Master of Science in Nursing Online Program

MSN Online Program

The School of Nursing offers a program of study leading to the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree. The major areas of study available in advanced practice nursing are family nurse practitioner (FNP), pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP),  and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP). The school also offers post-master’s programs in these areas for those who already hold an MSN. The programs are offered at the university’s main campus in Morgantown and at the Charleston Division. Courses are offered via web-based modalities in real time. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon at times convenient for working students and may require that students attend special sessions in Morgantown or Charleston. Dates of the special sessions are made available in advance so that students can plan their schedules in order to attend.

The master’s program offers a curriculum that allows students to enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduate students are strongly recommended to limit their credit load if they are also involved in full-time work. Students employed in full-time work should enroll for no more than six hours of master’s-level coursework in any one term. Throughout the curriculum, students are guided in the process of self-development aimed at pursuing excellence in scholarly and professional endeavors. The program allows flexibility within the basic curricular structure through the individualization of learning experiences. The pattern and duration of the student’s study plan is determined in consultation with a faculty advisor and is based upon the student’s background and goals. The forty-four credit program can be completed in five semesters (including a summer session) of full-time study. The average full-time load is nine to twelve credit hours per semester. Part-time options are also available.

Graduates meet all requirements to sit for the national certification examination in their major area of family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, women’s health nurse practitioner, or nursing leadership. They are prepared to offer care at the advanced practice level to select populations and are able to perform all activities encompassed in the traditional scope of practice.

MSN Advanced Practice

All students seeking the Advanced Practice MSN will be enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Online Program (BSN-DNP).  All students will be awarded a Master's Degree in Nursing after completing the required 48 hours of coursework.  At that time, students will have the ability to sit for the advanced practice certification in the focus areas of either FNP or PNP.  Students may then continue on to acquire the DNP degree for an additional 15 credits, or may exit the program once receiving the MSN degree.  Please review more information under the Doctor of Nursing Practice Online Program.

MSN Executive Focus/MBA Dual Degree Program

The School of Nursing, together with the School of Business, offers a program of study leading to the dual degree of master of science in nursing MSN (Executive Focus), and master of business administration MBA. This program is predominantly online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats.  It includes three 3-4 day residencies to enhance experiential learning and understanding of the curriculum content.  Students take courses from both the MSN and MBA program concurrently, allowing assimilation of advanced business management concepts into the nursing administration role.

The MSN Executive Focus major is offered only to students enrolled in the dual MSN/MBA degree.  It is not offered as a “stand-alone” major.  The combined MSN/MBA curriculum meets the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executive Competencies, and the expectations of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Throughout the curriculum, students are guided in the process of self-development aimed at pursuing excellence in scholarly and professional endeavors.

The 67 credit hour program can be completed in eight semesters of full time study, including summer sessions.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for Nurse Executive, Advanced certification (ANCC) or the Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (AONE) exams after having held a nursing administration position for at least 2 years.

Application Process

The application process should be completed by February 1. The beginning sequence of courses in the MSN program starts in the fall semester only. Class size and progression plans may be limited based on available faculty resources and space. Applicants to the MSN program need to complete the following steps in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Complete two application forms as indicated below and return to the appropriate offices by the deadline
  2. Application for Admission to Graduate Studies (available at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=wvugrad)
  3. Supplemental Application for Admission to Graduate Study in the School of Nursing (available on the School of Nursing website at http://www.nursing.hsc.wvu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/master-of-science-in-nursing/application-information/) submitted electronically
  4. Request an official transcript of records from each college or university attended
    Transcripts and records should be sent directly to:

    WVU Health Science Center Office of Admissions
    P.O. Box 9815
    Morgantown, WV 26506-9815 
     
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation electronically
  6. Request a copy of Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies
    Test scores be sent to:

    WVU Health Sciences Center Office of Admissions
    P.O. Box 9815
    Morgantown, WV 26506-9815
  7. Submit a current curriculum vita or resume.
  8. Submit a typewritten essay describing professional goals (limited to two type-written, double-spaced pages).

The parameters used for review of applicants include academic achievement, Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test scores, career goals, and recommendations.

For more information, visit the website at http://nursing.hsc.wvu.edu, or write to West Virginia University School of Nursing, P.O. Box 9600, Morgantown, WV 26506-9600, or call (304) 293-1386.

