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Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate Programs

Program Objectives, Goals and Outcomes

Objectives of the MSN Program

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses in advanced nursing theory and provides them with experience in specialized nursing roles within the changing patterns of healthcare. Graduates are equipped to assume leadership roles in inter-professional health groups and conduct independent nursing research or clinical projects.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program prepares students for the professional role as Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, or Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and will be able to:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings (Essential I).
  • Use organizational and systems leadership skills in promoting safe and quality patient care, emphasizing ethical and critical decision making and effective working relationships (Essential II).
  • Employ performance measures and standards related to quality to monitor outcomes and apply quality principles within an organization (Essential III).
  • Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as a change agent, and disseminate results (Essential IV).
  • Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care (Essential V).
  • Participate in policy development in the organization and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care (Essential VI).
  • Use effective communication, collaboration, and leadership skills as a member and leader of interprofessional teams to manage and coordinate care (Essential VII).
  • Apply broad, organizational, client-centered and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidenced-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations (Essential VIII).
  • Show understanding of advanced level nursing and relevant sciences, integrate knowledge to direct or indirect patient care areas, and intervene and influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems (Essential IX).

(Source - AACN Essentials of Master's Education, 2011)

MSN Goals and Outcomes

Student learning is at the core of Mount Saint Mary’s University’s mission. Below is an outline of our program’s goal and how they are measured and/or manifested as outcomes.

  • Goal
    • Demonstrate competence in techniques, concepts and knowledge specific to the area of study.
  • Outcome
    • Show understanding of advanced level nursing.
  • Goal
    • Demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information effectively.
  • Outcome
    • Integrate scientific findings for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  • Goal
    • Demonstrate research skills and methods through the ability to gather, document, investigate, analyze, interpret and evaluate information.
  • Outcome
    • 1. Employ performance measures and standards related to quality.
    • 2. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems.
    • 3. Employ advocacy strategies to influence healthcare.
  • Goal
    • Disseminate and communicate information effectively in oral and written form.
  • Outcome
    • 1. Promote safe and quality patient care, emphasize ethical and critical decision making.
    • 2. Use communication technologies to coordinate care.
    • 3. Use effective leadership skills to promote interprofessional collaboration.
  • Goal
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of a diverse society to the profession and demonstrate the skills to address the moral and ethical challenges within the profession.*
  • Outcome
    • Demonstrate ability to assess the influence of multiple patient variables on health.

*For graduate professional program

*The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track in the MSN program conforms to the California Board of Registered Nursing’s  requirements for California Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certification. For students who wish to practice in a state other than California, you may or may not have additional requirements you must complete prior to applying for your license. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states. Please contact the Director of the MSN program at mbruning@msmu.edu or 213.477.2723 to discuss additional requirements that may be needed to obtain CNS certification in a state outside of California.