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Nursing                        

College of Health and Human Services                

School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science

 

Master of Science

Nurse Educator Option

Nurse Administrator Option

Parent Child Clinical Nurse Specialist Option

Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Option

Family Nurse Practitioner Option

 

Certificate

Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-master's Clinical Nurse Specialist:          Parent-Child Nursing

Post-master's Clinical Nurse Specialist:          Gerontology Nursing

Public Health Nursing

Quality Improvement

Faculty

Carole A. Shea, Director, School of Nursing

Laura Inouye,  Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Program

Rose Aguilar Welch, Coordinator, Graduate Nursing Program

Barbara Kennedy , Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner Option

Angela Albright, Cynthia Bostick, Judith Chodil, Mary Cruise,  Linda Goldman, Gay Goss, Roger Green,  Patricia Harvard-Hinchberger,  Cynthia Johnson, Kathleen Johnston, Barbara Kennedy, Young-Shin Lee, Kimberly McClane, Dale Mueller, Kathleen O’Connor,  Susan Roberts, Margaret Wallace, Jo Ann Wegmann, William Whetstone

School of Nursing (SON) Office

(310) 243-2523

For more complete information about all aspects of the SON and the nursing programs, go to the SON web site at:  www.csudh.edu/hhs/son.

 

Program Description

Open only to registered nurses, the School of Nursing’s (SON) Nursing Program began in spring of 1981 with two major commitments:  (1) to make quality higher education in nursing more accessible to employed registered nurses and (2) to ultimately improve health care in California. 

The Bachelor of Science (B.S. degree) in Nursing (BSN) Program and the Master of Science (M.S. degree) in Nursing (MSN) are designed for registered nurses who wish to expand their career opportunities and leadership roles.  Both programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  The curriculum is responsive to the needs of adult learners whose time, lifestyles or work schedules make it difficult to complete a traditional course of study in residence at a campus.  The program provides nursing professionals with varying interests and backgrounds with unique advantages such as:

   classes designed to meet the needs of the adult learner.

   opportunities to meet students with similar goals.

   access to faculty with a strong track record in clinical practice, education, research and management.

   courses offered online through the Internet and at geographically convenient locations throughout the state.

   credit and course work transferable statewide.

   professional skills development and networking with a diverse group of nursing professionals.

A.  Program Features

1.   Online Courses

      All BSN  and MSN courses, including clinical role performance courses, are offered online through the Internet to deliver the curriculum wherever and whenever the student is ready to learn.  The courses must be completed within the semester, but students have the flexibility of accessing the courses at the time and place most convenient to them for completing assignments by the due dates.  Some online courses may require students to take part in an on-site class, either on campus or at selected sites throughout California.  On-site classes are usually limited to 1-2 days in a semester.

2.   Classroom-based Courses

      Some BSN and MSN courses are also offered as classroom-based seminars that meet several times during the semester in the evening or on weekends at sites in local communities scattered across California.

3.   Access and Flexibility

      The BSN and MSN curricula maximizes access and flexibility by allowing students to choose the kind of course delivery that suits their learning style - online, classroom-based, or a combination of both.  The curricula have few prerequisites and co-requisites so that students can progress through the programs with ease.

4.   Preceptorships/Clinical Affiliations

      Numerous health care agencies and other institutions throughout California are affiliated with the program for student field experience.  Students are able to participate in performance courses (clinical laboratory/field experience) with the assistance of preceptors (adjunct faculty) as well as the course instructor.

B.  Continuing Education (C.E.) Units

      All BSN and MSN courses are approved for C.E. units by the Board of Registered Nursing at the rate of 15 contact hours per unit of credit.  (BRN Provider Number 03594.)  Your transcript is your certificate of completion.

C.  National Site:  BSN and MSN Program

      There are many RNs in the rural and urban areas of other, as in California, who cannot advance their education and practice due to life-style and geographic constraints.  The School of Nursing has expanded its programs nationally through online technology to offer BSN and MSN degrees.  For more information call (800) 344-5484.

D.  Professional Growth to Meet Goals and Standards

      The Nursing Programs are designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of registered nurses in these key areas:

   Integration of knowledge from physical and behavioral sciences and  humanities into professional nursing practice.

   Application of nursing theories and research findings to nursing practice.

   Development of knowledge and skills in administration, education and research.

   Enrichment of conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities.

   Strengthening of behavioral and social attributes, emphasizing ethical standards of integrity, compassion, and concern for others.

 

Academic Advisement

The School of Nursing Program places a high premium on student advisement, beginning with general information sessions for prospective students and newly admitted students. Special advisors in the College of Health and Human Services' Student Service Center (SSC) provide information and answer questions about the general aspects of the nursing programs, registration and enrollment, and the class schedule.  The SSC advisors may be reached at 1-800-344-5484 (choose option #1) or sohadvising@csudh.edu.  These advisors are dedicated to giving students the information and assistance they need to make a smooth transition into CSU Dominguez Hills and the SON programs. 

Upon entering the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor for specific program guidance and professional mentoring.  Further, all faculty are available to help students become socialized to the nursing profession, successfully achieve their academic goals, and advance in their career development.

Students are urged to seek advice and communicate with faculty and Student Service Center advisors as soon as issues or problems arise.

 

Preparation

A.  All students must be licensed as registered nurses.  It is the student’s responsibility to immediately report in writing any change in licensure status to Director of the SON. 

B.  All students must maintain proof of personal professional liability insurance coverage.  Coverage is verified at the beginning of each role performance course.  

C.  Students are responsible for obtaining any necessary health exams, immunizations, CPR and universal precaution training, etc., required by the University or an affiliating clinical agency.

D.  Patient confidentiality and other professional ethics must be respected.

E.   Students must obtain the course materials by downloading their syllabus from Blackboard by going to http://www.toro.csudh.edu.

F.   All students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement: undergraduates prior to completing 84 units and graduate students before admission or during the first semester.

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program prepares registered nurses as generalists in professional nursing practice.  Graduates are equipped to function as leaders, managers and resource persons in a variety of health care settings.  Critical thinking and decision making are informed through both general and discipline-specific education.

A.  Program Objectives

      Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates:

1.   Design competent, caring professional nursing care for individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum in a variety of community based settings and institutions.

