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Master of Science in Nursing

Major: NURS
Degree Awarded: MSN
Unit: GN
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/nursing


Program Information

The University of Louisville School of Nursing is an essential partner of a research intensive academic health science center in a nationally recognized university serving a metropolitan community.

The School of Nursing is a community in which faculty, staff and students collaborate to promote excellence in the profession of nursing. This is accomplished through research and scholarship that inform undergraduate and graduate education, support evidence-based practice and foster advances in nursing science.

Students are prepared to demonstrate excellence in nursing science, practice and leadership, in a variety of settings for the benefit of clients across the lifespan and to meet the evolving health care needs of society.

As a citizen of the larger community, the emphasis of the School of Nursing is to address the complex health needs of diverse and dynamic populations through nursing education, research, scholarship and service.

Marcia Hern, EdD, RN, CNS, Dean

The School of Nursing offers the following degrees:

Nursing - PhD
Nursing - MSN

Post-Masters Certificates are available in the following programs:

          Adult Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner

Adult Gerontology Primary Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN Admissions Policies - School of Nursing

Students may be admitted to the program for the fall or spring semester.  A full time program of study may be completed in two years.  Applications for each term will be reviewed and students will be contacted regarding their admission status within 4-6 weeks after the deadline.

Application deadline Degree Seeking Students:

Fall Semester: April 1

Spring Semester: October 1

Criteria for Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program:

To be considered for admission to Degree Status, the following items must be submitted:

To the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

  • Completed UofL Graduate Admissions Application, including $60 application fee (application available online at: http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply)
  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Completion of an accredited (by NLN or CCNE) baccalaureate program in nursing must be verified. A bachelor's degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (successful applicants usually score at 425 or above on each of the verbal and quantitative scores; and 4 on the analytic score). The recommended scores on the revised GRE test format and scoring that took effect August 2011 are 148 verbal, 140 quantitative, and 4 on the analytical writing score.
  • Two references from individuals who can speak of academic and/or professional nursing capabilities and potential are required. References should be chosen from: former faculty members, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professionals. One reference should be from a nurse. Each person providing a reference for you must complete the UofL Graduate School recommendation form (available online at: http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply)

     To the School of Nursing, Office of Student Services:

  • Completed Graduate Applicant Data Sheet (available online at: http://www.louisville.edu/nursing)
  • Self reported valid Kentucky registered nurse license number (without restrictions) on School of Nursing Applicant Data Sheet or proof of eligibility for that licensure.
  • Criminal background check submitted through Certified Background.com

     A personal interview with faculty may be required.

Students who do not meet admission requirements may contact the UofL School of Nursing Office of Student Services at (502) 852-1196 for an advising appointment.  

Conditional Admission to MSN Degree Program:

Students who do not meet these admission requirements may be considered for admission in conditional status.

Applications will not be considered for Full or Conditional Degree status unless all application materials are available to the review committee by the application deadline.

Provisional Admission to MSN Degree Program:

Graduating BSN students: Students completing the final semester of their BSN program with a 3.0 or better grade point average may apply for provisional degree status. (Refer to admission statuses in the General Information Section of this catalog.)

Post-Masters Certificate Admissions Requirements (considered non-degree status):

Admissions Deadlines:

Summer Semester, March 1

Fall Semester, April 1

Spring Semester, October 1

Only Postmasters have the summer admit option.  Admit term based upon evaluation of previous coursework. Required courses are determined after a gap analysis of the student's previous coursework and certifications.  For students missing a portion of required coursework, missing content may be fulfilled by completing the appropriate NURS 690 Special Topics course(s).  A minimum of 25% of credit hours must be completed in residence to be awarded the Postmaster's Certificate.

 

The following materials must be submitted for review by the School of Nursing Student Affairs Committee:

To the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

  • Official transcripts of all college course work including ones verifying completion of accredited BSN and Master's in Nursing programs. Applicants whose prior degree(s) was from UofL do not need to send official transcripts. However, if the last degree earned was NOT from U of L, those transcripts must be submitted. All applicants are required to submit transcripts for all college work completed.
  • Completed U of L Graduate Admissions Application, including $60 application fee (application available online at: http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply)
  • Two completed letters of recommendation for Graduate School (see U of L Graduate School Application) which address academic and professional competence. References should be chosen from former faculty member, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professional.  At least one reference should be from a nurse.  These letters should accompany the reference form required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from Master's in Nursing program.
 

