BSN to MSN

Cox College MSN program provides an avenue for graduates of an approved Bachelor of Science in nursing program to obtain a Master of Science in nursing degree with a specialization in one of the following tracks:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
All tracks are contingent upon sufficient numbers of students in a cohort.

This program requires completion of 36-42 credit hours at the master’s level. Upon completion of this Master of Science in nursing degree, the student is able to sit for the national certification exam as a Nurse Educator or Family Nurse Practitioner.

The MSN Program is a partnership between Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Cox College. Cox College provides the MSN specific curriculum. Southeast Missouri Hospital College faculty provide the clinical oversight for all practicum courses. The degree will be awarded by Cox College.

Master level didactic nursing courses will be conducted on-line with Cox faculty. The clinical component will be completed in the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences service area. The student will be responsible for identifying their own clinical site in collaboration with the Southeast Missouri Hospital College MSN faculty. Family Nurse Practitioner students will be required to attend two 2-3 day Intensives on Cox College campus. In addition, prior to starting MSN courses, there will be a two (2) day mandatory orientation on Cox College campus for all students.

Application for admission to the MSN program will occur the semester prior to graduation from RN to BSN program or as dictated by deadlines for the application to the MSN program. 

Accreditation

Cox College and Southeast Missouri Hospital College are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
800-621-7440
www.hlcommission.org

Cox College’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
202-463-6930
www.aacn.nche.edu

Program Tracks

Family Nurse Practitioner
This track prepares the graduate to become Advanced Practice Nurses who provides primary health care to clients across the life span.

Nurse Educator
This track prepares the graduate to assume an educator role in college or university undergraduate nursing programs or within other health care organizations.

Program Goals

Upon completion of this nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills required throughout the didactic and clinical educational experiences in the advanced practice role.
  2. Understand and account for practice outcomes.
  3. Practice independently beyond the novice stage in nursing roles.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the role of the master’s prepared nurse within the philosophical and theoretical framework of nursing science and link it to the role of the nurse educator or family nurse practitioner across systems.
  2. Use critical thinking and decision making skills to identify problems and seek interventions that improve outcomes for nursing education and health care delivery systems.
  3. Apply knowledge and skills needed in the use and management of information systems related to client care, organizational operations and policy.
  4. Implement team building strategies that create partnerships and collaborate within nursing and across disciplines.
  5. Use data to make decisions in determining effective utilization and distribution of fiscal and human resources.
  6. Apply the principles and theories of performance improvement, systems thinking, health policy and knowledge based practice to manage health care enterprise or educate students for practice in a variety of health care settings.
  7. Communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders about professional and health care systems issues using a variety of strategies.
  8. Develop organizational strategies that address the ethical, legal, and socio-political diverse client populations around the issues of health and access to health care delivery systems.
  9. Implement the advanced role of the nurse as clinical systems manager according to the scope and standards of professional practice.
  10. Develop research-based practice using the research process to enhance cost-effective quality.

See the Cox College Student Handbook for Philosophy and Conceptual framework for Nursing Program and Program policies.

MSN Course Curriculum

Required for All Tracks
MSN 502: Leadership in Health Care and Nursing Education Systems (3)
MSN 504: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3)
MSN 506: Ethical and Legal Practice in Healthcare (3)
MSN 510: Advanced Pharmacology (3)
MSN 512: Advanced Nursing Assessment (includes 60 clinical/lab hours) (3)
MSN 525 Evidence Based Practice in Health Care (4)
MSN 528 Evidence Based Practice Project Design and Implementation 1 (1)
MSN 529 Evidence Based Practice Project Design and Implementation 2 (1)

Required for Nurse Educator Track
MSN 604: Educational Theory and Practice (3)
MSN 608: Instructional strategies and Technologies (3)
MSN 615: Nurse Educator Practicum and Research 1 (includes 120 clinical hours) (3)
MSN 616: Nurse Educator Practicum and Research 2 (includes 240 clinical hours) (6)

Required for Family Nurse Practitioner Track
MSN 508: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse I (1)
MSN 620: Health Promotion/Prevention in Primary Care (HPPPCI1 – Adult through Aging) (3)
MSN 621: HPPPCI1 Clinical Practicum (includes 180 clinical hours) (3)
MSN 622: HPPPC II Women’s Health/Reproductive (3)
MSN 623: HPPPC II Clinical Practicum (includes 60 clinical hours) (1)
MSN 624: HPPPC III Newborn to Adolescent (3)
MSN 625: HPPPC III Clinical Practicum (includes 120 clinical hours) (2)
MSN 626: Role of Advanced Practice Nurse II (1)
MSN 628: Advanced Practice Practicum (includes 240 clinical hours) (4)

All didactic for MSN level nursing courses will be provided in an on-line format through Cox College with Cox College faculty. Clinical will be conducted within the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Science service area by Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Science faculty. Students will also attend at least two (2) Intensive sessions consisting of two-three (2-3) days each at Cox College.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track
Year One
August – December
MSN 502 Leadership in Health Care and Nursing Education Systems (3) MSN 504 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (16 weeks) (3) MSN 508 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 1 (1) MSN 510 Advanced Pharmacology (16 weeks) (3) MSN 512 Advanced Nursing Assessment (includes 60 clinical hours) (3)

January – May
MSN 506 Ethical and Legal Practice in Healthcare (3)
MSN 525 Evidenced Base Practice in Healthcare (4)
MSN 620 Health Promotion/Prevention in Primary Care: Adult through Aging (16 weeks), PLUS (3)
MSN 621 Practicum (includes 180 clinical hours) (3)

Year Two
August – December
MSN 528 Evidenced Based Practice Project Design and Implementation (1)
MSN 622 Health Promotion/Prevention in Primary Care:Women’s Health, PLUS (3)
MSN 623 Practicum (includes 60 clinical hours) (1)
MSN 624 Health Promotion/Prevention in Primary Care:Newborn to Adolescent (16 weeks), PLUS (3)
MSN 625 Practicum (includes 120 clinical hours) (2)

January – May
MSN 529 Evidenced Based Practice Project Design and Implementation (1)
MSN 626 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 2 (1)
MSN 628 Advanced Practice Practicum & Research (16 weeks) includes 240 clinical hours (4)

Nurse Educator Track
Year One
August – December
MSN 504 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (16 weeks) (3) MSN 510 Advanced Pharmacology (16 weeks) (3) MSN 512 Advanced Nursing Assessment (includes 60 clinical hours) (3)

January – May
MSN 506 Ethical and Legal Practice in Healthcare (3)
MSN 525 Evidenced Base Practice in Healthcare (4)
MSN 604 Educational Theory and Practice (3)

Year Two
August – December
MSN 502 Leadership in Health Care and Nursing Education Systems (3)
MSN 528 Evidenced Based Practice Project Design and Implementation (1)
MSN 608 Instructional Strategies (3)
MSN 615 Nurse Educator Practicum I (includes 120 clinical hours) (3)

January – May
MSN 529 Evidenced Based Practice Project Design and Implementation (1)
MSN 616 Nurse Educator Practicum II (includes 240 clinical hours) (6)

Clinical / Practicums

All clinical/practicums will be coordinated through Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences will provide support for students as they progress through this program. The clinical nursing faculty will work with the student, the clinical facility, and Cox College to ensure appropriateness of clinical and clinical site placement.

There can be no compensation for clinical; i.e. work days cannot be counted toward clinical hours.