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					Kaplan
school
of nursing
2011
School Overview




Education for
working nursEs
contents
Who We Are                                                        2
Our Goal                                                          2
Kaplan University History                                         2
School of Nursing Mission                                         3
School of Nursing Philosophy                                      3
Why Choose the Kaplan School of Nursing?                          4
We Provide Resources for Improved Outcomes                        4
Start Your Educational Journey                                    4
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
(RN-BSN Completion Program)                                       5
RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing Option                         8
Master of Science in Nursing                                      13
Post-Master’s Certificate Programs                                16
Accreditation and Memberships                                     21
Notes                                                             22




The information contained within this overview is current as of

April 20, 2011. The content contained within is intended to be a

summary guide to the programs and services of Kaplan University

through its Kaplan School of Nursing. For official course offerings,

programs, curriculum requirements, policies, and procedures of

Kaplan University, please refer to the official course Catalog and

Addendum on the Kaplan University website.


http://online.kaplanuniversity.edu
Develop Your talent
through eDucation

W     elcome to the Kaplan School of Nursing. We are committed to
      helping you take the next step in your nursing career through the
convenience of a quality online education and the strength of your talent.

It takes an exceptional individual to be a nurse. It also takes a dedicated
educational institution to stand beside you throughout your career.
Nursing offers many diverse areas to pursue career opportunities, including
patient care, administration, and teaching, and your journey may take you
in many different directions. No matter where you find yourself in your
professional nursing career, the Kaplan School of Nursing is committed
to being your partner in lifelong learning. Every nurse who enrolls in our
programs has the opportunity to enjoy interactive educational content
focused on personalized learning, practical knowledge, and predictable
outcomes.




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                               Who We Are
                               Kaplan University offers online nursing degree and certificate programs
                               through its Kaplan School of Nursing. Many nurses may associate the
                               Kaplan name with Kaplan Test Prep, a leading provider of NCLEX®
                               preparation products and services.* Kaplan University is part of the
                               same family of companies owned by Kaplan, Inc., and we offer the same
                               established quality in our Kaplan School of Nursing education offerings.

                               Kaplan University is a part of Kaplan Higher Education Corp., which is a
                               subsidiary of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

                               Our Goal
                               At the Kaplan School of Nursing, our goal is to prepare you to make a
                               difference in the lives of patients, their families, your community, and
                               society as a whole. We are here to help you develop your talent and your
                               opportunities. We believe the power of education fuels your motivation
                               to remain at the forefront of the nursing profession. We offer a continuous
                               path of learning based on your career objectives.

                               Our programs are designed to allow you to balance your personal and
                               professional life. Whether you aspire to teach, become a nurse administrator,
                               or provide patient care, your career in nursing could be a rewarding
                               personal journey fuelled by the power of education.

                               Kaplan University History
                               Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education.
                               It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practi-
                               cal, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of
                               the fastest-growing industries. The University was originally established as
                               the American Institute of Commerce in 1937 and today serves more than
                               61,000 online and campus-based students throughout the country and
                               around the world.

                               The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and
                               its headquarters in Chicago, offers more than 200 academic programs,
                               including master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees. It has 11 campuses
                               throughout Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, as well as Kaplan
                               University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Maryland,
                               and Florida.
                               * NCLEX-RN® is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.




2   Kaplan School of Nursing
School of Nursing Mission
The Kaplan School of Nursing programs prepare students to enter and
advance in the nursing profession at many levels of practice, from basic to
advanced, and enable graduates to develop and apply the knowledge, skills,
and values gained from their education to serve effectively in whatever
nursing roles and settings they choose.‡ The Kaplan School of Nursing
promotes nursing education focused on providing excellent care, serving as
leaders, and being accountable and responsive to the ever-changing global
health care climate.

School of Nursing Philosophy
The Kaplan School of Nursing programs are designed to enable individuals
to combine nursing knowledge and values with skills and strategies that
foster career success at all levels of nursing practice. Our faculty believes
that our school’s nursing programs will empower individuals to successfully
meet the challenges of the health care communities they serve.

Our programs are based on the belief that students grow through the
application of liberal arts and nursing knowledge based on scientific
principles and the development and use of critical-thinking skills. Our
faculty believes nursing education requires a foundation in the physical
sciences, social sciences, liberal arts, and nursing theory and research, as
well as experiential learning. Nursing education should facilitate students
in becoming capable of affirming themselves as whole beings—physical,
mental, and social—and prepare them to respect and care for other
persons.

