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Nursing

College of Professional Studies    

School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science

Master of Science

Nurse Administrator Option

Nurse Educator Option

Clinical Nurse Specialist Option–Parent-Child and Gerontology

Family Nurse Practitioner Option

Clinical Nurse Leader Option (Master's Entry-level)

Certificate

Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-master's Clinical Nurse Specialist

Post-master's Nurse Administrator

Post-master's Nurse Educator

Public Health Nursing

Faculty

Rose A. Welch, Acting Director, School of Nursing

Cynthia G. Johnson, Acting Chair, School of Nursing and Coordinator, Graduate Nursing Program

Kathleen T. Chai, Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Program

Gay Goss, Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner Option

Patricia Hinchberger, Director, Master's Entry-Level Professional Nursing Program

Laura Inouye, Associate Director, Master's Entry-level Professional Nursing Program

Angela Albright, Terri Ares, Cynthia Bostick, Erik Ernst, Jorge Escamilla, Linda Goldman, Barbara Kennedy, Dale Mueller, Kathleen O'Connor, Lauren Outland, Carole A. Shea, Jo Ann Wegmann, William Whetstone

School of Nursing (SON) Office: (310) 243-3596

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

Program Descriptions

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 SON offers three degree programs: (1) the Bachelor of Science (B.S. degree) in Nursing (RN-BSN) Program for registered nurses to complete their undergraduate degree in nursing; (2) the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nursing (MSN) for registered nurses who wish to specialize in an area of advanced practice; and (3) the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role option, which is also known as the Master's Entry-level Professional Nursing (MEPN) Program for those who have a B.S. or B.A. degree in another field and are seeking to become registered nurses. The programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The RN-BSN and the MSN programs are designed for registered nurses who wish to expand their nursing career opportunities and leadership roles. The curricula are responsive to the needs of adult learners whose time, lifestyle or work schedules make it difficult to complete a traditional course of study in residence at a campus.

The MEPN program is designed for students who have a BS or BA (in any field), have completed all pre-requisites (see CNL Admission Criteria section), but are not registered nurses. The curriculum offers an intensive, accelerated program which is 75 units of full-time study with more than 1000 hours of clinical experience at partner hospitals and agencies. The program is a sequence of six semesters of full-time study, granting the M.S. degree in Nursing in the CNL role option.

A.  Program Features

     These programs provide nursing students with varying interests and backgrounds with unique advantages such as:

  • Classes designed to meet the needs of adult learners
  • Opportunities to meet students with similar goals
  • Access to faculty with a strong track record in education, research, management and clinical practice
  • Courses offered online through the Internet as well as some in the classroom
  • Credit and course work transferable statewide
  • Professional skill development and networking with a diverse group of nursing professionals

1.  Online Learning 

     All courses have an online component. A course may be taught all online, or as a hybrid mix of online and classroom sessions. Courses in the RN-BSN and MSN programs are offered predominantly online, while the MEPN program courses are predominantly classroom-based. Online courses are taught asychronously so that students have the flexibility of accessing and participating in the courses at the time and place that is most convenient for them. Online courses require interaction with the instructor and group work with classmates through the Internet; they must be completed within the semester. Some online course may require students to take part in an on-site class, either on campus or at selected sites throughout California. The on-site requirements for online classes are usually limited to 1-2 days in a semester.

2.  Classroom-based Courses

     Most of the courses in the MEPN program are held in a classroom and require weekly attendance. Some RN-BSN and MSN core courses are also offered as classroom-based seminars that meet several times during the semester in the evening or on weekends at partnering agencies.

3.  Preceptorships/Clinical Affiliations

     The SON maintains many affiliation agreements with health care agencies and other institutions for student clinical placements. Students participate in performance courses (clinical practice/skills laboratory experiences) with supervision by faculty instructors and agency preceptors. Required clinical hours vary according to the course and program or role option.

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 10928.) Your transcript is your certificate of completion for the C.E. units.

C. National Site: BSN and MSN Program

     There are many RNs in the rural and urban areas of other states, 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 theories and research findings to evidence-based 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 Programs place a high premium on student advisement, beginning with general information sessions for prospective students and orientation for newly admitted students. Special advisors in the College of Professional Studies 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 cpsadvising@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 has access to a faculty advisor for specific program guidance and professional mentoring.

Students are urged to seek advice and communicate with faculty and Student Service Center advisors as soon as issues or problems arise. The matter will be referred to the appropriate faculty advisor as necessary.

