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14.2 MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM

 

NURSING CASE MANAGEMENT. The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based master of science in nursing (MSN) with all courses offered online. This program prepares nurses to assume leadership positions in health care administration and to coordinate and administer case management services at the macrosystems level. Case management has been defined as a "collaborative process which assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates options and services to meet an individual's health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes."*   Graduates of this program will be able to practice in a variety of settings, assuming leadership positions in health care organizations.

*Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Standards of Practice for Case Management (Little Rock, Arkansas: CMSA, 2010)

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MSN degree program will be considered on a competitive basis. The following are requirements for admission into all graduate level nursing programs, but a complete description of Graduate School Admission Criteria is found in the Graduate Catalog.

For admission to the master's program, an applicant must possess a functional level of capability to perform the duties required of a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Case Manager (CM), or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). These abilities include but are not limited to (a) adequate vision such as that required to observe changes in physical conditions, to read small print on labels and laboratory reports, and to discern subtle changes in color; (b) adequate hearing such as that required to distinguish muted sounds through a stethoscope; (c) fine motor skills and manual dexterity such as that required to turn and assist with lifting adults and to lift and carry children; (d) the mobility to respond quickly to emergency situations; (e) the ability to engage in two-way conversation and interact effectively with others orally and in writing; (f) the ability to detect odors; (g) the ability to implement the role of CNL, CM or APRN in delivering health care service in one or more delivery systems, including acute, ambulatory, managed, and integrated systems; and (h) the ability to consistently and dependably engage in critical thinking to make safe and ethical clinical judgments.

The graduate faculty of the Capstone College of Nursing has identified the skills and professional behaviors that are essential to pursue a course of study and to practice in the role of CNL, CM, or APRN. These skills include but are not limited to the skills presented in The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), a publication of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. If these skills and professional behaviors cannot be developed by the individual, either unassisted or with the dependable use of assistive devices, the faculty reserves the right to decline an individual’s admission or to disenroll the student from clinical courses. A copy of The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011) is available upon request from the College's Program Records Office.

Admission Requirements for Nursing Case Management

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the Case Management concentration are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.

The following are requirements for admission:

  • For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
    For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 300* on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR a 900** on the GRE general test OR at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.

       * As of August 2011
     ** Prior to August 2011

Degree Requirements

The MSN will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • good standing at the time of graduation
  • successful completion of the required coursework

To fulfill the research requirements of the program, students may choose from two options described below:

Thesis project option

A thesis project is research conducted by one student and directed by a graduate committee. The student is awarded three semester hours of thesis project credit for a successfully completed project. An oral public defense of the thesis project is required. The thesis must conform to the guidelines of the Graduate School. 

Non-thesis option

Students who choose the non-thesis option participate in courses, seminars, or other faculty-directed experiences that will give them an acquaintance with the methods of research and an appreciation of the place and function of original investigation in the field.

Curriculum

The master of science in nursing program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two or more years of part-time study.

SAMPLE NCM PROGRAM OF STUDY (FULL-TIME)  

Course

Number

Course Name

  Pre-Reqs

Pre-or Co-Reqs

Credit

Hours

 Semester

 

NUR 501

Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations

Admission to MSN program

NUR 529

NUR 503

 

3

Fall 1

NUR 521

Advanced Pharmacology

Admission to MSN Program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

3

Fall 1

NUR 503

Informatics in Healthcare

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 529

2

Fall 1

NUR 505

Advanced Health Assessment

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

3

Fall 1

NUR 529

Advanced Pathophysiology

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

3

Fall 1

CHS 520

Basic Epidemiology

*

*

3

Spring 1

NUR 522

Human Relations Management

Includes 60 Clinical Hours

NUR 505

 

3

Spring 1

NUR 520

Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes

Includes 60 Clinical Hours 

NUR 501,

NUR 503, NUR 505,

NUR 521

CHS 520, NUR 522, NUR 581

4

Spring 1

NUR 581

Research and Statistics for Health Professionals

NUR 501, 503, 529

CHS 520

3

Spring 1

NUR 502

Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations

 

 

 

2

Summer  1

NUR 530

 

Case Management Practicum

Includes 360 Clinical Hours

NUR 520

NUR 502

NUR 580

6

Summer 1

NUR 580

Fiscal Resource Management

Includes 60 Clinical Hours

CHS 520, NUR 581

NUR 505

3

Summer 1

NUR 599

Thesis Project (optional)

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

38-41

 

(*) It is strongly recommended that NUR 501, 503, 529 are taken as perquisites and NUR 581 is taken as a pre-or  co-requisite

 

 SAMPLE NCM PROGRAM OF STUDY (PART-TIME)

Course

Number

Course Name

  Pre-Reqs

Pre-or Co-Reqs

Credit

Hours

 Semester

 

