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

Accelerated RN to Master of Science in Nursing


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The accelerated RN to MSN program allows the RN to move more quickly through the nursing requirements toward a professional career goal. In this program there is no BS degree. Instead the student moves through a combination of BS and MSN course work and is awarded only a MSN degree at completion of all MSN requirements. Students choosing not to complete the accelerated RN to MSN program may receive the BS degree in nursing only by completing the regular BS program requirements (see undergraduate catalog).

RN to MSN Admission Requirements

  1. Completed graduate application.
  2. An Associate degree or diploma 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. Completion of all Southern Adventist University general education and cognate course requirements for the BS degree with a major in nursing, or an approved plan for concurrent completion of these requirements.
  5. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25.
  6. Applicants with less than a 3.25 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. A minimum of one year (2000 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.
  8. 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-time or part-time students may be admitted to the program during the fall or winter semesters after completion of BS general education and cognate requirements.

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 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 a minimum of 9 to 12 hours per semester. 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 degrees 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 Southern Adventist University School of Nursing. Seventy-five percent of MSN program 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.

Accelerated RN to 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.

*BS level nursing, MSN core, and emphasis courses 

Substitutions for RN to MSN


BS level courses


Note(s):


*Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner emphases only

**Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator Emphases only

***MSN/MBA only

****All emphases (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and MSN/MBA)

Courses for Accelerated RN to Master of Science in Nursing


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.

BS level nursing courses


  • NRSG 316 - Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 hours (or MATH 215)
  • NRSG 340 - Community Health 5 hours
  • NRSG 485 - Nursing Leadership and Management 3 hours

Subtotal 46


Core Subtotal 15-16


Total 61-62


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

Emphasis in Adult Nurse Practitioner (accelerated option)*


Objectives

The Adult Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide advanced 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.

Emphasis courses


BS level nursing courses

  • NRSG 316-  Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 hours (or MATH 215)
  • NRSG 340 - Community Health 5 hours
  • NRSG 485 - Nursing Leadership and Management 3 hours
Subtotal 41

Core Subtotal 15-16

Total 56-57


(Excluding general education and cognates)

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

Emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner (accelerated option)*


Objectives

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide advanced 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 courses


BS level nursing courses

  • NRSG 316 - Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 hours (or MATH 215)
  • NRSG 340 - Community Health Nursing 5 hours
  • NRSG 485 - Nursing Leadership and Management 3 hours
Subtotal 46

Core Subtotal 15-16

Total 61-62


(Excluding general education and cognates)

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

**Substitution of NRSG 562 - Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I  , NRSG 566 - Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II  plus NRSG 572 - Practicum: Primary Care of Children  may be made.

Emphasis in Nurse Educator (accelerated option)


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.

Emphasis courses


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

BS level nursing courses

  • NRSG 316 - Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 hours (or MATH 215)
  • NRSG 340 - Community Health Nursing 5 hours
  • NRSG 485 - Nursing Leadership and Management 3 hours
Subtotal 42

Core Subtotal 15-16

Total 57-58


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