Preparation

  1. Students in the BSN and MSN programs must be licensed as registered nurses or nearing completion of RN program. Students in the MEPN Program are not licensed RN's. It is the student's responsibility to immediately report in writing any change in licensure status to Director of the SON.
  2. Students are responsible for obtaining any necessary health exams, immunizations, CPR, universal precautions, and HIPAA training, etc. required by the University or an affiliating clinical agency.  This may include criminal background checks, drug screening and other tests.  If students are not able to meet all agency requirements, they may be barred from entering the clinical area.  The SON cannot guarantee alternative clinical placements.  If students are not able to meet clinical course objectives, they may be subject to disqualification from the program.
  3. Patient confidentiality and other professional ethics must be respected.
  4. Students must obtain the course materials by downloading their syllabus from Blackboard by going to http://toro.csudh.edu.
  5. 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.

Graduation with Honors

Nursing students are admitted as juniors.  An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with honors in Nursing provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.85 in courses needed to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the Nursing faculty.

 

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, patient-centered professional nursing care for individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum in a variety of community based settings and institutions, emphasizing quality and patient safety.
  2. Integrate knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences, informatics, and the humanities into professional nursing practice.
  3. Demonstrate cultural competence and respect for human dignity in working with others and providing care from beginning to end of life.
  4. Implement health promotion and disease prevention plans for individuals, families and populations.
  5. Use critical thinking, research findings and evidence-based practice in delivering professional nursing care.
  6. Form interdisciplinary collaborative relationships to improve professional nursing practice and the quality of health care for all.
  7. Demonstrate ethical behaviors and professional nursing values.
  8. Participate in political regulatory processes to influence social justice, health care systems and quality improvement policies.
  9. Exhibit effective communication skills for professional nursing practice.
  10. Demonstrate commitment to a lifelong learning plan for professional development.

 

B.  Admissions Requirements

1.  Minimum of 60 semester units of transferable college credit with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) or better and grades of C or better in all transferable course work 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.

3.  Students who are enrolled in an affiliated Associate Degree Nursing Program may be admitted for concurrent enrollment in the RN-BSN Program.

NOTE: Diploma Nurse Applicants who have not met the 60-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 two possible options:

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

2.  In addition to online or classroom courses, student may complete two courses 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 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.

General Education

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

Course Title GE
Category
Semester  Units
BSN 306 Cultural Diversity
and Health Care
 D & G 3
BSN 315 Life Cycle E 3
BSN 325 Complementary and Alternative Health Care Modalities D 1
BSN 335 Biochemistry B 4
BSN 346 Human Pathophysiology B 3
BSN 405 Statistics B 3

 

BSN Degree Requirements (49-52 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. Electives are not required unless necessary to complete degree requirements.

A.  Support Courses (9 units):

BSN 306. Cultural Diversity and Healthcare (3)

BSN 346. Human Pathophysiology (3)

BSN 405. Statistics (3)

 

B.  Integrated Nursing Courses (37 units):

BSN 302. Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice (3)

BSN 307. Health Care Informatics and Technology (3)

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 408. Gerontological Nursing Practice (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 450. Nursing Leadership & Management (3)

BSN 451. Leadership & Management Role Performance (2)

BSN 460. Research in Nursing Practice (3)

 

Public Health Nurse Certificate (Postbaccalaureate)

The RN-BSN program satisfies the Board of Registered Nurses academic requirements to be eligible for the 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 with the approval from the BRN has 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.  Overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the baccalaureate program.

3.  As a baccalaureate graduate with a non-nursing degree from an accredited institution; or

     Graduates of a BSN program from an accredited foreign institution need to contact 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 via teleconference. Previous nursing and related course work will be evaluated 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 (35 units):

BSN 306. Cultural Diversity (3)   

BSN 346. Human Pathophysiology (3)

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/cps/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.

The Masters Entry to Professional Nursing (MEPN) Program prepares students in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role option for licensure as registered nurses in clinical practice as advanced generalists. The CNL role option is only open to qualified students who are seeking to become registered nurses. (See Admission Criteria for CNL Role Option.) Course work includes MSN core and advanced science courses, and pre-licensure nursing courses taught at the graduate level. Check the SON website for more detailed information about the MEPN/CNL Program at www.csudh.edu/cps/son.

A.  Program Objectives

     Upon completion of the M.S. degree program in Nursing, graduates will be able to:

1.  Integrate knowledge, theory, research and skills in the delivery of comprehensive care and services for individuals, families and populations.

