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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Nursing (RN to Masters) (NBM)
with a Concentration in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing (NAG)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 51.3801
College of Nursing (NR)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 37

Contact Information:
College of Nursing
Nursing Department (NUR)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Nursing Admissions
Phone: 813-974-2191
Email: nurstudent@health.usf.edu

Website: http://health.usf.edu/nursing/admissions/masters-application.html


Faculty Search: Nursing Faculty List


Major Information

The major in Nursing leading to a Master of Science degree prepares its graduates for careers as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, or clinical nurse leaders. Students choose from a variety of nursing specialty options in advanced practice roles and enroll in a prescribed set of core courses central to all specialty options as well as specialty courses and electives. Successful completion of the master's practitioners program qualifies students to take appropriate national certification examinations and apply for licensure as an ARNP in Florida and other states. Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader are also eligible for national certification from the National League of Nursing, and the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing, respectively.

Graduate Major Objectives

  • Promote evidence-based practice based on synthesis of the most current research relevant to advanced nursing practice.
  • Ensure excellence in written and oral communication emphasizing opportunities for publishing and presenting in areas of expertise locally and nationally.
  • Prepare leaders to implement and evaluate evidenced based practice.
  • Create an environment that enhances the use of translational research to solve practice problems and improve health outcomes.
  • Ensure excellence in the dissemination of findings from evidence-based practice at the national and international levels.

Major Research Areas
The College has consolidated its research efforts into two main centers of research:

  1. The Center for Living with Chronic Illness: the College of Nursing (CON) focuses the impressive research expertise of our world-class nurse scientists, faculty, and students as they collaborate on unique solutions to the nations leading health care issues such as heart disease, Alzheimers/dementia, and cancer.
  2. Through the CON RESTORE LIVES: Research to Rehabilitate and Restore the Lives of Veterans, Service Members and their Families we are developing evidence-based methods to help veterans and service members overcome psychological stress and other health problems that result from serving in combat operations.

Accreditation Information:

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Florida Board of Nursing. In addition Nurse Anesthesia Master's Concentration is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below. Certain concentrations are highly competitive.

Baccalaureate Degree (in Nursing) to Master's Degree (B.S. to M.S.)

Nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing are prepared to enroll directly in graduate course work. The total number of credits required is specific to the nursing concentration. Admission criteria include:

  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States upon matriculation. Current license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida before the first clinical course. Three letters of recommendation, indicating potential for graduate study, from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic ability, clinical competence, and commitment. (Optimally, these letters will be from nursing professors, or clinical supervisors.)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required
  • Applicants to the MS program are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may petition the Student Affairs Committee for consideration for admission.

Registered Nurse to Master's Degree (NBM)

Registered nurses who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another discipline are eligible for admission to the Master's degree program.

  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States upon matriculation. Current license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida before the first clinical course.Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required, as well as other admission requirements
  • Applicants to the MS Nursing Major are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.
  • Completion of the bridge courses with a letter grade of "B/S" or greater and a GPA of 3.00 or better before progression:
    NUR3078Information Technology Skills for Nurses1
    NUR3805Nursing as a Profession2
    NUR4169CEvidence Based Practice for Baccalaureate Nurses3
    NUR4634CPopulation Health3
    NUR4828CFoundations of Nursing Leadership & Management3
    NUR4895Educational Role of Nurse in Healthcare3
    *Note: The primary care and other selected concentrations in the Master's program are highly competitive. Additional admission requirements and a higher GPA may be required for these concentrations.

Accelerated Graduate (N.A.S.) (on hold)

Registered nurses who have earned an Associate of Science Degree in nursing, but do not have a bachelor's degree are also eligible for admission to the Master's degree program. Students complete 15 credit hours of coursework in the baccalaureate degree program before applying to the Graduate major.

  • Associate of Science Degree (Nursing) from a regionally accredited program
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on 4.00 scale on all undergraduate coursework (excluding Associate of Science Nursing courses)*
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States upon matriculation. Current license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida before the first clinical course. Completion of general education and state mandated prerequisites
  • Application to the major upon completion of the necessary undergraduate transitional courses
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Written statement of professional goals
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required, as well as other admission requirements
  • Applicants to the MS degree program are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.
  • Completion of 15 undergraduate nursing credits with a letter grade of "B/S" or greater and a cumulative 3.00 GPA* or higher is required to be considered for application to the master portion of this major.
    NUR3078Information Technology Skills for Nurses1
    NUR3805Nursing as a Profession2
    NUR4169c Evidence Based Practice for Baccalaureate Nurses3
    NUR4634CPopulation Health3
    NUR4828cFoundations of Nursing Leadership & Management3
    NUR4895Educational Role of Nurse in Healthcare3
  • Students must complete all undergraduate requirements in 3 semesters of study to start master's courses in the 4th semester of study.

    Upon admission to the Accelerated Graduate Program, students choose a Master's concentration.

