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College of Nursing


Sylvia Brown, Acting Dean and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, 4205L Health Sciences Building
Martha Engelke, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, 4210C Health Sciences Building
Alta Andrews, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and Practice, 4205H Health Sciences Building
Martha Alligood, PhD Director, 4165S Health Sciences Building
Mary Ann Rose, Interim Chair, Department of Graduate Nursing Science, 2113 Health Sciences Building

Master of Science in Nursing

The master of science in nursing program prepares graduates for advanced practice nursing and for leadership roles in a variety of community based or acute care provider agencies. The MSN program offers eight concentrations:

Adult Nursing Practitioner (online)
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health (online)
Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
Nurse Anesthesia
Nursing Education (online)
Nursing Leadership (online)
Nurse Midwifery (online)
Part-time study is available. Certificate programs are available for post-master’s study in selected areas. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; telephone 212-363-5555.
The nurse midwifery concentration is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) formerly called the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone 240-485-1800.

The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068; telephone 847-692-7050.

A RN/MSN option is available for registered nurses who do not have a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

The Alternate Entry (AE) MSN option is a plan of study leading to the MSN degree for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another field. The program is divided into 2 phases: Phase I (Pre licensure) includes graduate courses that include content and experiences that are required to take the Registered Nurse Licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) and preparation for advanced study in nursing. Phase I only begins in fall semesters and full-time enrollment is required. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and licensure as a Registered Nurse is required prior to entering Phase II clinical concentration courses. Students may enroll in core classes during the first semester of Phase II, while obtaining credentials. Phase II will include courses in a selected clinical concentration.

Admission

Admission to the master of science in nursing degree program requires the student to meet the minimum admission requirements for graduate study as established by the university and the following requirements established by the College of Nursing.

  • a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • a minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate studies and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in nursing major
  • acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) within the past five years (GRE score required for Nurse Anesthesia concentration applicants)
  • currently hold a nonrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or a NCSBN compact state (The out-of-state student must procure a North Carolina RN license before enrolling in clinical courses.)
  • a statement describing the applicant’s interest in graduate study, career goals, and the MSN degree’s relationship to those goals
  • three professional references
  • a personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty

Applicants for the nurse midwifery concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year RN experience (labor and delivery preferred), demonstrate a commitment to practice with under served populations, and one of the references should be from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant’s nursing practice.

Applicants for the family nurse practitioner concentration, and adult nurse practitioner, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year RN experience and provide a third reference from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant’s nursing practice. Application deadline is April 1 for the FNP and May 1 for ANP options.

Applicants for the nurse anesthesia concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one-year adult critical care experience, completion of a supplemental nurse anesthesia admissions packet, a total of five professional references (two on forms provided in nurse anesthesia admissions packet), and an interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee. Application deadline is May 31 for this option.

Applicants for the neonatal nurse practitioner concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have two years of current practice experience in a critical-care environment for high risk neonatal care RN experience and provide a third reference from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant’s nursing practice.

Applicants may take core courses while gaining the required RN experience for admission into selected concentrations.

Applicants for admission to the (AE) MSN option must meet general admission requirements. Additional requirements include:

  • Completion of prerequisite courses – Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Nutrition, Ethics, and Statistics.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate major
  • Current nonrestricted license to practice as a RN in N.C. or a NCSBN compact state prior to entering Phase II clinical concentration courses.

Application deadline for the (AE) MSN option is February 1.

Completed applications will be considered as they are received, with the exception of Nurse Anesthesia, FNP, ANP, and the (AE) MSN option.

Applicants for the nursing education, nursing leadership, and clinical nurse specialist concentrations must have a minimum of one year RN experience prior to enrolling in specialty courses.

Applicants for the nursing leadership concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must provide a third reference from a health care provider knowledgeable about the applicant’s nursing practice, and must have a basic accounting course that may be taken after admission or exempted with the approval of the concentration director.

Applicants for admission to the RN/MSN option will be evaluated using the following criteria.

  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the nursing major in the previous nursing program
  • one year RN experience
  • an acceptable score on the GRE or the MAT within the past five years
  • current nonrestricted license to practice as a RN in North Carolina or a NCSBN compact state
  • a statement describing the applicant’s interest in graduate study, career goals, and the MSN degree’s relationship to those goals
  • three professional references
  • a personal interview with the director of RN/BSN studies and a member of the College of Nursing graduate faculty

Program Prerequisites

A course in statistics with a grade of C or higher and basic computer skills with both applications software and the Internet are prerequisites for all concentrations. A course in basic accounting is a prerequisite for the nursing leadership concentration.

Students in the (AE) MSN option must complete all cognate requirements prior to beginning the program. Admission to the (AE) MSN option does not guarantee entry into a specific graduate concentration.

