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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, M.S.


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Master’s degree programs are designed to be completed within 3 years up to six years maximum on a part-time basis, with courses scheduled in the late afternoon and evening. Clinical learning experiences occur at a variety of health care agencies and meet the required hours for certification.

Candidates apply to the program to prepare as nurse practitioners in psychiatric/mental health nursing or primary care nursing.

The master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

Program outcomes

The student:

  1. Applies knowledge from the sciences to advance nursing practice across diverse settings, populations and cultures
  2. Demonstrates leadership to promote optimal health outcomes in health care systems
  3. Appraises practice environments for quality improvement and safety in contemporary healthcare delivery systems
  4. Integrates evidence-based research, clinical expertise and individual preferences to promote health and prevent disease
  5. Uses patient care and communication technologies to enhance, integrate and coordinate care
  6. Influences health policy at the systems level by employing advocacy strategies
  7. Participates as an integral member and leader of inter-professional teams to influence the management and coordination of care
  8. Assumes responsibility and accountability for advanced nursing practice

A Comprehensive Curriculum

Using the America Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials:Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education for Advanced-Level Nursing, the Master’s program at the University of Saint Joseph prepares graduates for the following domains for nursing:

  • Knowledge for Nursing Practice
  • Person-Centered Care
  • Population Health
  • Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline
  • Quality and Safety
  • Interprofessional Partnership
  • Systems-Based Practice
  • Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
  • Professionalism
  • Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

 

Matriculation requirements (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)

  1. Acceptance into this program is highly competitive
  2. Applications are reviewed twice a year. All application materials should be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by October 1 for application review the following spring, and March 1 for application review for admission for the following fall.
  3. Admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  4. A current resume
  5. A sealed official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally and nationally accredited Nursing institution, as well as transcripts from all undergraduate coursework
  6. A current Registered Nurse license from the state in which clinical work will be completed.
  7. Essay: Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience has a broad impact on patient care and outcomes; state professional goals for the next 5-10 years and explain how this degree will help you reach your goals
  8. Two letters from professionals attesting to the candidate’s intellectual, clinical and leadership abilities to pursue graduate work at the University of Saint Joseph. Letters should be from clinical supervisors or managers, and academic faculty
  9. An interview with the graduate faculty prior to acceptance into the program
  10. All immunization records as required by the University and Department of Nursing
  11. Upon formal admission, a certified background check is required
  12. Malpractice insurance: Students are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance, at the APRN level, prior to the start of clinical coursework

Matriculation requirements (Family Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care)

  1. Acceptance into the program is highly competitive
  2. Applications are reviewed twice a year. All application materials should be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by October 1 for application review for admission the following spring, and by March 1 for application review for admission the following fall.
  3. Admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  4. A current resume
  5. A sealed, official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally and nationally accredited Nursing institution, as well as transcripts from all undergraduate coursework
  6. A current Registered Nurse license from the state in which clinical work will be completed
  7. Essay: Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience has a broad impact on patient care and outcomes; state professional goals for the next 5-10 years and explain how this degree will help you reach your goals
  8. Two letters from professionals attesting to the candidate’s intellectual, clinical and leadership abilities to pursue graduate work at the University of Saint Joseph. Letters should be from clinical supervisors or managers, and academic faculty.
  9. An interview with the graduate faculty prior to acceptance into the program
  10. All immunization records as required by the University and Department of Nursing
  11. Upon formal admission, a certified background check is required
  12. Malpractice insurance: Students are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance, at the APRN level, prior to the start of clinical coursework

Progression requirements

  • A grade of B- or higher must be earned in every course in the graduate Nursing program
  • All students must maintain a Nursing cumulative GPA of 2.67 throughout the program
  • At any time the Nursing GPA falls below 2.67 the students will be placed on departmental probation
  • Student placed on probation must improve their GPA within the next 6 credits taken
  • Failure to increase the GPA to 2.67 or higher in a subsequent 6 credits following probation will result in dismissal
  • Any grade below a B- in a required program course will result in departmental review with the student being placed on academic probation
  • Students who earn less that a B- in a required Nursing course must re-take the course. In certain cases, such as clinical courses, the course must be retaken prior to enrollment in a subsequent clinical course.
  • Students may retake one course only one time
  • Failure to earn a passing grade (B-) in the second attempt will result in dismissal from the program
  • Students who do not achieve the clinical competencies required of a clinical course, will fail the course with a maximum grade of C+ (79) when other course work is calculated
  • Students may withdraw from one Nursing course one time during the program
  • Any students who earns a D or less in any course will be immediately dismissed from the program

Degree requirements


Comprehensive exam


A comprehensive exam is required to complete the program. Students are required to take the comprehensive exam during the same semester that they take their final practicum course.

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