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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008
COLLEGE OF NURSING
 

Dean: Debra C. Davis (251) 445-9400
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Rosemary Rhode s (251) 445-9400
Associate Dean for Research/Development: Catherine Dearman (251) 445-9400
Associate Dean Baldwin County: Barbara Broome (251) 517-5370
Professors: Broome, Buckner, Chilton, D.C. Davis, Dearman, Dolan, Holloway, Jacobs, Lawson, Majors, Myers, Pattillo, Rhodes, A. Smith, K.Smith, VandeWaa, Varner
Associate Professors: Fruh, Gunn, Hall, Hamilton, King, K. Williams, Williams-Evans
Assistant Professors: Azok, Beaulieu, Brown, Bydalek, Cheese, Dearmon, Farmer, Fuller, Gilligan, Godfrey, C. Harlan, S. Harlan, Hayden, Hill, Huey, Johnson, Lawrence, Lollar, McMullan, T. Meyer, Minchew, Morgan, Nadler, Olmsted, Pharez, Quiett, Raber, Riley, Roberts, Swanzy, Taylor-Overholts, Turnham, Walls, Wright , Younce
Senior Instructors: Bertolla, Carlisle, L. Jones, S.G, Williams
Instructors: Anderson, Bihan, Bolton, Branford, Brown, Cockrell, A. Davis, DeLozier-Smith, Freeman, Graves, Herf, Horton, Jordan, Keasler, Marass, M. Meyer, Miller, Moore, Necaise, Norris, Platt, Rudd, Scott, Styron, Thompson, Whitworth
  
Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing: Mike Jacobs
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing: Barbara Broome
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing: Anita Smith
Academic Advisors: Donna Bowman, Leigh Holland, Mavis Jarrel, Eric Light, Mary Phillips, Kristyn Seawell, Melissa Slater, Gail Soles

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 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-Masters Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area. The following are offered:
Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontological Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Emergency Nurse Practitioner (Family NP/Adult Acute Care Dual Role)
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Executive Nursing Administration
Nursing Informatics
Nursing Education
 
APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Application forms are available on the College of Nursing's web site. A ($50.00 for BSN or MSN; $85.00 for DNP) non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Money orders or personal checks ($20.00 fee on returned checks) are acceptable.
For fall semester admission applications should be submitted by April 1.
For spring semester admission applications should be submitted by August 1.
For summer semester admission applications should be submitted by February 1.
Applications received at other times will be considered on a space available basis.
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 sem. hour
B Good 3 grade-points per sem. hour
S Satisfactory (certain designated courses only)
C Marginal 2 grade-points per sem. hour
D Unsatisfactory 1 grade-point per sem. 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. 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 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 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 may be withdrawn for students who in the judgment of the Dean and the Admissions Committee has 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.
 
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. 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 College of Nursing and 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.
 
CURRICULUM MODEL FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING
(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. TRACK FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND DIPLOMA NURSES
The College of Nursing has a track designed especially for registered nurses pursuing the baccalaureate in nursing degree. The college also offers a track 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 clinical requirements can be completed in the student's home community if approved by faculty. Thirty-nine hours of nursing credit are awarded the semester students graduate.
 
CURRICULUM MODEL FOR THE REGISTERED NURSE R.N.-B.S.N. TRACK
The following courses comprise the RN-BSN track. 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 Degree in Nursing above).
 
Prerequisite Pre-Professional Component
 
Professional Component for R.N.-B.S.N. Track
 
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
7
 
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.
 
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. TRACK

The College of Nursing has a special Accelerated BSN/MSN track 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 track 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 track students complete 5 graduate bridge courses that are not applied towards completion of the BSN degree. These 5 graduate courses "bridge" undergraduate and graduate knowledge in pharmacology, pathophysiology, nursing research, health assessment and nursing roles and leadership. 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 nursing administration, as a clinical nurse leader, or clinical nurse specialist. Within the clinical nurse specialist track students further select one of the following clinical concentration areas: adult-gerontological nursing, pediatric nursing, or women's health 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 TRACK
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 an 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
3.
Submission of completed application by April 1 for Fall and September 1 for Spring.
4.
Payment of $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
5.
Submission of health data form and evidence of health insurance.
6.
Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.
7.
Submission of a resume.
8.
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 five 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 tracks, specialization, and subspecializations 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 track for associate degree or diploma prepared nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, a special track 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 eight nurse practitioner roles or one of two clinical nurse specialist roles. Available NP options include Family Nursing, Emergency Nursing (Family/Adult Acute Dual Role), Family Psychiatric Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care Nursing,, Women's Health Nursing, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nursing, and Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing. Available clinical nurse specialist in Adult-Gerontological. 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 (3 credits)
NU 562 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 34  
 
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 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  
 
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
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 545 3 NU 578 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 545 3 NU 578 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 (9 credits)
NU 565 3 ISC 555 3
ISC 550 3    
D. Specialty Courses (13 credits)
NU 539 3 NU 558 3
NU 556 3 NU 559 2
NU 557 2  
Total Credits 34  
 
Subspecialities: The following can be added to any of the above tracks.
 
