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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

COLLEGE OF NURSING

Dean: Debra C. Davis (251) 445-9400
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Rosemary Rhodes (251) 445-9400
Associate Dean for Research/Development: Catherine Dearman (251) 445-9400
Associate Dean Baldwin County: Rosemary Rhodes (251) 517-5370
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Heather Hall (251) 445-9400
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs: Robin Lawson (251) 445-9427
Professors: Buckner, Chilton, D.C. Davis, Dearman, Dolan, Gunn, Hall, Harris, Holloway, Jacobs, King, Lawson, Majors, Myers, Norris, Pattillo, Rhodes, A. Smith, K.Smith, VandeWaa, Varner, K. Williams
Associate Professors: Fruh, Hamilton, Harlan, Hedger, Myers, Williams-Evans
Assistant Professors: Azok, Bolton, Brown, Bydalek, Carlisle, Cheese, Crow, Dearmon, Elkins, Farmer, Fuller, Goodnough, Gilligan, Godfrey, S. Harlan, Hill, Huey, Huffman, Johnson, Lang, Lawrence, Lollar, Marass, McMullan, T. Meyer, Minchew, Moore, Morgan, Nadler, Pharez, Raber, Riley, Roberts, Styron, Swanzy, Taylor, Townsend, Turnham, Walls, Whitworth, Wright , Younce
Senior Instructors: Bertolla, L. Jones, S.G, Williams, M. Meyer, Bihan
Instructors: Anderson, Bowen, Baughn, Breazeale, C. Butler, Cockrell, A. Davis, Erdlitz, Graves, Guy, Herf, Horton, Jordan, Keasler, Miller, Moore, Necaise, Norris, Platt, Rodgers, Rudd, Scott, Thompson, Waweru, Woodmansee

Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing: Valorie Dearmon
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing: James Harris
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing: Anita Smith
Academic Advisors: Leigh Holland, Mavis Jarrel, Eric Light, Mary Phillips, Kristyn Seawell

College of Nursing web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing    
The College of Nursing is dedicated to the education of professional nurses who provide the highest quality health care to the communities they serve. The practice of nursing is both an art and a science; the focus of nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.    
The College of Nursing has two locations, one is on the USA main campus, and the other is on the USA Baldwin County campus in downtown Fairhope. The resources of the University, the USA Hospitals and clinics, and the numerous clinical agencies provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing.    
MISSION   
The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative educational programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The College accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession.   
GOALS   

1.    Cultivate a caring and engaging environment to facilitate teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.   
2.    Deliver innovative quality nursing programs that meet the needs of a diverse student body and other communities of interest.   
3.    Promote the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge through scholarly activities and leadership.   
4.    Provide service to the University, the profession, and the public.   
5.    Develop community partnerships to promote nursing and the enhancement of the health care delivery system.   

ACCREDITATION   
The baccalaureate program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate, master's, and doctor of nursing practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120: Telephone (202)877-6791.    
DEGREES OFFERED    
The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.    
CERTIFICATES OFFERED    
Post-Graduate Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area and subspecialty areas. The following are offered:    
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner   
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner   
Clinical Nurse Leader   
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontological Nursing   
Emergency (Family NP/Adult Acute Care Dual Role)   
Executive Nursing Administration   
Family Nurse Practitioner   
Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner   
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner   
Nursing Informatics    
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner   
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner   
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner   
Nursing Education   
Cardiovascular   
Oncology   
Palliative Care   
APPLICATION PROCEDURES   
Application forms are available on the College of Nursing's web site. A ($50.00 for BSN; $85.00 for MSN or DNP) non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Money orders or personal checks ($20.00 fee on returned checks) are acceptable. MSN and DNP applicants are also required to complete a primary application in Nursing CAS at www.Nursingcas.org.   
For fall semester admission applications should be submitted by April 1 for BSN and MSN programs and March 1 for DNP program.   
For spring semester admission applications should be submitted by August 1 for BSN, MSN, and DNP programs.   
For summer semester admission applications should be submitted by February 1 for BSN and MSN programs.    
Applications received at other times will be considered on a space available basis for RN-BSN track only.   
Students who choose not to attend during the term in which they are accepted, are not permitted to roll admission status to another semester. Students who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply pay another application fee, and compete with other applicants without guarantee of acceptance. Students who drop out of the program for two or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. Readmission is not automatic.    
Students not accepted during a certain term who choose to roll their application to the following semester will not be assessed another application processing fee. Students who choose to roll their application a second time, or if the length of time between applications is greater than one semester, then an application processing fee will be collected in order for the application to be considered for the given term.    
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY    
While the University of South Alabama will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and satisfy the degree requirements of the academic program, to be aware of the University calendar and to understand and comply with University academic policies and procedures.    
GRADES   
A      Excellent 4 grade-points per semester hour    
B      Good 3 grade-points per semester hour    
S      Satisfactory (certain designated courses only)    
C      Marginal 2 grade-points per semester hour    
D      Unsatisfactory 1 grade-point per semester hour    
U      Unsatisfactory (certain designated courses only)    
F      Failure no grade points    
The following symbols are substitutes for grades. They are not grades:   
I      Incomplete   
X      Absent for final exam   
WD      Withdrawal in good standing   
P      Course in progress. P grades remain in effect until they are changed to a    
letter grade, or until the time limits for a graduate degree have expired.   
AU      Audit   
UA      Unsatisfactory audit (did not meet attendance requirement)   
N      No grade or invalid grade   
See academic policies and procedures for further explanation of the above grades and symbols.    
CHANGE OF GRADE    
Grades reported for students by instructors to the Registrar may not be changed except in case of error in records or in evaluation. Grade changes require the approval of the instructor of record, the department chair, the Dean, and in situations involving the Master of Science in Nursing Program, the Dean of the Graduate School. Grades on record for one-calendar year may not be changed for any reason.    
TRANSIENT COURSE CREDIT    
Any courses taken at another institution to meet degree requirements must have prior approval of the College of Nursing Dean. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of transfer credit for the course work.   
TRANSFER CREDIT FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING COURSES    
Nursing course work taken at other institutions prior to admission to the University of South Alabama will be evaluated on an individual basis. Courses determined by the appropriate department chairs and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to be equivalent to USA courses will be accepted based on the following data:   
1.    Only course work taken at accredited programs will be considered.   
2.    For the Baccalaureate program, only courses with grades of "C" or   
above will transfer.   
3.    For the Masters or Doctoral programs, no more than 12 semester hours   
of grades of "B" or above will transfer.   
4.    Only courses that have been completed within five years of the anticipated date   
of graduation from the USA program will be considered.   
EXPENSES   
Students enrolled in clinical courses must maintain current CPR certification and must keep all immunizations current. Students are responsible for all personal health care expenses including expenses resulting from injury or accident, etc. while the student is engaged in learning experiences required by the College of Nursing. Therefore, all students are required to have adequate health care insurance. All students are charged for professional liability insurance by the University. Students are responsible for all travel expenses to clinical sites and classes at the University.    
Students are responsible for purchase of uniforms and required clinical equipment and supplies. Students are also responsible for costs related to immunization submission, drug testing and criminal background checks.   
COMPUTER OWNERSHIP POLICY    
College of Nursing undergraduate students will be required to own a Windows-based Netbook computer that conforms to the current college minimum standards by the time they enter the professional component of the nursing curriculum. This is a one machine per student requirement.    
For more information consult the Technology Requirements link at http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/technology.html.   
HANDHELD DEVICE (PDA) OWNERSHIP POLICY    
College of Nursing undergraduate students will be required to own a personal handheld device that conforms to the current college minimum standards by the time they enter the professional component of the nursing curriculum. This device cannot have phone or camera capabilities. This is a one device per student requirement. For more information consult the Technology Requirements link at http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/technology.html.   
DRUG SCREENS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS    
Those students accepted into the professional component and graduate programs will be required to have a drug test and a background check before beginning classes. Admission will be withdrawn for a student testing positive on their drug test. Admission will be withdrawn for students with a revoked license in any health care profession. Admission may be withdrawn for students who in the judgment of the Dean and the Admissions Committee have been convicted of or have pending criminal charges that would not be acceptable to our clinical agencies. Random drug screens or testing for reasonable suspicion are conducted. Students must submit to drug testing for controlled substances and background checks as requested. Failure to submit to testing or a positive drug test and/or unsuitable background check will result in the student's dismissal from the program. Students who sit out of the program for three semesters are required to repeat their drug screening and background check.    
ADMISSION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS    
International students should contact the Office of International Services, 2200 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002; Telephone (251) 460-6050. Deadlines for applications and supporting documents for new international students are usually at least one month earlier than the deadlines for U.S. citizens. Refer to the "International Students" section for details. International students are required to complete the internet based TOEFL (minimum acceptable score of 25 on each subsection), or a bachelor's or graduate degree earned at an accredited United States institution of higher learning and are required to demonstrate proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Examination administered by the University. Official transcripts for MSN and DNP applicants must be translated and evaluated by Educational Credential evaluations. The evaluations should be sent to Nursing CAS at www.Nursingcas.org. in lieu of foreign transcripts.   