To the School of Nursing:

  • Completed Applicant Data Sheet available on line at www.louisville.edu/nursing
  • A personal interview with faculty may be required.
  • Criminal Background Check. Instructions on School of Nursing website. Cost $40.
  • Self reported valid Kentucky registered nurse license number (without restrictions) on School of Nursing Applicant Data Sheet or proof of eligibility for that licensure.
 

Criteria for Admission in Visiting Student Status to the Graduate Nursing Program:

Students admitted as visiting students are non-degree. Students admitted in non-degree status  may not be eligible for some financial aid sources. 

Visiting students from other schools may apply each semester for non-degree status by submitting the following:

To the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

  • Graduate Admissions Application including the $60.00 fee.
  • A letter of good standing from student's home school or transcripts from graduate school in which the student is currently enrolled verifying a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
 

Important Note:

All applicants, regardless of their application status, are required to submit official transcripts for all college work completed. An application fee of $60.00 is required of all MSN applicants regardless of where the BSN was earned.

 

Academic Policies

Academic Progress in the Graduate Program

Satisfactory academic progress in a program involves maintaining the academic and professional standards expected in a particular discipline or program and may include demonstration of the ability to function as a professional practitioner. Failure to maintain these standards or demonstrate such abilities may result in the termination of the student's admission to the program.

Removal From Clinical

A student who is unsafe in a clinical area or research setting is subject to academic action including dismissal from the program.

Transfer of Credit

Students who desire to transfer graduate credit from other academic institutions shall discuss this option with the advisor. Earned graduate credit may be transferred from institutions that offer advanced degrees. The maximum number of semester hours transferable, upon request, is six (6) hours. Up to six additional hours may be requested in a master's program, provided that these additional hours are not credit earned by extension and provided that the residency requirement of 24 semester hours is maintained by the addition of U of L credits to the total program. Credit earned more than six years prior to the student's application to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies will not normally be considered for transfer.

In all cases, transfer of credit is NOT automatic. Students who want courses taken at other institutions evaluated should submit the course outline (syllabus) for the course in question to the Office of Student Services. Courses cannot be evaluated without course outlines. Course equivalency should be determined before enrollment in the course to ensure the credits will transfer. Only courses in which the student earned grades of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better will be considered for transfer. Credits which have been applied to a baccalaureate degree may not be applied to a subsequent master's degree. Six hours may be transferred from previously earned master's degree toward a second master's degree subject to the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Hours earned toward a project or thesis shall not be transferable to the second master's degree. Graduate nursing courses may be transferred as a required nursing course only if judged by the current faculty of record as equivalent to the course taught at the University of Louisville. The decision of equivalency made by the faculty of record is final.

Health Services Fee

Every HSC student will be assessed the Campus Services Fee each semester. 

Services provided under the fee:
     a. All pathogen exposure (e.g., TB, needle stick, etc.) to include outside labs, x-ray, and medications
     b. All visits to the Campus Health Services (Belknap and HSC)*
     c. Mental Health Services*

*Medications, lab, or x-ray costs that might be associated with these visits are not covered by the fee.

Clinical Laboratory Fee

Effective Summer 2006, all graduate students enrolled in clinical programs in the School of Nursing will be charged clinical fees of $300. A $100.00 fee will be assessed at the time of enrollment in NURS 656 Advanced Clinical Assessment or NURS 629 Assessment of the Neonate.  A $200.00 fee will be assessed upon registration in the first clinical course for each concentration. This fee covers costs associated with clinical laboratory instruction, including clinical laboratory supplies, clinical equipment, support of simulation equipment, preceptor placement coordination and clinical visitations.

Course Offerings

Classes are taught on a single week day, traditionally on Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters.  These courses may be taught during the day or in the evening. Some courses are offered every semester, once per year, or every two years based on demand and/or resources.  Some courses are online.  Course offerings are subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Preceptorship/clinical experiences are scheduled on any day of the week based on availability of clinical sites and preceptors. Limited evening and weekend preceptorship experiences may be available. Preceptorship experiences throughout the state are also possible but not guaranteed. The office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs oversees student placement with preceptors, in collaboration with the Clinical Placement Coordinator and course faculty.