Admission Criteria

  1. Satisfy WVU requirements for admission to graduate study
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted
  3. If taken before August, 2011: a minimum score of 350 each on the verbal and quantitative, with a minimum  total of the two sections of 800, and an analytical writing score of 3.0.
    If taken after August, 2011: a minimum score of 143 on the verbal section, 138 on the quantitative section, a minimum total of the two sections of 286, and an analytical writing score of 3.0.
    OR a minimum Miller Analogies Test score of 400.
  4. Have a current, unrestricted RN license in at least one state
  5. Hold a bachelor of science degree in nursing from a school accredited by NLNAC or CCNE (A bachelor of science degree in nursing is mandatory.)
  6. Have completed three credits of undergraduate statistics acceptable for transfer with a grade of C or better
  7. Have completed a health assessment course, including physical examination skills, with a grade of B or better that is acceptable for transfer
  8. Submit three letters of reference
  9. Submit a typewritten essay describing professional goals (limited to two type-written, double-spaced pages) (A bachelor of science degree in nursing is mandatory.)

Applicants may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. The specific provisions which must be met for progression to regular status will be noted in the admission letter.

Note: Admission criteria and applications are subject to change. Please see the School of Nursing website for the most up-to-date criteria at http://nursing.hsc.wvu.edu.

Application Process for MSN Executive Focus/MBA Dual Degree Program

This program is designed for nurses who already have a bachelor's degree in nursing, two or more years professional, full-time work experience and have an interest in leadership.  Students must apply to both the MSN Executive Focus nursing program and the online hybrid MBA program simultaneously. The application process should be completed by July 1 for the August start date. Applicants to the this program need to complete the following steps in order to be considered for admission:

MBA Application

  1. Online Application- Be sure to indicate Business Administration (Online MBA) when responding to "Intended Major". Please select "Off Campus" as the primary delivery method. The application along with the $60 application fee should be submitted prior to the application deadline. All material should be sent to: Office of Graduate Admissions, P .0. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510 or submitted electronically with your application.

  2. Official transcripts from all prior academic work must be forwarded by your previous institution to West Virginia University, Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. Contact prior institutions as early as possible. If undergraduate work was completed at WVU, admissions will pull transcripts automatically.

  3. Your current resume should include enough information for the admissions committee to trace your entire professional work history and should indicate any relevant affiliations.

  4. Your statement of purpose should be a short essay in which you reflect on the contribution of the Online MBA degree to your future and the special characteristics that you would bring to the Online MBA program. We are interested in value-added experiences, both from the program to you and from you to the program.

  5. We recommend that your one letter of reference provide some information that is not found in the other materials being submitted. Topics with regards to your ability to work with others, your discipline and ambition, leadership potential, etc. should be addressed. If applicable, an Employers Commitment letter would also be beneficial. In particular, we'd like to know that your manager is aware of the program residency requirements and is in support of your efforts to complete your degree.

  6. GMAT/GRE score (or waiver): You should have test scores submitted from the Graduate Management Admissions Test® (GMAT) (WVU GMAT code: C2S-6D-13) or from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (WVU GRE code:5904.).  Early test taking is encouraged. If you have 5+ years of continuous full-time professional work experience or a terminal degree, you may request a GMAT waiver. To do so, the completed GMAT waiver request form must be uploaded as "Supplemental Information" on your online application. Once all application materials are received, you will be contacted for a phone interview regarding the GMAT waiver request.

MSN Application

  1. Completed online WVU application to the MSN program.

  2. Completed supplemental application, found at: https://wvuhsc.wufoo.com/forms/msnpost-msnsupplemental-application/

For more information, visit the website at http://nursing.hsc.wvu.edu.

Admission Criteria

  1. Satisfy WVU requirements for admission to graduate study
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted
  3. Have a current, unrestricted RN license in at least one state
  4. Hold a bachelor of science degree from a nationally accredited nursing program (A bachelor of science degree in nursing is mandatory.)
  5. Have completed 3 credits of undergraduate statistics equivalent to WVU Stats 211 AND 3 credits of undergraduate Health Assessment, both with a “C” or better.
  6. Have completed two or more years of professional, full-time work experience
  7. There are no pre-requisite courses for the MBA; however, online not-for-credit-classes in Financial Accounting, Economics, and Statistical Concepts through Ivy Software are recommended for those without a strong background in these disciplines.

Students must apply and be admitted to both programs concurrently in order to complete the MSN/MBA dual degree program.

Note: Admission criteria and applications are subject to change. Please see the School of Nursing website for the most up-to-date criteria at http://nursing.hsc.wvu.edu.

