Bulletin--Nursing Program

Nursing


College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Gail Whitaker (Interim)

School of Nursing
SCI 276
415-338-1801
Chair: Sarah Keating

Graduate Coordinator: S. Perry

Faculty
Professors—Baj, Ebersole, Fong, Haw, Hess, Johnson-Brennan, Keating, MacKay, McLaughlin, Moldanado, Perry

Associate Professors—Chen-Louie, Eaton, Matteoli, O'Neill, Williams

Assistant Professors—Boyle, Ferretti, Verhey, Warda

Programs
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing


Program Scope

The conceptual framework for the nursing curriculum at San Francisco State University is based on a philosophy of holistic nursing. The graduate of the Bachelor of Science program is prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including community health. Based on the liberal and professional education, the graduate is expected to demonstrate: (1) individual knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and reasoning, (2) an understanding compassionate, empathetic, holistic approach to people with consideration of their cultural backgrounds, (3) a self-directive, self-assertive, and creative approach to problems, (4) knowledge and skills in nursing, (5) responsibility for high standards of nursing practice. The program provides the basis for leadership and graduate education in nursing.

The Master of Science in Nursing is offered with emphases in nursing management/administration, staff development/client education, case management/long term care or family nurse practitioner case management in primary care. The MSN program is designed to meet a critical need of the health care system for qualified nurse managers/administrators; nurse educators; long term care specialists and case managers in acute care, long term care, community and home health agencies; and family nurse practitioners.

The School of Nursing has accreditation from the California Board of Registered Nursing and the National League for 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.

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 management/administration emphasis of the program will be qualified for management positions such as clinical nurse coordinators, head nurses, supervisors, assistant directors, associate directors or directors of nursing in hospitals, long term care facilities, community, or home health care agencies. Graduates of the case management/long term care emphasis will be qualified as case managers in hospitals, long term care facilities, community and home health care agencies. Graduates of the family nurse practitioner emphasis will be qualified for case management in primary care settings. Graduates of all emphases are eligible for positions in quality assurance, program planning, and evaluation and are eligible for doctoral study.

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.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Nursing discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).

The nursing major is impacted. Applications are accepted from November 1–November 30 for the following fall or spring semester. The following supplemental criteria will be applied. Courses meeting G.E. and other graduation requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better. The C– grade is not acceptable. For core courses, the human anatomy and human physiology courses must be completed with grades of B– or better. The nutrition course must be completed with a grade of C or better. The courses meeting G.E. and other graduation requirements and the core courses are prerequisite to nursing courses. Freshman applicants will not be admitted to the Nursing major. They will be admitted as undeclared or to an alternate major. They must seek advisement from the School of Nursing regarding prerequisite requirements and potential change of major to Nursing. Applicants must complete the prerequisite courses by end of Winter session prior to Fall semester admission to the university to be eligible for consideration for nursing courses. A student may repeat only one of these courses one time only. The cumulative grade point average for this group of courses must be at least 2.5. A total of 124 units is required for the degree.

Applicants are selected on the basis of academic performance in prerequisite courses, foreign language proficiency, multicultural community experience, health-related experience, and underrepresentation in nursing.

G.E. and Other Graduation Requirements Courses
						Units
English Composition I (equivalent to 
	ENG 114 or 1A)
Quantitative Reasoning (Statistics)
PSY 200		General Psychology		 3
CHEM 101/102	Survey of Chemistry and 
		Laboratory (3-1)		 4
BIOL 210/211	General Microbiology/Public 
		Health and Laboratory (3-1)	 4
Core Courses—11 units
BIOL 328	Human Anatomy and Laboratory	 4
BIOL 610/611	Principles of Human Physiology 
		and Laboratory (3-1) [completed 
		within seven years]		 4
DIET 253	Nutrition in Health and Disease 
		(or equivalent)			 3
Lower Division Nursing Courses—17 units
NURS 111	Professional Nursing Concepts	3
NURS 112	Healthy Aging			1
NURS 113	Nursing Practicum I		4
NURS 114	Health Assessment		2
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—40 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 & 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			72
Applicants to the Advanced Placement Option for Registered Nurses
Program Plan for Advanced Placement Option for Registered Nurses
It is possible to receive credit through challenge examinations for certain lecture courses. Working nurses may opt for part-time study and complete the program at their own pace. It is possible for full-time students to complete the nursing major courses in one calendar year. Students must meet all other university requirements for graduation.

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete all courses prescribed for each level before progressing to the next level.

RN's will earn credits in the major at San Francisco State University by satisfactory completion of the following courses.

						Units
NURS 300	Bridge to Advanced Placement	4
NURS 225	Pharmacology			1
NURS 333	Pathophysiology			2
NURS 446	Community Health & 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
RN's may transfer lower division units equal to the content in:

NURS 111	Professional Nursing Concepts
NURS 112	Healthy Aging (1)
NURS 113	Nursing Practicum I (4)
NURS 114	Health Assessment (2)
NURS 222	Nursing of Adults
NURS 223	Nursing Practicum II
NURS 224	Technical Skills Laboratory (1)
NURS 225	Pharmacology (1)
AND may receive sixteen (16) upper division units upon credit by portfolio for the following:

NURS 334	Family Assessment and Maternity 
		Nursing
NURS 335	Nursing Practicum III
NURS 336	Nursing Care of Ill Children (2)
NURS 337	Nursing Practicum IV
NURS 444	Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (2)
NURS 445	Nursing Practicum V
Validation of curricular content may occur as a result of documentation, evaluation, or examination. RN's should consult with a School of Nursing adviser.

