University of Virginia
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2003-2004
GRADUATE RECORD
School of Graduate Nursing
General Information  |  Master of Science in Nursing  |  Masters Program Description  |  Post Master's Program  |  Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing  |  Course Descriptions  |  Faculty
Admission
Grades
Incomplete Grades
Post Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Post Master's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Post Master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Program
Post Master's Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing (WOCN) Program

Post Master's Program

Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and nurse practitioner (NP) post master's programs equip master's-prepared nurses with additional knowledge and skills in a defined area. Students who complete these programs are eligible to apply for national certification examinations.


Admission

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Applicants must:

  1. have completed a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing;
  2. be licensed as a registered nurse;
  3. submit three satisfactory academic/professional recommendations;
  4. submit a clear statement of educational and professional goals;
  5. submit validation of basic health assessment skills;
  6. be available for an interview if requested.

The School utilizes a rolling admissions process. The completed application and the $40 application fee must be received by April 1 for summer and fall admission or November 15 for spring admission. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered if space is available. All correspondence concerning admission should be addressed to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Services, Office of Admissions and Student Services, School of Nursing, McLeod Hall, P.O. Box 800782, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0784.


Grades

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The standing of a post-graduate student in each course is indicated by one of the following symbols: A (very distinguished), A- (distinguished), B+ (very good), B (satisfactory), B- (acceptable), and C (unsatisfactory). A letter grade of C is considered unsatisfactory and unacceptable for completion of the program.


Incomplete Grades

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A grade of incomplete is a non-grade designation given for a course. Incompletes in graduate nursing courses must be removed by the end of the following semester of enrollment or within one calendar year, whichever comes first. Graduate students with two or more outstanding incomplete designations (in the same semester or cumulatively) may not enroll in courses in subsequent terms. An incomplete designation which is not removed by the above deadline or prior to graduation is converted to a F.


Post Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

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The Post Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Program offers two tracks for students who wish to complete the requirements for PMHNP certification. One track is for those who already possess a MSN degree with a focus in psychiatric-mental health nursing; the other track is for students with a MSN in another clinical area.

Master's prepared nurses in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing desiring Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner preparation complete the following courses: (17 credits, 120 clinical hours)

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Advanced Health Assessment 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 770 Biological Basis in Mental Health/Mental Illness 3
GNUR 776 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum II: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner 3

Master's prepared nurses with a specialty in another clinical area complete the following courses: (33 credits, 500 clinical hours)

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Advanced Health Assessment 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 702 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention 3
GNUR 770 Biological Basis in Mental Health/Mental Illness 3
GNUR 771 Psychiatric-Mental Health Seminar 3
GNUR 773 Theoretical Foundations of Mental Health Nursing 3
GNUR 774 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I: Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner 5
GNUR 776 Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum II: Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner 5


Post Master's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

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The Post Master's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to provide the master's-prepared nurse with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a primary health care provider in various clinical facilities. These skills include psychosocial and physical assessment; identification, screening and triage of acute minor illness; nursing and medical management of commonly encountered acute, minor, and chronic illnesses in collaboration and consultation with a physician; knowledge of community needs and resources available for health promotion; health teaching, guidance, and counseling of clients and their families about illness and its prevention; and health promotion, maintenance, and management.

Other areas explored in this program include the changing health care delivery system; the expanded role of the nurse; and nursing issues, particularly as they relate to nurse practitioner practice, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority. Offerings include family or pediatric nurse practitioner tracks.

An essential part of the nurse practitioner program is the 672-hour clinical preceptorship. This preceptorship is concurrent with the nurse practitioner seminar courses and is arranged at a clinical site that reflects the focus of the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Due to the program's focus on rural, underserved populations, at least one of the preceptorships takes place outside of Albemarle County.

The practitioner program is approved by the Joint Committee of the Boards of Nursing and Medicine in Virginia. Students who complete the program are eligible to apply for practitioner certification by this joint committee and are also eligible to sit for national certification examinations.

Nurse Practitioner Program Completion Requirements The student must satisfactorily complete the specific nurse practitioner program and the clinical preceptorship, and have a minimum grade average of B. Students who complete the nurse practitioner program are eligible for national certification exams.

Required Courses - 31 Credits

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Adv. Health Assessment 3
GNUR 566 Primary Care Seminar I 3
GNUR 567 Primary Care Seminar II 3
GNUR 569 Primary Care Preceptorship I 6
GNUR 570 Primary Care Seminar III 3
GNUR 571 Primary Care Preceptorship II 6
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2


Post Master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Program

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This program reflects recent developments in the field of health care delivery, creating the need for a new role within advanced practice nursing. The ACNP has a scope of practice beyond that of other acute care positions. ACNPs deliver continuous and comprehensive care within a collaborative model involving patients, families, significant others, nurses, physicians, and other health care providers. The purpose of the ACNP is to provide advanced practice care that meets patient needs across the full continuum of acute, critical, and chronic care services. The short term goal for the ACNP is restorative care, stabilization of the patient, minimizing complications, providing physical and psychological care measures for managing chronic conditions, and assurance of a peaceful death.

Students who complete the program are eligible to take the ANCC examination for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification.

Required courses - 29 credits

GNUR 550 Pharmacology 4
GNUR 551 Adv. Health Assessment 3
GNUR 574 Role I: Acquisition 1-2
GNUR 575 Role II: Transition 2
GNUR 756 Seminar I: Clinical Decision Making in Acute and Specialty Care 3
GNUR 757 Seminar II: Clinical Decision Making in Acute and Specialty Care 3
GNUR 759 Practicum I Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist 5
GNUR 765 Synthesis Practicum: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist 5
  Elective 3


Post Master's Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing (WOCN) Program

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Wound, Ostomy & Continence nursing incorporates principles and practices that promote, maintain and restore health for persons with wounds, ostomies and continence problems throughout their lives. WOC nurses specialize in the care of individuals with disorders of the gastrointestinal track, genitourinary and integumentary systems. The post-masters WOC program includes two didactic classes and one practicum.

GNUR 744 Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing 3
GNUR 745 Advanced WOC Nursing 3
GNUR 795 Practicum in WOC Nursing 3


 
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