Program Overview

Mission

The Master of Arts in Nursing program is designed to prepare nurses for transformational leadership and transcultural nursing practice across care settings with particular emphasis on addressing health inequities. Students select from two tracks of study—Transformational Nursing Leadership or Transcultural Nursing. Both tracks prepare nurse leaders to assume a wide variety of roles and responsibilities throughout the healthcare system and in emerging care settings in communities.

Curriculum

The MAN curriculum is organized into 33 semester credits –15 semester credits in a Nursing Core, in which all students enroll, and 18 semester credits in one of the two Tracks of Study. Practica are taken concurrently with most courses and are integrated throughout the program. Each semester credit of practicum is equal to 45 clock hours of practice.

Students select a track of study when applying to the program, however, this is not essential until after one’s first semester. Students may study full-time (6-8 semester credits per term) or part-time (4 semester credits per term). Time to degree completion takes an average 22 months when studying full-time, and 32 months when studying part-time.

Nursing Core Courses (15 semester credits)

The core nursing courses integrate a strong foundation of social justice incorporating multiple ways of knowing with curricular emphasis on nursing science, art, and theory to guide practice.

  • NUR 500 – Transcultural Health Care (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 500P – Practicum: Transcultural Health Care (1 semester credit)
  • NUR 541 – Politics of Health (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 541P – Practicum: Politics of Health Care (1 semester credit)
  • NUR 505 – Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 505P – Practicum: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (1 semester credit)
  • NUR 520 – Research Methods in Nursing (3 semester credits)

Transformational Nursing Leadership Track (18 semester credits)

The Transformational Nursing Leadership track is designed to develop nurse leaders’ ability to critically analyze, articulate, and develop effective strategies to cope with high level health care disparities. Curricular emphasis is on inter-professional collaboration across care settings. Participation in nursing leadership practica in traditional and emerging care settings adds depth and meaning to classroom dialogue. Practica also provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and gain experience partnering with diverse care providers, populations, and communities to address health inequities in creative and relevant ways. Transformational Nursing Leadership track courses include:

  • NUR 501 – Nursing Leadership in Complex Adaptive Systems (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 501P – Practicum: Nursing Leadership in Complex Adaptive Systems (1 semester credit)
  • NUR 521 – Transformational Nursing Leadership (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 521P – Practicum: Transformational Nursing Leadership (2 semester credits)
  • NUR 523 – Theory, Practice and Research Seminar (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 523P – Practicum: Theory, Practice and Research Seminar (2 semester credits)
  • NUR 525 – Graduate Field Project (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 525P – Practicum: Graduate Field Project (2 semester credits)

Students graduating from the Transformational Leadership Track of the master’s program are eligible to apply to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for certification as a Nurse Executive, Advanced and to the Transcultural Nursing Certification Commission (TCNCC) for advanced certification in Transcultural Nursing.

Graduate Field Project in Transformational Nursing Leadership

Students will fulfill their Master of Arts in Nursing through a final practice-focused project, which serves as the capstone of the master’s program. The last two classes in the curriculum–NUR 523 and NUR 525—emphasize the development and articulation of a final field project focused on transformational leadership. Students present their final projects in NUR 525.

Transcultural Nursing Across Care Settings Track (18 semester credits)

The Transcultural Nursing track in the Master of Arts in Nursing program was designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice across care settings in culturally diverse communities. The curriculum is grounded in nursing science, theory-guided practice, and transcultural principles. Emphasis is on reaching out to persons and populations that are underserved by traditional care systems and who exist outside of the social mainstream. As such, the track provides rich alternative learning opportunities for graduate students locally and internationally. Transcultural Nursing Across Care Settings track courses include:

  • NUR 532 – Transcultural Healing Practices and Self Care (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 532P – Practicum: Transcultural Healing Practices and Self Care (1 semester credits)
  • NUR 530 – The Power of Ritual and Ceremony for Healing (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 530P – Practicum: The Power of Ritual and Ceremony for Healing (1 semester credits)
  • NUR 523 – Theory, Practice and Research Seminar (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 523P – Practicum: Theory, Practice and Research Seminar (2 semester credits)
  • NUR 525 – Graduate Field Project (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 525P – Graduate Field Project (2 semester credits)

Students graduating from the Transcultural Nursing track of the master’s program are eligible to apply to the Transcultural Nursing Certification Commission (TCNCC) for advanced certification in Transcultural Nursing and certification in Holistic Nursing through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) (www.ahncc.org).

Graduate Field Project in Transcultural Nursing

Students will fulfill their Master of Arts in Nursing through a final practice-focused project, which serves as the capstone of the master’s program. The last two classes in the curriculum—NUR 523 and NUR 525—emphasize the development and articulation of a final field project focused on transcultural nursing. Students present their final projects in NUR 525.

