Syllabus for NUR-732




This capstone course provides the learner with the opportunity to integrate management theory into the role of nurse administrator/executive. Learner focus is on nursing management processes in healthcare systems. Learners continue in their selected area of clinical practice monitored by the mentor and onground preceptor. Learners engage in a reflective discussion of nursing administration issues and experiences in the online seminar. This course requires completion of 150 hours of Practicum. Submission of the e-portfolio and a synthesis paper will be required to demonstrate achievement of MSN program outcomes and competencies.

 Prerequisites: All other MSN degree and Nursing Administration Certificate requirements*; submission of all documents and requirements outlined in the Practicum Packet, including a criminal background check.

*Learners may register for one elective concurrent with this course.

Advisory: Learners who do not have updated e-portfolios will not be able to register for this course. Learners should have access to a webcam.



After successfully completing this course, the learner will be able to:



You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.


Required Materials  

Additional Resources



Nursing Administration: Role and Practicum (NUR-732) is a three-credit online course, consisting of  four modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, CO4, CO5, and CO6


Course objectives covered in this module include CO1 and CO4


Course objectives covered in this module include CO2 and CO3


Course objectives covered in this module include CO2 and CO3



For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, and complete: project evaluation assignments; practicum assignments; and a Synthesis Paper and e-Portfolio. See below for more details.


Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 13 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in module 1 and an ungraded but required Course Reflection in week 12.

Journal and Logs

You are required to complete four journal and log assignments, using the template provided, in which you document your progress in meeting course and student generated objectives for the practicum. In the journal and log assignments you will keep track of the hours that you have spent in the practicum. These assignments are submitted at regular intervals throughout the term, as you complete your practicum hours. Each Journal/Log is worth 7.5 percent.

For this course 150 practicum hours are required.

Project Evaluation Assignments

You are required to complete two project evaluation assignments, which represent the completion of the project started in NUR-722. Each project evaluation assignment is worth 20%.

The first project evaluation assignment is a paper called Project Implementation.

The second project evaluation assignment is a paper called Project Evaluation.

Practicum Assignments

Practicum assignments reflect the work that is completed in the student’s selected practicum.

In this course, to reflect that work, you are required to complete a Practicum Evaluation Tool (parts 1 & 2), and a Practicum Site & Preceptor Evaluation

During the term, on-going evaluation of course and student objectives occurs and culminates in a final grade of pass or fail.To do this, the Practicum Evaluation Tool is initiated by the student, who evaluates his/her performance in the practicum, based on achievement of course objectives, and self directed objectives. The student will submit the tool to the gradebook for evaluation by the practicum preceptor and course mentor.

You are required to complete three practicum assignments.  

Synthesis Project and e-Portfolio

The Synthesis Paper and e-Portfolio represent the culmination of the student’s work in the Masters Program. There are two parts to this assignment: a Synthesis Paper; and completion of the e-Portfolio.


The combined assignment (Synthesis Paper and e-Portfolio) is graded on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis.

The Synthesis Paper and e-Portfolio assignment must be passed in order to pass this course.

Evaluation Rubrics

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website are the rubrics used to aid in the grading of course assignments.

See course Calendar for due dates.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:


All assignments will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:































Below 60


Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study

For courses taken in  Accelerated 2nd Degree Program  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B- (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in BSN programs (RN-BSN)

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in MSN programs

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.


 All website addresses (URLs) in this course were accurate and reflected the stated content at the onset of the course. However URLs change and great resources may disappear. If you encounter a problem accessing a web site, post a message in the HELP discussion area of this course.


Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points, (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps.


Study Tips


Consider the following study tip for success.


To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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