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THE FUTURE OF NURSING STARTS WITH YOU

Now, more than ever, front-line nurses need steady, decisive leaders. Shape the future of nursing and elevate your nursing career with our online Master of Science in Nursing. We offer two tracks: Leadership and Clinical Research, preparing you for advanced roles in a wide array of healthcare settings.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Perfect for working nurses who want to advance their careers
  • 100% online classes, plus a practicum experience
  • Leadership track provides in-demand leadership skills in lean principles, workplace mental health and population health, including a practicum experience
  • Clinical Research track prepares nurses to drive innovations in patient care and treatment and includes a practicum experience
  • Flexible to help maintain work/life balance; full- and part-time options
  • North Carolina Forgivable Education Loans for Service available
  • Fast-track application process for Atrium Health teammates and alumni of Atrium Health-affiliated colleges; NO application fee, essay or references required
  • Provides the foundation for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or PhD
  • Start in fall or spring

Mission

The mission of the Louise Harkey School of Nursing is to cultivate competent, caring nurse professionals through exemplary education and promotion of lifelong learning.

Goals

  • To educate and prepare nurses for leadership roles in nursing and clinical research
  • To provide multiple pathways for nurses to obtain master's level education.

Cabarrus College’s flexible MSN program is perfect for working nurses:

  • Coursework is 100% online. In addition, there is a 45-hour clinical practicum experience
  • Seven-and-a-half week courses
  • Full and part-time options
  • Fall or spring admission
  • Exceptional, nationally recognized, clinically trained faculty
  • Superior support staff ensure a seamless experience from admission to graduation

Master of Science in Nursing - Leadership Track

The MSN Leadership track consists of 36 credit hours, including a 6-credit hour clinical practicum experience.   Each didactic course is designed to be 7 1/2 weeks in duration in spring and fall, and 6 weeks in the summer. The practicum course (NSG 625) is a 15-week long course that is completed in the last semester of the program. The program can be completed in 6 semesters of part-time study, including summer, or in 4 semesters of full-time study, including summer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon competition of the MSN's program's Leadership track the student will be able to:

  • Integrate scientific findings from multiple disciplines and evidence-based practice to improve patient care and population health.
  • Critically apply best practices and leadership theory to complex organizational situations and employment problems.
  • Appropriately apply quality improvement methods, measures, and tools to enhance patient safety and business performance.
  • Evaluate research methods, data analysis, and results to resolve practice problems and inform change.
  • Integrate informatics and healthcare technology into coordination of care from a leadership perspective.
  • Create and objectively critique health policy.
  • Function as a leader and change agent advocating strategies for health equality and workplace inclusion.
  • Manage and coordinate culturally competent care through systemwide interprofessional collaboration.

Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Research Track

The Clinical Research track consists of 35 credit hours, including a 5-credit hour clinical practicum experience. Each didactic course is designed to be 7 1/2 weeks in duration in spring and fall, and 6 weeks in the summer. The practicum course (RSH 615) is a 15-week long course that is completed in the last semester of the program.  The program can be completed in 6 semesters of part-time study, including summer, or in 4 semesters of full-time study, including summer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon competition of the MSN program's Clinical Research track, students will be able to:

  • Appropriately apply quality improvement methods, measures, and tools to enhance patient safety and business performance.
  • Manage and coordinate culturally competent care through systemwide interprofessional collaboration.
  • Integrate informatics and healthcare technology into clinical research from a leadership perspective.
  • Integrate scientific findings from multiple disciplines and evidence-based practice to improve patient care and population health.
  • Analyze trends in healthcare access for equity and affordability.
  • Evaluate clinical research best practices and leadership theory to lead a clinical trial study team to design, conduct and coordinate clinical research studies.
  • Appraise the relevance of diverse designs for clinical trial as they affect various investigational sites.
  • Evaluate the application of the ethical principles that guide clinical research, federal regulations and Good Clinical Practice in a variety of sponsored clinical studies.

Accreditation and Certification

  • Graduates of the Clinical Research track will be eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Research Associate Coordinator (CCRAC) exam. The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Clinical Research Education Programs Option considers applicants who have completed a clinical research degree program that is regionally accredited to have achieved a valid substitute for 1,500 hours of professional experience performing the essential duties (ACRP, 2019). 
  • The master's degree program in nursing at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Testimonial quote
“I chose to attend Cabarrus College of Health Sciences because of its great academic reputation and small size. The school met both my personal and academic needs. With the knowledge that I have acquired, I feel empowered to educate members of the healthcare team, care for patients with complex issues and conduct research. My participation in the discussion boards enhanced my online learning experience. The online discussions fostered collaboration and critical thinking. The different perspectives offered by my fellow classmates furthered my learning of key concepts and my ability to think creatively to drive innovation in the workplace. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences offers a flexible online learning environment where the ‘student voice’ is valued. The suggestions and ideas shared by students are used to make improvements in course curriculums.”
Patara Parham, RN, MSN, ’21
Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Research

For more program information contact:

Admissions@CabarrusCollege.edu or 704-403-1613

FinancialAid@CabarrusCollege.edu or 704-403-3507

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