MSN Graduate Student Learning Outcomes

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Student Learning Outcomes Effective Fall 2019

Student Learning Outcomes for those who initially enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2015 are listed below this section.

Quality Improvement

Leads interprofessional, culturally-sensitive, and evidence-based initiatives within organizations and systems to continuously improve the safety and quality of healthcare.

Research and Scholarship

Initiates use of theory and research to identify clinical problems or solutions, participates in scientific inquiry, and translates scholarship into practice

Nature of Practice

Assumes the direct and indirect roles and functions of advanced nursing practice to promote health, prevent illness, and improve the health of patients and populations.


Promotes implementation of the full scope of nursing practice and assumes leadership positions in employer, professional, or community organizations at the local/state/national level.


Incorporates ethical principles in complex situations of advanced nursing practice and clinical inquiry.


Collaborates with other health care professionals to initiate intra- and/or interprofessional teams to enhance practice and patient/population health outcomes.


Integrates information, technology, and practice guidelines to promote effective communication among patients and colleagues within health care systems.

Advocacy and Policy Development

Advocates for the development of health and social policy to improve health and practice by community engagement and participating in employer and professional organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes for Classes Prior to Fall 2015

Teaching & Learning

Develops and teaches educational offerings and provides consultation with other professionals/populations and communities about health, illness and health-seeking behavior

Research & Inquiry

Identifies clinical research problems, initiates utilization of research and participates in scientific inquiry

Nature of Practice

Assumes functions and role of the Advanced Practice Nurse


Assumes leadership positions in employment or community organizations at the local/state/national level


Applies ethical principals in Advanced Practice Nursing


Initiates interdisciplinary teams to enhance practice


Establishes effective communication systems among clients and colleagues

Policy Development

Contributes, implements and influences health policy development through work and professional organizations