NUR 501

Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations

Admission to MSN program

NUR 529

NUR 503

3

Fall 1

NUR 529

Advanced Pathophysiology

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

3

Fall 1

NUR 503

Informatics in Healthcare

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 529

2

Fall 1

CHS 520

Basic Epidemiology

*

*

3

Spring 1

NUR 581

Research and Statistics for Health Professionals

NUR 501, 503, 529

CHS 520

3

Spring 1

NUR 505

Advanced Health Assessment

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

3

Summer 1

NUR 580

Fiscal Resource Management

CHS 520, NUR 581

NUR 505

3

Summer 1

NUR 521

Advanced Pharmacology

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

 

3

Fall 2

NUR 522

Human Relations Management

NUR 505

 

3

Fall 2

NUR 520

Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes

 

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 505

NUR 521

CHS 520, NUR 522, NUR 581

4

Spring 2

NUR 502

Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations

 

 

 

2

Summer 2

NUR 530

Case Management Practicum

NUR 520

NUR 580

NUR 502

6

Summer 2

NUR 599

Thesis Project (optional)

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

38 -41

 

(*) It is strongly recommended that NUR 501, 503, 529 are taken as perquisites and NUR 581 is taken as a pre-or  co-requisite

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM: CLINICAL NURSE LEADER

The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with all courses offered online. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a master’s prepared generalist, accountable for clinical and health care environmental outcomes. The CNL functions at the microsystem level; oversees care coordination of a distinct group of patients; serves as a resource for clinical decision making; and serves as a lateral integrator of care. The CNL puts evidence-based practice into action, collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.

This clinician functions as part of an interdisciplinary team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system across all settings in which health care  is delivered. Graduates of this concentration within the MSN program are eligible to take the CNL certification examination offered by American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and may assume the role of Clinical Nurse Leader in a variety of health care settings.   

Admission Requirements for the Clinical Nurse Leader Focus

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the MSN will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the CNL concentration are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.

The following are requirements for admission:

  • For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
    For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 300* on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR a 900** on the GRE general test OR at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.

   See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Degree Requirements  

The degree of master of science in nursing with the CNL focus will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the required coursework
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Good standing at the time of graduation

Completion of CNL Self-assessment Exam and CNL Certification Exam 

To fulfill the research requirements of the CNL focus within the MSN program, students may choose either the thesis or non-thesis option:

Thesis option

A thesis is original research conducted by one student and directed by a graduate committee. The student is awarded three semester hours of thesis research credit for a successfully completed thesis. An oral public defense of the thesis is required. The thesis must conform to the guidelines of the Graduate School.

Non-thesis option

Students who choose the non-thesis option participate in courses, seminars, or other faculty-directed experiences that will give them an acquaintance with the methods of research and an appreciation of the place and function of original investigation in the field.

Curriculum

The CNL focus of the MSN program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two or more years of part-time study.

SAMPLE CNL PROGRAM OF STUDY (FULL-TIME)

Course

Number

Course Name

  Pre-Reqs

Pre-or Co-Reqs

Credit

Hours

 Semester

 

NUR 501

Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations

Admission to MSN program

NUR 529

NUR 503

 

3

Fall 1

NUR 521

Advanced Pharmacology

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

 

3

Fall 1

NUR 503

Informatics in Healthcare

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 529

2

Fall 1

NUR 505

Advanced Health Assessment

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

3

Fall 1

NUR 529

Advanced Pathophysiology

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

3

Fall 1

CHS 520

Basic Epidemiology

*

*

3

Spring 1

NUR 522

Human Relations Management

NUR 505

 

3

Spring 1

NUR 525

Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes for the CNL

 

NUR 501,

NUR 503, NUR 505,

NUR 521

CHS 520, NUR 522, NUR 581

4

Spring 1

NUR 581

Research and Statistics for Health Professionals

NUR 501, 503, 529

CHS 520

3

Spring 1

NUR 502

Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations

 

 

 

2

Summer 1

NUR 535

Clinical Immersion Experience

NUR 525

 

NUR 502

NUR 580

6

Summer 1

NUR 580

Fiscal Resource Management

CHS 520, NUR 581

NUR 505

3

Summer 1

NUR 599

Thesis Project (optional)

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

38-41

 

(*) It is strongly recommended that NUR 501, 503, 529 are taken as perquisites and NUR 581 is taken as a pre-or  co-requisite

 

SAMPLE CNL PROGRAM OF STUDY (PART-TIME) 

Course

Number

Course Name

  Pre-Reqs

Pre-or Co-Reqs

Credit

Hours

 Semester

 

NUR 501

Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations

Admission to MSN program

NUR 529

NUR 503

3

Fall 1

NUR 529

Advanced Pathophysiology

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

3

Fall 1

NUR 503

Informatics in Healthcare

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 529

2

Fall 1

CHS 520

Basic Epidemiology

*

*

3

Spring 1

NUR 581

Research and Statistics for Health Professionals

NUR 501, 503, 529

CHS 520

3

Spring 1

NUR 505

Advanced Health Assessment

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

3

Summer 1

NUR 580

Fiscal Resource Management

CHS 520, NUR 581

NUR 505

3

Summer 1

NUR 521

Advanced Pharmacology

Admission to MSN program

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 529

 

