Master of Science inNursing

ELMSN Curriculum 

Schedule

Entry-level MSN students in the pre-licensure portion attend classes full-time, Monday through Friday. PLU classes may be scheduled any time between 8:00am and 8:00pm.  Students must be available for clinicals anytime between 6:00am and 11:00pm.  Students in the pre-licensure portion are strongly encouraged not to work. None of the classes are online.

The post-licensure portion is designed for the working nurse, with most students working 0.5-0.8 FTE while enrolled in this traditional, on-campus program. Classes have generally been held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, plus additional hours for practicums. The exception to this has been summer and J-Term courses, as days and times vary. The Thursday/Friday schedule is subject to change from one year to the next, and none of the classes are offered online. Clinical experiences are usually during the day or evening shift, depending on preceptorship requirements (which are heavier toward the end of the program). We encourage applicants with flexible work schedules to accommodate varying class times and practicums.

 

Pre-Licensure Sample Curriculum (RN-Preparation)

15 Months - 55 semester credits

Summer Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 220   Nursing Competencies I (4)
  • NURS 270   Health Assessment and Promotion (4)
  • NURS 320   Nursing Competencies II (2)
  • NURS 580   Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Fall Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 260   Professional Foundations I (4)
  • NURS 330   Pharmacology and Therapeutic Modalities (4)
  • NURS 340   Situations with Individuals: Adult Health I (4)
  • NURS 350   Situations with Individuals: Mental Health (4)
     

January Term--1st Year

  • NURS 380 Situations with Families: Childrearing (Peds) (4)

 

Spring Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 370   Situations with Families: Childbearing (OB) (4)
  • NURS 430   Situations with Communities (5)
  • NURS 440   Situations with Individuals: Adult Health II (4)
  • NURS 441   Situations Seminar (1)

Summer Semester--2nd Year

  • NURS 480   Professional Foundations II (2)
  • NURS 499   Nursing Synthesis (6)

After completing the pre-licensure curriculum and upon successfully obtaining RN licensure in Washington state, students continue the Entry-Level MSN curriculum in the COM Advanced Generalist focus (see below). Admission to the ELMSN program does not imply or promise progression into any other COM focus area (such as Educator) or any other concentration (such as Family Nurse Practitioner). ELMSN students must apply and be selected for a change of COM focus area or concentration at the completion of their first post-RN licensure semester. The availability of seats in other COM focus area or the FNP concentration is not guaranteed or implied; when and if available, seats are limited and selection is therefore highly competitive.

Post-Licensure MSN Core coursework


15 Months--minimum of 30 additional semester credits

Fall Semester--2nd Year

  • NURS 523   Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3)
  • NURS 525   Theoretical Foundations (3)
  • NURS 526   Leadership and Management (3)

January Term--2nd Year

  • NURS 524   Advanced Health Promotion (2)
  • NURS 540   Illness and Disease Management (2)

Spring Term--2nd Year

  • NURS 527   Evaluations and Outcomes Research (3)
  • NURS 530   Resource Management (3)
  • NURS 531   Care and Outcomes Manager 1 (3)

Summer Term--2nd Year

  • NURS 532   Care and Outcomes Manager 2 (6)
  • NURS 596   Scholarly Inquiry (2)

