Case Management has a broad scope of practice and will allow you to experience nursing in a variety of settings and facilities. After completing the ELMSN, students can practice as Case Managers in areas emphasizing the "Three Ps"-patient, provider or payer. (Learn More about the Case Manager's role in Health Care) The program requires two calendar years plus one semester (7 semesters that include two summers) for a total of 90 semester units. Students must enroll in the first four semesters full time. It is possible to reduce the course load to part-time after the fourth semester. This program is offered at both our Sacramento Regional Center and our main campus in Oakland.The purpose of this option is to prepare professional nurses for practice in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will build on their varied academic and experiential backgrounds to provide nursing care with an interdisciplinary case management focus. Strong advocacy, decision making, and planning skills are necessary for graduates to function in increasingly complex roles within the rapidly changing health care system.
Students completing the pre-licensure component will:
- Value the inherent dignity and worth of individuals as unique and holistic beings.
- Integrate theory and knowledge from nursing, the physical and behavioral sciences, and humanities in making nursing judgments and decisions.
- Use the nursing process to provide nursing care for individuals, groups, families and communities.
- Create a therapeutic and humanistic environment which facilitates promotion, maintenance and restoration of health for culturally diverse individuals of all ages.
- Interpret research findings for application to nursing practice for individuals in a variety of health care settings.
- Assume professional responsibility and accountability for nursing practice within legal and ethical standards.
- Collaborate with other health professionals and the community to promote the delivery of quality health care services.
- Demonstrate commitment to professional values through continuing education, involvement in professional organizations and community services.
- Acts as an advocate for health care rights for individuals, groups, families and communities.
- Facilitate change in meeting present and future societal health needs through the use of leadership skills and knowledge of the political system.
In addition, graduates of the MSN entry-level program will be able to:
- Assume professional nursing roles in a variety of settings.
- Practice within an interdisciplinary framework.
- Assume roles as case managers.
- Think critically in applying the nursing process.
- Advocate for optimal health of the population and health care services.
- Further develop their nursing careers through specialization and/or doctoral education.
After obtaining the MSN in Case Management, it has opened many doors for my career. Continued education is now a must, and an RN with a Masters Degree is an asset for a corporation.
Since Healthcare is facing many financial challenges, case management has become an important ingredient in ensuring that hospitals and other healthcare facilities are financially secured to continue providing services.