2.   Integrate knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences, informatics, and the humanities into professional nursing practice.

3.   Demonstrate cultural competence in providing care and working with others.

4.   Implement health promotion and disease prevention plans for individuals, families and populations.

5.   Use theories and evidence-based research findings in professional nursing practice.

6.   Form collaborative relationships to improve professional nursing practice and the quality of healthcare for all.

7.   Demonstrate ethical and professional nursing values.

8.   Participate in political regulatory processes to influence healthcare systems and policy.

9.   Exhibit effective communication skills for professional nursing practice.

10. Demonstrate commitment to a lifelong learning plan.

B.  Admissions Requirements

1.   Minimum of 56 semester units of transferable college credit with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) or better and all grades of C or better in all transferable course work (non-residents, 2.4) and have satisfied any high school subject deficiency in English and mathematics by equivalent course work (the maximum transferable credit accepted from a two-year college is 70 semester units.)  English composition, Speech, GE Math and Logic/Critical Thinking must be completed prior to admission for new applicants.

2.   Current RN licensure in the United States or equivalent or an RN interim permit.  (RN licensure and personal professional liability insurance are required prior to enrolling in a nursing performance course.)

 

NOTE:  Diploma Nurse Applicants who have not met the 56-unit entrance requirement may be considered for admission through the Undergraduate Preparatory Program.

 

C.  Program Structure

      The BSN program comprises classes and/or examinations that include content essential for professional nursing practice.  There are three possible options:

1.   Upper division courses may be completed online or in classroom-based sections to meet program degree requirements.

s.   A combination of courses and assessments.

3.   Three courses may be completed solely by successfully passing a written, proctored examination.  The student receives a study packet and takes the examination.

 

D.  Academic Regulations

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better is required in all courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements.  A student will be placed on probation if, in any term, he or she has failed to earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for the work taken that term.  During the subsequent probationary term the student must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or better.  Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

All integrated nursing and support courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.  A course may be repeated once according to University policy.  Any student receiving a grade of “D” or lower must meet with an assigned advisor before proceeding to enroll in additional courses.

Courses must be successfully completed according to the sequence in the student's approved program of study.

E.   Modules

Beginning with the Fall 2002 semester, students who have not completed all modular units of a BSN course will have to enroll in the whole course to satisfy the content and degree requirements. 

General Education

For Nursing students only the scheduled courses are approved to fulfill upper division General Education requirements as specified:

                                                           GE           Semester

Course          Title                      Category          Units  

BSN 305        Human Diversity       

                        and Health Care      D & G              4

BSN 315        Life Cycle                   E                     3

BSN 325        Complementary and

                        Alternative Health

                        Care Modalities        D                    1

BSN 335        Biochemistry             B                     4

BSN 345        Pathophysiology       B                     4

BSN 405        Statistics                    B                     3

 

BSN Degree Requirements (66-70 units)

A total of  a minimum of 120 semester units are required for the degree.   In addition to the major, students must complete general education requirements. Students transferring from a community college can transfer a maximum of 70 units and students from a four year institution may transfer a maximum of 96 units.

 

A.  Support Courses (15 units)

BSN 301.      Technology for the Information Age (1)

BSN 305.      Human Diversity and Healthcare (4)

BSN 315.      Life Cycle (3)

BSN 345.      Pathophysiology (4)

BSN 405.      Statistics (3)

B.  Integrated Nursing Courses (36 units)

BSN 310.      Professional Nursing Horizons (2)

BSN 340.      Professional Collaboration in Nursing Practice (3)

BSN 380.      Health Assessment (3)

BSN 381.      Health Assessment Skills Laboratory (1)

BSN 400       Health Promotion and Teaching (3)

BSN 410.      Community Based Nursing I (3)

BSN 411.      Home Health Role Performance (2)

BSN 420.      Community Based Nursing II (3)

BSN 421.      Public Health Role Performance (2)

BSN 430.      Health Care Systems, Policy and Finance (3)

BSN 440.      Professional Nursing Roles (3)

BSN 450.      Principles of Leadership & Management in Nursing (3)

BSN 451.      Leadership & Management Role Performance (2)

BSN 460.      Research in Nursing Practice (3)

C.  Electives (15-19 units)

BSN 325.      Complementary and Alternative Health Care Modalities (1)

BSN 335.      Biochemistry (4)

BSN 416.      Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care (1)

BSN 426.      Nursing and Telehealth (2)

BSN 436.      Principles of Healthcare Budgeting (2)

BSN 446.      Introduction to Nursing Case Management (2)

BSN 456.      Health and the Global Village (1)

BSN 494.      Independent Study (1-3)

BSN 495.      Special Topics/Colloquia (1-3)              

 

Public Health Nurse Certificate (Postbaccalaureate)

This program satisfies the State of California Department  of Health academic requirements to be eligible for the state Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate.  Current regulations for public health nurse certification require that the nurse be a graduate of a BSN degree program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Recognizing the fact that other groups of nurses should be eligible, the School of Nursing and the State of California, Department of Health Services, have jointly developed the program described herein.

A.  Eligibility Requirements

 

To be eligible for this certificate program, applicants must:

1.   Hold a current RN license from the California Board of Registered Nursing; and

2.   Hold a bachelor’s degree under one of the following conditions:

a)   As a BSN graduate from a nursing program not accredited by NLNAC or CCNE, but offered by an accredited college or university; or

b)   As a baccalaureate graduate with a degree from an accredited institution; or

c)   As a graduate of a BSN program from an accredited foreign institution. Foreign transcripts need to be evaluated by the Board of Registered Nursing who will advise the student directly.

B.  Preparatory Workshop for non-NLNAC , non-CCNE, or non-BSN bachelor's graduates

Each student applying for the certificate program is required to attend a  preparatory workshop. Previous nursing and related course work will be assessed for possible course substitution.  Each student will receive guidance on optional completion of a BSN or MSN through the School of Nursing  if a degree objective is desired.

