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School of Nursing

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



Graduate Degrees Offered

MSN with an option in nursing education and nursing administration
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.

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 (12 HOURS)
    Requirement (Prerequisite*)    
    NURS 6301 Nursing Research and Advanced Inquiry  
    NURS 6306 Professional Role, Policy and Ethics
    NURS 6307 Nursing Theory 
    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 6313 Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing
            • 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 6320 Healthcare Informatics   
            • NURS 6321 Leadership Practicum

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    REQUIRED CORE NURSING COURSES 12  hours
    ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION 24 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 6310 Advanced Clinical I
        • NURS 6311 Advanced Clinical II
        • 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 6315 Practicum in Teaching in Nursing 
        • NURS 6320 Healthcare Informatics
        • NURS Elective, can be selected from the following options:
                        NURS 6300 Selected Topics in Nursing
                        NURS 6304 Advanced Pathophysiology
                        NURS 6305 Advanced Health Assessment
                        NURS 6318 Healthcare Delivery Systems & Organization (Cross-listed as MGMT 6351)
                        NURS 6319 Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Economics (Cross-listed as MGMT 6374)
                        NURS 6323 Foundations of Adult Education (Cross-listed as FEDU 6334)
                        NURS 6324 Diversity and Adult Education  (Cross-listed as FEDU 6335)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    REQUIRED CORE NURSING COURSES 12 hours
    ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION 24 hours
    TOTAL 36 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 
Note: NUR 6315 Practicum in Teaching in Nursing will be an optional course for the post-master’s certificate and will be required if the applicant has credit for NURS 6313 in the master’s degree course work.

*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-Masters 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 of them 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.
    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, and receive no more than two Cs in MSN courses.
    5.  Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in their 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 they 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. 
Qualified applicants to the MSN program must clear a criminal background check, and drug screen.

Qualified applicants must provide evidence of completion of Texas minimum State vaccine immunization requirements:
            1. Annual TB skin test (or chest x-ray).  All TB screens must be repeated every year while the student is
                enrolled in nursing school (pos and neg).
            2. Tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) within the last 10 years
            3. Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccinations(s)
            4. Seasonal Influenza
            5. Varicella vaccinations(s)*  Varicella immunity must be confirmed by one of three ways:
                a) a signed provider note verifying that the student was diagnosed with Varicella
                b) a blood titer indicating immunity
                c) verification of receipt of the Varicella immunization
            6. Three-injection hepatitis B vaccination series or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus