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Application Deadlines:
Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice - Fall only - March 1st); Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia - Summer only - June 1st for the following summer); Nursing (Health Care and Nursing Administration/Nurse Educator/Family Nurse Practitioner - Fall only - March 1st); NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in for all degrees except Nurse Anesthesia moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

The Graduate Program in Nursing, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation, provides courses for advanced practice, and /or advanced nursing, and/or professional development. The Nurse Anesthesia specialization is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The School of Nursing inspires students and faculty to embody the creativity to teach, the curiosity to learn, the courage to serve, and the compassion to care for others in this diverse and complex world, forever exemplifying nursing excellence in action.

A doctoral degree is awarded in Nursing Practice. Master's degrees and Post-Master's Certificates are awarded in the specializations of Health Care and Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Courses in oncology nursing and pain management nursing may also be offered either as a Professional Development Sequence or as electives.

Graduate nursing education builds upon baccalaureate nursing education and emphasizes development of leadership skills and the expertise necessary to assume complex, specialized roles while providing direct and indirect nursing care to individuals, groups, and families. We focus on knowledge of community resources and the aspects of primary, secondary, and tertiary modalities in health care. Clinical experience in community agencies and hospitals is an integral part of the program. Knowledge and experience related to advanced practice in nursing are incorporated into the program. Clinical practicum experiences are required and are individualized according to the student's professional experience, interest, and academic needs. Faculty act as facilitators while creating a supportive learning community.

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE

Building on their specialty practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates design new models of care, use evidence to improve practice, evaluate outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of individuals, communities, and populations, and use technology and information systems to improve health outcomes. The SIUE Post-Master's DNP program is designed for nurses holding a nursing master's degree in an advanced nursing practice specialty area or in health care administration. Guided by faculty mentors, DNP candidates enrich and deepen their specialty practice by engaging in transformative educational activities. Through experiential learning, self-assessment and reflection, community engagement, inter-professional relationships and scientific inquiry, nurses emerge as leaders, transforming their practice and health care in self-identified areas of concern and influence. The program culminates in a doctoral project that reflects a synthesis of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the candidate's educational experience.

To facilitate learners' access to DNP education, the program is offered primarily online with intermittent, scheduled face-to-face learning experiences. All educational strategies focus on the development of meaningful relationships and scholarship competencies needed at the highest level of nursing practice.

ADMISSION

In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include applications to the Graduate Admissions Office, sub mission of official transcripts, and an application fee), the School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following:

  • Completion of both the Graduate School application and the School of Nursing Application Packet (School of Nursing Application, CV, Potential Project Form, Three Reference Forms).
  • The applicant must hold a Master of Science in nursing as an advanced practice nurse or have a master's degree in an advance nursing practice role with completed practicum hours. Nurses with degrees from Nurse Educator programs will not be considered for admission.
  • A cumulative master's GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0) or higher
  • Completion of a graduate-level statistics course with a grade of "B" or better within the last 6 years.
  • Completion of a graduate-level epidemiology course with a grade of "B" or better with the last 6 years.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure and in good standing.
  • Personal interview

The application deadline is March 1 for fall. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable advance deposit fee of $300 is required (applied toward future tuition).

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Sample Curriculum - Year 1

Fall

NURS 600-3 Theory Guided Practice
NURS 617-3 Advanced Applications of Epidemiology in Practice
NURS 695a -1 Health Care Innovations Seminar

Spring

NURS 620-3 Health Care Informatics
NURS 604-3 Evaluating Evidence for Improving Practice/Health Care Outcomes
NURS 695c-2 Doctoral Practice Project*

Summer

NURS 691-3 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Health Care
NURS 695c-2 Doctoral Practice Project*

Sample Curriculum - Year 2

Fall

NURS 605-3 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Nursing Leadership
NURS 695c-2 Doctoral Practice Project*

Spring

NURS 601 - 3 Studies in Genomics and Ethics
NURS 695c-2 Doctoral Practice Project*

* It is expected that planning for the doctoral project begins in Spring 1 and development of the project continues throughout progression of study, with a total of 8 Doctoral Practice Project credit hours.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Students must successfully complete all course work and a doctoral project. Because the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has mandated that DNP graduates complete at least 1,000 hours of practice post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program, master's degree transcripts will be evaluated individually, with a maximum of 500 clinical hours from advanced practice specialization programs counting toward the total 1,000 required hours.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

MASTER'S STUDENT OUTCOME BEHAVIORS

Using a learner-centered paradigm, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate Program in Nursing will be a premier leader in preparing compassionate and caring nurses who will:

  • Use evidence to synthesize, refine, and evaluate interventions to improve health care.

