Nursing

M.S., D.N.P., Ph.D.

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Faculty: Professors Burbank, Dufault, , Ferszt, and Schwartz-Barcott; Associate Professors Coppa, Curtin, and Martins; Assistant Professors Erickson-Owens and Hawes; Clinical Assistant Professors Carley and Kenna; Associate Clinical Professor Lavin.

Specializations

For the M.S.: administration, education, and advanced practice nursing (including family and acute care nurse practitioner concentrations and an adult – gerontological nurse practitioner/ clinical nurse specialist concentration).

For the D.N.P.: advanced practice concentration.

For the Ph.D.: clinical nursing research in the domains of client, client-nurse interactions, and nursing practice.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: MAT or GRE; a bachelor’s degree from a CCNE or NLN-accredited program with an upper-division major in nursing and an undergraduate course in statistics. For specialization in nurse practitioner areas, students are required to pass an elementary pathophysiology course with a grade of C or better and have two years of professional nursing practice prior to enrollment in nurse practitioner clinical courses. Completed application package with three letters of reference (academic and professional) and a curriculum vita must be received by October 15 for spring admission and February 15 for summer and fall admission. Acceptance is based on a full review of the applicant’s record and not on any one single component.

Program requirements: 41 credits for administration, 42 credits for education, and 43-46 credits for the nurse practitioner concentrations. Required courses include 14 credits in core courses (NUR 500, 505, 507, 510, and 520) for all students; 9 to 32 credits in the area of specialization (NUR 551, 552 for administration; NUR 503, 535, 538, 539, 541, 542, 582 for education; NUR 511, 512, 515, 516, 517 for clinical nurse specialist concentration in psychiatric mental health; NUR 555, 556, 557, and 558 for clinical nurse specialist concentration in gerontology; NUR 503, 504, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 582, and 590 for nurse practitioner concentration in family; NUR 503, 508, 535, 561, 562, 563, 564, 582, and 590 for nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist concentration in adult/gerontology; and NUR 503, 509, 535, 565, 566, 567, 568, 582, and 590 for acute care nurse practitioner concentration); 18 credits of restricted electives for administration, 3 elective credits for education; a major paper involving significant independent study; and a written comprehensive examination.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission requirements: For Post-BS entry into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, the admission requirements are the same as those listed above for the MS program.  A minimum GPA of 3.30 is required for continuation in the DNP program for students taking this option. For the post-MS entry into the DNP, master’s degree in nursing or its equivalent (GPA minimum 3.30); R.N. licensure; national certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse; two scholarly papers (one theoretical, one empirical) or a master’s thesis or equivalent; evidence of graduate course work in concept development and theory (e.g. NUR 500, NUR 507) or equivalent; three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s capability for doctoral study, one of which should be by a doctorally prepared nurse; a statement of purpose indicating goals congruent with those of the program and institution; a curriculum vitae. Acceptance is based on a full review of the applicant’s record and not any single component.

Program requirements: A minimum of 70-73 credits for the post – BS entry to the DNP and 42 credits  for the post – MS entry including 500 clinical practicum hours. DNP course work includes nursing courses in scientific thinking, research methods (qualitative and quantitative), informatics, administration/leadership, and evidence-based strategies in health care (21 credits). Practicum courses are continuous throughout the program (6 total credits; 240 hours). Interdisciplinary courses include epidemiology, social and health care policy, and organizational design and decision-making in the Colleges of Pharmacy, Human Science and Services, and Business Administration (9 credits). The program culminates with a capstone practicum (6 credits, 260 hours).

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: GRE (scores at 60th percentile or above are desirable); a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN-accredited program or its equivalent in nursing and a master’s degree or its equivalent (cumulative averages of 3.00 and 3.30, respectively, desired); two scholarly papers (one theoretical and one empirical) or a master’s thesis or equivalent; three professional recommendations for doctoral study, including one by a doctorally prepared person; a statement of purpose indicating goals congruent with those of the program and institution; a curriculum vitae; and a course in statistics, including inferential statistics. Acceptance is based on a full review of the applicant’s record and not on any one single component.
Program requirements: a minimum of 37 credits of course work, including core courses in nursing (13 credits) and cognates (6 credits); electives in nursing (9 credits) and in research methods (6 credits); free electives (3 credits); and 18 credits of doctoral dissertation research, plus written and oral comprehensive examinations in nursing theory, research methods, and one substantive area.