Students in the RN/MSN option must complete all general education and cognate requirements prior to beginning undergraduate nursing courses. Separate application is made to the graduate program in the first or second semester of study in the RN/MSN option. Students enrolled in the RN/MSN option must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the 15 s.h. of undergraduate nursing courses to be eligible to continue in this option. Admission to the RN/MSN option does not guarantee entry into a specific graduate concentration.

Degree Requirements

Depending upon the concentration area chosen within the degree program, the master of science in nursing requires 36-68 s.h. credit as follows. Concentrations are clustered as administrative, clinical, and education.

Administrative:
Nursing Leadership – Acute Care Health Systems, 41 s.h.
Nursing Leadership – Community Based Health Systems, 41 s.h.
Nursing Leadership – Educational Systems, 41 s.h.

Clinical:
Adult Nurse Practitioner, 46 s.h.
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, 42 s.h.
Family Nurse Practitioner, 50 s.h.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, 41 s.h.
Nurse Anesthesia, 68 s.h.
Nurse Midwifery, 50 s.h.

Education:
Nursing Education, 36 s.h.

Requirements:
  1. Common core: NURS 6001, 6002, 6991, 6992, 6993 - 12 s.h.
  2. Cluster core (Choose appropriate cluster for concentration.) - 9-20 s.h.
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (9 s.h.): NURS 6050, 6610, 6611
    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health (12 s.h.): NURS 6050, 6208, 6610, 6611
    Family Nurse Practitioner (9 s.h.): NURS 6050, 6610, 6611
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (9 s.h.): NURS 6417, 6418, 6419
    Nurse Anesthesia (20 s.h.): NURS 6610, 6810, 6811, 6813; PTHE 8008
    Nurse Midwifery (9 s.h.): NURS 6050, 6610, 6611
    Nursing Education (9 s.h.): Select 9 s.h. of course work in consultation with advisor from the following courses: NURS 6050, 6110, 6611, 6021, 6022, 6023, 6035, 6208, 6214, 6224, 6968, 7271
    Nursing Leadership: NURS (9 s.h.) NURS 6971, 6973, 6974
  3. Concentration area (Choose one area.) - 15-36 s.h.
    Administrative (18-21 s.h.):
    Nursing Leadership – Acute Care Health Systems (20 s.h.): NURS 6977, 6978, 6983, 6984, 6985, 3 s.h. electives
    Clinical (18-36 s.h.):
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (25 s.h.) 6612, 6613, 6614, 6615, 6618, 6621, 6622, 6623
    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health (18s.h.): NURS 6959, 6960, 6961, 6962; 6 s.h. clinical specialty courses
    Family Nurse Practitioner (29 s.h.): NURS 6612, 6613, 6614, 6615, 6616, 6617, 6618, 6619, 6620
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (22 s.h.): NURS 6420, 6421, 6422, 6423, 6424, 6425
    Nurse Anesthesia (36 s.h.): NURS 6805, 6806, 6812, 6814, 6815, 6816, 6817, 6818, 6819, 6820, 6821, 6822, 6823, 6824
    Nurse Midwifery (29 s.h.): NURS 6109, 6110, 6112, 6113, 6115, 6116, 6117, 6118, 6119
    Nursing Leadership – Community Based Health Systems (20 s.h.): NURS 6310, 6311, 6977, 6978, 6983, 6984
    Nursing Leadership – Educational Health Systems (20 s.h.) NURS 6903, 6904, 6909, 6977, 6978, 6983
    Education (15 s.h.):
    Nursing Education (15 s.h.): NURS 6903, 6904, 6905; 6909; 3 s.h. elective or cognate
  4. Students in the Nursing Education concentration who have limited teaching experience may be required to take NURS 6908.
Enrollment is necessary for continued research advisement. A comprehensive assessment is required for graduation for all MSN degree-seeking students.

Students in the RN/MSN option must complete the following undergraduate courses prior to enrolling in any graduate nursing courses–NURS 3020, 3021, 3510, 3900, 4210, 4211.

Post MSN Certificate Programs

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Seven post-MSN certificate options (adult nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse-anesthesia, nurse midwifery, and nursing education) offer advanced practice education, qualifying those who complete the clinical options to take national certification exams. In addition, the nursing education post-master’s certificate prepares nurses for beginning teaching roles in nursing education.

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A current non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or an NCSBN compact state. Individual advisement will be necessary for licensure regulations for online out-of-state students.
  • A personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in graduate study, career goals, and the certificate’s relationship to those goals.
  • Three professional references with one reference from an individual who is knowledgeable of the applicant’s nursing practice
  • One year clinical experience as an RN
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty

Applicants for the nurse midwifery post-master’s certificate, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year RN experience (labor and delivery preferred).