1.   Required Courses (37 units)

BSN 305.        Human Diversity and Healthcare (4)

BSN 345.        Pathophysiology (4)

BSN 380.        Health Assessment (3)

BSN 381.        Health Assessment Skills Laboratory (1)

BSN 400.        Health Promotion and Teaching (3)

BSN 405.        Statistics (3)

BSN 410.        Community Based Nursing I (3)

BSN 411.        Home Health Role Performance (2)

BSN 420.        Community Based Nursing II (3)

BSN 421.        Public Health Role Performance (2)

BSN 430.        Health Care Systems Policy and Finance (3)

BSN 440.        Professional Nursing Roles (3)

BSN 460.        Nursing Research Utilization (3)

                       

For additional information, call the Student Services Center at  (800) 344-5484 (option #1) or www.csudh.edu/hhs/son/index.htm.

 

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN program prepares leaders for advanced practice in the roles of Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Family Nurse Practitioner.  Courses are based on advanced knowledge and the critique and application of theory and research as a scientific base for nursing.

A.  Program Objectives

Upon completion of the MSN Program, graduates will be able to:

1.   Integrate knowledge, theory, research and skills in planning and evaluating comprehensive plans of care for individuals, families and populations.

2.   Design culturally sensitive programs and systems of care that meet the needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.

3.   Provide evidence-based, clinically proficient care using critical thinking skills in advanced nursing roles.

4.   Adapt oral, written and technological communication skills to be effective and appropriate in clinical, educational, and professional contexts and systems.

5.   Integrate ethical theory and principles into nursing theory, research and practice in advanced nursing roles.

6.   Advocate for healthcare policies and financing to promote, preserve and restore public health.

7.   Provide leadership in collaborative efforts with other disciplines to influence improvement in healthcare systems.

8.   Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning to enhance the nursing profession.

 

B.  Role Options

      The curriculum allows the student to choose one of five role  options: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Parent-Child Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Through  a personalized program of study the curriculum is individualized to reflect the student’s learning needs and professional goals.

 

C.  Admission Requirements

1.   Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with a NLNAC- or CCNE- accredited upper division major in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the SON Student Affairs Committee.

2.   Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of upper division course work attempted. Students not meeting this grade point average requirement may be admitted to Conditionally Classified status on the recommendation of the faculty.

3.   Current RN licensure in the United States.

4.   Satisfaction of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) prior to entry into the program.

5.   Completion of a statistics course including probability and inferential; and introductory research course or equivalent; a pathophysiology course; and a basic health assessment course, including a skills lab.

6.   Part B of CSU Graduate Application including a 100-200 word statement describing the congruence of the applicant's educational goals with the resources of the CSUDH School of Nursing MSN Program.

7.  Submission of a professional resume.

8.   An interview may be required by the faculty or requested by the applicant.

D.  Nurses with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degrees

      Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field may be eligible for the Pathway  to the MSN degree upon completion of designated courses.  Contact the Pathway advisor for further information cshea@csudh.edu.

Registered nurse applicants who have earned a master’s degree in a major other than nursing should contact the graduate program coordinator to arrange for preadmission advisement at rwelch@csudh.edu.

 

E.   Program Structure

All students complete 17 units of core courses and then begin role-emphasis courses.  Students may request role preparation in the following options:

q Nurse Educator (with advanced clinical focus)*

q Nurse Administrator

q Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist

q Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

q Family Nurse Practitioner

All students conclude their 33-53 units of master’s preparation with comprehensive examination.

Courses must be successfully completed in sequence.  Any deviation in course work requires prior written approval by the Coordinator of  the Graduate Nursing Program.

*Nurse educators develop expertise in a nursing clinical practice area by selecting a three-unit elective in an advanced clinical focus related to parent-child or gerontology nursing.  The choice of clinical focus is made in consultation with the advisor.  The course should be taken prior to role-emphasis courses.

F.   Modules

Beginning with the Fall 2002 semester, students who have not completed all modular units of a MSN course will need to enroll in the whole course to satisfy the content and degree requirements. 

G.  Academic Regulations

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and a grade of "B" in each course is required to satisfy the requirements for the degree.  A student will be placed on probation if, in any term, he or she has failed to earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the work taken through that term.  During the subsequent probationary term the student must achieve a grade point average sufficiently high to bring the cumulative grade point average to 3.0 or better. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

Any student receiving a grade of “C+” or lower during any term must meet with the graduate advisor as soon as the grade report is issued.

 

MSN Degree Requirements

The program requires 33-53 semester units of approved graduate study that includes five role options:  Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Parent-Child Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Family Nurse Practitioner.  The curriculum consists of core courses, role emphasis courses, role performance courses, electives, and the comprehensive exam.

A.  Graduate Course Prerequisites

Some  MSN courses require the successful completion of prerequisites not offered as part of the graduate program.  However, the prerequisite courses are available as undergraduate nursing courses.  See the course descriptions.

 

B.  Core Courses (20-23  units)

1.   Required Courses (17 units)

The following courses must be taken prior to enrolling in role emphasis courses

MSN 501.       Nursing Informatics (1)

MSN 504.       Advanced Nursing Roles (2)

MSN 510.       Theories for Advanced Nursing Roles  (3)

MSN 513.       Health Care Policy/Economics (3)

MSN 514.       Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (3)

MSN 530.       Research Utilization in
Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

MSN 535.       Ethics in Advanced Nursing Roles (2)

 

2.   Required Courses (3 units)

The following courses must be taken concurrently with role emphasis courses

MSN 591.       Applied Research for Nursing Practice I (1)

MSN 592.       Applied Research for Nursing Practice II (2)

 

3.   Capstone Experience (0 units)

Comprehensive Exam (0)1

 

NOTES:

1.   Effective Fall 2003, Comprehensive Exams will be proctored, on-campus exams and include an oral component.  MSN students, who elect to take the Comprehensive Exam the semester following completion of all MSN coursework, must register for one unit of MSN 600 to meet the continuous enrollment requirement.

2.   Nurse Educator Role Option students must complete either MSN 523 or MSN 533 before beginning role option courses.

3.   Nurse Administrator Role Option students must complete either MSN 536, or MSN 555 before beginning role option courses.

