Nursing M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Nikki Austin
410-704-4208
eaustin@towson.edu

The Master of Science degree in Nursing is designed to prepare graduates to assume key roles in the delivery of health care to individuals and families within a community-based nursing practice. Concentrations are available in Nursing Education or Clinical-to-Administration Transition.

A community-based nurse is a nurse who brings special knowledge of health promotion and prevention, and coordination of multiple systems and services to his or her practice setting in the community. An individual and family-centered orientation, the development of partnerships with clients, and an appreciation of the values of the community characterize community-based nursing. Community settings are not limited, and specialization can focus on specific population groups. This degree is not a specialty in nursing, but a philosophy that guides care in all nursing specialties. It does not prepare a nurse to sit for advanced practice certification, but does include clinical content.

All students are required to complete the Graduate Nursing Core. In addition, each student will select a concentration for further study: Nursing Education or Clinician Administrator Transition (CAT). Students may elect to pursue a graduate project or thesis, if either activity is consistent with their professional goals. The master’s program is designed for the student who has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited program and is licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN), or eligible, in the state of Maryland or in a compact state.

The program also serves the needs of the full- or part-time student. Practicum experiences will be planned with appropriate agencies using a time frame congruent with the goals of the experience and preceptor assignments.

PROGRAM AND CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS

In order to participate in Department of Nursing course work, students must provide evidence of the following:

  • Current health examination (completed within one year prior to admission to Towson University)
  • Positive antibody titer for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Positive antibody titer for Varicella
  • Positive antibody titer for Hepatitis B (or declination waiver)
  • Evidence of freedom from Tuberculosis (annual requirement)
  • Evidence of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccination (at least once every ten years)
  • Seasonal influenza vaccination
  • Evidence of current health insurance
  • Evidence of current Healthcare Provider CPR certification
  • Valid government issued photo identification (driver’s license or passport)
  • Evidence of completed education competencies (either through employer or through Blackboard)
    • HIPAA training
    • Bloodborne Pathogens training
    • TB Education training
  • Other requirements as defined by clinical placement site(s)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the Master of Science program must meet the general requirements for graduate study established by the Department of Nursing and as outlined in this catalog. Specifically, they must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program1**
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Satisfactory completion of an elementary statistics and/or nursing research course
  • Completion of an approved physical assessment course

Submit the following admission materials

  • A one-page personal statement in which the applicant discusses his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and how the program will meet the applicant’s professional goals
  • A current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • The applicant must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Maryland or in a compact state (licensure as an RN in Maryland will be verified by the Department of Nursing)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation  to include emails of recommenders on application form - Professional or Academic2.  
  • At least 1 year of work experience as a Registered Nurse3

Applicants whose credentials do not meet the stated criteria for admission and believe their situation warrants special consideration are encouraged to contact the department for information related to its individual review policy.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The M.S. degree in Nursing requires successful completion of a minimum of 36 units. Fifteen of these units will be determined by the concentration the student selects.

Nursing Education Concentration

Students who desire to teach in a nursing school or work in staff development or education in a health care agency will complete the following courses. These courses constitute the requirements for a Certificate in Nursing Education (15 units). The certificate option may be selected alone, or serve as a component of the master’s program.

Core Courses (21 Units)
IDHP 741ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN CLINCIAL PRACTICE3
NURS 601THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE3
NURS 603NURSING RESEARCH3
NURS 605NURSING SYSTEMS IN HEALTH CARE3
NURS 700COMMUNITY BASED NURSING 13
NURS 800ADVANCED COMMUNITY BASED NURSING PRACTICE 13
Graduate-level elective course from nursing or a department outside of nursing3
Nursing Education Courses (15 Units)
NURS 610CURRICULUM DEVLOPMENT IN NURSING3
NURS 612TEACHING AND LEARNING IN NURSING3
NURS 710EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATION3
NURS 712THE ADULT LEARNER3
NURS 810TEACHING PRACTICUM 23
Total Units36
1

These classes are capstone classes, taken after all other core courses are completed.

