Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

NURSING

The College of Nursing offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing and to the Doctor of Philosophy. The College also offers a professional clinical doctorate, the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Nursing program builds on a student's undergraduate degree, and prepares the individual for advanced practice nursing in a chosen specialty. Research utilization, evidence-based practice, and leadership are emphasized throughout the program. There are seven specialty tracks:

  1. Acute Care Nurse Practitioners focus on diagnosing and managing acute health problems, provide tertiary preventive care and work with interdisciplinary teams.
  2. Adult Nursing focuses upon the care of adults across the life span in critical illness, adult health, oncology, rehabilitation, emergency trauma, and gerontological nursing. Students are prepared as clinical nurse specialists.
  3. Nurse Managers play a key role in assuring high quality care and a satisfying work environment on individual units, in clinics and departments in all types of health care organizations.
  4. Parent-Child Nursing focuses upon children, adolescents, and families, perinatal nursing, and neonatal. Clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner subspecialties are available. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner subspecialization is available through collaboration with the University of Louisville.
  5. Primary Care Nurse Practitioners focus on providing primary health care. They diagnose and treat common health problems, promote wellness and prevent illness and help clients learn effective self-care. The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner subspecialization is available through collaboration with the University of Louisville.
  6. Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing focuses upon the specialized care of individuals and families with psychiatric and addictive problems in hospital and community settings. Both nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist subspecializations are available.
  7. Public Health Nursing focuses on preparing nurses to assume positions in public health agencies delivering health and nursing services to specific populations, as public health nurse managers, public health clinical nurse specialists, and nurse care managers.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the master's degree program must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the following requirements of the nursing program: satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale, a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a school accredited by a nationally recognized organization, a goal statement, three references, an interview, and a graduate-level statistics course (completed prior to admission). Nurse licensure in the state where clinicals take place, and clinical experience prior to the first clinical course, are also required. Final admission recommendations are made on a competitive basis.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree requires a minimum of 40 credit hours of course work and clinicals. Some specialties require more. All students are required to take courses in theoretical basis for practice, assessment, clinical reasoning, research, leadership, and evidence-based nursing practice. In addition, each student must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all graduate courses and nursing courses and pass a final examination. Students may pursue part-time study through flexible scheduling and selected evening/weekend courses. The College has an outreach site in Morehead, KY. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 15for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission. Some MSN specialty areas admit Fall semester only. Late applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.

Nurses with diplomas or associate degrees have the choice of combining their programs of study for the BSN and MSN degrees. The RN/MSN option provides qualified registered nurses with an accelerated approach to career advancement from the associate or hospital diploma in nursing to the master's degree. Applicants to the RN/MSN track must meet the criteria listed for the BSN program and for the MSN program and that of the Graduate School. Admission requirements are: an earned associate degree in nursing from a college accredited by one of the six academic accrediting associations, successful completion of ACT-PEP test for diploma program graduates only, nursing experience, completion of all University Studies Program requirements, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, satisfactory GRE scores, a written goal statement, three letters of reference, and a personal interview. The MSN degree will not be awarded without concurrent or prior completion of the BSN requirements. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 15. Late applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.

The College of Nursing has an articulated RN to MSN degree option with Morehead State University. Individuals interested in this option may contact the College of Nursing office of Graduate Student Affairs for more information.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program prepares nurse scholars to contribute to the development of nursing science through clinical research and the application of knowledge to nursing practice. Graduates assume roles in research, education, and administration.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the following requirements of the nursing program. An applicant must possess a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school and a 3.3 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale for all master's level work. Satisfactory scores on the GRE general test are expected. Personal interviews, a goal statement, and three references are required. Final admission recommendations are made on a competitive basis.

A student enrolled in the master's degree program, who has completed 17 credit hours of MSN course work, can apply for admission to the Ph.D. program. To apply for Ph.D. study, a MSN student must submit a letter to the Assistant Dean for Research and Ph.D. Students expressing a desire to enroll in the doctoral program submit a revised goal statement reflecting interest in doctoral education and research, attach a sample of scholarly work, request the academic advisor to send the Assistant Dean an admission recommendation, and complete an interview with the Assistant Dean and one additional faculty member.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing requires a minimum of 45 credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree, participation in at least one research project prior to qualifying examinations, plus a minimum of two semesters of residence credit for dissertation research. Written and oral examinations are required to qualify as a degree candidate. Pre-qualifying residency requirements can be fulfilled using any of the three models approved by the Graduate School. There is a final examination for defense of the dissertation research.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The College of Nursing also offers a professional clinical doctorate, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Information about this program may be found on the College of Nursing Web page.

GRADUATE COURSES

NUR 510 OLDER WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH (SAME AS HSE 510) (3)

NUR 512 COMPLEMENTARY/ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTH CARE (3)

NUR 514 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT (2)

NUR 520 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (2-4)

NUR 600 ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE: ROLES AND ISSUES (3)

NUR 601 THEORETICAL BASIS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (2)

NUR 602 RESEARCH METHODS IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (3)

NUR 603 CLINICAL REASONING IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (3)

NUR 604 LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (3)

NUR 605 EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING PRACTICE (3)

NUR 610 CONCEPTS AND THEORIES IN NURSING (2)

NUR 612 NURSING RESEARCH METHODS (3)

NUR 613 RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN NURSING (3)

NUR 614 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL NURSING I (4)

NUR 615 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL NURSING II (5)

NUR 620 PROBLEMS IN CLINICAL NURSING (2-6)

