The Catholic University of America

School of Nursing

Officers of Instruction

Faculty

Patricia McMullen, Ph.D., J.D., CNS, CRNP (Women's Health Nurse Practitioner) Ordinary Professor and Dean
Janice Griffin Agazio, Ph.D., CRNP, PNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) Associate Professor
Carole Staley Collins, Ph.D., M.S.N, PHCNS-BC (Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist)
Assistant Professor
Mary Dooley, M.P.H., R.N., PHCNS-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Cynthia Knoll Grandjean, Ph.D., M.G.A., CRNP, ANP/GNP (Adult Nurse Practitioner/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner)
Associate Professor
Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh, Ph.D., R.N., CPNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner)
Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Janice Hinkle, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor
Melisa Hladek, M.S., R,N., FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Lois M. Hoskins, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Professor Emerita
Nalini N.Jairath, Ph.D., M.Sc.N., R.N.
Associate Professor 
Eden Kan, Ph.D, R.N. Assistant Professor
Laurie Lemieux, D.N.P., R.N., WHNP-BC (Women's Health Nurse Practitioner)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Janet Merritt, Ph.D., R.N., CNS-BC (Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing) Assistant Professor

Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., RN, CFNP, FAAN

Ordinary Professor and Associate Dean for Administration
Barbara Moran,Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H. , CNM,RNC, FACCE
Assistant Professor
Susan Moreland, D.N.P., R.N., ANP (Adult Nurse Practitioner) Clinical Assistant Professor
Sister Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Professor Emerita
Mary A.Paterson, Ph.D., R.N.
Ordinary Professor 
Jean E. Toth, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor
Teresa Walsh, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N. Assistant Professor
George Zangaro, Ph.D., RN Associate Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Anna C Alt-White, Ph.D. R.N

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jill Dombrowski, Ph.D. R.N.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Miriam Erice, B.S.N., M.Ed., R.N., BC

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mourine Evans, B.S.N.,M.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Joyce Johnson, DNSc., R.N., FAAN

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Donna Knauth ,Ph.D. R.N.C
Research Assistant Professor
Fredric Lombardo, Pharm.D., M.S., RPh, BCPS, BCNSP, BCOP.
Adjunct Professor
Alice Myers, M.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Frank Pucino, Pharm.D., BCPS, FDPGEC, FASHP
Adjunct Professor
Carmen Ramirez, Ph.D., R.N.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rebecca Robert, Ph.D., PNP-BC, FNP-BC (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Family Nurse Practitioner)

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Janet Southby, Ph.D., R.N., ANC

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Clinical Associates

Clinical Associates to the School of Nursing are appointed on a semester basis.

History

 

The School of Nursing traces its beginning to the summer of 1932 when The Catholic University of America for the first time offered a group of professional courses in nursing education. Because of the demand, the work was continued during the following academic year and in April 1933 the Board of Trustees authorized a curriculum leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education. The first degree was conferred in 1934. The Division of Nursing Education, which offered this program, was approved for active membership in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Nursing in June 1935. The Division of Public Health Nursing, offering a curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree, was initiated in September 1935. In November 1935, the Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of Bishop James Hugh Ryan that the two divisions be organized as one of the professional schools of the university. The programs of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education and Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing were approved. The school was subsequently expanded to include basic professional nursing in addition to the program for registered nurses. In 1939 the Providence Hospital School of Nursing, Washington, D.C., became the Providence Division of the School of Nursing Education and during the next decade gradually moved toward complete identification with the university. In 1949 the university assumed full responsibility for the undergraduate program.

In 1951 the degree of Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) was introduced. The current program prepares nurses for advanced practice roles in a clinical specialty, with students prepared as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and educators. A program leading to the degree Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.Sc) was initiated in 1968.

It was one of the first of its kind in the country and graduates hold major leadership positions in education, health care administration and research. In the spring of 2006, the D.N.Sc. program was transitionnned to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. The focus of the Ph.D. program remains on clinical investigation and development of expert clinicians who can assume leadership positions in many different areas. Most recently, in 2007 the school added a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program that prepares expert clinicians and nursing leaders.

The school is recognized for its program offerings, the quality of faculty and commitment to diversity and improving the care of vulnerable populations. Graduates remain the school's greatest strength because of leadership, knowledge, clinical expertise, and commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

All academic programs are fully accredited and approved by appropriate external review bodies.

Mission

Strengthened by a rich heritage of Catholic teachings and Christian values, the mission of the School of Nursing is (a) to prepare professionally educated nurses who are capable of the moral, intellectual, and professional leadership needed to provide continuing quality in clinical nursing care, in nursing education, in nursing research, and in nursing service; and, (b) to advance nursing knowledge and skill through scientific inquiry and other scholarly activity.

Goals

The four specific educational goals of the School of Nursing, as identified by the faculty, are:

1. Educational programs are implemented to meet the mission of the School of Nursing and the University, the standards set by the profession and societal needs.

2. The climate and environment in the School of Nursing facilitates faculty and student research and scholarly activities.

3. A competitive market position is maintained to enroll a sufficient number of qualified students of diverse backgrounds to support the excellence of the educational programs.

4. Contributions to the health care of people are made through an emphasis on Christian, moral, and spiritual value systems within the context of Catholic teachings.

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Aim

The aim of the Master of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare students as advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or educators. The purposes of the program are:1. to prepare individuals capable of moral and intellectual leadership to provide advanced practice nursing to individuals and populations across the lifespan, and to develop and extend advanced practice nursing knowledge and skill through the utilization of evidenced-based practice models. The curriculum at the master's level is also directed toward developing interest and skill in research, commitment to continual personal and professional growth and to providing leadership in the development of advanced practice nursing.

Goal

The Master of Science in Nursing builds upon baccalaureate education in nursing and prepares students for leadership roles in the fields of advanced practice nursing and/or nursing education.