Course Descriptions


Undergraduate

  • NURS 220: Competencies I: Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies of therapeutic communication, and technical skills associated with health management. Prerequisites: BIOL 205, 206; CHEM 105, PSYC 101. Pre- or Co-requisites: BIOL 201, PSYC 320. (4)
  • NURS 260: Professional Foundations I: Focuses on nursing as a profession and discipline. The nursing process is introduced as a framework for critical thinking and caring. Open to non-nursing students with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: NURS 220. (4)
  • NURS 270: Health Assessment and Promotion: Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to perform health assessments and promote health across the life span. Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent with NURS 260 and 280. (4)
  • NURS 320: Competencies II: Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies of advanced technical skills associated with health management. Prerequisites: NURS 260, 270, 280, achievement of Junior I status. (2)
  • NURS 330: Pharmacology and Therapeutic Modalities for Nursing: Focuses on pharmacological principles of major drug classifications, therapeutic modalities, and alternatives to pharmacological interventions. Prerequisite for majors: NURS 280, achievement of Junior I status. Non-majors must receive permission from the instructor. (4)
  • NURS 340: Nursing Situations with Individuals: Adult Health I: Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing selected alterations in health. Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 320 and 330, achievement of Junior I status. (4)
  • NURS 350: Nursing Situations with Individuals: Mental Health: Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing mental health issues. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 330, achievement of Junior I status. (4)
  • NURS 370: Nursing Situations with Families: Childbearing:  Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with childbearing families. Prerequisites: NURS 320, 330, 340, 350, achievement of Junior II status. (4)
  • NURS 380: Nursing Situations with Families: Childrearing:  Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with infants, children, adolescents and their families. Prerequisites: NURS 320, 330, 340, 350, achievement of Junior II status. (4)
  • NURS 430: Nursing Situations with Communities: Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with the community as client. Prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 420, achievement of Senior I status. (5)
  • NURS 440: Nursing Situations with Individuals: Adult Health II: Focuses on the core knowledge and competencies necessary to apply the nursing process to situations with individuals experiencing complex alterations in health. Prerequisites: NURS 360, 370, and 380, achievement of Senior I status. (4)
  • NURS 441: Senior Seminar: Exploration and integration of core knowledge and competencies related to complex alterations in the health of individuals experiencing complex alterations in health. Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 440 and achievement of Senior I status. (1)
  • NURS 480: Professional Foundations II: Critical evaluation of role transition into professional nursing. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 499, achievement of Senior II status. (2)
  • NURS 499: Capstone: Nursing Synthesis – SR: Synthesis of core knowledge, competencies, professional values, and leadership skills in nursing situations mentored by a professional nurse preceptor. Prerequisites: NURS 420, 430, 440, 441, prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS 460 and 480, achievement of Senior II status. (6)

Graduate

  • NURS 523: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Facilitates the development and transition into the advanced practice role through the analysis of legal, ethical, professional, social and practice perspectives. Roles of consultant, researcher, administrator, and expert clinician are explored. (3)
  • NURS 524: Advanced Health Promotion: Identification of health risks and protective strategies for diverse populations. (2)
  • NURS 525: Theoretical Foundations: Preparation for critique, evaluation, and use of a range of relevant theories that provide guiding perspectives for the provision of client-centered, clinically measurable advanced nursing practice. (3)
  • NURS 526: Nursing Leadership and Management: Introduction to policy, organization, and financing of health care. Preparation for provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in the design and implementation of care, and assumption of the leadership role in managing resources. (3)
  • NURS 527: Evaluation and Outcomes Research: Preparation for the critique and use of new knowledge to provide, change, and evaluate advanced nursing practice focused on client-centered, clinically demonstrable care. (3)
  • NURS 530: Resource Management: Management of resources in the planning, coordination, and/or delivery of health care with an outcome perspective at the system level. Financial and human resources and systems management will be examined from a quality perspective. (3)
  • NURS 531: Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum I: Direct and/or indirect care given in a defined specialty setting with focus on evaluation and outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 523. Variable credit with School of Nursing approval. (1-3)
  • NURS 532: Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum II: Direct care or indirect clinical management, supervision, or education to achieve client goals by implementing approaches, interventions, outcomes, and evaluation method. Pre- or Co-requisite: NURS 538. Variable credit with School of Nursing approval. (1-6)
  • NURS 540: Illness and Disease Management: Builds on the foundations of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment and focuses on the attainment of positive clinical outcomes for a cohort or population. (2)
  • NURS 580: Advanced Pathophysiology: Focuses on normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Primary components of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. (3)
  • NURS 596: Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing Practice: Development and submission of professional paper or project related to one’s area of specialization based on an evaluation and outcomes model. Cross-listed with NURS 599. (2)