NUR 624 PEDIATRIC HEALTH SCREENING AND HEALTH PROMOTION (2)

NUR 628 POPULATION FOCUSED PRACTICE IN THE COMMUNITY (2)

NUR 629 EPIDEMIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES APPLIED TO HEALTH CARE AND NURSING PRACTICE (3)

NUR 631 APPLICATIONS OF ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT (2)

NUR 632 COMPREHENSIVE PATIENT MANAGEMENT I (2)

NUR 633 COMPREHENSIVE PATIENT MANAGEMENT II (4)

NUR 650 ADVANCED PHYSICAL AND HEALTH ASSESSMENT (2-6)

NUR 651 DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY PROCEDURES (2)

NUR 652 PHARMACOLOGIC APPLICATIONS IN PRIMARY CARE (3)

NUR 653 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (3)

NUR 654 COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS OF YOUNG, MIDDLE, AND OLDER ADULTS I (3)

NUR 655 COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS OF YOUNG, MIDDLE, AND OLDER ADULTS II (3)

NUR 656 HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE PEDIATRIC CLIENT (2)

NUR 657 HEALTH ISSUES OF THE CHILD AND ADOLESCENT CLIENT (2)

NUR 658 RISKY BEHAVIORS AND HEALTH (3)

NUR 662 CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE IN EXPANDED ROLES I (1-4)

NUR 668 PSYCHOTHERAPEUTICS FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (SAME AS PHR 668) (3)

NUR 672 CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE IN EXPANDED ROLES II (3-4)

NUR 673 MANAGEMENT OF CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE II (4)

NUR 676 WOMEN'S HEALTH: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE (SAME AS PM 676) (3)

NUR 682 CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE IN EXPANDED ROLES III (3-8)

NUR 700 BEHAVIORAL RESPONSES TO HEALTH PROBLEMS (2)

NUR 701 BIOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO HEALTH PROBLEMS (2)

NUR 702 BIOLOGICAL PHENOMENA IN ACUTE ILLNESS (3)

NUR 703 BIOLOGICAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHENOMENA IN CHRONIC ILLNESS (2)

NUR 704 ACUTE AND CHRONIC ILLNESS AND NURSING THERAPEUTICS I (3)

NUR 705 ACUTE AND CHRONIC ILLNESS AND NURSING THERAPEUTICS II (6)

NUR 706 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING CARE OF ACUTELY ILL ADULTS (2)

NUR 707 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING CARE OF CRITICALLY ILL ADULTS (6)

NUR 708 MEASURING AND DOCUMENTING NURSING PRACTICE (4)

NUR 710 ADVANCED PARENT-CHILD NURSING I (2)

NUR 711 ADVANCED PARENT-CHILD NURSING II (2)

NUR 712 ADVANCED PARENT-CHILD SEMINAR (3)

NUR 713 ADVANCED NURSING CARE FOR FAMILIES, PRE-CONCEPTION THROUGH ADOLESCENCE I (6)

NUR 714 ADVANCED NURSING CARE FOR FAMILIES, PRE-CONCEPTION THROUGH ADOLESCENCE II (4)

NUR 720 ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING I (2)

NUR 721 ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSING II (2)

NUR 722 CLINICAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED PRACTICE PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (3)

NUR 723 ADVANCED PRACTICE PSYCHIATRIC NURSING I (6)

NUR 724 ADVANCED PRACTICE PSYCHIATRIC NURSING II (4)

NUR 725 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING SEMINAR FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS (3)

NUR 726 PRIMARY CARE ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING SEMINAR (3)

NUR 727 PRIMARY CARE ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING SEMINAR (2-5)

NUR 730 NURSING MANAGEMENT IN THE ORGANIZATION I (3)

NUR 731 NURSING MANAGEMENT IN THE ORGANIZATION II (3)

NUR 732 ADVANCED PRACTICE IN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING ASSESSMENT SPECIALTY SEMINAR (3)

NUR 733 ADVANCED PRACTICE IN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSINGPRACTICUM I: POLICY AND ROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (6)

NUR 734 ADVANCED PRACTICE IN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING: PRACTICUM II: ASSURANCE (4)

NUR 735 FAMILY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION (3)

NUR 737 NURSING CARE MANAGEMENT - RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3)

NUR 738 MODELS AND PROCESSES OF NURSING CARE MANAGEMENT (3)

NUR 739 NURSING CARE MANAGEMENT - CLINICAL OUTCOMES AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT (2-3)

NUR 740 NURSE-MIDWIFERY MANAGEMENT: NEONATE (2)

NUR 744 NURSE-MIDWIFERY MANAGEMENT: WOMAN WITH PROBLEMS (2)

NUR 745 NURSE-MIDWIFERY PRACTICE ORGANIZATIONS (2)

NUR 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

NUR 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

NUR 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

NUR 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

NUR 776 SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (2-4)

NUR 778 PROSEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY HEALTH AND NURSING POLICY ISSUES (3)

NUR 779 DOCTORAL SEMINAR (1-3)

NUR 781 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (1-3)

NUR 790 KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT IN NURSING (3)

NUR 791 QUALITATIVE METHODS IN NURSING RESEARCH (3)

NUR 792 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN NURSING RESEARCH (3)

NUR 793 MEASUREMENT OF NURSING PHENOMENA (4)

NUR 794 ANALYSIS, INTERPRETATION, AND PRESENTATION OF QUANTITATIVE DATA (3)

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