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2013-2014 Catalog

School of Nursing

Degree Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)



Graduate Degrees Offered

MSN with a track in nursing education, nursing administration, and family nurse practitioner (FNP).
The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses for leadership roles in nursing education and nursing administration. Graduate study in nursing requires the acquisition and systematic application of knowledge and skills in nursing practice, evidence based practice, and nursing role. Advanced critical thinking skills in nursing are enhanced through the study of theory and research. Innovative educational delivery and part-time study is available for the Nurse Administration, Nurse Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner tracks.

Graduate Program Goals: 
        1. Assume advanced leadership roles in a variety of health care settings. 
        2. Exemplify ethical, legal, and professional standards for advanced nursing practice. 
        3. Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines in the roles of educator, administrator, 
            or clinician. 
        4. Participate in research and other scholarly activities to expand nursing knowledge. 
        5. Work effectively in interdisciplinary relationships or partnerships to promote, maintain and restore the 
            health of clients; improve health care delivery systems; shape health policy; or influence professional 
            education.

The following courses are required for attaining the Master of Science in Nursing Degree.

REQUIRED CORE NURSING COURSES for Nurse Administration and Nurse Educator Tracks (18 HOURS)
Requirement (Prerequisite*)
NURS 6301 Nursing Research and Advanced Inquiry
NURS 6306 Professional Role, Policy and Ethics
NURS 6320 Healthcare Informatics
NURS 6332 Biostatistics
NURS 6333 Population Health
NURS 6351 Evidence-Based Practice Project

*Students should refer to individual course descriptions for additional information on course prerequisites.

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION
Choose one of the following:

Nurse Administration: MSN students interested in Nurse Administration will take the Nursing core courses, in addition to the courses listed below:

  • NURS 6309 Advanced Leadership and Management
  • NURS 6316 Healthcare Organizational Behavior (Cross-listed as MGMT 6351)
  • NURS 6317 Human Resource Management in Healthcare (Cross-listed as MGMT 6374)
  • NURS 6318 Healthcare Delivery Systems and Organization
  • NURS 6319 Healthcare Finance
  • NURS 6321 Leadership Practicum

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 
        REQUIRED CORE NURSING COURSES                         18 hours 
        ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION                                      18 hours 
        TOTAL                                                                                 36 hours

Nurse Educator: MSN students interested in Nurse Education will take the Nursing core courses, in addition to the courses listed below:

  • NURS 6312 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education
    NURS 6313 Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • NURS 6314 Development of Nursing Curriculum
  • NURS 6330 Advanced Diagnostic Physical Examination
  • NURS 6331 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS 6335 Management of Health Disorders in Adults
  • NURS 6336 Management of Health Disorders in Adults Clinical
  • NURS 6338 Advanced Pathophysiology

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 
        REQUIRED CORE NURSING COURSES                     18 hours 
        ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION                                 24 hours 
        TOTAL                                                                            42 hours

REQUIRED CORE NURSING COURSES for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track (15 HOURS)
Requirement (Prerequisite*)

  • NURS 6301 Nursing Research and Advanced Inquiry
  • NURS 6306 Professional Role, Policy and Ethics
  • NURS 6320 Healthcare Informatics
  • NURS 6332 Biostatistics
  • NURS 6333 Population Health

*Students should refer to individual course descriptions for additional information on course prerequisites.

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): MSN students interested in Family Nurse Practitioner will take the Nursing core courses, in addition to the courses listed below:

  • NURS 6230 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
    NURS 6330 Advanced Diagnostic Physical Examination
  • NURS 6331 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS 6335 Management of Health Disorders in Adults
  • NURS 6336 Management of Health Disorders in Adults Clinical
  • NURS 6338 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS 6345 Management of Health Disorders in Women and Children
  • NURS 6346 Management of Health Disorders in Women and Children Clinical
  • NURS 6355 Management of Health Disorders Across the Lifespan in Diverse Settings
  • NURS 6356 Management of Health Disorders Across the Lifespan in Diverse Settings Clinical
  • NURS 6366 FNP Capstone Clinical

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 
        REQUIRED CORE NURSING COURSES                         15 hours 
        ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION                                      32 hours 
        TOTAL                                                                                 47 hours

*Post-Master's Degree Certificate in Nursing Education – 9 hours
Students who desire this additional certificate are required to complete the Nurse Administration requirements, in addition to the courses listed below:

NUR 6312 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education
NUR 6313 Principles of Teaching and Learning
NUR 6314 Curriculum Development

*Post-Master's Degree Certificate in Nursing Administration – 9 hours
Students who desire this additional certificate are required to complete the Nurse Administration requirements, in addition to the courses listed below:

NURS 6309 Advanced Leadership and Management
NURS 6317 Human Resource Management in Health care
NURS 6319 Health Care Finance

*Post-Master’s Degree certificate candidates are required to achieve a grade of B or higher in all post MSN certificate courses to be eligible to receive the certificate.

General Requirements

Students may, with the approval of their UH-Victoria academic advisor, transfer in not more than ten semester hours of graduate nursing course work, dependent on area of concentration, attained at an accredited institution after acceptance into the program.

MSN students are expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the mission of this program and to comply with the expectations outlined in this catalog, new student orientation, and student handbook.
  2. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined in course syllabi and student handbook.
  3. Ensure that degree plan requirements are understood and contact advisor promptly to resolve any questions regarding enrollment.
  4. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.
  5. Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in student myUHV student self-service account.
  6. Comply with registration deadlines, financial aid deadlines, and tuition and fees deadlines.
  7. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which student will complete degree requirements.
  8. Visit the school’s web page (www.uhv.edu/nursing) regularly for important updates and to obtain information on course textbooks.
  9. Applicants to the MSN program must satisfy School of Nursing Clinical Readiness Requirements, criminal background check, and drug screen:

        a. Screening of immunization is required by the Texas Department of Health Texas Administration Code 
            Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 97 Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72. 
            http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/forms/6-103.pdf. Failure to adhere to the guideline is a violation to 
            the Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 97 Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72. 
        b. If additional vaccines during vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks such as the flu vaccine are instituted 
            by the individual practicum sites or by the State of Texas, students will be required to comply. 
        c. All School of Nursing (SON) applicants will be required to submit evidence of compliance with each 
            of the UHV SON Clinical Requirements
as listed in this policy prior to the program application 
            deadline in order to be considered for admission. The SON will not receive original documents. 
       d. In addition, all students will be responsible for original documents and maintaining compliance with the 
           UHV SON Clinical Requirements throughout the program. In the event that a student does not meet the 
           requirements at any time during the program, a course registration hold will be implemented until the 
           requirement is met. 
        e. Students will receive directions regarding accessing the secure data collection agency process via the 
            SON website as well as via written communications related to program inquiries, advisement, and 
            admissions.