Terminal Objectives

Upon completion of the M.S.N. program, the graduate will have:

1. Acquired advanced knowledge from the sciences and the humanities to support evidence-based advanced practice nursing;

2. Integrated nursing theory as the foundation for advanced practice nursing;

3. Demonstrated expertise in a selected role within a specialized area of advanced practice nursing;

4. Acquired advanced knowledge and skills to use and disseminate the findings of nursing research;

5. Acquired advanced knowledge and skills to effect optimum delivery of health care services;

6. Demonstrated ethical behavior and respect for Judeo-Christian values; and

7. Acquired a foundation for doctoral study.

School of Nursing Specific Admission Requirements


The Catholic University School of Nursing employs a "whole person" philosophy for evaluation of applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program.To be considered for admission, in addition to meeting University admission requirements, at a minimum, an applicant must:

1. Possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university offering a program in nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for international students or those educated in other countries with the recognition that this may limit eligibility for specialty certification).

2. Graduates of programs not accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American BSN established. Evaluation may be conducted by either the the World Education Services (www.wes.org) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org).

3. Present transcripts of undergraduate study that give evidence of academic ability. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, as well as an average GPA of 3.0 in the nursing major.

4. Have completed a graduate-level statistics course within the past five years with a grade of 3.0 on a 4 point scale or better; if this requirement is not met, applicants who are otherwise qualified may be admitted on a provisional basis with the stipulation that the requirement be met by the end of their first semester.

5. Be a registered nurse in a state or jurisdiction of the United States, without restrictions. (Applicants should be eligible for registration in D.C., Maryland and/or Virginia since the vast majority of clinical placements occur in these jurisdictions).

6. Have acquired some post-baccalaureate nursing experience relevant to the proposed area of clinical practice. (The amount of experience required may vary depending on the particular field of study.)

7. Ensure that the three letters of recommendation required by the University include (a) a recommendation from a former dean,faculty member or academic advisor familiar with the applicant's academic performance and (b) a separate recommendation from a current or former supervisor in a clinical practice setting.

8. Submit scores for Graduate Record Examination taken within the past 5 years if seeking financial support through the School of Nursing scholarship and loan programs.

9. Meet the School of Nursing's Health-Related Behavioral Standards for clinical programs.

N.B. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission as degree-seeking candidates may be eligible for provisional admission if required documents are missing or for conditional admission if there are questions about academic performance or English language proficiency.


General Policies for the M.S.N. Program

Coursework. A program of study is planned individually to meet the particular needs of each student, in accord with the student's field of study and career goals. Transfer of graduate work earned at another university will be considered only after the student has completed one full-time semester (or its equivalent) of graduate work at The Catholic University of America in accordance with the transfer policy of the university. Graduate courses in nursing are not open to challenge.

Grading. A grade point average of 3.0 is required for retention and graduation. In general, a grade of C is passing but marginal at the graduate level. A grade of C in clinical courses is not acceptable; students who earn C grades may repeat clinical courses once.

Change of Specialty Option. Changes of specialty must be approved by the Program Director, MSN program and the respective specialty coordinators.

Residence. Students admitted to graduate study at the master's level must complete degree requirements within five years from the date of initial enrollment. Continuous enrollment must be maintained unless a written leave of absence has been granted.

School-Based Financial Support: In addition to University based aid, the School of Nursing has limited funds via traineeships, school-based scholarships and special federal programs. The availability of funds varies from year to year. Applicants for any funding must complete a FAFSA, have current GRE scores (i.e. less than 5 yrs old at time of program admission), and must reapply for funding annually. Additional information is available via the CUA School of Nursing Web site (http://nursing.cua.edu).

Clinical Policies

Eligibility Requirements For Placement In Clinical Settings

Pre-registration: To be guaranteed a slot and to determine the number of sections required for clinical courses, pre-registration is required for clinical courses. Students who do not pre-register by the last day of class in the semester previous to the planned clinical will be placed on a wait list and are not guaranteed admission to the course.

Assignment of Clinical Placements: In the event that an agency declines to accept a student for clinical placement, the SON will make reasonable good faith attempts to place the student in a different setting. If the SON is unable obtain clinical placements for the student after two attempts within a given semester or three attempts over two semesters because of specific student behaviors which violate agency policy, the student may be administratively withdrawn from the SON.

Criminal Behavior And Background Check Policy

Criminal background checks are mandatory for all undergraduate students prior to the start of their clinical coursework. They may be required of graduate students if required by the clinical agency. The SON and clinical agencies reserve the right to review the results of the criminal background check and to deny placement in a clinical setting on the basis of these results.

Evidence of past or present criminal behavior identified through the background check or through other documented evidence of criminal behavior may lead to administrative sanctions up to, and including dismissal from the School of Nursing. The procedures for conducting criminal background checks are provided to students through the Office of the Dean.

Health And Basic Life Support Requirements

Students must report, immediately in writing, any changes in health status which impact their safety, the safety of patients or those whom the student encounters, or which significantly affect their progression in the program to the pertinent Associate Dean.

Students are expected to comply with all agency requirements for placement in the clinical setting. These include documentation of health and immunization requirements and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and may include drug/toxicology screening.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in withdrawal from clinical courses with resultant effect upon the progression in the program.

Licensure: Registered Nurses in any clinical nursing program may be required to obtain licensure as Registered Nurses in the jurisdiction of their clinical placement.

Treatment of Information Regarding Health History and Past Criminal History

As a condition of placement in the clinical setting, the SON reserves the right to require that students sign a waiver allowing the SON to release pertinent health or background information to the supervising faculty member, or clinical associates and to the clinical placement site if any of the following conditions exist: (a) removal from prior clinical placements due to behavior or health concerns, (b) past health history suggesting elevated risk for substance abuse, (c) past or chronic health condition which with acute exacerbation may affect ability to provide safe care or (d) non-academically based disciplinary action by the SON or University

Clinical Standards for Admission, Academic Progression, and Graduation in Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs.

By accepting admission and enrolling in the School of Nursing, the student certifies that he/she understands, meets at the time of admission, and continues to meet the essential eligibility requirement for clinical placement. These requirements pertain to (a) candor, (b) health-related behavioral standards, and (c) eligibility for placement in clinical settings.

Candor

Candor is defined as full disclosure of pertinent information as well as correction of inaccuracies or misperceptions. All students must complete a health clearance form which requires disclosure of any health conditions which may affect the student's ability to enter clinical settings or the ability of the School of secure clinical placements.

