Nursing

Program Contact Information
Sharon Chappy
Program Director
Office: Nursing/Education 147
Telephone: (920) 424-2106
Web Site: www.uwosh.edu/con/college-of-nursing-programs/graduate
E-mail: congrad@uwosh.edu

I. Faculty

 

II. Purpose

Vision: The College of Nursing will build upon its tradition of developing caring and scholarly nurse leaders who positively impact contemporary and future health care.

The purpose of the graduate program is to prepare professional nurses for the MSN and DNP degrees. MSN emphases include the Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader. The BSN to DNP Program prepares Family Nurse Practitioners with a primary care focus. The MSN to DNP Program prepares advanced practice nurses and advanced nurse administrators for a practice role with a more comprehensive focus on population health, leadership, evidence based practice, and technology. There is also a post-MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate Program.


III. Degree
Completion of the program will lead to the degrees: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

IV. Additional Admissions Requirements Information

In addition to the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies specified in the first section of this Bulletin, the program has the following policies and procedures for admission:

 

Grade-Point Average
MSN: A grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 in undergraduate studies is required. Students who have less than a 3.00 GPA can appeal and may be admitted on a probationary status. 

BSN to DNP: A GPA of 3.00 in undergraduate studies is required. GRE required to applicants with a GPA of 2.70-2.99. 

MSN to DNP: A GPA of 3.50 in MSN graduate studies is required. 

 

Written Screening
Qualified applicants are asked to provide written responses to a series of questions that focus on professional attributes and potential success in the chosen graduate emphasis. 

 

Interview
Qualified applicants may be interviewed after application materials and the written screening are evaluated. 

 

Resume
Applicants must submit a professional resume including certification(s) held and professional affiliations and activities. MSN to DNP applicants provide a supplemental application that includes a portfolio. 

 

Licensure/Degree
MSN: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program and licensure as a registered nurse in the state of residence and be eligible for Wisconsin licensure. Nursing practice is helpful but not required. Individual consideration may be given for graduates from non-accredited nursing programs, if the institution is regionally accredited. 

BSN to DNP: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program and licensure as a registered nurse in the state of residence and be eligible for Wisconsin licensure. Nursing practice is helpful but not required. 

MSN to DNP: Applicants must hold a MSN from an accredited program, RN licensure in the state of residency and be eligible for Wisconsin licensure, and national certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse or advanced nursing administrator. 

 

References 
Applicants must provide three references from professional and/or work-related sources. 

 

Prior Coursework 
MSN: Applicants must have earned a B or higher in a three (3) credit introductory statistics course that includes both descriptive and inferential statistics within five years of admission to the program. 

BSN to DNP: Applicants must have earned a B or higher in a three (3) credit introductory statistics course that includes both descriptive and inferential statistics within five years of admission to the program. 

MSN to DNP: Prior coursework required is listed on the College of Nursing website supplementary application. 550 clinical hours of prior advanced practice or administration practice is necessary. 

 

Computer Competency
Students are expected to have experience with a word processing program, sending and receiving emails, and accessing the World Wide Web. Each student is given a campus e-mail account with 24-hour computer access. All official communication from the program is sent via campus e-mail to the students' UW Oshkosh account. Technology requirements for UW Oshkosh students can be found at: http://www.uwosh.edu/acs/

 

Health and CPR Requirements, Caregiver Background Checks, Liability Insurance
Students must meet health and CPR requirements and have a caregiver background check performed upon admission to the programs. Contact the Graduate Nursing Office for a list of immunization requirements. Clinical agencies and the College of Nursing may refuse entry into clinical experience if requirements are not met. Liability insurance will be provided by the College of Nursing to all students enrolled and engaged in the curriculum for all clinical practicum experiences. 


V. Summary

A. Structure

The MSN Program is comprised of courses that contribute to specialty as a Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Leader.

The BSN to DNP Program is comprised of courses that lead to a doctoral degree in nursing practice and an advanced practice nursing specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The MSN to DNP Program is comprised of courses that lead to a doctoral degree in nursing practice.

Program requirements must be completed within a five-year period, starting with the first course taken that counts toward the degree, regardless of date of admission to the program.



