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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 
    
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Master’s Certificates


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Prerequisites for Admission 

  1. Completed graduate application.
  2. A master’s degree with a major in nursing from a recognized college or university with an accredited program.
  3. Current license as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is strongly encouraged for nurse practitioner students. Online students must have current licensure in the state or country of practice.
  4. A graduate GPA of 3.00 or better.
  5. Personal interview and two professional references.
  6. 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 (4,000 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.
  7. 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 during the fall or winter semesters.

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 application process. Enrollment in practitioner emphases 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 or multistate RN licensure, current immunization, recent physical examination, and healthcare provider CPR certification to School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor.
  4. It is recommended that the applicant make an appointment to meet with a financial aid advisor as part of the application process, as enrollees in post-master’s certificate programs are not eligible for federal student loans.

Applicant Notification of Admission Status

  1. Files of applicants who have completed the application process will be considered for 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

MSN programs are arranged to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Normal progression for the full-time student requires registration for 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 to completion of  post-master’s certificate requirements may not exceed three 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 within a certificate program:

  1. Grades C+ or below must be repeated.
  2. One course may be repeated one time during the certificate program.

Residence

Certificate requirements will vary depending on the  student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Equivalent transfer courses may be used to fulfill some program requirements.  Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited institution, carry grades of B or better, and be approved by the School of Nursing.

Post-Master’s Completion

  1. All coursework for an individual certificate must be completed with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, and no grades below B-.
  2. Students completing post-Master’s certificate work are not eligible to participate in University commencement exercises.
  3. Official transcripts of coursework may be obtained  from the Records Office for certification and credentialing purposes.
  4. A certificate of completion is available from the School of Nursing.

Courses for the Post-Master’s Certificate


Programs of study are individually determined, but must include acceptable transfer credits or enrollment at this institution for each of the courses listed within an emphasis. One of the following emphases is to be selected. 

Emphasis in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Adult/Gerontology (Post-Master’s Certificate Option)*


Objectives

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Adult/Gerontology program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide primary care for adults of all ages 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 of all ages 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/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Post Master’s Certificate Option)*


Objectives

The Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide advanced nursing care for adults of all ages, families, and communities.
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice.
  3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for adults of all ages, 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 Family Nurse Practitioner (Post Master’s Certificate Option)*


Objectives

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who:

  1. Provide advanced nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages, families, and communities.
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice.
  3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages, 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 (Post Master’s Certificate 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.

 

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