Practica

Practice experience is emphasized in both tracks in the Master of Arts in Nursing program. Students earn 9 semester credits of practicum work that is equal to 405 clock hours of practice—45 clock hours per semester credit hour. Practica are generally semi-structured, experiential, and led by faculty and cultural guides familiar with the communities in which the practica occur. Some practica are student directed. In all practica, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in practice settings that serve persons underserved or excluded from mainstream health care, as emphasis in the program is on cultural diversity and health inequities across health care settings. Practica focusing on experiential learning with a transformational nurse leader provides students with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of organizational dynamics and change through a complexity science paradigm.

Augsburg Central Health Commons & the Inner City

A unique opportunity for students to explore advanced nursing roles and new models and forms of practice is provided by the Augsburg Central Health Commons, and the Health Commons in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Both Health Commons are nursing-led drop-in centers dedicated to serving those in need and focused on healthy individuals and communities. People from diverse backgrounds, who have health experiences grounded in wide ranging cultural contexts frequent the Health Commons for health support and reassurance. Service and care are based on respect, relationship, and collaboration that connects health and hope for all participants. Health Commons partners include Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis, Fairview Health Services, U-Care, and the East Africa Health Project.

Study Abroad and Away

The Department of Nursing works closely with cultural guides and nurse mentors in various contexts of care in emerging care settings at home and abroad. The Center for Global Education is a partner with the Department of Nursing in developing and facilitating study abroad opportunities in Guatemala and Mexico.

Additional collaborative partners include the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) in Namibia, the Pine Ridge Retreat Center, in Pine Ridge, SD, and a variety of cultural guides and local practitioners throughout England. A detailed listing of practica and immersion experiences abroad and away can be found at the nursing website (www.augsburg.edu/nursing).

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.

Admission Requirements

Decisions about admission to the program will be made by the Graduate Admissions Committee on an individual basis. Admissions are handled throughout the year, with students being admitted at the beginning of the fall (September) and spring (January) semesters.

Selection of candidates will be made on the basis of an evaluation of the following items:

  • An earned Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university, or an Associate of Science degree in nursing in addition to a non-nursing bachelor’s degree
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all previous college coursework
  • Experience as a registered nurse
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A current, unencumbered nursing license
  • All required immunizations
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A Criminal Background check
  • A college level statistics course within the last 7 years is required for progression in the program, but is not necessary for admission
  • A written statement describing professional and educational goals
  • The following items must be sent to the Office of Admissions:
  • Completed application form—www.augsburg.edu/ma_nursing
  • $35 non-refundable application fee
  • A 2-3 page typed statement describing the applicant’s professional and educational goals
  • Three letters of recommendation (in English) addressing the applicant’s character and ability for graduate study. (Two of these recommendations must be from professional colleagues)
  • Evidence of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training, and required immunizations
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, listing all courses taken and any degree(s) conferred
  • An interview with graduate program faculty and/or staff members may be requested.

Admission as an International Student

International applicants must submit the required application materials listed above. For more information, refer to the additional requirements outlined in Admission of International Students in the Graduate Admissions section.

Academic Policies

Evaluation of academic performance in the Master of Arts in Nursing program will be based on number grades using a 4.0 point scale. See detailed information in the Academic Programs and Policies

Attendance Policy

Class attendance is expected and should be considered a key responsibility, not only to one’s self, but to one’s classmates and the course instructor. Instructors may lower grades if attendance and participation is lacking. Individual syllabi will contain individual instructors’ requirements. Because classes are held in Rochester and Minneapolis, students must prepare to drive to class at least once per term.

Academic Probation and Dismissal Policies

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the MAN program. If a student falls below a 3.0 average, the student will be placed on probation for the following term. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average must be restored in order for a student to be removed from probation. If a student receives a grade of 2.0 or less in a course, the student must petition successfully to the faculty of the Master of Arts in Nursing program before being allowed to continue in the program. A plan for the student to follow would be outlined at that time. If a second grade of 2.0 or less is received, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Students may also be dismissed for behavior detrimental to the program, such as a gross violation of college policy as published in the Student Guide. Dismissal would occur only after established procedures were followed.

Credit for Prior Education

Students may petition the Master of Arts in Nursing faculty for approval of transfer of credit. Transfer credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. The only courses that will be considered for transfer credit are those earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities, whose course content is comparable to course content in the Master of Arts in Nursing program. No more than nine semester credits will be accepted for transfer credit.

Schedules for Classes

Master’s classes are taught in a hybrid format combining in-class and web-based instruction to meet the needs of working adults. Most classes meet 6 times per semester for 5 hour periods. Video conferencing is used to connect students in Rochester, MN, with students in Minneapolis. Some driving for class is required, as students from Rochester will travel to Minneapolis one time per term and students from Minneapolis will travel to Rochester one time per term. If weather is inclement, video conferencing is used. Classes in Rochester meet at Bethel Lutheran Church at 810 3rd Ave SE, Rochester, MN.

Practica are additional to courses. Students enroll in practica concurrently with enrollment in courses.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The Master of Arts in Nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Augsburg is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For a complete list of Augsburg’s accreditations, approvals, and memberships, see the listing in the Accreditation Approvals, and Memberships section.