MSN Core Courses
All students in the Master of Science in Nursing Program will complete the MSN Core Courses.
Completion of the core curriculum ensures that all students, regardless of specialty, develop critical thinking, specialized knowledge, professional accountability, leadership, advanced communication skills and caring behaviors that are expectations of the masters-prepared nurse.
Program Requirements and Sequencing
The requirements listed on our website are those contained in the current graduate catalog. You are responsible for meeting the program requirements in your catalog of record, which is the catalog from the academic year you enrolled at NKU as a degree seeking student.
The MSN Programs at NKU offer lock step progressions that are designed to move students through the program on a set schedule of coursework. Deviating from the set progressions can significantly impede your progress to graduation and is discouraged. All students have six years to finish their graduate degree at Northern Kentucky University.
MSN Core Course Curriculum
NRP 600 Research Methods (3)
NRP 601 Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (1)
NRP 604 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)
NRP 612 Healthcare Policy & Economics (3)
NRP 688 Qualitative Research (optional) (2)
NRP 689 Foundations of Evidenced Based Practice (optional) (2)
NRP 697 Investigative Project (optional) (3)
NRP 691 Thesis Preparation (optional) (1)
MHI 601 Technical Foundations of Health Informatics (3)
STA 614 Statistics for Researchers (3)
Total : 18-23* Credit Hours
*Options for Satisfying Research Requirements:
MSN research requirements can now be satisfied through the Investigative Project/Thesis (NRP 600, NRP 697, NRP 691) or, the completion of three research courses (NRP 600 Research Methods, NRP 688 Qualitative Research, and NRP 689 Foundations of Evidenced Based Practice).
The faculty strongly advise that you complete the Investigative Project/Thesis if you plan to pursue doctoral studies and/or your career plans involve research.