2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

119 P ATTY H ANKS S HELTON S CHOOL OF N URSING Master of Science in Nursing Valerie Miller, Graduate Program Chair Through the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, Hardin-Simmons University offers the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The program outcomes are: 1. Demonstrate proficiency in a specific practice area. 2. Develop strategies that incorporate theories and models from nursing and related disciplines for advanced practice. 3. Implement scientific inquiry to replicate, validate, and test theories relevant to nursing. 4. Analyze cultural, social, ethical, economic, and political perspectives that influence the healthcare delivery system. 5. Integrate the multi-roles of the nurse for interdisciplinary practice and advancement of optimum healthcare delivery. 6. Integrate critical thinking skills into oral and written communications. Functional Tracks Available with MSN Education.................................................................................................... 33 Semester Hours Family Nurse Practitioner........................................................................... 44 Semester Hours Post Master’s Certificate............................................................................. 23 Semester Hours Admission Criteria Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing degree must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited school or university whose nursing program is NLN or CCNE accredited. Full admission to graduate study in nursing requires meeting the three academic standards as listed below and receiving the endorsement of the program director. Academic Standards 1. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. 2. GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work in nursing. Provisional Admission Provisional admission to graduate study in nursing requires meeting one of the two GPA academic standards listed above and obtaining departmental endorsement. Students granted provisional admission must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first nine hours of graduate study. Departmental Endorsement Admission to the MS in Nursing requires the following to be submitted to or conducted by the School of Nursing: 1. Licensure to practice as an RN in Texas and in good standing with the Board of Nurse Examiners. 2. Minimum of one year of clinical nursing practice. 3. Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be obtained from supervisors having knowledge of your clinical skills, work ethic and style, and/or professors attesting to your academic achievements and potential success in a graduate nursing program. 4. Completion of PHSSN application. ( http://www.nursingcas.org/ ) 5. Interview with program director and or faculty. 6. A completed PHSSN health form and proof of current immunization status. 7. Current ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification) is required for Family Nurse Practitioner students prior to beginning clinical courses.

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