    *Note: The primary care concentrations in the Master's major are highly competitive. Additional admission requirements and a higher GPA may be required for these concentrations. During the semester that the student is completing the undergraduate nursing transition courses, the student will meet with an advisor to review all requirements to complete the transition into the graduate major.

    Admissions Status: Apply
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    Major Requirements

    The M.S. degree program in Nursing requires completion of the credit hours required by the concentration. Sequencing of courses is particularly important and academic advisors work with students to design both full-time and part-time program plans in the specialty areas.

    Core Requirement for all MS Majors (NUR, NAS, NBM) - 12 credit hours
    NGR6803 Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
    NGR6638Health Promotion, Clinical Prevention, & Population Health3
    NGR6733Organizational & Systems Leadership & Quality Improvement for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
    NGR6893Systems and Populations in Healthcare3

    Advanced Nursing Core: Nurse Practitioner (Acute, Adult-Gerontology, Family & Pediatric) 24 credit hours
    NGR6002CAdvanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan4
    NGR6152Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology4
    NGR6172Pharmacology for Advanced Nurse Practitioner4
    NGR6064CAdvanced Diagnostics and Procedures3

    Advanced Generalist Core (Nursing Education) - 6 credit hours
    NGR6055Health Assessment for the Advanced Generalist Nurse2
    NGR6146Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for the Adv. Generalist Nurse4

    Specialty Concentration Core:
    Note: Courses with a C in the course number designate a combined didactic and clinical format.

    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing Concentration (NPG): 45 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration Requirements 18 credit hours
    NGR6207CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I 6180 Clinical Hours
    NGR 6244C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults II 6180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6291CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults Special Topics6180 Clinical Hours

    Family Health Nursing (NFH) Concentration: 52 Total Credit HoursConcentration Requirements 25 credit hours
    NGR6207CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I 6180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6244CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults II6180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6301C Primary Care of Children and Adolescents I6180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6342 Primary Care of Childbearing Family1
    NGR6342L Primary Care of Childbearing Family Practicum1
    NGR6613C Health Management of Families Special Topics5180 Clinical Hours

    Pediatric Health Nursing (NPH) Concentration: 45 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration Requirements 18 credit hours
    NGR6301CPrimary Care of Children & Adolescents I 6180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6302C Primary Care of Children & Adolescents II 6180 Clinical Hours
    NGR 6339C Special Topics: Primary Care of Children and Adolescents 6180 Clinical Hours

    Acute-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Concentration (NAG): 48 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration requirements 21 credit hours
    NGR6210CClinical Management of Acutely & Chronically Ill Adults 7180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6232CClinical Management of Acute & Critically Ill Ad & Older Ad 7180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6211CAcute Care of Adults & Older Adults: Special Topics 7180 Clinical Hours

    Clinical Nurse Leader (NCL) Concentration: (admissions on hold)
    This concentration is currently not available.

    Nursing Education (NED) Concentration: 37 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration Requirements 19 credit hours
    NGR6713 Foundations of Nursing Education3
    NGR6710Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education3
    NGR6718Evaluation Strategies for Nursing Education3
    NGR6947Practicum in Nursing Education2
    NGR 6940Classroom/Online Teaching Practicum2
    NGR 6719Clinical Case Studies in Nursing Education3
    Cognate3

    Psychiatric/Mental Health Concentration (NPM): (admissions on hold)
    This concentration is currently not available.

    Concurrent Concentrations:

    Oncology Nursing (NOA) /Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse: (admissions on hold)
    Occupational Health Nursing (NOC)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse 61 Total Credit Hours
    NGR6207CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I 6 180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6244CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults II 6 180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6291C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults Special Topics6 180 Clinical Hours
    NGR6650Occupational Health Nursing I2
    NGR6651Occupational Health Nursing II2
    PHC 6360Safety Principles and Practices2
    PHC6364Industrial Hygiene Aspects of Plant Operations2
    OR
    PHC6945 Supervised Field Experience: Plant Operations Interdisciplinary Field Experience
    OREOH Field course
    PHC6356Industrial Hygiene2
    PHC6351 Occupational Medicine3
    PHC 6354Safety Health for Health Professionals2
    PHC6977 Special Project3
    PHC 6936Public Health Capstone3

    ADHERENCE TO DEGREE/PROGRAM PLANS

    Admitted students are expected to meet with their professional advisor to determine the appropriate course sequence to meet the curriculum requirements. In some concentrations, the concentration director will develop the program plan with the student and forward the program plan to the professional advisor. Once a program plan is determined, students are expected to adhere to this plan unless special permission is obtained. As not all courses are offered each semester, a student who deviates from the program plan understands that delay in graduation can be expected Priority is given to students who maintain initial degree plans.

    Clinical and/or site placements are based on preceptor and/or site availability. While every effort is made to assign students to preceptor/clinical sites near their residence, it is not always possible, and thus, students will need to be flexible. Students may find it useful to meet with the concentration director to understand speciality course focus and/or clinical course demands and plan accordingly.


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