errors and control adverse events. The healthcare administrator will develop the skills for working effectively with the risk management department and various healthcare departments to ensure patient safety.

MS618

Human Resource Management for Healthcare

Examines the complexities and multiple issues involved in human resources management, which are due to the unique nature of health-care organizations that employ a highly regulated workforce with specific technical discipline based on expertise with continual educational development and involved in a business devoted to patient care. Offers health-care administrators the knowledge and tools to manage people in all aspects of their work from recruiting, to hiring, to compensation, and benefits, to training and development, to motivational strategies and performance appraisals, to promotions and terminations. Content includes the use of volunteers, employment laws, and the support provided the manager by the human resources professional.

MS620

Strategic Healthcare Planning and Management

This course addresses the essential strategic tasks of leading and managing health care organizations and advocates for the importance of strategic thinking and strategic planning of the management process from conceptualization and planning to development and management. Topics include marketing and the role of the marketing professional in researching and recommending market positioning.

MS650

Nurse Administrator Leadership I (2 Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with the initial externship in the nurse administrator role. Nurse administrator role students will examine the strategies for engagement of an organization and an individual.

MS655

Nurse Administrator Leadership II (2 Credit Hours)

This course provides the student with a capstone experience and externship in the nurse administrator role. A project providing evidence of meeting the competencies of the role of the nurse administrator will be completed.

Nurse Informaticists:  streamlining communications and improving data collection for improved care and research.

   View Courses »

 

Specialization for Nurse Informaticist – 20 Credit Hours

MS625

System Design Life Cycle

This course covers the topic of system design for informatics. Topics include development of policy and procedures, analysis of system and strategic planning, quality outcomes, clinical information systems, human-computer interaction, usability, workflow, testing, implementing, and evaluating systems.

MS675

Data Management and Health Care Technology

This course covers the data management of healthcare information and the various healthcare technologies. Topics include databases, clinical devices, hardware (smart devices, tablets), and communication technologies.

MB611

Project Management Life Cycle

Students taking this course will examine the practices, processes, and concepts of project management.  Students will review the project life cycle areas including Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing projects.

MS680

Nurse Informaticist Leadership I             

This serves as the initial externship for the nurse informaticist. Students will function in the role of the informaticist to obtain required competencies.

MS685

Nurse Informaticist Leadership II            

This serves as the capstone course for the nurse informaticist specialty.  Students will complete their final externship and become eligible for the RN-BC Nursing Informatics exam.

Nurse Educators: who will raise up the next generation of leaders and caretakers in the nursing field.

   View Courses »

Specialization for Nurse Educator – 20 Credit Hours

MS600

Advanced Health Assessment

This course covers the advanced concepts related to physical examination and history taking for the advanced practice nurse. The student will perform physical examinations and apply clinical reasoning to assessing patients. Regional physical examinations, general survey, and assessment of special populations of children, pregnant women, and the older adult will be addressed.

MS605

Advanced Pathophysiology

This course covers the pathophysiologic alterations of organs and systems across the life span. Topics include the altered cellular and tissue biology, fluids, electrolytes, acids and bases, genetic diseases, mechanisms of self-defense, and the cellular proliferation of cancer.

MS610

Advanced Pharmacology

This course covers the principles and concepts of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of the broad categories of pharmacologic agents and delivery across the lifespan.

MS660

Educational Theory, Curriculum Development, and Teaching Methodologies

This course addresses educational theory applicable to the nurse educator role. The process of curriculum development will be covered including the design of courses and programs, writing measurable objectives, and program outcomes. Topics include teaching methodologies, strategies, the learning environment, cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning, and evidence based resources to support teaching.

MS665

Nurse Educator Leadership and Evaluation           

This course provides the capstone for the nurse educator role. Students will function in an educational environment, teaching and evaluating courses and/or programs. Topics include learner assessment, curriculum revision, and course and program evaluation.

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