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM (BSN)

The BSN program prepares graduates for professional nursing practice. Upon completion of the program graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.    
The BSN program is offered in a traditional four year format with nursing courses concentrated in the junior and senior years. The BSN program is also offered in an accelerated format and there is a special track for Associate Degree and diploma prepared nurses.    
BSN PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES    
Upon completion of the Baccalaureate Program, graduates should be able to:   

1.    Deliver professional nursing care for diverse populations across the lifespan to optimize health care outcomes.    
2.    Apply theory and evidence from contemporary nursing science and related disciplines as a basis for clinical reasoning, management, and evaluation of professional nursing care.    
3.    Model responsibility and accountability for one's personal and delegated nursing care and lifelong learning to ensure excellence in nursing practice.    
4.    Translate evidence into professional nursing practice to individualize patient care designed to improve care outcomes.    
5.    Select principles of leadership and management that guide nursing, influence health policy, and transform health care delivery systems.    
6.    Collaborate with inter-professional health care teams and consumers in delivering and advocating for safe and effective use of health care resources.    
7.    Integrate professional nursing values in meeting current and emerging health needs in a dynamic, global society.    
8.    Evaluate effective use of technology and information management to provide patient centered care across the lifespan in a variety of environments.    

COLLEGE OF NURSING EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM (CONEAP)    
The College of Nursing has an early acceptance program for highly qualified high school seniors and students who have completed their freshman year at USA. Students selected for the early acceptance program and who fulfill all program requirements are guaranteed admission to the upper division professional component of the nursing curriculum. To be considered for the CONEAP, high school seniors must complete all application procedures, have earned a minimum high school grade-point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 system as computed by USA, submit an ACT score of at least 25 composite (or 1100 SAT), and must have demonstrated leadership qualities and motivation toward the study of nursing. Students are admitted to the CONEAP must complete all Pre-Professional Nursing courses at USA; their curriculum includes core requirements and prerequisites for the upper division nursing program. Students participating in the College of Nursing's Early Acceptance Program must maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 on all required prerequisite courses and must be continuously enrolled a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (does not include summer terms) and making acceptable progress toward completing the pre-professional component of the curriculum to be admitted to the professional component of the program. All application documents must be submitted by the end of the senior year in high school to be considered. Applications received at other times will be considered on a space available basis. For questions and applications, contact USA Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 or call (800) 872-5247 or (251) 460-6141.    
A second opportunity for participation in the CONEAP is available to students who have completed their freshman year of pre-nursing prerequisite courses at USA and have achieved an overall GPA of 3.2 or above (as computed by the USA Registrar's Office). Additional requirements are that the student has completed the following courses at USA: BLY 101 with Lab, MA 110 or 112, and CH 101 with Lab and is approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Nursing. To remain in the CONEAP the student must maintain a 3.2 GPA throughout all pre-nursing prerequisite course work and all final grades must be a C or better. Application documents will be accepted at the end of the spring term of the freshman year up until the beginning of the fall term of the sophomore year.   
CURRICULUM MODEL FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE
(Fall Semester Entry)
   
Prerequisite Pre-Professional Component    

FRESHMAN YEAR   
1st Semester   
2nd Semester       
EH 101   
3
EH 102   
3
BLY 101 & BLY 101L   
4
CH 101 & CH 101L    
4
CIS 150    
3
HY/Soc/Beh Sc Elective
3
History Elective*   
3
CA 110    
3
Total   
13
MA 110 or MA 112    
3
Total   
16
SOPHOMORE YEAR   
1st Semester   
2nd Semester   
BMD 114    
4
BMD 115    
4
BMD 210 or BLY 213    
3
ST 210 or BUS 245   
3
Literature Elective*   
3
PSY 120    
3
Economics   
3
2nd HY or 2nd LIT    
3
Fine Arts    
3
HUM or HY Elective
depending on
sequence
3
Total   
16
Total   
16
*Must have a 2 semester sequence in either History or Literature.   
Professional Component    

JUNIOR YEAR   
1st Semester   
2nd Semester   
NU 325   
3
CMN 350   
2
NU 327   
3
CMN 351   
2
HSC 342    
1
NU 300    
5
HSC 343   
3
NU 301    
3
NU 311    
3
HSC 332   
3
Total   
13
Total   
15
3rd Semester             
NU 304   
3
MCN 347   
3
MCN 348   
4
Total   
10
SENIOR YEAR             
1st Semester        2nd Semester       
AHN 447   
4
NU 412   
3
AHN 448   
4
NU 414   
3
CMN 420   
3
NU 460   
5
CMN 421   
1
Total   
11
Total   
12
Total Credits   
122
R.N. TO B.S.N. PATHWAY FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND DIPLOMA NURSES    
The College of Nursing has a Pathway designed especially for registered nurses pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. The college also offers a Pathway for diploma and associate degree RNs who want the MSN degree (see MSN section). Once prerequisites are completed (see prerequisite professional component section on the BSN curriculum model) the professional component of the nursing curriculum can be completed in one calendar year. Courses are offered online and practice integration requirements can be completed in the student's home community if approved by faculty. Thirty-six hours of nursing credit are awarded the semester students graduate.    
CURRICULUM MODEL FOR THE REGISTERED NURSE R.N.-B.S.N. PATHWAY   
The following courses comprise the RN-BSN Pathway. Students are admitted to the professional component after completing all prerequisite courses (see courses listed in the Freshman and Sophomore years in the curriculum model for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree above).    
Prerequisite Pre-Professional Component    
Professional Component for R.N.-B.S.N. Pathway   

1st Semester   
NU 410   
6
NU 425   
3
NU 422   
3
Total   
12
2nd Semester   
NU 427   
3
CMN 411   
4
NU 404   
3
Total   
10
3rd Semester   
NU 461   
4
NU 415   
3
NU Elective   
2
Total   
9
Total USA Nursing credits: 31   

ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE B.S.N.    
The College of Nursing Admissions Committee and the Dean of the College reserve the right to select applicants best qualified for and most likely to succeed in the study of nursing.    
Enrollment into the pre-professional component as a nursing major does not assure the student admission to the Professional Component. Enrollment in the Professional Component is limited and competitive. Students are admitted without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or qualified disability. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the BSN program:   
The following are required to be considered for admission to the BSN program.    