B. Academic Plans of Study
The following are the descriptions for the nursing plan(s) of study:
Nursing – MSN to DNP
Nursing - BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner specialty
Nursing – Adult Health and Illness (Admissions Suspended)
Nursing – Nurse Educator
Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader
Certificate - Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Leader GAP Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
NAC Certificate


C. Minimum Unit (Cr.) Requirements
The minimum credit requirements:
MSN to DNP – 30 credits
BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis - 74 credits
Adult Health and Illness emphasis - 44 credits - (Admissions suspended)
Nurse Educator - 37 credits
Clinical Nurse Leader - 37 credits
GAP - 31 credits
NAC - 10 credits
Post MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate - 12 credits

The graduate program curriculum undergoes continuous quality improvement. Contact the Graduate Nursing Program Office for information regarding specific minimum credit requirements and changes.



D. Admission to Candidacy
Students must satisfy fully the Office of Graduate Studies requirements for advancement to candidacy as stated in the first section of this Bulletin. Students must meet with their program coordinator to plan and receive program approval for their admission to candidacy. Students should apply for Admission to Candidacy after completing 9-21 credits. The Office of Graduate Studies gives final approval to Admission to Candidacy. MSN to DNP students are required to identify a topic for their culminating project.

E. Graduation Requirements
Completion of a clinical paper, thesis or other culminating experience (based on plan of study) in addition to all other required degree courses as determined by the program. Candidates must satisfy all program and Office of Graduate Studies academic, culminating and degree requirements to be eligible for graduation and degree conferral.

F. Audit/Guest Student/Special Student Policy

No auditing is allowed for graduate clinical courses. Very limited audit status is allowed in graduate theory courses for those students who have earned the (MSN). For eligible students, audit status is open on a space-available basis and with permission of the Graduate Program Director and the course instructor. Guest students (i.e., admitted to a graduate program at another institution) will be allowed to enroll for graduate theory courses after permission from the Graduate Program Director and documentation of full-standing admission at their home institution must be provided. Permission will be granted on a space-available basis. Credits earned while a guest student are intended for transfer credit. However, should students be subsequently admitted into the UW Oshkosh Graduate Program, the five-year completion time limit begins with the first course applicable to the degree. Special student classification is limited.

G. Grading and Class Size Policies

Progression requirements include the policy that a grade of B or higher must be earned in each nursing course. Only one course may be repeated if a grade lower than a B is earned.

Course offerings are dependent on adequate course enrollment.



VI. Degree Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The MSN to DNP curriculum is comprised of components modeled after guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing DNP Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. 

 

MSN to DNP 

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 800 3 Foundations of the DNP Role and Interprofessional Collaboration
NURSING  801 3 Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING  803 3 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health
NURSING  805 3 Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING  809 3  Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING  821  4  DNP Seminar & Practicum I
NURSING  822  5  DNP Seminar & Practicum II
NURSING  883  3  Healthcare Informatics
NURSING  890  3  DNP Capstone Project

BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization 

The BSN to DNP curriculum is comprised of components modeled after guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, the National Task Force on Quality NP Education, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. 

 

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 605 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NURSING 700 3 Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning
NURSING 701 3 Translational Scholarship
NURSING 702 3 Health Care Systems Policy and Advocacy
NURSING 703 3 Clinical Prevention and Population Health
NURSING 704 3 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
NURSING 709 3 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Roles
NURSING 730 3 Clinical Practice Management
NURSING 800  3 Foundations of the DNP Role and Interprofessional Collaboration
NURSING  801 3 Philosophical, Theoretical and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING  803 3 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health
NURSING  805 3 Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING  804 1 DNP Capstone I
NURSING  806 1 DNP Capstone II
NURSING  808 1 DNP Capstone III
NURSING  810 1 DNP Capstone IV
NURSING  809 3 Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING  829 6 DNP Residency
NURSING  883 3  Healthcare Informatics

 

Master of Science of Nursing (MSN)

The MSN curriculum is comprised of several components modeled after guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Masters Essentials of Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Leader Competencies), and National League of Nursing Nurse Educator core competencies. 