 

Each student must select one of the role options below.  This choice must be declared upon admission:

 

C. Role Options  (13-30 units)

1.   Nurse Educator Option (13 units)

a.   Required Courses 

MSN 521.       Nurse Educator:  Theory (4)

MSN 551.       Nurse Educator:  Role Performance  I (2)

MSN 561.       Nurse Educator:  Role Performance II (2)

MSN 571.       Nurse Educator:  Role Performance III (2)

b.   Electives:  Select one of the following courses (3 units):
MSN 523 or MSN 533.

 

2.   Nurse Administrator Option (13 units)

a.   Required Courses

MSN 522.       Nurse Administrator:  Theory (4)

MSN 552.       Nurse Administrator:  Role Performance  I (2)

MSN 562.       Nurse Administrator:  Role Performance II (2)

MSN 572.       Nurse Administrator:  Role Performance III (2)

b.   Electives :  Select one of the following courses (3 units): MSN 555, MSN 536, or MSN 533.

 

3.   Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist Option (23 units)

MSN 523.     Family Assessment:  Theory and Practice (3)

MSN 525.     Theoretical Foundations of CNS Parent-Child Nursing (3)

MSN 526.     Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527.     Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528.     Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 541.     Parent-Child CNS:  Role Performance I (3)

MSN 542.     Parent-Child CNS:  Role Performance II (4)

MSN 543.     Parent-Child CNS: Role Performance III (3)

4.   Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Option  (25 units)

MSN 526.     Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527.     Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528.     Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 533.     Theoretical Aspects of Aging (3)

MSN 534.     Healthcare Needs of Complex Aging Patients (3)

MSN 544.     Gerontology CNS: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 545.     Gerontology CNS: Role Performance II (4)

MSN 546.     Gerontology CNS: Role Performance III (3)

5.   Family Nurse Practitioner Option  (33 units)

MSN 526.     Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527.     Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528.     Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 556.     Primary Care of the Family I (4)

MSN 557.     Primary Care of the Famil:  Role Performance I(4)

MSN 566.     Primary Care of the Family II (4)

MSN 567.     Primary Care of the Family:  Role Performance II (4)

MSN 576.     Primary Care of the Family III (4)

MSN 577.     Primary Care of the Family:  Role Performance III (4)

 

Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Graduate)

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate for nurses with master’s degrees in nursing who want to develop advanced practice knowledge and skill in primary care of the family.  Included in the course of study are advanced health assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology and comprehensive assessment and management of common acute, chronic and complex health problems across the life span within a culturally diverse environment.

Eligibility Requirements

1.  Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and NLNAC or CCNE-accredited nursing program or the equivalent as determined by the School of Nursing Student Affairs Committee.

2.  Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in units attempted, or demonstrated academic ability as required by the faculty, following the appeal process.

3.  Current RN licensure in the United States.  Personal professional liability insurance is required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.

Course Pre-requisites:  Health Assessment and Pathophysiology.

Health Assessment:  An academic, undergraduate course with clinical lab experience or equivalent is required of Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate students. 

Pathophysiology:  An academic, undergraduate course or equivalent course is required for Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate students. 

A.  Required Courses

MSN 526.     Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527.     Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528.     Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 556.     Primary Care of Family I (4)

MSN 557.     Primary Care of Family:  Role Performance I (4)

MSN 566.     Primary Care of Family II (4)

MSN 567.     Primary Care of Family: Role Performance II (4)

MSN 576.     Primary Care of Family III (4)

MSN 577.     Primary Care of Family: Role Performance III (4)

 

Quality Improvement Certificate (Graduate)

The Graduate Program offers a certificate program in Quality Improvement for BSN-prepared nurses who want to develop graduate level knowledge and skill in implementing an institution-wide quality improvement program.  Included in the course of study are utilization review, assessment and measurement of the level of care provided to clients, and the utilization of resources.  This certificate program is administered by the Coordinator of the Graduate Program.

A.  Eligibility Requirements

 

To be eligible for this certificate program, applicants must:

1.   Hold a current RN license;

2.   Hold a BSN degree from an accredited U.S. institution (Graduates of foreign institutions will need to have their transcripts evaluated by an international evaluation service.  More information is sent regarding this process upon receipt of the application.); and

3.   Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted, or demonstrated academic ability as required by the graduate nursing faculty, following the appeal process.

Applicants must take MSN 501 as the first required course. Certain courses for the Quality Improvement Certificate require the successful completion of prerequisites not offered as part of the program. These are:

   an undergraduate statistics course  (inferential and probability) or equivalent;

   an introductory research course or equivalent.

 

B.  Required Courses  (14 units)

MSN 501.     Nursing Informatics (1)

MSN 555.     Quality Assessment and Improvement in Health Care:  Principles, Methods & Application (3)

MSN 530.     Research Utilization (3)

MSN 522.     Societal Institutions:  Nurse Administrator (4)

MSN 591.     Applied Research for Nursing Practice I (1)

MSN 592.     Applied Research for Nursing Practice II (2)

 

Post-master's CNS Parent-Child Nursing Certificate (Graduate)

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master's Certificate in CNS Parent-Child Nursing for nurses with master's degrees in nursing who want to develop advanced practice knowledge and skills in the specialized care of families and children.  Included in the course of study are advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, comprehensive assessment, heath promotion, and management of complex care for families and children in various clinical and community settings.  The Certificate Program consists of a total of 25 units (16 units specific only to the CNS Parent-Child Nursing program).

Eligibility Requirements:

1.  Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and NLNAC or CCNE-accredited nursing program or the equivalent as determined by the Division of Nursing Student Affairs Committee.

2.  Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in units attempted, or demonstrated academic ability as required by the faculty, following the appeal process.

3.  Current licensure in the United States.  Health clearance (immunity, etc.) and personal professional liability insurance are required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.

A.  Required Courses

MSN 523.     Clinical Nurse Specialist:  Parent/Child I (3)

MSN 525.     Clinical Nurse Specialist:  Parent/Child II (3)

MSN 526.     Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527.     Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528.     Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 541.     Parent-Child CNS:  Role Performance I (3)

MSN 542.     Parent-Child CNS:  Role Performance II (4)

MSN 543.     Parent-Child CNS: Role Performance III (3)

 

Post-master's Certificate in CNS Gerontology Nursing (Graduate)

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master's Certificate in CNS Gerontology Nursing for nurses with master's degrees in nursing who want to develop advanced practice knowledge and skills in the specialized care of elders and their families.  Included in the course of study are advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and comprehensive assessment, health promotion, and management of complex care for elders in various clinical and community settings.  The Certificate Program consists of a total of 25 units (16 of the units specific only to the CNS Gerontology Nursing program):

Eligibility Requirements:

1.  Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and NLNAC or CCNE-accredited nursing program or the equivalent as determined by the Division of Nursing Student Affairs Committee.