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

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

4.  Apply oral, written and technological communication skills in clinical, educational, and professional contexts and systems.

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

6.  Advocate for healthcare policies and financing that 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 for continued professional growth.

 

B.  Role Options

     The MSN curriculum allows RN students to choose from one of four nursing role options: Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist. Those seeking to become RNs may only choose the Clinical Nurse Leader role option (MEPN program). The CNL option has a fixed curriculum pattern which must be followed as sequenced. Each student must select one of the role options upon application to the university.

 

C. Admission Requirements for RNs in the MSN Program

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 or by the completion of 9 graduate units.

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.  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.  FNP students are admitted on a conditional basis, pending completion of MSN 526, 527, 528 and 530 and a professional portfolio.  See additional eligibility criteria listed on the Nursing website. (www.csudh.edu/cps/son)

 

D. Admissions Criteria for the Clinical Nurse Leader Role Option in the MEPN Program

1.  Admission Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree in any field but Nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0, preferably higher, in the last 60 semester units.
  • Grades of B or better in all science Pre-requisites required (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology).
  • Grades of B or better strongly recommended in all other Pre-requisites.
  • Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (score greater or equal to 8) (See Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement in the University Catalog.)
  • Portfolio validating previous learning and work experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 1 from faculty and 1 from recent employer).
  • Personal Interview.
  • Students will also be required to complete a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course prior to beginning the program and submit certification.

2.  Required Pre-requisite Coursework

  • English (3 units)
  • Speech (3 units)
  • Human Anatomy with Lab (4 units)
  • Human Physiology with Lab (4 units)
  • Microbiology with Lab (4 units)
  • Pathophysiology (3 units)
  • Psychology (3 units)
  • Research Methods (3 units)
  • Sociology or Anthropology (3 units)
  • Statistics (3 units)

3.  Recommended Experience

  • Prior health care work experience
  • Leadership activities
  • Community activities

4.  Portfolio

     Applicants MUST attend a workshop to facilitate the development and presentation of their professional portfolio of academic achievement, personal accomplishments, and work experience. The faculty will review this portfolio as part of the admissions process and award points.

The Professional Portfolio includes:

  • Official copies of all transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of Intent and Goals
  • Awards and Honors
  • Healthcare Work Experience
  • Community Activities
  • Leadership Activities
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Reflection on Nursing as a Career
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Practical Plan of Action

Admission decisions are based on the overall evaluation of the applicant.

 

E.  Pathway Program for Registered Nurses with Non-Nursing BS/BA or MS/MA Degrees

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

 

F.  Program Structure

     The MSN program consists of 15 units of core courses, plus role emphasis courses. The total number of units varies according to the role option:

  • Nurse Administrator (30 units)
  • Nurse Educator (36 units) *
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (40 units)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (48 units)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader (75 units)

     Courses should be completed in the suggested sequence as noted in the MSN curriculum charts and handbooks. Students wishing to accelerate their study or pursue full time study should seek advice and approval from the Graduate Coordinator.

     All students conclude their 30-75 units of master's preparation with a culminating activity (See MSN Degree Requirements)

        * 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 course should be taken prior to entry into role-emphasis courses.

 

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 "B-" or lower during any term must meet with the graduate advisor as soon as the grade report is issued.

         Students may repeat a failed course only once to achieve a passing grade. Failure to achieve a passing grade in a repeated course may result in dismissal from the program. Only two courses may be repeated during the entire program.

MSN Degree Requirements (30-75 units)

The program requires 30-75 units of approved graduate study that includes five role options. The curriculum consists of core courses, role emphasis courses, role performance (clinical/practicum) courses, electives and the culminating experience.

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.

Core Courses (15 units)

MSN 502. Advanced Roles in Nursing (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 531. Nursing Ethics (3)

Culminating Experience (0 units)

Effective spring 2009, the culminating experience consists of a Portfolio documenting the student's achievement of the MSN program objectives and a narrated Powerpoint presentation (oral presentation). The Portfolio and Powerpoint are submitted online and the oral presentation is delivered via conference call with faculty. MSN students who elect to do the culminating activity in the semester following completion of MSN coursework must register in MSN 600 to meet the continuous enrollment requirement.

