Nursing Program Requirements

Core courses give all graduate students a strong foundation in nursing research, essential for the implementation of evidence-based practice and to effectively utilize data for problem solving. Additional core courses provide advanced knowledge in the legal, ethical, political, and social forces impacting the global health care environment. The core courses, plus the courses within the areas of concentration, provide a foundation for doctoral education.

All students must successfully complete the following core courses before moving into courses in their area of concentration.

Core Courses:

NURS 515

Concepts of Nursing Informatics

NURS 520

Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research

NURS 530

Qualitative Inquiry in Nursing

NURS 547

Global Health Care Perspectives

NURS 557

Project and Resource Management

Education Courses:

This area of concentration includes courses in pedagogy, curriculum design, educational assessment, and a teaching practicum.

The following courses must be completed sequentially.

NURS 610

Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology ~

NURS 615

Advanced Physical Assessment ~

NURS 632

Curriculum Design: Innovation in Clinical and Academic Settings

NURS 635

Teaching and Learning Strategies/Evaluation ~

NURS 642

Instructional Media in Education

NURS 740

Nursing Education Capstone

Leadership/Management Courses:

This area of concentration includes courses on organizational behavior, health care finance, quality management, and a leadership practicum.

The following courses must be completed sequentially:

NURS 650

Organizational Behavior in Health Care

NURS 652

Health Care Finance: Challenges of the Future

NURS 660

Planning for Evidence-Based Practice

NURS 662

Qualitative Management in Health Care: Innovation Strategies

NURS 750

Nursing Leadership/Management Capstone


Approved Healthcare Management course or Nursing Education concentration course.

~ Course under development.


Stevenson University’s accelerated master’s degree program in nursing has a residency requirement at the end of the program. The residency component supports the interactive nature of the profession, which requires students to demonstrate not only knowledge, but the increased ability at the graduate level to articulate and discuss nursing issues and challenges. Further, it allows students to demonstrate those skills and competencies they will need in their professional positions. Students unable to come to campus for this component of the program will be able to participate through the use of synchronous online software capabilities already available at the university.