2

The 800-level course is a capstone course taken after all others.

Clinician-Administrator Transition (CAT) Concentration

Students interested in administration complete the Clinical-Administration Transition concentration. Students completing this concentration receive the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Administrator Transition. The certificate option may be selected alone, or serve as a component of the master’s program. Course work includes the following:

Core Courses (21 Units)
IDHP 741ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN CLINCIAL PRACTICE3
NURS 601THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE3
NURS 603NURSING RESEARCH3
NURS 605NURSING SYSTEMS IN HEALTH CARE3
NURS 700COMMUNITY BASED NURSING 13
NURS 800ADVANCED COMMUNITY BASED NURSING PRACTICE 13
Graduate-level elective course from nursing or a department outside of nursing3
Clinician-Administrator Transition (CAT) Courses (15 Units)
IDHP 600TRANSITIONS: HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT3
IDHP 605MANAGING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS3
IDHP 610ADMINISTRATION OF HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS 23
IDHP/HLTH 647HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
IDHP/HLTH 651PLANNING AND MARKETING HEALTH IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY3
Total Units36

 This is also an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program offered by the College of Health Professions.

1

These classes are capstone classes, taken after all other core courses are completed.

2

This class is a capstone for the CAT program taken after all others.

1. Assume a leadership role in community-based nursing practice by participating in the design, implementation and management of care in a variety of health care systems.
2. Utilize the research process in clinical and administrative decision making to support the provision of excellence in the practice of community-based nursing.
3. Critically analyze and apply a wide range of nursing and related theories to research and clinical practice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4. Integrate the tenets of nursing theory, values and ethical decision making to nursing practice in a community-based environment.                                                                                                                                                                       5. Implement the role of the nursing educator in a community-based teaching-learning environment in an academic or health service setting. (Nursing Education)                                                                                                                 6. Improve the health care delivery system by providing nursing administrative leadership in community-based nursing practice settings.  (Nursing Administration)                                                                                                                 7. Synthesize core and concentration concepts integral to the provision of comprehensive community-based nursing practice. 

Courses

NURS 510 SPIRITUALITY, HEALTH AND NURSING PRACTICE (3)

Application of theory and research to spiritual care of diverse client populations across the life span, and development of spiritual self-care plan of the provider. Prerequisites: One clinical course in nursing; RN status; or consent of the instructor.

NURS 523 CRISIS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT (3)

An integrated, comprehensive, multicomponent approach to crisis intervention in a variety of individuals, groups and settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or HLTH 101.

NURS 530 ATM TRANSITION SEMINAR (1)

Focuses on the evolving role of recent nursing graduates as they transition into graduate studies. S/U Grading. Prerequisites: Enrollment in ATM program; employment as an RN.

NURS 538 COMMUNITY-BASED CLINICAL PRACTICUM (3)

Integrates theory, practicum experiences, and critical thinking and analysis in the application of the concepts of community health and community-based nursing. The provision of nursing care is implemented in a practice setting where care is provided to individuals, families, and aggregates. Emphasis is placed on application of critical thinking skills and therapeutic nursing interventions with complex families and communities. Graded S/U. Corequisite: NURS 700. Prerequisite: ATM students only.

NURS 543 PHARMACOTHERAPEUTIC AGENTS (2)

Pharmacologic agents commonly used in treatment of disease states and the nursing responsibilities involved. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Major, NURS 331 and NURS 341 (may be taken concurrently).

NURS 594 TRAVEL STUDY IN NURSING (3)

Historical and contemporary sociopolitical factors that guide the delivery of health care to various population groups in other countries. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

NURS 601 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE (3)

Prepares nurses to critically analyze and apply a wide range of nursing and related theories to research and clinical practice in order to develop a comprehensive and holistic approach to care. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 603 NURSING RESEARCH (3)

Prepares the nurse to identify clinical problems, critically evaluate nursing research, develop a research design, and apply research in practice. Prerequisites: Undergraduate research and/or statistics course and consent of instructor.