Role Options (15-60 units)

Nurse Administrator Option (15 units)

MSN 532. Nurse Administrator: Societal Institutions (3)

MSN 538. Nurse Administrator: Resource Management (3)

MSN 555. Quality Improvement in Health care (3)

MSN 560. Nurse Administrator: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 570. Nurse Administrator: Role Performance II (3)

Nurse Educator Option (21 units)

A.  Required Courses:

MSN 527. Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528. Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 529. Nurse Educator: Curriculum & Teaching (3)

MSN 539. Nurse Educator: Testing & Evaluation (3)

MSN 559. Nurse Educator: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 569. Nurse Educator: Role Performance II (3)

 

B.  Electives: Select one of the following courses (3 units):

MSN 523. Family Assessment (3)

MSN 533. Theories of Aging (3)

Clinical Nurse Specialist Option- Parent Child and Gerontology (25 units)

MSN 523. Family Assessment: Theory and Practice (3) (or MSN 533)

MSN 526. Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527. Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528. Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 533. Theories of Aging (3) (or MSN 523)

MSN 547. Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance I (3)

MSN 548. Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance II (3)

MSN 549. Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance II (4)

MSN 550. Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (3)

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 Family I (4)

MSN 558. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 566. Primary Care of Family II (4)

MSN 568. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance II (3)

MSN 576. Primary Care of Family III (4)

MSN 578. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance III (3)

MSN 588. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance IV (3)

Clinical Nurse Leader Option (60 units)*

BSN 380. Health Assessment (3)

MSN 505. Introduction to Pharmacology (2)

MSN 506. Foundations of Professional Nursing (3)

MSN 507. Applied Nursing Science I (3)

MSN 508. Intermediate Care of Adults (3)

MSN 509. Applied Nursing Science II (3)

MSN 511. Psychiatric-Behavioral Health Care (2)

MSN 513. Applied Nursing Science III (2)

MSN 517. Clinical Leadership and Management (2)

MSN 500. Applied Nursing Science IV (2)

MSN 551. Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care (2)

MSN 552. Applied Nursing Science V (2)

MSN 553. Nursing Care of Children (2)

MSN 554. Applied Nursing Science VI (2)

MSN 518. Advanced Clinical Care (2)

MSN 519. Applied Nursing Science VII (2)

MSN 526. Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527. Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528. Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

*Note: 14 units of role emphasis coursework in CNL role is pending.

 

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 .  Health clearance (immunity, etc.) 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.

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 558. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 566. Primary Care of Family II (4)

MSN 568. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance II (3)

MSN 576. Primary Care of Family III (4)

MSN 578. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance III (3)

MSN 588. Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance IV (3)

Post-master's CNS Certificate (Graduate)

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

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 .  Health clearance (immunity, etc.) is required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.

Required Courses:

MSN 523. Family Assessment: Theory and Practice (3) (or MSN 533)

MSN 526. Pharmacology (3)

MSN 527. Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528. Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 533. Theories of Aging (3) (or MSN 523)

MSN 547. Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance I (3)

MSN 548. Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance II (3)

MSN 549. Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance II (4)

MSN 550. Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (3)

 

Post-master's Nursing Administration Certificate (Graduate)

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration for nurses with a master's in nursing who want to develop advanced knowledge and skills as a nurse manager or administrator in health care institutions. The study of various health care systems and all areas of management are included with emphasis on quality improvement and evidence-based administrative practices. The certificate program consists of 15 units.

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 licensure in the United States . Health clearance (immunity, etc.) is required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.

Required Courses (15 units)

MSN 532. Nurse Administrator: Societal Institutions (3)

MSN 538. Nurse Administrator: Resource Management (3

MSN 555. Quality Improvement in Health care (3)

MSN 560. Nurse Administrator: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 570. Nurse Administrator: Role Performance II (3)

 

Post-master's Nursing Education Certificate (Graduate)

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education for nurses with master's degrees in nursing who want to develop advanced knowledge and skills in curriculum development, student and program assessment, teaching and learning. Advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, curriculum development, teaching strategies, testing and evaluation, and practice teaching with a faculty preceptor are included in the program. The Certificate Program consists of a total of 21 units for students who already have master's preparation in a clinical specialty:

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 licensure in the United States . Health clearance (immunity, etc.) is required prior to enrolling in a role performance course.

A.  Required Courses (18 units):

MSN 527. Advanced Health Assessment (3)

MSN 528. Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

MSN 529. Nurse Educator: Curriculum & Teaching (3)

MSN 539. Nurse Educator: Testing & Evaluation (3)

MSN 559. Nurse Educator: Role Performance I (3)

MSN 569. Nurse Educator: Role Performance II (3)

 

 

B.  Electives: Select one of the following courses (3 units):

MSN 523. Family Assessment (3)

MSN 533. Theories of Aging (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 302         Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice (3).