1.    Submission of a completed application with a $50 fee.    
2.    Minimum GPA of 2.50 on all prerequisite courses and in good standing within the University.   
3.    Minimum University GPA of 2.0.   
4.    Minimum grade of “C” in all pre-professional courses.   
5.    Submission of health data forms and evidence of health insurance.   
6.    Evidence of CPR certification.   
7.    Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.   
8.    Interview - applicants may be invited for a personal interview. Verbal and written communication skills will be assessed during the interview.    

In addition to the items listed above registered nurses applying for admission to the RN-BSN track must show evidence of completion of an approved diploma or associate degree in nursing and a current unrestricted RN license. Nurses with any restriction on their license, including participating in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.   
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS    
Students will progress in nursing courses according to the established sequence. The College will recommend for promotion only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of health, conduct, scholastic achievement, and aptitude for nursing. Students continually in adjustment difficulties may be dismissed from the nursing program.   
Once students are admitted to the professional component of the BSN curriculum the program must be completed within 5 years. If a student’s progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Student Services and apply for readmission. Students are readmitted on a space available basis. Any alteration in usual progression may lengthen the student’s program. In keeping with dynamic changes in health care and nursing, the curriculum may undergo change. Changes in curricula and/or admission requirements will be published as far in advance as possible. Advisors are available to assist students in adapting to those changes and planning their course of study accordingly.    
ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR THE B.S.N. PROGRAM    
In accordance with University policy, students may not use the Grade Replacement Policy to replace professional nursing courses. A grade of “C” or higher is required for all professional nursing courses. A student may repeat only one professional nursing course in the curriculum. A second “D”, “F”, or “U” will result in academic dismissal from the nursing program. The number of times a student may withdraw failing is limited to two. A third withdrawal failing will result in academic dismissal from the College of Nursing. A student achieving a grade of less than "C" in a course in combination with two withdrawal failings from the College of Nursing will also be dismissed. Successful completion of a dosage calculation exam is required each term prior to promotion in clinical courses. All students are required to take a Midcurricular Exam. Students who do not successfully pass this exam are required to complete a 3 hour directed study, prior to progressing in the curriculum. Students are also required to complete an exit exam as part of course requirements. If the student is unsuccessful on the exit exam, a grade of "u" will be given for the course and student must retake the course the next term. (Registered nurse students are exempt from the dosage calculation, midcurricular and exit examinations). A minimum GPA of 2.0 at the University of South Alabama is required to continue in the program and for graduation. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards required for licensure to practice as a registered nurse merits immediate dismissal from the program.   
ACCELERATED B.S.N./M.S.N. PATHWAY   

The College of Nursing has a special Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway for academically qualified and highly motivated individuals that have a bachelor's degree in another field. The preprofessional component as listed below must be completed prior to admission to the professional component. The professional component of the curriculum which normally takes 5 semesters to complete can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. The curriculum and contact hours are the same as required for the traditionally taught BSN degree offered by the College, except that the course schedule is accelerated and is not confined by the traditional academic calendar. Students in the first 12 months of the Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway follow the same promotion/progression policies as the students in the traditionally taught BSN. Students having difficulty maintaining the pace of the program may request a transfer to the traditional program if they are in good academic standing. At the end of the 12-months of study, students are awarded the BSN degree and are prepared for the RN licensure (NCLEX) examination. During the first 12 months of the accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway students complete 3 graduate bridge courses that are not applied towards completion of the BSN degree. These 3 graduate courses "bridge" undergraduate and graduate knowledge in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment. These courses may be applied towards a graduate degree if grades received in the course comply with graduate progression policies.

Students then begin the specialty component of the curriculum to prepare for a career in informatics, nursing administration, as a clinical nurse leader, or clinical nurse specialist in adult/gerontological nursing. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning clinical nurse practitioner specialty courses. Courses for the specialty component of the curriculum are offered online. Clinical requirements are completed in faculty-facilitated preceptorships.    
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE ACCELERATED BSN/MSN PATHWAY   
Admission is selective and competitive. The curriculum is intensive and fast paced. The College of Nursing reserves the right to select students determined to be the best qualified and most likely to succeed in this challenging graduate program in nursing.    
  1. Graduate of a baccalaureate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Applicants must have completed all prerequisite course work as listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("A"=4.0) and no grade less than a "C".

Prerequisite Courses

EH 101

EH 102

Biology with Lab

Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab

Microbiology or Infectious Disease

Statistics

Finite Math or Precalculus algebra (or higher)

Chemistry and Lab

General Psychology

  1. Submission of completed application by April 1 for Fall and August 1 for Spring.
  1. Payment of $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  1. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance.
  1. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.
  1. Submission of a resume.
  1. Interview - after initial review of applications a limited number of applicants may be invited for a personal interview. Verbal and written communication skills will be assessed during the interview.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ACCELERATED BSN/MSN    
Students are admitted as undergraduates during the foundation component of the curriculum (first 12 months). During the first twelve months of the program, tuition is charged at the undergraduate rate for undergraduate courses and at the graduate rate for the three graduate level bridge courses. Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible.   
Upon satisfactory completion of the foundation component of the curriculum, the student will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student and will continue through the remainder of the program. During this phase of the curriculum, financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible.    

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM (MSN)

Organized within the graduate school at the University, the College of Nursing has several pathway, specialization, and subspecialization options within the MSN program. In addition to admitting baccalaureate prepared registered nurses, the college offers an accelerated BSN/MSN track for non-nurses (see Bachelor of Science in Nursing section), a pathway for associate degree or diploma prepared nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, a special pathway for highly qualified associate degree and diploma nurses who do not hold a baccalaureate degree, and tracks for MSN prepared nurses who are interested in certification in a new specialty area.    
Areas of Specialization    
Several concentration areas are offered to meet the career goals of students. Students may prepare as a clinical nurse leader or for advanced nursing practice in one of nine nurse practitioner roles or the clinical nurse specialist role. Available NP include Family Nursing, Emergency Nursing (Family/Adult Acute Dual Role), Family Psychiatric Nursing, Pediatric Acute Care Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care Nursing, Women's Health Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nursing, and Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing. Clinical Nurse Specialist is available in Adult-Gerontological Nursing. Concentrations are also available for students pursuing careers in Executive Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics. Subspecializations are available in Cardiovascular, Oncology, Palliative Care, and Nursing Education.   
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS    
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students in full-time status. Additional information and an application can be obtained by contacting the College of Nursing graduate office.   
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES    
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, graduates should be able to:    
1.    Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.   
2.    Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a global changing society.    
3.    Use scientific inquiry to identify problems and individualize patient care designed to improve care outcomes.    
4.    Apply advanced knowledge of leadership and management to influence health policy to transform care delivery systems.    
5.    Contribute to the focus and direction of the nursing profession.    
M.S.N. CURRICULA FOR B.S.N. PREPARED REGISTERED NURSES    
OPTION I Executive Nursing Administration   

A.     Core Courses (9 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 613    3   
NU 610    3     

B.     Research Courses (3 credits)   

NU 608    3       

C.    Support Courses (6 credits)   

NU 562    3    NU 539    3    

D.     Specialty Courses (19 credits)   

NU 565    3   
NU 566
3   
NU 561    3    NU 567    4   
NU 568    3    HSC 571    3   
Total Credits 37     

