The College of Nursing offers seven 30-48 credit majors leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree. Areas of concentration include Advanced Practice Nurse; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care; Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Health Systems Administration with Case Management, and Clinical Nurse Leader.
Prior to enrollment in clinical courses, accepted students must complete Joint Commission and OSHA requirements for immunization, medical history, liability insurance, criminal background check and competencies including the American Heart Association Certification course for CPR (BLS for Healthcare Professionals).
Nurse practitioner track applicants must have a minimum of at least one year of relevant nursing experience (two years- experience for Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students), prior to enrolling in practicum courses.
The following areas of undergraduate study must be completed prior to the first graduate course in nursing and are not credited toward the graduate degree: Statistics, Nursing Research and an Undergraduate Physical Assessment course. Nurse practitioner students must complete a basic physical assessment refresher course no more than three years prior to enrolling in Practicum I.
For the Master of Science degree, satisfactory completion of 30-48 credits in the following areas is required:
|Theoretical Basis of Nursing||3|
|Forces in Health Care||3|
|Didactic Nursing Courses||6-14|
|Clinical Nursing Courses||6-17|
|Other Required Courses||6-14|
Nine to 12 credits per semester constitute a full-time load. Students enrolled with 6 credits of which at least 3 credits are clinical are considered full-time equivalent students. Students typically take 5-8 semesters to complete the MSN degree, depending upon the program. Part-time students may take up to six years to complete the requirements. If the program is not completed in six years, students must apply for an extension. Students’ programs will be revised, as necessary, to meet current degree requirements.
Clinical instruction in all majors of the graduate program follows the preceptorship model. At sites serving as placements for development of students’ clinical and functional role expertise, agency personnel collaborate with the faculty in identifying master’s and doctorally prepared personnel within the agencies who serve as onsite preceptors. Under this collaborative model of instruction, students’ learning experiences are guided and enhanced by the faculty members who have primary responsibility for students’ progress. The preceptors may include nurses, physicians or members of other disciplines with whom the nurse educator, administrator or advanced practice nurse interacts. The onsite preceptors are invaluable in helping each student to identify and take advantage of the learning opportunities available within an institution.
*** Out-of-state students should check with the Director of Graduate Admissions in the College of Nursing (see website: https://www.shu.edu/nursing/graduate-admission-requirements.cfm)to ensure that securing a clinical rotation will not be a problem before applying to a program.
Students selecting the nurse practitioner tracks are prepared as Pediatric or Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners. Students in the Pediatric track focus on the maintenance and promotion of health and the management of children with acute and/or chronic illness.
Students in the Adult-Gerontology track focus on the primary prevention and management of adults with acute and chronic illnesses in either primary or acute care settings.
The major emphases of the nurse practitioner tracks are to develop graduates with:
Students complete courses in theory of advanced nursing practice where they develop skills in making independent clinical judgments as well as participate in experiences involving peer review, client advocacy, the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships and role negotiation. Clinical instruction is carried out by nurse practitioners and/or physicians who actively model collaborative practice behaviors. An introductory basic physical assessment course is required within the three years prior to beginning Graduate Nursing Practicum I.
Students in the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track complete a minimum of 600 clinical hours and are eligible to sit for the ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners Board Certification Examination.
|NURS 6123||Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice||3|
|NURS 6124||Forces in Health Care||3|
|NURS 6220||Adv Prac PMH Nurs Non Pharm||3|
|NURS 6222||Advanced Physical and Psychiatric Assessment and Decision Making Across the Lifespan||3|
|NURS 6223||Health Promotion||3|
|NURS 6411||Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology||3|
|NURS 6415||Clinical Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 7141||Nursing Research I||3|
|NURS 7335||Graduate Practicum I: Psychiatric/Mental Health||3|
|NURS 7470||Advanced Professional Role Enactment||3|
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