This education focuses on the preparation for nurses at different levels of
practice, helping to increase the availability of nursing care for the growing
population requiring health care in and across all settings. The nursing
programs are also designed to prepare students to advance nursing
contributions in the communities they serve and to participate in the
growth of the profession. This model for nursing education emphasizes
a foundation of understanding and ongoing learning, and guides students
to pursue additional studies in nursing.§
‡ Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields.
  However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement
  opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.

§ While many of Kaplan University’s degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-
  level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.




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                                                                                          it’s tiMe to enroll.
                                                                                       Your Future is Waiting
                                                                                       We proviDe resources
                                                                                       For iMproveD outcoMes
                                                                                       At Kaplan University, we are committed to helping you succeed. Students
                                                                                       have the opportunity to connect with Career Services, Academic Advisors,
                                                                                       professors, fellow students, tutors, and the academic and health care
                                                                                       communities. Kaplan University Career Services strives to engage a network
                                                                                       of industry and community alliances, helping students to network with
                                                                                       career-building resources.

                                                                                       Academic Advising: You will receive individual attention from Academic
                                                                                       Advisors who help you get started on your educational journey to achieve
                                                                                       your personal objectives.

    Why Choose the                                                                     Online Academic Support Center: As an online student you have access
                                                                                       to writing and math support centers, the Kaplan Online Library, and
    Kaplan School of Nursing?                                                          online tutoring options.

    kaplan university is your educational                                              Technical Support: Technical support via online chat, email, and phone
    partner throughout your career. we                                                 is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
    offer everything from a Bachelor of
    science in nursing completion program                                              Financial Aid Advisors: Financial Aid Advisors help determine which type
    to an advanced Master of science in                                                of financial support is right for you, including employer tuition assistance,
    nursing.                                                                           federal loans, state grants, and scholarship opportunities.


    •	Online	courses	are	available	virtually	                                          Prior Learning Assessment: You could obtain transfer credit for past
                                                                                       academic achievements.*
      wherever you have access to the
      Internet	and	offer	the	flexibility	to	
                                                                                       Updated Courses: Courses are updated regularly to reflect current issues
      study on your schedule.
                                                                                       and provide practical, applicable knowledge.
    •	Try	Kaplan	University	without	                                                   *Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit. See University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy.
                                                                                        Graduate students are not eligible for experiential learning credit.
      paying tuition for 5 weeks. with the
      kaplan commitmentsM, you can take
      real classes for real credits without                                            start Your eDucational JourneY
      any	tuition	obligation	for	the	first	
                                                                                       Our Programs Could Help You Reach Your Goals
      5 weeks. if at any point during the
                                                                                       It’s time for you to gain the knowledge and skills that could help you
      introductory period you decide we’re
                                                                                       move your career forward.* Whether you are just starting your professional
      not right for you, you can opt out with
                                                                                       career or are an experienced RN, the Kaplan School of Nursing may have
      no	tuition	cost	or	financial	obligation	
                                                                                       the right program to meet your needs. We offer a wide selection of online
      beyond	the	$45	application	fee.†
                                                                                       programs designed to help you excel in today’s changing health care
                                                                                       environment.
    † Classes will count toward a student’s degree if satisfactorily completed. No
      credits are earned if the student withdraws during the introductory period.      * Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields.
      The introductory period is five weeks, and begins on day one of the student’s      However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement
      first academic term. If a student chooses to opt out at any point during the       opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.
      introductory period, he or she will have no obligation to the University other
      than the application fee. Only available to new students; continuing students
      are not eligible.




4     Kaplan School of Nursing
bachelor oF science in nursing
(RN-bSN COMPletiON PROGRAM)
Program Overview

T     he online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed to provide registered nurses with
      associate’s degrees or diplomas in nursing with the education to enhance their skills, better meet
the complex demands of health care, and pursue employment in numerous nursing and management
settings.* This program blends online coursework with a practicum experience, focusing on professional
growth and continuous learning.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program consists of 180 to 185 quarter credit hours including the
requisite associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate in nursing. Upon successful completion of the program,
graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
* Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that
  graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.




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                                                                                Curriculum for Registered Nurses With a Prior
                                                                                Associate’s Degree in Nursing
                                                                                ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                TOTAL PRIOR DEGREE CREDITS                                                                                         90


                                                                                BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                                                                CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Quarter
                                                                                Course                                                                                                             Credits
                                                                                HU 280: Bioethics                                                                                                  5
                                                                                MM 207: Statistics                                                                                                 5
                                                                                PS 124: Introduction to Psychology                                                                                 5
                                                                                300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course                                                                          6
                                                                                300/400-level: Physical Science Course                                                                             6
                                                                                300/400-level: Social Science Course                                                                               6

                                                                                TOTAL CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                            33


