Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    
    Dec 09, 2022  
Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing


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Program Description


The Master of Science in Nursing program at Point Loma Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses. The program is designed for working professionals with classes held one to two nights per week and some Saturdays.  Clinical Nurse Specialist options are available in the following areas:

  • Adult/Gerontology Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Family/Individual Health

There is also an option to obtain an MSN with a specialized concentration in education or business. Eight units of specialized coursework must be taken in either education or business for the concentration option. The MSN is designed to provide the Registered Nurse with an MSN in preparation for roles in leadership/management or education. The MSN degree without specialization is an interdisciplinary degree. Depending on which degree concentration is selected, nurses may be prepared for the following positions: adjunct professor, clinical nurse educator, staff developer, unit based educator, patient education coordinator, magnet coordinator, nurse manager, nurse lead, nursing supervisor, nursing project manager, quality manager, quality improvement coordinator, or case manager.

Program Learning Outcomes


Candidates who complete the Master of Science in Nursing program 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Communicate Faithfully: The student will actively engage in the dynamic interactive process, both 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., American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, The California Board of Registered Nursing, Scope of Nursing Practice,  PLNU School of Nursing Handbook). This includes taking responsibility, being accountable for all actions, and treating others with respect and dignity. 
  • 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 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, and discernment. 

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

Program Eligibility Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)


Registered Nurse (R.N.) Entry Without Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (B.S.N.)

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or equivalent degree from a National League for Nursing (NLN), 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 within the previous five years; current employment strongly recommended;
  • Official transcripts from previous colleges and universities. All foreign transcripts must have a course by course evaluation by World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services that includes a degree equivalency and GPA;
  • A college grade-point average of 3.000 (candidates with a grade-point average of 2.700 to 2.999 may be considered under the Exceptions Policy - see Admission Requirements and Procedures, Admission under Exception);
  • A completed university application (available on the website);
  • Two professional recommendations (professional recommendation form available on the website);
  • A completed School of Nursing graduate program application;
  • 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, APA, and the ability to perform an Internet database search.
  • A BSN is not granted.

Registered Nurse (R.N.) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 within the previous five years; current employment strongly recommended;;
  • Official transcripts from previous colleges and universities. All foreign transcripts must have a course by course evaluation by World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services that includes a degree equivalency and GPA;
  • An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.000 (candidates with a grade-point average of 2.700 to 2.999 may be considered under the exceptions policy - see below);
  • A completed university application (available on the website);
  • Two professional recommendations (use professional recommendation form on the website);
  • A completed School of Nursing graduate program application;
  • 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; and
  • Completion of baccalaureate courses in nursing research, statistics, nursing leadership, and community health nursing.

English Language Requirements

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the Graduate School of Nursing. All applicants whose native language is not English, must meet this requirement  - including international applicants, permanent residents, immigrants, and transfer students who are not citizens of the United States on the date of admission. 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 with minimum scores of:

  • 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 officially documented proof of immunizations;
  • Current TB screening upon admission into the program (2 step process);
  • Current HIPAA certificate;
  • Infection Control Module; and
  • 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.

NOTE for non-enrolled students taking graduate courses: we recommend allowing non-Bachelor prepared students to take 5000-level classes and Bachelor prepared students to take 6000-level classes that do not have the clinical component.

Exceptions Policy

Applicants who do not meet the above eligibility standards, but who can demonstrate an exceptionally rich experiential background and/or demonstrate dramatic change in academic performance, may petition the School of Nursing to review their status (see Admission Requirements and Procedures, Admission under Exception).

Academic Performance


Satisfactory Academic Performance

Satisfactory academic performance is defined as meeting all of the following:

  • letter grade of “B-” (81%) or higher in all required theory and elective courses.
  • grade of “Credit” in all clinical residency courses.
  • minimum GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale in all required courses.

Repeatability and Academic Status Progression

Satisfactory completion of all courses is required in the MSN program of study.

Students must repeat any course in which they fail to receive a minimum grade of “B-” or “Credit.” If a course must be repeated, the following requirements will apply:

  • A required theory or elective MSN course may be repeated only once.
  • No more than two total required theory or elective MSN courses may be repeated.
  • Student may not continue with any academic or clinical coursework until notified by the Program Director of their status in the School of Nursing.

Students should refer to the Graduate and Professional Studies Handbook for academic status progression policy (e.g., probation and dismissal).

Academic Honesty

In matters related to integrity, such as those listed below, students may be placed on probation by the SON graduate faculty or be recommended to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration for dismissal from the program:

  • inappropriate clinical judgment (e.g. SON policy violation, HIPAA violations);
  • violation of Academic Honesty ;
  • other situations that compromise the PLNU University Student Conduct policy (refer to the Graduate and Professional Studies Student Handbook) or the School of Nursing Values and policies (refer to the School of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook), such as the ANA Code of Ethics CA Nurse Practice Act.

Graduation Requirements


In order to earn and receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree, a student must satisfy all of the following:

  1. A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (online);
  2. Completion of the approved graduate program, including a comprehensive exam.
 
  • 38-39 units for B.S.N. entry
  • 49-50 units for R.N. entry
  1. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.000 or higher. A minimum grade of B- is required to progress in the program. Students needing to repeat more than two courses may not progress in the program and may be dismissed; and 
  2. Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and other financial obligations owed to the university, including a degree processing fee.
  3. All Comprehensive Exams must be submitted within 1 year from when the exam was originally due. Failure to meet this requirement will result in dismissal from the program.
  4. All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Core Courses for R.N. to M.S.N.


For those entering the program with an R.N. (without a B.S.N.), the three (3) courses below must be successfully completed before advancement in the M.S.N. GNSG 6000-level courses. The courses must be taken in order and outside transfer is not accepted. These courses are not required for those entering with a B.S.N.

Total: 11 Units


Core Courses (Required for All M.S.N. Students)


All 6000-level GNSG coursework, with the exception of GNSG 6007 , MUST be completed before beginning GNSG 6095A . GNSG 6007  may be taken concurrently with GNSG 6095A .

GNSG 6022  must be successfully completed during the semester immediately prior to GNSG 6095A . If GNSG 6022  has been successfully completed in an earlier semester for credit, then GNSG 6022  must be audited during the semester immediately prior to GNSG 6095A .

Master of Science in Nursing


To complete the master’s degree without a specialization, the candidate will select 14-15 units from the following courses to “build” a program to fulfill their professional goals.  If a concentration in Business or Education is desired, a minimum of eight of these 14-15 units must be from BUS, GED (Graduate Education), or Graduate Nursing equivalent courses specific to the desired concentration.

Total M.S.N. units (R.N. entry) 49-50


Total M.S.N. units (B.S.N. entry) 38-39


Clinical Nurse Specialist Courses


These courses will assist the student in preparing for various aspects involved in the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) based on the spheres of influence and clinical specialty. An overview of advanced practice roles and their implementation and utilization in health care systems will be explored. The investigation of issues and trends related to quality, legislation, policy, and reimbursement as they affect advanced nursing practice will be emphasized.

The CNS Role practicum hours will allow the student to apply and master the role of the CNS within a variety of specialty specific clinical settings. A foundation of 500 clinical hours are acquired. 

 

Total Required Clinical Hours for M.S.N. with CNS (500)


Total M.S.N. with CNS (R.N. entry): 50 units


Total M.S.N. with CNS (B.S.N. entry): 39 units


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