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Online Registered Nurse to Master of Science
in Nursing Degree (RN-M.S.N.)

  • Introduction

    ASU’s Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-M.S.N.) programs require minimum on-campus attendance and are dependent on the educational track to which you are accepted. Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence within Texas or at the nearest approved clinical site(s), provided course objectives are met. Preceptors at approved clinical site(s) are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

    The RN-M.S.N. track is an accelerated mobility track that allows highly qualified registered nurses who are graduates of an accredited associate or diploma program to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing without completing all baccalaureate degree nursing courses. Students in this track complete all required B.S.N. academic courses (27 credits) and five prescribed B.S.N. nursing courses (17 credits) in addition to required courses for the Master of Science in Nursing program.

    RN-M.S.N. students choose one of these areas of specialization:

    • APRN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – Provides direct care to families and individuals across the lifespan and interfaces with other provider team members to supply broad-based comprehensive health care
    • Nurse Educator – Gives graduates with advanced nursing knowledge an additional nursing education focus. Graduates are prepared to teach in a variety of nursing programs, including those at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate levels.
  • Program Prerequisites
    •   Nursing (all majors)
      Admission Formula No formula
      Requirements
      Test Scores None unless required by advisor
      All college and university transcripts Yes
      Essay Yes
      Résumé No
      Prerequisites
      • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the AACN Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
      • Statistics (with a grade of “C” or higher)
      • Current license or eligibility for licensure as a registered professional nurse in Texas
      • Computer literacy
      • Minimum of two years clinical practice as an RN
      • Demonstrated proficiency in health assessment
      • Two professional references
      • an essay of no more than 500 words discussing the following points:

        Program  to which you are you applying, objectives for graduate education, summary of nursing experience, license and certifications (i.e. ACLS, PALS), summary of volunteer work and/or community service, potential clinical sites and/or affiliations that will assist you to meet your goals

  • B.S.N. Requirements
    Prerequisites*
    (12 Credit Hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    MATH 1302 or 1324 College Algebra or Finite Mathematics 3
      Computer Literacy 3
    NUR 2324 Pathophysiology 3
    ENG 1301 English Composition 3
    B.S.N. Requirements*
    Core Courses (27 Credit Hours)
    May be Taken Year 1, 2, 3, or 4
    Course Number Course Title Hours
      Art/Theatre/Music 3
    COMM 2301 Public Speaking 3

    ENG 1302

    Writing Across the Curriculum 3
    ENG 2323, 2324, 2325 Sophomore Literature 3
    HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1865 3
    HIST 1302 U.S. History 1865 to Present 3
    POLS 2301 Federal and State Government 3
    POLS 2302 Federal and State Government 3
    NUR 4337 or Junior/Senior Level Stats Statistics 3
     Academic Courses (17 Credit Hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 4302 Management in Nursing Practice 3
    NUR 4407 Community Health Nursing - Lecture 4
    NUR 4344 Cultural Diversity in Nursing 3
    NUR 4349 Baccalaureate Nursing Practice 3
    NUR 4403 Research for Nursing Practice: an Evidence-Based Approach 4

    *Students who desire to earn the B.S.N. must complete the Angelo State University B.S.N. requirements to include: the Texas core curriculum required for the B.S.N., all courses listed above AND nine (9) graduate (6000-level) hours including the following:

    • NUR 6313 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
    • NUR 6317 - Health Policy and Ethics
    • NUR 6331 - Advanced Health Assessment
  • M.S.N. Requirements
    Required M.S.N. Courses (22 Credit Hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6313 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6301 Design and Methodology of Quantitative and Qualitative Research 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (45 Clock Hours) 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics 3
    NUR 6356 Statistical Analysis in Health Care Research 3
    NUR 6103 Professional Scholarship 1
    Family Practitioner Option
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6105 Advanced Skills for Advanced Practice Nurses 1
    NUR 6335 Role Development: The Advanced Practice Nurse 3
    NUR 6325 Family Primary Care I 3
    NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum 3
    NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II 3
    NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum 3
    NUR 6337 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP 3
    NUR 6351 Mental Health for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
    Nurse Educator Option (12 Credit Hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6308 Practicum in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6319 Curriculum Design and Instruction in Nursing Education 3
  • Courses
    • NUR 6319 Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3-0-0). This course explores the nature of curriculum development in higher education based on educational theories and principles. It focuses on the development of curricula for a variety of academic programs in nursing education and the design of teaching and learning strategies for their implementation and evaluation. Factors influencing curriculum, student, faculty, and administrator roles are explored.

