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Changes Coming to MSN Curriculum and Course Offerings


As a currently enrolled Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree student with a specialty in Nursing Administration, there are several important changes outlined below that may impact your course plan and degree progression. These changes impact both the MSN administration curriculum and course offering schedule.

Please contact the graduate program advisor to discuss progression planning or if you wish to change your MSN specialty. If you are planning to change your program, it is imperative that you reach out to the advisor for clarification prior to registration. Failure to do so will impede your successful progression through the program and you will be responsible for your course selection and plan. View instructions on making an academic advisement appointment. Questions may also be emailed to gradnursing@tesc.edu.

The new curriculum will commence in July 2013. Starting with the July 2015 term, only courses in the new nursing curriculum will be offered. Students who have not completed their current curricular requirements by that time will be required to take courses in the new curriculum to complete their degree.

Effective July 1, 2013, there will be a number of curriculum changes affecting graduate nursing programs. Changes are being made to update the curriculum and to comply with new national accreditation standards of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

  • NUR-500: Seminar in Clinical Competence will no longer be a core course. Students who have completed NUR-500 may apply this course as an elective.
  • Nursing Administration specialty courses will remain the same.
  • There will be 9 credits of graduate electives required in the program. Although not required, students may take courses from other specialty graduate courses or the new direct care courses to fulfill the elective credits. The direct care courses are: NUR-516: Advanced Physical Assessment, NUR-640: Advanced Pathophysiology and NUR-650: Advanced Pharmacology. Standard graduate electives that are currently offered on a rotating basis will continue to be offered in the same manner.
  • The number of hours required during each Practicum is being increased to 150 hours per Practicum for a total of 300 hours as a result of changes in national standards put forth by the Council on Graduate Education in Nursing Administration. This change will take effect in the July 2013 term. The new Practicum packet with the increased hours is now available online.

Course Offerings

  • NUR-722: Nursing Administration: Seminar and Role Practicum and NUR-732: Nursing Administration: Seminar and Process Practicum will be offered in the April and July 2013 terms.
  • Pending sufficient enrollment, starting in October 2013, Nursing Administration Practicums will be offered on a sequential basis. The following course schedule will begin in the October 2013 term:
    • January 2014 and July 2014 Terms: NUR-722: Seminar and Role Practicum
    • October 2013 and April 2014 Terms: NUR-732: Seminar and Process Practicum
  • The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing will still require that Intent to Register Forms be submitted 6 months prior to the start of the Practicum. View the current Practicum Packet.
  • The offering of specialty courses NUR-632, NUR-702, and NUR-712, will rotate each term depending on the needs of our students and enrollment in the courses. Students should check the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing web pages to determine which administration courses are running each term.
  • For April 2013, NUR-702: Nursing Administration: Executive Managerial Process will not be offered

Regarding these changes, I would like to stress the importance of contacting your graduate program advisor and scheduling an appointment to ensure your continued success. Failure to do so may result in additional required courses and delayed graduation. If you have any questions about this e-mail or the changes to the MSN requirements, please contact your graduate advisor.

You can also send us any questions you have to gradnursing@tesc.edu.

Thank you,
Filomela A. Marshall
Filomela A. Marshall, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing

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