2016-17 General Bulletin

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https://nursing.case.edu/mn/
Phone: 216.368.8858
Deborah F. Lindell, DNP, RN, CNE, ANEF, Program Director

The Graduate Entry Nursing Program is designed for individuals who hold at least a BA/BS in a non-nursing major and whose career and educational goals include nursing practice at the advanced level. All applicants are admitted to two components of the program: pre-licensure (leading to the Master of Nursing, or MN) and, advanced nursing practice (leading to the Master of Science in Nursing, or MSN). 

Following completion of the MN degree, students may pursue the MSN degree or may apply for the MSN-DNP or PhD programs. Upon receiving the MSN degree, students may apply for the combined DNP/PhD program.  Certain MSN majors have separate RN experience requirements and/or admission process.

During the pre-licensure MN, students earn approximately 15 credits applicable to the curriculum of most MSN majors (in place at the time of enrollment in the MN program).  The program has an innovative quality and safety component woven throughout the curriculum, emphasizing the importance of the patient experience.

MN Program Student Learning Outcomes

The MN (Master of Nursing) is an advanced generalist nursing degree awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the required curriculum.  The program outcomes for MN Students are as follows:

Quality Improvement: Leads inter-professional, culturally-sensitive, and evidence-based initiatives within organizations and systems to continuously improve the safety and quality of healthcare.

Research and Scholarship: Initiates use of theory and research to identify clinical problems or solutions, participates in scientific inquiry, and translates scholarship into practice

Nature of Practice: Assumes the direct and indirect roles and functions of advanced nursing practice to promote health, prevent illness, and improve the health of patients and populations.

Leadership: Promotes implementation of the full scope of nursing practice and assumes leadership positions in employer, professional, or community organizations at the local/state/national level.

Ethics: Incorporates ethical principles in complex situations of advanced nursing practice and clinical inquiry.

Collaboration: Collaborates with other health care professionals to initiate intra- and/or interprofessional teams to enhance practice and patient/population health outcomes.

Communication: Integrates information, technology, and practice guidelines to promote effective communication among patients and colleagues within health care systems.

Advocacy and Policy Development: Advocates for the development of health and social policy to improve health and practice by community engagement and participating in employer and professional organizations.

Degree Requirements

Time Frame for Completion of Degree

  • Completion of MN degree. MN students must complete the program within 4 years of initial enrollment. Students who do not complete the MN curriculum within 4 years are required to reapply for the program.
  • Records of students who do not complete their program within the specified time frame will be re-evaluated in terms of the curriculum in effect at the time of review. The student may be required to take additional course work to graduate.
  • Completion of the MSN, DNP, or PhD; refer to policies for those programs.
  • Students follow the curriculum of their MSN major in effect at the time they begin the MSN program.

For students with experience in the armed forces of the United States, or in the National Guard or in a reserve component,  the Graduate Entry/MN or BSN program will (a) Review the individual's military education and skills training; (b) Determine whether any of the military education or skills training is substantially equivalent to the curriculum established in Chapter 4723-5 of the Ohio Administrative Code; and (c) Award credit to the individual for any substantially equivalent military education or skills training. (In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 4723-5)

Progression in the MN Program

Satisfactory Academic Standing

Progression in the MN phase of the Graduate Entry Nursing Program is contingent upon satisfactory achievement in all required courses. To maintain satisfactory academic standing, students enrolled for the pre-licensure (Master of Nursing-MN) component of the Graduate Entry Nursing Program must attain and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. C, the lowest passing grade, is viewed as borderline performance. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to progress to the post-licensure component of the Graduate Entry Nursing Program. If a student’s semester GPA is less than 3.0 or the overall GPA is less than 3.0, the student will be placed on probation and an individualized plan will be developed and documented. The student will be removed from probation when the overall GPA is 3.0 or higher. If the student is on probation for two semesters, the student’s record will be reviewed by the Executive Committee to determine whether extenuating circumstances warrant an additional semester of probation or whether the student should be separated from the program.

When a student receives a grade of F for a required course, the student must register for that course the next semester in which the course is available.  Refer to the Student Handbook for more information on repeating a course with an F grade and the GPA.  Graduate Entry students who receive two failing grades indicating unsatisfactory performance (F, NP, or U) in required courses will be separated from Frances Payne Bolton. Progression from one semester to the next in the MN Program is contingent upon passing grades in all courses taken in the preceding semester.