2.  Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in units attempted, or demonstrated academic ability as required by the faculty, following the appeal process.

3.  Current licensure in the United States.  Health clearance (immunity, etc.) and personal professional liability insurance are required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.

A.  Required Courses

MSN 526.     Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527.     Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528.     Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 533.     Theoretical Aspects of Aging (3)

MSN 534.     Healthcare Needs of Complex Aging Patients (3)

MSN 544.     Gerontology CNS: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 545.     Gerontology CNS: Role Performance II (4)

MSN 546.     Gerontology CNS: Role Performance III (3)

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Upper Division

BSN 301   Technology for the Information Age  (1).

Prerequisite:  BSN 310 is recommended.

Focuses on the impact of the information age on nursing education, research and practice.  Informatics as a discipline is introduced.  Access to a computer with modem, e-mail including a personal address and www capability is required.

BSN 305   Human Diversity and Health Care (4).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Uses cross cultural and family theory to explore forms of human diversity, including culture, gender, age, and family form.  Analyzes how human diversity affects health/illness dynamics, and how recognition of ethnocentrism and bias can help improve health care delivery. 

BSN 310   Professional Nursing Horizons (2). 

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 or  may be taken concurrently.

A systematic problem-solving approach which will help nurses assess potential roles and options, establish career goals, and identify resources which can guide them on a path toward fulfilling their own educational and professional goals.  CR/NC grading.

BSN 315   Life Cycle (3). 

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Explores the biological, psychological, cognitive, and social aspects of human development throughout each stage of the life cycle.  Each unit is organized around the growth of the individual within the context of the family structure.

BSN 325   Complementary and Alternative Health Care Modalities (1).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310 are required; BSN 305 is recommended.

Examines the role of traditional healers in the context of culture.  A n overview of some Eastern and Western approaches to healing is offered.  Students investigate through interviews, field trips, Internet and literature searches a variety of non-conventional therapies.

BSN 335   Biochemistry (4). 

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Explores the principles underlying the chemistry of living systems and how the human organism meets vital needs.  It provides an introduction to the chemistry of bioenergetics, metabolism, biosynthesis, and molecular physiology.

BSN 340   Professional Collaboration in Nursing Practice (3).  

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Examines communication skills critical to the practice of nursing, incorporating theoretical principles and applications.  Includes analysis of helping relationships with clients, as well as collaboration, networking, negotiation, and conflict resolution in interdisciplinary health care settings.

BSN 345   Pathophysiology (4).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Explores the response of the human body to illness and injury with respect to common disorders of the major physiologic systems.  Clinical correlations are provided to assist the health professional in applying this knowledge toward proposing therapeutic interventions.

BSN 380   Health Assessment (3). 

Prerequisite: BSN 301, BSN 345 is recommended. Co-requisite: BSN 381 is  recommended.

Provides the opportunity to gain basic knowledge and assessment skills required to perform a complete nursing health assessment of pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.

BSN 381   Health Assessment Skills Seminar (1). 

Prerequisite: BSN 301. Co-requisite: BSN 380 is recommended.

Provides the opportunity for application of basic knowledge and the practice of skills related to performing a complete nursing health assessment of pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.  Requires 16 hours of practice in a clinical laboratory. CR/NC grading.

BSN 400   Health Promotion and Teaching (3).

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required.

Explores the concepts of health promotion and interrelates them with health teaching process.  A variety of client situations and appropriate teaching strategies are considered.  Learning needs within health care institutions are investigated and program evaluation is addressed.

BSN 405   Statistics (3).

Prerequisites:  Fulfillment of the ELM requirement and intermediate algebra requirement. 

Satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.  Includes development and application of the following topics:  Descriptive and Inferential Statistics, Mathematics of Finance, Linear Programming and Graph Theory.  

BSN 410   Community Based Nursing I (3). 

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required; BSN 400 and BSN 405 are recommended.

Co-requisite:  BSN 411 is  recommended.

Explores the role of the home health care nurse within the context of the community.  Emphasizes the promotion and restoration of health, prevention of disease, and health teaching when providing care for individuals and families.

BSN 411   Home Health Role Performance (2). 

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required; BSN 400 and BSN 405 ; BSN 410 or concurrent enrollment.

Provides an opportunity for application of the knowledge and the practice of skills of the home health nurse in a community setting.  Requires 48 hours of clinical practice with a preceptor.  Includes a service-learning component.  CR/NC grading.

BSN 416   Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Health Care (1).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Focus on multidisciplinary perspective of health care quality management.  Introduction to case studies and discussions relating to statistical tools, approaches to operations management, organizational behavior, and CQI implementation in health care. CR/NC grading.

BSN 420   Community Based Nursing II (3). 

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required;  BSN 400, BSN 410 and BSN 460 are recommended.

Co-requisite:  BSN 421 is  recommended.

Explores dimensions of community health nursing from a community perspective and focuses on the “community as client” for health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction.  Examines epidemiological principles and evidence-based nursing interventions.

BSN 421   Public Health Role Performance (2).

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required; BSN 400 and BSN 405 ; BSN 420 or concurrent enrollment.

Provides an opportunity for application of the knowledge and the  skills of the public health nurse in a community setting.  Requires 48 hours of clinical practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

BSN 426   Nursing and Telehealth (2).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Explores the provision of health care by the multidisciplinary team to geographically remote clients through the use of sophisticated multiple technologies.  The role of the nurse in telehealth is examined in terms of professional preparation and practice considerations. CR/NC grading.

BSN 430   Health Care Systems, Policy and Finance (3).

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required;  BSN 400 and BSN 405 are recommended.

Overview of health policy generation, regulation and implementation.  Nursing is viewed as pivotal in promoting public health policy, advocating for nursing and health care reform and critically evaluating key outcomes of health care programs.  Financial models are critically examined.