                                                                                BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                                                                MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Quarter
    “My Kaplan University experience                                            Course                                                                                                             Credits
    was fantastic. everyone there—i                                             MN 502: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing                                                                5
    think they work hard—they just                                              MN 506: Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the
                                                                                        Health Care System                                                                                         5
    want to see you succeed and they                                            NU 300: Professional Leadership Transitions                                                                        6
    want to help you get there. if you                                          NU 304: Health/Wellness Assessment and Strategies                                                                  6
                                                                                NU 310: Nursing Research                                                                                           6
    have a job, if you have a family—if                                         NU 420: Leadership and Management in the Changing
    i can do it, you can do it…but do it,                                               Health Care Environment                                                                                    6
                                                                                NU 450: Leadership Concepts in Population-Focused Nursing                                                          6
    don’t take 9 years to think about it                                        NU 499: Bachelor’s Capstone in Nursing                                                                             6
    like i did—just do it.”
                                                                                TOTAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                                           46


               Debra Eppley                                                     BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                                                                OPEN ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS
               Bachelor of Science in Nursing
               from Kaplan University**                                                                                                                                                            Quarter
                                                                                Course                                                                                                             Credits
                                                                                300/400-level: Open Electives                                                                                      12†

                                                                                TOTAL OPEN ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                   12

                                                                                 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                                                                 TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 181 QUARTER CREDITS

                                                                                † Students who are not interested in continuing on to pursue Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Nursing will select two 6
                                                                                 quarter credit hour electives.




    **This testimonial was solicited by Kaplan University. Views and opinions
      stated herein are the individual’s and not necessarily those of Kaplan
      University. Individual student experiences may vary.




6     Kaplan School of Nursing
Curriculum for Registered Nurses With a Prior
Nursing Diploma or Certificate
DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
TOTAL PRIOR DEGREE CREDITS                                                                                              50–89‡


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
CM 108: College Composition I—Effective Writing I
        for the Nursing Professional
CM 229: College Composition II for the Health Care Professional
MM 212: College Algebra


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                        Quarter
Course                                                                                                                  Credits
HU 280: Bioethics                                                                                                       5
MM 207: Statistics                                                                                                      5
PS 124: Introduction to Psychology                                                                                      5
300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course                                                                               6
300/400-level: Physical Science Course                                                                                  6
300/400-level: Social Science Course                                                                                    6

TOTAL CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                 33


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                        Quarter
Course                                                                                                                  Credits
MN 502: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing                                                                     5
MN 506: Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the
        Health Care System                                                                                              5
NU 300: Professional Leadership Transitions                                                                             6
NU 304: Health/Wellness Assessment and Strategies                                                                       6
NU 310: Nursing Research                                                                                                6
NU 420: Leadership and Management in the
        Changing Health Care Environment                                                                                6
NU 450: Leadership Concepts in Population-Focused Nursing                                                               6
NU 499: Bachelor’s Capstone in Nursing                                                                                  6

TOTAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                46


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
OPEN ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS
Open Electives                                                                                                          12–56‡§
TOTAL OPEN ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                        12–56

 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
 TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                                                                             180–185

‡ The number of credit hours eligible for transfer is determined by an evaluation of official transcripts detailing prior nursing
 coursework.

§ Electives are chosen from a list of approved courses. The student’s individualized plan of study will determine the amount of elec-
 tive credits required to complete the bachelor’s degree program.




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                                                    rn-to-Master oF science
                                                          in nursing option

                           T    his online option offers registered nurses with an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate in nursing
                                and registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field the opportunity to satisfy specific core
                           requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing program while completing their Bachelor of Science
                           in Nursing. Students then have the opportunity to complete Kaplan University’s Master of Science in
                           Nursing program in a condensed format. Those who complete this accelerated option could earn their
                           Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees at a faster
                           pace and lower cost than completing each degree separately.




8   Kaplan School of Nursing
Curriculum for Registered Nurses With a Prior
Associate’s Degree, Diploma, or Certificate in Nursing
ASSOCIATES DEGREE/DIPLOMA/CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
TOTAL PRIOR DEGREE CREDITS                         50–90*


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                       Quarter
Course                                                                                                                 Credits
HU 280: Bioethics                                                                                                      5
MM 207: Statistics                                                                                                     5
PS 124: Introduction to Psychology                                                                                     5
300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course                                                                              6
300/400-level: Physical Science Course                                                                                 6
300/400-level: Social Science Course                                                                                   6