Drop/Add Procedures

Students wishing to alter their schedule of courses in any way must make the changes with the University's Office of the Registrar. Failure to officially withdraw from a course may result in a grade of F and tuition charges for that course.

Students may drop/add at any time during the early registration period after their first scheduled time for registration. The online ULink systems may be used for drop/add. See the online Schedule of Courses for current instructions for Drop/Add after classes begin.

Late Complete Withdrawal after the Deadline

Upon proper documentation of extreme circumstances, decision for approval of late complete withdrawals may be made by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Late complete withdrawals are those requested after the deadline has passed and before the instructor has assigned a grade.

Students may not withdraw from any course after the published deadline in the online Schedule of Courses without the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. This is granted only because of illness or conditions beyond the student's control. The grade report would reflect a grade of W.

Student Health Services Requirements

Each student must comply with the current student health policy of the Health Sciences Center. All costs associated with compliance are the responsibility of the student. Because of contractual agreements with agencies and the changing needs of society, this policy is updated periodically. The current health policies are listed below. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain his/her health in order to insure safety for other students and clients. If faculty or the agency deems that any student creates a health risk, the student may be excluded from the clinical experience and/or the program.

Note: Health policies are constantly under review by faculty based on CDC changing requirements and community expectations. Students will be notified of any policy changes, and compliance will be required.

Clinical Requirements

Before beginning the first clinical course of the MSN program, students must be in compliance with the following clinical requirements:

  • verification of a valid Kentucky Registered Nurse License
  • submit documentation of CPR certification (Adult, Child and Infant)
  • submit proof of successful completion of UofL HIPAA Training
  • submit proof of student nurse practitioner liability insurance coverage
  • submit required immunization records and proof of health insurance coverage to the Campus Health Services (call 852-6446 for additional current information on requirements).
  • submit proof of successful completion of Bloodborne Pathogen training.
  • Individual health care facilities, used as clinical sites by the School of Nursing, may have additional requirements. In this event, the student is required to comply with any additional requirements of that facility.

Additional information on clinical requirements is published in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Health Insurance

Students are responsible for submitting proof of health insurance. On April 26, 1999, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved a requirement for proof of insurance for all Health Sciences Center (HSC) students. Every HSC student will be assessed the University sponsored health insurance plan (the comprehensive plan) if not already covered. Students who already have health insurance that includes hospitalization coverage can waive the fee.

Repeating Nursing Courses

Students who receive a grade of C+ or below in a required course must repeat the course. Students in the Graduate Nursing Program are allowed to repeat one required nursing curriculum course only one time. A student who receives a grade of C+ or below in a second course required in the nursing curriculum will be dismissed from the program. A Permit to Repeat Course form should be submitted to the Office of Student Services (OSS), School of Nursing, to ensure that only the last grade attempted will be included in the student's grade point average. Repeating a course is not an automatic privilege, and in most cases the student must petition to the School of Nursing for permission to repeat a nursing course. Once permission is granted, the student will be allowed to repeat the course on a space available basis.

Satisfactory Standing

Satisfactory standing in the nursing program is a cumulative program grade point average of at least 3.0.

Probation and Dismissal

If the cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation for the next regular semester. If the cumulative grade point average is not raised to a minimum of 3.0 by the end of the probation semester, the student will be dismissed from the program. The dismissal will be reflected on the student's transcript. If a student wishes to continue at the University, he/she must apply and be accepted to another unit in order to continue to enroll in classes.

Permission for Visiting Student Status at Another Institution

Students may apply for visiting student status should they wish to enroll in a nursing course at another institution while a student at U of L. If the course is being taken to apply toward the U of L degree requirements, it is the student's responsibility to check with OSS to confirm the equivalency of the course before they enroll. Students must provide OSS with the most recent copy of the course syllabus so that U of L faculty can evaluate the course for equivalency. Once the equivalency status of the course has been determined, the applying student will be sent a letter of permission for visiting student status. Students are responsible for requesting that an official transcript be sent to the University's Registrar's Office upon completion of any transfer work.