OPTION II Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Courses (9 credits)   

NU 607     3    NU 613     3   
NU 610     3     

B.     Research Courses (3 credits)   

NU 608     3       

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)   

NU 545     3    NU 578     3   
NU 518    3       

D.     Specialty Courses - Select One Track    

Advanced Adult-Gerontological Primary Nursing (24 credits)   
AHN 588     3    AHN 593     3   
AHN 589     1    AHN 594     3   
AHN 581     2    AHN 595     3   
AHN 591     3    AHN 596     3   
AHN 592     3       
Advanced Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing (24 credits)    
AHN 568    3    AHN 569    1   
AHN 571    2    AHN 572    3   
AHN 573    3    AHN 574    3   
AHN 575    3    AHN 576    3   
AHN 577    3     
Advanced Family Psychiatric Nursing (24 credits)    
CMN 548    3    CMN 549    1   
CMN 551    2    CMN 552    3   
CMN 553    3    CMN 554    3   
CMN 555    3    CMN 556    3   
CMN 557    3     
Advanced Family Nursing (24 credits)    
CMN 568    3    CMN 569    1   
CMN 571    2    CMN 572    3   
CMN 573    3    CMN 574    3   
CMN 575    3    CMN 576    3   
CMN 577    3     
Advanced Women’s Health Nursing (24 credits)    
MCN 538    3    MCN 539    1   
MCN 541    2    MCN 542    3   
MCN 543    3    MCN 544    3   
MCN 545    3    MCN 546    3   
MCN 547    3     
Advanced Pediatric Acute Nursing (24 credits)   
MCN 558    3    MCN 559    1   
MCN 571    2    MCN 562    3   
MCN 563    3    MCN 564    3   
MCN 565    3    MCN 566    3   
MCN 567    3       
Advanced Pediatric Primary Nursing (24 credits)    
MCN 548    3    MCN 549    1   
MCN 551    2    MCN 552    3   
MCN 553    3    MCN 554    3   
MCN 555    3    MCN 556    3   
MCN 557    3     
Neonatal Nursing (24 credits)   
MCN 568    3    MCN 569    1   
MCN 571    2    MCN 572    3   
MCN 573    3    MCN 574    3   
MCN 575    3    MCN 576    3   
MCN 577    3       
Advanced Emergency Nursing
(Family NP/Adult/Geron Acute Care Dual Role) (36 credits)   
AHN 538     2    AHN 549     4   
AHN 548     4    AHN 551     5   
AHN 550     4    AHN 553     4   
AHN 552     4    AHN 555     5   
AHN 554     4       
Total Credits 45-57    

OPTION III Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult-Geronological)   

A.     Core Courses (9 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 613    3   
NU 610     3     

B.     Research Course (3 credits)   

NU 608     3       

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)   

NU 518    3    NU 578    3   
NU 545     3       

D.     Specialty Courses (15 credits)   

NU 524     3    NU 520     3   
AHN 525     4    AHN 526     5   
Total Credits 36
OPTION IV Clinical Nurse Leader   

A.     Core Courses (9 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 613    3   
NU 610    3     

B.     Research Course (3 credits)   

NU 608    3       

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)   

NU 518     3    NU 578    3   
NU 545     3       

D.     Specialty Courses (15 credits)   

NU 535     3    NU 537    3   
NU 536     5    NU 538    4   
Total Credits 36
OPTION V Nursing Informatics   

A.     Core Courses (9 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 613    3   
NU 610     3     

B.     Research Course (3 credits)   

NU 608    3       

C.    Support Courses (12 credits)   

NU 565     3    ISC 555     3   
ISC 550     3    NU 562    3   

D.     Specialty Courses (13 credits)   

NU 539     3    NU 558     3   
NU 556     3    NU 559    2   
NU 557    2       
Total Credits 37   

Subspecialities: The following can be added to the above pathways
as designated.    
Cardiovascular - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP and emergency specialty can add these 8 credits.   
Oncology - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Advanced Emergency Nursing Dual Role, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, Family NP, Psychiatric (Family) NP or Women's NP can add these 10 credits.   
Palliative Care - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, or Family NP can add these 9 credits.   
Nurse Educator - any student can add these 11 credits to their curriculum.    
Cardiovascular Option (8 credits)    

AHN 630
2
AHN 631
2
AHN 632
2
AHN 633
2     
Oncology Option (11 credits)    

AHN 621
2
AHN 622
2     
AHN 623
2
AHN 624
2     
AHN 625
1
NU 626
2     

Palliative Care Option (15 credits)    

AHN 530
2
AHN 531
2
AHN 532
2
AHN 533
3-9
Nurse Educator Option (11 credits)    

AHN 620
3
NU 621
3
AHN 622
2
NU 623
3
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE M.S.N. PATHWAY
FOR B.S.N. PREPARED R.N.'S    
Admission to the program is limited and selective. All documents required for admission review must be official. Transcripts must be mailed from the home institution to the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS). These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Students applying for admission must pay a non-refundable $85.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date, in addition to primary application requirements for the NursingCAS.   
Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's web site http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/msn.html or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; congrad@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400. Applications are accepted year round, and must adhere to the following application deadlines: April 1 - Fall Admission, August 1 - Spring Admission, and February 1 - Summer Admission. Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without prior permission. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the MSN program.   
Regular Admission    

1.    Graduate of an approved bachelor’s program with a major in nursing.   
2.    Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.   
3.    A grade-point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).   
4.    Submission of a resume which documents clinical experience. (Note: Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.)   
5.    After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of Health Data Forms, evidence of Health Insurance, and completion of Certified Profile Medical Records Manager.  Instructions provided in acceptance letter.   

Note: An earned graduate degree from any accredited institution of higher education may qualify the applicant for regular standing.   
Provisional Admission   

1.    Graduate of an approved bachelor’s program with a major in nursing.   
2.    Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.   
3.    A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).   
4.    Submission of a resume which documents clinical experience. (Note: Prior to enrolling in a nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.)   
5.    After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of Health Data Forms, evidence of Health Insurance, and completion of Certified Profile Medical Records Manager.  Instructions provided in acceptance letter.   
(Note: Prior to enrolling in a nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years experience in an area appropriate to the Specialty track.)   

Non-Degree Admission   

1.    Hold a bachelor’s degree from accredited institution.   
2.    Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.   
3.    A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00). Enrollment in selective courses may not be available to non-degree students due to class size or required prerequisite.   

Enrollment in selective courses may not be available to non-degree students due to class size or required prerequisite.    
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.S.N. PATHWAY
FOR B.S.N. PREPARED R.N.'S
   
A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade "C" can be counted towards a degree, however, only one (1) "C" is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second "C" or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second "C" or lower is obtained must be repeated. Any combination of three (3) courses with grades of "C" or less (C, D, U, F) including "C" grades which have been repeated, will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Two courses with a grade "D" or "F" will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards required for licensure to practice as a registered nurse merits immediate dismissal from the program.    
If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Because of limited spaces in the advanced clinical courses, any alteration in progression may lengthen the student's program.    
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.S.N. TRACK
FOR B.S.N. PREPARED R.N.'S
   
The MSN program must be completed within 5 years of matriculation. A minimum of 45 semester credits are required for the M.S.N. degree with preparation in a nurse practitioner track. Minimum credits for preparation in Executive Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics requires 37 semester credits; Clinical Nurse Leader and Clinical Nurse Specialist. requires 36 semester credits.    

POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PATHWAY

The Post-graduate certificate pathway are designed for registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in a new specialty or subspecialty area of advanced practice nursing. Post-graduate students can select any of the specialty options offered by the program. Each certificate pathway is designed to be in compliance with national certification requirements including required support courses, didactic specialty courses, and clinical hours.    
Admission to the program is limited and selective. All documents required for admission review must be official. Transcripts must be mailed from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Students applying for admission must pay a non-refundable $85.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date in addition to primary application requirements for the NursingCAS.   
Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's web site http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/msn.html or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; congrad@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400. Applications are accepted year round, and must adhere to the following application deadlines: April 1 - Fall Admission, August 1 - Spring Admission, and February 1 - Summer Admission.    
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE
POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PATHWAY    

1.    Graduate of an approved master's or doctoral program with a major in nursing.    
2.    Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.   
3.    A grade-point average of 3.0 on all graduate work (A=4.00). Enrollment in selective courses may not be available to non-degree students due to class size or required prerequisite.   
4.    Submission of a resume which documents clinical experience. (Note: Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.)   
5.    After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of Health Data Forms, evidence of Health Insurance, and completion of Certified Profile Medical Records Manager.  Instructions provided in acceptance letter.   

PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST M.S.N. PATHWAY   
Students follow the progression policies for the MSN Pathway for BSN prepared RN's.    
PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE POST M.S.N. CERTIFICATE PATHWAY   
Students are required to complete all specialty courses and any support courses not previously completed. Post-MSN certificate students are not required to complete graduate core or research courses (see the previous section on MSN Curriculum for the BSN prepared RN for a listing of courses for each specialty area).    

R.N. - M.S.N PATHWAY FOR RN'S WITH A
NON-NURSING BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

This pathway is available to persons who are registered nurses and have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than nursing.    
Admission to the program is limited and selective. All documents required for admission review must be official. Transcripts must be mailed from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Students applying for admission must pay a non-refundable $85.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date in addition to primary application requirements for the NursingCAS.   
Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's web site http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/msn.html or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; congrad@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400. Applications are accepted year round, and must adhere to the following application deadlines: April 1 - Fall Admission, August 1 - Spring Admission, and February 1 - Summer Admission.    
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE R.N. - M.S.N. PATHWAY FOR RN'S WITH A NON-NURSING BACCALAURREATE DEGREE    
Students are admitted to this pathway as Provisional Admission; the admissions criteria are the same as for Provisional Admission to the M.S.N. track for BSN prepared RN's listed above except for #1 (bachelor’s degree in nursing).   
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR R.N. - M.S.N. PATHWAY FOR NURSES WITH NON-NURSING BACCALAURREATE DEGREES    
The following nursing courses must be completed with a GPA of at least 2.75 prior to enrolling in graduate nursing specialty courses: NU 410, CMN 411, NU 404, NU 425 or NU 530. Students who have earned a GPA of less than 2.5 will be academically dismissed from the Graduate School. Students in the R.N. to M.S.N. track follow the same progression as students in the regular M.S.N. program.    
PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR R.N. - M.S.N. FOR REGISTERED NURSES WITH NON-NURSING BACCALAUREATE DEGREES    
Students in the RN - MSN pathway follow the same degree requirements and progression policies as students in the MSN track for BSN prepared RN's with the addition of the above listed courses.   

R.N. - M.S.N. PATHWAY FOR R.N.'S WHO DO NOT HOLD
A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

The College of Nursing has a special program to facilitate associate and diploma prepared registered nurses attain the Master of Science in Nursing degree.    
Upon completion of the first phase of the program, students will be awarded a BSN degree. Upon completion of the second phase of the program, the student will earn the MSN degree.    
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE R.N. - M.S.N. PATHWAY FOR REGISTERED NURSES WHO DO NOT HOLD A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE    
Students admitted to this track will be licensed registered nurses and will have completed all prerequisite course work for the BSN degree (see BSN curriculum section), have at least 90 semester hours of college credits with an overall "B" average, and have met all admission criteria.    
In the first phase of the program, students will be classified as an undergraduate student and any financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which undergraduate students are eligible. During this phase, students will enroll in both undergraduate level and graduate level bridge courses. Students will be charged undergraduate course tuition for undergraduate courses and graduate course tuition for graduate level courses. At the end of this phase the BSN degree must be awarded.    
Prior to beginning the second phase of the program, students will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student. Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible. At the end of phase two the MSN will be awarded.    
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE R.N. - M.S.N. PATHWAY FOR REGISTERED NURSES WHO DO NOT HOLD A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE    
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 on all work attempted in the program and must complete the degree requirements for the BSN prior to enrolling in the MSN phase of the program. A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade of "C" can be counted toward a degree, however, only one "C" is permitted in the graduate level specialization courses or in the following bridge courses; NU 530 Health Assessment, NU 531 Advanced Pathophysiology. If a second "C" is earned in these courses the course in which the second "C" is obtained must be repeated. Any combination of three (3) courses with grades of "C" or less including "C" grades of repeated courses will result in dismissal from the program.    
PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE R.N. - M.S.N. PATHWAY FOR REGISTERED NURSES WHO DO NOT HOLD A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE    
Students in this pathway complete the following 31 credit curriculum for the BSN phase of the program. Undergraduate courses - NU 410, CMN 411, NU 404, NU 415, NU 422 and NU 461.; Graduate Level Bridge Courses - NU 530 and NU 531.   
The Master of Science in Nursing phase of the program consist of core courses, research courses, support courses, and specialty courses for each track. See curriculum below:   
OPTION I Executive Nursing Administration   

A.     Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)    

NU 607    3       
NU 610    3       
NU 613    3       

B.     Research Courses (3 credits)    

NU 608    3       

C.     Support Course (6 credits)    

NU 562     3    NU 539    3   

D.    Specialty Courses (19 credits)    

NU 565     3    NU 566    3   
NU 561     3    NU 567     4   
NU 568    3    HSC 571    3   
NU 568     3       
Total Credits 37   

OPTION II Nursing Informatics    

A.     Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)   

NU 607    3       
NU 610    3       
NU 613    3       

B.     Research Courses (3 credits)    

NU 608    3       

C.     Support Courses (12 credits)    

NU 565     3    ISC    3   
ISC 550     3    NU 562    3   

D.    Specialty Courses (16 credits)   

NU 539
3    NU 558    3   
NU 556
3   
NU 559
2   
NU 557    2       
Total Credits 37     

OPTION III Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult Gerontological)   

A.     Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)   

NU 607    3       
NU 610    3       
Nu 613    3       

B.     Research Core (3 credits)    

NU 608    3       

C.     Support Courses (3 credits)    

NU 578     3       

D.    Specialty Courses (15 credits)   

NU 520    3    AHN 525    4   
NU 524    3    AHN 596     5   
Total Credits 30     

OPTION IV Clinical Nurse Leader   

A.     Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)    

NU 607    3       
NU 610    3       
NU 613    3       

B.     Research Core Courses (3 credits)    

NU 608    3       

C.     Support Course (3 credits)    

NU 578     3       

D.    Specialty Courses (15 credits)    

NU 535     3    NU 536    5   
NU 537    3    NU 538    4   
Total Credits 30     

OPTION V Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)    

NU 607    3       
NU 610    3       
NU 613    3       

B.     Research Core Courses (3 credits)    

NU 608    3       

C.     Support Course (3 credits)    

NU 578     3       

D.    Specialty Courses    
Advanced Adult//Gerontological Primary Care Nursing (24 credits)
AHN 581    2    AHN 593    3   
AHN 588    3    AHN 594    3   
AHN 589    1    AHN 595    3   
AHN 591    3    AHN 596    3   
AHN 592    3       

Advanced Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nursing (24 credits)   

