12: School of Graduate Nursing

General Information | M.S. in Nursing | Post Master's Programs
Ph.D. in Nursing | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Philosophy | Characteristics of Graduates | Admission | Academic Regulations | Program Description
Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracks | Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks | Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track
Health Systems Management Track | M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program

Adult Health Nursing, Case Management Track | Acute/Critical Care Nursing Track
Community/Home Health Nursing Track | Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Tracks

The 36-credit curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles with opportunities for specialization in an area of clinical concentration. Students in the program complete core courses in nursing theory, research, epidemiology/population-based assessment, resource management and health policy, as well as a clinical area in adult health nursing, community/home health nursing, critical care nursing or psychiatric-mental health nursing. Elective credits complement and enhance the program. The program may be completed in one calendar year of full-time study (two semesters and two six-week summer sessions). Part-time study is available.

Students may enter one of the CNS tracks after completing a baccalaureate in nursing, or they may progress to the adult health, community/home health, or psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist track after satisfactorily meeting the criteria for progression in the Second Degree to M.S.N. Program. The entire sequence of courses for the Second Degree to M.S.N. Program may be found in the Undergraduate Record.

Program Course Work   The ratio of clinical hours to credits is 4:1. Courses are taught only if there is a sufficient number of students registering for them. Semester schedules published by the Office of the Registrar must be consulted for courses to be offered during a given semester.

Following are descriptions and required courses for the specific areas of clinical concentration.

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Adult Health Nursing, Case Management Track
Adult health nursing emphasizes the preparation of nurses for advanced practice roles as case managers for adults with acute and/or chronic health deviations. Advanced practice roles include clinical practice, teaching, consultation, research, and management. Students work with faculty and preceptors to develop knowledge, clinical expertise, and leadership abilities in directing the nursing care of selected client populations in hospitals, clinics, and/or rehabilitation settings.

GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 584Pathophysiology4
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues 3
GNUR 702Family Health Promotion3
GNUR 707Introduction to Health Informatics2
GNUR 730Nursing Diagnosis in Chronic Care3
GNUR 731Nursing Therapeutics in Chronic Care3
GNUR 732Practicum in Chronic Care Management3
GNUR 733Clinical Leadership in Chronic Care Management3
GNUR 791Resource Management3

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Acute/Critical Care Nursing Track
The critical care nursing option is designed to prepare practitioners with advanced skills in the care of critically ill individuals. Emphasis is placed on examining human responses and functional patterns of critically ill individuals, and designing appropriate nursing care strategies for managing patients in critical care settings. Clinical experiences are designed to provide relevant opportunities in the five components of the advanced practice role: expert clinician, manager, researcher, teacher and consultant.

GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 584Pathophysiology4
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues 3
GNUR 707Introduction to Health Informatics3
GNUR 736Critical Care Practicum I2
GNUR 737Critical Care Practicum II3
GNUR 760Seminar I: Introduction to Clinical Decision-Making in Bio-System Dysfunction3
GNUR 761Seminar II: Problem-Based Clinical Decision-Making in Complex Patients3
GNUR 791Resource Management I3
Elective3

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Community/Home Health Nursing Track
New opportunities for nursing leadership are abundant as health care shifts from hospital-based to community-oriented systems. The community and home health nursing concentration prepares nurses for advanced practice in promoting the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Emphasis is placed on the development of knowledge and expertise to assess the health status and health delivery systems of communities and to design nursing interventions to better manage care in complex settings. Courses provide the required knowledge and expertise needed to plan, implement, and evaluate care in community settings, including public health departments, schools, home health agencies, and community nursing clinics. Care management strategies to assure continuity of health service delivery for individuals and groups are emphasized.

GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues 3
GNUR 700Community Assessment3
GNUR 702Family Health Promotion3
GNUR 721Care Management in Community and Home Health3
GNUR 722Community and Home Health Care Systems3
GNUR 723Community and Home Practicum I3
GNUR 724Community and Home Practicum II3
GNUR 791Resource Management I3
Elective3

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
This area of concentration prepares nurses for advanced practice in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing. A major emphasis is placed on critical consideration of scientific information about neurostructural-neurochemical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and cultural correlates of psychiatric illness in the context of the advanced practice of psychiatric mental health nursing. Supervised clinical practice is directed toward the application of the above emerging scientific knowledge to patient care through psychiatric mental health nursing interventions with the persistently mentally ill, geriatric, and other special populations. Faculty work closely with students to develop individualized clinical experiences in acute, chronic, and community settings.

GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues 3
GNUR 702Family Health Promotion3
GNUR 770Biological Basis of Mental Health and Mental Illness3
GNUR 771Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Seminar I3
GNUR 773Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing3
GNUR 774Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum I3
GNUR 775Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum II3
GNUR 791Resource Management3
Elective3


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