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Graduate Catalog 2015-16




Application Deadline:  The SIUE School of Nursing is no longer accepting applications for this program.  Please see the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialization.



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 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.


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

  1. Completion of the School of Nursing Application Packet, which consists of the School of Nursing application, three reference forms (one of which should be from your current manager and two others preferably from nurses holding a graduate degree in nursing or a related field) and the Goals and Objectives form. 
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing for Post-Master’s applicants) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program. 
  3. At least one year of recent, adult intensive care experience.
  4. Current unencumbered Illinois and Missouri RN licensure (both required after admission to the program).
  5. Minimum undergraduate (graduate for Post-Master’s applicants) nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0. 
  6. Preferred minimum undergraduate (graduate for Post-Master’s applicants) science GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  7. Preferred minimum overall undergraduate (graduate for Post-Master’s applicants) GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  8. Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  9. Completion of an undergraduate course in organic or biochemistry and physics no more than six years prior to entering the program of study.
  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.

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


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 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/or­ 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.


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.


The program for the Master of Science degree in nursing consists of 72 semester hours for Nurse Anesthesia.

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.


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.


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.


Master's Terminal Project (Master’s and 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.






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