Curriculum Requirements

In order to progress in the Master of Science in Nursing curriculum, a student must meet the following performance standards:

  1. Achieve an overall academic Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 in all work attempted in the Master's Program.
  2. Carry forward only one C grade in a nursing course. A second C in a nursing course will result in dismissal from the program.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA. A student who falls below 3.0 on 9 or more credit hours will be placed on academic probation and has one semester to bring up the GPA to the 3.0 requirement.
  4. Repeat only one nursing course and only one time.
  5. Earn a letter grade (A, B, C) on all required courses. A grade of D or F in any course results in dismissal from the program.

Master's of Science in Nursing Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required
A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses
Core Courses
NSG 702Population Health Promotion3
NSG 703Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NSG 704Health Care Leadership3
NSG 707Evidence Based Practice Methods3
NSG 708Role Seminar for Advanced Practice2
NSG 709Health Care Informatics3
NSG 710Health Policy and Resource Management3
NSG 724Health Research Statistics 13
Required Area of Emphasis25
Total Hours48

In order to progress in the MSN curriculum, a student must meet the following performance standards:
1. Carry forward only one C grade in a nursing course. A second C in a nursing course will result in dismissal from the program.
2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA. A student who falls below 3.0 on 9 or more credit hours will be placed on academic probation and has only one semester to bring up the GPA to the 3.0 requirement.
3. Repeat only one nursing course and only one time.
4. A grade of D or F in any course results in dismissal from the program.

Suggested Plan of Study for Family Nurse Practitioner Area of Emphasis

First Year
  SummerHours
  NSG 7082
  NSG 7093
 5
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NSG 7023NSG 7013NSG 7033
NSG 7063NSG 7053NSG 7123
NSG 7243NSG 7073 
 9 9 6
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NSG 7043NSG 7103 
NSG 714:: Primary Care of Families 23NSG 721:: Family Practicum 25 
NSG 720:: Family Practicum 15  
 11 8
Total credit hours: 48

A minimum of 10 credits of Family Practicum (including Practicum 1 and 2) is required for graduation.  This equates to a total of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience. 

Suggested Plan of Study for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

First Year
  SummerHours
  NSG 7082
  NSG 7093
 5
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NSG 7023NSG 7013NSG 7033
NSG 7063NSG 7053NSG 770:: Pediatric Primary Care 13
NSG 7243NSG 7073 
 9 9 6
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NSG 7043NSG 7103 
NSG 771:: Pediatric Primary Care 23NSG 773:: Pediatric Practicum 25 
NSG 772:: Pediatric Practicum 15  
 11 8
Total credit hours: 48

A minimum of 10 credits of Pediatric Practicum (including Practicum 1 and 2) is required for graduation.  This equates to a total of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience.  

Family Nurse Practitioner Area of Emphasis Requirements 

NSG 701Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
NSG 705Advanced Lifespan Assessment: FNP Focus3
NSG 706Advanced Pathophysiology3
NSG 712Primary Care of Families 13
NSG 634Primary Care: Rural Families 24
or NSG 714 Primary Care of Families 2
NSG 635Rural Family Health Practicum 15
or NSG 720 Family Practicum 1
NSG 636Rural Family Health Practicum 25
or NSG 721 Family Practicum 2
Total Hours26

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Area of Emphasis Requirements

NSG 701Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
NSG 706Advanced Pathophysiology3
NSG 644Pediatric Primary Care 24
or NSG 771 Pediatric Primary Care 2
NSG 645Pediatric Practicum 15
or NSG 772 Pediatric Practicum 1
NSG 646Pediatric Practicum 25
or NSG 773 Pediatric Practicum 2
NSG 647Assessment and Pediatric Care 15
or NSG 770 Pediatric Primary Care 1 and NSG 705 Advanced Lifespan Assessment: PNP Focus
Total Hours25

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Area of Emphasis Requirements

NSG 629Advanced Practice/Families2
NSG 654Neonatal Pathophysiology4
NSG 655Neonatal health Promotion2
NSG 663Neonatal Assessment/Care 15
NSG 664Neonatal Care 24
NSG 665Neonatal Practicum 15
NSG 666Neonatal Practicum 25
NSG 701Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
Total Hours30

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Area of Emphasis Requirements

NSG 626Lifespan Health Promotion2
NSG 629Advanced Practice/Families2
NSG 683Primary Care: Women and Girls 13
NSG 684Primary Care: Women and Girls 24
NSG 686WHNP Practicum 15
NSG 687WHNP Practicum 25
NSG 701Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
NSG 705Advanced Lifespan Assessment: FNP Focus3
NSG 706Advanced Pathophysiology3
Total Hours30

