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    1. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - with a specialization in Nurse Practitioner

      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - with a specialization in Nurse Practitioner Overview

      The South University College of Nursing and Public Health recognizes the need that modern healthcare systems have for highly skilled and knowledgeable Nurse Practitioners. That’s why South University developed and began offering the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner program, to prepare nurses to fill critical nurse practitioner positions in healthcare organizations and in schools of nursing.

      This program is designed for RNs who have already obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree and who would like to pursue a master’s degree with specializations as an Adult Health or Family Health Nurse Practitioner.

      If you do not yet have a BSN degree but would like to pursue a master's degree, please see our accelerated RN to MSN online degree program.

      Within the MSN degree program, in addition to our core courses, we are proud to offer a specialization in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner. 

      Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
      This specialization is comprised of courses in pharmacology, advanced assessment, and three adult health practicum courses*. During these courses, students are taught to apply advanced practice nursing skills to assess and care for adult patients across the life span in a variety of acute and community based settings.

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      Family Nurse Practitioner
      This specialization is comprised of courses in pharmacology, advanced assessment, and four family practicum courses*. During the practicum courses, students learn to apply advanced practice nursing skills to assess, diagnose and treat for patients across the life span in a variety of health care settings.

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      * The practicum courses require students to be mentored, coached and precepted by an APRN or a physician within their communities.

      Employment Opportunities

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, *faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.”

      Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm#
      *The average growth rate for all occupations is 14 percent.

       

      The Master of Science in Nursing offered in only the online delivery format through the South University – Online campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120; www.aacn.nche.edu; telephone 202-887-6791.

      Academic Requirements

      To be admitted to South University's online MSN degree program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

      • A baccalaureate degree in nursing (or be a pending graduate) from an accredited collegiate institution and a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 QH) undertaken.
      • Completion of a three semester credit hour undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better.
      • Completion of an undergraduate nursing research course or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
      • Official transcripts from every college or university attended (submission within 10 weeks after initial start date).
      • Holds and maintains a valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US state or territory in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure.)
      • Submit, along with your packet materials, three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form.  At least one of your references should hold a Master's in Nursing degree.
      • Submit an essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals, reasons for your choice of specialization, and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.
      • Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
      • Must meet core Performance Standards as described in the catalog

      Note: Provisional admission can be granted for any of the following*:

      • A GPA of 2.5 to 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 QH) undertaken
      • Completion of the statistics or nursing research requirement.

      Final admission requires completion of two graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in those two courses and, if applicable, completion of the undergraduate statistics or undergraduate nursing research course with a grade of C or better. Failure to meet requirements of provisional admission results in dismissal from the graduate program.

      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - with a specialization in Nurse Practitioner - 62 Total Credits

      Students pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner are required to take a total of 56-62 credits as follows:

      • Core Requirements - 24 credits
      • Specialization Requirements - 32-38 credits

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      Core Requirements - 24 Credits
      Students are required to take 24 credits as follows:

      NSG5000 - Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice

      This course examines the role of the advanced practice nurse in the clinical, primary care, education, administration, health policy, and research arenas. The historical role of the nurse, change theory and leadership models are emphasized. Self-reflection, self-mastery, professional integrity, empowerment, and ethical decision making will be discussed to help the student transition from clinical nurse to the role of advanced practice nurse. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      NSG5002 - Advanced Theoretical Perspectives

      This course explores theories related to nursing, health care and learning. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and critique various theories. Students will demonstrate how theory is applied to research. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Admission to the Nursing program
      Credits: 4
      NSG5003 - Advanced Pathophysiology

      This course will examine common pathological conditions of the human. Pharmacologic, medical, and nursing interventions will be included. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      NSG6001 - Advanced Nursing Practice I

      In this course, the learner will synthesize content from physiology, pharmacology and nursing treatment modalities in order to develop expertise in nursing and collaborative practice. This course will focus on common health problems across the life span. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG5002 NSG5003
      Credits: 4
      NSG6002 - Advanced Nursing Practice II

      In this course, the learner will synthesize content from pathophysiology, pharmacology, genetics and genomics, and nursing treatment modalities in order to develop advanced practice skills in health promotion and disease prevention using national guidelines. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6001
      Credits: 4
      NSG6101 - Nursing Research Methods

      This course prepares the student to critique research studies, identify researchable problems within the clinical setting, and design research projects to generate and apply new knowledge. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs will be addressed. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG5000 NSG5002 NSG5003
      Credits: 4


      Adult Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization Requirements - 32 Credits
      Students are required to take 32 credits as follows:

      NSG6005 - Pharmacology

      In this course the student reviews and comprehends the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses of the adult.  Emphasis is on the therapeutic decision-making in drug selection and monitoring therapeutic responses for culturally diverse patients.  Patient education, legal, ethical and economic issues are reviewed.  A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6002
      Credits: 4
      NSG6020 - Advanced Health and Physical Assessment

      This course is designed to apply holistic health concepts by performing culturally sensitive comprehensive history taking, physical and psychological assessment of client's signs and symptoms, pathophysiologic changes, and psychosocial variations of the client including the individual, family, and community. The purpose of this comprehensive assessment is for the student to develop a thorough understanding of the client's health status in order to determine appropriate and effective healthcare strategies that include health promotion and illness prevention across the life span. Taking into consideration client's diverse needs, a major focus is on symptom/health problem assessment, client teaching using a culturally appropriate approach and the selection and interpretation of screening and diagnostic tests in order to formulate and effectively communicate differential diagnosis. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6002
      Credits: 6
      NSG6320 - Practicum I: Adult Health - Adults & Gerontology