NURS 605 NURSING SYSTEMS IN HEALTH CARE (3)

Prepares the nurse to participate in the design, implementation and management of care in a variety of health care systems, provide quality cost-effective care, and assume a leadership role in the managing of human, fiscal, and physical health care resources. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

NURS 610 CURRICULUM DEVLOPMENT IN NURSING (3)

Overview of theory and methods for the development of nursing educational delivery systems in academic and service settings.

NURS 612 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN NURSING (3)

Focuses on the application of learning theory and teaching methods in the classroom and clinical environments with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of diverse student populations. Includes instructional technology and micro-teaching experiences.

NURS 670 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (1-3)

An examination of current and evolving topics in nursing. The specific requirements and prerequisites will vary with each topic and will be designated by the by the department. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits provided a different topic is covered. Prerequisites: will vary according to topic.

NURS 671 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (1-3)

An examination of current and evolving topics in nursing. The specific requirements and prerequisites will vary with each topic and will be designated by the by the department. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits provided a different topic is covered. Prerequisites: Will vary according to topic.

NURS 672 SPECIALTOPICS IN NURSING (1-3)

An examination of current and evolving topics in nursing. The specific requirements and prerequisites will vary with each topic and will be designated by the by the department. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits provided a different topic is covered. Prerequisites: Will vary according to topic.

NURS 673 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (1-3)

An examination of current and evolving topics in nursing. The specific requirements and prerequisites will vary with each topic and will be designated by the by the department. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits provided a different topic is covered. Prerequisites: Will vary according to topic.

NURS 674 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (1-3)

An examination of current and evolving topics in nursing. The specific requirements and prerequisites will vary with each topic and will be designated by the by the department. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits provided a different topic is covered. Prerequisites: Will vary according to topic.

NURS 700 COMMUNITY BASED NURSING (3)

Focuses on application of epidemiological frameworks and concepts in health promotion, environmental health and disease prevention with diverse groups across the life span. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing care of at-risk and vulnerable populations in community-based settings. Prerequisites: IDHP 600, NURS 601.

NURS 710 EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATION (3)

Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of student performance, teaching, courses and programs. Assessment measures of learner outcomes, faculty effectiveness and program quality will be explored. Prerequisites: NURS 712, NURS 610, NURS 612 (may be taken concurrently).

NURS 712 THE ADULT LEARNER (3)

Introduction to learning in adulthood, including context, development, process and practice. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

NURS 800 ADVANCED COMMUNITY BASED NURSING PRACTICE (3-6)

A clinical practicum designed to enhance the nurse's previous learning and experiences while fostering the development of new nursing knowledge and skills in community-based settings with diverse populations. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: NURS 700.

NURS 810 TEACHING PRACTICUM (3)

A practicum designed to apply new knowledge and skills in teaching and learning in academic or service settings. Self-assessment of teaching, discussion of the nurse educator role, and exploration of issues related to the teaching-learning environment will occur in weekly seminars. Prerequisites: NURS 610, NURS 612, NURS 710, NURS 712 (may be taken concurrently).

Faculty

Professors: Joanna Basuray, Mary Lashley, Hayley Mark (Chair), Hayley Mark

Associate Professors: Elizabeth Austin (Interprofessional Health Studies), Kathleen Ogle

Assistant Professors: Bonnie Fuller, Mary Gergis, Hee Jun Kim, Hyunjeong Park

Clinical Associate Professors: Mary Curran, Nancy Hannafin, Vicky Kent, Michelle Kirwan, Kim McCarron, Margaret McCormick, Janet McMahon

Clinical Assistant Professors: Judith Breitenbach (Dir, University Nursing Programs), Elizabeth Crusse, Angela Durry, Jean Gambo, Dorothy Golden, Katherine Rabon, Heidi Stone, Karen Williams-Cooper

Visiting Instructors: Alice Behles, Mary Kate Lears, Teresa Messler, Catherine Publico