AHN 568    3     AHN 569      1   
AHN 571     2    AHN 572     3   
AHN 573     3    AHN 574     3   
AHN 575     3    AHN 576     3   
AHN 577    3       

Advanced Family Psychiatric Nursing (24 credits)   

CMN 548     3     CMN 549      1   
CMN 551     2    CMN 552     3   
CMN 553     3    CMN 554     3   
CMN 555     3    CMN 556     3   
CMN 557     3       

Advanced Family Nursing (24 credits)   

CMN 568     3     CMN 569      1   
CMN 571     2    CMN 572     3   
CMN 573     3    CMN 574     3   
CMN 575     3    CMN 576     3   
CMN 577     3       

Advanced Women's Health Nursing (24 credits)   

MCN 538     3     MCN 539      1   
MCN 541     2    MCN 542     3   
MCN 543     3    MCN 544     3   
MCN 545     3    MCN 546     3   
MCN 547     3       

Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Nursing (24 credits)   

MCN 558     3     MCN 559     1   
MCN 571     2    MCN 562     3   
MCN 563     3    MCN 564     3   
MCN 565     3    MCN 566     3   
MCN 567     3       

Advanced Pediatric Primary Care Nursing (24 credits)   

MCN 548     3     MCN 549      1   
MCN 551     2    MCN 552     3   
MCN 553     3    MCN 554     3   
MCN 555     3    MCN 556     3   
MCN 557     3       

Advanced Neonatal Nursing (24 credits)   

MCN 568     3     MCN 569      1   
MCN 571     2    MCN 572     3   
MCN 573     3    MCN 574     3   
MCN 575     3    MCN 576     3   
MCN 577     3       

Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult/Geron Acute Care Dual Role) (36 credits)
AHN 538     2    AHN 549      4   
AHN 548     4    AHN 551     5   
AHN 550     4    AHN 553    4   
AHN 552    4    AHN 555    5   
AHN 554    4       
Total Credits 39-51   

ACCELERATED BSN/MSN TRACK    
See BSN section.    
Subspecialities: The following subspecialties can be added to the above pathways as designated.    
Cardiovascular - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP can add these 8 credits.    
Oncology - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Advanced Emergency Nursing Dual Role, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Gerontological Health, Family NP, Psychiatric (Family) NP or Women's Health NP can add these 10 credits.    
Palliative Care - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Gerontological Health, or Family NP can add these 9 credits.    
Nurse Educator - any student can add these 11 credits to their curriculum.    
Cardiovascular Option (8 credits)   
AHN 630    2    AHN 631     2     
AHN 632    2    AHN 633     2     
Oncology Option (11 credits)   
AHN 621    2    AHN 622     2     
AHN 623    2    AHN 624     2     
AHN 625    1    NU 626     2     
Palliative Care Option (9 credits)   
AHN 530    2    AHN 531     2     
AHN 532    2    AHN 533     3     
Nurse Educator Option (11 credits)   
NU 620    3    NU 621     3     
NU 621    2    NU 623     3     

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE DEGREE PROGRAM

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional degree and prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities. This includes the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of health care and nursing systems, and the development and implementation of health policy. The program is designed to be in compliance with the Essentials for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs as put forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.    
The College of Nursing has several pathway, specialization, and subspecialization options within the DNP program. The pathways include the Masters in Nursing to DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice roles, Masters in Nursing to DNP adding a new advanced practice certification area, Masters in Nursing to DNP Bridge Pathway for Clinical Nurse Leaders, and the BSN to DNP.   

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Several concentration areas are offered to meet the career goals of students.  Available Nurse Practitioner options include Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing, Adult-Gerontological Primary Nursing, Emergency Nursing (Family/Adult-Gerontological Acute Dual Role), Family Nursing, Family Psychiatric Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Pediatric Acute Care Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care Nursing, Women’s Health Nursing.  Clinical Nurse Specialist is available in Adult-Gerontological Nursing.  Concentrations are also available for students pursuing careers in Executive Nursing Administration, Bridge CNL to Executive Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics. Subspecializations are available in Cardiovascular, Oncology, Palliative Care, and Nursing Education.

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES   
Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, graduates should be able to:   
  1. Assume organizational and system leadership in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care.
  2. Implement the highest level of advanced nursing care to produce high quality, cost-effective outcomes for diverse patient outcomes.
  3. Use theories, concepts, and analytic methodologies to design, implement, and evaluate practice by applying evidence to transform nursing systems.
  4. Contribute to the knowledge of best-practices and dissemination of outcomes through professional writing and presentations.
  5. Develop practice standards based on the integration of ethics and evidence-based nursing care.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE MASTERS IN NURSING DNP PATHWAY   

Admission to the program is limited and selective.  Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing’s web site at http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/dnpadmiss.html or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; condnp@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400.

To be considered for admission to the DNP program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
  2. Master of Science in Nursing degree with preparation in an area of advanced practice nursing offered by the USA College of Nursing as listed under the DNP areas of specialization.
  3. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  4. Completion of Primary and Supplemental Applications:
    a. Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) at www.NursingCAS.org.  Official transcripts of all college and university studies, regardless of the outcome of enrollment, must be sent directly from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for any fees required by NursingCAS for their services.
     
    b. Supplemental Application submitted directly to the DNP Office at the USA College of Nursing. This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $85.00, a Personal Goal Statement, and a resume/CV documenting clinical experience.  Note: Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical courses, students are required to have at least 2 years experience in an area appropriate to their specialty track.
  1. Structured phone interview with graduate nursing faculty members may be required
  2. Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.
  3. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the DNP program.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE BSN-DNP PATHWAY   

The admissions criteria is the same as the MSN to DNP Pathway except applicants to the BSN-DNP program must have an overall undergraduate GPA no less than 3.0 as calculated by NursingCAS.

Upon admission to the program, all students must submit Health Data Forms, and evidence of Health Insurance.  All students are admitted pending the results of a drug screen and background check.  Admission will be withdrawn for students who test positive on the drug screen as per the College of Nursing policy or whose background check would prevent the student from completing residency requirements. Students who sit out of the program for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Registrar’s Office and repeat their drug screening and background check.

PROGRESSION POLICY FOR STUDENTS IN THE MASTERS IN NURSING TO DNP
FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE ROLES

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. Only one grade of “C” can be earned in the MSN to DNP program. A student earning a second “C” or lower will be academically dismissed from the program. A student earning a grade of “D” or “F” in the program will be academically dismissed. Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed. A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the DNP program.

PROGRESSION POLICY FOR STUDENTS IN THE MASTERS IN NURSING TO DNP
ADDING A NEW CERTIFICATION AREA, MASTERS IN NURSING TO DNP BRIDGE
PROGRAM FOR CNL, AND BSN TO DNP   
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. Students in these programs can have a maximum of two Cs. A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade of "C" can be counted towards a degree; however, only one (1) "C" is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second 'C" or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second "C" or lower is obtained must be repeated. A student earning a third "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program. A student earning two grades of "D" or "F" in the program will be academically dismissed. Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed. A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the DNP program and is not eligible for admission to the MSN program.   
Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program may initiate a grade appeal under procedures set forth by the Final Course Grade Grievance Policy. A copy of this policy is available in the Dean's Office or on the University's web site in the Lowdown at http://www.southalabama.edu/lowdon/.   
A student dismissed from the program as the result of an academic misconduct penalty will not be eligible for readmission to the DNP program. Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program may initiate an appeal of a charge of Academic Misconduct under procedures set forth by the Academic Standards Policy. A copy of this policy is available in the Deans Office or
on the University's web site under the Lowdown
at http://www.southalablama.edu/lowdown/.   
Students are expected to complete the DNP project requirements while enrolled in the Residency courses. Students who do not complete the DNP project during the Residency courses will receive a grade for the course based on faculty evaluation of the student's work on the project. Students receiving an acceptable grade ("C" or higher, except that the grade is not the second "C" received in the curriculum) will be required to enroll in one hour of directed study every semester until the project is completed.   
If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs through their Academic Advisor. Because of limited space in the advanced clinical courses, any alteration in progression may lengthen the student's program.   
APPLICATION FOR DEGREE FOR MASTERS IN NURSING TO DNP FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE ROLE AND MSN TO DNP BRIDGE PROGRAM FOR CNL    

Each candidate for the Doctor of Nursing practice degree must submit an application for the degree the semester preceding their anticipated graduation through the Registrar’s Office.   See the University Calendar for specific deadlines.