Focuses on concepts essential to the baccalaureate prepared nurse for socialization into the full professional role.  Incorporates The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008).  Content areas include returning to school and role development, historical nursing influences, nursing theory, ethical practice, quality practice, accountability, and professional nursing issues/trends.

BSN 306         Cultural Diversity and Healthcare (3).

Applies cultural concepts and models to explore various forms of human diversity. Analyzes how cultural diversity affects health beliefs, health care behaviors, and health/illness dynamics. Discusses ethnocentrism and bias and their impact on health care. Helps to build cultural competence and improve health care delivery.

BSN 307         Health Care Informatics and Technology (3).

Provides an overview of the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the retrieval, storage, and use of information in health care.  Explores technology in nursing/health care practice, research, education, and leadership.

BSN 315         Life Cycle (3).

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 340         Professional Collaboration in Nursing Practice (3).

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 346         Human Pathophysiology (3).

Recommended Prerequisite: BSN 302.

Explores the response of the human body to various disease processes. Examines the rationale behind diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury. Contrasts the environmental and genetic components that contribute to health/illness. Emphasizes research advances in genetics and biomedical sciences, especially related to HIV/AIDS and quality of life.

BSN 380         Health Assessment (3).

Prerequisite: BSN 346 is recommended.

Corequisite: 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 346 is recommended.

Corequisite: 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: BSN 302.

Explores the concepts of health promotion and inter-relates them with the health teaching process in a variety of client situations.  Addresses learning needs within health care institutions.  Considers global health issues.  Is designated as a writing intensive course.

BSN 405         Statistics (3).

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 408        Gerontological Nursing Practice (3).

Equips nurses with the specific skills and knowledge to respond effectively to the needs of the aging population.  Centers on health needs of older adults and the application of efficacious, individual ways to assess and manage complex care of the older adult in various practice settings.

BSN 410         Community Based Nursing I (3).

Prerequisite: BSN 400 and BSN 405 are recommended.  Corequisite: 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: 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 420         Community Based Nursing II (3).

Prerequisite: BSN 400, BSN 410 and BSN 460 are recommended.

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

Prerequisite: BSN 400 and BSN 405 are recommended.

Provides an overview of health policy generation, regulation and implementation. Views Nursing I as pivotal in promoting public health policy, advocating for nursing and health care reform and critically evaluating key outcomes of health care programs. Critically examines financial models.

BSN 450         Nursing Leadership and Management (3).

Prerequisite: BSN 440 and BSN 460 are recommended.

Corequisite: BSN 451 is recommended.

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

BSN 451         Leadership and Management Role Performance (3).

Prerequisite: BSN 450 or concurrent enrollment is 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 460         Nursing Research Utilization (3).

Prerequisite: BSN 405 may be taken concurrently.

Examines scientific clinical nursing rationale for research utilization and theory-based practice. Presents concepts of research methods and processes. Analyzes 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.

Graduate

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

 

MSN 500         Applied Nursing Science IV (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 508, MSN 509. Corequisite: MSN 514.

Provides an opportunity for application of the knowledge and the skills of the nurse in a community setting.  Requires 96 hours of clinical practice with a faculty instructor.

MSN 502         Advanced Nursing Roles (3).

Introduces competencies and other foundational components of advanced nursing practices such as history, roles, options and choices that are associated with career development and professional practice. Aspects of advanced practice include the impact upon various roles of uses of technology, evidence-based decision making, organizational leadership, systems change, collaboration and outcomes evaluation.

MSN 503         MEPN Work Study (1).

Prerequisites: MSN 505, 506, 507

Provides an opportunity to apply current nursing knowledge and skills while providing patient care as a nursing student employee/trainee at a clinical institution affiliated with CSUDH School of Nursing.  Number of  required hours of clinical practice depends on the needs of the affiliated institution and the student's availability to work.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 505         Introduction to Pharmacology (2).

Corequisites: MSN 506 and MSN 507.

Introduces pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of agents used to treat various clinical conditions. Includes scope of practice, legal and ethical perspectives regarding administration and monitoring of drugs. Discusses unique aspects of drug administration in pediatric, pregnant and elderly patients.

MSN 506         Foundations of Professional Nursing (3).

Corequisites: MSN 505 and MSN 507.

Introduces the Clinical Nurse Leader role, nursing history, and evidence-based nursing practice. Emphasizes professional socialization and values, critical thinking, functional health patterns, growth and development, aging nursing process, basic illness and disease management, and therapeutic communication in providing nursing care for patients.

