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14.4 POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE IN NURSING

 

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, upon which the post-master's track is based, is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses at the master's level to practice as case managers for rural populations. Nurses who are already prepared at the master's level for roles such as nurse practitioner, clinical specialist, or nurse administrator and who need case management knowledge and expertise to enact the nurse case manager role can apply for the post-master's track. Students in the post-master's track will enroll in the existing case management courses, but they will not be required to complete the nursing core courses, such as research and theory, if they were completed in the master's program.

 
Admission Requirements
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 Post Masters Certificate in Case Management are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.

 

The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Master's degree in nursing from an accredited graduate program in nursing or a master's degree in a health-related field with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  2. 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.
  3. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  4. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.

      

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



Application for Certification
Candidates for certification must apply in writing to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Capstone College of Nursing one semester before completion of certification requirements is anticipated.
 

Sample Program of Study

Fall I                                                                                                                                Semester

NUR 522                      Human Relations management for Case Managers               3

 

Spring I

NUR 520                      Evidenced Based Practice: Roles and Processes                   4

 

Summer I

NUR 530                      Case Management Practicum                                             6

NUR 580                      Fiscal Resource Management                                             3

                                                                                                                                          ______

Total                                                                                                                   16

 

 

 

The studentís transcript and portfolio will be assessed for the following courses or proven expertise. In the absence of transcript credit or expertise evidenced via the portfolio, the below courses must be completed.

 

NUR 501                     Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice

NUR 502                     Issues in Community Based Care

NHM 580/ NUR 581  Research & Statistics for the Health Professionals

BSC/NUR 529            Pathophysiology

NUR 505                     Advanced Health Assessment

CHS 520                      Basic Epidemiology

NUR 503                     Informatics in Healthcare

NUR 521                     Advanced Pharmacology

 


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