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The Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers courses leading to the MSN with a major in community health nursing.


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 College of Nursing and Health Sciences 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

Applicants for the MSN must submit the following documentation to the College of Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:
  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Non-refundable $30.00 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 transcripts(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended.
    (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  5. A written statement setting forth career goals
  6. A current unencumbered RN license
  7. Official tests scores on the General Test of the GRE or the MAT. The GRE or MAT must be taken within five years of enrollment.
  8. Three "Graduate Reference Forms" completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant's potential for success in graduate course work.
  9. 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

Applicants for the MSN must meet the following admission formula requirements prior to registering for MSN course work. For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.



Unconditional Admission

450 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus total score of verbal and quantitative measures of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 2100 points;

 

OR

 

15 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points.

 

OR

 

450 times the undergraduate GPA on the last 64 hours attempted toward completion of the initial undergraduate degree plus total score of verbal and quantitative measures of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 2100 points;

OR

 

15 times the undergraduate GPA on the last 64 hours attempted toward completion of the initial undergraduate degree plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points.

 

The GRE or MAT must be taken within five years of enrollment.

 

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in health assessment, research/statistics, and basic computer literacy. The graduate nursing faculty will conduct interviews and evaluate each applicant’s undergraduate transcript and clinical nursing experience to determine adequacy of preparation in these areas. Students without adequate academic or experiential preparation may be required to complete additional undergraduate course work as part of their program of study. Grades achieved in these courses will not be included in the computation of the graduate GPA; however, students must earn a grade of B or above in each of these specified, required courses.

 

All requests for admission will be reviewed by the graduate nursing faculty. The faculty will submit to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies its recommendation on the admission of each candidate.



Conditional Admission

Any student failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission, as defined above, will receive a letter to that effect from the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

 

 

Under exceptional circumstances, consideration for conditional admission may be given to a student meeting one of the following formula requirements.

 

450 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus total score of verbal and quantitative measures of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 1500 points;

 

OR

 

15 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 55 points.

 

OR

 

450 times the undergraduate GPA on the last 64 hours attempted toward completion of the initial undergraduate degree plus total score of verbal and quantitative measures of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 1500 points;

 

OR

 

15 times the undergraduate GPA on the last 64 hours attempted toward completion of the initial undergraduate degree plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 55 points.

 

Students who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted within the time frame specified by the graduate nursing faculty and indicated in writing to the student. Failure to comply will result in the students being dismissed from the program.

 

All requests for admission will be reviewed by the graduate nursing faculty. The faculty will submit to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies its recommendation on the conditional admission of each candidate. The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies will make the final decision on the conditional admission of the student.



Minimum Requirements



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

Through an innovative partnership with Troy University, JSU will utilize four existing Troy University courses (11 semester hours) as the core sequence in the community health program. Troy University nursing faculty will deliver these courses using distance education technology, primarily via Internet. The courses offered by Troy University include: NU 504 Theories of Nursing, NU 507 Advanced Health Assessment, NU 513 Advanced Pathophysiology, and NU 522 Research Methodology. In addition to these four courses from Troy University, students may transfer a maximum of six graduate semester hours toward completion of this program.


MSN
Major: Community Health Nursing

 
Required Courses (38 semester hours):

*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 Community Health Nursing(3)
*NU 520     Advanced Pharmacology (3)
*NU 522     Research Methodology (3)
*NU 527     Epidemiology (2)
*NU 544     Statistical Methods in Healthcare (3)
*NU 540     Community Health I (6)
*NU 545     Community Health II (6)
*NU 542     Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare (3)

Nursing Education Courses will continue to comprise the Nurse Educator Certificate.


*Troy University courses


38 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. At the conclusion of the program, graduates obtain a certificate acknowledging successful completion.

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 the College of Graduate Studies, 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 $30.00 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.
  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)


Nursing Courses

Prefix NU


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 Community Health Nursing (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.
519.    Issues in Community–Based Health Care (2). Provides opportunities to review, examine, and analyze selected issues that affect the discipline of nursing with specific emphasis on community based practice.
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.    Community 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.    Community 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.