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Academic Program Proposal
Currently Under Review
Date Proposal Received Institution and Proposal Degree Awarded Name of Academic Program Objections Received Decision Deadline MHEC Final Decision Final Decision Date

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Program Proposal(pdf)

Multiple  OOS Initial Application Yes 10/5/2013  Authorized  6/4/2014 

OOS Initial Application  Program Description

Master of Science in NursingStudents in the Master of Science in Nursing program have a bachelor's degree in nursing and are seeking opportunities for career growth and/or a new area of specialization by enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing program. Almost all of the students are employed as registered nurses. The very small minority not currently employed as registered nurses may be taking time out from working so they can obtain education to enhance their career opportunities and/or change the focus of their nursing career. The MSN prepares the graduate to assume advanced roles in nursing administration, education, informatics, healthcare policy and clinical practice. The graduate applies acquired knowledge of leadership skills in educational, organizational and practice settings. The graduate attains proficiency in systematic inquiry with the use of evidence-based knowledge, which supports contributions to society and the nursing profession. This degree program provides a foundation for doctoral study, lifelong learning and continued scholarship.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education By completing the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education, the student will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of educational theory, instructional methods, assessment and evaluation of learning, and curriculum development. After successful completion of certificate and practicum requirements the student will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing certification exam in nursing education which awards the nurse a credential as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Graduate Certificate in InformaticsIn the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics program, the student will gain knowledge and skills in the practice of nursing informatics, management of healthcare data and information and the use of data to inform decisions to improve processes and outcomes in healthcare settings. After successful completion of certificate and practicum requirements, the student will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam in nursing informatics. In the U.S. healthcare system, data is a critical driver of healthcare quality and safety; consequently, the theoretical knowledge provided in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics program prepares a registered nurse with a masterís degree in nursing to move into a variety of data management positions within healthcare delivery systems.

Doctor of Nursing Practice The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is a post-masterís professional degree program designed to prepare graduates to deliver the highest level of nursing practice. The Chamberlain DNP degree program is practice-focused and prepares graduates to analyze, synthesize and apply scientific reasoning at the highest level to plan, design, implement and evaluate care for individuals, families and populations in an effort to improve patient care and outcomes. DNP graduates will be prepared to lead teams of intra- and inter-professional colleagues, care for vulnerable, culturally diverse populations and assume the role of a transformational leader in a complex healthcare delivery system.

Bachelor of Science NursingThe BSN nursing curriculum prepares the graduate for the practice of professional nursing. This is accomplished through an integration of theoretical knowledge, psychomotor skill acquisition and development of clinical judgment/reasoning. The curriculum integrates professional, ethical and legal standards with decision-making, problem-solving and leadership development. The curriculum is designed to promote lifelong learning among the graduates. For many students, the first year of the program focuses on liberal arts and sciences; however, given individual transferred coursework, program plans vary. The majority of nursing coursework occurs in the second and third years. The BSN degree program consists of a minimum of 129 credit hours: 60 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences and 69 credit hours in the nursing major.

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