3

Fall 2

NUR 522

Human Relations Management

NUR 505

 

3

Fall 2

NUR 525

Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes for the CNL

 

NUR 501

NUR 503

NUR 505

NUR 521

CHS 520, NUR 522, NUR 581

4

Spring 2

NUR 502

Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations

 

 

 

2

Summer 2

NUR 535

Clinical Immersion Experience

NUR 525

NUR 580

NUR 502

6

Summer 2

NUR 599

Thesis Project (optional)

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

38 -41

 

(*) It is strongly recommended that NUR 501, 503, 529 are taken as perquisites and NUR 581 is taken as a pre-or  co-requisite

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM: NURSE PRACTITIONER

The Capstone College of Nursing offers the partially distance-based Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with specialization in the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Concentration in Mental Health and Primary Care for Rural Populations. This dual certification NP Concentration prepares students to sit for both the Psychiatric-Mental Health (Across the Lifespan) and Family Nurse Practitioner national certification exams. Students complete the majority of coursework online and attend on-campus activities as often as three times a semester. Students are expected to find individual sites and preceptors; however, CCN will assist students with this process to secure Letter of Agreement (LOA)/contract.

Nurse Practitioners are health promotion and disease prevention experts who manage and diagnose common acute and chronic illnesses. Nurse Practitioners provide quality, safe, cost-effective care.* Nurse Practitioners teach and counsel individuals, families, and groups according to their practice specialty.*

Services provided by NPs include, assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing patients’ health care needs; “ordering, conducting, supervising, and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests”; and prescribing “pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic therapies.”** Graduates are expected to practice according to state practice acts, and adhere to all regulatory requirements.*

*American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP, 2010). Position Statements and Papers

* *American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP, 2010), Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners

Admission Requirements for the Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the MSN will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the Nurse Practitioner Concentration are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Program Assistant, Nurse Practitioner Concentration. .

The following are requirements for admission:

  1. For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
    For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 300* on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR a 900** on the GRE general test OR at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  3. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.

       See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Degree Requirements  

The degree of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with the Nurse Practitioner Concentration will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the required coursework
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Good standing at the time of graduation

To fulfill the research requirements of the Nurse Practitioner centration within the MSN program, students may choose either the thesis or non-thesis option:

Thesis option

A thesis is original research conducted by one student and directed by a graduate committee. The student is awarded three semester hours of thesis research credit for a successfully completed thesis. An oral public defense of the thesis is required. The thesis must conform to the guidelines of the Graduate School.

Non-thesis option

Students who choose the non-thesis option participate in courses, seminars, or other faculty-directed experiences that will give them an acquaintance with the methods of research and an appreciation of the place and function of original investigation in the field.

Curriculum

The Nurse Practitioner concentration of the MSN program can be completed in two years of full-time study.

 

Course

Course Title

Semester Hours

 

Semester

NUR 521

Advanced Pharmacology

3

Fall

NUR 505

Advanced Health Assessment

3

Fall

NUR 529

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

Fall

NUR 503

Informatics

 

2

Fall

 

 

 

 

NUR 504

Approved Elective – Rural Interprofessional Course

2

Spring

NUR 520

Evidence Based Practice Roles and Processes (3 didactic: 1 clinical)

4

Spring

NUR 586

Primary Care for Rural Families I (2 clinical: 2didactic)

*150 hours of clinical / 10 hours a week

4

Spring

 

 

 

 

NUR 582

Psychiatric Treatment Modalities

2

Summer I

NUR 585

Mental Health for Rural Families I (2 clinical:2 didactic)

*150 hours of clinical / 15 hours a week

4

Summer I

 

 

 

 

NUR 502

Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations

2

Fall II

NUR 501

Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

Fall II

NUR 588

Primary Care for Rural Families II (2 clinical: 2 didactic)

*150 hours of clinical / 10 hours a week

4

Fall II

 

 

 

 

NUR 522

Human Relations Management (2 didactic:1 clinical)

3

Spring II

NUR 587

Mental Health for Rural Families II (2 clinical: 2 didactic)

*150 hours of clinical / 10 hours a week

4

Spring II

NUR 589

Mental Health for Rural Families Residency (clinical) *225 hours of clinical / 15 hours a week

3

Spring II

 

 

 

 

NUR 580

Fiscal Resource Management (2 didactic: 1 clinical)

3

Summer II

NUR 590

Primary Care for Rural Families Residency (clinical) *225 hours of clinical / 22.5 hours a week

3

Summer II

 

 

 

 

NUR 599

Thesis (Optional)

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL HOURS

52-55

 

 

 


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