 

MSN Graduate Core Courses: 

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 701 3 Translational Scholarship
NURSING 702 2-3 Health Care Systems Policy and Advocacy
NURSING  703 2-3 Clinical Prevention and Population Health
NURSING  704 3 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
NURSING 707 2 Epidemiology
NURSING 708 2 Ethics in Advanced Nursing
NURSING 709 3 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Roles
NURSING 719 3 Foundations of Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration
NURSING 745 2 Advanced Health Assessment for Clinical Nurse Leaders and Nurse Educators
NURSING  793 3 Clinical Paper  OR
NURSING  795 3 Nursing Thesis OR
NURSING 759 3 Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion Practicum (CNL only-Capstone)

*All master's students take core courses.

 

Note: Diversity and Social Issues threaded through courses and emphasized in the following: 

Nursing

722 Diversity Practicum (BSN to DNP)
736  The Education Process in Nursing (Nurse Educator)
738 Advanced Educator Practicum (Nurse Educator)
763 Quality in the CNL Role


Note: Professional Role emphasized in the following: 

Nursing

730 Clinical Practice Management (BSN to DNP) 
736 The Education Process in Nursing (Nurse Educator)
737 Nurse Educator Practice Advancement (Nurse Educator)
738 Advanced Educator Practicum (Nurse Educator)
759 CNL Immersion Practicum (CNL)
762 Leadership in the CNL Role (CNL)
763 Quality in the CNL Role (CNL)

Specialty Courses

1. Family Nurse Practitioner

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 716 2 Clinical Management and Pharmacology I
NURSING 717 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology II
NURSING 718 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology III
NURSING 722  2  Diversity Practicum
NURSING 726  2
FNP Practicum I
NURSING 727  4
FNP Practicum II
NURSING 728  4
FNP Practicum III
NURSING 720  1
Pediatric Seminar for APN (Elective)
NURSING 730 2 Clinical Practice Management

Eligible to sit for the ANCC or AANP Certification Examination

 

 

 

2. Adult Health and Illness Emphasis-ADMISSIONS SUSPENDED

NURSING  754  Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum I 

NURSING  755  4  Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum II 

NURSING  756  Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum III 

NURSING  764  2  Adult Clinical Management and Pharmacology I 

NURSING  765  Adult Clinical Management and Pharmacology II 

NURSING  766  2  Adult Clinical Management and Pharmacology III

Eligible to sit for the ANCC or AANP Certification Examination 

 

3. Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING  757 2 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II
NURSING 759 3 Clinical Leader Immersion Practicum
NURSING 761 2 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I
NURSING  762 2 Leadership in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role
NURSING  763 3 Quality in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role 

Eligible to sit for the AACN CNL Certification Examination 

 

4. Nurse Educator Emphasis

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 736 3 The Education Process in Nursing 
NURSING 737 1 Nurse Educator Practice Advancement
NURSING 738 4 Advanced Educator Practicum
NURSING 748 3 Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Nursing Education
NURSING 793 3 Clinical Paper

Eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certification Examination after NLN criteria are met which includes 2-4 years of education employment. 

 

5. Doctor of Nursing Practice

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 800 3 Foundations of the DNP Role and Interprofessional Collaboration
NURSING 801 3 Philosophical, Theoretical and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING 803 3 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Heath
NURSING 805 3 Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING 804 1 DNP Capstone I
NURSING 806 1 DNP Capstone II
NURSING 808 1 DNP Capstone III
NURSING 810 1 DNP Capstone IV
NURSING 809 3  Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
NURSING 821 4 DNP Seminar and Practicum I (MSN to DNP only)
NURSING 822 5  DNP Seminar and Practicum II (MSN to DNP only)
NURSING 829 6 DNP Residency (BSN to DNP only)
NURSING 883 3 Healthcare Informatics
NURSING 890 3 DNP Capstone Project (MSN to DNP only)

 

 

 

Other Requirements
Completion of a culminating project: clinical paper or project or DNP capstone project. 

