Program Outcomes: MSN
Cedar Crest College is a private, four-year women’s liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Graduate Nursing Program offers tracks in nursing education and nursing administration and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.
Graduate Nursing Program Outcomes for 2015 alumni
- Job placement rate (in a role requiring a graduate degree) 6-12 months post-graduation was 88.9%.
- Completion rate for the Allentown location was 42%.
- Completion rate for the Reading location it was 71%. *Reading location presently closed
- Based on survey data for more online course offerings, the graduate nursing program transitioned to an online format in spring 2016.
- Program satisfaction is measured 6-12 months post-graduation.
- 100% of the 2015 alumni indicated that they were very satisfied with the program 6-12
months post-graduation. This data is based on a survey response rate of 33%.
- Comments from students 6-12 months post-graduation demonstrate program satisfaction:
- “In comparison to coworkers attending other online programs, I am by far better educated and much more prepared to be an educator than them. Cedar Crest College and the faculty will always remain very dear to my heart and I proclaim proudly that it is my alma mater.”
- “Good program.”
- “[Faculty] utilized multi-model types of education.”
- “I loved it! I learned an astronomical amount during my education there.”
Mission of the Cedar Crest College Graduate Nursing Program
The mission of the Cedar Crest College Graduate Nursing Program is to educate and prepare future nurse leaders to function in the roles of nurse educator or nurse administrator within a global community.
Master of Science in Nursing Student Learning Outcomes
- Synthesize knowledge from a variety of resources and experiences to develop a comprehensive, ethical approach to nursing care delivery in a global society.
- Articulate the issues and trends that affect the social, economic, political, and institutional forces that influence nursing and health care delivery.
- Function as a change agent and leader to improve the quality and outcomes of health care in accordance with professional nursing standards and evidence-based practice.
- Reflect an awareness of self and others and convey ideas in a variety of contexts.
- Critically appraise and utilize scientific, expert, and other sources of knowledge to ensure quality outcomes in the context of evidence-based practice.
Competencies for the Nursing Education track
Upon completion of the Nursing Education track, the graduate will be able to:
- Create an environment in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings that facilitate student learning and achievement of desired cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes.
- Recognize the responsibility for helping students develop as nurses and integrate the values and behaviors expected of those who fulfill that role.
- Use a variety of strategies to assess and evaluate student learning in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings, as well as in all domains of learning.
- Formulate program outcomes and design curricula that reflect contemporary health care trends and prepare graduates to function effectively in the health care environment.
- Function as change agents and leaders to create a preferred future for nursing education and nursing practice.
- Maintain competence in the educator role through the commitment to and pursuit of continuous quality improvement.
- Engage effectively in scholarship as an integral component of the nurse educator role.
- Demonstrate knowledge about the educational environment within which the student practices and recognize how political, institutional, social, and economic forces impact the role of nurse educator.
Note: Adapted from the National League for Nursing Core Competencies of Nurse Educators with Task Statements (2005).
Competencies for the Nursing Administration track
Upon completion of the Nursing Administration track, the graduate will be able to:
- Function effectively as a leader within a health care system.
- Use systems thinking to evaluate the impact of nursing decisions on the health care organization as a whole.
- Apply knowledge of health care policy, regulations, economics, budgeting, and finance to improve organizational effectiveness.
- Lead and manage a diverse human workforce.
- Develop collaborative relationships within the health care system, the community and academia.
- Locate, evaluate and apply best evidence to improve organizational effectiveness and patient outcomes.
- Determine patient care quality improvement goals in accordance with national quality initiatives.
- Use information systems to access and analyze data for use in planning for patient care and health care system processes.
- Apply legal and ethical standards to health care operations.
- Facilitate change within health care organizations.
Note: Adapted from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators
Graduate Nursing Program Curriculum
The curriculum of the Graduate Program at Cedar Crest College is based on the professional standards, guidelines, and competencies of the:
- American Nurses Association (ANA),
- National League for Nursing (NLN),
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Masters Education,
- Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for the Future of Nursing.
The graduate nursing program is designed to prepare students to function as nurse leaders in a wide variety of practice and educational settings. A curricular emphasis on evidence-based practice prepares graduate students to translate and integrate current best practices, contribute to nursing’s unique body of knowledge, and advance the profession of nursing.
Graduate Nursing Program Clinical Experiences
- 168 hours of practice time as follows:
- NUR 525 - Clinical Nursing Practicum – 84 hours
- NUR 535 - Nurse Educator Practicum – 84 hours OR
- NUR 545 - Nurse Administrator Practicum – 84 hours
Students in NUR 525 select a practice area of their choice to complete practicum hours. In NUR 535, students may have practicum hours in the areas of academia, staff development, or patient education. In NUR 545, students have practicum hours with nurse leaders in a variety of health care settings.