Students in nursing programs with a clinical component will be required to submit to a criminal background check and to fully disclose their relevant health history that may impact their health or safety in a clinical setting, or the health or safety of those around them. This may include, but is not limited to, any history of chemical dependency/substance use (i.e. alcohol, drugs, controlled substances).

Whether or not they represent a current threat to practice, disciplinary action or dismissal from the School of Nursing may result from failing to fully disclose relevant health history, criminal background and falsification or material omission of information.

Health-Related Behavioral Standards.

In accordance with law and University policy, no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of that disability, be excluded from participation in The Catholic University of America programs or activities. The SON in accord with University policy will provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability. To obtain accommodations, individuals must request them from the Office of Disability Services

Admission and continuation in the SON programs is contingent on general abilities, behavioral and social attributes, and the ability to professionally manage stressful situations. The required behavioral attributes are outlined below:

General Abilities: The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses may be integrated, analyzed, and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. A student must also possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement that are important to the student's ability to gather significant information needed to effectively evaluate patients. A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations that may occur during clinical training activities and must not hinder the ability of other members of the health care team to provide prompt treatment and care to patients.

Observational Ability: The student must have sufficient capacity to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of laboratory studies, medication administration, and patient care activities. In addition, the student must be able to document these observations and maintain accurate records.

Communication Ability: The student must communicate effectively to elicit information and to translate that information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, their family members, and other professionals in health care settings. In addition, the student must be able to maintain accurate patient records, present information in a professional, logical manner and provide patient counseling and instruction to effectively care for patients and their families. The student must communicate effectively verbally and in writing with instructors and other students in the classroom setting as well. This requires verbal abilities , control of non-verbal behaviors which limit communication and the ability to respond to non-verbal cues from patients, fellow students, and instructors.

Motor Ability: The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to perform complete physical examinations utilizing the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation, and other diagnostic maneuvers. A student must develop the psychomotor skills reasonably needed to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, administration of medication, management and operation of diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment, and such maneuvers to assist with patient care activities such as lifting, wheel chair guidance, and mobility. The student must have sufficient levels of neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination as well as possess the physical and mental stamina to meet the demands associated with satisfactory and safe performance in the clinical and classroom settings including performing CPR if necessary.

Intellectual, Conceptual, and Quantitative Abilities: The student must be able to develop and refine problem-solving skills that are crucial to practice as a nurse. Problem solving involves the abilities to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize objective and subjective data, and to make decisions, often in a time urgent environment, that reflect consistent and thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment. Each student must demonstrate mastery of these skills and possess the ability to formulate sound judgment in patient assessment, intervention, evaluation, teaching, and setting short and long term goals.

Behavioral and Social Attributes: Compassion, integrity, motivation, effective interpersonal skills, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the nursing programs. Comfort with and acceptance of the role of a nurse functioning under supervision of a clinical instructor or preceptor is essential for a nursing student. The student must possess the skills required for full utilization of the student's intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom and clinical settings; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team. Each student must be able to exercise stable, sound judgment and to complete assessment and interventional activities. The ability to establish rapport and maintain sensitive, interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as a nurse. The student must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and clinical settings; effectively interact in the clinical setting with other members of the healthcare team; and learn to function cooperatively and efficiently in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice.

Ability to Manage Stressful Situations: The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively to stressful situations in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the nursing programs. These stressors may be (but are not limited to) personal, patient care/family, faculty/peer, and or program related.

Unsafe Practice

Unsafe practice is defined as behavior which threatens, or has the potential to threaten, the safety of a client, another student, a faculty member, or other health care provider in the clinical placement.

Students are not allowed to practice in a clinical setting without the knowledge or supervision of a faculty member.

Students who exhibit potentially unsafe practice during a clinical experience may be immediately withdrawn from the clinical setting. This decision may be made by the clinical faculty or at the request of the clinical agency.

Students who are at risk for unsafe practice may also be prevented from attending their clinical practicum or experience, until the unsafe practice concern has been investigated and satisfactorily resolved. Exact procedures for reporting, documenting, investigating and resolving concerns regarding unsafe practice are found in the SON students clinical practice guidelines.

If the concern cannot be , resolved, the student may be subject to additional administrative sanctions and may be subject to administrative dismissal from the program and the SON.

The student has the right to follow the published University procedures in the event of course failure or program dismissal

Clinical/Lab Attendance

1. Clinical/Lab attendance is mandatory.

2. Unexcused absences will not be accepted. The composite course grade will be lowered by one (1) grade level for each unexcused absence (i.e., A to A-). Excused absences are those defined in the course syllabus and examination policies of the relevant clinical courses.

3. One excused absence, while accepted, will necessitate a make-up assignment at the discretion of the faculty. Failure to complete the assignment will lower the composite course grade by one (1) grade level (i.e., A to A-). Further excused absences may affect the student grade and possibly progression in the program.

4. The student is expected to notify the appropriate persons, as identified in specific courses, of an emergency requiring an absence or tardiness prior to the beginning of the clinical/lab experience. The student is responsible to be aware of the specific requirements for each course and to follow those procedures.

5. Habitual tardiness to clinical/lab, defined as more than one occurrence, will result in lowering of the composite course grade by one level (i.e., A to A-) for each occurrence.

HIPAA Adherence

All students are expected to comply with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as applied to clinical education.

Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in immediate removal from the clinical settings and additional academic sanctions including course failure and if necessary dismissal.

Specifically, it is expected that all students in SON arrange to complete training on HIPAA prior to participating in clinical practica or rotations; if this training is not provided by the clinical agency as part of the orientation process, the student is expected to complete the CUA HIPAA tutorial available in the School of Nursing.

Students are expected to maintain the privacy of individually identifiable health information (IIHI ) by taking the following steps to protect against disclosure of IIHI:

Students in a clinical setting must ensure that they do not bring IIHI back acquired during their clinical coursework into the classroom. Students are expected to remove identifying information when discussing their clinical experiences as part of coursework.

Students should not retain any IIHI after the need to use it has ended.