  • Assume advanced nursing practice roles to address societal health needs.

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills, including information technology, in advanced nursing practice roles.

  • Provide and advocate for culturally congruent care.

  • Model and facilitate ethical decision making and ethical practice.

  • Influence policy development and implementation to improve the health of populations.

  • Provide evidence-based, relationship-centered, and compassionate nursing care, within the context of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. * Nursing is a learned profession built on a core of knowledge reflective of its dual components of science and art. As life-long learners, professional nurses practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, public health departments, schools, outpatient clinics, and home health and mental health agencies. Professional nurses partner with other health care professionals in applying evidence-based knowledge combined with caring and compassion to provide quality care.

Faculty are nationally recognized experts in nursing care and their expertise represents a wide range of specialties. All faculty have advanced preparation in nursing and maintain an active role in clinical practice skill development, research, scholarly inquiry, and professional service.

The School of Nursing maintains a state-of-the-art Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences that provides students with opportunities to practice and expand clinical knowledge and skills in a simulated, technological environment. Various dimensions of health care are practiced in this environment, which consists of computerized and non-computerized patient simulations.

The SIUE Community Nursing Services' nurse-managed center in East St. Louis, Illinois, provides comprehensive nursing services to promote, maintain, and restore the physical, emotional, and social well-being of its clients. Services offered at the East St. Louis and community sites include physical examinations, immunizations, health screenings, evaluation and management of acute minor and chronic illnesses, and health education. Nursing students gain invaluable experience by working under the supervision of the Community Nursing Services staff. More information about Community Nursing Services can be obtained by calling (618) 482-6959.

All nursing majors are required to file reports of a physical examination, immunizations, satisfactory criminal background checks, and a drug screen, as specified by the School of Nursing. These reports are to be performed after initial acceptance to their program. These specifications are required by all clinical agencies. Yearly tuberculin skin testing, flu vaccine, and CPR certification are required. The Student Handbook, issued to students accepted into the School of Nursing, contains full details.

Each student's program is designed to meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and the requirements of the School of Nursing. The degree requirements include completion of a project to demonstrate competence in scholarship.

Graduate students completing any of the degree specializations in the master's program in nursing are eligible to register for their respective national certification examinations and some are, upon certification, eligible to apply for advanced practice nursing licensure and practice.

ADMISSION

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSE ANESTHESIA

In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include application to the Graduate Admissions Office, submission of official transcripts, and an application fee), the following School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following:

  1. Completion of the School of Nursing Self-Managed Application Process. Three positive references are required, with at least one from a person with a graduate degree in nursing or a related field.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program. (Graduates from non-NLNAC or CCNE accredited programs and from other countries will be considered under certain circumstances. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.).
  3. Unencumbered RN licensure.
  4. Minimum Undergraduate Nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  5. Preferred minimum undergraduate Science GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  6. Preferred minimum overall Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  7. Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  8. A written statement of "Goals and Objectives" related to the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.
  9. Successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check, as specified by the School of Nursing, to be performed after initial acceptance to the program.
  10. Successful completion of an application interview.
  11. Completion of an undergraduate course in organic or biochemistry no more than 6 years prior to entering the program of study.
  12. Completion of an undergraduate course in physics no more than 6 years prior to entering the program of study.
  13. At least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in which the individual has had the opportunity to develop as an independent decision maker, and demonstrate psychomotor skills and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques based on a knowledge of physiologic and pharmacological principles, such as in a critical care area.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN HEALTH CARE NURSE ADMINISTRATION, NURSE EDUCATOR, OR FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include application to the Graduate Admissions Office, submission of official transcripts, and an application fee), the following School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following:

  1. Completion of the School of Nursing Self-Managed Application Process. Three positive references are required, with at least one from a person with a graduate degree in nursing or a related field.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program. (Graduates from non-NLNAC or CCNE accredited programs and from other countries will be considered under certain circumstances. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.).
  3. Unencumbered RN licensure.
  4. Minimum Undergraduate Nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  5. Preferred minimum undergraduate Science GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  6. Preferred minimum overall Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  7. Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  8. A written statement of "Goals and Objectives" related to the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.
  9. Completion of a minimum of 1 year of professional nursing practice experience prior to enrollment in the first specialization clinical course.
  10. Successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check, as specified by the School of Nursing, to be performed after initial acceptance to the program.
  11. Successful completion of an application interview.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE, NURSE ANESTHESIA

In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include application to the Graduate Admissions Office, submission of official transcripts, and an application fee), the School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following

