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Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

Revised Curriculum 2016

              Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University offers Master of Nursing Science Program in Adult and Gerontological Nursing. This program aims to develop nurse scholars who have a good understanding in nursing scientific knowledge and other related sciences. Students who graduate from this program can provide advanced nursing practices emphasizing on holistic care and integration of eastern wisdom into nursing care as complementary therapy. They demonstrate capabilities of a leadership in the nursing profession, ethical decision-making, self-directed learning, researching and use of research findings to improve the quality of nursing and health care system.

Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

Graduates of this master program will be able to:

Integrate nursing knowledge, eastern wisdom, and other related knowledge to that advanced nursing practice in their selected area, based on professional ethics

Conduct research and utilize research findings to improve quality of nursing practice

Demonstrate leadership in nursing profession

Utilize information system for their self-directed learning

Demonstrate the ethical decision-making in their practice

Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

The duration of this program is two academic years.

Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

Master of Nursing Science Program in Adult and Gerontological Nursing (International Program) 2016

Master Program Committee

Course Information

Program of Study
1. Program Description Total Credits: minimum 36 credits
2. Curriculum Structure

3. Courses
Adult Nursing Courses

Course Descriptions

1. Core Courses
642-511 Eastern Philosophy and Nursing Theories 2(2-0-4)
          Eastern philosophy and eastern wisdom in holistic health care; nursing theory, related concept and theories; including the concept of sufficiency economic philosophy and multicultural nursing

642-512 Statistics for Nurses 2(1-2-3)
          Probability theory, variable and level of measurement; descriptive statistics; inferential statistics including parametric and non-parametric statistics used in nursing research; application of computer software in processing and analyzing data; interpretation; presentation of statistical analysis findings

642-513 Research and Research Utilization 2(1-2-3)
          Principle of research proposal development; quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology; quality and validity of research; research critique and appraisal; ethics in conducting research; research utilization

642-514 Health Policy, Health System, and Nursing Leadership 2(2-0-4)
          Concept; process of health care policy development; components of health care system and related factors; concept and leadership characteristics; leadership development in the era of change; nursing and midwifery professional development under multicultural context

642-515 Ethical Decision Making in Nursing 1(1-0-2)
          Theory of ethics; ethical principles; concept of ethics; nursing ethical issues and ethical decision making in complicated situations; laws and acts regarding nursing profession and midwifery

2. Specialty Courses
646-531 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Adults and Elders 3(3-0-6)
          Advanced concept of diseases’ occurrence; causes of pathology; pathophysiological alterations in each organ; signs and symptoms; principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics; rational drug use

646-532 Advanced Nursing for Adults and Elders 3(3-0-6)
          Concepts, theories, caring system, health promotion, common health problems, symptom management, advanced adult and elderly nursing in acute, chronic, critical, and end-of-life phase, emerging diseases, disaster based on evidence; integrating eastern wisdom and holistic nursing in multicultural context

646-551 Advanced Nursing Practicum for Adults and Elders 1  3(0-9-0)
          Advanced health assessment; advanced nursing practice for adults and elders with complicated health problems in acute, chronic, critical and end-of-life phase by integrating concepts, theories, evidence base related to nursing for adults and elders ; emphasis on integrating eastern wisdom to holistic nursing care in multicultural context  

646-652  Advanced  Nursing  Practicum  for  Adults and Elders 2  3(0-9-0)
          Advanced nursing practice for selected cases of adults and elders comprehending continuing care; by integrating concepts, theories, evidence base related to nursing for adults and elders with integrating eastern wisdom to holistic nursing care in multicultural context

3. Elective Courses
642-771 Independent Study  3(0-9-0)
          Practice literature review from nursing and allied health database, and other related sources; reading; analyzing and synthesizing knowledge including writing reports in topics related to thesis/minor thesis

642-772 Qualitative Nursing Research  3(2-2-5)
          Philosophy, concept of qualitative research; proposal writing; trustworthiness; data collection; data management; data analysis and interpretation, discussion; writing a qualitative research report

642-773 Holistic Health Care with the Integration of Eastern Wisdom  3(2-3-4)
          Concept, theory of holistic health care with integration of eastern wisdom based on evidence base and multicultural context

