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The Nursing Program offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The objectives of the program are to prepare nurses at an advanced practice level who demonstrate professional leadership and foster a research climate in the practice of nursing.

The University of Southern Indiana MSN graduate is prepared to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge and concepts from nursing, other sciences, and humanities as a foundation for advanced nursing practice.
  2. Integrate critical thinking to provide advanced nursing care, focusing on safety and prevention of medical error in diverse populations.
  3. Participate in systematic inquiry and apply current evidence to improve patient outcomes and enhance nursing as a profession.
  4. Integrate knowledge of legal, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and ethical forces that affect patient outcomes and health care environments in advanced nursing practice.
  5. Function as an advocate, leader, and change agent to plan, implement, and evaluate health care in collaboration with inter-professional teams, consumers, and policy makers.
  6. Provide leadership to maintain and promote the professional values of patient-centered care, patient advocacy, professional integrity, accountability, and lifelong learning.
  7. Integrate data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
  8. Integrate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.

The outcome statements for the Post-MSN Certificate program are the same as the MSN program. Students will achieve outcomes in an additional specialty area at the masters level.