TOTAL CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                33


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                       Quarter
Course                                                                                                                 Credits
MN 502: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing                                                                    5
MN 506: Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the
         Health Care System                                                                                            5
NU 300: Professional Leadership Transitions                                                                            6
NU 304: Health/Wellness Assessment and Strategies                                                                      6
NU 310: Nursing Research                                                                                               6
NU 420: Leadership and Management in the Changing
        Health Care Environment                                                                                        6
NU 450: Leadership Concepts in Population-Focused Nursing                                                              6
NU 499: Bachelor’s Capstone in Nursing                                                                                 6

TOTAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                                               46


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
OPEN ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                       Quarter
Course                                                                                                                 Credits
MN 501: Advanced Nursing Roles                                                                                         5
300/400-level: Elective                                                                                                6

TOTAL ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                            11†

 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
 TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 180 QUARTER CREDITS

* The number of credit hours eligible for transfer is determined by an evaluation of official transcripts detailing prior nursing coursework.

† Students enrolled in the prior nursing diploma or certificate track may need to complete additional elective courses in order to satisfy
  the necessary number of credits required for completion of the degree.




MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                       Quarter
Course                                                                                                                 Credits
MN 503: Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences                                                                    5
MN 504: Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice                                                                            5

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                                MN 505: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a
                                        Diverse Community                                                                                               5
                                MN 507: Health Policy, Financing, and Organization of
                                        Health Care Delivery Systems                                                                                    5

                                TOTAL CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                 20

                                MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS
                                Specialization Courses                                                                                                  28 or 55‡

                                 MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                 TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 48 or 75 QUARTER CREDITS

                                ‡ Students who choose to complete the family nurse practitioner or adult nurse practitioner specialization will complete 55 quarter
                                 credits of specialization courses.




                                Curriculum for Registered Nurses With a Prior
                                bachelor’s Degree in a Field Other than Nursing
                                PRIOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
                                TOTAL PRIOR DEGREE CREDITS                                                                                              90*


                                BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Quarter
                                Course                                                                                                                  Credits
                                HU 280: Bioethics                                                                                                       5
                                MM 207: Statistics                                                                                                      5
                                PS 124: Introduction to Psychology                                                                                      5
                                300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course                                                                               6
                                300/400-level: Physical Science Course                                                                                  6
                                300/400-level: Social Science Course                                                                                    6

                                TOTAL CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                 33


                                BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Quarter
                                Course                                                                                                                  Credits
                                MN 502: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing                                                                     5
                                MN 506: Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System                                                        5
                                NU 300: Professional Leadership Transitions                                                                             6
                                NU 304: Health/Wellness Assessment and Strategies                                                                       6
                                NU 310: Nursing Research                                                                                                6
                                NU 420: Leadership and Management in the
                                        Changing Health Care Environment                                                                                6
                                NU 450: Leadership Concepts in Population-Focused Nursing                                                               6
                                NU 499: Bachelor’s Capstone in Nursing                                                                                  6

                                TOTAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                46

                                * The number of credit hours eligible for transfer is determined by an evaluation of official transcripts detailing prior nursing
                                  coursework.




                                BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                OPEN ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Quarter
                                Course                                                                                                                  Credits
                                MN 501 Advanced Nursing Roles                                                                                           5


10   Kaplan School of Nursing
MN 507: Health Policy, Financing, and Organization of
         Health Care Delivery Systems                                                                               5
300/400-level: Elective                                                                                             6†

TOTAL ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                         16

 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
 TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 185 QUARTER CREDITS

† Students may apply eligible prior learning credit toward the 300/400-level open elective.




MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                    Quarter
Course                                                                                                              Credits
MN 503: Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences                                                                 5
MN 504: Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice                                                                         5
MN 505: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a
        Diverse Community                                                                                           5

TOTAL CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                             15


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Specialization Courses                                                                                              28 or 55‡

 MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
 TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 43 or 70 QUARTER CREDITS

‡ Students who choose to complete the family nurse practitioner or adult nurse practitioner specialization will complete 55 quarter
 credits of specialization courses.




Master Of Science in Nursing
Specializations

NURSE EDUCATOR

                                                                                                                    Quarter
Course                                                                                                              Credits
MN 508: Teaching and Learning Strategies                                                                            5
MN 509: Curriculum Design                                                                                           5
MN 510: Instructional Technology Integration                                                                        3
MN 511: Assessment and Evaluation                                                                                   5
MN 519: Nurse Educator Practicum                                                                                    5
MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                                                                             5

TOTAL NURSE EDUCATOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                                   28


NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

                                                                                                                    Quarter
Course                                                                                                              Credits
MN 512: Organizational Theory and Behavior                                                                          5
MN 513: Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning,
        and Budgeting                                                                                               5
MN 514: Human Resources Management                                                                                  5
MN 515: Information and Health Care Technologies                                                                    3
MN 520: Nurse Administrator Practicum                                                                               5
MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                                                                             5

