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The RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Maryville University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Curriculum

What is the curriculum for our online accredited MSN programs?

 

Maryville’s innovative curriculum adheres to the highest levels of nursing education. Each program blends research, theory, and evidence-based practice to teach students how to provide holistic patient care with the utmost compassion. Our programs emphasize topics like counseling, disease prevention and management, and health and wellness education, so you can immediately apply your knowledge to your career and make a bigger impact.

 

We designed our program with flexibility in mind to fit your busy schedule. Coursework is 100% online, and you can choose from part-time and full-time schedule options. Learners who choose the full-time option can finish the program in as few as 20 months, and part-time students generally finish in 28-32 months.

Online MSN Core Curriculum

MSN | Credits by Concentration

 

AGPCNP 41 Credit Hours, AGACNP 47 Credit Hours, FNP 47 Credit Hours, PNP 44 Credit Hours, PMHNP 50 Credit Hours

 

MSN | Core Courses

The focus of this course is to critique, evaluate and apply appropriate theory within advanced nursing practice.

This course explores evidence-based practice as it relates to changing and improving current advanced nursing knowledge and application.

This course explores systems of health care delivery , finance and policies that guide the local, national and global level. The historical, philosophical and sociocultural aspects of health care policy are examined.

This course provides a theoretical foundation for exploring, analyzing and evaluating advanced nursing practice roles within the health care system. Legal and ethical contexts are included.

This course focuses on health screening, health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, regional and national level. This includes the exploration at the advanced nursing practice role to direct program planning, development, implementation and evaluation to improve healthcare outcomes.

Provides the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of diseases and the changes in normal function that result in manifestations indicative of illness across the lifespan.

This course explores focused and comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings and patients across the lifespan. This includes development of health promotion strategies and prioritization of care. 

 

Prerequisite: Online - NURS 611, NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: On Ground - NURS 615

This course focuses on the pharmacological foundation for safely prescribing medical regimens of illnesses for individuals across the lifespan. Also included are illness prevention, non-pharmacological and legal implications for prescriptive authority for the nurse practitioner. 

 

Note: Selection of appropriate therapies, patient education and evaluation parameters are stressed.

This course will prepare the advance practice nurse for a leadership role on interprofessional teams that effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. Budget and marketing principles will be explored.

AGACNP Concentration Curriculum

For the AGACNP concentration you will need: 

This is the first didactic management course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Focus is on individuals experiencing illness seen in the acute care setting. Students will analyze practice guidelines and develop differential diagnoses, implement clinical judgment and decision-making, as it relates to evidence based care management. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 641 or NURS 641C

First practicum course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in NURS-640 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in acute care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 640

This course is the second didactic management course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Students will continue to expand on knowledge, decision making and management of acute and emergent physiological alterations in health. Students will analyze practice guidelines and develop differential diagnoses, implement clinical judgment and decision-making, as it relates to evidence based care management. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 640 and NURS 641 or NURS 641C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 643 or NURS 643C

This is the second practicum course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 642 with focus on comprehensive health care to complex, acute and critically ill patients in a clinical, preceptored practicum experience. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 640 and NURS 641 

 

Corequisite: NURS 642

This is the final didactic management course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. Students will continue to analyze practice guidelines and develop differential diagnoses, implement clinical judgment and decision-making, as it relates to evidence based care management in complex symptomology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 640, NURS 641 or NURS 641C, NURS 642 and NURS 643 or NURS 643C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 645 or NURS 645C

This is the final practicum course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. The student will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-644 with focus on comprehensive health care to complex, acute and critically ill patients in a clinical, preceptored practicum experience. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 642 and NURS 643 

 

Corequisite: NURS 644

AGPCNP Concentration Curriculum

For the AGPCNP concentration you will need:

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this first of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 621 or NURS 621C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice nurse and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 620

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this second of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 or NURS 621C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 624 or NURS 624C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice provider and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. Opportunity is provided for the assessment, management, and evaluation of adults with chronic and acute health problems in a primary care setting. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 

 

Corequisite: NURS 623

Those starting Spring 2024 and after will also take:

The care of adults experiencing acute, chronic, and complex health problems are studied in this course; it’s specifically for students in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program. The course expands on current research-based interventions unique to adults of varying ages, from wellness to illness. Individual, family, group counseling, and education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary, and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology.

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621, NURS 623 and NURS 624

 

Corequisite: NURS 627C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical, and role components of care by an advanced practice nurse. Coursework is integrated into a supervised clinical practicum where opportunity is provided for the assessment, management, and evaluation of adults with chronic and acute health problems in a primary care setting.

