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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Nursing (NUR)

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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


Program Information

The program 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 or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 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.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: December 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

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


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed in the introductory portion of the college catalog section. Certain concentrations are highly competitive.  Additional admission requirements and a higher GPA may be required for primary care and other selected concentrations.

Program Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree (in Nursing) to Master’s Degree Program (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: Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited program
  • Earned grade point average of 3.00 or higher on 4.00 scale in all work attempted while registered as an upper division applicant working on a baccalaureate degree.*
  • Current license as registered nurse
  • 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.)
  • Personal statement of goals
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required
  • For the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years of application. Competitive score on the GRE.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may petition the Student Affairs Committee for consideration for admission.

Registered Nurse to Master’s Degree Program (NBM) Registered nurses who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another discipline are eligible for admission to the Master’s program.

Admissions Requirements

  • B.S./B.A. from a regionally accredited program
  • Earned grade point average of 3.00 or higher on 4.00 scale in all work attempted while registered as an upper division applicant while working on a baccalaureate degree.*
  • Current license as a registered nurse in the State of Florida
  • 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
  • Completion of the bridge courses with a letter grade of “B/S” or greater and a GPA of 3.00 or better:*
    NUR3078 - Information Technology Skills for Nurses - 1
    NUR3805 - Educational Transitions for RNs - 2
    NUR4169C - Evidence Based Practice for Baccalaureate Nurses - 3
    NUR4634C - Population Health - 3
    NUR4828C - Foundations of Nursing Leadership & Management - 3
    NUR4895C - Educational Role of Nurse in Healthcare - 3
  • For the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five (5) years of application. Competitive score on the GRE.
*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 Program (N.A.S.) 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 program. Students complete 15 credit hours of coursework in the baccalaureate program before applying to the Graduate Program.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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 license as a registered nurse in the State of Florida
  • Completion of general education and state mandated prerequisites
  • Application to the Master’s program 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
  • 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 program.
    NUR3078 - Information Technology Skills for Nurses - 1
    NUR3805 - Educational Transitions for RNs - 2
    NUR4169 - Evidence Based Practice for Baccalaureate Nurses - 3
    NUR4634C - Population Health - 3
    NUR4828 - Foundations of Nursing Leadership & Management - 3
    NUR4895 - Educational Role of Nurse in Healthcare - 3
  • 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 program 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 Master’s program.

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    Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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    Program Degree Requirements

    The M.S. 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 3 credit hours
    NGR6803 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3

    Advanced Nursing Core: Nurse Practitioner (Acute, Adult-Gerontology, Family & Pediatric) - 24 hours
    NGR6002C Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
    NGR6638 Health Promotion Theories and Strategies 3
    NGR6152 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 4
    NGR6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nurse Practitioner 4
    NGR6064C Advanced Diagnostics and Procedures 3
    NGR6733 Organizational Professional Dimensions of Nursing Practice 3
    NGR6893 Systems and Populations in Healthcare 3

    Advanced Generalist - 15 hours
    NGR6055 Health Assessment for the Advanced Generalist Nurse 2
    NGR6638 Health Promotion Theories and Strategies Across the Lifespan 3
    NGR6146 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for the Adv. Generalist Nurse 4
    NGR6733 Organizational Professional Dimensions of Nursing Practice 3
    NGR6893 Systems and Populations in Healthcare 3

    Nurse Anesthesia - 8 hours
    NGR6002C Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
    NGR6152 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 4

    Specialty Concentration Core:

    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing Concentration (NPG) 45 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration Requirements: 21 Hours

    NGR6207C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults I (3/3 credits) 6
    NGR6291C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults – Special Topics (3/3 credits) 6
    NGR6211C Acute Care of Adults & Older Adults: Special Topics (2/1) 7

    Family Health Nursing (NFH) Concentration 53 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration Requirements: 25 Hours

    NGR6207C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults I (3/3) 6
    NGR6244C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults II (3/3) 6
    NGR6613C Health Management of Families – Special Topics (2/3) 5
    NGR6301C Primary Care of Children and Adolescents I (4/2) 6
    NGR6342 Primary Care of Childbearing Family 1
    NGR6342L Primary Care of Childbearing Family Practicum 1

    Pediatric Health Nursing (NPH) Concentration 46 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration Requirements: 18 Hours

    NGR6301C Primary Care of Children & Adolescents I (4/2) 6
    NGR6302C Primary Care of Children & Adolescents II (3/3) 6
    NGR6339C Special Topics: Primary Care of Children and Adolescents (2/4) 6

    Acute-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Concentration (NAG) 48 Total Credit Hours
    Concentration Requirements: 21 Hours