IIHI must be used only for research and/or education. Students must not share or discuss information outside the educational setting.

Students are expected to follow the HIPAA guidelines of the clinical placement setting. Students should read, understand, sign and follow confidentiality and privacy policy statements, which will vary from site to site. For example, a health care facility or clinical site may have a strict rule prohibiting taking any IIHI from the setting back to the classroom.

 

Student Responsibility

Attendance. The faculty and administration in the School of Nursing consider attendance in class necessary to master the body of knowledge needed for safe clinical practice and adequate preparation for licensure. Therefore, class and clinical/lab attendance is mandatory. The responsibility for prompt and regular class and clinical/lab attendance rests upon the individual student. Professors are responsible for establishing and communicating policy regarding documentation and consequences of absenteeism in their individual classes. This may include requiring authentication of unavoidable absences and the inability for a student to receive a passing grade.

Transportation to Agencies. The student is expected to assume responsibility for transportation in connection with the clinical practice, community health practice and field trips. Public transportation is often available at these sites.

Insurance. All students in clinical programs are required to carry malpractice insurance. It is available through the university. This insurance applies only for clinical practice while enrolled in university courses. It does not cover students involved in personal employment. See Fees and Expenses in the General Information section of these Announcements.

Health Clearance. The student is required to meet School of Nursing health requirements prior to admission and prior to entering clinical coursework.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR. The student is required to meet basic CPR requirements prior to entering clinical coursework.

Drug/Alcohol Screen. A negative drug and alcohol screen may be required.Security/Background Checks. Background checks are required prior to entering clinical coursework.

Security/Background Checks: Background checks are required prior to entering clinical coursework for students in the undergraduate program and may be required for those in other clinical programs.

 

M.S.N. Programs

MSN programs prepare students for advanced practice nursing roles as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, advanced community/public health nurse specialists or educators. All specialty program options are designed to enable students to meet the current graduate level educational requirements for the appropriate national certification examinations. Students may follow a full-time or part-time plan of study.

Graduate students wishing to academically qualify for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator certification may do so within any MSN speciality program providing they obtain 9 or more credit hours in selected graduate education courses. Students interested in teaching nursing may wish to consider this academic preparation which, together with teaching experience, will meet the qualifications for the certification examination. (9 credit option added to any MSN degree)

Nurse Practitioner Population Options

The nurse practitioner population options meet the nurse practitioner program and curricular guidelines endorsed by the National Task Force on Quality for Nurse Practitioner Education. Graduates are eligible to sit for respective national certification examinations given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, ANCC, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, AANP, and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, PNCB. Program content is congruent with Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty (population) Areas. The course sequence provides the theoretical context and the clinical experiences required to practice as a nurse practitioner and to sit for certification in the selected field of advanced practice nursing.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner(A-GNP) Program. The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program  prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to manage the health of individuals from adolescence through old age. Emphasis is on health promotion, illness prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses. Clinical and coursework prepare the graduate to practice independently and collaboratively with other health care professionals as an A-GNP.

The curriculum includes a minimum of 540 hours of supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings. Graduates are prepared to provide comprehensive care in settings that include but are not limited to private practices, clinics, community health centers, hospitals, businesses, managed care organizations and governmental agencies. This program meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, NONPF, Advanced Nursing Practice, Curriculum Guidelines and Program Standards for Nurse Practitioner Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Upon completion of course requirements, graduates of the master's and post-master's programs are eligible to sit for both ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) Adult-Gero NP Certification Exams. (38 credits)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty Program. The Family Nurse Practitioner Program option prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to work in a variety of clinical settings including private practices, clinics, community health centers, hospitals and businesses, managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to offer comprehensive, age-appropriate and age-specific quality health care that addresses the multiple needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. The curriculum includes more than 700 hours of supervised clinical practice in a variety of clinical settings. This program meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Advanced Nursing Practice and Program Standards for Nurse Practitioner Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Criteria. Graduates are eligible for national certification through the ANCC. After successful completion of their certifying examination, graduates are eligible for licensure as a FNP. (44 Credits)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care Program. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program prepares pediatric nurse practitioners for advanced practice and leadership roles in the primary care of children and adolescents. Students gain the knowledge and skills to practice in the traditional areas of pediatric primary care as well as have opportunities for expanded training in school-based health care, in the behavioral/mental health of children and in interdisciplinary community-based faculty practice settings. The program meets national nurse practitioner program and curricular guidelines endorsed by the National Task Force on Quality for Nurse Practitioner Education. The curriculum includes a minimum of 540 hours of supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and the ANCC. (39 Credits).

Pediatric Primary and Acute Care (Dual) Program.   The acute care PNP sequence of courses prepares students to provide acute care to children and adolescents in a variety of settings. PNP students may choose to enroll in both the acute and primary care options. Graduates who enroll in this additional track are eligible for certification as both primary care and acute care pediatric nurse practitioners (PNCB).  (44 credits).

Nurse Specialist Specialty Options

Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) Program Option. This program option prepares specialists in advanced community/public health nursing with skills and proficiency in the assessment of communities and populations, policy development, program planning, effective communication, and the impact of cultural influences on health. Students in the APHN program may also elect to quality through additional course work for certification as Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialists (PHCNS-BC). The APHN program option has three areas of clinical concentration: vulnerable women and families in community, global and refugee health, and population-based program design and management.

The curriculum includes a minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings. All graduates of the APHN program are eligible for ANCC certification as advanced public/community health nurse specialists. (41 credits)

 

Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Option. This program option is designed to meet the needs of psychiatric-mental health populations in the community. Graduates are prepared to function as advanced practice nurses in community-based and/or school-based psychiatric-mental health settings; work with the underserved and those from diverse cultures; and work as primary mental health care providers and/or program directors. The curriculum provides flexible programming, expert multidisciplinary faculty and consultants, and excellent clinical sites to optimize learning. Graduates are eligible to sit for ANCC certification as adult or child-adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialists. (42 credits). In light of recent changes by the certification agencies, this specialty program option is closed and may be transitionned to a nurse practitioner option.

