NURS 6800. Independent Study (0-0-1) Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. An independent study allows the graduate nursing student to explore, extend and enrich content introduced in courses in the MSN program. Students may elect to use these hours on a topic related to their area of focus or on a topic or method related to their proposed MSN thesis or project.
NURS 6999. Focused Project in Nursing (0-0-3) Prerequisite: Approval by Assistant Graduate Program Director. The main focus of this course will be a faculty-guided project/thesis that addresses a significant problem or issue within the nursing profession. Students will choose a problem that is of concern to nurse educators or one of concern to nurse leaders, appropriate for their declared track. The project is a research-based project that synthesizes knowledge and information from previous courses to develop, implement and evaluate the project. The thesis is a result of the research process utilizing primary or secondary data analysis and supports the synthesis of knowledge and information from previous courses. Students will be expected to provide an oral defense of the project/thesis. Students choosing to complete course requirements through a paper presentation will also be expected to complete a comprehensive exam.