Major Learning Goals

Master of Science in Nursing Online Program

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • Synthesize theories, research findings, and broad-based perspectives for application in the advanced practice of nursing or nursing leadership:
  1. Integrate nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations.
  2. Synthesize evidence for practice to determine appropriate application of interventions across diverse populations.
  3. Utilize nursing and related science evidence to analyze, design, implement and evaluate nursing care delivery systems.
  • Utilize systematic inquiry and refined analytical skills in the provision of health care services and leadership:
  1. Integrate organizational science and informatics to make changes in the care environment to improve health outcomes.
  2. Assume a leadership role in the management of human, fiscal, and physical healthcare resources.
  3. Critically appraise existing literature to identify best practices, apply knowledge to improve and facilitate systems of care in order to improve patient outcomes.
  4. Disseminate results through translational scholarship.
  • Demonstrate safe, effective assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation skills in managing the care of individuals and groups while working in interprofessional collaborative relationships:
  1. Create a relationship with clients and healthcare organizations that builds and maintains a supportive and caring partnership.
  2. Analyze best practice evidence to implement effective quality improvement initiatives with measurable results.
  3. Advocates for patients, families, caregivers, communities and members of the healthcare team.
  • Articulate viewpoints and positions in order to improve the quality of health care delivery and outcomes of successful care:
  1. Assume a leadership role in effectively implementing patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team using effective communication skills.
  2. Examine the effect of legal and regulatory processes on nursing practice, healthcare delivery, and outcomes.
  3. Use ethical decision making to promote the well-being of individuals, families, and health care professionals in local, national & international communities.
  • Consults and collaborates in interdisciplinary and interagency endeavors to advance culturally sensitive health care to clients, families, groups, and communities:
  1. Synthesize broad ecological, global and social determinants of health; principles of genetics and genomics; and epidemiologic data to design and deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant clinical preventions interventions and strategies.
  • Integrates prior and current learning as a basis for growth and accountability in enacting the role of advanced practice nurse or nurse leader:
  1. Advocate for patients, families, caregivers, communities, and members of the healthcare team.
  2. Use information and communication technologies to advance patient education, enhance accessibility of care, analyze practice patterns, and improve health care outcomes, including nurse sensitive outcomes.
  3. Value life-long learning and continued professional development.
  • Assume a leadership role in advocacy, ethical issues, and health care policy development:
  1. Apply leadership skills and decision making in the provision of culturally responsive, high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and
    accountability for care delivery and outcomes.
  2. Function as a leader and change agent in nursing and in health care delivery systems particularly to insure quality care for vulnerable and underserved populations.
  3. Demonstrates organizational and systems leadership that continually improves health outcomes and ensures patient safety.
  • Integrates all the functional areas of business into management decisions in a global environment:
  1. Evaluate factors that influence the competitive behavior of the firm.
  2. Predict and anticipate company and market responses to external factors.
  3. Identify the risks and opportunities in global markets.
  • Identify problems, collect appropriate data and analyze the data to make informed management decisions:
  1. Evaluate business reports to make meaningful decisions for the organization.
  2. Make data-driven, fact-based decisions using statistical techniques and principles.
  3. Take real world problems and express them in quantitative terms.
  • Make management decisions in an ethically sensitive and socially responsible manner:
  1. Negotiate and control information ethically to meet organizational needs.
  2. Understand how to use and acquire information in an ethically sensitive manner.
  3. Synthesize various ethical theories and design a corporate code of ethics.
  • Be effective team members in a virtual environment:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to work together in a supportive and effective manner.
  • Be an effective leader who influences people towards the attainment of organizational goals:
  1. Recommend actions for leader effectiveness in a scenario case and apply a theory or framework to propose and defend their recommendations.
  2. Identify various leadership styles and their relative effectiveness, along with real-life examples.
  3. Evaluate, in a case setting, the processes through which goals are set and accomplished in organizations.

Courses

NSG 501. Advanced Practice Role Seminar. 2 Hours.

PR: Senior status or enrolled in RN to BSN/MSN program. Exploration, analysis, and evaluation of the role of the advanced practice nurse as guided by concepts, theories, and research.

NSG 522. Culture and Health. 3 Hours.

Healthcare is encountering increasing cultural diversity. By identifying cultural behaviors, beliefs, and meaning of health in diverse cultural contexts, students will become more culturally proficient in delivering care.