642-774 Evidence Based Utilization and Nursing Innovation Development  3(2-3-4)
          Review of research evidences from database; analysis and synthesis of knowledge in a selected issue/topic for nursing innovation development

642-775 Advanced Counseling in Nursing  3(2-2-5)
          Psychological counseling concepts and theories by emphasizing on clients center; processes and skills of rational and emotional counseling; individual and group counseling; issues and trends of counseling in health care; applications

642-776 Conceptualization and Role of Advanced Nursing Practice  3(2-3-4)
          Competency development regarding role of advanced practice nurse; utilize evidences; cost effectiveness; health care quality related to advanced practice nursing; an innovation or research development to improve quality of target individual, group, and health care system

642-777 Advanced Disaster Nursing  3(2-3-4)
          Concept, principle, policy for disaster in local, nation, and international level; nurses’ roles in disaster management in each phase; related ethical issues and laws

4. Thesis for Plan A (A2)
642-782 Thesis 12(0-36-0)
Practice nursing research in selected topic

          Faculty of Nursing design Master of Nursing Science Program in Adult and Gerontological Nursing (International Program) under the belief that
          (1) The quality of nursing practice must rely on knowledgeable personnel, understanding of nursing science and related sciences; including Eastern wisdom in order to provide holistic healthcare that is consistent with a diversity of lifestyles and culture.
          (2) We always develop Nursing and public health knowledge as empirical evidence through continuous research. The nurse practitioner must have a passion for knowing and skills in systematic knowledge acquisition and then, transfer it from empirical evidence to practice by taking into account individuality within the context of cultural differences. We also, continue to develop knowledge through continuous research.
          (3) Graduate study management is the process of developing learners from the original knowledge base to becoming a specialist nurse by using empirical evidence, exchanging knowledge between learner and instructor while acknowledging differences in the background of learners. Specifically, clinical experience and patient care in other health systems.

          Master of Nursing Science Program in Adult and Gerontological Nursing (International Program), revised in 2017, (Plan A with A2, and Plan B) has a curriculum that focuses on the production of a master who is a nurse practitioner who can use the research process in the study of knowledge.
          Plan A with A2 curriculum focuses on improving the quality of nursing practice in the context of multiculturalism, adult and elderly nursing care with chronic acute illness, acute and end-of-life illness. The curriculum requires graduates with the following attributes:
          (1) Ethics, moral values, and values of Our Soul is for the Benefit of Mankind.
          (2) Ability in ethical decision making in nursing, adult and gerontological nursing.
          (3) Knowledge in nursing science, related science, and Eastern wisdom
          (4) Ability to apply nursing knowledge, related science, and eastern wisdom arts to be used in specialized nursing practice with clients who are adults or elderly.  Incorporate the whole family effectively while taking into account their holistic lifestyle.
(5) Multicultural Nursing Competency
          (6) Ability to analyze systematically. Use empirical evidence from research and use research results to improve the quality of specialized nursing operations in nursing, adult and elderly.
          (7) Interested in and responsible for self- study and use information technology to learn effectively, regularly and continuous
          (8) Leadership can be cultivated as students develop themselves to be leading innovators in specialized nursing operations in nursing, adult and elderly care. As well as supporting colleagues for continuous professional development.
          (9) Teamwork skills and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and those involved in specialized nursing, adult and gerontological nursing to promote and solve health problems of patients.
          (10) Ability to publish academic work. To be recognized and accepted in society.

NOTE: The revised Master of Nursing Science Program in the year 2012 has two plans: Plan A A2 and Plan B. For this handbook, only
Plan A A2 is presented.
This plan is comprised of coursework and thesis with a minimum of 24 credits of coursework and 12 credits of thesis.


Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing

Have nursing professional practice experience of at least one year

Have a professional license (RN license) from the home country

Meet the English language proficiency requirement

    TOFEL score ≥ 500 or

    IELTS score ≥ 5.0 or

    PSU-TEP score > 60

Other requirements as the Board of Admission Committee considers appropriate

Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

For Thai resident

Estimated tuition fee 70,000 baht/academic year

For non-Thai resident

Estimated tuition fee 160,000 baht/academic year

Master of Nursing Science Program (International Program)

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