Nursing

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

School of Nursing
BH 371
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

Lecturers--Bahr, Kruse, Van Dam

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 entrepreneurial leadership, education in nursing, case management/long term care, public health/community nursing, or case management in primary care family nurse practitioner. The MSN program is designed to meet a critical need of the health care system for qualified nurse entrepreneurial leaders; 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, the National League for Nursing, and the Western Institute of 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 entrepreneurial leadership 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 improvement, 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.

NOTE:The School of Nursing has impacted status. Applicants to the BSN program may apply for admission to the major from November 1-November 30 for the subsequent Fall and Spring semesters. Students will be admitted to the major based on GPA in the prerequisites and supplemental criteria:

Freshmen applicants are not admitted to the university as nursing majors. They can be admitted as undeclared or to an alternate major. Students interested in the nursing major must seek advisement from the School of Nursing regarding prerequisite requirements and potential change of major to nursing.

Students seeking to major in nursing must meet the following criteria and prerequisites. Completion of the following courses with a minimum of a B- in anatomy and physiology; a minimum of a C in each of the other prerequisite courses; and a cumulative GPA in the eight courses of 2.5 or better. A C- grade is not acceptable. A student may repeat only one of these courses one time only.

Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 610/611	Principles of Human Physiology and 
Laboratory [within the last seven years]
BIOL 328	Human Anatomy and Laboratory
CHEM 101/102	Survey of Chemistry and Laboratory
PSY 200	General Psychology
ENG 114	First Year Written Composition
BIOL 210/211	General Microbiology/Public Health 
and Laboratory
DFM 253	Nutrition in Health and Disease
MATH 124	Elementary Statistics [quantitative reasoning]

The courses should be comparable to those listed in the current San Francisco State University Bulletin and equivalent to one semester each. All of the required courses listed above must be completed by the end of the Fall or Winter term prior to consideration of admission to the nursing major in the following Fall semester. Change of major applicants must complete prerequisites by the end of Spring semester prior to admission. Qualified students who are admitted for the academic year will be randomly assigned to begin nursing courses during either the Fall or Spring semester. Those who are admitted to the Spring nursing class mustregister and enroll in at least one course at SFSU during the Fall.

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

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)

ANDmay 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 Corpspersons 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 use of 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. Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis must have at least two years relevant nursing practice experience.
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 secretary, 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.

Units

Core Requirements

NURS 700	The Theoretical Basis of Nursing		3
NURS 701	Advanced Concepts in Nursing		3
NURS 794	Seminar in 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: 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

Entrepreneurial Leadership

NURS 702	Foundations of Management for 
Nurse Entrepreneurs 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

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 in 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 in Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner

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. Case Management in Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner students must have two years of recent relevant clinical experience.

CASE MANAGEMENT IN PRIMARY CARE/FAMILY NURSE
PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a 31-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 in Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner. 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 four semesters on a part-time basis.

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).

Units

Program

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
NURS 804	Professional Issues and Nurse 
Practitioner Skills 2
NURS 711	Advanced Physical Assessment 
and Health Promotion/Maintenance 2
NURS 501	Principles of Pharmacology		2
Total for certificate		31


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