NSG 593A-L. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

NSG 610. Leadership in Health Care. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: NSG 622 and NSG 623. Critical analysis of leadership frameworks, values and beliefs, and application of skills in the practice setting.

NSG 611. System Based Decision Making. 2 Hours.

PR or CONC: NSG 622 and NSG 623. Decision making grounded in an understanding of the organization as an open living system.

NSG 612. Leading Health System Change. 4 Hours.

PR: NSG 610 and NSG 611. Developing system-based change management critical to advanced nursing in various settings, including selection training, and support of effective teams and workgroups.

NSG 613. Managing Health Care Resources. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 622 and NSG 623. Management of financial and human resources to promote professional practice and organizational growth within organizational financial constraints.

NSG 614. Health Care Informatics. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 627. Explore technologies to improve health care practices and learn to utilize technology for outcomes management.

NSG 615. Program Planning/Evaluation. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 613. Health care program planning, strategies for program implementation, and program evaluation techniques.

NSG 617. Leadership Practicum 1. 2-5 Hours.

PR or CONC: NSG 615. Supervised practicum designed to apply healthcare leadership principles to practice. Students participate in nursing leadership and administrative activities in a selected healthcare setting.

NSG 618. Leadership Practicum 2. 2-5 Hours.

PR: NSG 617. Supervised practicum designed to build on initial application of healthcare leadership principles. Students participate in leadership and administrative activities in a selected health care setting.

NSG 622. Theory and Disciplined Reasoning. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the theoretical foundations of the discipline of nursing as a basis for applying critical thinking skills to the development of a conceptual framework for nursing.

NSG 623. Concepts of Advanced Nursing. 2 Hours.

PR or Conc: NSG 622. Exploration, analysis, and evaluation of concepts, theories, and research guiding the advanced practice of nursing. Learning activities emphasize advanced practice role.

NSG 626. Lifespan Health Promotion. 2 Hours.

An in-depth study of theoretical foundations, epidemiological principles, and advance practice strategies for the promotion of health and prevention of disease across the life-span.

NSG 627. Research and Systematic Analysis. 5 Hours.

PR: NSG 622. An overview of research methods, evidence and epidemiological and statistical measures used in advanced practice nursing.

NSG 628. Health Policy, Finance, Ethics. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 622. Study of how health policy, the organization and financing of health care, and ethical principles shape professional practice.

NSG 629. Advanced Practice/Families. 2 Hours.

PR: NSG 622 and NSG 623 and NSG 626 and NSG 627. Exploration and analysis of family theories, assessments, and interventions applicable to the advanced practice of nursing.

NSG 634. Primary Care: Rural Families 2. 4 Hours.

PR: NSG 633. Further development of the domains and competencies of the advanced practice nursing role introduced in NSG 633 that are fundamental to primary health care of the rural family unit.

NSG 635. Rural Family Health Practicum 1. 2-5 Hours.

PR or Conc: NSG 634. Supervised practicum designed to apply theory- and evidence-based advanced practice nursing. Students develop the advanced practice role as they manage health care and participate in service learning.

NSG 636. Rural Family Health Practicum 2. 4-5 Hours.

PR: NSG 635. Supervised practicum that builds upon NSG 635 and focuses on the application of theory- and evidence-based advanced nursing practice. With supervision, students manage health care and participate on interdisciplinary terms.

NSG 644. Pediatric Primary Care 2. 4 Hours.

PR: NSG 647. Further acquisition of knowledge and skills central to the assessment of health status, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of children in the primary care setting.

NSG 645. Pediatric Practicum 1. 5 Hours.

PR or CONC: NSG 644. Supervised practicum designed to facilitate the student's competency in the delivery of primary health care to children.

NSG 646. Pediatric Practicum 2. 5 Hours.

PR: NSG 645. Supervised practicum designed to advance the student's competency in the delivery of primary health care to children.

NSG 647. Assessment and Pediatric Care 1. 5 Hours.

PR: NSG 622 and NSG 623 and NSG 624 and NSG 627. An Introduction to the knowledge and skills basic to the assessment of health status, diagnosis, and evaluation of children in the primary care setting.

NSG 654. Neonatal Pathophysiology. 4 Hours.

An introduction to the scientific foundations underlying processes contributing to health/illness states in neonates. Principles from genetics, embryology, and developmental physiology lay the foundation for subsequent courses in assessment, diagnosis and management.

NSG 655. Neonatal health Promotion. 2 Hours.

PR: NSG 622. Review of practices and services that contribute to healthy outcomes for sick and well neonates with focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and maintenance of function in the context of critical care and primary care.