Applicants for the nurse anesthesia post-master’s certificate, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year adult critical care experience as a RN, completion of a supplemental nurse anesthesia admission packet, a total of five professional references (two on forms provided in the nurse anesthesia admissions packet) and an interview with Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee. Courses in physiology and chemistry/biochemistry within five years are highly recommended. Acceptable score on GRE within past 5 years (GRE required).

Applicants for the neonatal post-master’s certificate, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have two years of current practice experience as a RN in a critical care environment for high-risk neonatal care.

Applicants for the post-master’s certificate options in adult nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, and nurse midwifery must have had graduate level courses in pathophysiology (reproductive physiology is an additional requirement for nurse midwifery), health assessment and pharmacology within the past five years or approval by the concentration director; otherwise, students will be required to take these courses as part of the post-master’s certificate requirement.

Adult Nurse Practitioner: - 10-33 s.h.
NURS 6621,6622,6623. Depending on student’s needs and past education, additional course work from the following may be required: NURS 6050, 6610, 6611, 6612, 6613, 6614, 6615, 6618, or equivalent clinical courses.

Clinical Nurse Specialist: - 12-30 s.h.
NURS 6959, 6960, 6961, 6962. Depending on student’s needs and past education, additional course work from the following may be required: NURS 6208, 6050, 6610, 6611, 6214, 6224 or equivalent clinical courses.

Family Nurse Practitioner: - 15-38 s.h.
NURS 6616, 6617, 6619, 6620. Depending on student’s needs and past education, additional course work from the following may be required: NURS 6050, 6610, 6611, 6612, 6613, 6614, 6615, 6618.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: - 20-29 s.h.
NURS 6420, 6421, 6422, 6423, 6424, 6425. Depending on student’s needs and past education, additional course work from the following may be required: NURS 6417, 6418, 6419.

Nurse Anesthesia: - 56 s.h.
NURS 6610, 6805, 6806, 6810, 6811, 6812, 6813, 6814, 6815, 6816, 6817, 6818, 6819, 6820, 6821, 6822, 6823, 6824; PTHE 7002.

Nurse Leadership: (Acute Care Focus): - 18-22 s.h.
NURS 6971, 6984, 6973, 6974, 6977*, 6983, 6985
(Community Based Focus): - 18-22 s.h.
NURS 6310,6311,6971,6973,6974,6977*, 6983
(Education Focus): - 18-22 s.h.
NURS 6903,6904,6909,6973,6974,6977*,6983
*If less than two years of leadership experience in focus area, a 4 hr practicum NURS 6977 will be required.

Nurse Midwifery: - 25-34 s.h.
NURS 6109, 6110, 6112, 6113, 6115, 6116, 6117, 6118, 6119. Depending on student’s needs and past education, additional course work from the following may be required: NURS 6050, 6110, 6610, 6611.

Nursing Education: - 12-15 s.h.
NURS 6903, 6904, 6905, 6909. Depending on student’s needs, past education, and teaching experience, additional course work from the following may be required: NURS 6908.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

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The doctor of philosophy in nursing prepares nurse researchers and scholars to explore, develop, and move forward the scientific bases of nursing practice and education. Students are prepared to conduct research in the domains of nursing science. The curriculum is enriched through cognate study in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences; interdisciplinary research; and the integration of technology in program delivery. Dissertation research prepares graduates to contribute discoveries to the body of nursing and health care knowledge. The location and mission of the school as well as the expertise of the faculty provide a unique opportunity for the discovery of knowledge related to nursing and health issues in rural underserved areas. Upon graduation, students are prepared to assume leadership positions as researchers, administrators in public and private health care organizations, policy makers and analysts, and university faculty.

The BSN to PhD option is a plan of study leading to the PhD degree. This graduate level option blends the doctoral curriculum with two different MSN concentrations – the nursing education concentration or the nursing leadership concentration. It reduces the number of master’s level courses required in the traditional MSN program and facilitates completion of the PhD in Nursing.

Admission Requirements
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within five years prior to admission.
  • Written statement of personal career, educational, and scholarship goals.
  • Three written professional references from individuals with expertise to comment on the applicant’s capability for research and scholarship (for example, university professors, employers). At least one of the references must be from a doctorally-prepared nurse.
  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited school. (Applicants without a MSN must have a BSN from an accredited program.) See below for details on the BSN to PhD admission requirements.
  • Grade-point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale on all graduate work.
  • Evidence of current unrestricted license to practice as a nurse in North Carolina or a NCSBN compact state. Students on foreign student visas must present evidence of professional standing in their respective countries.
  • Satisfactory performance on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) where English is not the first language.
  • Computer competency, with proficiency in basic software. The school requires that all students use e-mail and World Wide Web access for communication and course work.
  • A graduate statistics course which included inferential statistics.
  • A current curriculum vita.
  • A representative example of scholarly work done by the applicant.
  • A personal interview with two members of the Graduate Faculty to include a discussion of congruence between the students research interests/career goals and the expertise and research of faculty.