MSN 507         Applied Nursing Science I (3).

Corequisites: MSN 505 and MSN 506.

Introduces the student to Clinical Nurse Leader role as a generalist clinician. Provides an opportunity to use critical thinking, assessment of functional health patterns, the nursing process, basic nursing skills and therapeutic communication while providing care to patients and families. Requires 192 hours of supervised clinical practice. CR/NC grading.

MSN 508         Intermediate Care of Adults (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 505, MSN 506 and MSN 507; Corequisite: MSN 509.

Focuses on adult patients experiencing common acute, chronic and long-term medical-surgical health problems. Presents core concepts to systematically assess patient needs and manage care. Includes pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion, nutrition, cultural and ethnic considerations, and age differences related to disease and patient care.

MSN 509         Applied Nursing Science II (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 505, MSN 506, and MSN 507; Corequisite: MSN 508.

Focuses on providing evidence-based nursing care for adult patients experiencing common acute, chronic and long-term medical-surgical health problems. Requires 192 hours of supervised practice in skills lab and clinical setting. CR/NC grading.

MSN 511         Psychiatric –Behavioral Health Care (2).

Prerequisite: MSN 508 and MSN 509; Corequisite: MSN 512.

Emphasizes interactive influences of mind, body and spirit in psychiatric disorders and behavioral health problems. Presents communication theory, mental health principles, and neuropsychological science as the base for assessments and interventions. Stresses therapeutic nurse-patient relationships in providing care for diverse groups of patients.

MSN 512         Applied Nursing Science III (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 508 and MSN 509; Corequisite: MSN 511.

Focuses on the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship and neuropsychological science in providing evidence-based nursing care for a diverse group of patients with psychiatric disorders and behavioral health problems. Requires 96 hours of supervised practice in skills lab and clinical setting. CR/NC grading.

MSN 513         Health Care Policy/Economics (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502 is recommended.

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

MSN 514         Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502 is recommended.

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

MSN 517         Clinical Leadership and Management (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 515 and MSN 516.

Focuses on concepts essential to the development of the professional nurse as a clinical leader and manager.  Explores organizational structure, nursing delivery models, and human resource management.  Considers contemporary issues affecting the delivery of nursing care, informed by management, leadership, organizational, and legal perspectives.

MSN 518         Advanced Critical Care (2).

Corequisite: MSN 519.

Uses advanced nursing concepts in comprehensive cases to integrate the complex care needs of patients in critical care units, emergency department and home care settings. Focuses on systems pathology, current research, evidence-based practices, standards of care, setting priorities, delegation, and effectiveness of multidisciplinary interventions.

MSN 519         Applied Nursing Science VII (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 551, MSN 552, MSN 553, MSN 554. Corequisite: MSN 518.

Focuses on applying the knowledge and skills of the CNL role in providing evidence-based, cost-effective nursing care for diverse patients with complex heath care problems. Includes clinical practice in specialized hospital units and home health settings. Requires 192 hours of supervised practice with a clinical preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 520         Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 515 and MSN 516.  Corequisite: MSN 517.

Provides an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills necessary for the clinical nurse leader role and entry-level nursing practice in a clinical unit of interest to the student.  Requires 144 hours of clinical practice with a preceptor within an intensive 4-week timeframe.  CR/NC grading.

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

Prerequisites: MSN core courses; MSN 526, 527 and 528 can be taken concurrently with instructor permission; Corequisite: MSN 541 for PC Role Option Students only.

Focuses on the theoretical underpinnings specific to the biopsychosocial and developmental aspects of the family during the childbearing and child rearing 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; Corequisite: MSN 542.

Focuses on the theoretical foundations of health care delivery to childbearing and child rearing 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/child rearing period.

MSN 526         Pharmacology (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 502 is recommended or permission of Director.

Examines theoretical basis for pharmacological treatment of common health problems. Discusses selected classification of drugs 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 502 is recommended. MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 530, MSN 535 or permission of Director.

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. Explores health promotion, risk factor identification, and recognition of common abnormalities in advanced practice.

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 health care problems. Discusses alterations in function, and adaptive, integrative and regulatory mechanisms at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels.

MSN 529         Nurse Educator: Curriculum and Teaching (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502; Corequisite: MSN 559 is recommended.

