Nursing


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

School of Nursing
SCI 276
415-338-1801
Director: Shannon E. Perry

Graduate Coordinator: F. McLaughlin

Faculty

Professors--Baj, Fong, Haw, Hess, Johnson-Brennan, MacKay, McLaughlin, Moldanado, Perry

Associate Professors--Chen-Louie, Eaton, Ferretti, Johnson, Matteoli, Verhey

Assistant Professors--Boyle, Nichols, Robertson-Beckley, Warda

Programs

B.S. in Nursing

M.S. in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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 emphases in nursing management/administration, education in nursing, case management/long term care, case management in primary care, public health/community nursing, or family nurse practitioner. 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 is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and is accredited by 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 education in nursing emphasis will be qualified as consultants, staff developers, directors of education, client education coordinators, nurse educators in hospitals, long term care facilities, community, home health care agencies, and selected nursing education programs. Graduates of the case management/long term care emphasis will be qualified for positions as case managers in hospitals, long term care facilities, community and home health care agencies. Graduates of the case management in primary care emphasis will be qualified as Family Nurse Practitioners. Graduates of the public health/community nursing emphasis will be eligible for positions as program planners, managers, and evaluators of public health programs and community nursing services, and as case managers for specific at-risk populations. Graduates of all emphases are eligible for positions in quality assurance, program planning, and evaluation and are eligible for advanced 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.

The nursing major is impacted. Applications are accepted from November 1-November 30 for the following fall or spring semester. Courses meeting G.E. and other graduation requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better. The C- grade is not acceptable. 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 listed below as 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. Change of major students must complete prerequisite courses by the end of Spring semester prior to Fall semester admission to nursing courses. Transfer student applicants must complete the prerequisite courses by the 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 the prerequisite 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 health-related experience, and underrepresentation in nursing.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

G.E. and Other Graduation Requirements Courses

									Units
English Composition I (equivalent to ENG 114 or 1A)			3
Quantitative Reasoning (Statistics)					3
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--18 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--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								50

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				1
NURS 225	Pharmacology						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

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 of 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, 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 an automobile for the Community Health nursing experience.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Graduate Advisers--Baj, Boyle, Eaton, Ferretti, Haw, Hess, Johnson, Mackay, Matteoli, McLaughlin, Perry, 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 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. Non-nurse applicants may enter the program by completing prerequisite undergraduate nursing courses (please consult School of Nursing for information).
3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in the last 60 units of study.
4. R.N. applicants must have current R.N. licensure in the U.S.A. and be eligible for licensure in California.
5. R.N. applicants are recommended to have at least one year post-Bachelor of Science nursing practice experience; two years is preferred.
6. Have completed courses in inferential statistics and nursing research within the past seven years.
7. 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.
8. Provide at least three references: one from a former instructor, one from a work supervisor, and one from a work colleague.
9. Submit a statement of purpose that outlines goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate study.
10. Submit a two-page sample of writing skills.
11. Complete and submit the School of Nursing Program Application Form (available from the graduate coordinator, School of Nursing).
Students admitted to the M.S.N. program and, also, interested in the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate may pursue both objectives simultaneously. These students should select the Case Management/Primary Care Emphasis of the M.S.N. program. With this emphasis, the student will complete a total of 45 units for the degree and certificate.

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 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 NURS 794.

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.

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

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference). 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.

Core Requirements

									 Units 
NURS 700	The Theoretical Basis of Nursing			3
NURS 701	Advanced Concepts in Nursing				3
NURS 794	Seminar in Nursing Research				3
NURS 705	Quality Management 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:			13-22

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								36-45

Emphases

Nursing Management/Administration Emphasis
NURS 702	Nursing Management Models				4
NURS 706	Health Care Policy and Nursing Issues			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
Education in Nursing Emphasis
NURS 703	Nursing Curriculum Models				4
NURS 706	Health Care Policy and Nursing Issues			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	Community-Based Population-Focused Nursing Practice	4
NURS 706	Health Care Policy and Nursing Issues			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
Public Health/Community Nursing
NURS 707	Community-Based Population-Focused Nursing Practice	4
NURS 706	Health Care Policy and Nursing Issues			3
In lieu of electives, students take:
NURS 720	Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Community 
		Health Nursing						3
NURS 721	Building Partnerships in the Community			3

Total for emphasis							13
Case Management/Primary Care
NURS 707	Community-Based Population Focused Nursing Practice	4
NURS 708	Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care		3
NURS 709	Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis and 
		Management in Primary Care				4
NURS 711	Advanced Physical Assessment and Health 
		Promotion/Maintenance 					2
NURS 501	Principles of Pharmacology				2
NURS 803	Graduate Nursing Practicum III				6
NURS 804	Professional Issues and Nurse Practitioner Skills	2

Total for emphasis							23
Special Requirements. All graduate 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. It is advisable to have an automobile for ease of transportation to practicum assignments. All M.S.N. students must have taken the RN licensing examination and possess an interim permit before enrolling in NURS 801.

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a 25-unit course of post-graduate study designed for nurses with master's degrees or doctorates in nursing and is a core part of the existing M.S.N. degree emphasis in Case Management/Primary Care. The program is designed for nurses to complement their existing theoretical and clinical nursing knowledge and skills through an emphasis on case management in primary care. 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.

Graduates of the certificate program are eligible for positions as Family Nurse Practitioners in primary care settings. They are also prepared to teach in nursing programs with nurse practitioner programs.

The certificate program will be offered over two semesters with an additional summer or winter clinical practicum. Students will enroll for two of the courses (NURS 540/708 and NURS 552/709) with the Open University of Sonoma State.

Admission Requirements

Written English Proficiency Requirement

It is assumed that graduates of master's or doctoral programs in nursing in the United States are proficient

in English. Graduates of International Nursing Programs must demonstrate English proficiency through an example of a written scholarly paper and a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. Students admitted to the M.S.N. program must pass the Graduate Essay Test (GET).

Program

									 Units 
NURS 707	Community-Based Population-Focused Nursing Practice	4
NURS 708	Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care		3
NURS 709	Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis and 
		Management in Primary Care				4
NURS 801	Graduate Nursing Practicum I				4
NURS 802	Graduate Nursing Practicum II				4
NURS 803	Graduate Nursing Practicum III				6

Total for certificate							25


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