Applicants for admission to the BSN to PhD option must meet general admission requirements for the PhD program. Additional requirements include:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 and no grade below B on all previous coursework.
  • BSN from an accredited nursing program.
  • Recommendation of the Director for the MSN concentration selected and the PhD Program Director.
  • Completion of at least two calendar years of full time employment experience or the equivalent in clinical nursing practice as a registered nurse prior to entering the doctoral program of study.
  • A graduate statistics course which includes inferential statistics prior to enrolling in doctoral courses.

Application
The PhD in nursing program admits 6-8 students each year. Applications for study to begin in the fall semester will be accepted until March 1 or until seats are filled. BSN to PhD applications for spring semester are due September 1 or until seats are filled. Applicants are expected to ensure that the Graduate School and the College of Nursing receive all supporting credentials by the final filing date. Applicants are evaluated in five areas: GPA, GRE, references, essay, and interview. Completed applications are considered as they are received. All completed applications received by the final filing date will be given careful consideration. Interviews are conducted as completed applications are received. Each applicant will be notified in writing of the admission decision after the admission process is completed.

Preference is given to those who demonstrate a capacity for creative inquiry, critical thinking, scholarship, and leadership. In the case of equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to individuals who intend to pursue doctoral study on a fulltime basis. Students will be assigned an academic advisor at the time of admission. All admitted PhD students are required to attend a College of Nursing orientation session in August.

Degree Requirements
Students are required to complete a minimum of 54 semester hours beyond the master’s degree (includes a minimum of 6 s.h. for dissertation) with the exception of BSN to PhD students who are required to complete between 74 and 80 semester hours. As in other research-focused programs of doctoral study, students in this program may expect to enroll in more than the minimum required credit hours and to be aware that study opportunities that focus on particular areas of study are in addition to the basic program requirements. Additional study is individualized and depends on the student’s background and graduate preparation as well as the employment role identified as a career focus. This program of study enrolls both full- and part-time students. Since enrollments in doctoral programs tend to be small, students need to closely adhere to the plan of study, as courses are offered once a year. To deviate from the plan of study will mean a delay of one or more semesters before course enrollment is again possible.

BSN to PhD Nursing Education Course Requirements:
Nursing Education Concentration Courses – 33 s.h.
NURS 6001, 6002, 6903, 6904, 6905, 6909, 6991, 6992, 6993, Graduate Statistics, Cognate Courses (6 s.h. minimum)
PhD in Nursing Core – 42 s.h.
NURS 7004, 8001 (Candidacy Exam), 8220, 8225, 8226, 8227, 8235, 8240, 8241, 8255 (7 s.h. minimum), 8260, 8265, 9000 (6 s.h. minimum)
TOTAL.- 75 s.h.

BSN to PhD Nursing Leadership Course Requirements:
Nursing Leadership Concentration Courses – 34 s.h.
NURS 6001, 6002, 6610, 6620, 6991, 6992, or COHE 6000, 6971, Graduate Statistics
PhD in Nursing Core – 42 s.h.
NURS 7004, 8001 (Candidacy Exam), 8220, 8225, 8226, 8227, 8235, 8240, 8241, 8255 (7 s.h. minimum), 8260, 8265, 9000 (6 s.h. minimum)
TOTAL - 76 s.h.

PhD in Nursing Requirements:
Core Courses: - 42 s.h.
NURS 7004, 8220, 8225, 8226, 8227, 8235, 8240, 8241, 8255 (7 s.h. minimum), 8260, 8265, 9000 (6 s.h. minimum)
Elective Courses - 6 s.h.
Cognate Courses - 6 s.h.
TOTAL - 54 s.h.

Graduate credits earned at other institutions may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the doctoral program. Courses offered for transfer credit will be evaluated individually relative to Graduate School requirements, program requirements, and the student’s plan of study. Transfer of more than 9 s.h. credit from another institution must be approved prior to admission. After admission, twenty percent of the courses may be completed at an approved university.

PhD students must complete at least five semesters in residence. Residency requirement must be completed prior to admission to candidacy.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) throughout the program. Academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the academic advisor, who is responsible for notifying the associate dean for graduate programs if a student’s academic status is in jeopardy.

PhD students apply to take a candidacy examination upon completion of all required nursing courses with the exception of the dissertation. This examination must be successfully completed within five years of matriculation.

Students are required to conduct an original research project, which adds to the body of knowledge in nursing, and to communicate the research in a written dissertation and an oral defense of the dissertation within six years of admission. With endorsement of the dissertation committee and the associate dean for graduate programs, students may request one extension of not more than two semesters, summers included.