APPLICATION FOR DEGREE FOR MASTERS IN NURSING TO DNP ADDING A NEW CERTIFICATION AREA   
The MSN to DNP adding a new certification area will only apply to graduate with the DNP degree. The Post-Graduate Certificate will be awarded through the College of Nursing upon the completion of all certificate requirements.   
APPLICATION FOR DEGREE FOR BSN TO DNP   
Students in the BSN-DNP program will apply for two separate graduations. Applications should be submitted to the Registrar's Office the semester before the anticipated graduation. Each candidate must make application for the Master of Science in Nursing degree upon completion of the degree requirements. Upon completion of requirements for the Doctor of Nursing practice degree, each candidate must submit an application for that degree. The student's curriculum schedule indicates the semester in which each degree should be awarded. See the University Calendar for specific application deadlines.   
MASTERS IN NURSING TO DNP CURRICULUM FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE   

The DNP curriculum consists of 36 credits for the student holding a Master of Science in Nursing degree with preparation in an area of advanced practice nursing. The MSN-DNP program can be completed in three semesters of full-time study. Full-time study is defined as six or more credits per semester.  Permission to take more than 12 credits per semester must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  Part-time study is also available. The program must be completed in five years of matriculation for the MSN to DNP program.

Course work for the MSN to DNP program is offered completely online.  Students are not required to come to campus during the MSN to DNP program.  Electives can be taken but are not required. The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete a major synthesis project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care outcomes. Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor. 

MSN TO DNP COURSES   

Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 credits)

Critical Analysis of the Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)

Data and Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems
(3 credits)

Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care
(3 credits)

Organizational and System Leadership (3 credits)

Program Evaluation and Improvement of Clinical Outcomes
(3 credits)

Project Planning and Development (3 credits)

Strategic Resource Management in Health Care (3 credits)

Translating Evidence into Practice Systems (3 credits)

Residency I (3 credits)

Residency II (3 credits)

Residency III (3 credits)

MASTERS IN NURSING TO DNP ADDING A NEW CERTIFICATION AREA CURRICULUM

OPTION I Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course 18 credits)   

NU 610     3    NU 607     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (33 credits)    

AHN 568     3    AHN 569     1   
AHN 571     2    AHN 572     3   
AHN 573     3    AHN 574     3   
AHN 575     3    AHN 576     3   
AHN 577     3    AHN 604    3   
AHN 619     3    AHN 618     3   
Total Credits 60     

OPTION II Acute Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 610     3    NU 607     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

AHN 581     2    AHN 589    1   
AHN 588     3    AHN 591     3   
AHN 592     3    AHN 593    3   
AHN 594     3    AHN 595     3   
AHN 596     3    AHN 693    3   
AHN 694    3    AHN 695     3   
AHN 696    3       
Total Credits 60     

OPTION III Advanced Emergency   
(Family NP/Adult/Gerontological Acute Care NP Dual Role)    

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 610     3    NU 607     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (48 credits)    

AHN 538     2    AHN 548     4   
AHN 549    4    AHN 550     4   
AHN 551     5    AHN 552     4   
AHN 553     4    AHN 554     4   
AHN 555     5    AHN 604     3   
NU 617    1    NU 618     4   
NU 619    4       
Total Credits 72     

OPTION IV Family Nurse Practitioner    

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607     3    NU 610     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

CMN 568     3    CMN 569    1   
CMN 571    2    CMN 572    3   
CMN 573     3    CMN 574    3   
CMN 575     3    CMN 576    3   
CMN 577    3    CMN 680    3   
CMN 681     3    CMN 682    3   
CMN 683    3   
Total Credits 60   

OPTION V Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner    

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 610    3    NU 607     3   
NU 613    3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 558     3    MCN 559     1   
MCN 571     2    MCN 562     3   
MCN 563     3    MCN 564     3   
MCN 565    3    MCN 566     3   
MCN 567    3    MCN 604     3   
MCN 617     3    MCN 618     3   
MCN 619    3       
Total Credits 60     

OPTION VI Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610     3   
NU 612     3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 548    3    MCN 549     1   
MCN 551    2    MCN 552    3   
MCN 553    3    MCN 554     3   
MCN 555    3    MCN 556     3   
MCN 557    3    MCN 654    3   
MCN 655    3    MCN 656    3   
MCN 657    3       
Total Credits 60     

OPTION VII Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607     3    NU 610     3   
NU 612     3    NU 613     3   
NU 615     3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

CMN 548    3    CMN 549     1   
CMN 551    2    CMN 552    3   
CMN 553    3    CMN 554     3   
CMN 555    3    CMN 556     3   
CMN 557    3    CMN 604     3   
CMN 617    3    CMN 618    3   
CMN 619    3       
Total Credits 60     

OPTION VIII Women's Nurse Health Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613     3   
NU 615    3    NU 616     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 538     3    MCN 539     1   
MCN 541     2    MCN 542    3   
MCN 543     3    MCN 544     3   
MCN 545    3    MCN 546     3   
MCN 547     3    MCN 644     3   
MCN 645    3    MCN 646    3   
MCN 647    3       
Total Credits 60     

OPTION IX Neonatal Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612     3    NU 613     3   
NU 615    3    NU 616     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

NU 518     3    NU 545     3   
NU 578    3       

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 568    3    MCN 569     1   
MCN 571    2    MCN 572     3   
MCN 573    3    MCN 574    3   
MCN 575    3    MCN 576    3   
MCN 577    3    MCN 674    3   
MCN 675    3    MCN 676    3   
MCN 677    3       
Total Credits 60     

OPTION X Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult/Gerontological   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Specialty Courses (27 credits)    

NU 520    3    AHN 525     4   
NU 524    3    AHN 526     5   
AHN 634    3    AHN 635    3   
AHN 636    3    AHN 637    3   
Total Credits 51     

OPTION XI Executive Nursing Administration   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.     Support Courses (6 credits)    

NU 562    3    NU 539    3   

D.    Specialty Courses (31 credits)    

NU 561    3    NU 565     3   
NU 566    3    NU 567    4   
NU 568    3    HSC 571    3   
NU 661    3    AHN 662    3   
NU 663    3    AHN 664    3   
Total Credits 61     

OPTION XII Nursing Informatics   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.     Support Courses (12 credits)    

NU 562    3    NU 565    3   
ISC 550    3    ISC 555    3   

D.    Specialty Courses (25 credits)    

NU 539    3    NU 556     3   
NU 557    2    NU 558    3   
NU 559    2    NU 656    3   
NU 657    3    NU 658    3   
NU 659    3       
Total Credits 61     