Prepares the student for the nursing role of educator in a variety of academic and community settings. Analyzes and synthesizes curriculum development and teaching/learning strategies. Develops curriculum and teaching strategies using current nursing and education theory and research designed to meet the needs of diverse learners.

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

Prerequisite: MSN 502 is recommended.

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 531         Nursing Ethics (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502 is recommended.

Examines the theoretical and conceptual bases of ethics from a nursing perspective, including the moral development of nurses. Focuses on analysis, synthesis and resolution of ethical issues encountered in advanced practice nursing. Uses critical thinking to explore ethical relationships involved in delivering health care to diverse populations.

MSN 532         Nurse Administrator: Societal Institutions (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502; Corequisite: MSN 560 is recommended.

Examines the advanced role of the nurse administrator within the context of health care organizations, scientific enterprises, government and industry. Investigates current developments in the health care delivery system, including system management. Emphasizes the nurse administrator's leadership in providing health care to diverse populations by diverse providers within multi-level care settings.

MSN 533         Theoretical Aspects of Aging (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 502 is recommended; MSN 526, MSN 527 and MSN 528 may be taken concurrently. Corequisite: MSN 544 for CNS Gerontology Role Option students only.

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 538         Nurse Administrator: Resource Management (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502; Corequisite: MSN 570 is recommended.

Examines the advanced role of the nurse administrator within the context of resource management. Investigates current developments in health care delivery, including financial management, labor relations, and human resource management. Emphasizes leadership development within multi-level care settings.

MSN 539         Nurse Educator: Testing and Evaluation (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502; Corequisite: MSN 569 is recommended.

Prepares the student for the nursing role of educator in a variety of academic and community settings. Analyzes and synthesizes testing and evaluation strategies. Examines current topics and issues related to student assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes using nursing and education theory and research designed to meet the needs of diverse learners.

MSN 547         Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance I (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 502, MSN 527, MSN 528 and MSN 530. MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 526, MSN 531 are recommended. Corequisite: MSN 550.

Concentrates on application of theory to execute the CNS role in clinical settings with a specialty/population focus.  Under the supervision of an instructor and preceptor, provides opportunities for role socialization, exploration of CNS responsibilities, and development of novice competencies.  Requires 144 hours of supervised clinical practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 548         Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance II (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 550 and MSN 547. MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 526 and MSN 531 are recommended. Corequisite: MSN 523 or MSN 533.

Continues the application of theory to execute the CNS role in clinical settings with a specialty/population focus.  Provides opportunities for role socialization, exploration of CNS responsibilities, and development of novice competencies.  Requires 144 hours of supervised clinical practice with a preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 549         Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Performance III (4).

Prerequisites: MSN 523 or MSN 533, and MSN 548.  MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 526, MSN 531 are recommended.

Completes the sequence of the application of theory to execute the CNS role in clinical setting with a specialty/population focus.  Provides opportunities for role socialization, exploration of CNS responsibilities, and development of novice competencies.  Requires 144 hours of supervised clinical practice with a preceptor.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 550         Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 502, MSN 527 and MSN 530. MSN 513, MSN 514, MSN 526, MSN 528 and MSN 531 are recommended. Corequisite: MSN 547.

Focuses on the conceptual basis of advanced nursing practice to prepare the student for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role.  Content areas include CNS spheres of influence and subroles, practice models, family theories, leadership theories, decision-making models, organizational theories, and change management.

MSN 551         Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care (2).

Corequisite: MSN 552.

This course centers on health needs of women, the newborn, and their families in the childbearing years.  It emphasizes the developmental stages, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, and disease management for the maternal-newborn client.  This course also considers economic, social, and political factors that influence family health and healthcare policies.

MSN 552         Applied Nursing Science (2).

Corequisite: MSN 551.

Applied Nursing Science V is a maternal-newborn nursing clinical course.  The focus is on providing evidence-based, culturally competent nursing care for childbearing women and their babies during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum.  This course requires 96 hours of supervised practice in skills lab and obstetrical, Maternal/Newborn, and community clinical settings.  CR/NC grading.

MSN 553         Nursing Care of Children (2).

Prerequisites: MSN 511 and MSN 512. 
Corequisite: MSN 554.

This course centers on health needs of children and their families.  The emphasis is on developmental stages, principles of health needs of children and their families.  The emphasis in on developmental stages, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, and disease management for pediatric nursing care.  Healthcare policies, as well as economic, social and political factors that influence child health, are considered.

MSN 554         Applied Nursing Science (2).

Corequisite: MSN 553.

