Nursing

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Donald P. Zingale

School of Nursing
BH 371
415-338-1802
Director: Beatrice A. Yorker

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program: Karen Johnson-Brennan
Associate Director, Graduate Program: Amy Nichols

Faculty

Professors—Baj, Ferretti, Fong, Haw, Hess, Johnson-Brennan, MacKay, McLaughlin, Perry, Verhey, Yorker

Associate Professors—Boyle, Eaton, Nichols

Assistant Professors—Gonzales, Hardie, Stannard

Lecturers—Bahr, Gershow, Kruse, Nicholson, Sellin, Van Dam, Whittemore

Programs

B.S. in Nursing
M.S. in Nursing
M.S. In Nursing: Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner
Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Health Care


Program Scope

The mission of the School of Nursing is to (1) provide baccalaureate and graduate education in nursing for a diverse student body; (2) prepare graduates to provide quality nursing care, leadership, and advocacy to meet the health care needs of culturally diverse people in urban environments; and (3) to improve health care and nursing services through service to the community.

Goals

The program provides the basis for leadership and graduate education in nursing. The graduate of the Bachelor of Science program is prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including community health. The Master of Science in Nursing is offered with a concentration in family nurse practitioner and emphases in clinical care management, entrepreneurial leadership, and public/community health nursing. The MSN is designed to meet the critical need for qualified nurse leaders and advanced practice nurses in primary care, acute care, long term care, home care, and community public health.

The School of Nursing is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, is accredited by the National League for Nursing, and has preliminary accreditation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; the California Association of Colleges of Nursing; and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, (212) 363-5555.

Career Outlook

Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The graduate has an opportunity to choose from the following first level professional nursing staff positions: maternity, pediatric, medical-surgical, psychiatric/mental health, community health, and home health care nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing. Graduates of the family nurse practitioner concentration are eligible for positions as family nurse practitioners in primary care settings. Graduates of the clinical care management emphasis are eligible for positions as case managers or clinical nurse specialists for a specific client population across the continuum of care. Graduates of the entrepreneurial leadership emphasis are eligible for positions in nursing management, administration, and as entrepreneurs across a variety of health care settings. Graduates of the public/community health nursing emphasis are eligible for positions as program planners, managers and evaluators, and as case managers for specific at-risk populations in public health and community-based settings. Graduates of all emphases are eligible for positions in quality improvement, program planning and evaluation, and are eligible for advanced study at the doctoral level.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The School of Nursing reserves the right to make changes in the curriculum based on the evaluation process. Students will be advised and assisted in making adjustments to these changes.

NOTE: The School of Nursing has impacted status. All applicants to the BSN program must apply for admission to the major from November 1–November 30 for the subsequent fall semester. Students will be admitted to the major based on GPA in the previous 60 units taken including the courses that are listed below and the optional supplemental criteria:

Applicants should address inquiries to the School of Nursing, (415) 338-1801.

Applicants with No Prior Nursing Background

Freshmen applicants, who apply as nursing majors, are admitted to the university in undeclared status. Prospective students may select another major on the application for admission. Freshmen are never admitted to the nursing major. Freshmen and sophomore students interested in the nursing major must seek advisement from the School of Nursing regarding prerequisite requirements and the potential change of major to nursing. Transfer students should take courses comparable to the prerequisite courses listed below.

Change of major and transfer students must complete the prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester prior to consideration for admission to the nursing major. Qualified students who are admitted to the nursing major will be randomly assigned to begin nursing courses in either the fall or spring semester. Those who are admitted to the spring nursing class must register and enroll in NURS 111, Professional Nursing Concepts, the previous fall semester.

In addition to the lower and upper division nursing courses, students must meet General Education and all other graduation requirements.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Students seeking to major in nursing must meet the following criteria and prerequisites. Completion of the following courses with a minimum of a C grade in each of the prerequisite courses; and a cumulative GPA in up to the last 60 units taken of 2.8 or better. A C– grade is not acceptable.