BSN 436   Principles of Healthcare Budgeting (2).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Explores the basics of the healthcare budgeting process.  Cost concepts, forecasting, and variance analysis are reviewed.  Emphasis is centered on the operating budget and performance based budgeting.  Rationale for costing out nursing services is discussed.

BSN 440   Professional Nursing Roles (3).

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required;  BSN 400 may be taken concurrently.

The foundations of professional nursing practice from historical, philosophical, ethical, political, and legal perspectives are explored.  Significant issues are analyzed and strategies presented.  Diverse roles and settings for nursing practice are examined.  The relationship between theory, research, and nursing practice is analyzed.

BSN 446   Introduction to Nursing Case Management (2).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Explores the origins of case management and its relation to managed care.  Strategies and processes are analyzed.  Opportunities to examine real problems that arise in the nursing case manager role will be provided.

BSN 450   Nursing Leadership and Management (3). 

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required;  BSN 440 and BSN 460  are recommended.

Co-requisite:  BSN 430 and BSN 451 are recommended.

Focuses on theoretical principles to provide nurses with the knowledge base to be effective leaders/managers in today’s healthcare environment.  Discusses topics such as strategic planning, power, advocacy, collaboration and resource management.

BSN 451   Leadership and Management Role Performance (3). 

Prerequisite:  All BSN 300 level courses are required;  BSN 450 or concurrent enrollment: BSN 430, 440 and 460  are recommended.

Provides an opportunity for application of the knowledge and skills of the role of the nurse manager/leader in an administrative setting.  Requires 48 hours of clinical practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

BSN 456   Health and the Global Village (1).

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310.

Investigates international health, focusing on developing countries and the effect of globalization on world health.  The potential of telehealth is considered.  Characteristics of the successful international practitioner are discussed and professional opportunities abroad are explored. CR/NC grading.

BSN 460   Nursing Research Utilization (3). 

Prerequisite:  BSN 301 and BSN 310 are required;  BSN 405 may be taken concurrently.

Examines scientific clinical nursing rationale for research utilization and theory-based practice.  Concepts of research methods, processes, analyze relevant nursing problems for clinical effective practice.

BSN 494   Independent Study (1-3). 

A course of study designed cooperatively by student and instructor, and approved by the Program Director, to accomplish individualized learning objectives that are appropriate to the role of the professional nurse.  (Students should contact their advisor prior to enrolling to determine the appropriateness of this course for degree completion.)

BSN 495  Special Topics/Colloquia (1-3). 

Theses courses offer student groups an opportunity to explore a topic of current interest to the nursing profession with colleagues, faculty and special guest speakers.  CR/NC grading.

 

Graduate

Graduate standing and consent of the graduate program coordinator is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses. 

MSN 501  Nursing Informatics (1). 

Contribution of nursing informatics to advanced roles, including relationships among critical thinking, computer literacy, information literacy, and nursing informatics is examined.  Exercises in data/information management applied to nursing research, theory, and advanced role evaluated.

MSN 504  Advanced Nursing Roles (2).

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment.

This course will facilitate transition into advanced nursing roles.  The requirements for and the regulation of advanced roles, including dealing with role ambiguity and changing role boundaries will be explored.  Participation in the profession and exertion of leadership in the profession and the health care system will be examined.

MSN 510  Theories for Advanced Nursing Roles (3). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment.

Focuses on the use of nursing theory in advanced nursing roles in response to health related human phenomena in diverse settings.  The evolution of nursing models and theories is explored including history, philosophy of science, and utilization.

MSN 513  Health Care Policy/Economics (3).

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 concurrent enrollment.

Explores characteristics of the current healthcare environment as it pertains to policy development, health planning, and economic management at the national, state and local levels.  Multidisciplinary decisions regarding equitable distribution of existing resources, policy development, program evaluation, and client/population outcomes will be explored.

MSN 514  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3).

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment.

Examines traditional and alternative theoretical and conceptual bases of wellness from the perspective of nursing and health.  Focus is on assessment, diagnosis, intervention and outcome evaluation of wellness and disease prevention needs and issues encountered in advanced nursing roles.

MSN 521  Nurse Educator:  Theory (4). 

Prerequisites:  MSN 501, MSN 504, MSN 510, MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535, and MSN 523 or MSN 533.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required.

Examines the role of nurse educator in community academic and agency settings.  Curriculum development is analyzed, synthesized, and evaluated.  Emphasis on transforming a curricular framework into instructional design reflecting current learning theory, technology, and healthcare systems.

MSN 522  Nurse Administrator:  Theory (4). 

Prerequisites:  MSN 501, MSN 504, MSN 510, MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required.

This course examines the evolution and contemporary status of the role of the nursing service administrator  within complex systems. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the management of primary organizational, financial and human resources.  The utilization of information science and technology will be applied to key managerial functions.  Selected conceptual tools will be analyzed for application to leadership roles in nursing care system management.

MSN 523  Family Assessment:  Theory and Practice (3).

Prerequisites:  MSN 501, MSN 504, MSN 510, MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535 ; MSN 526, 527 and 528 can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.  Corequisite: MSN 541 for PC Role Option Students.

Focuses on the theoretical underpinnings specific to the biopsychosocial and developmental aspects of the family during the childbearing and childrearing years.  Examines the conceptual basis of advanced practice nursing within the context of family assessment, interventions and strategies.  Places emphasis on the family unit within a culturally diverse environment.

MSN 525  Theoretical Foundations of CNS Parent-Child Nursing (3).

Prerequisites:  MSN 523, MSN 526, MSN 527, MSN 528, and MSN 541. Corerequisite:  MSN 542.

Focuses on the theoretical foundations of healthcare delivery to childbearing and childrearing families within the context of the Clinical Nurse Specialist role.  Emphasizes the conceptual basis of advanced practice in response to health, illness, interventions and evaluation of families.  Gives attention to conditions involving genetics, neuropsychological, social and environmental alterations in a culturally diverse environment.  Delineates CNS practice guidelines specific to the childbearing/childrearing period.

MSN 526  Pharmacology (3).  

