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Nursing

Director: Billie Ann Wilson, R.N., Ph.D OFFICE: 119 Stallings Hall
N.P. Coordinator: Brenda H. Owens, R.N., F.N.P., Ph.D.
H.C.S.M. COORDINATOR: B. Gail Tumulty, R.N., C.N.N.A., Ph.D.

WEB PAGE: citycollege.loyno.edu/nursing/

The Department of Nursing offers three different tracks in the M.S.N. program. Two are clinical tracks to prepare family and adult nurse practitioners, and the other is a non-clinical track to prepare nurse managers.

Mission of the M.S.N. Program


The mission of the M.S.N. program is to prepare nurses to function in advanced roles in a variety of health care settings. The M.S.N. program seeks to develop critical thinking and ethical decision making skills as primary skills needed by all nurses in advanced roles. The curriculum is designed to educate nurses to provide effective and cost-efficient nursing care, and to provide leadership in improving and extending health care to specific populations.

Accreditation


Loyola’s bachelor of science in nursing program and master of science in nursing degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). To contact the NLNAC, use the following information. Address: 61 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10006; Phone: (212) 363-5555.

Nurse Practitioner Program Goals and Objectives

The goals of the N.P. program are to:

  1. Provide graduate nursing education in the Jesuit tradition of respect for individuals from diverse traditions.
  2. Create opportunities for the development of expertise in an advanced practice role.
  3. Foster development of advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
  4. Prepare advanced practice nurses capable of improving health care and initiating change in the health care delivery system.
  5. Foster professional identity as an advanced practice nurse.

The objectives of the N.P. program are that graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate the influence of beliefs, values, and economic status on the provision of health care and client health behaviors.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning in the implementation of advanced therapeutic interventions with clients across the life cycle.
  3. Function in collaborative advanced practice roles as members of interdisciplinary teams in a variety of health care settings.
  4. Demonstrate mastery in the use of contemporary communication tools and techniques.
  5. Contribute to the development of the discipline of nursing through the application of nursing and related theory and research to practice.
  6. Critically analyze current health care policies and practices.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for legal and ethical standards of advanced practice.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for advanced nursing practice.

Health Care Systems Management Program Goals and Objectives


The goals of the H.C.S.M. program are to:

  1. Provide graduate nursing education in the Jesuit tradition of respect for diverse traditions.
  2. Create opportunities for the development of expertise as client care managers or managers of health care systems.
  3. Foster development of advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
  4. Prepare nursing graduates capable of assuming advanced care management and leadership roles in health care systems.
  5. Foster professional growth and provide a foundation for doctoral study.

The objectives of the H.C.S.M. program are that graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate the influence of beliefs and values on the coordination and management of health care and health care systems in a cost-conscious environment.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking in managing and coordinating health care programs and services for specified client populations and health care organizations.
  3. Function in collaborative and facilitative roles as members of interdisciplinary teams.
  4. Demonstrate mastery in the use of contemporary communication tools and techniques.
  5. Contribute to the discipline of nursing through the application of nursing and related theory and research to practice as a care manager or systems manager.
  6. Critically analyze current health care policies and practices.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and regulatory standards related to care management and systems management.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one’s personal nursing practice.

Admission to the M.S.N. Program


Students are admitted into the M.S.N. program based on a thorough review of all materials provided to the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Nursing. Students may be admitted unconditionally, provisionally, or on probation.

Admissions Requirements for Persons with Bachelor’s Degrees

  1. A B.S.N. degree from a school accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, or a bachelor’s degree in any field in conjunction with completion of the Loyola M.S.N. Bridge program.
  2. Official transcripts from each degree-granting college/university attended.
  3. A current unencumbered Louisiana R.N. license.
  4. A minimum of one year of recent work experience in clinical nursing.
  5. A cumulative GPA of either 2.8 or higher on all prior undergraduate work or a GPA of 2.8 or higher on all work taken at Loyola for the B.S.N. degree or M.S.N. Bridge program. (Note: The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to exercise discretion in the application of this requirement.)
  6. Three recommendations (on the form provided by Loyola) from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for graduate school, such as former professors or master’s prepared nursing supervisors.
  7. A well-thought, type-written, double-spaced goal statement of approximately
    one page in length describing career goals and interest in graduate education.
  8. The undergraduate equivalent of three semester credit hours in statistics.
  9. For the N.P. program: The undergraduate equivalent of the following number of semester credit hours: 10 in biological sciences and three in chemistry.
  10. A formal interview, in person or by telephone, with one or more graduate faculty at Loyola.

