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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

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Nursing (NURS)

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This program is offered in Durham.

Professor: Susan J. Fetzer
Associate Professor: Pamela P. DiNapoli, Gene E. Harkless, Joanne G. Samuels
Assistant Professor: Joyce Dolphin Cappiello, Kerry Nolte, Rosemary Ann Taylor, Carolyn L. Tobin
Clinical Associate Professor: Donna Marie Pelletier, Dayle Boynton Sharp
Clinical Assistant Professor: Angela M. Braswell, Elizabeth J. Evans, Kimberly Gibbons, Debra A. Gottel, Eileen Hollis, Pamela Kallmerten, Michele Loos, Patricia Puccilli, Deborah L. Simonton

 

Degrees Offered: MS, DNP, Certificate

The Department of Nursing offers the master of science degree in nursing under two programs: Graduate Program in Nursing and Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing.  We also offer the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, the Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, and the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.


Graduate Program in Nursing

The graduate program in nursing offers three clinical practice tracks: clinical nurse leader (CNLsm), evidence-based nursing (EBN), and family nurse practitioner (FNP).  Depending on track, programs are designed to be completed in three to four semesters of full-time study including one summer. Individual plans of study are available for those wishing to pursue part-time study. Although no guarantees are given, the department will try to accommodate student requests to the fullest extent possible. All tracks prepare nurses for evidence-based practice through critical inquiry using a variety of instructional modalities.


Admission Requirements

All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in the English language to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School.  Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction.  All other non-native speakers must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are not required.  Individuals apply to the University of New Hampshire Graduate School.

Graduate Program in Nursing Admission Requirements:  Registered nurses (RNs) who have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN, currently hold an unencumbered, active RN license in the United States, and who hold a baccalaureate degree in either nursing or another field can be considered for admission. Applicants are required to have a good academic record and completion of coursework in statistics and research. 

RNs whose baccalaureate degree is in a discipline other than nursing may apply to the master of science degree in nursing (M.S.) program and will be considered for the track that is commensurate with their clinical experience based on faculty discretion.  If a Master of Science Degree in Nursing has been conferred, students may apply to the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, if desired.

1.  Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
2.  Baccalaureate degree in another field
3.  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in associate and baccalaureate programs
4.  Nursing experience preferred but not required
5.  Submit sample of a scholarly paper (non-BSN applicants only)
6.  Successful completion of undergraduate statistics
7.  Successful completion of undergraduate research
8.  Interview may be requested


Letters of recommendation should be substantial, with at least one academic reference from your nursing program and two references from current nursing professionals with graduate education background.  Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not acceptable.   The application deadline for fall admission is April 1st; the application deadline for spring admission is November 1st.  

The Student Affairs Council in the Department of Nursing reviews completed applications September through May (rolling admission).


Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Admission Requirements:  In addition to the standard Graduate Gchool requirements, the Nursing Department requires: 

 

1.  Applicant must hold unencumbered, active RN license in the United States and have a master's degree in nursing.

2.  Applicant should submit two letters of reference. References should be substantial with one academic, if available, and one current professional with graduate education background.  Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not acceptable.

3.  A course description should be submitted for any course you request waived.
The application deadline for fall admission is April 1st; the application deadline for spring admission is November 1st.  

Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Admission Requirements:  In addition to the standard Graduate School requirements, the Nursing Department requires:

  1. Applicant must be master's prepared FNP with one year of clinical practice experience.
  2. Applicant should submit two letters of reference.  References should be substantial with one academic, if available, and one current professional with graduate education background.  Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not acceptable.

The application deadline for fall admission is April 1st; the application deadline for spring admission is November 1st; and the application deadline for summer admission is February 1st.

Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing Admission Requirements:  A grade point average of 3.0 or better is suggested. Previous course work and professional experience is taken into consideration. Pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program. at the time the application is reviewed.  These include Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with lab, Microbiology at the cellular level, and Statistics with a grade of B or better. 

