Master of Science in Nursing

Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program offers an educational pathway to prepare baccalaureate level, registered nurses that are seeking a graduate degree with eligibility for nurse practitioner certification.  The program offers two nurse practitioner concentrations: 

  • Family nurse practitioner (FNP) - 48 credits and 700 clinical hours for degree completion
  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP) - 42 credits and 580 clinical hours for degree completion

This online program provides diverse approaches to teaching and engaged faculty that encourage self-directed learning and critical reasoning. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) certification exams.

Graduate Nursing Program Goals

  1. Develop advanced practice registered nurses that demonstrate professional, ethical, skilled, and evidence-based practice competencies in their roles.
  2. Develop graduates with a sustained commitment to life-long learning, respect for individual differences, and the advancement of the nursing profession.  
  3. Prepare advanced practice registered nurses as leaders and role models that promote quality, equitable patient care and health promotion at the local, state, national, and global levels.
  4. Prepare innovators to collaborate with health care teams and community stakeholders in order to improve health outcomes, eliminate health disparities, and advocate for patients.

Student Learning Outcomes 

Students completing the Rider University’s Graduate Nursing program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences and humanities with nursing theory and advanced nursing practice.
  2. Collaborate on the interdisciplinary health team to identify and effect needed change which will improve delivery within specific health care systems.
  3. Utilize evidence-based practice recommendations, professional standards of care and research to promote health, prevent disease and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills, including health information management to enhance the quality of care and improve patient outcomes provided at individual and aggregate levels.
  5. Utilize leadership skills through interaction with consumers and providers in meeting health needs and advancing nursing goals.
  6. Provide culturally competent care to improve health outcomes to all persons regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, culture, health care beliefs, and religion.
  7. Demonstrate individual responsibility and accountability in defining and advocating for quality care, patient safety and the nursing profession at the local, state, national and global level. 
  8. Practice in the APRN role independently and collaboratively with an interprofessional team while delivering direct and indirect care services to patients, families, and communities.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S.N. program is open to registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Prospective applicants must meet the following criteria, though meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission:

  1. Possess a B.S.N. degree from an NLN or CCNE-accredited school
  2. Meet one of the two requirements:
    1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the B.S.N. degree program (on a scale of 4.0) with a minimum, cumulative GPA in all nursing courses of a 3.0
    2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in at least two graduate nursing courses when the B.S.N. cumulative GPA is less than or equal to 2.99
  3. Completion of undergraduate level, prerequisite courses: Health Assessment, Nursing or Health-Discipline Research, Statistics
  4. All current nursing licenses in good standing and unencumbered
  5. Students must meet the "Technical Standards”

Degree Offered

  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Accreditation

The master's degree program in nursing at Rider University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Contact

Lori Prol, Ph.D., APN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor II, M.S.N. Program Director
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218A
609-896-5353
lprol@rider.edu


Master's of Science in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

(42  credits)

The following courses are required for the degree:
APRN 5001Socialization to the APRN Role 13
APRN 5002Applied Theory for the APRN Role3
APRN 5003Advanced Pathophysiology3
APRN 5004Clinical Prevention and Population Health3
APRN 5005Research and Quality Improvement3
APRN 5006Health Delivery and Information Systems3
Concentration and Practica Courses
APRN 5007Advanced Physical Assessment 23
APRN 5008Advanced Pharmacology 23
APRN 5009Primary Care of the Young Adult 3
APRN 5010Young Adult Practicum 3
APRN 5011Primary Care of the Middle-Aged Adult 3
APRN 5012Middle-Aged Adult Practicum 3
APRN 5013Primary Care of the Older Adult 3
APRN 5014Older Adult Practicum 3
Total Credits42

Master's of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

(48 credits)

The following courses are required for the degree:
APRN 5001Socialization to the APRN Role 13
APRN 5002Applied Theory for the APRN Role3
APRN 5003Advanced Pathophysiology3
APRN 5004Clinical Prevention and Population Health3
APRN 5005Research and Quality Improvement3
APRN 5006Health Delivery and Information Systems3
Concentration and Practica Courses
APRN 5007Advanced Physical Assessment 23
APRN 5008Advanced Pharmacology 23
APRN 5009Primary Care of the Young Adult 3
APRN 5010Young Adult Practicum 3
APRN 5011Primary Care of the Middle-Aged Adult 3
APRN 5012Middle-Aged Adult Practicum 3
APRN 5013Primary Care of the Older Adult 3
APRN 5014Older Adult Practicum 3
APRN 5015Primary Care of the Pediatric and Perinatal Patient 3
APRN 5016Pediatric Practicum 3
Total Credits48

APRN 5001 Socialization to the APRN Role 3 Credits

The course will examine the critical issues that define the APRN’s scope of practice and nurse practitioner competencies. Issues related to health policy, interprofessional collaborative practice, team building, conflict resolution, and leadership will be discussed. Guidelines for resolving professional legal and ethical issues that are often confronted in APRN practice will be analyzed.

APRN 5002 Applied Theory for the APRN Role 3 Credits

This course will demonstrate the use of science-based theories to analyze healthcare delivery at the patient, family, community and organizational levels in order to improve health outcomes. Theories addressing nursing practice, teaching and learning, health behaviors, and families within the context of cultural influences will be explored. Issues related to ethical decision making and advocacy in APRN practice will be analyzed.

APRN 5003 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits

This course analyzes alterations in various physiological systems. General physiological and pathophysiological principles that regulate inflammation, cellular/tissue repair, genetics, immunity, and cancer will be discussed. Pathophysiology of disease processes in primary care conditions across the lifespan will be examined.

APRN 5004 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 Credits

This course will enable students to analyze epidemiological and biostatistical data in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health initiatives. Concepts of public health, health promotion, morbidity and mortality, determinants of health, and cultural diversity and sensitivity will be incorporated into the advanced practice nursing role.

APRN 5005 Research and Quality Improvement 3 Credits

This course builds a foundation for advanced clinical scholarship and healthcare improvement while developing skills in analytical methods for evidence-based practice. Concepts of quality process, regulatory practices, root cause analysis, and problem identification will be explored.

APRN 5006 Health Delivery and Information Systems 3 Credits

This course focuses on trends, issues, and policies related to the transformation of the U.S. health care system. Emphasis will be placed on the economics of care and equity, access, and quality of the health care system. The role of the APRN in the utilization of information systems to reduce health disparities and promote quality initiatives will be presented.

APRN 5007 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 Credits

This course builds upon scientific underpinnings to enable the learner to develop a holistic approach to culturally sensitive health assessment including health related behaviors across the life span. The student begins to synthesize data in diagnostic reasoning to determine appropriate and effective healthcare strategies, including disease prevention, health promotion and health restoration. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5003.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5008.

APRN 5008 Advanced Pharmacology 3 Credits

This course is designed to meet the needs of APRNs that are eligible for prescriptive privileges. Content will focus on the pharmacological management of self-limited, episodic complaints and stable chronic disease states across the life span. Emphasis is placed on the decision-making process utilized to safely and effectively prescribe and monitor pharmacotherapeutics appropriate to the client situation. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5003.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5007.

APRN 5009 Primary Care of Young Adult 3 Credits

This course focuses on the care of young adults and women. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses and life transitions as well as application of U.S. health promotion guidelines and screening for young adults and women. Emphasis is on the nurse practitioner role as a collaborative health care team member and advocate for young adults and women. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5007, APRN 5008.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5010.

APRN 5010 Young Adult Practicum 3 Credits

This practicum provides a clinical setting for the integration of classroom material presented in APRN 5009 - Primary Care of the Young Adult. The focus is on primary care of the young adult client and women. Students will utilize the necessary resources in health care to optimize health in these populations. Students will complete 180 clinical hours. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5007, APRN 5008.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5009.

APRN 5011 Primary Care of the Middle-Aged Adult 3 Credits

This course focuses on the health state of middle-aged adults. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses and life transitions, as well as application of U.S. health promotion guidelines and screening for middle-aged adults. Emphasis is on the nurse practitioner role as a collaborative health care team member and client advocate for acute and chronic illnesses of adults. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5007, APRN 5008.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5012.

APRN 5012 Middle-Aged Adult Practicum 3 Credits

This practicum provides a clinical setting for the integration of classroom material presented in APRN 5011 - Primary Care of the Middle-Aged Adult. The focus is on primary care of common acute and chronic disease processes of the middle-aged population. Students will utilize the necessary resources in health care to optimize health in these populations. Students will complete 180 clinical hours. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5007, APRN 5008.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5011.

APRN 5013 Primary Care of the Older Adult 3 Credits

This course focuses on the health state of older adults. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses and life transitions, as well as application of U.S. health promotion guidelines and screening for older adults. Emphasis is on the nurse practitioner role as a collaborative health care team member and client advocate for acute and chronic illnesses of older adults. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5011, APRN 5012.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5014.

APRN 5014 Older Adult Practicum 3 Credits

This practicum provides a clinical setting for the integration of classroom material presented in APRN 5013 - Primary Care of the Older Adult. The focus is on primary care of common acute and chronic disease processes of the older adult population. Students will utilize the necessary resources in health care to optimize health in these populations. Students will complete 180 clinical hours. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5011, APRN 5012.

Corequisite (s): APRN 5013.

APRN 5015 Primary Care of the Pediatric and Perinatal Patient 3 Credits

This course focuses on the health state of pediatric and perinatal patient populations. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses and life transitions as well as application of U.S. health promotion guidelines and screening for pediatric and perinatal patients. Emphasis is on the nurse practitioner role as a collaborative health care team member and client advocate for acute and chronic illnesses of adults. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5013, APRN 5014.

Corequisite9s): APRN 5016.

APRN 5016 Pediatric Practicum 3 Credits

This practicum provides a clinical setting for the integration of classroom material presented in Primary Care of the Pediatric and Perinatal Patient. The focus is on primary care of common acute and chronic disease process of the pediatric and perinatal populations. Students will utilize the necessary resources in health care to optimize health in these populations. Students will complete 120 clinical hours. Prerequisite(s): APRN 5013, APRN 5014.

Corequisite(s): APRN 5015.