Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
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This program, which offers full, part time, and student-at-large, opportunities, will lead to a Master of Science in Nursing in one of the fields we are currently offering. It builds upon the concepts of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and is focused on the development of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) in adult health concepts, Nurse Educators (NE) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). The faculty and staff are well known for their ability to provide personal, individualized attention in a caring environment. Our classes are offered in the evening and generally meet one night a week. Each class is structured in the same format of 50% in class time and 50% on line time.
We are a small, private college that fosters close relationships between students, faculty, staff and community healthcare providers. The faculty and staff are well known for their ability to provide personal, individualized attention in a caring environment.
The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is approved by the State of Illinois Board of Education to grant the baccalaureate and master degrees. The BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Clinical Nurse Leader
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a master’s prepared nationally board certified advanced clinician. The role was developed in response to fragmentation and gaps in patient care. As a master’s prepared generalist the CNL has the flexibility to work with any patient population and lead change in any health care setting. The focus of the CNL is to assure the provision of expert, quality, evidence based care for patients and families in a variety of practice settings. The CNL also provides leadership in the development of staff, resources, and programs that support the goals and mission of health care organizations. The CNL partners with health care providers and management teams to develop and deliver quality health care to various patient populations. Clinical Nurse Leaders do not diagnose health conditions, and do not have prescription privileges.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are clinical experts in evidence based nursing practice within a specialty area, treating and managing the health concerns of patients and populations. These clinicians are experts in evidence based nursing and practice in a range of specialty areas. A Saint Anthony College of Nursing CNS graduate will have prescriptive authority which allows them to provide pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and order diagnostic and laboratory tests and address and manage specialty health problems of patients and populations. These clinicians greatly influence outcomes by providing expert consultation to all care providers and by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems. The curriculum follows the competencies delineated in the AACN (2011) Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing . CNS graduates will meet the academic requirements to take the CNS national certification examination by the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nurse Educators (NE) combine clinical expertise and a passion for teaching and are responsible for preparing and mentoring current and future generations of nurses. These educators are responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating and revising academic and continuing education programs for nurses. They are critical players in assuring quality educational experiences that prepare the nursing workforce for a diverse, ever-changing health care environment. Those who practice in academic settings also need to be able to anticipate the role of the nurse in the future and adapt curriculum and teaching methods in response to innovations in nursing science and ongoing changes in the practice environment. Saint Anthony College of Nursing graduate will be able to teach on a rural, suburban or urban campus; at a major private university or local community college; as part of a certificate program in a teaching hospital; or as a research coordinator. The curriculum follows the competencies delineated in the National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for Nursing Education. NE graduates will meet the academic requirements to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator Examination.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) graduates will be prepared to provide primary health care to mothers, infants, children, adults and geriatric patients in a variety of settings. As an FNP you will have the ability to diagnose disease and order a course of treatment, manage chronic disease, order and evaluate diagnostic tests on patients, prescribe medications as needed for treatment, order physical therapy and other rehabilitation, conduct physical exams and educate patients about healthy behaviors. You will be able to work in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals and health service groups. The FNP curriculum focuses on health promotion, injury and illness prevention, and assessment, diagnosis, management, treatment, and monitoring of common acute and chronic health problems and follows the guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), the national Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN ) and the American Association of Nursing Colleges (AANC). FNP Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examinations and apply for state licensure as an advanced practice nurse.
All three specialty tracks include a minimum of 500 hours of track-specific clinical and laboratory experiences. Variable practicum credits may be distributed over several semesters. Students will have the option of completing a capstone project or master's thesis.