Nursing

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

School of Nursing
BH 371
415-338-1801
Director: Karen Johnson-Brennan, Interim

Graduate Coordinator: Frank E. McLaughlin

Faculty

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

Associate Professors—Boyle, Chen-Louie, Eaton, Ferretti, Johnson, Matteoli

Assistant Professors—Nichols, Robertson-Beckley

Lecturers—Bahr, Buckley, Kruse, Neilson, Smith, Spiegel, Van Dam

Programs

B.S. in Nursing
M.S. in Nursing
M.S. In Nursing: Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner
Entrepreneurial Leadership in Health Care Certificate
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  a concentration in family nurse practitioner and emphases in entrepreneurial leadership, case management/long term care, and public health/community nursing. The MSN is designed to meet a critical need of the health care system for qualified nurse entrepreneurial leaders; long term care specialists and case managers in acute care, long term care, community and home health agencies; and/or 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 Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway Street, New York, NY 10006, (212) 363-5555; 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 MSN will be prepared to manage and administer health care services in managed care systems, long term care agencies, nursing centers, faculty practices, clinics and mental health centers, and acute care institutions, in environments both entrepreneurial and traditional, at the regional, national, and international level. Graduates of the clinical care management 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 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 prerequisite courses that are listed below and the 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.

Applicants with Previous Nursing Background

Applicants who are Licensed Vocational Nurses, 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

Online 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 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—28 units Units
BIOL 210/211 General Microbiology and Public Health with Laboratory 4
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy [must include a laboratory if taken elsewhere] 4
BIOL 610/611 Principles of Human Physiology with Laboratory [must be taken in the last seven years] 4
CHEM 101/102 Survey of Chemistry with 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 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 78

Program Plan for Registered Nurses

RN's will earn units in the nursing major at San Francisco State University by satisfactory completion of the following courses. RNs may earn unit credit for NURS 114, NURS 333, and NURS 556 through challenge examinations.

Courses Units
NURS 114 Health Assessment 2
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, Haw, Hess, Johnson, Mackay, McLaughlin, Moldanado, Nichols, Perry, Robertson-Beckley, Verhey

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.

Specific admission requirements include the following:

  1. An applicant must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study at San Francisco State University.
  2. An applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in the last 60 units of study.
  3. The School of Nursing Program Application Form (available from the graduate secretary, School of Nursing) must be completed and submitted by the established deadline date.
  4. An applicant must be a graduate of a NLN 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 undergraduate prerequisite and nursing courses. (Contact the School of Nursing for information.)
  5. Students whose primary language is not English must earn a minimum of 550 on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.
  6. R.N. applicants must have current licensure in the U.S.A. and be eligible for licensure in California.
  7. A statement of purpose that outlines goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate study must be submitted with the School of Nursing application.
  8. Applicants must provide at least three references: one from a former instructor, one from a work supervisor, and one from a work colleague.
  9. Courses in inferential statistics and nursing research must have been completed within the past seven years.
  10. Applicants must submit a three- to ten-page sample of writing skills.
  11. Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration must have at least one year (2,000 hours) of recent relevant nursing practice experience.

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
Entrepreneurial Leadership in Health Care Certificate November 30
B.S.N./RN Applicants to M.S.N.
  Fall admission May 15
  Spring admission October 15
Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (M.S.N.) or Certificate March 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 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

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.

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. Information regarding the sequence in which required course work should be completed will be provided by the graduate adviser.

Online course descriptions are available.

Core Requirements Units
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
Concentration and Emphasis Requirements
Students must complete the concentration or one of the emphases 13-22
Culminating Experience
One of the following culminating requirements to be selected with approval of graduate adviser 3
NURS 895 Field Study in Nursing  
NURS 898 Master's Thesis  
  Minimum total 36-45
Concentration/Emphases
Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner
NURS 501 Principles of Pharmacology 2
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 713 Case Management in Primary Care for the Family Nurse Practitioner 3
NURS 803 Graduate Nursing Practicum III 6
NURS 804 Professional Issues and Nurse Practitioner Skills 2
  Total for concentration 22
Emphasis in Clinical Care Management
NURS 706 Health Care Policy and Nursing Issues 3
NURS 714 Case Management in Long Term Care 4
Elective units to be selected with approval of adviser (may be taken from any discipline in the university) 6
  Total for emphasis 13
Emphasis in Entrepreneurial Leadership
NURS 702 Foundations of Management for Nurse Entrepreneurs 4
NURS 706 Health Care Policy and Nursing Issues 3
MGMT 851 Entrepreneurial Management 3
MGMT 861 Business Plan 3
  Total for emphasis 13
Emphasis in Public Health/Community Nursing
NURS 706 Health Care Policy and Nursing Issues 3
NURS 707 Community-based Population-focused Nursing Practice 4
NURS 720 Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Community Health Nursing 3
NURS 721 Building Partnerships in the Community 3
  Total for emphasis 13

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE

This 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. The certificate program will be offered over four semesters on a part-time basis.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a 30-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 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.

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 minimum score of 550 on the paper TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.

Program Units
NURS 501 Principles of Pharmacology 2
NURS 713 Case Management in Primary Care for Family Nurse Practitioner 3
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 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
  Minimum total 30

ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE CERTIFICATE

This 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.

Purpose

The purpose of the Entrepreneurial Leadership in Health Care Certificate is to offer an integrated program in the emerging field of community-based management. This program will offer students the opportunity to become proficient in both managed care and quality management from a nursing organizational leadership perspective. The target populations are baccalaureate prepared registered nurses (RN’s) and master’s prepared RN’s pursuing career transitions. The certificate 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.

Curriculum

The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Health Care includes three components:

Admission to Program

Written English Proficiency Requirements

Level One: certified through passing the Graduate Essay Test (GET) prior to entrance to the 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.

Program Units
NURS 702 Foundations of Management 4
NURS 801 Graduate Nursing Practicum I 4
NURS 802 Graduate Nursing Practicum II 4
  Minimum total 12


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