Prerequisite Courses—28 units Units
BIOL 210/
211
General Microbiology and Public Health/Laboratory 4
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy [must include a laboratory if taken elsewhere] 4
BIOL 610/
611
Principles of Human Physiology/Laboratory [must be taken in the last seven years] 4
CHEM 101/
102
Survey of Chemistry/Laboratory 4
DFM 253 Nutrition in Health and Disease 3
ENG 114 First Year Written Composition 3
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics [quantitative reasoning] 3
PSY 200 General Psychology 3
Lower Division Nursing Courses—18 units
NURS 111 Professional Nursing Concepts 3
NURS 112 Healthy Aging 1
NURS 113 Nursing Practicum I 2
NURS 114 Health Assessment 2
NURS 115 Health Assessment Skills Laboratory 1
NURS 116 Basic Nursing Skills Laboratory 1
NURS 222 Nursing of Adults 3
NURS 223 Nursing Practicum II 3
NURS 224 Technical Skills Laboratory 1
NURS 225 Pharmacology 1
Upper Division Nursing Courses—32 units
NURS 333 Pathophysiology 2
NURS 334 Family Assessment and Maternity Nursing 3
NURS 335 Nursing Practicum III 3
NURS 336 Nursing Care of Ill Children 2
NURS 337 Nursing Practicum IV 3
NURS 444 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 2
NURS 445 Nursing Practicum V 3
NURS 446 Community Health and Major Issues in Community/Mental Health 3
NURS 447 Nursing Practicum VI 3
NURS 555 Nursing Research 2
NURS 556 Nursing Leadership and Health Care Issues 2
NURS 557 Nursing Practicum VII 4
Total for major 78

Applicants with Previous Nursing Background

Applicants who are Licensed Vocational Nurses, Emergency Medical Technicians, Psychiatric Technicians, and/or Corpspersons may request placement in the baccalaureate nursing program by following these procedures:

Applicants to the Advanced Placement Option for Registered Nurses

Program Plan for Registered Nurses

Courses Units
NURS 114 Health Assessment 2
NURS 115 Health Assessment Skills Laboratory 1
NURS 300 Bridge to Advanced Placement 1
NURS 333 Pathophysiology 2
NURS 446 Community Health and Major Issues in Community/Mental Health 3
NURS 447 Nursing Practicum VI 3
NURS 555 Nursing Research 2
NURS 556 Nursing Leadership and Health Care Issues 2
NURS 557 Nursing Practicum VII 4

Special Requirements: All nursing students are required to carry professional liability insurance, personal health insurance, and to meet the health requirements of the school at the beginning of each academic year. Students at the senior level must have use of an automobile for the community health nursing experience.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Graduate Advisers—Baj, Boyle, Ferretti, Fong, Gonzales, Hardie, Haw, Hess, Johnson, Mackay, McLaughlin, Nichols, Perry, Stannard, Verhey, Yorker

The Master of Science in Nursing meets guidelines for graduate nursing education issued by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national accreditation organization. The core program includes courses in nursing theory, health care policy, ethics for advanced practice nurses, and role development. Additionally, the core program requires students to complete two clinical courses and a culminating experience (thesis or field study). Units taken in addition to the core program are selected upon graduate nursing faculty advisement. In addition to a family nurse practitioner concentration and a clinical nurse specialist option, the master's program offers emphases in clinical care management, entrepreneurial leadership, and public health/community nursing.

Admission to Program

There are three pathways for entry into the program: R.N. with a B.S. in Nursing; R.N. with baccalaureate in another field; non-nurse with baccalaureate or higher degree.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

NOTE: The GRE is not a requirement of admission.

Application Deadlines

B.A. Applicants to M.S.N. (generic M.S.N.) November 30
B.A./RN Applicants to M.S.N. November 30
RN/M.S.N. Applicants
  Fall admission May 15
  Spring admission November 15
Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (M.S.N.) or Certificate May 1

Special Requirements. All graduate nursing students are required to carry professional liability insurance, personal health insurance, and to meet the health requirements of the university at the beginning of each academic year. It is advisable to have an automobile for ease of transportation to practicum assignments. All M.S.N. students must be licensed as a RN or possess an interim permit before enrolling in NURS 801.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: certified through passing the Graduate Essay Test (GET) prior to entrance to the graduate program. The GET must be completed with a full passing score before enrolling in graduate nursing courses. Students who fail the GET must enroll in SCI 614, CA 514, EDUC 614, CHS 514, BUS 514, or obtain a private tutor to strengthen writing skills and retake the GET. Passing the GET or completion of remedial courses are required prior to enrolling in NURS 794. Level Two: satisfied by demonstration of English competency on the final paper for NURS 794.

