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Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

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This program is offered in Durham.

Degrees Offered: MS, DNP

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 and doctor of nursing practice degree program.


Graduate Program in Nursing

The Graduate Program in nursing currently offers three clinical practice tracks: clinical nurse leader (CNLsm), evidence-based nursing (EBN), and family nurse practitioner (FNP). Within the evidence-based nursing track, students can complete a program of study in clinical nursing education.  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 and 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 Evidence-Based Nursing track. Once the master of science degree in nursing (M.S.) is conferred, the student may apply to the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, if desired.

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 deadline for spring admission is November 1st.  An interview may be requested.

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 school 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.


Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing Admission Requirements:  A grade point average of 3.0 or better is suggested. Previous coursework and professional experience is taken into consideration. Prerequisite courses must be complete 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 self-study this content prior to matriculation in the DEMN program. The following are introductory nursing research textbooks that may be used for self-study:

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:


 


Accelerated Master's Program for Current UNH Senior Students

Graduate Program in Nursing Accelerated Master's:

Qualified senior 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. Apply 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 complete at the time the application is reviewed.  These include human anatomy & 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 (MS) 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 BA/BS degree requirements at UNH.  This accelerated, full-time program is a five-semester, 68-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 taken the NCLEX-RN after completing a total of 59 credits of accelerated study (including summer).  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 then review resumes in September.
 


Degree Requirements


Clinical Nurse Leader Track, 33 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   Clinical Application of Human Physiology   3  
NURS   951   Clinical Epidemiology & Decision Analysis   3  
NURS   953   Promoting Quality Management   4  


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, 31 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   Clinical Application of Human Physiology   3  
NURS   944   Population Health Promotion and Risk Reduction   3  
NURS   951   Clinical Epidemiology & Decision Analysis   3  


Spring

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


Summer

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   901   Health Policy   3  
NURS   953   Promoting Quality Management   4  


Fall II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   909   Advanced Health & Illness Appraisal   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   Clinical Application of Human Physiology   3  
NURS   909   Advanced Health & Illness Appraisal   3  
NURS   951   Clinical Epidemiology & Decision Analysis   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   901   Health Policy   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   810   Families in Health & Illness   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 3 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.



Fall I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   908   Clinical Application of Human Physiology   3  
NURS   909   Advanced Health & Illness Appraisal   3  
NURS   951   Clinical Epidemiology & Decision Analysis   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 Summer
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   810   Families in Health & Illness   3  
NURS   939   Seminar & Practicum in Primary Care of Families III   6  


Direct Entry Master's in Nursing, 68 Credits

The Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing Program is an accelerated, full-time, five-semester, 68-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 59 credits of accelerated study (including summer). 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.  As part of the CNL curriculum, students study master's level research in health promotion and illness management.  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   3  
NURS   813C   Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing   2  
NURS   825   Collaborative Care I: Care of Older Adult   3  
Total       16  


Summer I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
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   2  
NURS   951   Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis   3  
Total       13  


Fall

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   827   Collaborative Care III: Managing Acute & Complex Care of Individuals   3  
NURS   827C   Collaborative Care III: Managing Acute & Complex Care of Individuals Clinical   3  
NURS   828   Public Health Nursing   3  
NURS   908   Clinical Application of Human Physiology   3  
NURS   953   Promoting Quality Management   4  
Total       16  


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 Nursing Tracks

For clinical nurse leader (CNL), the capstone course, NURS 958, Clinical  Nurse Leader Capstone,  requires students to complete 112 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.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), 36 Credits

The purpose of the DNP is to prepare clinically focused advanced practice nurses who are capable of translating knowledge into the clinical setting. DNP prepared practitioners address the multiple strengths and weaknesses in the current health care systems through roles as leaders, educators and agents of change. The transfer of knowledge by DNP graduates positively impacts the development of individuals, families, communities, society and the discipline of nursing. Students previously enrolled in a CCNE-accredited, DNP program will be allowed to transfer two courses or 6 credits into the UNH DNP program. Waiver of required courses based on transfer courses will be determined by the Doctoral Program Director in collaboration with the Department of Nursing Student Affairs Council and The Graduate School.

DNP Curriculum

Requirements for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree include: 10 courses and 4 doctoral seminars completed at the level of B or better; verification of 1,000 advanced practice clinical hours; a submitted, accepted or published professional manuscript in a peer reviewed journal which was derived from the student’s doctoral work; successful defense of a practice dissertation; and acceptance of the written practice dissertation by the doctoral committee.


Spring I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   961   Evolution of the DNP   1  
NURS   962   Science of Advanced Nursing Practice   3  
NURS   963   Advanced Epidemiology   3  


Summer I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   964   Technology and Health Care   3  


Fall I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   967   Evidence Synthesis   3  
NURS   974   Organizational Behavior   3  


January Term I

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   971   Data Analysis I: Qualitative Methods   1  


Spring II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   972   Data Analysis II: Quantitative Methods   3  
NURS   973   Health Care Quality   3  


Summer II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   980   Doctoral Seminar I   3  


Fall II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   965   The Social Power of Leadership in the 21st Century   3  
NURS   981   Doctoral Seminar II   3  


January Term II

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   982   Doctoral Seminar III   1  


Spring III

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NURS   983   Doctoral Seminar IV   3  


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.