TOTAL NURSE ADMINISTRATOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                              28

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                                INFORMATICS

                                                                                               Quarter
                                Course                                                         Credits
                                MN 530: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the
                                        Informatics Nurse Specialist                           5
                                MN 531: Innovations in Educational and Research Technologies   5
                                MN 532: Integration of Informatics into the
                                        Health Care Environment                                3
                                MN 533: Health Systems Project Management                      5
                                MN 534: Nurse Informatics Specialist Practicum                 5
                                MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                        5

                                TOTAL INFORMATICS REQUIREMENTS                                 28


                                ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER

                                                                                               Quarter
                                Course                                                         Credits
                                MN 550: Advanced Health Assessment                             5
                                MN 551: Pathopharmacology I                                    5
                                MN 552: Pathopharmacology II                                   5
                                MN 560: Introduction to Adult NP Practice—
                                        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning               5
                                MN 561: Introduction to Adult NP Practice II—
                                        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning               5
                                MN 562: Adult NP—Comprehensive Care of Older Adults            5
                                MN 563: Adult NP—Care of the Adolescent and Young Adult        5
                                MN 564: Adult NP—Care of the Family Across the Life Span       5
                                MN 565: Adult NP—Integrated Experiences for the
                                       Advanced Practice Nurse: Application, Decisions,
                                       and Methods                                             5
                                MN 599: Professional Seminar                                   5
                                MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                        5

                                TOTAL ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER REQUIREMENTS                    55


                                FAMILy NURSE PRACTITIONER

                                                                                               Quarter
                                Course                                                         Credits
                                MN 550: Advanced Health Assessment                             5
                                MN 551: Pathopharmacology I                                    5
                                MN 552: Pathopharmacology II                                   5
                                MN 553: Introduction to Family NP Practice—
                                        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning               5
                                MN 554: Introduction to Family NP Practice II—
                                        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning               5
                                MN 555: Family NP— Comprehensive Care of Older Adults          5
                                MN 556: Family NP—Primary Care for Women and Children          5
                                MN 557: Family and Communities—Applications in Family
                                        NP Practice                                            5
                                MN 558: Family NP—Integrated Experiences for the Advanced
                                        Practice Nurse: Application, Decisions, and Methods    5
                                MN 599: Professional Seminar                                   5
                                MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                        5

                                TOTAL FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER REQUIREMENTS                   55




12   Kaplan School of Nursing
Master oF science
in nursing
Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build on previous nursing education and
clinical experience and prepare students to pursue advanced practice in a variety of health care settings.*
The program of study includes completion of the core curriculum, specialization courses, and an
evidence-based project proposal. Students can select from five specializations for specific roles as an
advanced practice nurse: nurse educator, nurse administrator, informatics, family nurse practitioner,
or adult nurse practitioner.†

The nurse educator specialization is designed to prepare nurses to teach in schools of nursing and
continuing education, staff development, clinical education, and patient and community education
programs. Graduates may be prepared to sit for the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse
Educator (CNE) examination.‡

The nurse administrator specialization is designed to prepare nurses to assume managerial positions and
leadership roles in hospitals, community health, long-term care facilities, and other health care systems.
Graduates may be prepared to sit for the Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification
Examinations (depending on the level of leadership with an organization) provided by the American
Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The informatics specialization is designed to prepare nurses to meet the clinical, educational, research,
and administrative challenges associated with working in a technology-rich environment. This speciali-
zation focuses on content and the representation of data and information, and incorporates computer,
information literacy, and management competencies. Graduates may be prepared to use technology and
information systems to advance evidence-based research, and to pursue informatics leadership roles in
health care, industry, and education settings. In addition, graduates may be eligible to sit for the American
Nurses Credentialing Center’s Informatics Nursing certification exam.

The adult and family nurse practitioner specializations are designed to educate health care professionals
on the topics of how to best provide primary care as a member of an interdisciplinary team and improve
the availability of evidenced-based, culturally-relevant health care in diverse communities. The curriculum
is designed to help students develop skills to evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and
their communities. The nurse practitioner is expected to possess skills in diagnosing, treating, and man-
aging acute and chronic health conditions, to deliver primary and preventive care and participate in the
development of appropriate policy and evidenced-based practice.§
* Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that
  graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.

† The Master of Science in Nursing’s adult nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner specializations are only available in select states.

‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass
 those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

§ The online Master of Science in Nursing program—with nurse educator, nurse administrator, and informatics specializations—is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
  Education (CCNE).The nurse practitioner specializations, which were initiated in January 2011, have not yet been reviewed for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
  Education (CCNE) and are not accredited at this time. Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students
  graduating from unaccredited programs are not eligible to sit for the national certification exams provided by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy
  of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner in their
  state.