 

Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, CNS/EDU Program Option. The Adult Health Clinical Specialist/Nurse Educator specialty option provides theoretical and practice opportunities that build upon the knowledge and experiences that students bring to the curriculum. The program of study fosters the development of advanced practice clinical skills in caring for adult populations, as well as the development of skills in the art of teaching.The course requirements include clinical and practicum experiences supporting the clinical specialist and educator roles. Graduates of this program are prepared to function as adult health clinical nurse specialists and have additional skills relevant to nurse educator roles or responsibilities. Graduates meet eligibility requirements for CNS certification. (40 credits)

M.S.N. Specialty Curriculum Requirements

Curriculum

Overview

The M.S.N. program is based upon a tiered curriculum. The tiered approach provides quality educational experiences, while ensuring adherence to certification requirements for the various areas of specialization. First tier coursework is mandatory for all M.S.N. students. Second tier coursework consists of science, ethics and support/cognate courses, which may vary by specialty. Third tier coursework consists of clinically focused courses required for specialty practice. NB: Given the changing nature of certification requirements and required content, the curriculum and associated plans are subject to midifcation by the School of Nursing as determined within the academic year.

First Tier Core Courses Credits
N708 Research in Nursing: Methods & Outcomes 3
N895 Capstone Research Project 3
N701 Health Promotion 2
N661 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice 2
N663 Health Care Policy, Organizations & Finance 3
N657 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N789 Advanced Practice Role Seminar 1
   
Second Tier Courses (Vary according to program) Credits
   
Science 3-9
Ethics 3
Support/Cognate Courses 0-6

Specialty Program Option Specific Courses (Nurse Practitioner)

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Required Second Tier courses Credits
PHIL 505 Moral Issues in Health Care 3
NURS 610 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 698 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 766 Family and Culture 2/3
   
Required Third Tier courses  
   
NURS 782 Management of Health Problems I 3
NURS 783 Management of Health Problems II 3
NURS 784 Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 1
NURS 785 Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 1
NURS 786 Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 1

Family Nurse Practitioner

Required Second Tier courses Credits
   
PHIL 505 Moral Issues in Health Care 3
NURS 610 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 698 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 766 Family and Culture 2
   
Required Third Tier courses  
   
NURS 735 Perinatal Health 1
NURS 780 Ped Nurse Practitioner
Seminar/Practicum I
4

Nurs 781 Primary Care of Adolescent

1
NURS 782 Management of Health Problems I 3
NURS 783 Management of Health Problems II 3
NURS 784 Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 1
NURS 785 Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 1
NURS 786 Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 1

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Required Second Tier courses Credits
   
NURS 610 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 698 Pathophysiology 3
PHIL 505 Moral Issues in Health Care 3
Elective 3
   
Required Third Tier courses  
   
NURS 780 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Seminar/Practicum I 4

NURS 781 Primary Care of Adolescent

1
Nurs 781A Adolescent Practicum 1
NURS 779 Child and Adolescents with Special Needs 1
NURS 784 Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 1
NURS 785 Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 1
NURS 786 Nurse Practitioner Practicum II I 1
or  
NURS 787 Primary Care of the Newborn 1
Additional Required Third Tier for Acute Care PNP  
NURS 657AD Advanced Diagnostics 2
NURS 658 Complex, Acute, and Critical Problems in Peds 3
NURS 737 Advance Practice Residency 3-4

Specialty Program Option Specific Courses (Clinical Specialist/Clinical Nurse Specialist)

Adult Health Clinical Specialist/Nurse Educator

Required Second Tier courses Credits
   
PHIL 505 Moral Issues in Health Care 3
NURS 610 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 698 Pathophysiology 3
   
Required Third Tier courses  
   
NURS 782 Management of Health Problems I 3
NURS 783 Management of Health Problems II 3
NURS 797 Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I 1
NURS 798 Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II 1
NURS 835 Program Development and Evaluation 3
NURS 836 Education Seminar and Practicum 3

 

Advanced Public Health Nurse

Required Second Tier Courses Credits
TRS 632A Christian Social Ethics (other relevant philosophy or ethics courses may be selected) 3
N 664 Principles of Epidemiology 3
Second Tier electives, select at least two three credit courses in accordance with focus area  
N 610 Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
N 698 Pathophysiology 3
N 686 Health care finance 3
N 687 Managing Health Care Information 3
Anth 741 Health Society and Culture 3
Other courses may be selected according to student interest and focus  

Third Tier courses for this program requires two 3 credit didactic course and three clinical courses.

 
Didactic Courses (select two)  
NURS 674 Population-Based Health Care Management 3
NURS 676 Vulnerable Women/Families in Community 3
NURS 684 Global, Immigrant, & Refugee Health 3
Required clinical courses  
NURS 672 Public/Community Health Clinical I 2
NURS 675 Public/Community Health Clinical II 2
NURS 677 Public/Community Health Clinical III 2

Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

 

Required Second Tier courses for this program Credits
NURS 610 Pharmacology in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 698 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 664 Principles of Epidemiology 3
TRS 632A Christian Social Ethics (other relevant philosophy or ethics courses may be selected) 3
   
   
Required Third Tier courses for this program  
   
NURS 674 Population-Based Health Care Management 3
Required Clinical Courses focused on population  
NURS 672 Public/Community Health Clinical I 2
NURS 675 Public/Community Health Clinical II 2
NURS 677 Public/Community Health Clinical III 2

Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult or Child/Adolescent Focus)

Required Second Tier courses Credits
   
NURS 608 Psychopharmacology 1
NURS 610 Pharmocology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
PSYCH 714 Introduction to Neuropsychology 3
ANTH 642 Ethnopsychology 3
PHIL 505 Moral Issues in Health care 3
   
Required Third Tier courses for this program  
   
NURS 741 Bio-Behavioral Psychiatric Nursing 3
NURS 742 Mental Health of the Individual 3
NURS 743 Mental Health of the Family 3
or  
NURS 756 Mental Health of the Group 3
NURS 746 Practicum in Community Mental Health I 1
NURS 747 Practicum in Community Mental Health II 2

 

 

Combined B.S.N./M.S.N. Program Option for Registered Nurses

The combined B.S.N./M.S.N. program option is designed for registered nurses whose original preparation in nursing was received in accredited diploma or associate degree programs and who have identified the Master of Sciene in Nursing degree as their educational goal. An option is available to complete course requirements for both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. programs. The program of study incorporates courses that meet B.S.N. degree requirements and those that fulfill M.S.N. core and specialty concentration requirements. Contact the School of Nursing for more information.