 

Post MSN Clinical Nurse Leaders Certificate Program 

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 757 2 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II
NURSING 759 3 Clinical Leader Immersion Practicum
NURSING 761 2 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I
NURSING 762 2 Leadership in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role
NURSING 763 3 Quality in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role

 

Admission Requirements for Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate Program 

  1. Master's degree in nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program. MSN coursework must show evidence of courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Epidemiology. Individual consideration may be given to graduates of graduate nursing programs that were not accredited at the time of graduation. 
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of residence. 
  3. Two letters of reference from professional and/or work related sources. 
  4. Nursing practice experience recommended. 
  5. A personal interview 


Non-Degree CHOICES and Requirements

Choice 1: Graduate Achievement Program (GAP)

PRIMARY HEALTHCARE GRADUATE ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

The Graduate Achievement Program in Primary Healthcare Nursing is designed for people who already have a master's degree in nursing but wish to add a different area of nursing specialization. GAP applicants will be accommodated as class size permits. A minimum of 31 credits are required. 

Admission Requirements 

  1. Master's degree in nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program. Individual consideration may be given to graduates of graduate nursing programs that were not accredited at the time of graduation. 
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Wisconsin. 
  3. Three letters of reference from professional and/or work related sources. 
  4. Nursing practice experience recommended. 
  5. A personal interview 
  6. An acceptable health assessment course with a lab or equivalent in the past two years, receiving a B or higher grade or validated use of all health assessment skills. Written exam (pass rate 85%) and performance exam to validate correct use of health history and physical exam skills. Written and demonstration exam has a fee. 
  7. For the Skill Enhancement GAP option, ANCC, AANP, or NAPNAP certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner or adult nurse practitioner is required 

 

Program Requirements

Family Nurse Practitioner GAP Skill Expansion Option: Skill expansion option, designed for master's prepared nurse administrators, educators, and clinical nurse specialists, is based on the family nurse practitioner curriculum. Credit for comparable courses will be evaluated individually. Contact the Graduate Nursing Office for information. 

Skill Enhancement Option: Two tracks are available to assist pediatric nurse practitioners (who would take the mature family track) and Adult Nurse Practitioners (who would take the young family track) to acquire competency in caring for families. 

FNP GAP Courses, Skill Expansion Option (31 Credits) 

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 700 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NURSING  703 2 Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing
NURSING  704 3 Pathophysiology for the APN
NURSING  707 2 Epidemiology
NURSING  709 3 Pharmacotherapeutics for the APN
NURSING  716 2 Clinical Management and Pharmacology I
NURSING  717 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology II
NURSING  718 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology III
NURSING  726 2 FNP Practicum I (Clinical)
NURSING  727 4 FNP Practicum II (Clinical)
NURSING  728 4 FNP Practicum III (Clinical)

Young Family Track (12 credits in track; other GAP credits required.)

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 750 6 Primary Healthcare for the Young Family I
NURSING 751 6 Primary Healthcare for the Young Family II

 

Mature Family Track (12 credits in track; other GAP credits required.) 

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 752 6 Primary Healthcare for the Mature Family I
NURSING 753 6 Primary Healthcare for the Mature Family II

 

Certification Requirements

Graduates of the Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner curriculum meet the FNP and ANP eligibility requirements of the certification centers, ANCC and AANP. Educators and Clinical Nurse Leaders are eligible for certification exams in their specialty. 

 

Choice 2: The Natural Alternative Complementary Healthcare Certificate (NAC)

A 10-credit certificate program meant to augment intervention options. The purpose of the NAC program is to educate bachelor's or master's prepared registered nurses in NAC therapies. NAC therapies can complement conventional treatments and/or provide alternative methods for health concerns, as well as provide for integration of natural therapies into a plan of care. 

 

Natural Alternative Complementary Healthcare Certificate Program 

SubjectCatalog No.CreditsTitle
NURSING 770 1 Introduction to Natural Alternative Complementary Healthcare
NURSING 771 2 Alternative Healthcare Systems
NURSING 772 2 Mind Body Spirit Interventions
NURSING 773 1 Biologic Based Therapies
NURSING 774 1 Manipulative and Body Based Methods
NURSING 775 1 Energy Therapies
NURSING 776 2 NAC Therapies Field Project and Seminar



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