American Sentinel University RN to MSN Degree


American Sentinel University RN to MSN Degree

This degree program is open to any licensed RN with an associate's degree in nursing and at least two years' work experience. The program is delivered completely online and is accredited by the principal accreditation association for professional nursing the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Virtually every RN to MSN program moves students through the bachelor's degree nursing courses that they may have missed by obtaining a nursing credential with a two year degree. American Sentinel University is no exception; the curriculum for this program begins with 18 credit hours in undergraduate level nursing courses which are followed by the MSN core courses and electives. The goal for the American Sentinel University RN to MSN program is to round out nursing education at the advanced practice level so that students have the perspective of a full education in the field that is worthy of a graduate degree.

RN to MSN Specializations

The online RN to MSN program has managed to incorporate some of the more challenging areas of specialization for advanced nurse practice and still meet accreditation requirements. Two of these choices are highly technical in nature, presenting a challenge to the RN who is studying them and to some degree, a challenge to the American Sentinel faculty that is teaching them. It is a tribute to today's online education technology that these high level healthcare education areas can be managed as distance learning programs. These are the areas of concentration for the RN to MSN degree:

  • Nursing Management & Organizational Leadership,
  • Case Management
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Infection Prevention & Control.
RN to MSN Curriculum

The structure of this program requires eighteen credit hours in courses at the undergraduate level and thirty six credit hours for the MSN courses. Students must complete the undergraduate course first-all of which are nursing classes-maintain a 3.0 average, and then formally apply for the MSN program. Most RN to MSN degree tracks will provide completion of the BSN along the way. There is a strong public service element contained in the core courses. Among the cited goals for the degree:

  • Integrate methods of research and scholarship in making and prioritizing diagnoses, and in planning, implementing, and evaluating care of individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Assess health and incorporate principles and methods of health promotion and health education in nursing care of individuals, families, and groups who have simple to complex health care needs
These are two of several structural principles for the program. Others address personal ethics and standards, management & leadership, and contribution to the development of policy.

Specialization Courses

Half the MSN level courses, or eighteen credits, are devoted to the MSN area of concentration selected by the student. Probably the most interesting constant to be found in all these areas is the application of technology. Nursing Informatics is an obvious technology orientation, with Data Mining as one of its courses. Infection Prevention includes a course in Design of a Surveillance System. For Nursing Education there is a course in Distance Education, which will require learning the machinery of online teaching. Case Management includes a course in Clinical & Administrative Systems, and the Nurse Management major includes a course in Healthcare Informatics.