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Summary of Courses for Study for MSN Nursing

Year I - Semester 1

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
This course provides an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills of computer science, nursing science, information science, and cognitive science in clinical nursing, education, administration, and research to improve healthcare outcomes.

Credit Hours: 2 - 0.5 - 0 = 2.5

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
This course is an in-depth study of nursing research methodologies. The focus will be on the inter-relationships among theory, advanced nursing practice, and research. Emphasis placed on developing skills used in critical analysis of nursing research for determining applicability of the research to nursing practice.

Credit Hours: 3 - 0 – 0 = 3

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
This course provides students with the statistical knowledge and skills to use effectively in research and its interpretation of the findings. The content focuses on appropriate statistical methods, correlating to the study designs utilized in nursing research and practice. It also enables the student to develop skills in computing and interpreting parametric and nonparametric statistical tests.

Credit Hours: 2 - 0.5 - 0 = 2.5

Course Description:

Prerequisites: None
This course intend to introduce the students to scholarly writing skills involving application of principles of effective written communication and critical reading with emphasis on origination, drafting, revising, editing, self-assessment and effective critiquing.

Credit Hours: 1 - 0 – 0 = 1


Year 1: Semester 2

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
This course prepares the Masters students to the leadership practice role in the complexities of the health care delivery system that challenge the nursing profession to adapt to its demands. To be successful in that endeavor, a nurse must acquire a broad knowledge in nursing leadership and management. A competent nurse leader has to tackle issues in nursing service along with maximizing interdisciplinary team functions and generate productive results. This course prepares the graduates to understand concepts related to organization, interprofessional collaboration, human resources development, strategic planning and managing, information management, quality management, performance appraisal, magnetism, staffing, scheduling, and budgeting principles.

Credit Hours: 2-0-1=3

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
The course utilizes the critical reasoning process to examine the element of nursing knowledge and knowledge borrowed from other sciences and humanity. Emphasis is on concept analysis and synthesis of theoretical knowledge. Identification of the links between theory and empirical indicators. The clinical relevance of mid-range and practice theories is to design the nursing interventions for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Credit Hours: 3-0-0 =3

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
The student will analyze theoretical and pragmatic legal-ethical issues regarding professional nursing and health care. Emphasis is on an understanding of the nurse as a professional who embraces lifelong learning, incorporates professionalism into practice and internalizes the values of the profession.

Credit Hours: 2-0-0=2

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
This is an introductory course, designed to prepare the student in Adult-Gerontology Specialty to provide patient-centered quality care through application of evidence in practice, in order to improve health outcomes of patients. Opportunities provided within the course to develop expertise in conducting comprehensive and holistic assessments using innovative evidence-based tools and to make clinical judgement regarding acute and chronic health situations in adult and geriatric populations.

Credit Hours: 2-0-0=2

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
This is a precursor course designed for baccalaureate nurses to develop an understanding about comprehensive management of community health and community health nursing. It will enable them to provide promotive and preventive health care for individuals, families and community, emphasizing the impact of environment on health

Credit Hours: 2-0-0=2

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
This is an introductory course, designed to prepare the students to provide family centered care through application of advanced concepts and theories in view of optimizing health outcomes among paediatric population. It aims at actualizing critical thinking and analytical ability among students with the use of innovative evidence-based tools and techniques.

Credit Hours: 2-0-0=2

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I Courses
This course designed to focus on implementing principles of psychiatric nursing. Knowledge from nursing science and related fields introduced to equip the students with the basic knowledge and skills in the psychiatric mental health nursing

Credit Hours: 2-0-0=2


Year 2: Semester 3

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge of advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology with understanding of acute and chronic illnesses in the adult and elderly populations

Credit Hours: 6-1-0=7

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course provides opportunity to the graduates in developing competencies in knowledge, skills, competencies and critical judgments for community health nursing practice along with incorporating the knowledge of advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and restoration of health across the lifespan of individuals, families, groups and communities.

Credit Hours: 6-1-0=7

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course designed to extend the knowledge and skills of graduates in providing holistic care to the children within the context of their family, community and environmental settings. It intends to provide advanced educational experience to develop critical thinking and problem solving abilities, which will enable them to actualize safe and effective care for the children with normal and altered level of health care needs.

Credit Hours: 6-1-0=7

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course designed to focus on implementing major concepts and principles of psychiatric nursing practice. Provide opportunity to integrate nursing sciences with related different fields to assess, diagnose, and treat clients with psychiatric mental health problems. Wellness and the promotion of mental health, care for clients with acute/ chronic mental illnesses, and the prevention of further psychiatric morbidity or disability are emphasized. Evidence-Based Nursing research findings are applied to emphasize the link between psychotherapeutic process and outcomes.