Admissions Requirements for R.N.-to-M.S.N. Option in the M.S.N. Program


Graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs may apply for admission to the R.N.-to-M.S.N. option for the M.S.N. program. In this option, students complete requirements for both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees.

  1. A graduate of an associate degree or diploma nursing program is first admitted to the Loyola B.S.N. program and classified as a “B.S.N.” student.
  2. Requirements for admission to B.S.N. program include:
    a.) Application for Undergraduate Admission.
    b.) Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    c.) Proof of a current Louisiana R.N. license.
    d.) Application fee of $20 (check made payable to Loyola University).
  3. Upon admission to the B.S.N. program, a student will be advised to first complete
    core, adjunct, and electives courses.
  4. In the semester prior to taking the first 700-level nursing course, the student
    must submit an application to Phase One of the R.N.-to-M.S.N. program.
  5. Requirements for taking 700-level nursing courses:
    a.) Completion of most adjunct, core, and elective courses for the B.S.N.
    degree.
    b.) Proof of current Louisiana R.N. license.
    c.) A cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
    d.) A goal statement describing career goals and interest in graduate education.
    e.) A letter of recommendation (on the form provided by Loyola) from a Loyola
    faculty member knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for graduate
    work.
  6. Upon admission to Phase One, the student is reclassified as an “R.N.-to-M.S.N.” student.
  7. During Phase One, the student will take a combination of undergraduate and graduate nursing courses leading to the B.S.N. degree and complete all other B.S.N. requirements.
  8. Application to the M.S.N. program (Phase Two) is made during the term in which the R.N.-to-M.S.N. student will receive the B.S.N. degree. Requirements for admission to Phase Two of the program include:
    a.) A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all NURS 700-level courses taken in Phase One (Note: The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to exercise discretion in the application of this requirement.).
    b.) Proof of current unencumbered Louisiana R.N. license.
    c.) A formal interview with one or more of the Graduate Admissions Committee (graduate faculty may elect to waive this interview in individual cases).

Types of Admission


The Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Nursing reviews all applications and makes admissions decisions. The committee may recommend three types of admission:

  1. Unconditional Admission: Applicants are admitted unconditionally when they have submitted all required materials and met all admission standards. Since admission into the M.S.N. program is limited, the Committee reserves the right to determine which applicants are the best match for Loyola’s graduate program.
  2. Provisional Admission: If an applicant appears to meet admission standards but is unable to provide one or more documents required for admission by the time admissions decisions are made, provisional admission may be granted. A provisionally admitted student has until the beginning of the second academic term to provide required materials. The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny any provisionally admitted student the right to enroll in courses if needed documentation has not been provided by the beginning of the second academic term.
  3. Probationary Admission: The decision to grant probationary admission is based on perceived academic promise and is granted to an applicant to provide an opportunity to demonstrate her/his academic ability. Thus an applicant may be admitted on probation if all required materials have been submitted but the applicant does not meet all admission standards. The student with probationary admission must achieve a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 at the end of the first term of student in order to progress in the M.S.N. program.

Transfer Credits


Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credit hours into the M.S.N. program. In all cases, course work will be evaluated for equivalence to Loyola requirements; therefore, students must provide course syllabi and other supporting materials to assist faculty in the evaluation process.

Louisiana Licensure Requirements


Upon entering the M.S.N. program, each student must sign a declaration stating that she/he has a current, unencumbered, unrestricted, and valid registered nurse license in Louisiana and there are no grounds for disciplinary proceedings. If at any point during the program a student’s R.N. license becomes encumbered or restricted, the student is obligated to immediately inform the director of the Department of Nursing.

A.N.P Program


The M.S.N. Adult Nurse Practitioner curriculum is 39 semester credit hours in length. In addition to theoretical course work, the program requires direct, hands-on client contact in a variety of ambulatory settings. The A.N.P. curriculum follows.