Knowledge of the basic processes and methods of research is necessary for students entering the DEMN program. While many undergraduate programs include a research methods course, not all programs do so. If a student does not have a background in research, he or she should enroll in an introductory research course or introductory nursing research textbooks may be used as self-study resources  prior to matriculation in the DEMN program. 

Letters of recommendation should be substantial with at least one academic reference and two references from current professionals with graduate education background.  Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not acceptable.  The completed application deadline is April 1st with staggered admissions. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements:

 

The application deadline for August/fall (e-Term 1) admission is May 1st; the application deadline for January/spring (e-Term 3) admission is November 1st.


 


Accelerated Master's Program for Current UNH Senior Students

Graduate Program in Nursing Accelerated Master's:

Qualified senior nursing students at the University of New Hampshire may be admitted to the Graduate School provided they have followed normal application procedures; they must have been admitted for the semester in which they wish to enroll in courses for graduate credit. A 3.2 cumulative grade-point average is normally required to be considered for the accelerated master’s program. Such seniors are normally admitted prior to the start of their last undergraduate semester. Seniors who have been admitted under accelerated master’s program may register for a maximum of three courses for up to 12 graduate credits. 

When seniors admitted to the accelerated master's program have registered for graduate courses, they must maintain a grade-point average of 3.20, complete their undergraduate degree as planned, and pass graduate courses taken for credit with a grade of B- or better. If these conditions are not met, admission is withdrawn.

Students accepted under accelerated master’s follow the clinical nurse leader or evidence-based nursing track. Undergraduate students accepted as graduate nursing students under accelerated master’s guidelines, are admitted with the stipulation that their RN license must be obtained prior to beginning any clinical course. Stipulation is removed upon verification of the RN license provided to the department of nursing.

Apply to the accelerated master’s program through the Graduate School by April 1 of your junior year, if you wish to begin summer after your junior year; by July 1 after your junior year, if you wish to begin fall of your senior year; by November 1 of your senior year, if you wish to begin spring of your senior year. Admission is provisional: must have RN license before registering for NURS 952 or NURS 955.

Direct Entry Master's in Nursing Accelerated Master's:

The Direct Entry Master's in Nursing Program provides an opportunity for accelerated admission to the graduate program for full time undergraduate UNH students who meet admission criteria.  To be considered, undergraduate students must have completed all major requirements by the fall of their senior year.  A grade point average of 3.4 or better is suggested.  Previous course work is taken into consideration.  Pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program.  These include Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs, Microbiology at the cellular level, and statistics with a grade of B or better.

The curriculum begins in January and includes two summer sessions.  Students graduate as an advanced generalist with a master of science (M.S.) degree in nursing and upon passing certification examination, as a clinical nurse leader (CNL). Direct entry courses taken during the spring of the senior year of undergraduate program will fulfill elective credits to complete B.A./B.S. degree requirements at UNH.  This accelerated, full-time program is a five-semester, 69-credit course of study.

Students are admitted with the stipulation that they must submit final transcript with degree conferred prior to enrolling in fall semester courses and pass NCLEX-RN prior to completing the program.  The stipulation is met once the final  transcript and RN license are received.  Students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN after completing a total of 60 credits of accelerated study.  Students take the CNL certification examination in their final semester.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the graduate program in nursing coordinator and their discipline-specific adviser early on in their undergraduate program to plan this course of study. 

Students may apply during the second semester of their junior year in major by April 1 with staggered admissions until the class is filled.  Applications are reviewed through May.   Review resumes in September.
 


Degree Requirements

 


Clinical Nurse Leader Track, 32 Credits

Students graduate as an advanced generalist as a clinical nurse leader (CNL) with a master of science degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the clinical nurse leader national certification examination. The CNL is a role in the field of nursing designed to provide master's-prepared, point-of-care nurse leaders with the ability to manage and solve complex patient problems within a systems framework.