Applicants with Previous Nursing Background
Applicants who are Licensed Vocational Nurses, Psychiatric Technicians, and/or Corpsmen may request placement in the baccalaureate Nursing Program via the following procedures:

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

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Graduate Advisers—Baj, Eaton, Haw, Hess, Mackay, Matteoli, McLaughlin, Verhey, Warda

Admission to Program
There are three different pathways for entry into the program: R.N. with a B.S. in Nursing; R.N. with baccalaureate degree in another field; non-nurse with baccalaureate or higher degree (see second requirement below).

Specific admission requirements include the following:

  1. Meet general requirements for admission to San Francisco State University for graduate study.
  2. Be a graduate of an N.L.N. accredited baccalaureate nursing program or its equivalent; R.N.s with baccalaureates in other fields will be evaluated for equivalency to the B.S. in Nursing.
  3. Non-nurse applicants may enter the program by completing prerequisite undergraduate nursing courses (please consult School of Nursing for information).
  4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in baccalaureate grade achievement.
  5. R.N. applicants must have current R.N. licensure in the U.S.A. and be eligible for licensure in California.
  6. R.N. applicants are recommended to have at least one year post-Bachelor of Science nursing practice experience; two years is preferred.
  7. Have completed courses in inferential statistics and nursing research within the past seven years.
  8. Have a minimum test score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose primary language is not English.
  9. Provide at least three references: one from a former instructor, one from a work supervisor, and one from a work colleague.
  10. Submit a statement of purpose that outlines goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate study.
  11. Submit a two-page sample of writing skills.
  12. Complete and submit the School of Nursing Program Application Form (available from the graduate coordinator, School of Nursing).
Special Requirements
All graduate nursing students are required to carry professional liability insurance and to meet the health requirements of the school at the beginning of each academic year. It is advisable to have an automobile for ease of transportation to practicum assignments.

Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: certified through passing the Graduate Essay Test (GET) upon entrance to the graduate program. The GET must be completed with a passing score before enrolling in graduate nursing courses. Students who fail the GET must enroll in EDUC 614 or obtain a private tutor to strengthen writing skills and retake the GET. Level Two: satisfied by demonstration of English competency on the final paper for ISED 797.

Advancement to Candidacy
In addition to fulfilling all university requirements, the student must file a Graduate Approved Program after admission and before enrolling in NURS 895/898 and the last six units of study in the program. Clearance of admission conditions must be completed by the time the Graduate Approved Program is filed.

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Nursing discipline in the Announcement of Courses section). Prerequisite courses listed may be challenged or waived for a number of candidates based on extensive professional experience and participation in mandatory continuing education programs for R.N. licensure.

Information regarding the sequence in which required course work should be completed may be obtained from the Nursing School Office.

Core Requirements				Units
NURS 700	The Theoretical Basis of 
		Nursing				    3
NURS 701	Advanced Concepts in Nursing	    3
ISED 797	Seminar in Educational Research	    3
NURS 705	Quality Assessment and Program 
		Evaluation in Nursing		    3
NURS 801	Graduate Nursing Practicum I	    4
NURS 802	Graduate Nursing Practicum II	    4
		Core total			   20
Emphasis Requirements
One of the following emphases must be 
completed (see below)				13-17
Culminating Experience
One of the following culminating requirements 
to be selected upon approval			    3
	NURS 895	Field Study in Nursing
	NURS 898	Master's Thesis
		Minimum total			36-40
Nursing Management/Administration Emphasis
NURS 702	Nursing Management Models	    4
NURS 706	Health Care Policy and Issues 
		in Nursing			    3
Elective units to be selected upon approval of 
	adviser (may be taken from any disci-
	pline in the university)		    6
		Total for emphasis		   13
Staff Development/Client Education Emphasis
NURS 703	Nursing Curriculum Models	    4
NURS 706	Health Care Policy and Issues 
		in Nursing			    3
Elective units to be selected upon approval of 
	adviser (may be taken from any disci-
	pline in the university)		    6
		Total for emphasis		   13
Case Management/Long Term Care
NURS 707	Models of Case Management in 
		Long Term Care			    4
NURS 706	Health Care Policy and Issues 
		in Nursing			    3
Elective units to be selected upon approval of 
	adviser (may be taken from any disci-
	pline in the university)		    6
		Total for emphasis		   13
Case Management/Primary Care
NURS 707	Models of Case Management in 
		Primary Care			    4
NURS 708	Diagnosis and Management in 
		Primary Care			    3
NURS 709	Advanced Family Nurse Practi-
		tioner Skills and Treatment	    4
NURS 803	Graduate Nursing Practicum III	    6
		Total for emphasis		   17

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