Admission to B.S.N./M.S.N. Program

Admission requirements to the B.S.N./M.S.N. program option include the following: submission of high school transcript; submission of nursing school, college and university transcripts (3.0 grade point average) showing completion of 52 semester hours in non-nursing required coursework and 34 credits in nursing coursework (see Transfer Credit for RN students); current RN licensure without restrictions and eligibility for RN licensure in D.C.; two years experience since licensure; letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic ability and professional performance; declaration of clinical specialty and professional role area in master's program.

Program Option for B.S.N./M.S.N. Students

The combined B.S.N./M.S.N. Program option is designed for registered nurses whose original preparation in nursing was received in accredited diploma or associate degree programs and who have identified the Master of Science degree as their educational goal.

Admission to BSN/MSN Program Option

Admission requirements include the following: Submission of high school transcript; submission of nursing school, college, and university transcripts (3.0 grade point average) showing completion of 52 semester hours in non-nursing coursework and 34 credits in nursing coursework (see Transfer Credit for R.N. Students); current R.N. licensure valid in the United States; two years of experience since licensure; letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic ability and professional performance; declaration of clinical specialty and professional role area in master's program.

To meet B.S.N. requirements

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 370 Community and Environmental Nursing 3
NURS 372 Community and Environmental Nursing Clinical Applications 2
NURS 391 Concepts for Professional Nursing 3
NURS 378 Evidence-based Care/Health Informatics 3
NURS 403 Introduction to Nursing Research 3
NURS 426 Adults in Health and Illness Clinical Leadership 3
NURS 460 Alternate Clinical Experience 4
Statistics (graduate-level course) 3-4
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Bioethics 3
Health Assessment 4
Total 34-35

Total number of credits required for B.S.N.: 120.

To complete minimum M.S.N. requirements:

Course # Course Title Credit
NURS 661 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing 2
NURS 663 Health Care Policy, Organization 3
NURS 704 Research in Nursing 3
NURS 895 Capstone Research Project (or Thesis-6) 3(6)
Specific Courses Required for Advance Practice Role 19-26
Total 30-41
Total number of credits required for M.S.N. degree: 30-41.

Post-Master's School of Nursing Certificate Option

The School of Nursing's Post-Master's Certificate Options allow Master's prepared nurses to complete additional coursework necessary to be eligible for advanced practice certification exams. The programs of study vary in length based on the background of the candidate and the requirements of the advanced practice field. Recipients receive a certificate from the School of Nursing as opposed to the University and transcript information may either document completion of specific courses or completion of certificate requirements. With the exception of the residency requirement, students in Post-Master's School of Nursing Certificate Option are bound by all the policies and regulations for students in the M.S.N. program, including those for admission, progression, graduation and clinical practice.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Aim

The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, D.N.P., is to prepare expert advanced practice nurse clinicians and leaders within a practice-focused doctoral program.

Goal

Graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in nursing/health care, with the ultimate goals of improving health care and the health status of people.

Terminal Objectives

Graduates will:

1. Analyze and apply scientific knowledge and skills to provide the highest level of advanced practice nursing.

2. Implement emerging science and practice innovations in health care.

3. Evaluate and initiate changes in response to social, political, economic, and ethical issues in health care and the discipline of nursing.

4. Collaborate with members of other disciplines in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies for the improvement of health care.

5. Assume leadership roles in nursing/health care.

School of Nursing Specific Admission Requirements

The Catholic University School of Nursing employs a "whole person" philosophy for evaluation of applicants for admission to the D.N.P. program.

Post-Master's D.N.P. Applicants

1. Earned baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, from degree programs accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

2. Acceptable GRE scores.

3. Submission of a professional portfolio that includes:

a. Statement of reason(s) for seeking the D.N.P. degree.

b. Curriculum vitae or résumé.

c. Copy of license (as an RN and advanced practice license, if applicable) from at least one state.

d. Certification in an advanced practice specialty. (Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for applicants whose proposed plan of study incorporates completion of an advanced practice post-master's certificate)

e. Narrative description of current and past clinical practice.

f. Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and at least one from a former employer).

g. Publications (if applicable).

4. A 5-10 page proposal identifying an evidence-based practice project. This may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management problems or area of clinical research that the applicant will address while in the program. The paper should cite appropriate sources and follow APA format. In addition, the applicant must be able to identify key resources (personnel, preceptors, institutions) necessary to complete the project.

5. A graduate level statistics course completed within 5 years prior to program matriculation. In addition, graduate level coursework in Health Policy, Bioethics, Health Promotion are also required as part of the master's degree or as independent courses.

6. Meets the School of Nursing's Health-Related Behavioral Standards for clinical programs.

N.B. Applicants who are are concurrently seeking new preparation and eligibility for certification in an advanced practice population must have the approval of the Specialty Program Coordinator for enrollment in the post-master's certification component of their DNP.

 

 

Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

 

1. Earned Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program or school, accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

2. Grade point average of 3.5 or higher for B.S.N. degree

2. Acceptable GRE scores.

3. Submission of a profession portfolio that includes:

a. Statement of reason for seeking the D.N.P. degree.

b. Curriculum vitae or résumé.

c. Copy of RN license from at least one state.

d. Narrative description of current and past clinical practice.

e. Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and one from current or former employer).

4. A 5-10 page proposal identifying an evidence-based practice project. This may be a practice improvement issue, a clinical management problems, or area of clinical research that the applicant will address while in the program. The paper should cite appropriate sources and follow APA format. In addition, the applicant must be able to identify key resources (personnel, preceptors, institutions) necessary to complete the project.