NSG 656. Current Issues in Aging. 2 Hours.

An overview of contemporary gerontology that offers a multidisciplinary approach to providing services to older people in the United States.

NSG 657. Advanced Assessment of Older Adults. 2 Hours.

PR: NSG 624. Preparation for the conduct of advanced health assessment of older adults. Diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as the student collects and analyzes data obtained from the patient history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures.

NSG 658. Geriatric Primary Care 1. 2,3 Hours.

PR: NSG 631 and NSG 657. Study of constellation of symptoms in the older adult that may be manifestations of other health problems.

NSG 659. Geriatric Primary Care 2. 4 Hours.

PR: NSG 657 and NSG 658. Study of common diseases and disorders seen in the older adult. An integration of advanced practice skills and role competencies in the care of older individuals and their families is emphasized.

NSG 660. Women's Reproductive Health. 2 Hours.

PR: Graduate status or permission. This course focuses on fertility control, reproductive health, menopause, and health promotion activities for women.

NSG 663. Neonatal Assessment/Care 1. 5 Hours.

PR: NSG 622 and NSG 623 and NSG 654 and PR or CONC: NSG 655. Preparation for conducting advanced assessment of neonates/young infants. Diagnostic reasoning is emphasized through collecting and analyzing data obtained from patient history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures.

NSG 664. Neonatal Care 2. 4 Hours.

PR: NSG 663 and NSG 631. This course focuses on the management of common problems and conditions in neonates.

NSG 665. Neonatal Practicum 1. 5 Hours.

PR: NSG 631 and PR or CONC: NSG 664. This supervised practicum is designed to facilitate the student's competency in the delivery of care to infant populations.

NSG 666. Neonatal Practicum 2. 5 Hours.

PR: NSG 665. This supervised practicum is designed to facilitate the student's competency in the delivery of care to infant populations.

NSG 670. Curriculum in Nursing. 3 Hours.

A review of contemporary theory-based determinants of curriculum development in nursing, including analysis and evaluation of curricula for nursing education.

NSG 671. Clinical Practicum-Educators. 2 Hours.

PR: NSG 635. Implementation of theory-based advanced nursing practice in an area of student's clinical interest/expertise. Student develops the advanced practice role with a select population of clients and families.

NSG 672. Education Practicum. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 674. Guided teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced faculty member that allows the student to function in the role of nurse educator in classroom and clinical settings.

NSG 674. Teaching in Nursing. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 670. A general methods course involving the principles of instruction in didactic and clinical nursing education including analysis of course planning, teaching methods, and evaluation of student outcomes.

NSG 675. Geriatric Practicum 1. 2-5 Hours.

PR: NSG 657 and NSG 658 and Co-Req: NSG 659. Supervised practicum focusing on developing and implementing advanced practice knowledge and skills essential to the role of geriatric nurse practitioner. Students engage in delivering evidence-based care with older adults.

NSG 676. Geriatric Practicum 2. 4-5 Hours.

PR: NSG 675. Supervised practicum that focuses on evidence-based advanced practice in a variety of settings. The students, with supervision, will manage health care of geriatric clients and their families and participate on interdisciplinary teams.

NSG 683. Primary Care: Women and Girls 1. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 622, NSG 623, NSG 624, NSG 626, NSG 631 and NSG 632. Introduction to the domains and competencies of the advanced practice nursing role that are fundamental to primary health care of women and girls.

NSG 684. Primary Care: Women and Girls 2. 4 Hours.

PR: NSG 683. Further development of the domains and competencies of the advanced practice nursing role introduced in NSG 683 that are fundamental to primary health care of the rural family unit.

NSG 685. Clinical Scholarship. 1 Hour.

Co-Req: NSG 635 (For FNP track) or NSG 645 (For PNP track). Knowledge dissemination within the advanced practice role using disciplined reasoning and systematic inquiry to examine and incorporate evidence-based strategies in the caring/healing process.

NSG 686. WHNP Practicum 1. 2-5 Hours.

PR or CONC: NSG 684. Supervised practicum designed to apply theory- and evidence- based advanced practice nursing. Students develop the advanced practice role as they manage health care and participate in service learning.

NSG 687. WHNP Practicum 2. 4-5 Hours.

PR: NSG 686. Supervised practicum that builds upon NSG 686 and focuses on the application of theory-and-evidence-based advanced nursing practice. With supervision, students manage health care and participate on interdisciplinary teams.