  1. Completion of the School of Nursing Self-Managed Application Process. Three positive references are required, with at least one from a person with a graduate degree in nursing or a related field.
  2. Evidence of having graduated from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited master's program in nursing. Graduates from non-NLNAC or non-CCNE accredited programs and from other countries will be considered under certain circumstances. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.
  3. Unencumbered RN licensure.
  4. Minimum Graduate Nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  5. Preferred minimum overall Graduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  6. Preferred minimum Graduate science GPA of 3.0/4.0. If there are no science courses in the Graduate program, Undergraduate science courses will be used to determine Science GPA.
  7. Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  8. A written statement of "Goals and Objectives" related to the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.
  9. Successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check, as specified by the School of Nursing, to be performed after initial acceptance to the program.
  10. Successful completion of an application interview.
  11. Completion of an undergraduate course in organic or biochemistry no more than 6 years prior to entering the program of study.
  12. Completion of an undergraduate course in physics no more than 6 years prior to entering the program of study.
  13. At least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in which the individual has had the opportunity to develop as an independent decision maker, and demonstrate psychomotor skills and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques based on a knowledge of physiologic and pharmacological principles, such as in a critical care area.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH CARE AND NURSING ADMINISTRATION, NURSE EDUCATOR, OR FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include application to the Graduate Admissions Office, submission of official transcripts, and an application fee), the School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following

  1. Completion of the School of Nursing Self-Managed Application Process. Three positive references are required, with at least one from a person with a graduate degree in nursing or a related field.
  2. Evidence of having graduated from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited master's program in nursing. Graduates from non-NLNAC or non-CCNE accredited programs and from other countries will be considered under certain circumstances. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.
  3. Unencumbered RN licensure.
  4. Minimum Graduate Nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  5. Preferred minimum overall Graduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  6. Preferred minimum Graduate science GPA of 3.0/4.0. If there are no science courses in the Graduate program, Undergraduate science courses will be used to determine Science GPA.
  7. Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  8. A written statement of "Goals and Objectives" related to the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.
  9. Completion of a minimum of 1 year of professional nursing practice experience prior to enrollment in the first specialization clinical course.
  10. Successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check, as specified by the School of Nursing, to be performed after initial acceptance to the program.
  11. Successful completion of an application interview.

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - ALL PROGRAMS

Prior to beginning the master's degree or post-master's certificate, students will be required to provide

  • a completed physical assessment/immunization form,
  • proof of a current unencumbered Illinois license as an RN (Nurse Anesthesia majors and some of the Family Nurse Practitioner majors will be required to possess both Illinois and Missouri RN licenses),
  • evidence of current CPR certification (through the American Heart Association "Health Care Provider" course or the American Red Cross "CPR for the Professional Rescuer" course),
  • All students must be trained on the use of the automatic and semi-automatic defibrillators.
  • Nurse Anesthesia students must also provide evidence of current ACLS certification and PALS certification (through the American Heart Association).

All required verifications listed above must be kept up-to-date throughout enrollment in the program, with evidence submitted by the student. Immunization requirements are reviewed annually and may change.

PROBATIONARY ADMISSION

Probationary Admission may be granted by the School of Nursing Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC) to degree-seeking students who have submitted all of the required admission materials to allow an admission decision to be made but who do not qualify for regular admission. Applicants whose undergraduate Nursing grade point average (GPA) is between 2.50 and 2.99 may be considered for Probationary admission.

Students granted Probationary Admission must complete a minimum of nine (9) hours of graduate Nursing coursework during the first three (3) consecutive semesters of enrollment, attaining a grade of "B" or above in each course. Failure to complete nine (9) hours of graduate Nursing courses in three (3) consecutive semesters and/orĀ¬ failure to successfully complete each course with a "B" or above will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing Graduate Program.

Students will be released from Probationary Admission status upon satisfactory completion of all requirements. The GSAC will notify students in writing of their release. A copy of the letter will also be submitted by the student.

RETENTION

A Graduate Student may not earn more than one grade of "C" or lower during enrollment in the Graduate Program. If a second grade of "C" or lower is earned, the student is automatically removed from the Graduate Program in Nursing, regardless of the student's cumulative GPA. Repeating a course in which there is originally a grade of "C" or lower does not eliminate the original course grade of "C" or lower from being applied toward this exclusion policy.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The program for the Master of Science degree in nursing consists of 35 semester hours for Health Care and Nursing Administration, 72 semester hours for Nurse Anesthesia, 36 semester hours for Nurse Educator, and 54 semester hours for the Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization.

The graduate nursing curriculum consists of graduate core curriculum content courses, advanced practice nursing core courses, specialization courses, and the successful completion of a terminal project. The purpose of the graduate core curriculum is to provide a strong foundation for all graduate nursing specializations. These courses include content in the conceptual basis of nursing, health policy, research, and professional role development. The advanced practice nursing core courses include content in advanced health and physical assessment, advanced physiology and pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology and epidemiology. These courses are designed to provide the advanced nursing student with knowledge and skills applicable to direct client care.