Curriculum


The Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

The faculty have moved to decrease barriers, provide a climate responsive to individual student needs, and to move towards graduating the most well-prepared practitioners in the Kentuckiana area.  With the University of Louisville mission directed toward research, teaching, practice, and service, the School of Nursing is well situated to be the premier graduate program in the metropolitan area.

MSN, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration
   Core Classes     Credit Hrs.
NURS 605 Foundations for Advanced Practice   3
NURS 607 Research and Evidence Based Practice Nursing    3
NURS 608 Issues in Economic and Information Mgt.   3
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology  for Advanced Practice Nurses              3
NURS 613  Intro to Health Care Policy and Systems                        3
NURS 652 Statistics  3
NURS 655 Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Decision Making    3
NURS 656 Advanced Clinical Assessment   3
NURS 657 Clinical Prevention and Populations Health     3
TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS     27
         
  Concentration Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 601 Primary Care I     3
NURS 602 Primary Care II 3
NURS 604 Transition to Practice 2
NURS 624 Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
NURS 625 Adv. Clinical Practice Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP II   3
NURS 666 Primary Care of the Older Adult 1
NURS 667 Applied Geriatric Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 2
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS  17
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS                                                                                                          44
Clinical Hours Required:  672 

 

MSN, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration
 
Core Classes
Credit Hrs.
NURS 605 Foundations for Advanced Practice   3
NURS 607 Research and Evidence Based Practice Nursing 3
NURS 608 Issues in Economic and Information Mgt.  3
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice  Nurses 3
NURS 613 Intro to Health Care Policy and Systems     3
NURS 652 Statistics      3
NURS 655 Adv. Pathophysiology for Clinical Decision Making 3
NURS 656 Advanced Clinical Assessment   3
NURS 657 Clinical Prevention and Populations Health 3
TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS     27
         
  Concentration Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 604 Transition to Practice 2
NURS 667 Applied Geriatric Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 1
NURS 674 Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP I             4
NURS 675 Adv. Clinical Practice: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Practitioner,Clinical I 4
NURS 676 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Practitioner II 3
NURS 677 Adv. Clinical Practice: Adult Gerontology Acute Practitioner, Clinical II   3
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS     17
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS      44
Clinical Hours Required:  672

 

 MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration
  Core Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 605          Foundations for Advanced Practice    3
NURS 607 Research and Evidence Based Practice Nursing      3
NURS 608 Issues In Economic and Information Mgt.    3
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NURS 613  Intro to Health Care Policy and Systems        3
NURS 652 Statistics      3
NURS 655 Adv. Pathophysiology: Clinical Decision Making       3
NURS 656 Advanced Clinical Assessment      3
NURS 657 Clinical Prevention and Populations Health    3
TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS 27
 
  Concentration Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 601 Primary Care I 3
NURS 602 Primary Care II 3
NURS 604 Transition to Practice 2
NURS 660 Family Nursing 2
NURS 661 Adv. Clinical Practice: FNP Clinical I 3
NURS 662 Advanced Clinical Practice: FNP Clinical II 3
NURS 664 Common Health Problems of the Pediatric Client 1
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS 17
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 44
Clinical Hours Required: 672  

  

MSN, Family Nurse and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration
  Core Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 605          Foundations for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 607 Research and Evidence Based Practice Nursing        3
NURS 608 Issues In Economic and Information Mgt. 3
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NURS 613 Intro to Health Care Policy and Systems     3
NURS 652 Statistics 3
NURS 655 Adv. Pathophysiology: Clinical Decision Making       3
NURS 656 Adv. Clinical Assessment 3
NURS 657 Clinical Prevention and Populations Health        3
TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS 27
   
  Concentration Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 601 Primary Care I 3
NURS 602 Primary Care II 3
NURS 604 Transition to Practice 2
NURS 615 Advanced Clinical Practice WHNP I 2
NURS 616 WHNP I 3
NURS 617 Advanced Clinical Practice WHNP II 1
NURS 618 WHNP II 4
NURS 619 WHNP Skills Lab 1
NURS 660 Family Nursing 2
NURS 661 Adv. Clinical Practice :  FNP Clinical I 3
NURS 663 Advanced Clinical Practice:  FNP 2.5
NURS 664 Common Health Problems of the Pediatric Client 1
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS 27.5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 54.5
Clinical Hours Required: 952  

