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South University RN to MSN Degree

 

South University RN to MSN Degree

South University offers the Accelerated RN to MSN degree program for nurses who have achieved their RN licensure by virtue of an Associates Degree or a Diploma. This program actually delivers two degrees in sequence, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing followed by the MSN. The program is designed to mesh certain courses so that the combined degrees take much less time than obtaining them separately would require.

The BSN portion of the program rounds out the education that nurses receive in a two year program. It includes additional nursing courses and concentration in some of the technical areas that are important to advanced practice nursing, as well as some of the liberal arts classes required for a bachelor's degree. Once enrolled, students are expected to maintain a 3.0 average during undergraduate studies in order to move into the MSN portion of the program. One of the required courses during the initial phase is in Descriptive and Inferential Statistics. Nurses with substantial work experience may receive up to 45 credits for their time on the job.

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Specialization in Nursing Education

The area of specialization available with the South University RN to MSN degree is in Nursing Education. This field was once the option that nurses who wished to move on from clinical practice chose in order to work within their profession. Today it is a popular advanced nurse practice area of concentration, and a level of education that is demanded of professionals who work teaching nursing students or training working RNs.

Nursing educators are in demand at community colleges, where many instructors are hired today based on expertise and not on the strength of a PhD. There are also many continuing education programs where Nursing Educators provide the necessary courses for licensed RNs to maintain status for license renewal. And many medical centers are offering continuing education and clinical training on site, activities that require a trained educator.

The training that goes on in a major treatment center has become a frequent necessity because of the rapidly changing technology nurses are expected to utilize. That technology is perhaps most evident in critical care settings; ICU nurses have become adept at the use of computers and specialized software programs. But nursing informatics has also become an advanced practice nursing area of specialization, and for a reason. Nursing educators are valued members of the staff in large medical healthcare service centers.

Curriculum

The extensive curriculum for this degree requires twenty four foundation courses, fifteen major courses, five specialization courses and one capstone course. The foundation courses cover topics such as Nutrition, Statistics, Microbiology, General Psychology and four labs in Anatomy & Physiology. The Nursing Educator classes include Evaluation of Educational Outcomes in Nursing and Nursing Research Methods. There is an eleven week practicum that requires the student to connect with a local mentor and work in a setting appropriate to nursing education. This arrangement is agreed upon by the student and the faculty tutor.

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