Fall

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   908   Advanced Pathophysiology   3  
NURS   953   Promoting Quality Management   3  
NURS   963   Advanced Clinical Epidemiology   3  


Spring

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   925   Health Care Systems & Leadership   3  
NURS   952   Clinical Nursing Leadership   2  
NURS   952C   Clinical Nursing Leadership Clinical   6  
NURS   968   Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice   3  


Summer

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   901   Health Policy   3  
NURS   958   Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone   6  


Evidence-Based Nursing Track, 30 Credits

The evidence-based nursing track focuses on developing advanced generalist nursing practice in a focused area of study, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering life-long learning, and preparing students for the leading edge of health care knowledge and delivery. Students strengthen knowledge and skills in clinical decision making, the application of nursing interventions, and their ability to critique and appropriately use evidence as a foundation for practice. In this graduate track, students study nursing as an applied discipline, advancing their knowledge of theoretical perspectives for clinical practice, with an emphasis on leadership; the cultural, social, and political context of health and illness; and quality improvement methodologies. Students are mentored in the enactment of leadership strategies to improve quality care in nursing practice through an intensive clinical practicum. In NURS 956, the capstone course for the evidence-based nursing track, the student will be required to complete a scholarly project under the direction of a faculty member in collaboration with agency preceptor. A formal presentation is required.


Fall I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   908   Advanced Pathophysiology   3  
NURS   944   Population Health Promotion and Risk Reduction   3  
NURS   953   Promoting Quality Management   3  
NURS   963   Advanced Clinical Epidemiology   3  


Spring

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   901   Health Policy   3  
NURS   925   Health Care Systems & Leadership   3  
NURS   968   Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice   3  


Fall II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   909   Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning   3  
NURS   955   Practicum in Advanced Nursing Practice   3  
NURS   956   Capstone Project Seminar   3  


Family Nurse Practitioner Track, 45 Credits

This program prepares family nurse practitioners (FNPs) with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice as licensed independent practitioners across the life span. FNPs practice in ambulatory, acute, and long-term care as primary and/or specialty providers to individuals, families, and groups. The UNH program prepares these advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to diagnose and manage acute episodic and chronic illnesses across the life span and simple-to-complex continuum. Health promotion, disease prevention, teaching, counseling, and coaching are emphasized. The capstone course, NURS 939, is the final integrated clinical practicum.  At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Students are also prepared to enter doctoral study. Upon licensure, FNPs may practice autonomously as well as in collaboration with other health professionals.

 


Fall I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   908   Advanced Pathophysiology   3  
NURS   909   Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning   3  
NURS   963   Advanced Clinical Epidemiology   3  


Spring I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   907   Advanced Pharmacology   3  
NURS   935   Primary Care of Families I   3  
NURS   936   Practicum in the Primary Care of Families I   3  
NURS   968   Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice   3  


Summer

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   810   Families in Health and Illness   3  
NURS   925   Health Care Systems & Leadership   3  


Fall II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   937   Primary Care of Families II   3  
NURS   938   Practicum in the Primary Care of Families II   3  
NURS   944   Population Health Promotion & Risk Reduction   3  


Spring II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   901   Health Policy   3  
NURS   939   Seminar & Practicum in Primary Care of Families III   6  


Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 12-39 Credits

The Department of Nursing offers the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program for students who completed a master of science degree in nursing. The certificate of advanced practice is designed for those individuals with a master's degree in nursing who wish to expand their practice into the role of a family nurse practitioner. The PM-FNP specialty area prepares nurses to provide comprehensive care that includes health promotion, maintenance and restoration for persons across the life span.

Depending on educational background and previous coursework in master's program, students accepted into the PM-FNP certificate program are required to take as few as three and as many as 12 courses or 12-39 credits. Successful completion of the required curriculum qualifies the RN to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.  Students admitted to the PM-FNP certificate program must maintain continuous enrollment through program completion.


