2012-2013 Walden University Catalog (September 2012) 
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2012-2013 Walden University Catalog (September 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares students to focus their practice on the identified health needs of society, become leaders in their field through scholarship, manage technology and information, and develop a lifelong commitment to learning.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and authorized by The Minnesota Office of Higher Education to award the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Walden University’s MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of bachelor’s and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  2. Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  3. Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  4. Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  5. Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  6. Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  7. Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.


Degree Requirements

  • BSN Track: 51/56 quarter credit hours; RN Track: 80/85 quarter credit hours
  • Foundation course (1 qtr. cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan and program of study
  • Core courses (20 qtr. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30/35 qtr. cr.)
  • Portfolio (excludes Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner specializations)


The program has two tracks for registered nurses:

  1. BSN Track: This track is for students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  2. RN Track: This track is for students with an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing that prepares for licensure in registered nursing. RN-MSN applications will not be accepted without a nursing degree conferred.

BSN Track: BSN graduates enter the program at the core course level.

RN Track: Students complete 29 quarter credits of foundational courses before starting the core courses: the foundational courses contain the essential content and learning activities to prepare students for the core courses.

BSN and RN Tracks: All students complete the same core and specialization curriculum. The four core courses provide students with a graduate-level knowledge in areas of theory, research, diversity, legality/ethics, and healthcare systems. The specialization courses build on the core courses and offer students direction and guidance for influencing nursing practice in selected areas. A portfolio based on the specific outcomes of the program must be submitted and approved before the degree is granted.

Foundational and Core Curricula

Provisional General Education Courses Available

Courses are available at Walden for those students who have not completed the minimum undergraduate credits of general education courses required for admission to the master’s program. Students who choose to complete general education courses at Walden are admitted provisionally to the RN Track of the MSN program.

Note: No course can count twice toward meeting general education requirements.

Program Data

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