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Degree Requirements 2019-2020

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)
  • NUR520P – Practicum: Research Methods in Nursing  (1 semester credit, optional)

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 inequities. 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 (1 semester credit)
  • 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 graduate 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 is 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.

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 graduate 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. Some practica are semi-structured, experiential, and led by faculty and cultural guides familiar with the communities in which the practica occur. Other practica options are student directed. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in practice settings that serve persons underserved or excluded from mainstream health care, as emphasis in the transcultural track is on cultural diversity and health inequities across healthcare 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 Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside

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, People’s Center, 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, Mexico, Namibia, Pine Ridge, SD, and England..

Additional collaborative partners include the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) in Namibia. A detailed listing of practica and immersion experiences abroad and away can be found at the nursing website (www.augsburg.edu/nursing).


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