    NGR6210C Clinical Management of the Acutely Ill Adult (3/3) 7
    NGR6232C Selected Concepts in the Acute Ill Adult (3/3) 7
    NGR6211C Acute Care of Adults & Older Adults: Special Topics (2/1) 7

    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 Hours

    NGR6713 Foundations of Nursing Education 3
    NGR6710 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 3
    NGR6718 Evaluation Strategies for Nursing Education 3
    NGR6947 Practicum in Nursing Education 2
    NGR 6940 Classroom/Online Teaching Practicum 2
    NGR 6719 Clinical Case Studies in Nursing Education 3
    Cognate 3

    Nurse Anesthesia (NAN) Concentration 72 Total credit hours
    Concentration Requirements: 60 Hours

    The curriculum is composed of the didactic phase first 12 months and the clinical phase last 16 months. The classes contain the principles and practices in all applications of anesthesia. The nurse anesthetist concentration is independent of the USF academic calendar. During certain rotations in the clinical phase, weekends, nights, and 24-hour rotations will be expected.

    NGR 6440L Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab I 2
    NGR 6441L Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab II 2
    NGR 6442L Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab III 2
    NGR 7848 Fundamentals of Statistics for Clinicians 3
    NGR 6404 Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia 3
    NGR 6400 Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia 3
    NGR 6460 Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I 5
    NGR 6157 Physiology & Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists II 5
    NGR 6424 Principles for Nurse Anesthesia 3
    NGR 6422 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Throughout the Lifespan 3
    NGR 6492 Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 3
    NGR 6420 Foundations & Methods of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 4
    NGR 6423 Principles of Cardiothoracic Nurse Anesthesia 3
    NGR 6431 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency I 4
    NGR 6929 Clinical Correlational Conferences 1
    NGR 6432 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency II 4
    NGR 6433 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency III 4
    NGR 6434 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency IV 4
    NGR 6491 Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive 2

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

    Dual Concentrations:

    Oncology Nursing (NOA) /Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse 60 Total Credit Hours
    NGR6207C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults I (3/3) 6
    NGR6244C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults II (3/3) 6
    NGR6291C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults – Special Topics (3/3) 6
    NGR6220 Pathobiology of Neoplasia 3
    NGR 6221 Oncology Nursing Concepts 3
    NGR6223L Practicum II 3
    NGR 6224L Practicum III 3
    NGR6952 Writing for Publication 3

    Occupational Health Nursing (NOC)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse 61 Total Credit Hours
    NGR6207C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults I (3/3) 6
    NGR6244C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults II (3/3) 6
    NGR6291C Health Management of Adults & Older Adults – Special Topics (3/3) 6
    NGR6650 Occupational Health Nursing I 2
    NGR6651 Occupational Health Nursing II 2
    PHC 6360 Safety Principles and Practices 2
    PHC6364 2
    OR
    PHC6945 Plant Operations Interdisciplinary Field Experience
    OR EOH Field course
    PHC6356 Industrial Hygiene 2
    PHC6351 Occupational Medicine 3
    PHC 6354 Occupational Health and Safety Administration 2
    PHC6977 Special Project 3
    PHC 6936 Public Health Capstone 3

    Dual Degree M.S. in Nursing/M.P.H. in Public Health with Nursing Concentrations in Occupational Health /Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NOP) 80 Total Credit Hours
    NGR 6207C Health Management of Adults and Older Adults I 6 (3/3)
    NGR 6244C Health Management of Adults and Older Adults II 6 (3/3)
    NGR 6291C Health Management of Adults and Older Adults – Special Topics 6 (3/3)
    NGR 6650 Occupational Health Nursing I 2
    NGR 6651 Occupational Health Nursing II 2
    PHC 6357 Environmental and Occupational Health 3
    PHC 6000 Epidemiology 3
    PHC 6050 Biostatistics I 3
    PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy Management 3
    PHC 6423 Occupational Health Law 2
    PHC 6360 Safety Principles and Practices 2
    PHC 6945 COPH Field Experience** 2
    PHC 6356 Industrial Hygiene 2
    PHC 6351 Occupational Medicine 3
    PHC 6454 Occupational Health and Safety Administration 2
    PHC 6977 Special Project 3
    PHC 6936 Public Health Capstone 3

    ** Can substitute PHC 6364 Plant Operations Interdisciplinary Field Experience course if filled

    ADHERENCE TO DEGREE/PROGRAM PLANS

    Admitted students are expected to meet with their professional advisor to determine the appropriate course sequence to meet the degree 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 clinicla course demands and plan accordingly.


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