Master’s of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes
- Implement evidence-based practice, incorporating theory, models, and science to ensure safe, quality health care.
- Integrate knowledge of technology, information systems, policy, organization, and financing into the improvement of health care delivery and health outcomes.
- Demonstrate a commitment to ethical decision making, social justice, and advocacy for vulnerable and diverse populations.
- Develop and use collaborative leadership and management strategies that foster safety and quality improvement throughout a healthcare system.
- Advance the profession through collaboration, adherence to nursing standards and values, service, and commitment to lifelong learning.
- Collaboratively design client-centered strategies for clinical prevention and health promotion.
- Expand nursing expertise through the application of advanced pathophysiological, pharmacological, and assessment knowledge and skills.
Entry-Level MSN Programs
The School of Nursing offers two program options for those with a non-nursing Bachelor's degree:
The Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing
program is designed for students with a prior non-nursing baccalaureate degree to gain RN licensure and complete the MSN Care and Outcomes Manager concentration, Advanced Generalist focus. Although maintaining employment is not advised during the pre-licensure portion of the program (first 15 months), newly licensed RNs are encourage to work during the graduate portion (last 12 months).27 months.
The RN-B to MSN
program is designed for registered nurses with a prior non-nursing baccalaureate degree. This program leads to the MSN Care and Outcomes Manager concentration, Advanced Generalist focus. 15 months.
The School of Nursing offers three program options for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared registered nurse:
The MSN Care and Outcomes Manager
program (COM) is designed for BSN-prepared registered nurses who wish to pursue a Care and Outcomes Manager concentration. Focus areas can include: Clinical Nurse Educator, Clincial Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, or Advanced Generalist. 15 months.
The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program
is designed for BSN-prepared registered nurses who wish to pursue licensure as advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) in a family medicine specialty. 24 months.
The MSN/MBA dual degree
combines the MSN/COM concentration with the master of business administration/healthcare management concentration. MBA classes are held twice per week, 6:00-9:30pm. 36 months.
Designed for the Working Nurse
Most nurses can continue to work while pursuing their master's degree. Graduate-level coursework is typically scheduled on Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with additional hours for practicums or preceptorships. A few courses in the summer or January term will be day classes.
The PLU MSN is comparable in cost to other regional public and private institutions, as well as online programs. At PLU our goal is to create a partnership that is financially feasible for you to pursue your studies. See our Sscholarships and Financial Aid page to see options available to nurses pursing graduate education. Financial assistance from PLU, federal and state financial aid programs, outside scholarship resources, payment options and careful planning help make PLU affordable.
Caring and Experienced Faculty
A majority of the teaching faculty maintain their own advanced practice in clinical settings. Faculty guide students individually and in small groups to develop and apply a wide range of advanced practice skills and knowledge.
All PLU pre-licensure and advanced-practice nursing programs are clinically-intensive, to provide the high level of direct patient contact time necessary for superior clinical preparation. PLU arranges all student clinical rotations and preceptorships. The PLU School of Nursing contracts with over 100 local hospitals and agencies, thus providing students with a broad exposure to the many nursing care settings that employ graduate-prepared nurses, including large to small urban hospitals; private, state-run as well as military hospitals; and both urban and rural clinics and long-term care facilities.
The PLU campus sits in view of Mount Rainier in a residential area of the vibrant city of Tacoma. We have gorgeous summer weather, and the campus is close to the picturesque waterways of the Puget Sound. We are forty miles from the world-class city of Seattle.
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Phone: (253) 535-7672
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