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The RN-MSN program promotes foundational competencies that are core to advanced nursing practice in a never-changing and globally reaching healthcare environment. Academic, practice experience, and interpersonal preparation are characterized by increased depth in organizational and systems’ leadership within a culture of integrity and personal accountability in a community that values the dignity and contributions of all members. Standards of ethical behavior and decision-making are essential foundations of the education programs that guide individuals to distinguish ethical principles and understand the consequences and implications beyond personal and organizational self-interest.

Tracks

RN to MSN Advanced Generalist Track
This RN-MSN degree builds upon prior nursing clinical knowledge and experience and focuses on the core knowledge, skills and abilities that are essential to meet the complexities of today's healthcare environment.  Academic, practice experience, and interpersonal preparation are characterized by increased depth in organizational and systems' leadership within a culture of integrity and personal accountability in a community that values the dignity and contributions of all members.

RN to MSN Nurse Informatics Track
The Informatics track focuses upon preparing students for an exciting career in the development and management of healthcare information technology, incorporating the tools and skills to design and improve the use of informatics into practice, education, administration and research.  This program helps prepare graduates to assist in the creation, analysis, and testing of applications utilized in electronic health records, provide support and training and act as a liaison between all departments involved in the introduction and use of healthcare technology, as well as facilitate the analysis of clinical data for performance improvement programs and enhance the continuity of care.  

RN to MSN Nurse Educator Track
The Nurse Educator track focuses on the development of the nursing professional who can integrate enhanced leadership skills with nursing education in he academic or service setting, to formulate a professional commitment to learning and to make a contribution to quality improvement.  There is a critical shortage of nursing faculty in the United States and this program provides students with advanced content essential for today's contemporary nurse educator.  The program integrates content related to adult learning, curriculum design, simulation and evaluation of nursing courses and programs in a variety of settings.  The program also includes opportunities to explore contemporary educational modalities.  The knowledge andexpertise gained through this program are applicable in a variety of settings.  

RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Track
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is designed to build on the experiences of the registered nurse and prepare the student to meet the health care needs of the family by providing health assessments, direct care, and guidance, teaching, or counseling as appropriate, particularly around family self-care.  The FNP typically works collaboratively with family primary care physicians and other professionals within the health care system.  FNPs work in a variety of health care settings, such as private practice, clinics, community health organizations, schools and hospice care.  The demand for more Nurse Practitioners continue to grow as they present a viable solution to the growing trend of fewer family practice physicians entering practice.  The program is aligned with standards set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  FNP certification is through the State of California and nationally through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  

RN to MSN Nurse Leader Track
The West Coast University RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program Nurse Leader track helps to prepare the graduate for the challenges of leading health care organizations through these times of constant change and innovation, which demands highly qualified leaders with a well-rounded understanding of clinical, managerial, and business concepts. Students will learn the theories and concepts of leadership models, research utilization, strategic planning and financial management, as well as policy development, ethical concepts and practices, and opportunities to collaborate with other health care disciplines. The program prepares the nurse leader to lead processes and teams, and apply analytical and problem-solving skills on a daily basis to enhance the quality of patient care outcomes in a variety of settings.

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