The Master of Science in Nursing prepares registered nurses for advanced roles in clinical practice, nursing leadership, and clinical research.

The theme of the MSN program is: Discovery of Self, Transformation in Others, and Innovation in Systems.

 The MSN degree has two tracks: Leadership and Clinical Research. These two tracks share seven core courses that provide a solid foundation for graduate level education. Applicants must be registered nurses who have earned the Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing (BSN). Interested students who have not earned the BSN are encouraged to apply to our RN-BSN program.

Mission

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

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

  • 100% online, plus a practicum
  • 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

Leadership Track

The MSN Leadership track consists of 36 credit hours, including a 6-credit hour practicum.

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 is a 15 week long, 6 credit, 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 Leadership MSN program, students 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.

 

Clinical Research Track

The Clinical Research track consists of 35 credit hours, including a 5-credit hour practicum.

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 is a 15 week long, 5 credit, 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 Clinical Research MSN program, 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 (CCRA) 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).

For more information contact:

Admissions@CabarrusCollege.edu or 704-403-1613

FinancialAid@CabarrusCollege.edu or 704-403-3507

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