The grade of Incomplete (I) will be given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed in the semester. The "Arrangement to Resolve a Grade of Incomplete" form must be completed prior to the end of the semester, or the instructor may assign a grade of U or F.  A grade of Incomplete must be removed by the end of the semester following the one in which the courses was taken or the next semester that the course is given or before the student enrolls in a course for which the initial course is a prerequisite.  No credit is given for a grade of Incomplete. The grade of Incomplete will remain a permanent part of the transcript if the student fails to complete course requirements within the next semester, unless alternative arrangements are approved in writing.

Graduate Entry students pursuing a post-licensure degree must meet all progression requirements of the degree program in which they are enrolled (MSN, DNP, or PhD).  Refer to those sections of the Bulletin for further information.

Curriculum

Students may petition for the Master of Nursing (MN) degree upon successful completion of all courses in the MN curriculum (see below). Successful completion requires a grade of at least C in each course and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. See Graduate Entry Nursing Program Policy on Progression.  Students must meet all University requirements for graduation. 

The ratio of credit hours to clock hours is: didactic and seminar, 1:1; lab, 1:2; and clinical, 1:4.

Curriculum 2016-2018  (Curriculum for 2015-2017 follows). 
First YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to the Discipline and Practice of Nursing (NUMN 401)6.5  
Pharmacology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 402)3  
Introduction to Nursing Informatics (NUMN 403)1  
Health Assessment for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 410)2.5  
Introduction to Public Health Nursing (NUMN 411)3  
Issues and Ethics in Health Care (NUMN 413)2  
Pathophysiology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 405)  3
Nursing Care of Older Adults in Health and Illness (NUMN 406)  2.5
Acute Care Nursing of the Adult (NUMN 407)  8.5
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)  2
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)  2
Year Total: 18 18
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Concepts in Nursing Management (NUMN 414)2.5  
Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NUMN 415)4.25  
Children and Families in Health and Illness (NUMN 416)4.25  
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NUMN 417)4  
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)3  
Advanced Generalist: Health Policy, Advocacy, and Economics (NUMN 409)  1.5
Intro to Critical Care Nursing (NUMN 418)  7.5
Advanced Generalist Leadership Practicum (NUMN 419)  2
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)  2
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)  3
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)  2
Year Total: 18 18
 
Total Units in Sequence:  72
Curriculum 2015-2017
First YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to the Discipline and Practice of Nursing (NUMN 401)6.5  
Pharmacology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 402)3  
Introduction to Nursing Informatics (NUMN 403)1  
Health Assessment for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 410)2.5  
Introduction to Public Health Nursing (NUMN 411)3  
Issues and Ethics in Health Care (NUMN 413)2  
Pathophysiology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 405)  3
Nursing Care of Older Adults in Health and Illness (NUMN 406)  2.5
Acute Care Nursing of the Adult (NUMN 407)  8.5
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)  2
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)  2
Year Total: 18 18
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Concepts in Nursing Management (NUMN 414)2.5  
Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NUMN 415)4.25  
Children and Families in Health and Illness (NUMN 416)4.25  
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NUMN 417)4  
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425)3  
Advanced Generalist: Health Policy, Advocacy, and Economics (NUMN 409)  1.5
Intro to Critical Care Nursing (NUMN 418)  7.5
Advanced Generalist Leadership Practicum (NUMN 419)  2
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)  2
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)  3
Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NURS 502)  2
Year Total: 18 18
 
Total Units in Sequence:  72

Credits Toward the MSN Earned in the Master of Nursing Curriculum (2015-2018)

Students who successfully complete the Master of Nursing curriculum and are awarded the MN degree have earned the following credits applicable toward most MSN majors for the MSN degree in (effect at the time of enrollment in the MN program).

NURS 405Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations2
NURS 425Inquiry II - Research Process3
NURS 502Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice2
NUNP 410Health Promotion Across the Life Span2
NURS 444AEthical and End of Life Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice1
NURS 431Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 451Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems3

Approval of RN Licensure Applications

The School of Nursing has the right to determine a student's readiness to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and also reserves the right to restrict testing until the student demonstrates a readiness to pass the examination.

In order to have the "Program Completion" section of the application for RN licensure approved by the Program Director, students must meet the following criteria:

    1. Have been awarded the Master of Nursing (MN) degree.

    2. Demonstrate readiness to take the NCLEX-RN examination by achieving at least a minimum score on a faculty-selected, standardized NCLEX-RN predictor exam.