    • NUR 6308 Practicum in Nursing Education (0-0-9). A guided experience where the student, with faculty supervision, will teach in selected situations including classroom, laboratory, and clinical facilities. In addition, students will also have practical experiences in web-based and distance learning. Students will design, implement, and evaluate teaching strategies related to identified educational outcomes. The student will complete a 115 clockhour practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail.Prerequisites: Nursing 6306, 6307, 6319.

    • NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses (2-0-3). This course focuses on the development of advanced practice nursing skills in mental health. Specifically, the application of evidence-based knowledge and critical thinking skills in providing clinical management of individuals with common psychiatric-mental health problems across all age groups. Developmental assessment, crisis intervention, pharmacological management, and therapies are discussed as well as consultation and referral to other mental health professionals (45 hour clinical practicum.) Prerequisites: Nursing 6318, 6324, 6331.

    • NUR 6337 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience to synthesize skills acquired and to refine abilities in primary family centered care related to health promotion and the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students have the opportunity to refine evidence-based pathophysiological and psychosocial interventions, theories, and concepts of care. Students complete a minimum of 245 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6326, 6336.

    • NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience in the progression of the role of providing family centered primary care related to health promotion and evidence-based diagnosis and management of common and complex acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students complete a minimum of 140 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6325, 6327, 6333. Corequisite: Nursing 6326.

    • NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience providing the opportunity to apply family centered primary care related to health promotion and evidence-based diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students complete a minimum of 140 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6105, 6318, 6324, 6331. Corequisite: Nursing 6325.

    • NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II (3-0-0). Focus is on the progression in the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan in a primary care setting. As a provider of family-centered care emphasis is placed on health promotion, risk reduction, and evidence-based management of more complex symptoms and problems. Nursing’s unique contribution to patient care and collaboration with other health care professionals is emphasized. Prerequisites: Nursing 6325, 6327, 6333. Corequisite: Nursing 6336.

    • NUR 6325 Family Primary Care I (3-0-0). Focus on the transition from RN to Family Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan in a primary care setting. As a provider of family-centered care emphasis is placed on health promotion, risk reduction and evidence-based management of common symptoms and problems. Nursing’s unique contribution to patient care and collaboration with other health care professionals is emphasized. Prerequisites: Nursing 6105, 6318, 6324, 6331. Corequisite: Nursing 6327.

    • NUR 6105 Advanced Skills for Advanced Practice Nurses (0-0-3). This course focuses on the development of essential advanced practice nursing skills to perform procedures in primary care practice. Diagnostic methods and procedures for patients of all ages will be included in an on campus lab and 45 clock hour practicum. Prerequisites: Nursing 6318, 6324, 6331.

    • NUR 6356 Statistical Analysis in Health Care Research (3-0-0). Examines applications of statistical concepts to data collected in health care research. Topics will include basic descriptive measures; sampling and sample size estimation; testing for differences between means, correlation, and measures of association; techniques for analyzing categorical data; and summarizing and presenting statistical results. The use of computer packages for assisting in data analysis will be emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisite: Nursing 4337.

    • NUR 6335 Role Development: The Advanced Practice Nurse (3-0-0). This course provides the student with information regarding theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Environment of change, conflict resolution, professional collaboration, clinical practice outcome measurement will be discussed.

    • NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment (2-0-3). This course presents the theoretical and clinical principles of advanced health assessment supported by related clinical experiences for the advanced practice nursing student to gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform comprehensive assessments to acquire data, make diagnoses of health status and formulate effective clinical management plans of patients with common, acute, and chronic health issues. A 45 clock hour practicum provides opportunities to practice advanced health assessment skills. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and Nursing 6324 or corequisite with departmental approval.

    • NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology (3-0-0). A study of the function of the human body as it is altered by and responds to disease, including disease manifestations, mechanisms of disease production and response, and the physiological basis of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This course provides coverage of human diseases organized by the body system which they affect. Prerequisite: Biology 3324 or equivalent.

    • NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics (3-0-0). This course focuses on the study of advanced pharmacologic principles of drug therapy used by nurses in advanced practice.

    • NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics (3-0-0). This course prepares students as effective agents of change by building leadership skills in health care policy development, implementation and evaluation. Ethics content promotes selfcare and active advocacy. Student understanding of local, national, and global factors is expanded to facilitate clinical reasoning and collaborative engagement with all healthcare professionals in redesigning systems to achieve equity, safety, and quality for better healthcare outcomes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    • NUR 6313 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing (3-0-0). This course extends student knowledge of theory in nursing and the related sciences as a basis for advanced nursing practice with diverse populations in clinical and community-based care settings. Philosophical approaches, systems theory and organizational science provide the framework for problem analysis, health promotion and prevention strategies as students learn the role of advanced practice in the coordination of care across systems.

    • NUR 6301 Design and Methodology of Quantitative and Qualitative Research (3-0-0). This course is designed to extend the students’ knowledge of the research process as a basis for advanced nursing practice. Students explore the philosophy, logic and methods of both quantitative and qualitative research in clinical practice by focusing on the relations between research and clinical practice, the research process, and both experimental and nonexperimental designs. This course prepares students to critically evaluate published research, and to utilize research findings to guide practice, select interventions, evaluate course outcomes and identify problems to be addressed by future research. Prerequisite: Nursing 6356.

    • NUR 6103 Professional Scholarship (0-0-3). Provides for the synthesis of previous knowledge into a framework for advanced practice. In collaboration with a faculty member, the student contracts for a clinically-focused, research-based scholarly activity which may include, but is not limited to, the following: research proposal, development/implementation/publication of a scholarly paper, special project, or grant proposal. Prerequisite: Nursing 6301.

    • NUR 4337 Statistical Techniques for Health Professionals (3-0-0). Examines statistical techniques required to analyze data with specific applications for health professionals. Emphasis placed upon developing SPSS computer databases, data analysis, and interpretation of findings. Techniques include measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression, ttests, ANOVA, chi square, and multivariate analysis.

    • NUR 4407 Community-Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3-0-3). Focuses on theory-based nursing care of aggregates, communities, and vulnerable populations in a global, multicultural society. The RN student is introduced to public health concepts as well as characteristics of community health nursing in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: RN Licensure.

    • NUR 4403 Research for Nursing Practice: An Evidence-Based Approach (4-0-0). An evidence-based analytical approach to decision making and problem solving incorporating principles of leadership, collaboration, theory, research and professional practice. Students are provided the opportunity to evaluate research studies and apply the basic steps of the research process.

    • NUR 4349 Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (2-0-3). Synthesize contemporary nursing knowledge introduced in previous courses and apply to a professional nursing practice area of the student’s choice. Options for role delineation include management/leadership, patient education, or provider of care in acute care or community based settings.

    • NUR 4344 Cultural Aspects of Nursing Practice (3-0-0). Explores cultural diversity issues as they relate to patient care quality and safety. Students examine myths, stereotypes, cultural and personal biases, and socio-cultural influences on health care. Students analyze strategies to reduce sociocultural barriers to optimal care.

    • NUR 4307 Community-Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3-0-0). This course explores health promotion and disease prevention in diverse and multi-cultural communities and vulnerable populations. Students create an evidence-based project to improve health in a community setting.

    • NUR 2324 Pathophysiology (3-0-0). Study of pathologic phenomena that influence disease processes, injuries and health impairments. Students learn disease and injury causes, manifestations, diagnoses and treatments. Prerequisites: Biology 2423 Anatomy and Biology 2424 Physiology.