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The Department of Nursing in the School of Health Professions & Wellness offers courses leading to the MSN with a major in population health.


The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-6791.


The primary mission of the Department of Nursing is  to provide excellence in undergraduate and graduate professional nursing education, as well as to pursue scholarly activities and provide service to the community. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed to prepare advanced community health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future.  Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation.  The curriculum builds on the foundation of baccalaureate education and requires 38 hours of course work, including two courses in community health with clinical practica. A disaster management component is integrated into various courses in the curriculum.  Courses in the MSN program are offered online.

To complete the admission process, the item(s) listed below must be submitted by July 1st for admission to the Fall semester, April 1st for admission to the May and Summer terms, November 1st for Spring semester admission.  Applicants are not allowed to register or pre-register until all admission requirements have been completed and the applicant is admitted to Graduate Studies.  



Required Application Materials

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THE MSN

Applicants for the MSN must meet the following admission requirements for unconditional admission:

 

  1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited university with a professionally accredited nursing program.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted.  (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
  3. Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (cumulative or last 64 credit hours.)
  4. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission (http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/admission/apply.html).
  5. Three “Graduate Reference Forms” (http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/student-resources/index.html) completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate course work. 
  6. A current unencumbered RN license.
  7. Professional interview may be required.
  8. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score report or a PTE score report. 

 



Admission Requirements

Admission test scores are not required (GRE, MAT).

The Graduate Nursing programs Admissions Committee will review applicant admission packets and determine eligibility for admission. The admissions committee will submit to the Director of Graduate Studies its recommendation on the admission of each candidate. 



Unconditional Admission

 

 



Conditional Admission

To be considered for conditional admission for the MSN, applicants must meet all of the above requirements with the following exception:

1. Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (cumulative or last 64 credit hours).

2. Students who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted.  Failure to comply will result in the student being dismissed from the program. 

 

 



Minimum Requirements



The MSN program consists of 38 graduate semester hours. A comprehensive examination is required of all candidates.


MSN
Major: Population Health

 
Required Courses (38 semester hours):

NU 501

NU 504

   

Online MSN Orientation (0)

Theories in Nursing (2)

NU 507     Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NU 513     Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NU 514     Health Assessment Practicum (1)
NU 518     Organizational and Systems Leadership in Population Health (3)
NU 520     Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NU 522     Research Methodology (3)
NU 527     Epidemiology (2)
NU 544     Statistical Methods in Healthcare (3)
NU 540     Population Health I (6)
NU 545     Population Health II (6)
NU 542     Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare (3)


38 Graduate Semester Hours Required For this Degree



MSN

Major: Population Health

                                    Concentration:  Emergency Management

 Required Courses (38 semester hours):

       NU  501      Online MSN Orientation (0)

       NU 504       Theories in Nursing (2)

       NU 507       Advanced Health Assessment (3)

       NU 513       Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

       NU 514       Health Assessment Practicum (1)

       NU 518       Organizational and Systems Leadership in Population Health (3)

       NU 520       Advanced Pharmacology (3)

       NU  522      Research Methodology (3)

       NU 527       Epidemiology (2)

       NU 542       Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare (3)

       NU 540       Population Health I (6)

       NU 544       Statistical Methods in Healthcare (3)

       NU 545       Population Health II (6)

       

     Required Courses for the Concentration in Emergency Management (15 semester hours):

       EM 505 Foundations of Emergency Management (3)

       EM 545 Emergency Preparedness (3)

       EM 555 Disaster Response (3)

       EM 575 Medical Aspects of Emergency Management (3)

 

EM Elective (3) Select one of the following EM courses:

       EM 548 Vulnerability and Capacity Building (3)

       EM 570 Biosecurity (3)

       EM 576 Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualties (3)

       EM 577 Pandemic Planning and Preparedness (3)

 

 

53 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

MSN

Major: Population Health

                                    Concentration:  Nurse Educator

Required Courses (38 semester hours):

