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Graduate Catalog 2010-2011 
    
Graduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N.


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MSN Admission Requirements

  1. Completed graduate application.
  2. A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a recognized college or university with an accredited program.
  3. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is recommended for nurse practitioner students.
  4. Three hours in statistics.
  5. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better. If the candidate has previously taken 12 or more graduate credits from another college or university, the graduate GPA may be substituted for the undergraduate GPA.
  6. Applicants with less than a 3.00 grade point average may be admitted provisionally. Students initially granted provisional acceptance may progress through the program with a maximum of one C grade.
  7. Personal interview and two professional references.
  8. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants must have a minimum of two years (4000 hours) of nursing experience and have substantive experience in critical care or a related area, and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.
  9. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with testing within the past year.

Admission to the Program

Full or part-time students may be admitted to the program during the fall or winter semesters. Admission in the winter semester reduces the number of hours taken each semester and extends the length of the full time program by one semester.

Application Process

  1. Submit completed Southern nursing graduate application and all required documents for University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to May 1 for fall admission, and by October 1 for winter admission. Priority is given to most qualified applicants based on level of education, work experience, and completion of all items of the application process. Enrollment in the nurse practitioner emphasis is limited.
  2. Arrange for a personal interview with a School of Nursing graduate faculty prior to the application deadline.
  3. Provide proof of current Tennessee RN licensure or multistate RN licensure, current immunizations, recent physical examination, and healthcare provider CPR certification to School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor.

Applicant Notification of Admission Status

  1. Files of applicants who have completed the application process (steps 1 - 3 above) will be considered for program admission by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee at scheduled meetings in May and October.
  2. Applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee’s decision within one month following the published application deadline (typically by June 1 or November 1).

Time Limits

The program is arranged to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Normal progression through the program for the full-time student requires registration for 9 to 12 hours per semester and takes four regular semesters. Those beginning in a winter semester can expect to take five regular semesters to complete. Normal progression for the part-time student requires registration for a minimum of one course per semester. Time permitted from enrollment in the program to conferring of the MSN degree may not exceed five years. Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis.

Progression

A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all students upon enrollment. Background checks are paid for and completed by the student online. Drug screens are facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and University Health Services. Additional screening may be done at random. Progression may be adversely affected by negative background or drug screen reports.

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, unsatisfactory or low course grades and GPA. Students noted to have difficulties in any of these areas are subject to advisement and consideration regarding program progression. In general the following rules apply to progression:

  1. No more than one C or C+ grade is allowed during the MSN program.
  2. A grade of C- or below must be repeated.
  3. Only one course may be repeated in the MSN program.

Residence

The last 30 semester hours must be taken through the Southern Adventist University School of Nursing. Seventy-five percent of program requirements must be completed at Southern Adventist University. Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited institution, carry grades of B or better, and be approved by the School of Nursing.

MSN Graduation Requirements

  1. Completed application to graduate, to be filed with the Records and Advisement office a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date.
  2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no more than one class with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade of C- or below will not be counted for credit toward the master’s degree.
  3. Successful completion of NRSG 598  with a minimum of four credit hours or NRSG 596  with a minimum of three hours.

Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing


Core Subtotal 15-16


One of the following emphases is to be selected


Emphasis in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner*


Objectives

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide primary care for adults and families experiencing complex acute, critical, and chronic health problems.
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice.
  3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for adults and families experiencing complex acute, critical, and chronic health problems.
  4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research.
  5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing.

Emphasis in Adult Nurse Practitioner*


Objectives

The Adult Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide primary nursing care for adults, families, and communities.
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice.
  3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for adults, families, and communities.
  4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research.
  5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing.
Subtotal 27

Core Subtotal 15-16

Total 42-43

*Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination.

Emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner*


Objectives

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide primary nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities.
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice.
  3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities.
  4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research.
  5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing.

Emphasis in Nurse Educator


Objectives

The Nurse Educator program will prepare graduates who will:

  1. Demonstrate competency in curriculum development, classroom, and clinical education, evaluation, and use of instructional technology.
  2. Demonstrate expertise in a defined area of clinical interest.
  3. Utilize the process of scientific inquiry to validate and refine knowledge.
  4. Implement wholistic, Christ-centered education for students.
  5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing.

(See the School of Education and Psychology  for EDUC course descriptions)

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