M.S., D.N.P., Ph.D.
Faculty: Professors Burbank, Dufault, Ferszt, and Schwartz-Barcott; Associate Professors Coppa, Erickson-Owens, and Martins; Clinical Associate Professors Carley and Lavin, Assistant Professor Hawes; Clinical Assistant Professor Kenna.
For the M.S. and post master’s certificate: education, and advanced practice nursing (including family and acute care nurse practitioner concentrations and adult – gerontological nurse practitioner/ clinical nurse specialist concentration).
For the Post B.S. – D.N.P.: family and acute care nurse practitioner, adult – gerontological nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist.
For the Post M.S – 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 a basic pathophysiology course with a grade of C or better and have two years of professional nursing practice prior to enrolling in the nurse practitioner clinical courses. Completed application package with three letters of reference (academic and professional, at least one from an MS prepared nurse) and a curriculum vitae/resume 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: 42 credits for education, and 43-46 credits for the nurse practitioner concentrations; Required courses include 14 credits in core courses (NUR 660, 651, 652, 520 and HDF 527) for all students; 25 to 32 credits in the area of specialization. Required courses for education concentration (25 credits) are NUR 503, 535, 538, 539, 541, 542, 582 and 3 elective credits; Required courses for the family nurse practitioner concentration(31 credits) are NUR 503, 504, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 582, and 590; Required courses for the adult gerontological nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist concentration (32 credits) are 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 (6 credits). Additional requirements include, a major paper involving significant independent study; and a written comprehensive examination.
Post Master’s Certificate
Admission requirements: M.S in Nursing; courses in advanced physical assessment,advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology.
Program requirements: 12 credits for education; 18-21 credits for the nurse practitioner concentrations. Required courses for education include: NUR 538, 541, 590, and an elective (at 400 level or above). Required courses for family nurse practitioner concentration include NUR 531, 532, 533, 534 (6 credits), 590. Required courses for the adult/gerontological nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist are NUR 561, 562, 563, 564 (6 credits), 590 (6 credits). Required courses for the acute care nurse practitioner concentration are NUR 565, 566, 567, 568 (6 credits), 590.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
D.N.P course work includes nursing courses in scientific thinking, research methods (qualitative and quantitative), informatics, administration/leadership, and evidence-based strategies in health care. Practicum courses are continuous throughout the program. 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. The program culminates with a capstone practicum.
For Post-BS entry into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) 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 D.N.P program for students taking this option. For the post-MS entry into the D.N.P, 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 or a master’s thesis or equivalent; evidence of graduate course work in concept development and theory 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; and a curriculum vitae/resume. Acceptance is based on a full review of the applicant’s record and not any single component.
Post B.S. – D.N.P Program Requirements
Minimum of 72 credits. D.N.P required first level course work (13 credits) includes NUR 660, 651, 652 and HDF 527. Required advanced practice core courses (11-12 credits) are NUR 503; NUR 504, 508, or 509; NUR 535 and 582. Students may choose one of three advance practice nursing options: family nurse practitioner, adult gerontological nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist and acute care nurse practitioner.
Family nurse practitioner concentration courses (18 credits) are NUR 531, 532, 533, 534, and 590. Adult/gerontological nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist concentration courses (21 credits) are NUR 561, 562, 563, 564 and 590 (6 credits). Acute care nurse practitioner concentration courses (18 credits) are NUR 565, 566, 567, 568 and 590. Students who wish to obtain their master’s degree after completion of the concentration courses before continuing on for the D.N.P must take NUR 520 (1 credit), complete a master’s major paper and comprehensive exam. Remaining D.N.P courses (30 credits) are NUR 549, 551, 680, 686 (6 credits), 688 (7 credits), PHP 540, MBA 540 and 2 elective credits.
Post M.S.-D.N.P includes a minimum of 42 credits. D.N.P required first level course work (13 credits) includes NUR 660, 651, 652 and HDF 527. Remaining D.N.P courses (29 credits) are NUR 549, 551, 680, 686 (6 credits), 688 (7 credits), PHP 540, MBA 540 and 1 elective credit.
Doctor of Philosophy
Admission requirements: GRE; 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 nurse; a statement of purpose indicating goals congruent with those of the program and institution; a curriculum vitae/resume; 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 35 credits of course work, including core courses (10 credits) NUR 660, 651 and 652; other required nursing courses (13 credits) NUR 602, 603, 611 and 671; electives in research methods (6 credits); electives in advanced statistics (3 credits); free electives (3 credits); and 18 credits of doctoral dissertation research, comprehensive examinations and successful defense of dissertation research.