A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program was approved for Chicago State University (CSU) on June 6, 2011 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The MSN program at CSU is designed to prepare nurses for the challenges facing the profession in the 21st century by focusing on community health nursing, nursing administration and nursing education. Additional specialties in nursing will be developed in the future. The MSN degree for the three specialties developed requires 45 credit hours of graduate coursework and a practicum with a capstone project or thesis option.
The philosophy of the graduate education in nursing is the belief that clinical practice is constantly changing as are the health needs and health delivery systems. Integral to the nursing profession is the need to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines to promote health. The focal point of the MSN curriculum is the understanding of the nursing process, with a strong emphasis on the medical knowledge of diseases complemented by behavioral science concepts. The courses developed are interdependent and have been structured to provide in-depth knowledge in the area of concentration of the student’s choice. Acquisition of research skills and the application of nursing theory to practice are major emphases of the curriculum. The graduates of the MSN program will have the knowledge and skill to function in his/her chosen specialty area.
The goals of the MSN program at CSU are to:
- Educate nurses who will contribute significantly to the health, education, business, political, and social structure of the nation and the world.
- Enhanced the knowledge of the learner to develop analytical skills, broad-based view points and the ability to link theory to practice.
The graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will be able to:
- Critically examine and synthesize theories, advanced knowledge, and current research findings for nursing, other health care disciplines and health care organizations.
- Demonstrate competence in improving the delivery of nursing and health care by influencing social and health policy development.
- Demonstrate the capacity to plan, merge, implement, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs.
- Design and evaluate systems that support evidence-based standards of nursing practice in education and in a variety of health care settings.
- Integrate research-based problem solving and decision making when designing nursing care modalities.
- Apply research and instructional skills in program evaluation and administration.
- Demonstrate professional growth that contributes to the advancement of the nursing profession.
The program incorporates value-added curricula that focus on minority health and nursing informatics. The curricula are aligned with the NLN recommendation to improve the diversity of the nursing workforce, continuity of patient care and to reduce medical errors. Minority health issues are presented in the following courses:
Behavioral, Social and Cultural Aspects of Health Disparities
Health Issues in Minority Populations
Health Services and Programming in Minority Populations
HIV/AIDS in People of Color: Evidence-based interventions
Nursing informatics is presented in the following courses which are infused into the curriculum of the three specialties:
Health Care Information Systems
Application of Geographical Information Systems in Health