Fall I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   908   Advanced Pathophysiology   3  
NURS   909   Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning   3  
NURS   963   Advanced Clinical Epidemiology   3  


Spring I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   907   Advanced Pharmacology   3  
NURS   935   Primary Care of Families I   3  
NURS   936   Practicum in the Primary Care of Families I   3  


Summer

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   810   Families in Health and Illness   3  
NURS   925   Health Care Systems & Leadership   3  


Fall II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   937   Primary Care of Families II   3  
NURS   938   Practicum in the Primary Care of Families II   3  
NURS   944   Population Health Promotion & Risk Reduction   3  


Spring II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   939   Seminar & Practicum in Primary Care of Families III   6  


Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 18 Credits

The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) to be a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) to increase access to mental health services in the region. With a background as a FNP, graduates can apply their newly learned skills in their primary care setting offering psychiatric mental health care. Training in both primary care and mental health will afford graduates the ability to manage all aspects of patient care including assessing and managing psychiatric and mental health care needs to all ages in a variety of settings.

This post-master’s certificate program is designed for the family nurse practitioner with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice experience who is looking to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. The aim of the program is to prepare family nurse practitioners to add advanced psychiatric skills of therapy, prescribing psychiatric medications and clinical management needed to treat patients with mental illness and chronic medical comorbidities.

Courses will embrace a lifespan perspective in psychiatric mental health diagnostic reasoning,psychopharmacology, individual psychotherapies and management of complex psychiatric illnesses giving the student an evidence-based framework for comprehensive psychiatric-mental health care.

Students admitted to the PM-PMHNP certificate program must maintain continuous enrollment through program completion.


PM-PMHNP Curriculum

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   975   Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities   3  
NURS   976   Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I   3  
NURS   977   Neurobiology of Mental Disorders   3  
NURS   978   Clinical Psychopharmacology   3  
NURS   984   Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders   3  
NURS   985   Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II   3  


Direct Entry Master's in Nursing, 69 Credits

The Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing Program is an accelerated, full-time, five-semester, 69-credit course of study designed for non-RN students who hold a B.S. or B.A. or higher degree in a field other than nursing. Students are admitted with the stipulation that they must pass NCLEX-RN prior to completion of the program. The stipulation is met once the RN license is received. Students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN after completing a total of 60 credits of accelerated study. The curriculum begins in January and includes two summer sessions. Students graduate as an advanced generalist with a master of science (MS) degree in nursing and upon passing certification examination, as a clinical nurse leader (CNL).  Students take the CNL certification examination in their final semester. The CNL is a role in the field of nursing designed to provide master's-prepared, point-of-care nurse leaders with the ability to manage and solve complex patient problems within a systems framework.  Students complete a clinical immersion experience of approximately 300 clinical hours.  Students conclude their CNL master's preparation in a clinical nurse leader capstone, NURS 958, Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone.


Spring I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   806   Clinical Inquiry   4  
NURS   807   Pathophysiology and Pharmacology   4  
NURS   813   Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing Theory   4  
NURS   813C   Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing   2  
NURS   813L   Health Assessment & Clinical Nursing Lab   0  
NURS   825   Collaborative Care I: Care of Older Adult   3  
Total       17  


Summer I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   811   Clinical Reasoning through Simulation   2  
NURS   826   Caring for People with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness   2  
NURS   826C   Caring for People with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness Clinical   2  
NURS   830   Collaborative Care II: Childbearing & Childrearing Families   4  
NURS   830C   Collaborative Care II: Childbearing & Childrearing Families Clinical   1  
NURS   963   Advanced Clinical Epidemiology   3  
Total       14  


Fall

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   827   Collaborative Care III: Managing Acute & Complex Care of Individuals   4  
NURS   827C   Collaborative Care III: Managing Acute & Complex Care of Individuals Clinical   2  
NURS   828   Public Health Nursing   3  
NURS   908   Advanced Pathophysiology   3  
NURS   953   Promoting Quality Management   3  
Total       15  


Spring II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   925   Health Care Systems & Leadership   3  
NURS   952   Clinical Nursing Leadership   2  
NURS   952C   Clinical Nursing Leadership Clinical   6  
NURS   968   Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice   3  
Total       14  

Eligible for NCLEX-RN



Summer II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   901   Health Policy   3  
NURS   958   Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone   6  
Total       9  


Capstone Experience for All Master's and Post-Master's Nursing Tracks

For clinical nurse leader (CNL), the capstone course, NURS 958, Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone, requires students to complete 200 clinical hours plus a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address substantive nursing practice issues. For evidenced-based nursing (EBN), the capstone course, NURS 956, Capstone Project Seminar, requires students to complete a scholarly project. 

