MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Professors: B. Srof; R. Stoltzfus, Director
Associate Professors: B. Clem; K. Schmidt; S. Wenger; L. Wheeler

INTRODUCTION

The master of science in nursing program is designed for the registered nurse who is a graduate of a baccalaureate program in nursing. Courses meet once per week during late afternoon and evening hours. The program is built on a tradition of excellence in nursing education at the undergraduate level. A distinctive feature of the program is an emphasis on nursing care in a culturally diverse society. We give heed to providing care that values understanding the stories of patients, including those who are marginalized in our society.

One track is:  The Family Nurse Practitioner Program prepares students for the certification exam offered by AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) or ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center).

ADMISSION INFORMATION

Admission requirements include the following: GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last degree earned (or equivalent), curriculum vitae, bachelor’s degree in nursing from a school accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, an active RN license, three letters of reference that attest to academic and professional achievements, an essay, at least one year of clinical experience, TOEFL score of at least 100 on the Internet-based or 600 on the written-based test is required (if applicant’s first language is not English). A statistics class (either undergraduate or graduate level) with a grade of C or higher from an accredited institution is required prior to enrollment. The nursing department reserves the right to adjust the current admission criteria when outcome assessment data demonstrate the need for such changes.

A maximum of 12 credit hours of comparable graduate level coursework from an accredited college or university may be transferred, with the consent of the academic adviser. Comparable is defined as courses that fulfill the requirements for the program to which the student will be enrolled. Courses considered for transfer must have a grade of B (not B-) or higher.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A family nurse practitioner provides health assessments, direct care, and teaching or counseling focused on family self-care. The FNP typically works collaboratively with family primary care physicians and other professionals within the health care system.

CLINICAL INFORMATION

Family Nurse Practitioner students are required to complete a total of 672 clock hours of clinical work with an approved preceptor.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

40-48 CREDIT HOURS (CORE CURRICULUM AND ONE TRACK)

CORE CURRICULUM (27 CREDIT HOURS)

Nurs 500, Role Foundations for Leadership 3
Nurs 510, Healthcare Ethics 2
Nurs 520, Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Nurs 522, Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing 3
Nurs 524, Advanced Health Assessment 3
Nurs 602, Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations 3
Nurs 604, Community Health Nursing 3
Nurs 606-607, Research I & II 5

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER TRACK (21 CREDIT HOURS)

Nurs 540, Health and Illness in Pediatrics 3
Nurs 541, Pediatrics Clinical/Seminar 3
Nurs 542, Health and Illness in Women 3
Nurs 543, Women’s Health Clinical/Seminar 3
Nurs 544, Health and Illness in Adults 3
Nurs 545, Adult Health Clinical/Seminar I 2
Nurs 547, Adult Health Clinical/Seminar II 4
Nurs 608, Transition to Practice

PLANNING AND ADVISING NOTES

Programs follow a cohort model, with students in both tracks taking core courses together. The FNP track requires 8 semesters.

GRADUATE NURSING COURSES

NURS 500 Foundations for Leadership 3
Examines the theoretical principles and norms for practice for advanced practice nursing and advanced nursing practice. Content includes scope of practice, taking on the role of leader within the identified role, standards & competencies, public policy, legal issues, therapeutic use of self, and cultural competence.

NURS 510 Healthcare Ethics 2
The student is provided with frameworks for ethical decision-making based on theory and opportunities for the development of reflective moral thinking. The student learns to utilize critical thinking as a basis for ethical reasoning. The dynamics of the healthcare professionals’ roles are studied in view of pertinent ethical dilemmas. The student is challenged to examine personal and professional values in the context of growing health care disparities impacting the local and world community.

NURS 520 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Understanding of normal system-focused advanced physiology is applied to pathologic disease process to form a firm foundation for clinical assessment, decision making and clinical management. Includes in-depth study of cell structure and function as a foundation to understanding physiologic as well as pathophysiologic process. An in-depth examination of normal disease process including analysis of common disease, incidence, etiology, manifestation, and prognosis is included. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to analyze and discuss changes in the normal physiologic function that occurs with the disease process.

NURS 522 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing 3
Advanced pharmacology for nurses is the focus of this course. Therapeutic agents are compared and contrasted for therapeutic affects, adverse affects, indications for use, and drug interactions. This course provides students with a pharmacological basis for advanced practice as a nurse practitioner working with clients across the life span. This course is also required for CNL students as a basis for greater depth of knowledge in pharamacotherapeutics. This course meets Indiana State Board of Nursing’s requirements for application for prescriptive authority.