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                                Curriculum
                                MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                CORE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Quarter
                                Course                                                                                                              Credits
                                MN 501: Advanced Nursing Roles                                                                                      5
                                MN 502: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing                                                                 5
                                MN 503: Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences                                                                 5
                                MN 504: Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice                                                                         5
                                MN 505: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a
                                        Diverse Community                                                                                           5
                                MN 506: Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the
                                        Health Care System                                                                                          5
                                MN 507: Health Policy, Financing, and Organization of
                                        Health Care Delivery Systems                                                                                5

                                TOTAL CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                             35


                                MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
                                ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS
                                Specialization Courses                                                                                              28 or 55‡
                                TOTAL ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                         28 or 55
                                TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                                                                          63 or 90

                                ‡ Students who choose to complete the family nurse practitioner or adult nurse practitioner specialization will complete 55 quarter
                                 credits of specialization courses.




                                Specializations
                                NURSE EDUCATOR

                                                                                                                                                    Quarter
                                Course                                                                                                              Credits
                                MN 508: Teaching and Learning Strategies                                                                            5
                                MN 509: Curriculum Design                                                                                           5
                                MN 510: Instructional Technology Integration                                                                        3
                                MN 511: Assessment and Evaluation                                                                                   5
                                MN 519: Nurse Educator Practicum                                                                                    5
                                MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                                                                             5

                                TOTAL NURSE EDUCATOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                                   28


                                NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

                                                                                                                                                    Quarter
                                Course                                                                                                              Credits
                                MN 512: Organizational Theory and Behavior                                                                          5
                                MN 513: Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning,
                                        and Budgeting                                                                                               5
                                MN 514: Human Resources Management                                                                                  5
                                MN 515: Information and Health Care Technologies                                                                    3
                                MN 520: Nurse Administrator Practicum                                                                               5
                                MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                                                                             5

                                TOTAL NURSE ADMINISTRATOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                              28




14   Kaplan School of Nursing
INFORMATICS

                                                                      Quarter
Course                                                                Credits
MN 530: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the
        Informatics Nurse Specialist                                  5
MN 531: Innovations in Educational and Research Technologies          5
MN 532: Integration of Informatics into the Health Care Environment   3
MN 533: Health Systems Project Management                             5
MN 534: Nurse Informatics Specialist Practicum                        5
MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                               5

TOTAL INFORMATICS REQUIREMENTS                                        28


ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER

                                                                      Quarter
Course                                                                Credits
MN 550: Advanced Health Assessment                                    5
MN 551: Pathopharmacology I                                           5
MN 552: Pathopharmacology II                                          5
MN 560: Introduction to Adult NP Practice—
        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                      5
MN 561: Introduction to Adult NP Practice II—
        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                      5
MN 562: Adult NP—Comprehensive Care of Older Adults                   5
MN 563: Adult NP—Care of the Adolescent and Young Adult               5
MN 564: Adult NP—Care of the Family Across the Life Span              5
MN 565: Adult NP—Integrated Experiences for the Advanced
       Practice Nurse: Application, Decisions, and Methods            5
MN 599: Professional Seminar                                          5
MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                               5

TOTAL ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER REQUIREMENTS                           55


FAMILy NURSE PRACTITIONER

                                                                      Quarter
Course                                                                Credits
MN 550: Advanced Health Assessment                                    5
MN 551: Pathopharmacology I                                           5
MN 552: Pathopharmacology II                                          5
MN 553: Introduction to Family NP Practice—
        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                      5
MN 554: Introduction to Family NP Practice II—
        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                      5
MN 555: Family NP—Comprehensive Care of Older Adults                  5
MN 556: Family NP—Primary Care for Women and Children                 5
MN 557: Family and Communities—Applications in Family
        NP Practice                                                   5
MN 558: Family NP—Integrated Experiences for the Advanced
        Practice Nurse: Application, Decisions, and Methods           5
MN 599: Professional Seminar                                          5
MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                               5

TOTAL FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER REQUIREMENTS                          55




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                                        post-Master’s
                                certiFicate prograMs




16   Kaplan School of Nursing
NURSe eDUCAtOR GRADUAte CeRtiFiCAte
Program Overview
The Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate program is designed for nurses who are interested in expanding
their knowledge of nursing education. This certificate program offers nurses with a master’s degree in
nursing the opportunity to complete a certificate consisting of five courses focused on nursing education.

The Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare nurses to pursue teaching
positions in schools of nursing and continuing education, staff development, clinical education, and
patient and community education programs.*

The certificate’s curriculum is designed to provide specialized knowledge in the area of nursing education
and could help graduates prepare to sit for the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator
(CNE) examination.†

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be eligible for transfer toward future graduate
studies at Kaplan University.

The Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 23 quarter credit hours.
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a certificate.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                     Quarter
Course                                                                                                               Credits
MN 508: Teaching and Learning                                                                                        5
MN 509: Curriculum Design                                                                                            5
MN 510: Instructional Technology Integration                                                                         3
MN 511: Assessment and Evaluation                                                                                    5
MN 519: Nurse Educator Practicum                                                                                     5

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                                                                           23

* Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that
  graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.

† Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will
  pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.




NURSe ADMiNiStRAtOR GRADUAte CeRtiFiCAte
Program Overview
The Nurse Administrator Graduate Certificate program is designed for nurses who are interested in
expanding their knowledge of nursing administration in order to better meet the challenges within the
health care environment and to pursue their professional goals.

This certificate program allows nurses with a master’s degree in nursing to complete a certificate program
consisting of five courses focused on nursing administration.

The Nurse Administrator Graduate Certificate is designed to prepare nurses to pursue managerial
positions and leadership roles in hospitals, community health, long-term care facilities, and other
health care systems.*

The certificate’s curriculum is designed to provide specialized knowledge in the area of nursing admin-
istration and could help graduates prepare to sit for the Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive, Advanced
certification examinations (depending on the level of leadership with an organization) provided by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).†

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                           The Nurse Administrator Graduate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 23 quarter credit hours.
                           Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a certificate.‡
                           * Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that
                             graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.

                           † Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will
                             pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

                           ‡ Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be eligible for transfer toward future graduate studies at Kaplan University.




                           Curriculum
                           CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Quarter
                           Course                                                                                                                   Credits
                           MN 512: Organizational Theory and Behavior                                                                               5
                           MN 513: Health Care Finance, Strategic Planning,
                                   and Budgeting                                                                                                    5
                           MN 514: Human Resource Management                                                                                        3
                           MN 515: Information and Health Care Technologies                                                                         5
                           MN 520: Nurse Administrator Practicum                                                                                    5

                           TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                                                                               23



                           NURSe iNFORMAtiCS GRADUAte CeRtiFiCAte
                           Program Overview
                           The Nurse Informatics Graduate Certificate is designed for nurses who are interested in expanding their
                           knowledge of informatics to better meet the challenges within the health care environment and to pursue
                           their professional goals.* This certificate program allows nurses with a master’s degree in nursing to complete
                           a certificate consisting of five courses focused on nursing informatics including a practicum course.

                           The certificate’s curriculum is designed to provide specialized knowledge in the area of nursing informatics
                           and could help graduates prepare to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Informatics
                           Nursing certification exam.†

                           Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be eligible for transfer toward future graduate
                           studies.
                           * Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that
                             graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.

                           † Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will
                             pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.




                           Curriculum
                           CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Quarter
                           Course                                                                                                                   Credits
                           MN 530: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the
                                   Informatics Nurse Specialist                                                                                     5
                           MN 531: Innovations in Educational and Research Technologies                                                             5
                           MN 532: Integration of Informatics into the Health Care
                                   Environment                                                                                                      3
                           MN 533: Health Systems Project Management                                                                                5
                           MN 534: Nurse Informatics Specialist Practicum                                                                           5

                           TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                                                                               23




18   Kaplan School of Nursing
ADUlt NURSe PRACtitiONeR CeRtiFiCAte
Program Overview
The Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is designed for nurses who are interested in expand-
ing their knowledge as it relates to the role of the adult nurse practitioner. This certificate is designed to
educate health care professionals on the topics of how to promote and provide primary care and serve as a
member of an interdisciplinary team and improve the availability of evidenced-based, culturally-relevant
health care in diverse communities. The curriculum is designed to help graduates develop the skills to
evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and their communities. The nurse practitioner
is expected to possess skills in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions,
deliver preventive care, and participate in the development of appropriate policy and evidenced-based
practice.*

The Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate program, which was initiated in January 2011, has not yet been
reviewed for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is not
accredited at this time. Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain
licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students graduating from unaccredited programs are not eligible to sit for
the national certification exams provided by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students are responsible for determining whether they
will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner in their state.

At this time, the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is available only in the following states:
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Vermont.

The Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate program consists of a minimum of 55 quarter credit hours.
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a certificate.


