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Program Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals for the Graduate Nursing Program

The goals of the Master in Science in Nursing degree program are to:

  1. Educate baccalaureate prepared nurses for leadership roles in clinical nursing, advanced practice, nursing education, or administration
  2. Meet the health needs of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across various environments.                  

Graduate Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate advanced theoretical, research-based, scientific, and clinical knowledge into clinical practice to provide nursing care to diverse clients. (Essential 1)
  2. Practice independently and collaboratively with an interprofessional team while delivering direct and indirect care services in various types of health care systems. (Essential 2, 7, 9, 10)
  3. Use research findings from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for clinical decision-making to improve practice and to formulate health policy. (Essential 4, 6)
  4. Use ethical decision-making to promote the well-being of individuals, families, health care professionals in local, national, and international communities. (Essential 6)
  5. Utilize evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to promote health, prevent disease and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. (Essential 4, 8)
  6. Demonstrate communication skills, including health information management to enhance the quality of care provided at individual and aggregate levels. (Essential 5)
  7. Demonstrate safe, effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills in caring for individuals and groups while working in interprofessional collaborative relationships.  (Essential 3, 4, 7, 9)
  8. Provide culturally competent care to all persons regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, culture, health care beliefs, and religion. (Essential 7, 8)
  9. Function as a leader and change agent in nursing and in health care delivery systems particularly to insure quality care for vulnerable and underserved populations. (Essential 7, 8)
  10. Value life-long learning and continuing professional development. (Essential 9)

For general program information, admission requirements or application status, please contact the MSN Graduate Admission Counselor, Michelle Conaboy at

For advising, clinical or course-specific information, or registration, please contact the MSN office at

Patricia M. Dillon

Patricia M. Dillon, Ph.D., R.N.

Graduate Nursing, and RN-BSN and RN-MSN Programs
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1322
Fax: 215.951.1896

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