Master of Nursing

Course Descriptions

Core coursework

  • Disparity and Social Justice in Healthcare: Analyzes how social, cultural, economic and political factors relate to the nature, distribution, and meaning of health and illness. Examines how social determinants contribute to health inequity and create health disparities. Advocacy approaches to improve individual and population health outcomes and quality of health care system are emphasized.
  • Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Health Assessment: This unique healthcare course will provide graduate nursing students with a systematic approach to assessing and treating common health conditions.  Students will obtain advanced knowledge in pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment techniques and diagnostic reasoning to apply in future areas of specialty practice, such as public health, leadership, education and clinical practice.  There are no courses currently taught at UW Bothell that cover the material offered in this course, and it is part of the essential content recommended for program accreditation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). 
  • Healthcare Systems Leadership for Advanced Roles: Personal and professional development for leadership in advanced nursing roles in healthcare systems and nursing education. Emphasis is on application of leadership and systems theory, critical thinking, and interprofessional collaboration to leadership roles that will improve population health, quality, and safety of care in organizations and systems.
  • Advanced Practice Management and Administration in Healthcare Organizations: Examines management organizational theory and administration of healthcare organizations. Focuses on advanced management skills such as: strategic leadership, strategic planning, and preparing students to lead high performance teams in complex healthcare organizations. 
  • Ethics and Policy in Advanced Nursing Practice: Prepares advance practice nurses to understand, promote, and develop ethics and health policy in healthcare structures through the lens of the ANA Code of Ethics.  Examines the organization of the US healthcare system with special attention to policy development. Explores the nature of ethical citizenship in a complex healthcare environment.
  • Translational Research I: This is the first of a two-quarter sequence of translating research scholarship into nursing practice. Students will analyze conceptual, theoretical, and empirical knowledge as a basis for evidence-based practice; examine methodological approaches to scholarly inquiry and research applied to nursing practice; and evaluate the role of advanced practice nurses in research.
  • Translational Research II: This course builds on Translation Research I to examine and apply frameworks, models, and processes in the context of organizational and system structures.  Particular focus is given to analyzing how research evidence influences the delivery of quality, effective, and efficient healthcare. Students will develop skills in translating evidence into practice by engaging in aspects of program planning/evaluation and quality improvement initiatives to make informed recommendations. Emphasis will be placed on application of interprofessional collaborative approaches.

Fieldwork and capstone 

  • Introduction to Advanced Fieldwork and Capstone Project: Preparation for matching with scholarly chairperson, advanced fieldwork and the capstone project courses.  Coaches students to analyze current fit with the competencies required for a selected advanced nursing clinical, educational or administrative leadership role; and on collaborative roles, functions, products, and documentation required to complete fieldwork and the capstone project. Prerequisites: BNURS 525 and BNURS 504 Credit/no-credit only.
  • Advanced Fieldwork: Provides a substantive field experience in a setting of interest. Assists students in delineating master's level nursing practice roles and translating and integrating scholarship into practice knowledge (two credit course with a total of 100 hours of fieldwork). Prerequisites: BNURS 590.
  • Capstone Project: Capstone project demonstrating scholarly analysis and application of evidence and theoretical concepts to clinical, educational or administrative leadership practice, culminating in a product for presentation or dissemination. Prerequisite: BNURS 590


  • Technology and Enhanced-Pedagogy: Develops a teaching philosophy consonant with technology-enhanced learning environments. Evaluates and selects technologies for teaching and learning activities. Develops and applies learning objectives derived from Bloom's taxonomy. Converts an online or hybrid learning activity from passive to active. Creates an online or hybrid learning activity and an evaluation plan. Course number changed from 510 to 515. 
  • Curriculum Development in Nursing Education: the theoretical rationale for curriculum development and study of curricular problems in nursing in relation to the elements of the curriculum as described in a curricular design. Prerequisite: permission of program.
  • Evaluation of Academic and Clinical Performance in Nursing and HealthCare: Examines concepts of assessment and evaluation of learning and performance relevant to nurse educators in academic and healthcare delivery settings. Analyze a range of assessment strategies for formative and summative evaluation. Apply program planning and evaluation principles to educational interventions in the academic and healthcare delivery settings.
  • Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning: Addresses theories and methods of teaching and learning, tools and resources, role development, and current issues faced by those who teach in higher education and staff development. Includes practice and evaluation of strategies.
  • Introduction to Process Management and Decision Making in Healthcare Systems: Introduction to key operations management principles. Includes both strategic and design decisions. A blend of theory, cases, analytical techniques, business examples, and class discussions.
  •  Introduction to Project Management in Healthcare: Introduction to the concepts, methods, and tools of project management. Topics include project selection, risk, definition, stakeholder analysis, communication plans, scheduling, software, resource allocation, monitoring, controlling, and post-project assessment as it relates to healthcare.
  • Managing Fiscal Performance in Healthcare: Identifies the basic structure of fiscal reporting and how that process relates to resource consumption in healthcare operations. Examines the basics of fiscal reporting, cost structure and decision making in the nurse manager role. Emphasizes understanding costs and incentives in relationship to payment systems in the healthcare industry.
  • Managing and Leading High Performing Teams: Focuses on examining research-based frameworks to improve individual and team outcomes. Students will analyze and manage challenges in managing or leading people. Topics include managing and resolving conflict, motivating people, forming and leading teams, managing individual and group decision making, managing performance through effective feedback.
  • Health Informatics: Explores how technology and health care intersect. Examines health care information systems, information standards/compliance, bench-marking/evaluation techniques, usability analysis, methods for data collection/transmission/analysis, and best practices for collaboration between health care providers and technologists in designing/selecting and delivering high quality, effective systems.

Updated October 2022