2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

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Program Overview

The Post-M.S.N. Certification programs are designed to prepare the student to assume the role of Nurse Educator in either the academic or clinical setting or Clinical Nurse Specialist. The program is designed for working professionals. Classes are held one night a week and every other Saturday morning at the Mission Valley Regional Center. Clinical Nurse Specialist options are available in the following areas:

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Family Health

Program Learning Outcomes

Candidates who complete the Post-M.S.N. Certification programs will be able to:

  • Inquire Faithfully: The student will demonstrate knowledge, skill and behavior of the evidence-based practice of nursing which integrates growth in reasoning, analysis, decision-making and the application of theory with the goal of advocating for others and/or self. This includes holistic nursing skills and the nursing process.
  • Lead Faithfully: The student will incorporate a foundational relationship with Christ and others and embrace a willingness to serve others in the midst of life circumstances (e.g., illness, injustice, poverty). The student will role-model the need for “Sabbath Rest” as a means of personal renewal, and true care of self, so that service to others is optimally achieved. The student will incorporate the characteristics of a servant leader including: humility, courage, forgiveness, discernment.
  • Communicate Faithfully: The student will actively engage in the dynamic interactive process that is intrapersonal and interpersonal with the goal of advocating for others and/or self. This includes effective, culturally appropriate communication which conveys information, thoughts, actions and feelings through the use of verbal and nonverbal skills.
  • Follow Faithfully: The student will integrate the ordinary work* by complying with and adhering to regulatory and professional standards (e.g., ANA Code of Ethics, The California Board of Registered Nursing, Scope of Nursing Practice, SON Handbook). This includes taking responsibility, being accountable for all actions and treating others with respect and dignity.
  • Care Faithfully: The student will embrace a calling to the ministry of compassionate care for all people in response to God’s grace, which aims to foster optimal health and bring comfort in suffering and death.

*Defined as claiming the challenge from Florence Nightingale that nursing is a “divine imposed duty of ordinary work.”

Program Eligibility for the Post-M.S.N. Certification

  • M.S.N. degree from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or regionally accredited program (i.e., WASC);
  • Current California licensure as a registered nurse;
  • At least one year of continuous full-time nursing experience in a United States healthcare facility;
  • Official transcripts - B.S.N. and M.S.N. All foreign transcripts must have a course by course evaluation by World Education Services that includes a degree equivalency and GPA;
  • A completed university application;
  • Two personal letters of recommendation;
  • A completed School of Nursing graduate program application;
  • Two professional recommendations;
  • A personal essay of 250 words demonstrating graduate level writing skills and the importance of graduate study to the applicant;
  • An interview with the graduate nursing selection committee;
  • Basic computer literacy which includes knowledge of Explorer, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and the ability to perform an internet database search.

English Language Requirements

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the Graduate School of Nursing. Applicants, including international applicants, permanent residents, immigrants and transfer students who are not citizens of the United States on the date of admission and whose native language is other than English, must meet this requirement. A test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the measure of competency. The test must have been taken within the past two years. The following scores must be met:

  • 550 for the paper-based test
  • 80 for the internet based test with a minimum section requirement score of 20 in reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

Only the following countries are exempt from proof of English proficiency: Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Other Provisions

To satisfy the requirements of the university’s clinical agencies, upon acceptance into the program students are required to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Current California licensure as a registered nurse
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR certificate from the American Heart Association
  • Completed School of Nursing Health Form Packet with proof of immunizations (the university only accepts copies of your official immunization record or paper documentation of titers)
  • Current TB screening (within six months) upon admission into the program
  • Current HIPAA certificate
  • Background check and drug screening (failure to pass this may result in an inability to complete the program)

Per agreement with the San Diego Nursing Service Education consortium and affiliated hospitals, a background check and drug screening is required prior to the student’s first clinical experience. If a red flag occurs from either the background check or drug screening, this may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (on-line or in the Office of Records, campus);
  2. Completion of the approved graduate program of 40-43 units for B.S.N. entry, M.S.N. students or 51-54 units for R.N. entry M.S.N. students, including the thesis or project
  • 40 units for B.S.N. entry,
  • 43 units for B.S.N. entry with CNS,
  • 51 units for R.N. entry M.S.N. students, or
  • 54 units for R.N. entry M.S.N. with CNS;
  1. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.000 or higher. A minimum grade of B- is required to progress in the program. Students with a lower course grade must meet with the course instructor and their academic advisor to determine the student’s ability to progress in the program; and 
  2. All accounts paid in full.
  3. All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Total Required Clinical Hours (500)

Total: 26 Units

Minimum Required Units from PLNU (19)

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