NURS 524 Advanced Health Assessment 3
Builds on basic assessment skills. Attention is placed on the development of advanced assessment skills, collection of the data and documentation of the findings. The in-depth assessment is performed within the context of the family. Pre or coreqs: Nurs 520 & 522

NURS 540 Health & Illness in Pediatrics 3
The focus of this course is on the primary care of infants, children and adolescents for the advanced practice nurse. For each developmental stage, the courrse examines health promotion, disease prevention, psychosocial issues, sexuality and treatment of select common diseases and problems. Prerequisites: Nurs 500, 520, 522, 524.

NURS 541 Pediatrics Clinical/Seminar 3
Advanced clinical practice is the focus of the course. The student applies, synthesizes and evaluates content from nursing theory and sciences in the clinical practice setting. The course requires extensive clinical experience with an approved preceptor. Students develop case presentations from their experiences for discussion in on-campus and on-line forum clinical seminar formats. Students may work with patients from across the life span, but the focus of the clinical is pediatric health. Prerequisites: Nurs 500, 520, 522, 524. Corequisite or prerequisite: Nurs 540.

NURS 542 Health & Illness in Women 3
The focus of this course is primary care of women throughout the lifespan. Women’s health will be examined in light of available evidence-based research. The organizing framework of the course is the developmental stages of women from adolescence to older adulthood. For each developmental stage, the course examines health promotion and disease prevention, psychosocial issues, sexuality, and treatment of select diseases. Prerequisites: Nurs 500, 520, 522, 524.

NURS 543 Women’s Health Clinical/Seminar 3
Advanced clinical practice is the focus of the course. The student applies, synthesizes and evaluates content from nursing theory and sciences in the clinical practice setting. The course requires extensive clinical experience with an approved preceptor. Students develop case presentations from their experiences for discussion in on-campus and on-line forum clinical seminar formats. Students may work with patients from across the life span, but the focus of the clinical is women?s health. Prerequisites: Nurs 500, 520, 522, 524. Corequisite or prerequisite: Nurs 542.

NURS 544 Health & Illness in Adults 3
The focus of this course is primary care for adults from early adulthood to the aging adult. Students build on their existing skills in interviewing and assessment while developing medical decision making in the diagnosis of common adult health problems. The course focuses on the normal components of the well adult and preventative care, as welll as nursing and medical diagnosis for common health problems, including discussion about the management of adults with chornic health problems. Prerequisites: Nurs 500, 520, 522, 524.

NURS 545 Adult Health Clinical/Seminar I 3
Advanced clinical practice is the focus of the course. The student applies, synthesizes and evaluates content from nursing theory and sciences in the clinical practice setting. The course requires extensive clinical experience with an approved preceptor. Students develop case presentations from their experiences for discussion in on-campus and on-line forum clinical seminar formats. Students may work with patients from across the life span, but the focus of the clinical is adult health. Prerequisites: Nurs 500, 520, 522, 524. Corequisite or prerequisite: Nurs 544.

NURS 547 Adult Health Clinical/Sem II 3 
Advanced clinical practice is the focus of the course. The student applies, synthesizes and evaluates content from nursing theory and sciences in the clinical practice setting. The course requires extensive clinical experience with an approved preceptor. Students develop case presentations from their experiences for discussion in on-campus and on-line forum clinical seminar formats. Students may work with patients from across the life span, but the focus of the clinical is adult health. Prerequisites: Nurs 500, 520, 522, 524. Corequisite or prerequisite: Nurs 544.

NURS 602 Theoretical & Conceptual Foundation 3
Theories from nursing, family studies, and related disciplines are examined, critiqued, evaluated, and applied to practice. Attention will be given to the transformational potential of theoretical frameworks within the context of a comprehensive, holistic approach to health care.

NURS 604 Community Health Nursing 3
The focus of this course is health in the community. Content germane to this course includes a process of community assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation. Knowledge of basic epidemiology, communicable disease surveillance, survey data and cultural assessment contribute to a thorough knowledge of the community. Attention will be given to issues of social justice for vulnerable populations.

NURS 606 Research I 3
Prepares practitioners for utilization of knowledge to provide high quality health care, initiate change, and improve nursing practice. The focus is the understanding of scientific inquiry, knowledge generation, utilization and dissemination in nursing and healthcare. Scholarly literature review, ethical considerations and research critique are emphasized.

NURS 607 Research II 2
The research practicum provides opportunity for application of research knowledge to the development of an evidence-based practice project.

NURS 608 Transition to Practice 2
Focus is on transition to practice. Issues include the professional role, legal issues, practice regulation, preparation for certification exam, negotiating practice agreements, financing healthcare, fiscal stewardship and management.