Tabor approved for MSN degree

Tabor College has been approved to offer an accredited master of science in nursing degree beginning in January 2016.

Tabor?s MSN degree will offer an emphasis in either nurse education or nurse executive leadership.

?By providing a graduate program to complement our hugely successful RN to BSN program, Tabor offers nurses a comprehensive solution to their educational needs,? said Brett Andrews, executive vice president of Tabor College in Wichita.

The MSN degree is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses with essential skills that will make them an effective leader in decision making, planning, finance and human resources.

Successful graduates of this executive leadership degree are often nurses pursuing nurse management, executive or educational roles.

?Nurses who obtain an MSN degree will find they have many more opportunities from which to choose,? said Marlene Pietrocola, chair and associate professor, division of nursing.

?I believe that a Tabor graduate with an MSN degree will be able to teach online and in the classroom, lead health systems and implement evidence-based solutions that can revolutionize health care in their community.?

Tabor?s MSN degree will offer:

? A curriculum with specialized courses in organizational theory, health care finance, health policy, human resources and health care systems

? Faculty and preceptor guided practicum experiences designed to provide knowledge and mentoring

? A required evidence-based project that gives the student an opportunity to document learning experiences

? Current information and techniques taught by professionals who have advanced degrees in nursing

? One course at a time so a student can complete the degree in 24 months

? Online learning for greater flexibility

? Christian view integrated through program

The process for Tabor to offer the MSN degree began two years ago. Tabor?s faculty have been working to obtain accreditation for the past 12 months.

The main reason Tabor decided to offer an MSN degree is to help former students achieve higher success in the workforce, according to school officials.

?Our BSN alumni have been asking for this graduate nursing degree,? Pietro?cola said. ?With the recent changes in healthcare, our nursing practice community strongly supports this degree as it will better prepare nurses for the complexity they will face with the healthcare system.?

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