 

MSN, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration
   Core Classes     Credit Hrs.
NURS 605 Foundations for Advanced Practice   3
NURS 607 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NURS 608 Issues in Economic and Information Mgt.  3
NURS 613 Intro to Health Care Policy and Systems 3
NURS 629 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS 652 Statistics      3
NURS 655 Adv. Pathophysiology: Clinical Decision Making 3
NURS 657 Clinical Prevention and Populations Health  3
NURS 658 Adv. Neonatal Pharmacology  3
TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS     27
         
              Concentration Classes      Credit Hrs.
NURS 604 Transition to Practice 2
NURS 633 Adv. Neonatal Pathophysiology and Clinical Mgt. I    4
NURS 635 Advanced Neonatal Pathophysiology and Clinical Mgt. II 4
NURS 636 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Residency I 3
NURS 637 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Residency  II 3
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS     16
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS      43
Clinical Hours Required: 693    

 

MSN, Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration
   Core Classes     Credit Hrs.
NURS 605 Foundations for Advanced Practice   3
NURS 607 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NURS 608 Issues in Economic and Information Mgt.  3
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NURS 613 Intro to Health Care Policy and Systems 3
NURS 652 Statistics 3
NURS 655 or 659
 Adv. Lifespan Pathophysiology  
2-3
NURS 656 Adv. Clinical Assessment                                            3
NURS 657 Clinical Prevention and Populations Health  3
TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS     26-27
         
              Concentration Classes      Credit Hrs.
NURS 604 Transition to Practice 2
NURS 638 Adv. Psychiatric Assessment & Clinical Interview Tech. 1
NURS 639 Advanced Psych NP Mental Health Assessment Clinical 1
NURS 641 Adv. Psychiatric MH NP I: Theory 3
NURS 642 Adv. Psychiatric MH Nurse Practitioner II: Theory 3
NURS 645 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health NP I:  Clinical 3
NURS 646 Adv. Psychiatric MH NP II: Clinical 2
NURS 647 Adv. Psychopathology Across the Lifespan 2
NURS 649 Adv. Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan 2
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS     19
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS      45-46
Clinical Hours Required: 672    

  

MSN, Certificate in Health Professions Education
   Core Classes     Credit Hrs.
NURS 605 Foundations for Advanced Practice   3
NURS 607 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NURS 608 Issues in Economic and Information Mgt. 3
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NURS 613 Intro to Health Care Policy and Systems   3
NURS 652 Statistics      3
NURS 655 Adv. Pathophysiology: Clinical Decision Making 3
NURS 656 Advanced Clinical Assessment 3
NURS 657 Clinical Prevention and Populations Health 3
TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS     27
         
  Concentration Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 610 Nurse Educator Practicum 2
ELFH 614 Program Evaluation and Planning  3
ELFH 661 Adult Development and Learning 3
ELFH 675 College Teaching (must be taken on Health Science Campus) 3
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS     11
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS      38

 

Post-Master Certificate: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
   Prerequisite Classes    Credit Hrs.
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses  3
NURS 655 Adv. Pathophysiology: Clinical Decision Making  3
NURS 656 Adv. Clinical Assessment    3
         
  Certification Classes  Credit Hrs.
NURS 601 Primary Care I     3
NURS 602 Primary Care II 3
NURS 624 Gerontology Primary Care  Nurse Practitioner I 3
NURS 625 Adv. Clinical Practice Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP II   3
NURS 666 Primary Care of the Older Adult 2
NURS 667 Applied Geriatric Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS      15
NURS 604 Transition to Practice may be required 2
Clinical Hours Required: 672     
   
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner  
                         Prerequisite Classes  
NURS 611         Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NURS 655         Adv. Pathophysiology for Clinical Decision Making 3
NURS 656         Adv. Clinical Assessment 3
                         
                        Certification Classes  
NURS 667         Applied Geriatric Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 1
NURS 674         Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP 1 4
NURS 675         Adv. Clinical Practice:Adult Gerontology Acute Care Clinical I 3
NURS 676         Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP II 4
NURS 677         Adv. Clinical Practice: Adult Gerontology Acute Care II 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 15
NURS 604 Transition to Practice may be required 2
Clinical Hours Required:  672  

