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Mansfield University 2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

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Offered by the Department of Health Sciences
Dr. Kathy Wright, Chairperson
Elliott 203A, (570) 662-4628, email kwright@mansfield.edu

The Masters of Science in Nursing program is designed for professional nurses who seek an advanced nursing degree while maintaining current employment.  Students may choose either the educator or leadership / administrator concentration.  Graduates are qualified to teach in nursing education programs and staff development departments within health care agencies, or to manage nursing care delivery services in health care settings.  The Master of Science in Nursing program is offered online. Students can complete the program in two years by taking two courses per semester or in 4 years by taking one course per semester. A culminating capstone project is required for graduation. The program must be completed in five years.

The Masters of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.  (404-975-5000; www.acenursing.org)


The mission of the Mansfield University graduate nursing program is to prepare leaders in nursing education and nursing administration who are able to advance the profession.


The MU nursing programs will produce graduates who are recognized for their excellence in practice.


The Mansfield University nursing faculty value the Mansfield Creed, and interpret the characteristics of the Creed in nursing terms as:

  • Character: Demonstrating integrity and professionalism
  • Scholarship: Generating knowledge and engaging in lifelong learning
  • Culture: Demonstrating cultural competence and promoting social justice
  • Service: Caring for and improving the lives of individuals, groups, and communities

Program Goals

  • Build upon baccalaureate nursing education to integrate advanced knowledge, theory, and evidence-based research into the educator and administrator roles
  • Provide an environment that promotes nursing excellence, professionalism, and a commitment to lifelong learning 

Student Learning Outcomes (Core): 

  • Analyze the impact of social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political influences on nursing education and/or nursing practice.
  • Engage in scholarly inquiry to clarify and improve nursing education and/or nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical accountability while in the role of nurse educator or nurse administrator.
  • Function in the role of a nurse educator or nurse administrator upon graduation and exhibit a future commitment to excellence in nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes specific to nurse educator

  • Integrate epistemological perspectives from nursing science, education, and evaluation to design, implement and evaluate nursing curricula.
  • Design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies for classroom, simulation setting, and clinical arenas.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and learning theory to demonstrate praxis of teaching in the classroom, simulation setting, and clinical arenas.

Student Learning Outcomes specific to nurse leader/administrator concentration

  • Provide leadership in the strategic planning of a healthcare organization and nursing services.
  • Synthesize knowledge of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, models of care and evaluation of operations and care delivery systems to assure quality of nursing care.
  • Provide leadership in human resources development and management to improve nursing care.
  • Manage fiscal and technological resources to improve nursing care.
  • Analyze the impact of public policy on the health of clients and healthcare organizations.

Admission prerequisites for ALL students admitted to MSN program

  • RN Licensure
  • A completed BSN degree required
  • Or, any bachelor’s degree with the completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    a). Introduction to Statistics (MA 1125)
    b). Community Health Nursing (NUR 4471), the NLN Community Health Nursing Exam or course equivalent.
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at any institution
  • Official transcripts from basic nursing program
  • Two letters of recommendation; one professional and one academic preferred to speak to applicant’s academic, writing, and critical thinking abilities as well as applicant’s motivation to achieve the MSN degree.
  • Application fee of $25
  • If GPA is 2.8 to 2.999, then applicant may be considered for provisional acceptance.
  • Students provisionally admitted into the nursing program will be expected to take and successfully complete six graduate credits by advisement before formal admission to the program. 

Program requirements:
Students must be able to meet all requirements of clinical agencies to be able to complete courses with precepted experiences. These requirements include, but may not be limited to: CPR certification, malpractice insurance, health insurance, specific immunizations, and background checks. If a student does not meet agency requirements, the student cannot complete the course. A list of general requirements for precepted experiences can be found in the MSN Student Handbook. Request a copy of the handbook from Arlene Brown, department secretary, at abrown@mansfield.edu.

Students are expected to locate a preceptor for precepted experiences and submit all information about preceptors and agencies as soon as possible after acceptance into the program. A contract must be in place with all outside agencies/schools before precepted experiences can begin.

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Department of Health Sciences
One semester hour or credit of class = 15 clock hours; one semester hour or credit of precepted experience = 45 clock hours.

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