The A.N.P. Curriculum

Core Courses:

  NURS C700: Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing    
  NURS C735: Advanced Research Methods    
  NURS C740: Health Care Systems    
  NURS C765: Research in Advanced Nursing Practice    


Cognate Courses:

  NURS C705: Advanced Health Assessment    
  NURS C706: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum    
  NURS C710: Advanced Pathophysiology I    
  NURS C715: Advanced Pathophysiology II    
  NURS C720: Advanced Pharmacology I    
  NURS C722: Advanced Pharmacology II    

Major Courses:

  NURS C725: Primary Care Concepts    
  NURS C745: Primary Care I: Theory    
  NURS C750: Primary Care II: Theory    
  NURS C772: A.N.P. Practicum I    
  NURS C775: A.N.P. Practicum II    
  NURS C776: A.N.P. Practicum III    


F.N.P. Program


The M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is 45 semester credit hours in length. In addition to theoretical course work, the program requires direct, hands-on client contact in a variety of ambulatory settings with clients across the life cycle. The F.N.P. curriculum follows.

The F.N.P. Curriculum | Core Courses:

  NURS C700: Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing    
  NURS C735: Advanced Research Methods    
  NURS C740: Health Care Systems    
  NURS C765: Research in Advanced Nursing Practice    

Cognate Courses:

 
NURS C705: Advanced Health Assessment
   
  NURS C706: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum    
  NURS C710: Advanced Pathophysiology I    
  NURS C715: Advanced Pathophysiology II    
  NURS C720: Advanced Pharmacology I    
  NURS C722: Advanced Pharmacology II    
  NURS C730: Family Theory    


Major Courses:

  NURS C725: Primary Care Concepts    
  NURS C745: Primary Care I: Theory    
  NURS C750: Primary Care II: Theory    
  NURS C755: Primary Care III: Theory    
  NURS C771: F.N.P. Practicum I    
  NURS C773: F.N.P. Practicum II    
  NURS C774: F.N.P. Practicum III    

N.P. Exit Examination


An exit examination, similar in form to the adult nurse or family nurse practitioner certification examination, is a required component of the last primary care theory course, NURS C750: Primary Care II (A.N.P.) or NURS C755: Primary Care III (F.N.P.). In order to receive a passing grade in NURS C750 or NURS C755 (that is, a grade of “B” or higher), the student must pass the exit examination. Students will be given three opportunities to pass the exit examination. If the student does not pass the examination after three attempts, the student will receive a grade of “C” in NURS C750 or NURS C755 regardless of any other grades achieved in the course. In keeping with the graduate program progression policy, the student will then be required to repeat NURS C750 or NURS C755.

H.C.S.M. Program


The H.C.S.M. program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a variety of leadership positions in health care organizations. Of the 36 credit hours required, 12 are devoted to core courses. The remaining 24 credit hours focus on didactic and clinical aspects of the major. The H.C.S.M. curriculum follows.

The H.C.S.M. Curriculum | Core Courses:

  NURS C700: Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing    
  NURS C709: Legal/Ethical Issues in Health Care    
  NURS C735: Advanced Research Methods    
  NURS C740: Health Care Systems    

Major Courses:

  NURS C704: Advanced Role Integration    
  NURS C712: Financial Resources I    
  NURS C716: Managed Care Methodologies    
  NURS C724: Outcomes Measurement and Data Management    
  NURS C732: Disease Resource Management    
  NURS C744: Financial Resources II    
  NURS C748: Human Resources Management    
  NURS C752: H.C.S.M. Practicum    

The H.C.S.M. Practicum

A preceptor model of mentorship will be used in which care managers and nurse managers in local and regional health care organizations play a substantial role in the practical component of the program.

Academic Probation and Student Progression


In order to remain in good standing and progress through the M.S.N. program, a student must earn at least a C in any graduate course and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in Loyola University graduate course work. A student who earns below a C in a graduate course or whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation has nine semester credit hours or two semesters (whichever comes first) to remove the academic deficiency. If the deficiency is not removed in the allotted time, the student will not be eligible to continue in the M.S.N. program.
In the M.S.N. program, the student must pass practicum courses with a minimum grade of B.

Length of Time to Complete the M.S.N. Program


Students in the N.P. program are required to complete the program within five years of their first term of enrollment. Students should be advised that, for purposes of application for an advanced practice license, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing sets a time limit on the age of courses in advanced pharmacology. Thus, students cannot apply for an advanced practice registered nurse (A.P.R.N.) license in Louisiana unless course work in advanced pharmacology is deemed current.
Students in the H.C.S.M. program are required to complete their degree program within five years of their first term of enrollment.

NURSING GRADUATE COURSES

Updated August 23, 2005