Credit Hours: 6-1-0=7

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course prepares the students to conduct focused and comprehensive health assessments and management of adults and geriatric clients. The process of diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the client history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures pertaining to specific systems. Opportunity provided to integrate and apply didactic content of Adult Health & gerontology Nursing 1 and clinical skills in the care of adult and geriatric patients with acute and chronic illnesses.

Credit Hours: 0-0-4=4

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course aims at providing clinical knowledge, skills and competencies to the students in rendering comprehensives care to individuals, families, groups and communities at primary health centers, schools, homes and community involving the principles of health promotion, disease prevention and health restoration

Credit Hours: 0-0-4=4

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course prepares the students to develop clinical expertise in performing comprehensive health assessment and apply theoretical knowledge in management of children with complex health care needs. Opportunities provided to develop effective practice behavior reflecting quality care for children and their families.

Credit Hours: 0-0-4=4

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
This course prepares the graduates to conduct focused and comprehensive mental health assessments and management of clients with psychiatric mental health problems. Critical thinking and decision-making are emphasized as the main resources of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the client, family, and conduction of mental status examination. Opportunity provided to integrate and apply knowledge and skills content of Introduction to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 1 in the care of clients with psychiatric mental health problems and their families.

Credit Hours: 0-0-4=4

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Semester I & II Courses
Thesis is a faculty-guided scholarly experience that provides the student with an opportunity to identify a nursing research problem within the clinical, to pursue its study, and to contribute to the body of nursing knowledge and practice. The process provides experience in research design, implementation and evaluation in a setting with faculty guidance.

Credit Hours: 0-1-0 = 1


Year 2: Semester 4

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course is the third in the series of adult health and gerontology nursing. It is designed to broaden students’ knowledge and skills in care of adult and geriatric populations with specific acute and chronic illnesses. An evidence-based approach to nursing and medical management including pathophysiologic, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities are emphasized. Specifically, genito-urinary, sensory and neurological system disorders encountered by adults and geriatric patients including emergency care are also covered

Credit Hours: 5-1-0=6

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
The course designed to equip the graduates to apply theories of community health nursing in practice, with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and health restoration strategies involving advanced knowledge in pathophysiology and pharmacology while rendering health care to the community.

Credit Hours: 5-1-0=6

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course designed to prepare graduates to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge in management of children with acute and chronic illnesses within culturally diverse society. It emphasizes development of competency in providing comprehensive care to the children, based on scientific knowledge related to advanced concepts of pediatric nursing, pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology. Opportunities will be created to utilize critical thinking in nursing process as a framework for providing holistic care to children and their families experiencing life-threatening illnesses.

Credit Hours: 5-1-0=6

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course continues with the focuses on implementing major concepts and principles of psychiatric nursing practice. Emphasizing the roles and functions of the psychiatric mental health nurse in decision-making based on analyzing of data collected to meet the needs of the client(s) who is experiencing alterations in the psychosocial functioning including those with special population needs. Content includes management strategies and application of different treatment modalities through integrating nursing science with other health care professionals

Credit Hours: 5-1-0=6

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This practical component of Adult health Nursing and gerontology 2 designed to provide opportunity broaden students’ knowledge and skills in care of adult and geriatric populations with specific acute and chronic illnesses. Specific procedures related to care of adult and geriatric patients with genito-urinary, sensory and neurological system disorders discussed.

Credit Hours: 0-0-4 =4

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course intends to equip the students with the efficient community health nursing skills for practices, based on the strong scientific knowledge and competencies directed towards management of health aspects of individuals, families, groups and community involving collaborative approaches.

Credit Hours: 0-0-4 =4

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
Course prepares the students to develop critical thinking and analytical ability in interpretation of the data obtain from health history ,diagnostic procedures, assessment based on knowledge of acute and chronic diseases in providing comprehensive care to children with diverse health care needs. Students also will be able to appreciate multifaceted role of a pediatric nurse in practice.

Credit Hours: 0-0-4 =4

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
This course is a continuation of the Practicum in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 1. It will prepare the graduates to conduct focused and comprehensive mental health assessments and management of clients with psychiatric mental health problems. Critical thinking and decision making are emphasized as the main resources of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the client, family, and mental status examination. Opportunity is provided to integrate and apply knowledge and skills content of Introduction to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 1& 2 in the care of clients with psychiatric mental health problems and their families.

Credit Hours: 0-0-4 =4

Course Description:

Prerequisites:Semester III Courses
Under the guidance of the thesis supervisor, the students will develop a methodologically sound study, in the form of a Master of Nursing thesis, which they will defend at an oral examination. Throughout the thesis process, students will have the opportunity to continue to develop and incorporate their learning of advanced nursing theory, research, leadership and practice into their scholarly work.

Credit Hours: 0-2-0 = 2