NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

540 Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing—Master of Science in Nursing—Traditional The Master of Science in Nursing Program is an online degree program for graduates of Bachelor of Science programs with a major in nursing or other related fields. Students who hold Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure who enter the M.S.N. program without a B.S.N. degree, but with a B.S. or B.A. degree in another field, will be required to enroll in NSG 5000B—Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice in their first semester of admission to the M.S.N. program. This course is only offered in the fall term. Three concentrations are offered: nursing informatics, nursing education, and executive nurse leadership. • Students can transform the landscape of patient care through Nursing Informatics. In a program that blends leadership skills with data management, students will learn how to catalyze the evolution of nursing through the evaluation and implementation of new technology. They will facilitate access to critical information, improving patient outcomes, while refining the health care experience for providers and recipients alike. • T he next generation of nursing professionals require quality instructors to flourish in the ever-changing field of health care. With courses focusing on clinical decision making and curriculum development, the Nursing Education concentration will prepare its students to provide future nursing generations with the guidance they need. Students in this concentration will be prepared for career paths in staff development, vocational-technical training, or community college education. Graduates interested in teaching in B.S.N. or higher programs may then proceed through the Ph.D. in Nursing program, which focuses on nursing education or administrative leadership. • The Executive Nurse Leadership concentration prepares students to assume the leadership roles that they deserve. By studying quality initiatives and the business of health care, students will understand how to make complex decisions that improve patient care and employee morale. They will gain the skills needed to inspire peers and take their organizations to new heights. All M.S.N. students take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online/hybrid. M.S.N. Traditional students take an additional 21 semester hours of specialty courses, determined by their chosen concentration. This includes a practicumexperience that reinforces skills acquired throughout the program. Thus, a total of 36 semester hours are required to complete the M.S.N. Traditional program. Courses are taught online/hybrid by faculty members with advanced preparation and extensive experience in their respective fields. All concentrations serve as a foundation for doctoral study. Admissions Requirements Prospective students for the Master of Science in Nursing Traditional Program are selected for admission based on application content, academic record, professional nursing licensure, and an interview with the program director. Admission to the M.S.N. program requires the following: • a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university* • a nursing degree accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), or The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) • a minimum, overall, cumulative B.S./B.A. GPA, as listed below, on a 4.0 scale a. For students with less than 24 months of active, independent, nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. b. For students with 24 months or more of active, independent nursing practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), an overall minimum GPA of 2.75 is required. • a current, active, and unencumbered, U.S. R.N. license T he license must remain current and unencumbered in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program. * Students who enter the M.S.N. program without a B.S.N. will be required to enroll in NSG 5000B—Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice in their first semester. This course is only offered in the fall. For more information, call the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing at (954) 262-1975 or 800-356-0026, ext. 21975. Application Procedures The NSU Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS does not take part in student selection. The NursingCAS application may be obtained • online at nursingcas.org • by calling NursingCAS at (617) 612-2880 Graduate Nursing Program Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)—Traditional