NSG 691A-Z. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

NSG 693A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

NSG 695. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

NSG 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper, or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation guided by a student-graduate faculty contact based on the course objectives and culminating in a written product. (Grading will be S/U.).

NSG 701. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 706. Examination of the relationship between pharmacologic principles and the selection of pharmacologic agents in altered health states across the lifespan. This course lays the foundation of subsequent courses in diagnosis, management, and therapeutic interventions.

NSG 702. Population Health Promotion. 3 Hours.

In-depth study and analysis of clinical prevention and population health for individuals, aggregates, and populations utilizing advanced nursing practice strategies for the promotion of health and prevention of disease across the lifespan.

NSG 703. Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice. 3 Hours.

Elaboration and integration of theories from nursing, the sciences, and the humanities to build a foundation for the highest level of nursing practice.

NSG 704. Health Care Leadership. 3 Hours.

Critical analysis of leadership in an organizational setting, with development of skills needed to enact the leadership role.

NSG 705. Advanced Lifespan Assessment: FNP Focus. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 706. The focus of this course is the advanced health assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Skilled interviewing and clinical reasoning are emphasized as students collect and analyze data from the patient history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures.

NSG 706. Advanced Pathophysiology. 3 Hours.

Theoretical basis of pathophysiological changes in acute and chronic illnesses confronted in primary care across the lifespan is presented. The course serves as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management.

NSG 707. Evidence Based Practice Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 724. This course provides an overview of research methods, evidence, and epidemiologic measures for understanding the translation of research into practice and the design of interventions to promote change in a variety of settings.

NSG 708. Role Seminar for Advanced Practice. 2 Hours.

Exploration, analysis, and evaluation of the role of the advanced practice nurse as guided by concepts, theories, and research.

NSG 709. Health Care Informatics. 3 Hours.

Explore information technologies used in acute and outpatient health settings and describe methods of utilization of technology for practice improvement and patient outcomes management.

NSG 710. Health Policy and Resource Management. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 711. The foundation for leadership in health policy development, implementation, and evaluation, with a focus on advocacy for nursing, social justice, and equity. Financial resource management for nursing leadership and policy/ program implementation.

NSG 711. Health Care Focus. 3 Hours.

Provides for the development of knowledge and skills relative to the state of the science in a particular area of clinical practice.

NSG 712. Primary Care of Families 1. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 701 and NSG 702 and NSG 705 and NSG 707 and NSG 708. An introduction to the knowledge and skills basic to the health maintenance, diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and revision of care of individuals as members of family units in the primary care setting.

NSG 713. Doctor of Nursing Practice Role Application. 1 Hour.

PR or CONC: NSG 742. Integration of Doctor of Nursing practice role competencies at the highest level of nursing practive.

NSG 717. Organization and Leadership. 3 Hours.

Provides a foundation for developing organizational and systems leadership skills critical to clinical care and health outcomes. Knowledge will help students to promote patient safety and excellence in health care organizations.

NSG 719. Health Care Policy. 3 Hours.

Provides a foundation for influencing, developing, implementing, and evaluating health care policies and legislation pertinent to issues in health care such as ethics, safety, costs, access, and quality.

NSG 724. Health Research Statistics 1. 3 Hours.

This course provides development of statistical knowledge and skills needed for quantitative health research. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, chi square and regression techniques.

NSG 725. Health Research Statistics 2. 3 Hours.

This course continues the development of statistical knowledge and skills needed for quantitative health research using SPSS, including nonparametric testing, advanced regression topics and diagnostics, ANCOVA, SPSS syntax, classification, and factor, survival and power analyses.

NSG 727. Contemporary Nursing Science. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 728 and PR or CONC: NSG 729. Focus is on an analysis of the state of the science for a phenomenon for study. Emphasis is placed on the application of the particular phenomenon to a population of interest.

NSG 728. Nursing Science Theory/Philosophy. 4 Hours.

This course builds on philosophical basis of nursing. Discovery and verification of scientific knowledge are addressed by focusing on theory development. Methodologies include concept analysis and evaluation of middle-range theories of nursing and related sciences.

NSG 729. Quantitative Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: (NSG 724 and NSG 725) with a minimum grade of B-. Quantitative methods and measurement relevant to conducting research in nursing are studied.

NSG 730. Principles of Measurement. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 727 and NSG 728. The role of measurement in nursing research is studied. Measurement in the areas of attitudes, personality, competence, development, and group qualities is emphasized. Instrument development and reliability/ validity issues are also discussed.