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621, NURS 623 and NURS 624 or their equivalents

 

Corequisite: NURS 626

FNP Concentration Curriculum

For the FNP concentration you will need:

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this first of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 621 or NURS 621C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice nurse and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 620

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this second of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 or NURS 621C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 624 or NURS 624C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice provider and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. Opportunity is provided for the assessment, management, and evaluation of adults with chronic and acute health problems in a primary care setting. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 

 

Corequisite: NURS 623

This course prepares Family Nurse Practitioner students to develop expertise and assume responsibility for health promotion, maintenance, and management of chronic and acute illness of children and women’s health. Emphasis is placed on the child within the framework of the family. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 623 and NURS 624 or NURS 624C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 630 or NURS 630C

This course provides the student with an opportunity to assume responsibility for the primary health care services of individuals and families under clinical supervision. The student is expected to assume increasing responsibility for planning and implementing therapeutic processes and for documenting and evaluating outcomes of care. The role of the FNP in health care promotion and management and collaboration with health professionals. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 623 and NURS 624 

 

Corequisite: NURS 629

PNP Concentration Curriculum

For the PNP concentration you will need:

This course focuses on growth and development and milestones of pediatric patients using theories and evidence based practice. Students will learn anticipatory guidance techniques, health promotion and illness prevention concepts within the pediatric population, incorporating individual, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual preferences. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 615 and NURS 612 (may also be taken concurrently) 

 

Corequisite: NURS 655C

This course is the first in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, NURS 615 & NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 652 or NURS 652C

This is the first practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-651 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 651

This course is second in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 or NURS 652C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 654 or NURS 654C

This is the second practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 653 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 

 

Corequisite: NURS 653

This practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program focuses on the primary care setting and the preventative well child visit. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 650 course with a focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings around pediatric health promotion.

 

Prerequisite: NURS 612

 

Corequisite: NURS 650C

PMHNP Concentration Curriculum

For the PMHNP concentration you will need:

This course will cover assessment and identification of discrete aspects of cognition, psychopathology, affect and behavior in the diagnosis and treatment planning of psychiatric illness across the life span. Also included is the appropriate use, monitoring and evaluation of prescribing psychotropic medication, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612 and NURS 615

In this course theories and models will be used to develop an understanding of the etiologies of acute and chronic mental health disorders among adults and older adults. Selection of appropriate treatment strategies including individual and group psychotherapies will be discussed. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 660 

 

Corequisite: NURS 662 or NURS 662C

This practicum course is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to adult and older adult patients with psychiatric illness. A variety of psychotherapeutic strategies will be explored. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 660 

 

Corequisite: NURS 661

This is the first of two didactic courses designed to assist the student in development of the advanced practice nursing role with the care and management of individuals with a mental health disorder across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 661 and NURS 662 or NURS 662C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 664 or NURS 664C

This practicum is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to patients with psychiatric illness across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 661 and NURS 662 

 

Corequisite: NURS 663

This is the second of two didactic courses designed to assist the student in development of the advanced practice nursing role with the care and management of individuals with a mental health disorder across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 663 and NURS 664 or NURS 664C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 667 or NURS 667C

This practicum is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to patients with psychiatric illness across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 663 and NURS 664 

 

Corequisite: NURS 665

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

 

Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

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University Details

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Maryville University is proud to be recognized as one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. Maryville University is also recognized as one of the best online nursing school master’s programs for 2023 by The Princeton Review and one of the best online master’s in nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Maryville MSN graduates gain the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a variety of advanced nursing roles. Earning your online master’s in nursing can prepare you for a nurse practitioner role in one of five distinct specialization areas or to pursue a specialized nursing role such as a forensic nurse or clinical research specialist role.

 

Find out more about career opportunities for MSN graduates.

The median annual salary for professionals holding a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a U.S. higher education institution is about $100,000 as of April 2023, according to Payscale.

Yes, Maryville’s online Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an independent accrediting agency that assesses and identifies high-quality nursing programs.

 

In addition, Maryville University proudly holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Maryville has maintained accreditation from the HLC since 1941.

Most students complete our online MSN program in about two years. Students with eligible transfer credits can often complete the program sooner.

Admissions requirements for our online accredited MSN programs are similar to our other Maryville graduate programs. To be considered for admission, you need:

 

  • BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and CCNE/ACEN/CNEA accredited nursing program 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college work 
  • Have at least one year of professional nursing experience 
  • Hold current, unencumbered licensure as an RN in the U.S. 
  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary school where a degree was earned and any graduate-level coursework 
  • Copy of curriculum vitae or resume 
  • Transfer credit request form 
  • 500-word essay, typed and double spaced, describing your interest in becoming a nurse practitioner, how you plan to use your education to affect patient outcomes, and your strategy for finding a preceptor

You can specialize your online MSN degree with one of five online nurse practitioner concentrations:

 

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