Cardiovascular - students who already an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP can add these 8 credits
Oncology - students who are already 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 already 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 (10 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)
AHN 620
2
NU 621
3
AHN 622
2
NU 623
3
         
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE M.S.N. TRACK
FOR B.S.N. PREPARED R.N.'S
Admission to the program is limited and selective. All documents are 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 $50.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date in addition to 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@southal.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.
 
Regular Admission
1. Graduate of an approved bachelor’s program with major in nursing.
2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions.
3. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of Health Insurance.
4. A grade-point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).
5. 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 experience in an area appropriate to the Specialty track.)
6. Negative drug screen.
7. Acceptable background check.
 
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.
3. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of Health Insurance.
4. A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).
5. 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 experience in an area appropriate to the Specialty track.)
6. Negative drug screen.
7. Acceptable background check.
 
Non-Degree Admission
1. Hold bachelor’s degree from accredited institution.
2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions.
3. A minimal grade-point 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.
 
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.S.N. TRACK
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 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.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE 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. Preparation in Public Health Nursing Administration requires a minimum of 35 semester credits for the M.S.N. degree. Minimum credits for preparation in Executive Nursing Administration requires 34 semester credits; Clinical Nurse Leader requires 36 semester credits; Clinical Nursing Specialist requires 36 semester credits.
 
POST-M.S.N. CERTIFICATE TRACKS
The Post-MSN certificate tracks are designed for registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in a new specialty or subspecialty area of advanced nursing. Post-MSN students can select any of the specialty options offered by the program. Each certificate track 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 are 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 $50.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date in addition to 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@southal.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 M.S.N. CERTIFICATE TRACKS
1. Graduate of an approved master's or doctoral program with a major in nursing.
2. Current registered nurse license with no restrictions.
3. Submission of health data forms and evidence of health insurance.
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 two years experience in an area appropriate to the Specialty track.)
5. Admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.
 
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST M.S.N. TRACK
Students follow the progression policies as for the MSN program for BSN prepared RN's.
 
PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE POST M.S.N. CERTIFICATE TRACKS
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 TRACK FOR RN'S WITH A
NON-NURSING BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
This track 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 are 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 $50.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date in addition to 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@southal.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. TRACK FOR RN'S WITH A NON-NURSING BACCALAURREATE DEGREE
Students are admitted to this track 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. TRACK 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 325 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 track 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. TRACK 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. TRACK 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 96 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. TRACK 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. TRACK FOR REGISTRED NURSES WHO DO NOT HOLD A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Students in this track 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 (3 credits)
NU 562 3    
D. Specialty Courses (19 credits)
NU 545 3 NU 566 3
NU 561 3 NU 567 4
NU 568 3 HSC 571 3
Total Credits 34    
 
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 (9 credits)
NU 565 3 ISC 3
ISC 550 3    
D. Specialty Courses (13 credits)
NU 539
3
NU 558
3
NU 556
3
NU 559
2
NU 557
2    
Total Credits 34    
 
OPTION III Clinical Nurse Specialist
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 (24-36 credits)
AHN 581 3 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 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 37-49
 
ACCELERATED BSN/MSN TRACK
See BSN section.
 
Subspecialities: The following subspecialties can be added to the above tracks.
Cardiovascular - students who are already an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP can add these 8 credits.
Oncology - students who are already 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.
Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes Option - any specialty can add these 9 credits identified below to their curriculum.
Palliative Care - students who are already 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 (10 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  
 
Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes Option
 
CMN 681
3 CMN 684 3  
 
CMN 682
3    
 
Nurse Educator Option (11 credits)
  AHN 620 3 NU 621 3  
  AHN 621 2 NU 623 3  
 
ACCELERATED BSN/MSN TRACK
See BSN section
 
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.
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.
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE D.N.P.
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 CAS. These documents become the property of the Nursing CAS 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.
Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's web site http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; condnp@usouthal.edu; Telephone: (251)445-9400. Applications are accepted from August 2 through March 1 for admission to the program in the fall semester and from March 2 through August 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
To be considered for admission the applicant must:
1. Have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA or hold a master of science in nursing degree with preparation in an area of advanced nursing offered by the USA College of Nursing (Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Acute Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Acute Nurse Practitioner with Cardiovascular, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner (Family NP/Adult Acute Care Dual Preparation), Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Women's Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Public Health Nursing Administration, or Executive Nursing Administration). The curriculum for students not having a master's degree will include master's level coursework and therefore will be substantially longer than the curriculum for the post-MSN student.
2. Hold a current U.S. registered nurse license with no restrictions.
 