NSG 731. Qualitative Research Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 728. An exploration of the philosophical foundation and methods of qualitative inquiry. Research designs, ethical issues, rigor, integrity, data collection, interpretation, and representation are studied in depth.

NSG 732. Seminar in Nursing Scholarship. 2 Hours.

PR: Admission to the PhD program. Exploration of the dimensions of scholarship in preparation for future roles as nurse scholars/scientists.

NSG 733. Research Grant Development. 2 Hours.

PR: NSG 781. Analysis of the grant-writing process, including current federal application formats, provides students with the background to complete a submittable grant proposal in their own area of research.

NSG 734. Use of Data. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 729. This course focuses on use of the following data bases: clinical, financial, health services, nursing, local, state, and national. The uses of existing data in clinical and policy decisions and in research will be explored.

NSG 735. Principles: Nursing Education. 3 Hours.

This course examines the research base of educational strategies in nursing education in classroom and clinical settings. The course also examines external determinants on nursing curriculum, accreditation issues, and evaluation of nursing programs.

NSG 736. Advanced Health Policy and Ethics. 3 Hours.

PR:NSG 728, NSG 724, NSG 732, NSG 724, NSG 735, NSG 725, and NSG 704. Examination of ethical issues of research and current health policy.

NSG 737. Leadership. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 734. Through exploration of contemporary leadership theory and application to self, an authentic personal leadership style will be developed to enable the student to enact a leadership role in health care and/or education.

NSG 738. Issues in Nursing Scholarship. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 729, NSG 731, and NSG 737. Seminar focused on broad issues of ethics in the conduct of research and role acquisition of nurse scientist in academic, clinical, and health policy settings.

NSG 745. Clinical Immersion. 1-8 Hours.

PR: NSG 711. Provides for the mastery of clinical skills relative to the state of the science in a particular area of clinical practice.

NSG 760. Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Project. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 721 or NSG 773. Develop a scholarly initiative to improve practice system, or patient outcomes.

NSG 761. Clinical Project 1. 1 Hour.

PR: NSG 715 and NSG 716. Identifies a practice problem and connects the problem to existing knowledge and science.

NSG 762. Clinical Project 2. 1 Hour.

PR: NSG 761 and NSG 717 and NSG 718. Students design an initiative to address the practice problem identified in NSG 761 using the appropriate research methods and a variety of scientific principles.

NSG 763. Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone. 1-6 Hours.

PR: NSG 762. Project implementation using leadership skills to create and evaluate change relative to a practice problem. Analyzey. relationship of project to practice and policy.

NSG 767. Advanced Lifespan Assessment: PNP Focus. 3 Hours.

PR: NSG 706. Advanced health assessment of individuals across the lifespan with focus on pediatric populations. Skilled interviewing and clinical reasoning are emphasized as students collect and analyze data from the patient history, physical examination and diagnostic procedures.

NSG 768. Prospectus Development. 1-6 Hours.

Supervised experiences in planning the dissertation research project, developing the chapters for the prospectus, and preparing the proposal document for review by committee members.

NSG 769. Faculty Career Development. 1 Hour.

Supervised experiences in searching for available positions, preparing and submitting application materials, participating in campus interviews, and planning a successful future career.

NSG 781. Research Mentorship. 1-3 Hours.

PR: NSG 729 and NSG 731. In this guided practicum, the student's research skills are developed and cultivated through participation in the mentorship process with an experienced researcher (the chairperson or his/her designee).

NSG 783. Dissertation Seminar. 1 Hour.

PR: NSG 729 and NSG 731. This seminar provides an opportunity for continued knowledge synthesis related to the selected topic of research. Students will participate in proposal presentation and critique. The expectation is a National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship Application.

NSG 791A-Z. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

NSG 792. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

NSG 793A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

NSG 794. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.

Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

NSG 795. Independent Study. 1-9 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

NSG 796. Graduate Seminar. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Each graduate student will present at least one seminar to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or her program.

NSG 797. Research. 1-9 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper, or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation. (Grading will be S/U.).

NSG 798. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide formal supervision during the writing of student reports (6978), or dissertations (798). Grading is normal.

NSG 799. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking coursework credit but who wish to meet residency requirements, use the University's facilities, and participate in its academic and cultural programs. Note: Graduate students who are not actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, through enrollment in their department's 699/799 Graduate Colloquium to consult with graduate faculty, participate in both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by their program, and retain all of the rights and privileges of duly enrolled students. Grading is P/F; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for masters programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate colloquium satisfies the University requirement of registration in the semester in which graduation occurs.