Prerequisites:  MSN 501, MSN 504, MSN 510, MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535 or permission of Chair.

Examines theoretical basis for pharmacological treatment of common health problems.  Selected classification of drugs will be discussed with emphasis on pharmacokinetic principles, pathophysiological basis for therapeutic use, adverse effects, drug interactions, contraindications for use, patient education and issue of compliance. 

MSN 527  Advanced Health Assessment (3). 

Prerequisites:  MSN 501, MSN 504, MSN 510, MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535 or permission of Chair.

Examines theory and practice of advanced health assessment, and application to the advanced practice role.  Emphasizes analysis and synthesis of subjective and objective data to identify health problems and develop management plans.  Health promotion, risk factor identification, and recognition of common abnormalities in advanced practice are explored.

BSN 528   Advanced Pathophysiology (3). 

Prerequisite:  Upper-division undergraduate Pathophysiology course.

Focuses on application of advanced knowledge of the complex physiological functions and pathophysiological processes related to the care of individuals with healthcare problems.  Discusses alterations in function, and adaptive, integrative and regulatory mechanisms at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels.

MSN 530  Research Utilization in Advanced Nursing Practice (3). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment.

Prepares the nurse to critique and apply research findings in nursing practice.  Critical thinking is related to problem identification, assessment of data, and outcome evaluation.  Research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, are examined and related to nursing informatics.

MSN 533  Theoretical Aspects of Aging (3).

Prerequisites:  MSN core courses; MSN 526, MSN 527 and MSN 528 may be taken concurrently. Corequisite:  MSN 544.

Focuses on the aging population as a whole; demographics; theories of aging of the individual, in a family unit, in relation to caregivers, and ethnicity.  Addresses the expected changes, normal and abnormal, of the aging process.  Analyzes the many assessment needs of elders.  Explores frameworks and standards of care, and patient outcomes.

MSN 534  Healthcare Needs of Complex Aging Patients (3).

Prerequisites:  MSN 533, MSN 544. Corequisite:  MSN 545.

Focuses on advanced practice care of the complex aging patient in regard to health promotion, disease prevention, mental health issues, and neurological impairments.  Develops a conceptual framework for studying health conditions in the aging population at large, and in a specific target population selected by the student.

MSN 535  Ethics in Advanced Nursing Roles  (2). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment.

Examines the theoretical/conceptual bases of ethics from a nursing perspective.  Focus is on the analysis, synthesis, and resolution of ethical issues encountered in advanced nursing roles.  Ethical relationships among nursing theory, research, and practice in healthcare delivery to a diverse population are explored.

MSN 536  Nursing Clinical Case Management Across the Health Care Continuum (3). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 or concurrent enrollment; MSN 504 is recommended.

The role of the nurse case manager, benefits of case management, and high risk populations across the healthcare continuum are identified.  A model for case management will be developed, implementation strategies will be discussed, and evaluation procedures will be identified. 

MSN 537  Gerontology for Nurses (3). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 501 and MSN 504.

Focuses on the health care delivery system and public policies that affect older adults.  Theory and current research associated with common clinical problems and therapeutic nursing interventions are examined.  Nursing care of at risk groups is emphasized.

MSN 541  Parent-Child CNS Role Performance I (3).

Prerequisites:  MSN 526, MSN 527 and MSN 528; Corequisite: MSN 523.

Emphasizes beginning mastery of specialized nursing practice.   Focuses on the roles of the Parent-Child CNS.  Affords an opportunity for comprehensive assessments and advanced clinical care with child bearing/rearing families within an interdisciplinary context.  Requires 144 hours of supervised practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 542  Parent-Child CNS Role Performance II (4).

Prerequisites: MSN 523 and MSN 541.  Corequisite: MSN 525.

Continues mastery of specialized nursing practice and the application of assessment and intervention principles.  Affords an opportunity for in-depth assessments; addresses patient-centered healthcare issues; and incorporates research findings in parent-child nursing practice.  Requires 196 hours of supervised practice with a preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 543  Parent-Child CNS Role Performance III (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 525 and MSN 542.

Continues in-depth study of healthcare issues in a selected population with attention to cost-effective interventions to improve patient outcomes.  Incorporates promotion of wellness, innovation and evaluation of practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Requires 144 hours of supervised practice with a preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 544  Gerontology:  CNS Role Performance I (3).

Prerequisite: MSN courses, MSN 526, MSN 527, and MSN 528 may be taken concurrently.  Corequisite: MSN 533.

Emphasizes beginning mastery of specialized advanced nursing practice.  Focuses on health needs, health promotion and disease prevention in the care of complex elderly patients.  Provides an opportunity to identify a patient-centered issue for continued research.  Requires 144 clinical hours of supervised practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 545  Gerontology CNS Role Performance II (4).

Prerequisites:  MSN 533 and MSN 544.  Corequisite:  MSN 534.

Focuses on using the "best practice" model, and considers its relevance in clinical care and research within a healthcare organization.  Provides a context for integrating community, resources and life space options for a selected group of elders with complex needs.  Requires 196 clinical hours of supervised practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 546  Gerontology CNS Role Performance III (3).

Prerequisites:  MSN 534 and MSN 535.

Focuses on advanced nursing practice and integration of the components of the Gerontology CNS role; clinical expertise, education, research, consultation and clinical leadership in a practice setting.  Requires 144 clinical hours of supervised practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 551  Nurse Educator:  Role Performance I (2).

Prerequisite:  MSN 521.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.

A previously selected nursing clinical focus provides the basis for implementing the institution or health care setting.  Under the supervision of an instructor and a preceptor, the student will apply and evaluate didactic and clinical teaching concepts and strategies. CR/NC grading.

MSN 552  Nurse Administrator:  Role Performance I (2). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 522.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.

An opportunity for the student to initiate the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting, focusing on a change project.  Under the supervision of an instructor and a preceptor, the student will formulate, implement and evaluate a change plan based on a conceptual nursing model. CR/NC grading.

MSN 555  Quality Improvement in Health Care (3).  

Prerequisite:  MSN 501.

Explores the historical evolution of quality initiatives in health care and defines current concepts in quality assessment and improvement.  Organizational performance, outcomes assessment, management and effectiveness, and the role of the advanced practice nurse are emphasized.