MASTER OF NURSING TO DNP BRIDGE PATHWAY FOR CNL TO EXECUTIVE NURSING ADMINISTRATION   
OPTION I Clinical Nurse Leader   

A.     Bridge Courses 6 credits)   

NU 565     3    NU 624     3   

B.     Core Course 18 credits)   

NU 610     3    NU 607     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

C.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

D.    Specialty Courses (12 credits)    

NU 661    3    NU 662    3   
NU 663    3    NU 664    3   
Total Credits 42     

BSN TO DNP CURRICULUM   
The BSN to DNP curriculum consist of 69 to 87 credits. The program can be completed in 9 semesters of full-time study or in twelve semesters of part-time study. Full-time study is defined as six or more credits per semester. Permission to take more than 12 credits per semester must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the student enrolling. The program must be completed within 7 years of matriculation.   
Course work is offered online and students are required to come to campus one time when they begin the clinical portion of their specialty program for an intensive classroom and evaluation sessions. Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing's graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating a site and preceptor if it is indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements or withdraw from the program. Please review the list of clinical affiliations found under the "Current Student" tab on
the College of Nursing Web Site at
http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/ClinicalAgencies.html. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.   
The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete a major synthesis project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care outcomes. Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be completed in the student's home region with an approved mentor.   
BSN TO DNP CURRICULUM FOR B.S.N. PREPARED REGISTERED NURSES   
OPTION I Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course 18 credits)   

NU 610     3    NU 607     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545    3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (33 credits)    

AHN 568     3    AHN 569     1   
AHN 571     2    AHN 572     3   
AHN 573     3    AHN 574     3   
AHN 575     3    AHN 576     3   
AHN 577     3    AHN 604    3   
AHN 619     3    AHN 618     3   
Total Credits 66     

OPTION II Acute Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 610     3    NU 607     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545    3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

AHN 581     2    AHN 589    1   
AHN 588     3    AHN 591     3   
AHN 592     3    AHN 593    3   
AHN 594     3    AHN 595     3   
AHN 596     3    AHN 693    3   
AHN 694    3    AHN 695     3   
AHN 696    3       
Total Credits 69     

OPTION III Advanced Emergency   
(Family NP/Adult/Gerontological Acute Care NP Dual Role)    

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 610     3    NU 607     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545     3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (48 credits)    

AHN 538     2    AHN 548     4   
AHN 549    4    AHN 550     4   
AHN 551     5    AHN 552     4   
AHN 553     4    AHN 554     4   
AHN 555     5    AHN 604     3   
NU 617    1    NU 618     4   
NU 619    4       
Total Credits 81     

OPTION IV Family Nurse Practitioner    

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607     3    NU 610     3   
NU 613     3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545    3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

CMN 568     3    CMN 569    1   
CMN 571    2    CMN 572    3   
CMN 573     3    CMN 574    3   
CMN 575     3    CMN 576    3   
CMN 577    3    CMN 680    3   
CMN 681     3    CMN 682    3   
CMN 683    3   
Total Credits 69   

OPTION V Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 610    3    NU 607     3   
NU 613    3    NU 612     3   
NU 616    3    NU 615     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545     3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 558     3    MCN 559     1   
MCN 571     2    MCN 562     3   
MCN 563     3    MCN 564     3   
MCN 565    3    MCN 566     3   
MCN 567    3    MCN 604     3   
MCN 617     3    MCN 618     3   
MCN 619    3       
Total Credits 69     

OPTION VI Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610     3   
NU 612     3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545    3   
NU 578    3       

C.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 548    3    MCN 549     1   
MCN 551    2    MCN 552    3   
MCN 553    3    MCN 554     3   
MCN 555    3    MCN 556     3   
MCN 557    3    MCN 654    3   
MCN 655    3    MCN 656    3   
MCN 657    3       
Total Credits 69     

OPTION VII Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607     3    NU 610     3   
NU 612     3    NU 613     3   
NU 615     3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545     3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

CMN 548    3    CMN 549     1   
CMN 551    2    CMN 552    3   
CMN 553    3    CMN 554     3   
CMN 555    3    CMN 556     3   
CMN 557    3    CMN 604     3   
CMN 617    3    CMN 618    3   
CMN 619    3       
Total Credits 69     

OPTION VIII Women's Health Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613     3   
NU 615    3    NU 616     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545     3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 538     3    MCN 539     1   
MCN 541     2    MCN 542    3   
MCN 543     3    MCN 544     3   
MCN 545    3    MCN 546     3   
MCN 547     3    MCN 644     3   
MCN 645    3    MCN 646    3   
MCN 647    3       
Total Credits 69     

OPTION IX Neonatal Nurse Practitioner   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612     3    NU 613     3   
NU 615    3    NU 616     3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545     3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (36 credits)    

MCN 568    3    MCN 569     1   
MCN 571    2    MCN 572     3   
MCN 573    3    MCN 574    3   
MCN 575    3    MCN 576    3   
MCN 577    3    MCN 674    3   
MCN 675    3    MCN 676    3   
MCN 677    3       
Total Credits 69     

OPTION X Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult/Gerontological   

A.    

Core Course (18 credits)

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.    Support Courses (9 credits)    

NU 518    3    NU 545     3   
NU 578    3       

D.    Specialty Courses (27 credits)    

NU 520    3    AHN 525     4   
NU 524    3    AHN 526     5   
AHN 634    3    AHN 635    3   
AHN 636    3    AHN 637    3   
Total Credits 60     

OPTION XI Executive Nursing Administration   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.     Support Courses (6 credits)    

NU 562    3    NU 539    3   

D.    Specialty Courses (31 credits)    

NU 561    3    NU 565     3   
NU 566    3    NU 567    4   
NU 568    3    HSC 571    3   
NU 661    3    NU 662    3   
NU 663    3    NU 664    3   
Total Credits 61     

OPTION XII Nursing Informatics   

A.     Core Course (18 credits)   

NU 607    3    NU 610    3   
NU 612    3    NU 613    3   
NU 615    3    NU 616    3   

B.     Research Courses (6 credits)    

NU 608     3    NU 611     3   

C.     Support Courses (12 credits)    

NU 562    3    NU 565    3   
ISC 550    3    ISC 555    3   

D.    Specialty Courses (25 credits)    

NU 539    3    NU 556    3   
NU 557    2    NU 558    3   
NU 559    2    NU 656    3   
NU 657    3    NU 658    3   
NU 659    3       
Total Credits 61     

Subspecialities: The following can be added to the above pathways
as designated.    
Cardiovascular - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP and emergency specialty can add these 8 credits.   
Oncology - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Advanced Emergency Nursing Dual Role, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, Family NP, Psychiatric (Family) NP or Women's NP can add these 10 credits.   
Palliative Care - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, or Family NP can add these 9 credits.   
Nurse Educator - any student can add these 11 credits to their curriculum.    
Cardiovascular Option (8 credits)    

AHN 630
2
AHN 631
2
AHN 632
2
AHN 633
2     
Oncology Option (11 credits)    

AHN 621
2
AHN 622
2     
AHN 623
2
AHN 624
2     
AHN 625
1
NU 626
2     

Palliative Care Option (15 credits)    

AHN 530
2
AHN 531
2
AHN 532
2
AHN 533
3-9
Nurse Educator Option (11 credits)    

NU 620
3
NU 621
3
NU 622
2
NU 623
3
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students in full-time status. Additional information and an application can be obtained from the Scholarships Web Page on the USA College of Nursing Web Site at
http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/camputsmscholarship.html.   
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL NURSING COURSES:
Nursing (NU) Adult Health Nursing (AHN) Community/Mental Health Nursing (CMN)
Maternal/Child Nursing (MCN)
Health Sciences (HSC)
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