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Catalog/Bulletin 2016-2017 
Catalog/Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing curricula is to prepare a nurse with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to function in an expanded role. The program prepares nurses with expertise in the areas of nursing education and clinical leadership. The Master of Science in Nursing degree also prepares graduates to function in interprofessional roles such as providers and organizers serving patient-specific and population-based care across the continuum in various healthcare settings.

Transfer of Credits

Graduate students may petition to transfer credits from other accredited universities for application to LSUHSC degree programs. The maximum transfer allowed is twelve semester hours when studying at the master’s level and fifteen semester hours when studying at the doctoral level. Graduate course work may be transferred provided each course:

  1. Fulfills the requirements specified in the student’s graduate degree plan.
  2. Achieved a grade of “B” or better in course(s).
  3. Was not counted toward another degree or taken through correspondence courses.
  4. Was completed within the eight year time limit for the degree.
  5. Transfer credit for each course may be requested and applied to a graduate degree only one time.

Students will not receive credit for any course taken outside LSUHSC when it is offered the same semester at LSUHSC or the LSU System. Petitions must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor or major professor and the Associate Dean for the perspective program or the Dean.

No courses may be transferred for credit in the last thirty (30) hours of the curriculum.



Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Concentration

Paula Kensler DNP, MBA
Program Director

This program prepares a Clinical Nurse Leader at the master’s level as a generalist that cultivates quality improvement and care coordination. The CNL implements evidence -based practice, collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risks and guides plans for care as indicated.

Nurse Educator Concentration

Stephanie Pierce PhD, CNE
Program Director

This program prepares a Nurse Educator at the master’s level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to utilize adult learning theory, education theory, curriculum development, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and leadership in academic, practice, and service settings.

RN to MSN Concentration

The RN to MSN concentration is for the highly motivated qualified registered nurse (RN) who wishes to pursue graduate coursework in nursing. After completing pre-requisite and support courses, nursing courses, and transition courses, the student may select the nurse educator or clinical nurse leader concentration. RN’s completing this program receive a baccalaureate equivalency facilitating graduates to meet the Louisiana State Board of Nursing requirements for those interested in teaching in Louisiana Schools of Nursing. For more information see the Program Director for Articulation Programs.

Pre-requisites and Support Courses

  • English Composition [6 Credits]
  • College Algebra [3 Credits]
  • Biology and Laboratory [4 Credits]
  • Microbiology [3 Credits]
  • Chemistry [3 Credits]
  • Sociology [3 Credits]
  • Psychology [3 Credits]
  • Statistics [3 Credits]
  • Fine Arts [3 Credits]
  • Humanities [9 Credits]
  • Free Electives [6 Credits]
  • Human Physiology and Lab [4 Credits]
  • Human anatomy and lab [4 Credits]
  • Pharmacology [3 Credits]

          Total: 57 Credits

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