Curriculum
                                                                                                                        Quarter
Course                                                                                                                  Credits
MN 550: Advanced Health Assessment                                                                                      5
MN 551: Pathopharmacology I                                                                                             5
MN 552: Pathopharmacology II                                                                                            5
MN 560: Introduction to Adult NP Practice—
        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                                                                        5
MN 561: Introduction to Adult NP Practice II—
        Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                                                                        5
MN 562: Adult NP—Comprehensive Care of Older Adults                                                                     5
MN 563: Adult NP—Care of the Adolescent and Young Adult                                                                 5
MN 564: Adult NP—Care of the Family Across the Life Span                                                                5
MN 565: Adult NP—Integrated Experiences for the Advanced
        Practice Nurse: Application, Decisions, and Methods                                                             5
MN 599: Professional Seminar                                                                                            5
MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                                                                                 5

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                                                                              55

* Due to the number of different certification organizations and the individual state requirements related to nurse practitioner responsibilities, completion of the Adult Nurse Practitioner
  Certificate does not imply or guarantee certification or licensure. Students are responsible for the investigation of the qualifications and requirements for certification and/or licensure in
  their specific location.




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                           FAMilY NURSe PRACtitiONeR CeRtiFiCAte
                           Program Overview
                           The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is designed for nurses who are interested in expanding
                           their knowledge as it relates to the role of the family nurse practitioner. This certificate is designed to
                           educate health care professionals on the topics of how to best deliver care as a member of an interdisci-
                           plinary team and improve the availability of evidenced-based, culturally-relevant health care in diverse
                           communities. The curriculum is designed to help students develop the skills to evaluate the health and
                           wellness of individuals, families, and their communities. The nurse practitioner is expected to possess skills
                           in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions, deliver preventive care, and
                           participate in the development of appropriate policy and evidenced-based practice.*

                           The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program, which was initiated in January 2011, has not yet
                           been reviewed for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is
                           not accredited at this time. Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to
                           obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students graduating from unaccredited programs are not eligible to
                           sit for the national certification exams provided by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or
                           American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students are responsible for determining whether they
                           will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner in their state.

                           At this time, the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is available only in the following states:
                           California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Rhode
                           Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Vermont.

                           The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program consists of a minimum of 55 quarter credit hours.
                           Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a certificate.


                           Curriculum
                                                                                                                                                   Quarter
                           Course                                                                                                                  Credits
                           MN 550: Advanced Health Assessment                                                                                      5
                           MN 551: Pathopharmacology I                                                                                             5
                           MN 552: Pathopharmacology II                                                                                            5
                           MN 553: Introduction to Family NP Practice—
                                   Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                                                                        5
                           MN 554: Introduction to Family NP Practice II—
                                   Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning                                                                        5
                           MN 555: Family NP— Comprehensive Care of Older Adults                                                                   5
                           MN 556: Family NP—Primary Care for Women and Children                                                                   5
                           MN 557: Family and Communities—Applications in Family
                                   NP Practice                                                                                                     5
                           MN 558: Family NP—Integrated Experiences for the Advanced
                                   Practice Nurse: Application, Decisions, and Methods                                                             5
                           MN 599: Professional Seminar                                                                                            5
                           MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal                                                                                 5

                           TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                                                                              55

                           * Due to the number of different certification organizations and the individual state requirements related to nurse practitioner responsibilities, completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner
                             Certificate does not imply or guarantee certification or licensure. Students are responsible for the investigation of the qualifications and requirements for certification and/or licensure in
                             their specific location.




20   Kaplan School of Nursing
accreDitation anD MeMberships

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

addrEss: the Higher learning Commission/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
         (NCA)
	        30	North	LaSalle	Street,	Suite	2400
	        Chicago,	IL	60602-2504
wEBsitE: www.ncahlc.org


Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

addrEss:     iowa board of Nursing
	            400	SW	8th	Street,	Suite	B
	            Des	Moines,	IA	50309-4685
TEL:		       515.281.3255
wEBsitE:     www.state.ia.us/nursing


Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is nationally accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

addrEss: Collegiate Nursing education
         one duPont circle, nw, suite 530
         washington, dc 20036
TEL:		   202.887.6791
wEBsitE: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation/


Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Nursing program—with Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator,
and Informatics specializations—is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE). As of this date, neither the adult nurse practitioner specialization nor the family
nurse practitioner specialization at Kaplan University is accredited.

addrEss: Collegiate Nursing education
         one duPont circle, nw, suite 530
         washington, dc 20036
TEL:		   202.887.6791
wEBsitE: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation/


The Kaplan University School of Nursing is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN).

addrEss: National league for Nursing
         61 Broadway, 33rd floor
         new York, nY 10006
TEL:		   800.669.1656	(Toll	Free)
wEBsitE: www.nln.org




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