In each area of specialization, students enroll in advanced nursing courses that support the specialized practice areas. The specialization courses include practicum experiences designed to prepare a nurse with knowledge and skills in the role of nurse anesthetist, family nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or health care and nursing administrator.

Health Care and Nursing Administration (35 semester hours)

Core courses (13 hours): NURS 500, 504, 505, PAPA 412 & 420

Specialization courses (22 hours): NURS 501, 510, 590, 591, 592, 593, and 594

Terminal project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student with the theory preparation for the national certification examination.

Nurse Anesthesia (72 semester hours)

Core courses (16 hours): NURS 500, 504, 505, 507; PAPA 412 & 420.

Advanced Practice Nursing Core Courses (15 hours): NURS 513, 514, 515, 516.

Specialization courses (41 hours): NURS 529, 563, 564, 565a,b, 566a,b, 567a,b, 568a,b, 569,a,b.

Terminal project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student to take the certification examination

Family Nurse Practitioner (54 semester hours)

Core courses (16 hours): NURS 500, 504, 505, 507; PAPA 412 & 420.

Advanced Practice Nursing Core courses (18 hours): NURS 513, 514, 515, 516, 517.

Specialization courses (20 hours): 520, 571, 572, 573, 576, and 577.

Terminal project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student to take the national certification examination.

Nurse Educator (36 semester hours)

Core courses (13 hours): NURS 500, 504, 505; PAPA 412 & 420.

Advanced Practice Nursing core courses (7 hours): NURS 515, 516.

Specialization courses (16 hours): NURS 580, 581, 582, 585, 586.

Terminal Project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student with the theory preparation for the national certification examination.

POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATES

Post Master's Certificate: Health Care and Nursing Administration (variable, 22- 35 semester hrs.*)

*The 13 hours of Core Courses must either have been completed in the master's degree program or may be taken in the certificate program.

Specialization Courses: NURS 501, 510, 590, 591, 592, 593, and 594.

Terminal project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student with the theory preparation for the national certification examination.

Post Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia (variable, 41 - 72 semester hours*)

*The 16 hours of Core Courses and the 15 hours of Advanced Practice Core Courses must either have been completed in the master's degree program or may be taken concurrently in the certificate program.

Specialization Courses: NURS 529, 563, 564, 565a, 565b, 566a, 566b, 567a, 567b, 568a, 568b, 569a, 569b.

Terminal project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student to take the national certification examination.

Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator (variable, 13-36 semester hours*)

*The 13 hours of core courses and the 10 hours of advanced practice core courses must either have been completed in the master's degree program or may be taken in the certificate program.

Specialization courses: NURS 581, 582, 585a, 585b, and 586

Terminal project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student with the theory preparation for the national certification examination.

Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner (variable, 20 - 54 semester hours*)

*The 16 hours of Core courses and the 18 hoursof Advanced Practice core courses must either have been completed in the master's degree program or may be taken in the certificate program.

Specialization courses: NURS 520, 571, 572, 573, 576, and 577.

Terminal project.

Course work in this specialization prepares the student to take the certification examination.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Master's Terminal Project (Master's and Post-Master's Students)

Graduate students in the School of Nursing demonstrate synthesis of their course work and educational experiences and attainment of the master's student outcomes in three ways: (1) an electronic portfolio developed throughout the program, (2) a synthesis project, completed in the specialization synthesis course in the final semester, and (3) a final oral presentation, offered to faculty and students in a formal conference setting.

1. Electronic Portfolio - Working with a faculty chairperson, students begin development of an electronic portfolio during the first semester of course work and make submissions every semester throughout the program. The rubric includes personal reflections that demonstrate progress towards meeting the masters student outcomes. Portfolio entries also include electronic submissions of significant works for their semester's courses (e.g. papers, projects, or personal/practicum experiences) that give evidence of student development and learning.

2. Synthesis Project - The projects provide students with an opportunity to create a rigorous, scholarly project that incorporates a broad review of the literature from nursing and related fields. In the final semester of study, all graduate nursing students take a specialization synthesis course in which they complete a synthesis project appropriate for the specialization. The course faculty member grades the synthesis projects using a point-based rubric that incorporates the master's student out comes. Project grades are calculated into the final course grade.

3. Oral Presentation - In the last semester of the program, students provide an oral presentation to students and faculty and the formal SON Presentation Day conference. The presentation describes their growth, professional formation, and attainment of master's student outcomes and includes information about their final synthesis project, citing appropriate scholarly references.