Advancement to Candidacy

The student must clear any admission conditions as soon as possible after beginning the graduate program. The Graduate Approved Program (GAP) should be completed and filed in the Graduate Division after the student has completed 24 units. The Proposal for Culminating Experience form must be completed and filed before he/she enrolls in the culminating experience course, either NURS 895 or 898.

General Information

Prerequisite courses may be challenged or waived for those students who have extensive professional experience and have participated in mandatory continuing education programs for R.N. licensure. The graduate adviser will provide information regarding the sequence in which required course work should be completed. NURS 800 is an Optional Clinical Internship (1-4 units) available on advisement.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Requirements Units
NURS 700 The Theoretical Basis of Nursing 3
NURS 706 Health Care Policy/Nursing Issues 3
NURS 732 Ethics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NURS 733 Nursing Role Development: Theory 2
NURS 734 Nursing Role Development: Application Seminar 2
NURS 794 Seminar in Research 3
NURS 801 Graduate Nursing Practicum I 4
NURS 802 Graduate Nursing Practicum II 4
  Core total 24
Concentration/Emphasis or Electives
Units on advisement 9-19
Culminating Experience
One of the following to be selected with approval of graduate adviser: 3
 NURS 895 Field Study in Nursing
 NURS 898 Master's Thesis
  Minimum total 36-46

Concentration/Emphases

Clinical Care Management Emphasis

This clinically focused emphasis enables students to select a specific client group and develop in-depth knowledge and skills for assessing, treating, and coordinating the care of the client in collaboration with the client, family, and the interdisciplinary health care team. Elective units selected with approval of adviser.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Option. This option offers the graduate student the opportunity to take additional courses for certification by the California State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The clinical nurse specialist is an advanced practice nurse holding a master's degree with a concentration in a specific area of clinical nursing. The role of the CNS is defined by the needs of a select client population and clinical expertise of the nurse. The role demonstrates the advanced nursing component areas of expert clinical nursing practice, education, research, consultation, and clinical leadership. With adviser's guidance, the additional courses required for BRN certification include: NURS 730, NURS 731, NURS 805, NURS 711, and NURS 501.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Emphasis

This emphasis enables students to combine the nursing perspective and principles of business to become effective and successful entrepreneurs. The following courses are recommended for this emphasis: MGMT 831, MGMT 832, MGMT 833.

Public Health/Community Nursing Emphasis

This clinically focused emphasis prepares nurses to develop, implement, manage, and evaluate health promotion programs and services for vulnerable populations in urban communities. Elective units selected with approval of the adviser.

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) concentration requires 46 units for a total of 540 clinical hours and is designed to prepare FNPs for primary care practice. The following courses are required in addition to the core program.

NURS 501 Principles of Pharmacology 3
NURS 708 Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care 4
NURS 711 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion/Maintenance 2
NURS 730 Advanced Nursing Physiology and Pathophysiology 2
NURS 731 Advanced Nursing Physiology and Pathophysiology—Seminar 2
NURS 803 Graduate Nursing Practicum III 4
NURS 804 Professional Issues and Nurse Practitioner Skills 2

CERTIFICATE IN FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate enables master's and doctoral prepared nurses to change roles and attain certification. The certificate is a 30-unit course of post-graduate study. Completion of the certificate verifies to the California Board of Registered Nursing that the students meet all requirements for licensure as nurse practitioners and also provides documentation to professional organizations that all requirements for national certification examinations were completed. The certificate program includes the courses listed under the concentration in family nurse practitioner and additional courses chosen in consultation with an adviser.

Graduates of the certificate program are eligible for positions as family nurse practitioners in primary care settings.

Admission Requirements

CERTIFICATE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE

The program offers a skill mix package that includes marketing, program resource allocation, strategic planning, organizational development, budget and fiscal planning for managed care systems, quality improvement, and an emphasis on managing multicultural workforces in the community. The certificate is offered through the College of Extended Learning. Once admitted to the program by the School of Nursing, students enroll in classes through Open University. In addition to courses listed under the entrepreneurial leadership emphasis above, elective units are selected with approval of an adviser.

 



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