 

       NU  501      Online MSN Orientation (0)

       NU 504       Theories in Nursing (2)

       NU 507       Advanced Health Assessment (3)

       NU 513       Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

       NU 514       Health Assessment Practicum (1)

       NU 518       Organizational and Systems Leadership in Population Health (3)

       NU  520      Advanced Pharmacology (3)

       NU  522      Research Methodology (3)

       NU  527      Epidemiology (2)

       NU 542       Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare (3)

       NU 540       Population Health I (6)

       NU 544       Statistical Methods in Healthcare (3)

       NU 545       Population Health II (6)

       

        

Required Courses for the concentration in nursing education (12 semester hours):

NU 550 Developing Instruction Programs in Collegiate Nursing Education (3)

NU 551 Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Collegiate Nursing Programs (3)

NU 552 Practicum in Collegiate Nursing Education (3)

NU 553 Issues and Trends in Collegiate Nursing Education (3)

 

50 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

 

 

 

 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN
NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

The graduate certificate program in nursing education is designed to prepare nurses to teach in nursing and health professional programs, health care institutions and agencies, and in the community. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills about teaching, program development, evaluation, clinical instruction, and other aspects of the educational process in nursing. Upon satisfactorily completing the requirements of the graduate certificate (comprehensive exam not required for graduate certificate) an entry will be made on the student's transcript.  All courses are delivered through distance education. 

Courses in the graduate certificate program are offered online. The practicum is based on student needs, and is planned with students in a location convenient for them.

Application materials required for The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Applicants for the graduate certificate in nursing education must submit the following documentation to Graduate Admissions, 320 Bibb Graves, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee
  3. Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited university with a professionally accredited nursing program
  4. Official transcript from the postsecondary institution awarding the bachelor’s degree. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  5. A current unencumbered RN license
  6. Three "Graduate Reference Forms" completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant's potential for success in graduate course work http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/student-resources/index.html
  7. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score.

Required Courses for the Graduate Certificate In Nursing Education (12 semester hours):

NU 550     Developing Instruction Programs in Collegiate Nursing Education (3)
NU 551     Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Collegiate Nursing Programs (3)
NU 552     Practicum in Collegiate Nursing Education (3)
NU 553 Issues and Trends in Collegiate Nursing Education (3)


GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS NURSING COORDINATOR

 A graduate certificate in Emergency Preparedness Nursing Coordinator is available for non-degree students who wish to specialize in the area of emergency management nursing.  Upon satisfactorily completing the 15 hours required of the graduate certificate (comprehensive examination not required for graduate certificate), an entry will be made on the student’s transcript.  All courses are delivered through distance education. Please refer to the Emergency Management section of this Bulletin for course descriptions.

 Required Courses for the Graduate Certificate as Emergency Preparedness Nursing Coordinator

       (15 semester hours):

       EM 505 Foundations of Emergency Management (3)

       EM 545 Emergency Preparedness (3)

       EM 555 Disaster Response (3)

       EM 575 Medical Aspects of Emergency Management (3)

 

      Required EM Elective (3) Select one of the following courses:

       EM 548 Vulnerability and Capacity Building (3)

       EM 570 Biosecurity (3)

       EM 576 Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualties (3)

       EM 577 Pandemic Planning and Preparedness (3)

 