MSN 556  Primary Care of the Family I (4). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 526, MSN 527 or permission of Chair.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required.

Examines theoretical basis for pharmacological treatment of common health problems.  Emphasis will be placed on comprehensive assessment and management of common acute health problems seen in the care of clients across the life span.

MSN 557  Primary Care of the Family I:  Role Performance (4). 

Prerequisites:  MSN 526, MSN 527 or permission of Chair.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 591 is required.

Provides a preceptored supervised clinical experience with an emphasis on comprehensive assessment and management of common health problems seen in the primary care of clients across the life span.  Emphasis will be placed on the primary care of the individual and family within a culturally diverse environment.  CR/NC  grading.

MSN 561  Nurse Educator:  Role Performance II (2). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 551.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.

Under the supervision of an instructor and preceptor, the student demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge and competency with a selected client population.  Opportunity is provided to apply clinical knowledge and skill to a teaching situation.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 562  Nurse Administrator:  Role Performance II (2). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 552.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.

An opportunity for the student to initiate the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting, focusing on forces shaping the role of a nurse administrator in departmental and institutional governance. Under the supervision of an  instructor and a preceptor, the student will apply valid and reliable measures of performance evaluation to nurse administrator performance and organizational performance.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 566  Primary Care of the Family II (4).

Prerequisite:  MSN 556, MSN 557 or permission of Chair.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.

Examines theoretical and conceptual basis for advanced practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Emphasis is on comprehensive assessment and management of common chronic health problems. 

MSN 567  Primary Care of the Family II:  Role Performance (4). 

Prerequisites:  MSN 556, MSN 557 or permission of Chair.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.

Provides a preceptored supervised clinical experience emphasizing comprehensive assessment and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the life span.  Emphasis placed on primary care of individual and family in a culturally diverse environment. CR/NC grading.

MSN 571  Nurse Educator:  Performance III (2). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 561.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required.

An opportunity for the student to synthesize knowledge and skill from previous graduate theory and clinical course work toward the full realization of the nurse educator role in a selected educational institution or health care setting, including participation in governance.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 572  Nurse Administrator:  Role Performance III (2). 

Prerequisite:  MSN 562.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 592 is required. 

An opportunity for the student to initiate the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting, focusing on professional and regulatory requirements. Under the supervision of an instructor and a preceptor, the student will formulate a nursing service plan for integrating quality measures with cost control and case management practice. CR/NC grading.

MSN 576  Primary Care of the Family III (4).  

Prerequisite:  MSN 566, MSN 567 or permission of Chair. 

Examines theoretical and conceptual basis for advanced practice as Family Nurse Practitioner.  Emphasis is on comprehensive assessment and management of increasingly complex acute and chronic health problems across the life span for culturally diverse individuals and families. 

MSN 577  Primary Care of the Family III:  Role Performance (4).  

Prerequisites:  MSN 566, MSN 567 or permission of Chair. 

Provides a preceptored supervised clinical experience with emphasis is on comprehensive assessment and management of increasingly complex health problems across the life span for culturally diverse individuals and families.  Emphasis on primary care of individuals and families in a culturally diverse environment.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 591  Applied Research for Nursing Practice I (1).

Prerequisites:  MSN 530.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 524 and MSN 554; or MSN 525 and MSN 553; or MSN 521; or MSN 522; or MSN 556 and MSN 557 are required depending on role option.

Focuses on development of research utilization plan with attention to proposing a practice-specific-role option problem, to be resolved by analyzing theoretical/research bases and applying existing research-based solution/innovation.

MSN 592  Applied Research for Nursing Practice II (2).

Prerequisites:  MSN 591.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 551, MSN 561 and MSN 571; or MSN 564, MSN 574 and MSN 584; or MSN 563, MSN 573 and MSN 583; or MSN 552, MSN 562 and MSN 572; or MSN 566 and MSN 567 are required depending on role option.

Opportunity to utilize research findings in developing strategies to implement a research utilization plan for practice innovation based on research data.  The research utilization plan deals with a specific population related to the student’s role option practice.

MSN 594  Independent Study (1-3). 

A course of study designed cooperatively by student and instructor, and approved by the Chair, to accomplish individualized learning objectives that are appropriate to the role of the professional nurse.  (Students should contact their advisor prior to enrolling to determine the appropriateness of this course for degree completion.)

MSN 595  Special Topics/Colloquia (1-3). 

This course offers student groups an opportunity to explore a topic of current interest to the nursing profession with colleagues, faculty and special guest speakers.

MSN 599  Thesis or Directed Project (3).

Prerequisite:  MSN 591, MSN 592.

The goal of all students enrolled in this course is to complete a project or thesis under the guidance of an assigned instructor.  It is the culminating learning experience of a performance-based curriculum which emphasizes the role and function of advanced nursing practice in health care organizations.  To meet the standards established by the faculty the project or thesis must demonstrate a rigorous scientific approach, use a clearly documented theoretical framework, and have practical application to the student’s selected role emphasis.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 600  Project Continuation Course (0). 

Students who have not completed their                 MSN 599 Directed Project by the end of the term may enroll in the following term in the Project Continuation Course.

 

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled on a "demand" basis.  Students should consult the department office for information about the next schedule offering.

MSN 524  Clinical Nurse Specialist:
Gerontology (6). 

Prerequisites:  MSN 501, MSN 504, MSN 510, MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535, MSN 526 and MSN 527.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 554 and MSN 591 are required.

Theoretical perspectives on aging and normative aging processes within the context of family and society are examined.  Students investigate the theoretical and research foundations of selected clinical concepts and the nursing therapeutic interventions and anticipated outcomes associated with them.

MSN 554  Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance (2). 

Prerequisites:  MSN 501, MSN 504, MSN 510, MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535, MSN 526, MSN 527.  Concurrent enrollment in MSN 524 and MSN 591 are required.

An opportunity to implement the gerontology CNS role in selected health care settings.  Emphasis is on health screening and clinical decision making related to ethics, legal and regulatory influences on care of elderly persons.  Instructor and clinical preceptor guide experiences. CR/NC grading.