Admission decisions will be based on an evaluation of the following required information:
1. Official transcripts of all previous college and university studies in which you have been enrolled regardless of the outcome of enrollment.
2. Completed primary and supplemental application.
3. Structured phone interview with graduate nursing faculty members, may be required.
 
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 off the program for three consecutive semester must reapply and repeat their drug screening and background check.
 
PROGRESSION
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. Students in the BSN to DNP and post-certification to DNP program can have a maximum of two C'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. A student earning a third "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program. A student earning a "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 one term 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.
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.
A student dismissed from the program as the result of an academic misconduct penalty will not be eligible for readmission to the DNP program or the University of South Alabama. 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 dean's office or on the University's web site.
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.
 
APPLICATION FOR DEGREE
Each candidate for the doctor of nursing practice degree must make application for the degree the semester preceding the semester of graduation at the Registrar's Office. See the University calendar for specific deadlines.
 
CURRICULUM
The DNP curriculum consists of 36 credits for the student holding a Master's Degree in Nursing with preparation in an area of advanced nursing and 69 to 87 credits for students in the BSN to DNP program. The MSN-DNP program can be completed in three semesters of full-time study. Part-time study is also available. The BSN to DNP can be completed in 9 semesters of full-time study or in twelve semesters of part-time study. The program must be completed within five years of matriculation for the MSN to DNP and 7 years for the BSN to DNP and for post-certification to DNP. 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.
Course work is offered online and students are required to come to campus once each year for intensive classroom and evaluation sessions. 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 system level change and has a substantial effect on health care outcomes. Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be complete in the student's home region with an approved mentor.
 
MSN TO DNP CURRICULUM:
Critical Analysis of the Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice
         (3 credits)
Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care (3 credits)
Strategic Resource Management in Health Care (3 credits)
Translating Evidence into Practice Systems (3 credits)
Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 credits)
Organizational and System Leadership (3 credits)
Project Planning and Development (3 credits)
Program Evaluation and Improvement of Clinical Outcomes (3 credits)
Data and Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems (3 credits)
Residency I (3 credits)
Residency II (3 credits)
Residency III (3 credits)
 
BSN TO DNP CURRICULUM FOR B.S.N. PREPARED REGISTERED NURSES
 
OPTION I Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nursing
A. Core Course (21 credits)
AHN 604 3 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 (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 617 3
AHN 618 4 AHN 619 3
Total Credits 69    
 
OPTION II Acute Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
A. Core Course (21 credits)
AHN 604 3 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 (33 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 617 3
AHN 618 3
AHN 619
3
Total Credits 69    
 
OPTION III Advanced Emergency Nursing
(Family NP/Adult/Geron Acute Gerontological Care Dual Role)
A. Core Course (21 credits)
AHN 604 3 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 (51 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 AHN 638 2
AHN 630 2 AHN 637 2
NU 617 1 NU 618 4
NU 619 4    
Total Credits 87    
 
OPTION IV Family NP
A. Core Course (21 credits)
CMN 604 3 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 (42 credits)
CMN 568 3 CMN 569 1
CMN 571 2 CMN 572 3
CMN 573 3 CMN 574 3
CMN 575 3 CMN 577 3
CMN 576 3 CMN 617 3
CMN 618 3 CMN 619 3
Total Credits 69
 
OPTION V Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
A. Core Course (21 credits)
MCN 604 3 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 (33 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 617 3
MCN 618 3 MCN 619 3
Total Credits 69    
       
OPTION VI Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
A. Core Course (21 credits)
CMN 604 3 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 (33 credits)
CMN 548 3 CMN 549 1
CMN 551 3 CMN 552 3
CMN 553 3 CMN 554 3
CMN 555 3 CMN 556 3
CMN 557 3 CMN 617 3
CMN 618 3 CMN 619 3
Total Credits 69    
       
OPTION VII Women's Health
A. Core Course (21 credits)
MCN 604 3 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 (33 credits)
MCN 538 3 MCN 539 1
MCN 541 3 MCN 542 3
MCN 543 3 MCN 544 3
MCN 545 3 MCN 617 3
MCN 618 3 MCN 619 3
Total Credits 69    
 
OPTION VIII CNS Adult Health
A. Core Course (21 credits)
CMN 604 3 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 (33 credits)
NU 520 3 AHN 525 4
NU 524 2 AHN 526 5
Total Credits 69    
       
       
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL NURSING COURSES:
 
 
 
 


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