5. A graduate level statistics course completed within five years prior to program matriculation.

6. Meets the School of Nursing's Health-Related Behavioral Standards for clinical programs.

General Degree Requirements

A total of 34 credits (which may include up to 6 transfer credits for prior coursework in the area) is required for the post-master's D.N.P. degree. Students who prepare for new advanced practice certification eligibility may require additional coursework and credits. A post-baccalaureate D.N.P. entails 71-89 credits, depending on the advanced practice role and population chosen.Coursework

A program of study is planned individually to meet the particular needs of each student, in accord with the student's field of study and career goals. Under the adviser's direction and with the approval of the dean, six semester hours of graduate work earned at another institution prior to initial enrollment at The Catholic University of America with a grade level of B or above may be applied toward degree requirements. Transfer of graduate work earned at another university will be considered only after the student has completed one full time semester (or its equivalent) of graduate work at The Catholic University of America in accordance with the transfer policy of the university.

Grading

A grade point average of 3.0 is required for retention. In general, a grade of C is passing but marginal at the graduate level. A grade of C in clinical courses is not acceptable; students who earn C grades may repeat clinical courses once.

Residence

Post-masters D.N.P. students must complete course requirements within five years from the date of initial enrollment. Continuous enrollment must be maintained unless a written leave of absence has been granted.

Candidacy for the Degree

To be considered for admission to candidacy for the D.N.P. degree, the student must satisfy these requirements:

1. Complete program requirements with a grade point average of 3.0.

2. Successfully complete the comprehensive examination. This examination may be taken in the semester in which it is clear to the adviser and the student that the student will complete all coursework.

3. Satisfactorily submit a professional portfolio (which was begun upon admission) to the academic advisor.

5. Recommendation of the academic adviser.

Evidence-Based Practice Project. After admission to candidacy, oral defense of the proposed EBP project may proceed. The EBP project is an integral requirement of the DNP degree. The project is a scholarly experience that provides evidence of the student's critical thinking and ability to apply research principles through problem identification, proposal development, implementation, and evaluation of a clinical problem. The project will reflect the culmination of knowledge and skills developed during the DNP program. Following successful defense and implementation and evaluation of the project, the candidate presents the EBP Project in a forum that is open to the University community.
 
 

Clinical Policies and Regulations

D.N.P students are bound by the same clinical policies and regulations required of M.S.N. students

Licensure requirements for post-M.S.N. students are the same as for B.S.N. with the exception that the licensure is at the advanced practice nursing level (when relevant).

Curriculum Plan: Post-Master's D.N.P. Program of Study Option

The post-master's D.N.P. program consists of 34 credits. Coursework for the D.N.P. includes:

 

D.N.P. Courses: Credits
   
NURS 916 Seminal in Nursing Scholarship 1
NURS 664 Epidemiology 3
NURS 674 Population-based Health Care Management 1
NURS 729 Emerging Issues in Health 3
NURS 686 Health Care Finance 3
NURS 732 Applied Epidemiology 1
NURS 730 Evidence-Based Practice I 3
NURS 731 Evidence-Based Practice II 3
NURS 737 Advanced Practice-based Residency 4
NURS 739 D.N.P. Project Guidance 3
NURS 734 Leadership in Complex Health Care 3
2 Advanced Clinical Cognate Courses 6
Total credits required: 34*

N.B.

Curriculum Plan: Post-Baccalaureate D.N.P. Program Option

Students entering at a post-baccalaureate level will complete the appropriate M.S.N. courses, with the exception of the capstone course. However, those who opt to receive an M.S.N. while enrolled in D.N.P. coursework must meet the requirements of the M.S.N. program, which includes completion of the Capstone course and passing the M.S.N. comprehensive examination.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

Aim

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy degree is to prepare expert clinicians as nurse scientists. Through the investigation of clinical problems, graduates contribute to the development, validation and refinement of theory and the advancement of the body of nursing knowledge.

Goal

Graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in practice, education and research with the ultimate goal of improving health care.

Terminal Objectives

Graduates will:

1. Advance nursing knowledge through the integration, application and testing of theory;

2. Conduct research and develop evidence-based practice that supports the ongoing development of nursing science;

3. Assess the impact of social, political and ethical issues on health care and the discipline of nursing;

4. Collaborate with members of other disciplines in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies for the improvement of health care; and

5. Assume leadership roles in nursing and health care.

School of Nursing Specific Admission Requirements

The Catholic University School of Nursing employs a "whole person" philosophy for evaluation of applicants for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in nursing program. In addition to the University Admission requirements, applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

1. Possess a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university offering a program in nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for B.S.N. prepared applicants with a non-nursing master's degree; exceptions may also be made international students or those educated in other countries).

2. Graduates of programs not accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American degrees established. Evaluation may be conducted by the World Education Services (www.wes.org).

2. Submit an official report of scores, no more than five years old, on the Graduate Record Examination.

3. Present transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study that provide evidence of academic ability to complete the program and do original research. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is desired.

4. Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean, former faculty member or academic adviser and at least one from a current or former supervisor preferably in a clinical practice/research/academic setting).

5. A written statement of career goals and proposed area of research.

6. A copy of a recent scholarly paper, research report or publication related to clinical nursing.

7. International students must meet all University requirements, including TOEFL scores to be considered. See School of Nursing Web site http://nursing.cua.edu for additional admissions information.

N.B. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission as degree-seeking candidates may be eligible for provisional admission if required documents are missing or for conditional admission if there are questions about academic performance or English language proficiency.

Coursework

Seventy semester hours beyond baccalaureate study are required for the Ph.D. degree. Students must earn a minimum of 46 semester hours in coursework during doctoral study at The Catholic University of America. Under the adviser's direction, a maximum of 24 semester hours of master's level coursework completed with a grade of B or higher may be applied toward the required 70 semester hours. Full- and part-time study is available.

General Policies for the Ph.D. Program

1. Coursework must be completed in five years.

2. A graduate-level statistics course that has been successfully completed in the last five years is a pre- or co-requisite to the first semester of study.

3. A grade point average of 3.0 is required for retention.

4. Although a grade of C is passing but marginal at the graduate level, a grade of C in clinically focused research courses/role practica is not acceptable. Courses may only be repeated once and no more than two courses may be repeated.