      In this course the student analyzes and provides in depth care of alterations in adult health in acute care, correctional institutions, hospice and/or women's health settings. Students may acquire experience in two areas with faculty approval. Patient management will focus on evidence based practice and the nursing process of acutely ill adults. This is an advanced nursing practice experience for continuing beginning level adult ARNP students. Mentoring, coaching and precepting are provided by approved currently licensed physicians or ARNPs. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6005 NSG6020
      Credits: 6
      NSG6330 - Practicum II: Adult Health - Women's Health

      In this course the Nurse Practitioner student will learn how to manage the primary healthcare of women from menarche to senescence. Focus is on health promotion, disease prevention, and the clinical management and referral of common, recurring health problems of women. The student will identify normal physiologic alterations associated with reproductive health which are addressed with emphasis on health promotion behaviors. This is an advanced nursing practice experience for continuing beginning level adult ARNP students. Mentoring, coaching and precepting are provided by approved and currently licensed physicians or ARNPs. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course. The student must also complete 180 precepted hours to complete this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6005 NSG6020
      Credits: 6
      NSG6340 - Practicum III: Adult Health - Primary Care

      This course culminates the student's role as the Adult Health Advanced Practice Nurse through didactic and clinical experiences. The student continues to work with his/her approved local mentor and refines his/her practice of the Adult Health Advanced Practice Nurse role. Emphasis is placed on specialized clinical experiences to build the student's knowledge base. Clinical experiences may include practice with specialty practices. The student's level of function becomes more independent in practice. Classroom time is used to analyze and evaluate these experiences. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6330
      Credits: 6
      NSG6999 - Graduate Project in Nursing

      The capstone project is a synthesis and application of advanced nursing knowledge, scholarship, and research in the area of specialization. The student's inquiry is focused in the area of the specialty concentration. The student develops a scholarly project that will either demonstrate an application of evidence to practice for a substantive change, or generate a proposal for new nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on application of evidence-based research methodology, scholarly writing, and critical thinking. These scholarly projects are presented in both written and oral form. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG6101 and successful completion of at least one graduate practicum in Nursing. Taken in the last quarter of the Master of Sciene in Nursing program and the RN to Master of Science in Nursing program
      Credits: 4


      Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Requirements - 38 Credits
      Students are required to take 38 credits as follows:

      NSG6005 - Pharmacology

      In this course the student reviews and comprehends the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses of the adult.  Emphasis is on the therapeutic decision-making in drug selection and monitoring therapeutic responses for culturally diverse patients.  Patient education, legal, ethical and economic issues are reviewed.  A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6002
      Credits: 4
      NSG6020 - Advanced Health and Physical Assessment

      This course is designed to apply holistic health concepts by performing culturally sensitive comprehensive history taking, physical and psychological assessment of client's signs and symptoms, pathophysiologic changes, and psychosocial variations of the client including the individual, family, and community. The purpose of this comprehensive assessment is for the student to develop a thorough understanding of the client's health status in order to determine appropriate and effective healthcare strategies that include health promotion and illness prevention across the life span. Taking into consideration client's diverse needs, a major focus is on symptom/health problem assessment, client teaching using a culturally appropriate approach and the selection and interpretation of screening and diagnostic tests in order to formulate and effectively communicate differential diagnosis. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6002
      Credits: 6
      NSG6420 - Practicum I: Family Health - Adults & Gerontology

      In this course the student enacts the role of the FNP Advanced Practice Nurse through didactic and clinical experiences. The student obtains and collaborates with an approved local preceptor and performs the role of a Family Nurse Practitioner in a clinical setting. The student creates a caring and holistic environment in their clinical experiences. During a weekly seminar, the students and faculty analyze and evaluate these experiences. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6005 NSG6020
      Credits: 6
      NSG6430 - Practicum II: Family Health - Women's Health

      This course continues the student’s role as the FNP Advanced Practice Nurse through didactic and clinical experiences. Students continue to work with their mentor to advance their FNP Advanced Practice Nurse role with more complex health disorders and disease states. The student may begin to use additional approved practice sites to augment their clinical experience. Using a seminar approach, students and faculty will analyze and evaluate these experiences based upon human diversity and social issues.  A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6420
      Credits: 6
      NSG6435 - Practicum III: Family Health - Pediatrics

      The focus of this course is on advanced nursing and healthcare management of children and adolescents in primary care. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to health maintenance, acute and chronic illnesses, and developmental transitions within the family context.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6005 NSG6020 NSG6420 NSG6430
      Credits: 6
      NSG6440 - Practicum IV: Family Health - Primary Care

      This course culminates the student’s role as the FNP Advanced Practice Nurse through didactic and clinical experiences. Students continue to work with their approved local mentor and refine their practice of the FNP Advanced Practice Nurse professional role. Emphasis is placed on diverse clinical experiences that build upon the student’s knowledge base. Clinical experiences may include practice with specialty practices in addition to the focus on primary care. The student’s level of function becomes more independent in practice. Using a seminar approach, students and faculty will analyze and evaluate these experiences based upon human diversity and social issues.  A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG6430
      Credits: 6
      NSG6999 - Graduate Project in Nursing

      The capstone project is a synthesis and application of advanced nursing knowledge, scholarship, and research in the area of specialization. The student's inquiry is focused in the area of the specialty concentration. The student develops a scholarly project that will either demonstrate an application of evidence to practice for a substantive change, or generate a proposal for new nursing knowledge. Emphasis is placed on application of evidence-based research methodology, scholarly writing, and critical thinking. These scholarly projects are presented in both written and oral form. A minimum grade of B is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG6101 and successful completion of at least one graduate practicum in Nursing. Taken in the last quarter of the Master of Sciene in Nursing program and the RN to Master of Science in Nursing program
      Credits: 4


      Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll into an internship, externship, practicum, or field experience course. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

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