Nursing Courses

Prefix NU


501.    Online MSN Orientation (0). Online orientation is designed to provide a framework for delivery of essential information designed to promote academic success of the newly enrolled graduate student: and to provide consistent introduction to online services at the university.
504.    Theories in Nursing (2). Explores the evolution and importance of knowledge and theory in nursing, mechanisms for developing and critiquing theory, and the analysis and application of theories in nursing practice. (TU course: NSG 5504)
507.    Advanced Health Assessment (3). Provides advanced knowledge of history and interviewing processes across the lifespan, physical examination, and clinical judgments regarding health care needs. (TU course: NSG 5512)
513.    Advanced Pathophysiology (3). Review of cellular structure and function with emphasis on cellular changes that give rise to pathology and disease; discussion of cellular and tissue physiology with a focus on pathological processes of major organs and body systems. (TU course: NSG 6671)
514.    Health Assessment Practicum (1). Co-requisite: Troy’s NSG 5512 or JSU NU 507) (1). Practical application skills related to data collection and analysis essential to comprehensive health assessment of various age groups; validates knowledge to perform complete health assessment of individuals as they exist in the community as well as analyze collected data for indicators of health maintenance or alterations in health.
518.    Organizational and Systems Leadership in Population Health (3). Provides opportunities to review, examine, and analyze individual, family and population-based care from a community health perspective and synthesize selected issues that affect the role responsibilities of the advanced community health nurse within systems and organizations.
520.    Advanced Pharmacology (3). Designed to augment and support the practice of the APN. Encompasses the prescriptive role of the APN, legal statutes, general principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, treatment guidelines related to evidence based practices, pharmacology concerns for special populations, and drugs most commonly used in primary care.
522.    Research Methodology (3). Discussion of principles of the research process; emphasis on the utilization and generation of research relevant to nursing. (TU course: NSG 6691)
527.    Epidemiology (2). Study of various factors as they relate to the occurrence, frequency, and distribution of disease across the lifespan; includes origin, transmission, host/environmental factors that influence the development of disease, as well as issues related to health planning, policy, and evaluation.
534.    Statistics and Data Management (2). Quantitative methods and statistics as applied to nursing and health care; topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling and statistical inference, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis, and analysis of variance.
540.    Population Health I (6). Prerequisites: NU 504, 507, 513, 514, 518, 527, and 544. Application of advanced specialized knowledge relevant to health promotion/disease prevention issues in select populations. Clinical experiences will be designed to meet individual learning needs of the MSN student in implementing the multifaceted role of the community health clinical nurse specialist.
542.    Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare (3). An exploration of theoretical foundations for cultural diversity in health and illness, with emphasis in assessment and analysis of selected cultures as related to nursing and health care practices.
544.    Statistical Methods in Health Care (3). Utilizing concepts of informatics, the focus is on probability concepts, descriptive statistics, and hypothesis testing with parametric and non-parametric procedures using Excel.
545.    Population Health II (6). Prerequisite: NU 540 & Troy’s NSG 6691 (NU 522). Application of advanced specialized knowledge relevant to implementing and evaluating programs for community health, with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions with vulnerable populations and aggregates. Clinical experiences will be designed to meet individual learning needs of the MSN student in providing care for selected aggregates and/or populations.
550.    Developing Instruction Programs in Collegiate Nursing Education (3). Development of curricular components for nursing instructional programs. Examines the relationships among philosophy, goals, and outcomes for various learning environments. (Graduate Certificate requirement/Elective for MSN.)
551.    Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Collegiate Nursing Programs (3). Focuses on teaching-learning theories, processes, strategies, and styles. Examines evaluation principles in the classroom and clinical setting. (Graduate Certificate requirement/Elective for MSN.)
552.    Practicum in Collegiate Nursing Education (3). Prerequisites: NU 550, 551, and 553. Application for teaching-learning theories/ strategies, assessment and measurement methods, curricular frameworks, and nursing knowledge in an educational context. (Graduate Certificate requirement/Elective for MSN.)
553.    Issues and Trends in Collegiate Nursing Education (3). Exploration of issues and trends influencing the role of the nursing educator. Includes analysis of technological, legal, economic, political, cultural, and ethical, and professional dynamics. (Graduate Certificate requirement/Elective for MSN.)
581.    Independent Study (1). Prerequisite: Permission of the advisor. Special project in nursing/disaster management.
582.    Independent Study (2). Prerequisite: Permission of the advisor. Special project in nursing/disaster management.
583.    Independent Study (3). Prerequisite: Permission of the advisor. Special project in nursing/disaster management.


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