 

Candidacy for the Degree

To be considered for admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must have satisfied these requirements:

1. Satisfactory completion of course requirements with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

2. Recommendation of the academic adviser.

3. Successful passage of comprehensive examination.

4. Completion and school and university level approval of a formal application for candidacy.

Dissertation

After admission to candidacy, completion of a satisfactory dissertation involving significant and original research in nursing is required. University policies regarding the approval of the dissertation topic, structure and content of the dissertation and the oral examination must be followed.

Oral Proposal Defense. The SON requires that prior to submitting the Dissertation Proposal for University level review and approval of the dissertation topic, student undergo a School of Nursing specific defense of the proposal and the supportive work. The defense is conducted by a School of Nursing approved examination committee. Students are bound by the decision of the committee as to whether the student's proposal work may be recommended for approval, revision or disapproval. Students are referred to the School of Nursing Student Guidelines posted on the School website for additional prcedural information.

M.S.N.-Ph.D. Option

An option is available to meet the needs of baccalaureate-prepared nurses whose goal is to achieve the doctorate. Applicants must meet all admission requirements for the M.S.N. program and the Ph.D. program with the exception of a prior M.S.N. degree. Programs of study are planned on an individual basis. Students may take the M.S.N. and Ph.D. components sequentially to receive the M.S.N. degree prior to the Ph.D. or concurrently to receive both degrees at the same time.

If a student chooses to receive the M.S.N. degree prior to the Ph.D., comprehensive examination for the M.S.N. degree must be taken at the end of M.S.N. coursework and Ph.D. comprehensive exams at the end of the Ph.D. coursework. If the student chooses to receive both degrees concurrently, the student is only required to take the Ph.D. level comprehensive exams.

Program of Study

The Ph.D. program of study consists of 70 hours, 24 of which may be transferred from master's level work. The remaining credits are distributed among nursing science, philosophy, research and support courses. A graduate-level statistics course is a pre- or corequisite to the first semester of study. The proposed curriculum plan is accessible through the School of Nursing website.

Core Courses 15 credits
PHIL 601 Philosophy of Science 3
NURS 907 Theory Development 3
THEO 625 Bioethics of PHIL 621 Bioethics 3
NURS 926 Health Policy 3
NURS 922 Doctoral Research Practicum 3
Research Courses 31 credits
NURS 916 Seminar in Nursing Scholarship 1
EDUC 733 Advanced Statistics I: Experimental Design 3
EDUC 737 Advanced Statistics II: Applied Regression Analysis 3
NURS 908 Qualitative Research in Nursing 3
NURS 909 Quantitative Research in Nursing 3
NURS 923 Clinical Problems I: Theoretical Considerations 3
NURS 924 Clinical Problems II: Design Considerations 3
NURS 930 Seminar on Research Proposals 3
Support Courses-Courses supporting the dissertation topic (six credits) and professional goals (three credits) 9
Credits transfered from Master's Degree Program 0-24
Total 70

A maximum of twenty-four credits may be transferred from the master's degree if appropriate and approved.

Graduate Level Courses Offered Through the M.S.N., D.N.P. and Ph.D. Programs

Since the course offered may be updated during the academic year, for the most up to date information, students should always view the online course catalog, available through Cardinal Station via www.cardinalstation.cua.edu. Please also consult the website for course descriptions.

All courses listed below are three credit unless otherwise noted. Course descriptions are available on the Web at https://cardinalstation.cua.edu.

The number of hours of meeting/contact time per week is determined by the type of nursing course and credits. The following ratios are used:

Didactic Course 1 credit=1 hour/week
Laboratory Course 1 credit=3 hours/week
ClinicalCourse 1 credit= 6 hours/week

* When courses are a combination of didactic and clinical or didactic and laboratory, the number of hours/week is adjucted to reflect the relatie proportions

NURS Course Title
561 Aging: Holistic Perspectives on Health
570 Substance Abuse and Health
572 Concepts in Geriatric Primary Care
575 Human Lactation and Breastfeeding
608 Psychopharmacology
610 Pharmocology for Advanced Nursing Practice
627 Health Policy Practicum
657 Advanced Health Assessment
657AD Advanced Diagnostics
658 Complex, Acute, and Critical Problems in Pediatrics
661 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice
663 Health Care Policy, Organizations & Finance
664 Principles of Epidemiology
672 Community/Public Health Practicum I
674 Population-Based Health Care Management
675 Community/Public Health Practicum II
676 Vulnerable Women/Families in Communities
677 Community/Public Health Practicum III
686 Health Care Finance
687 Managing Health Information
698 Pathophysiology
701 Health Promotion
708 Research in Nursing: Methods & Outcomes
729 Emerging Issues in Health
730 Evidence-Based Practice I
731 Evidence-Based Practice II
732 Applied Epidemiology
734 Leadership in Complex Health Care
735 Perinatal Health
737 Advanced Practice-Based Residency
739 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Guidance
741 Bio-Behavioral Psychiatric Nursing
742 Mental Health of the Individual
743 Mental Health of the Family
746 Practicum in Community Mental Health I
747 Practicum in Community Mental Health II
756 Mental Health of the Group
766 Family and Culture
779 Child and Adolescents with Special Needs
780 Ped Nurse Practitioner Seminar/Practicum I
781 Primary Care of Adolescent
781A Adolescent Practicum
782 Management of Health Problems I
783 Management of Health Problems II
784 Nurse Practitioner Practicum I
785 Nurse Practitioner Practicum II
786 Nurse Practitioner Practicum III
787 Primary Care of the Newborn
789 Advanced Practice Role Seminar
797 Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I
798 Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II
835 Program Development and Evaluation
836 Education Seminar and Practicum
895 Capstone Research Project
907 Theory Development
908 Qualitative Research in Nursing
909 Quantitative Research in Nursing
916 Seminar in Nursing Scholarship
922 Research Practicum & Seminar
923 Clinical Problems I: Theoretical Considerations
924 Clinical Problems II: Design Considerations
926 Health Policy Formulation and Analysis
930 Seminar on Research Proposals
995 Master's Thesis Guidance
996 Dissertation Guidance
997 Dissertation Guidance
998 Dissertation Guidance
 

 

 

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