MSN: Nursing Innovation Concentration

Major: Nursing Innovation
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0 minimum
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The online MSN in Nursing Innovation is designed for the graduate nursing student who seeks to re-invent and transform nursing practice in today's tumultuous health care system. Graduates of this accredited program fill innovative and problem-solving roles as clinicians, educators, administrators and clinical scientists; some students choose to move toward and succeed in the business environment of healthcare.

This pioneering masters degree emphasizes problem-solving and creative approaches to advance nursing practice, improve and change healthcare delivery and focuses on models, methods, environments and processes that will give students the tools to transform ideas into reality. It offers a flexible, but rigorous, curriculum including a substantial capstone project that demonstrates innovation and pushing the creative boundaries to promote real and substantive change.

This program:

  • Gives students the ability to make ideas a reality.
  • Teaches students new skills to support changing ideas into reality.
  • Develops students as creative and inventive nurses who can make meaningful and unique contributions to the healthcare industry.
  • Is a good fit for students whose career objectives may not be met by a traditional graduate nursing curriculum or career paths.

Students may elect to use the 4-5 electives to obtain a post-baccalaureate certificate in a specialty area of interest including but not limited to the list below. Or may, with approval, design an individualized plan of study to meet the program requirements.

  • Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare
  • Leadership in Health Systems Management
  • Nursing Education
  • Issues in Human Trafficking
  • Substance Use Disorders Counseling
  • Veterans’ Healthcare
  • Project Management
  • Healthcare Informatics

Full- and part-time enrollment options are available. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor
jnr56@drexel.edu
267.359.5692

Additional information is also available on the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Innovation web page and the Drexel University Online Nursing Innovation web page.

Admission Requirements

  • BSN from a program fully accredited by NLN and or CCNE.
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60 credits completed. Applications from RN’s with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
  • Personal Statement describing why the student is interested in this MSN Degree.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • Copy of Current US RN license required.
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure and Certification Documents.
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current US RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International Applicants, as well as Immigrants to the US and US Permanent Residents, whose native language is not English, and who have not received a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, and must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. US citizens born on US military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing and reading sections of 79 Plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Student Services Manager
rf53@drexel.edu
267-359-5691

Additional information is also available on the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Innovation web page and the Drexel University Online Nursing Innovation web page.

Degree Requirements

Core MSN Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Required Track Courses
NURS 586Innovation in Advanced Nursing Practice: Theory and Application3.0
NURS 587Case Studies in Intra/Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nursing3.0
Support Courses
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
Praticum/Capstone Projects
NURS 652Innovation Capstone Project6.0
Electives (by advisement with track coordinator or selected from concentrations listed below)12.0-15.0
Total Credits45.0-48.0
Healthcare Informatics Concentration
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
INFO 648Healthcare Informatics3.0
INFO 731Managing Health Informatics Projects3.0
INFO 732Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.0
Total Credits12.0
Service to Veterans Concentration
IPS 549The Military and Veteran Culture3.0
IPS 550The Unique Health Care Needs of our Military and Veterans3.0
IPS 551Veteran Advocacy 3.0
IPS 552Veteran Healthcare Policy 3.0
Total Credits12.0
Complementary & Integrative Therapies Concentration
CIT 501Foundations of Phytotherapy3.0
CIT 502Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Therapies3.0
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT Elective *3.0
Total Credits12.0
*

One CIT 500 or 600 level course 

Holistic Hospice & Palliative Care Concentration
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT 621Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
CIT 622Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
CIT 623Multi-Cultural Perspectives3.0
Total Credits12.0
Leadership in Health Systems Management Concentration
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy3.0
NURS 559Operations Management in Contemporary Healthcare Organizations3.0
NURS 562Workforce Management in Healthcare Organizations3.0
or NURS 564 The Business of Healthcare
or NURS 567 Strategic Management: Power, Politics and Influence in Healthcare Systems
Total Credits12.0
Forensic Trends & Issues in Contemporary Healthcare Concentration
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
NURS 519Forensic Science Foundations3.0
NURS 528Victimology – Contemporary Trend3.0
NURS 533Forensic Mental Health3.0
Total Credits12.0
Integrative Addiction Therapies
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT 624Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapy3.0
CIT 625Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation3.0
CIT 631Introduction to Nutritional Neuroscience3.0
Total Credits12.0
Substance Use Disorder Concentration
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
BACS 540Recovery and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
Total Credits18.0
Health Care Compliance Concentration (Law School Semester Courses*)
LSTU 501SCompliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting4.5
LSTU 504SHealth Care Rules and Regulations4.5
LSTU 505SHealth Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management4.5
LSTU 506SPatients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations4.5
Total Credits18.0
*

Note: Law School Courses are offered on a semester calendar.  Course credits listed above have been converted to quarter credits to more accurately present the credits earned

Global Health Concentration
PBHL 704Proseminar in Global Health Ethics *3.0
PBHL 705Public Health in Developing Countries3.0
PBHL 706Globalization, Development and Comparative Health Systems3.0
PBHL 707Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health3.0
Total Credits12.0
*

 This course is a 1 credit seminar that is taken over three terms to afford maximum in-depth learning opportunities for global health ethics

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor
jnr56@drexel.edu
267.359.5692

Additional information is also available on the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Innovation web page and the Drexel University Online Nursing Innovation web page.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 586Innovation in Advanced Nursing Practice: Theory and Application3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
NURS 587Case Studies in Intra/Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nursing3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
INFO 648Healthcare Informatics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
INFO 731Managing Health Informatics Projects3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
NURS 652* two term courseInnovation Capstone Project6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 7
INFO 732Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 8
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0

MSN: Nursing Innovation Concentration Faculty

Rita Adeniran, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Leadership, diversity, nursing.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation . Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, law, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.
Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, CGS, DF-IAFN (University of Pennsylvania) Coordinator, Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Forensic, child, adolescent and family mental health nursing.
Frances H. Cornelius, PhD, MSN (Drexel University; Wayne State University) Chair, MSN Department. Clinical Professor. Environmental justice, community and public health instructional technology, distance learning, mobile learning, informatics.
Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC (Georgetown University; Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Women’s health issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Disaster Management and online learning.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing.
Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Labor and delivery, midwifery, postpartum care, neonatal intensive care, improving access to care for women with postpartum depression, family psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, MSN, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Patricia A. Riccio, PhD, RN (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research methods and biostatistics.
Joanne Schwartz, PhD, CRNP, CNE (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alum), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago). Assistant Professor. The access and utilization of perinatal health services such as prenatal case management (PCM) and prenatal care; adverse perinatal health outcomes fetal growth, preterm birth, and cerebral palsy; and the interaction of social, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities in perinatal health.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE. Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Suzanne Taylor, MSN, RN. Assistant Clinical Professor. Transformational and adaptive learning to support the evolving leadership expectations, emotional intelligence and promoting a culture of collaboration across other disciplines.
Virginia Wilson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, NE-BC (Widener University) Director Nursing Innovation Program; Director, Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management. Assistant Clinical Professor. Leadership and management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation.
Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, CRNP, FAAN (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Advanced practice nursing, leadership and management, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist (adult health) and adult nurse practitioner.
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