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Kathleen M. Burke PhD, RN

Assistant Dean

Nursing Programs at Ramapo

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Welcome to the MSN program at Ramapo College located in the new Adler Center for Nursing Excellence. We take great pride in our programs and students. Our programs attract Nurses from the tri-state area who strive to be Nursing Educators, Nurse Administrators, or Family Nurse Practitioners. We have clinical partnerships in the region that are unique in Nursing Education.

Graduates of the M.S.N. (Nursing Education) Program offered Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ), are prepared to serve in institutions of higher education as faculty on tenure-track or non tenure-track lines. Graduates are prepared to serve as faculty at both health care institutions and undergraduate levels. Graduates of the Nursing Administration Program are prepared for leadership and managerial positions in healthcare. FNP graduates are prepared for Advanced Practice NP positions. Graduates of all three programs will be eligible for certification in the respective specialty. All courses are delivered in hybrid format.

The masters program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

M.S.N. Program Outcomes

The M.S.N. Program is also organized around the seven nursing program constructs.  These outcomes reflect professional standards particular to each track.

Construct Nursing Education Nursing Administration Family Nurse Practitioner
Knowledge Draws on extant literature and knowledge to design and implement evidence based teaching/learning and evaluation practices to support global nursing education Incorporate administration and leadership theories in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of quality nursing health care delivery programs

Encompass concepts of fiscal responsibility and human resource management in designing quality care

Applies knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to improve health care delivery

Develops new practice approaches based on the integration of research, theory and practice knowledge

Evidence based research and practice Contributes to the development of the science of nursing education through the critique, utilization, dissemination of current evidence and the conduct of research Integrate principles of evidence based practice and current research in the design and implementation of nursing and health care delivery programs. Uses best available evidence to continually improve quality of clinical practice

Provides leadership in the translation of new knowledge into practice

Information Management Develop and use information and communication technologies to enter, retrieve, and evaluate data appropriate for the delivery and evaluation of nursing education Advocate for and use information and communication technologies to enter, retrieve, and evaluate data appropriate for the delivery and evaluation of nursing care delivery Uses technology systems that capture data on variables for the evaluation of nursing care

Contributes to the design of clinical information systems that promote safe, quality and cost effective care

Professionalism Models professional behavior for learners and fellow faculty

Engage in life long learning activities, dissemination of information through scholarship and advocacy

Develops networks, collaborations and partnerships to enhance nursing’s influence within the academic community

Incorporate ethical principles in leadership and management practices

Build leadership alliances for collaborative action, change and decision making across the health care delivery system.

Applies ethically sound solutions to complex issues related to individuals, populations and systems of care

Advances practice through the development and implementation of innovations incorporating principles of change

Social Advocacy Utilize knowledge about the educational environment within they which they practice and recognize how the political, institutional, social and economic forces impact the global educator role. Influence the health policy making process through the involvement and leadership of nurses having diverse perspectives Analyzes the implications of health policy across disciplines

Contributes to the development of health policy

Evaluates the impact of globalization on health care policy development

Leadership Provides leadership in the parent institution as well as in the nursing program to enhance visibility of nursing and its contribution to the global academic community Lead in a manner that recognizes the cultural and spiritual context of the health care community and environment Assumes leadership to foster collaboration with multiple stakeholders  (patients, community and interprofessional groups) to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of care provided in complex systems
Role Function Participates in interdisciplinary efforts to address health care needs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally Integrate advanced core competencies and clinical expertise to evaluate and continually improve nursing care delivery systems Integrate advanced core competencies and clinical expertise to evaluate and continually improve nursing care

Provides a full spectrum of health care services to include health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance counseling, disease management, palliative and end of life care

Provides patient/family centered care recognizing cultural diversity of the family recognizing the patient/family as a full partner in decision making



Ramapo College of New Jersey offers courses leading to a Master of Science in Nursing with three tracks.

  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Administration
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

An MSN – Transition Program  is offered to nurses with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees. After review of their undergraduate degree, students will be required to complete undergraduate courses to the particular track.  These courses will be mutually agreed upon by the student and Assistant Dean prior to the start of the program.

In addition, a post-master’s certificate program is offered, designed for those nurses holding a master’s degree in nursing who are interested in pursuing nursing education.

The nursing program has 2 designated, state of the art computer laboratories. These labs serve the educational and research needs of the students. The nursing classroom is a 40-seat computer lab.

The Nursing Learning Center on the Ramapo campus contains four fully functioning patient stations. Each of the four patient stations is connected via a VPN tunnel to the Valley Hospital dummy electronic medical record. This electronic medical record is used for clinical simulations. Students spend a part of each clinical course in the Learning Center where they practice psychomotor skills and learn how to integrate theory into practice. This has been greatly enhanced with the introduction of a patient simulator. The simulated patient is programmed with specific signs, symptoms and responses which require specific student interventions.

In addition to the Ramapo Nursing Learning Center, there is a Nursing Learning Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. This Nursing Learning Center contains 10 fully functioning patient stations and one patient simulator. There are 20 wireless laptops for use in the Center or classroom. The laptops can be used to access EHMC’s clinical information system. In addition, EHMC has a 10 stations computer lab as well as the medical library computer resources station.

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