CNL and FNP students may elect to complete Master's Thesis, NURS 899 (6 credits). EBN students may elect to complete a thesis and register for 6 credits of NURS 899 as the capstone in place of NURS 956. If a student opts to do a thesis, the student should discuss this option with a faculty adviser early in the program of study. 

For family nurse practitioner (FNP and PM-FNP), the capstone course, NURS 939, Primary Care of Families III, is the final integrated clinical practicum.

For post-master's psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PM-PMHNP), the capstone course, NURS 985, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum II, is the final integrated clinical practicum.


Doctor of Nursing Practice, 21-33 credits

The DNP program prepares nurses for the highest level of specialized nursing practice. DNP graduates are prepared to translate evidence into practice, improve systems of care, and measure health outcomes in diverse settings. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared for culturally competent, evidence-based, system-based care, interprofessional collaboration and leadership. DNP graduates are distinguished by their abilities to:

Requirements for the Online Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree include: 8 core courses and 3 doctoral seminars completed at the level of B- or better; verification of 1,000 advanced practice clinical hours (includes up to 500 clinical hours earned in master's program); a publishable scholarly paper; successful defense of your DNP Project; and acceptance of the DNP Project Final Report by your DNP Team.  All courses are offered 100% online. Students are required to attend two on-campus residencies: the first 2-day residency is early in the program to meet with peers and nursing faculty, and identify ideas for the DNP project; and the second residency is at the end of the program, for the oral defense and presentation of the DNP Project.  Cohorts are admitted twice a year, with starts in January and August.  


The DNP program builds upon the experience of master's-prepared nurses. Registered nurses who have obtained an MS in nursing (NP, CRNA, CNMW, CNL, CNS, Nurse Executive, Health Systems Management, Health Informatics) or equivalent degree (MBA, MHA, MPH) are welcome to apply.  


DNP Curriculum

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
ADMN   912   Organizational Behavior   3  
ADMN   952   Organizations, Leadership & Environments   3  
MATH   837   Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement & Design   3  
NURS   963   Advanced Clinical Epidemiology   3  
NURS   964   Technology and Health Care   3  
NURS   967   Evidence Synthesis   3  
NURS   969   Health Policy and Finance   3  
NURS   970*   Cllinical Practicum for Advanced Practice Nurse   2  
NURS   973   Health Care Quality   3  
NURS   980   Doctoral Seminar I   3  
NURS   981   Doctoral Seminar II   3  
NURS   982   Doctoral Seminar III   3  

*NURS 970:  Elective clinical practicum to provide the student with the opportunity to implement the role of the advanced practice nurse while under the supervision of other health care professionals in practice. 

 



Research and Scholarly Activities

The graduate faculty of the university’s nursing program believe learning is a creative process wherein students are active participants in their education, growth, and development. Faculty members are facilitators and mentors to students within a supportive scholarly environment. Students are prepared to be skilled, knowledgeable, and reflective leaders in health care who practice as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse leaders, or clinical educators.

The generation, dissemination, and application of evidenced-based nursing knowledge and practice are a central mission for the nursing department. Health care of vulnerable populations is the research focus among the faculty. Faculty engage in scholarly inquiry across diverse topics such as care-giving, acute symptom management, clinical decision-making, adolescent pregnancy, elder care-giving, and cultural diversity. Faculty publications, research, public policy initiatives, and other consultative/professional activities may be viewed at the department’s website.