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The 100% online MSN program is designed for nurses seeking to advance their future in Clinical Nurse Leadership. With the flexibility of online course work, practicing nurses can earn their MSN without disrupting their already busy lives. In the RN to MSN program, students who hold a BSN can earn their Advanced Practice degree in six semesters. Students with an associate degree or a diploma or certificate from a hospital-based program can complete our RN to BSN program in a year. Louisiana College will grant the BSN to anyone who completes the RN to BSN program whether or not they continue to the MSN program.

Our instructors have real-world nursing experience, and are experts in teaching and training nurses through online programs. They offer support and guidance to ensure the highest quality education. 

Overview

The RN-MSN program consists of two online components. The RN-BSN component is designed for individuals with a diploma or associates degree in nursing to complete the BSN degree. Upon BSN conferral, the graduate can articulate directly into the MSN degree curriculum.

The MSN component has a Clinical Leader concentration. LC RN-BSN or BSN graduates of other programs may enter this track.

Division of Nursing Mission

The mission of the Division of Nursing is to offer courses of professional study from a Christian perspective that build upon the liberal arts to prepare graduates for personal and professional success in nursing leadership that will enable them to deliver health care through the use of evidence-based, client centered, holistic care to use nursing as a ministry for Christ.

RN-MSN

Undergraduate Program Outcomes

The undergraduate program outcomes for the DON are as follows:

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge, values, and attitudes acquired in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and nursing into the holistic care of clients in a variety of health care settings.
  • Assimilate the Neuman Systems Model within a nursing practice framework for clients throughout the wellness to illness continuum.
  • Manage care as a member of the profession within the context of a Christian worldview in the provision of health care that fosters respect for cultural and religious diversity and facilitates ethical choices in nursing practice.
  • Coordinate care in collaboration with members of the health care team that incorporates complex problem solving, influences change, and facilitates activities which result in achievement of goals for improving individual, family and community health care outcomes.
  • Create awareness of professional role development through the avenues of evidence-based practice, graduate education, and lifelong learning.

RN-BSN Upper Division Curriculum

  • Nursing (NR) 301- Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • Nursing (NR) 305- Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for RNs
  • Nursing (NR) 314- Applied Physical Assessment
  • Nursing (NR) 400- Informatics and Advanced Written Communication for RNs
  • Nursing (NR) 408- Research and Evidence-Based Practice for RNs
  • Nursing (NR) 421- Public Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Nursing (NR) 440- Leadership for the RN
  • Nursing (NR) 445- Role Transitions for the Professional Nurse

The course descriptions for the RN-BSN can be found at http://catalog.lacollege.edu/   

Apply online at www.lacollege.edu under the admissions tab.

Admission requirements for the RN-BSN are as follows:

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program
  • Unencumbered licensure(s) as a registered nurse with no pending legal action in any state of licensure
  • Admission in good standing into Louisiana College
  • Application and acceptance into the Division of Nursing
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.6 on all courses taken toward meeting the nursing degree requirements
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in each pre-requisite course. A “C” average is required on all central curriculum courses with no failures
  • Consistent assess to a computer with internet capabilities

Graduation Requirements

  • Only 63 hours from a two-year institution can be counted toward the remaining coursework required for the BSN degree
  • Of the last 36 hours, 30 hours must be taken at Louisiana College hours must be completed at Louisiana College
  • Completion of the pre-requisite and central curriculum coursework to undergraduate degree requirements
  • An overall GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • A “C” in each nursing course
  • Application for degree
  • Approval of DON faculty, Dean, and LC faculty.


MSN

Graduate Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and related sciences, societal issues and trends, healthcare delivery systems, and finances to interpret patterns and trends within a specified healthcare microsystem in order to deliver safe, competent, comprehensive healthcare.
  • Demonstrate a leadership role in collaborating with members of the interprofessional team in developing, implementing, and evaluating care for a specified healthcare microsystem.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and technological communication abilities.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary care within the context of a Christian worldview that fosters respect for diverse populations.
  • Create awareness of professional role development through the avenues of evidence-based practice, graduate education, and lifelong learning.
  • Advocate for the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader as manager and coordinator of care for an individual or cohort.

(Adapted from AACN CNL competencies of 2013).

MSN Curriculum

      The curriculum will consist of 38 hours, which can be completed in six semesters. The course descriptions are as follows.

  • NM 501- Professional Role Development
  • NM 503- Outcome Management and Quality Improvement
  • NM 506- Nursing Research and Evidenced-Based Practice
  • NM 508- Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NM 511- Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Organizations
  • NM 518- Healthcare Informatics
  • NM 525- Healthcare Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • NM 548- Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Delivery
  • NM 601- Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NM 603- Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • NM 608- Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • NM 610- Leadership and Interprofessional Practice
  • NM 625- Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone I
  • NM 630- Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone II 

The course descriptions for the MSN can be found at http://catalog.lacollege.edu/

To apply, go to www.lacollege.edu and click on APPLY Now on the right hand side of the page.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Masters with a CNL concentration will be consistent with the other LC graduate programs with the exception of the following:

  • Unencumbered US registered nursing license(s),
  • No state board or legal action against licensure in any state,
  • Earned BSN from an accredited nursing program,
  • GPA of > 2.6 on BSN last 30 hours of upper level coursework,
  • Undergraduate courses in assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, statistics, and nursing research,
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended,
  • An onsite essay or essay proctored by ProctorU,
  • While experience is not required, related practice experience may make the applicant more competitive.

International or students whose primary language is nor English must have:

  • BSN or its equivalent,
  • Current US registered nursing license,
  • Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading English.

 Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirements are as follows:

  • Fifty percent of coursework must be at the 600-course level,
  • The program of study must be completed within 5-years of admission,
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit a degree application.