College of Nursing
Advanced Community Public Health Nursing

MSN for Non-Nurses: Advanced Practice Immersion

  • Advanced Community Public Health Nursing

    Graduates specializing in the Advanced Community Public Health Nursing specialty are prepared to collaborate with community and organizational members in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health programs for vulnerable populations. The specialty is designed to improve the health of communities and populations at risk by providing nurses with knowledge and skills in community and public health nursing, health promotion and illness prevention, program development, research, and consultation.

    Students develop leadership abilities through course work and practice experiences. Clinical and fieldwork experiences take place in community or public health settings selected according to individual student interests. The Advanced Community/Public Health Leadership and Program Development specialty requires completion of 103-106 course credits. Students choose between the Scholarly Project (3 credits) and Thesis (6 credits) for their capstone experience. Graduates are eligible for national certification. Seattle University College of Nursing was granted a full 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2012. 

    Nursing Major Prerequisite Requirements include

    • MATH 110 Functions & Algebraic Methods or equivalent within 10 years (5 credits)
    • PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology or equivalent within 10 years (5 credits)
    • BIO 200-210 Anatomy & Physiology with lab or equivalent within 5 years (10 credits)
    • BIO 220 Microbiology with lab or equivalent within 5 years (5 credits)
    • PSYC 322 Growth and Development or equivalent within 10 years (5 credits)
    • NURS 346 Statistics or equivalent within 5 years (5 credits)

    In addition: 1 year of High School or 1 quarter of college chemistry is also a major prerequisite.

    Admission Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • College Grade Point Average 3.0 or greater
    • GRE General Test
    • Letter of Intent
    • Professional Résumé
    • 2 Recommendations on Seattle University Forms
    • Test of English Language, if English is a second language

    After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be invited for an interview with faculty.

    Typical Program of Study

    First Year

    Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
    NURS 505 - Pharmacology for Nursing Care (3)
    NURS 524 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    NURSI 541 - Foundational Concepts and Skills for Nursing (3 credits lab/clinical 90 contact hours) (6)
    NURS 502 - Vulnerability, Culture, and Nursing (2)
    NURS 504 - Concepts and Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    NURS 520 - Epidemiological Analysis of Populations
    at Risk (4)
    NURSI 544 - Nursing Care of the Well Family (2 credits clinical=60 contact hours) (5)
    NURS 514 - Critical Inquiry I (3)
    NURS 521 - Psychosocial Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    NURSI 532 - Psychococial Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical (3 credits clinical=90 contact hours) (4)
    NURSI 545 - Leadership, Delegation, and Coordination of Care (1)
    NURSI 549 - Nursing Care During Altered Health: Pediatrics (2)
    NURSI 559 - Clinical Practice in Nursing Care during Altered Health: Pediatrics (3 credits clinical=90 contact hours) (3)
    NURSI 531 - Nursing Care in the Community (3 credits clinical=90 contact hours) (6)
    NURSI 548 - Nursing Care during Altered Health: Adults (3)
    NURSI 558 - Clinical Practice in Nursing Care during Altered Health: Adults (4 credits=120 clinical contact hours) (4)
    NURS 565 - Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing Care (2)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project or Thesis (1)
    Total Credits: 12 Total Credits: 14 Total Credits: 16 Total Credits: 16

    Second Year

    Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
    NURS 501 - Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion (4)
    NURS 544 - Community Health Nursing Practice I (50-100 clinical hours) (1-2)
    NURS 574 - Introduction to Primary Care (2)
    NURS 510 - Ethical Considerations and Health Policy in Nursing (4)
    NURS 511 - Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3)
    NURS 517 - Health Care System Economic and Financial Analysis (3)
    NURS 545 - Community Health Nursing Practice II (50-100 clinical hours) (1-2)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project or Thesis (1-2)
    NURS 506 - Theoretical Frameworks for Nursing Practice in Communities and Organizations (2)
    NURS 509 - Advanced Nursing Practice Roles and Functions (3)
    NURS 518 - Health Care Systems Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (3)
    NURS 546 - Community Health Nursing Practice III (50-100 clinical hours) (1-2)
    NURS 547 - Community Health Nursing Practice IV (50-100 clinical hours) (1-2)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project or Thesis (1-2)
    NURS 507 - Advanced Practice in Community and Organizational Nursing I (3)
    NURS 516 - Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care (3)
    NURS 548 - Community Health Nursing Practice V (100-150 clinical hours) (2-3)
    NURS 599 - Scholarly Project or Thesis (1-2)
    Total Credits: 7-8 Total Credits: 12-14 Total Credits: 11-14 Total Credits: 8-11

    Third Year

    Summer Quarter
    NURS 519 - Advanced Practice in Community and Organizational Nursing II (3)
    NURS 550 - Community Health Nursing Practice VI (150-300 clinical hours) (3-6)

    Total Credits: 6-9

    Total Advanced Clinical Hours: 500 hours
    Total program credits: 103-106

    A typical program of study is subject to change based on faculty and other resource availability.