MSN: Nursing Innovation Concentration

Major: Nursing Innovation
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0 minimum
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3818
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in summer 2023 for an update.

About the Program

The online MSN in Nursing Innovation is designed for the graduate nursing student who seeks to re-invent and transform nursing practice in today's tumultuous healthcare system. Graduates of this accredited program fill innovative and problem-solving roles as clinicians, educators, administrators, and clinical scientists; some students choose to move toward and succeed in the business environment of healthcare.

This pioneering master's degree emphasizes problem-solving and creative approaches to advance nursing practice and improve and change healthcare delivery while focusing on models, methods, environments, and processes that will give students the tools to transform ideas into reality. It offers a flexible, but rigorous, curriculum including a substantial capstone project that demonstrates innovation and pushing the creative boundaries to promote real and substantive change.

This program:

  • Gives students the ability to make ideas a reality
  • Teaches students new skills to support changing ideas into reality
  • Develops students as creative and inventive nurses who can make meaningful and unique contributions to the healthcare industry
  • Is a good fit for students whose career objectives may not be met by a traditional graduate nursing curriculum or career paths

With approval, students may design an individualized plan of study to meet the program requirements or use the 4-5 electives to obtain a post-baccalaureate certificate in a specialty area of interest including, but not limited to, the list below:

  • Leadership in Health Systems Management
  • Nursing Education
  • Substance Use Disorders Counseling
  • Project Management
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Complementary & Integrative Therapies

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Admission Requirements

  • BSN from a program fully accredited by NLN and or CCNE
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60.0 credits completed. Applications from RNs with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Describe your proposed capstone project.
    • Would your capstone project be intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial?
    • Is your capstone a project, program, or product?
    • Who is your target audience?
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of current United States RN license required
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing licensure and certification documents
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current US RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. U.S. citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status; otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Degree Requirements

Core MSN Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Required Track Courses
NURS 586Innovation in Advanced Nursing Practice: Theory and Application3.0
NURS 587Case Studies in Intra/Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nursing3.0
Support Courses
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
Praticum/Capstone Projects
NURS 652Innovation Capstone Project6.0
Electives (by advisement with track coordinator or selected from concentrations listed below)12.0-18.0
Total Credits45.0-51.0
Healthcare Informatics Concentration
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
INFO 648Healthcare Informatics3.0
INFO 731Managing Health Informatics Projects3.0
INFO 732Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.0
Total Credits12.0
Service to Veterans Concentration
IPS 549The Military and Veteran Culture3.0
IPS 550The Unique Health Care Needs of our Military and Veterans3.0
IPS 551Veteran Advocacy 3.0
IPS 552Veteran Healthcare Policy 3.0
Total Credits12.0
Complementary & Integrative Therapies Concentration
CIT 501Foundations of Phytotherapy3.0
CIT 502Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Therapies3.0
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT Elective *3.0
Total Credits12.0

One CIT 500 or 600 level course 

Holistic Hospice & Palliative Care Concentration
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT 621Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
CIT 622Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
CIT 623Cultural Perspectives in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
Total Credits12.0
Leadership in Health Systems Management Concentration
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy3.0
NURS 559Operations Management in Contemporary Healthcare Organizations3.0
NURS 562Workforce Management in Healthcare Organizations3.0
or NURS 564 The Business of Healthcare
or NURS 567 Strategic Management: Power, Politics and Influence in Healthcare Systems
Total Credits12.0
Forensic Trends & Issues in Contemporary Healthcare Concentration
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
NURS 519Forensic Science Foundations3.0
NURS 528Victimology – Contemporary Trend3.0
NURS 533Forensic Mental Health3.0
Total Credits12.0
Integrative Addiction Therapies
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT 624Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapies3.0
CIT 625Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation3.0
CIT 631Introduction to Nutritional Neuroscience3.0
Total Credits12.0
Substance Use Disorder Concentration
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
Total Credits18.0
Health Care Compliance Concentration
IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation4.5
IPS 504Regulations in Health Care4.5
IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context4.5
IPS 506HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy4.5
Total Credits18.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
NURS 5003.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0NURS 5443.0
NURS 5863.0NURS 5873.0NURS 5643.0INFO 6483.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
PROJ 5013.0PROJ 5023.0INFO 7323.0NURS 5023.0
INFO 7313.0NURS 6526.0  
 6 9 3 3
Total Credits 45

Note: Some terms are less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students these terms.

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