Focuses on providing evidence-based, culturally competent nursing care for children and their families.  Requires 96 hours of supervised practice in skills lab, and pediatric and community clinical settings.

MSN 555         Quality Improvement in Health Care (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502 is recommended.

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

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

Prerequisite: MSN 526, MSN 527 or permission of Director. Concurrent enrollment in MSN 558 is recommended.

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 558         Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance I (3).

Corequisite: MSN 556 is recommended.

Emphasizes comprehensive assessment and management of common acute health problems seen in the primary care of clients across the life span. Focuses on the primary care of the individual as a member of the family within a culturally diverse environment. Requires 144 hours of clinical practice under supervision by a faculty instructor and an individual preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 559         Nurse Educator: Role Performance I (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502. Corequisite: MSN 529 is recommended.

Provides the opportunity for implementing the nurse educator role in an education or health care setting. Applies curriculum development and didactic and clinical teaching/learning concepts and strategies, under supervision by the instructor and a preceptor. Requires 144 hours of practice in teaching. CR/NC grading.

MSN 560         Nurse Administrator: Role Performance I (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502; Corequisite: MSN 532 is recommended.

Provides the opportunity to implement the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting by focusing on forces shaping the role of the departmental nurse leader and institutional governance. Applies valid and reliable measures of evaluation to organizational and nurse administrator performance, under supervision by the instructor and a preceptor. Requires 144 hours of practice in administration. CR/NC grading.

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

Prerequisite: MSN 556, MSN 557 or permission of Director. Corequisite: MSN 568 is recommended.

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 568         Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance II (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 556 and MSN 558. Corequisite: MSN 566 is recommended.

Emphasizes comprehensive assessment and management of common acute health problems seen in women and children. Focuses on the primary care of the individual as a member of the family within a culturally diverse environment. Includes reproduction, pregnancy, contraception, growth and development, as well as health promotion and health maintenance for women and children. Requires 144 hours of clinical practice under supervision by a faculty instructor and individual preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 569         Nurse Educator: Role Performance II (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502; Corequisite: MSN 539 is recommended.

Provides the opportunity for implementing the nurse educator role in an education or health care setting. Applies assessment and evaluation concepts and strategies in didactic and clinical teaching/learning situations, under supervision by the instructor and a preceptor. Requires 144 hours of practice in teaching. CR/NC grading.

MSN 570         Nurse Administrator: Role Performance II (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502; Corequisite: MSN 538 is recommended.

Provides the opportunity to implement the nurse administrator role in a selected health care setting according to professional and regulatory requirements. Focuses on formulating a nursing service plan for integrating quality measures with cost control and case management practice, under supervision by the instructor and a preceptor. Requires 144 hours of practice in administration. CR/NC grading.

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

Prerequisite: MSN 566, MSN 567 or permission of Director. Corequisite: MSN 578 is recommended.

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 578         Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance III (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 566 and MSN 568. Corequisite: MSN 576 is recommended.

Emphasizes growth in independent practice in providing comprehensive assessment and management of common chronic health problems seen in the primary care of clients across the life span. Focuses on the primary care of the individual as a member of the family within a culturally diverse environment. Requires 144 hours of clinical practice under supervision by a faculty instructor and an individual preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 588         Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance IV (3).

Prerequisites: MSN 576 and MSN 578.

Provides an opportunity to integrate evidence based research into clinical evaluation and implementation of primary health care of clients across the life span. Emphasizes evaluation of the impact of community, cultural, socioeconomic, and psychosocial factors on the health care needs of individuals and families within a culturally diverse environment. Requires 144 hours of clinical practice under supervision by a faculty instructor and individual preceptor. CR/NC grading.

MSN 594         Independent Study (1-3).

A course of study designed cooperatively by student and instructor, and approved by the 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.)

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 600         Graduate Continuation Course (0).

Students who have not completed their culminating experience by the end of the term may enroll in the following term to maintain continuous enrollment.

Infrequently Offered Courses

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

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

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

 

BSN 335         Biochemistry (4).

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

Focuses 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 426         Nursing and Telehealth (2).

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 456         Health and the Global Village (1).

Investigates international health, focusing on developing countries and the effect of globalization on world health. Considers the potential of telehealth. Discusses the characteristics of the successful international practitioner and explores professional opportunities abroad. CR/NC grading.

MSN 510         Theories for Advanced Nursing Roles (3).

Prerequisite: MSN 502 is recommended.

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

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 health care issues; and incorporates research findings in parent-child nursing practice. Requires 192 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 health care 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.