  

 Post-Masters Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
   Prerequisite Classes      Credit Hrs.
NURS 611 Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses     3
NURS 655 Adv. Pathophysiology: Clinical Decision Making    3
NURS 656 Adv. Clinical Assessment   3
         
  Certification Classes   Credit Hrs.
NURS 601 Primary Care I       3
NURS 602 Primary Care II   3
NURS 660 Family Nursing   2
NURS 661 Adv. Clinical Practice: FNP Clinical I     3
NURS 662 Adv. Clinical Practice:  FNP Clinical II   3
NURS 664 Common Health Problems of the Pediatric Client    1
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS
   
NURS 604 Transition to Practice may be required   15
Clinical Hours Required: 672 
  2

 

Post-Masters Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  Prerequisite Classes    Credit Hrs.
NURS 629 Adv. Health Assessment of the Neonate 3
NURS 655 Adv. Lifespan Pathophysiology    3
NURS 658 Adv. Neonatal Pharmacology 3
 
  Certification Classes Credit Hrs.
NURS 633 Adv. Neonatal Pathophysiology and Clinical Mgt. I  4
NURS 635 Adv. Neonatal Pathophysiology and Clinical Mgt. II  2
NURS 636 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Residency I 4
NURS 637 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Residency II 4
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS     14
 NURS 604 Transition to Practice may be required 2
Clinical Hours Required: 693    

 

  Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
       Prerequisite Classes   Credit Hrs.
NURS 611   Graduate Nursing Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses     3
NURS 656      Adv. Clinical Assessment      3
NURS 655 or      Lifespan Pathophysiology      2-3
NURS 659
       Certification Classes   Credit Hrs.
NURS 638 Adv. Psychiatric Assessment & Clinical Interview Tech.   1
NURS 639 Adv. Psychiatric NP MH Assessment Clinical   1
NURS 641 Adv. Psychiatric MH Nurse Practitioner I:Theory   3
NURS 642 Adv. Psychiatric MH Nurse Practitioner II: Theory   3
NURS 645 Adv. Psychiatric MH Nurs Practitioner I: Clinical   3
NURS 646 Adv. Psychiatric MH Nurse Practitioner II: Clinical   2
NURS 647 Adv.  Psychopathology Across the Lifespan   2
NURS 649 Adv. Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan   2
TOTAL SPECIALTY CREDIT HOURS      17
NURS 604 Transition to Practice may be required   2
Clinical Hours Required: 672      


Departmental Faculty


Marcia Hern, EdD, RN, CNS

Dean and Professor

Said Abusalem, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Fawwaz Alaloul, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Catherine Batscha, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor

Diane Chlebowy, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Mary Beth Coty, PhD, APRN

Associate Professor

Tim Crawford, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Lynne Hall, DrPH, RN

Associate Dean for Research, Professor

Carla Hermann, PhD, RN

Director of PhD Programs, Professor

Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD, RN, CS

Director of Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement, Professor

Marianne Hutti, PhD, ARNP

Professor

Carlee Lehna, PhD, FNP

Associate Professor

M. Cynthia Logsdon, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

Professor 

Valerie McCarthy, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Whitney Nash, PhD, ANP

Director of Practice and International Affairs, Associate Professor

Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN

Professor

Audra Rankin, DNP, PNP

Assistant Professor

S. Lee Ridner, PhD, FNP

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Associate Professor

Sara Robertson, DNP, FNP
Assistant Professor
 
Karen Robinson, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Professor   

Judith Schreiber, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Celeste Shawler, PhD, RN, CS

Associate Professor

Sandra Smith, PhD, ARNP

Associate Professor

Ruth Staten, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Associate Professor
 
Deborah V. Thomas, EdD PMHNP

Associate Professor

Paulette Adams, EdD, RN

Emerita

Ruth B. Craddock, DNS, RN

Emerita

Linda Freeman, DNS, RN

Emerita

Rosalie Mainous, PhD, ARNP, NNP-BC 

Emerita

Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN

Emerita

Kay Roberts, EdD, FAAN, FNP

Emerita

Barbara Speck, PhD, RN

Emerita



Contact Information

Nursing - MSN

For more information, please call the Office of Student Services at (502)852-1196
 

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